The Foundation’s 2012 cycle included grants to 16 nonprofit organizations, including Christ’s Kitchen, which feeds lunch to 65-125 people every day; the Sharing Ministries Food Bank, distributing 4,000 food boxes and the Haven House, to support transitional housing alternatives for the homeless population.
Foundation granting, managed by a board of volunteer professional advisers, went to youth programs, including Hilltop’s Experiencing Pro-Social Interactive Connections program, providing skilled and sustained mentoring to local youth; the Maslow Academy of Applied Learning, to create outdoor space for a playground and community garden; the Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club to support the Power Hour homework help program; Girls on the Run, to fund engaging and well-rounded programming for young girls; the Montrose RE-1J School District Adaptive Sports Program to provide activities for disabled youth, and Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado to fund the Child and Teen Grief Program.
Supporting seniors, the Foundation provided funds to All Points Transit to aid in the Dial-A-Ride Program and to the Volunteer of America’s Senior CommUnity Meals, a program that provides a noon meal to seniors at the Senior Center in addition to home delivery.
The Foundation also funded a kitchen stove for the West End Family Link Center, for cooking classes, and supports CASA Voices for Children providing an adult advocate for children involved in the court system and The Dolphin House.
Promoting local agriculture and gardening, the Foundation awarded the Valley Food Partnership with funds for an online distribution component to the local farmer’s market, and to the Montrose Botanical Gardens for additions to the Shavano Plaza South, in the community gardens south of the Montrose Pavilion.