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VIP contributes $10,000 to 12 Tri-state nonprofits

By CHANCELLOR BARTON Laughlin Nevada Times Jan 17, 2019


Volunteers in Partnership members (standing) gave a total of $10,000 to 12 different nonprofits before the start of the VIP monthly general meeting on Jan. 8.












LAUGHLIN — The Volunteers in Partnership, a subcommittee with the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce, gave $10,000 to 12 different nonprofit organizations on Jan. 8. The money came from the VIP’s own fund, which it gained from donations after working community events throughout the 2018 year. 


“I’m just so proud of the job they do,” Jackie Mazzeo, executive director of the Laughlin Chamber said. “The volunteers go in with a good reputation, responsibility, and a real passion to make sure whatever is happening, whether it raises money or just services the community, is done the right way.”

The amount of money the volunteers are able to give to Tri-state nonprofits continues to grow. 


In 2015 the VIP donated $5,000 to local nonprofits; it donated $7,000 in 2016 with the donation swelling to $10,000 this year.


“It’s about giving back to the whole Tri-state and to me that’s extremely rewarding,” Judy Critz, president of the VIP said. “Plus it turns out to be fun.”

Applications from various nonprofits came in during November and December. From there, the VIPs voted on which organization should get money and how much. 


Bobby DeBatt, from WestCare Arizona, was one of the recipients.

“This is a very generous donation,” he said. “Every dollar that comes in (to West

Care Arizona) goes back into the community.”


Here are all the recipients chosen by the volunteers:

Diamondback Elementary, $1,000

Camp Mohave Elementary, $1,000

Laughlin Jr./Sr. High School, $1,000

We Care For Animals, $300

Food Four Paws Pet Pantry,  $400

S.A.I.N.T., $300

Catholic Charities, $1,000

Caring Hearts Ministry, $1,000

Mojave Desert Nutrition Initiative, $1,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River, $1,000

WestCare Arizona, $1,000

River Fund, Inc. $1,000


There are more than 100 volunteers involved in VIP. If interested in joining them, stop at the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce, 1585 S. Casino Drive in Laughlin, to pick up an application.


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