By Tom Stuart, IRU Board Member
Today is Idaho Gives, an incredible opportunity for Idahoans to come together as a community to celebrate and recognize the outstanding nonprofit organizations that do so much for our quality of life.
Our nonprofits fight for clean water, healthy rivers, public lands, historic preservation and wildlife. They work doggedly to hold public officials accountable. They house the homeless and put food in bare cupboards. They strive for better schools, advocate for the arts and work to place lonely pets in caring homes.
Idaho’s nonprofits and everything they accomplish for you, the citizens of Idaho, are a direct reflection of Idaho’s thriving community spirit. Our nonprofits serve the public, and they need the public’s support in order to do their work. For these reasons and more I’m proud to contribute to a number of Idaho’s outstanding nonprofits, but one stands out for me over all others.
I am a long-time member and contributor to Idaho Rivers United, an organization dedicated to keeping our rivers and streams clean, cold, and full of healthy fish like wild salmon. But IRU’s work isn’t just about an individual river, stream or species. It’s about communities and community spirit. It’s about fish and fishing. It’s about people who depend on our rivers, wildlife, quality of life and healthy local economies. When Idaho’s rivers run cold, clear and full of fish, all of us win.
IRU works in communities throughout Idaho, from Salmon to Sandpoint, Rexburg to Weiser, Kooskia to Ketchum and Twin Falls to Riggins. The people of Idaho are the backbone of Idaho Rivers United, and today is your opportunity to join this diverse and passionate community of river lovers.
But today is also an opportunity to support a diverse, passionate and valuable community of nonprofits – organizations that truly make a difference. If, like me, Idaho Rivers United is your cup of tea, please make a donation. If not, consider donating to other nonprofits. While we all specialize on different missions, the bottom line is that we’re all working to make Idaho a better place. And we can’t do it without you.