ELKO – Ruby Mountain Resource Center received an early Christmas present from Barrick Gold Corp.’s Goldstrike employees — $14,526.
Goldstrike hosted its annual Christmas parties and after a recommendation from Barrick’s Community Relations Department, the mining company chose Ruby Mountain Resource as the nonprofit to benefit from company drawings during the parties. Employees had the opportunity to purchase additional drawing tickets and all the proceeds benefited the center.
Ruby Mountain Resource Center Executive Director Rebecca Hepworth shared stories about the nonprofit and its continuing work with people with disabilities.
Hepworth explained that a $10,000 HVAC system was needed for the center’s food bank warehouse. The food pantry is used through referrals from Family Resource Center and emergency food for families that can’t be helped by FISH. The disabled people at the center came up with the idea for the food warehouse as a way to give back to the community. Students from Flag View Intermediate, Mountain View Elementary and Carlin High School helped stock the pantry this year.
During the four holiday parties, employees raised $7,263 and Barrick agreed to match the employee’s donation.
“The actions of our employees and their outpouring of support exemplify the Goldstrike community that we have working in our operations,” said Goldstrike’s General Manager Bill MacNevin.
Hepworth was approached by Katie Neddenriep, Barrick manager of corporate social responsibility, after Hepworth talked about her organization during a Rotary meeting.
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Hepworth said even though the nonprofit has been in Elko almost 50 years she is still asked what Ruby Mountain Resource Center does.
“Obviously we’re not doing a very good job of letting people know what we do,” she said.
She began going to all the service groups she could and showed a slide show and talked about the nonprofit, its job training, and some of the success stories.
Hepworth said between the funds from Barrick and the $6,000 the charity received from Festival of Trees they will be able to purchase the HVAC system and have some left over for an additional covered area for donations.
“I’m just thrilled to death that I have some money to spend, because I haven’t had any money to spend,” she said. “We cut our expenses this year significantly to try and save some money, but our sales have not been what we hoped for the year.”
Hepworth said 50 percent of operational funds come from sales in the thrift store and boutique, which are located next to each other at 806 River St. The stores are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
“I probably come once or twice a week,” said one of the center’s regular customers, Cindy Wriglesworth. “This is how I shop. … I like hanging out here. I find good deals.”
Hepworth said the boutique clothing is separated in sections — men’s, women’s, children and maternity clothing and shoes. The thrift store has furniture, books, movies and many more items.
Anyone who wants to volunteer or contact the nonprofit can call 738-8360. The center has a Facebook page and a website, www.rubymountainresourcecenter.org.