Recipients of grants from the 19th annual Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund were announced recently by Sharon Taramarcaz, Wells Fargo's store manager, and Kevin Johnson and Chris Cox, Wells Fargo senior business relationship managers for Delta. Seven locally based non-profit organizations received the investments totaling $4,000.
The following local organizations received a Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund grant: All American Families dba Families Plus, Altrusa International Foundation Inc., Friends of the Cedaredge Public Library, Girls on the Run of the Grand Valley, Mountain Harvest Festival, Surface Creek Community Services Inc., and Western Colorado Interpretive Association.
"Helping those in need and working together is at the heart of our community and what makes Delta County such a great place to live, work, play and do business," Taramarcaz said. "The many small, local, grassroots organizations based here play such an important role in our community. We want to show them we appreciate their efforts on behalf of all of us and we're proud to make these grants as part of our overall community investment efforts."
Representing Surface Creek Community Services were Jean Weisbeck, Ken Black and Marcy Peterson.
The SCCS is more commonly known as Cedaredge Food Bank.Black said the organization serves 200 families monthly comprised of more than 600 individuals.
The money from the Wells Fargo grant will be used to purchase a new, energy efficient commercial freezer expected to cost up to $12,000. Black said that SCCS is always open for donations to its work and welcomes volunteer help.
All-American Families is known as Families Plus locally, said Brenda Holland, director.
Families Plus coordinates community-based support for at-risk families to help them and their children succeed as an intact family unit. The program relies almost exclusively on volunteers to help with mentoring activities. There are some 60 children and their families involved in the program at present, Holland said.
The Mountain Harvest Festival was represented by Helen Highwater and Shiela Maki. The festival, now in its 12th year, provides support for the business and non-profit community, and it is also involved in a year-round scholarship program for local area students, Highwater explained.
The festival welcomes participation from other communities in the region, Maki said.
Representing Friends of the Cedaredge Public Library were Judy Benns and Jude Keica who explained the group's library support activities extend beyond the Cedaredge Public Library and include helping fund new book purchases when funds were cut from the county budget. A new outdoor extension of the library's meeting and activities space is now in use, and the Friends' Book Sale is scheduled again during AppleFest, Oct. 6-7.
Altrusa was represented by Jo Rosenquist and Vivian Gibson, a founding member of the 27-year-old group.
Focus of the 60-plus member service organization is literacy. Among the programs that Altrusa supports are the libraries, Food for Thought, Baby's First Book, Haven House, the domestic shelter, and HIV awareness activities, explained Rosenquist and Gibson. The group is also sending books to orphanages in Africa.
Girls on the Run is an after school program for girls in the third through sixth grades, explained director Jill Henwood. It is a local branch of a national program that lists 176 Delta County girls on its membership roster.
The local Girls on the Run has one of the lowest registration fees of any of the local branches, Henwood said. The Wells Fargo grant money will be used to provide scholarships for more girls to afford registration and participate in the program.
The grant to Western Colorado Interpretive Association was accepted by Robert McHugh of Paonia. McHugh is helping lead the Save the Hotchkiss Barn project, and WCIA is the non-profit organization sponsoring grants for the work. The Hotchkiss barn was built by Enos Hotchkiss in 1885, McHugh said. It represents unique architecture for this area, is a historic structure, and was badly damaged in a wind storm two years ago. It is still owned by members of the Hotchkiss family, he said.
Statewide, more than 200 qualified, community-based non-profit organizations in Colorado will receive funding in 2012 from Wells Fargo through the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund. Eligible organizations must be certified 501(c)(3) and have an annual budget of $350,000 or less.
The Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund was started in 1993 to provide greatly needed support to small, non-profit groups that don't have the resources to compete with larger organizations for community support dollars. Since its inception, more than 3,800 grants totaling more than $3.6 million have been awarded.blog comments powered by Disqus