Giving back to the community continues to be the guiding mission of the Montrose Community Foundation (MCF). Through a granting program that has spanned more than two decades, the Foundation has returned more than a million dollars to the support organizations serving our local community. On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, the Foundation distributed $53,400 to 23 local organizations who are executing important and innovative projects in and around Montrose.
Uncompahgre Volunteer Legal Aid
Uncompahgre Volunteer Legal Aid (UVLA) provides legal assistance and education to seniors and low-income residents thereby protecting their fundamental rights through access to the judicial system. They serve clients whose income is between 125% and 200% below the current federal poverty guideline. In their allocation of services UVLA gives priority to victims of domestic violence.
Region 10 Community Living Services hosts the annual Caregiver Summit in April. This annual event serves to educate almost 150 caregivers about the services available to them in Montrose and successful practices for becoming and remaining effective caregivers. The summit also provides respite care for caregivers the day of the event.
Four days a week, Christ’s Kitchen provides about 100 people per day, a hot, four course meal. The group also collaborates with Region 10 to identify home-bound seniors and delivers about 20 meals per day to shut-ins. They also train students from Vista Charter school on safe food preparation and community service.
Haven House provides transitional living services for the homeless in our community and is focused on families. In additional to transitional housing services, they also have a successful Child Development program and have created a new Career Development Program. Together this three-pronged approach helps participants work from being homeless to being self-sufficient. Their objective for 2018 is to serve 120 people (including 60 children) and provide more than 14,000 shelter nights.
Bright Futures is the Early Childhood Council for Montrose, Delta, San Miguel and Ouray counties. In Montrose County they positively impact services for young children, families and providers by providing professional development for providers, quality improvement and technical assistance.
CASA helps break the cycle of child abuse and neglect through three main programs: Court Appointed Special Advocates, Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time, and Fostering Futures, which teaches independent life skills to youth who will soon be emancipated from foster care. The 1st Place on 2nd Street is a supportive housing initiative for at-risk young adults. The project includes construction of an 8 unit Micro Home community that will provide independent living and case management services for former foster care youth who are coming out of juvenile detention or homeless. These youth will work with skilled tradesmen/women and mentors to build their own homes.
Community Options serves nearly 500 clients in the Western Slope who have an official diagnosis of being intellectually and developmentally disabled. Services offered for this at risk population include case manager support, early intervention, and comprehensive adult services for those who require 24 hr. support. This grant will help fund tablet technology that will be used by clients in the Day Program for daily classes that teach them technology skills, prepare them for future employment, and enhance feelings of community through social media. Clients are currently sharing tablets.
Hilltop Community Resources
Hilltop provides programs and services for underserved populations that span prenatal care through assisted living for the elderly. This grant will support Hilltop’s Montrose Parents as Teachers program will reach approximately 70 at-risk families through home visitations and group sessions. The Parent as Teachers program addresses a gap in services for children birth to kindergarten by providing home visitation, support and education to participants through positive development and parenting techniques.
Girls on the Run
This organization is based on the belief that every girl is inherently full of power and potential and serves girls in 3rd-8th grade throughout Montrose County. Nearly 200 girls participated in the program last spring and were coached by 50+ volunteers. The season ends with a 5K celebration that took place in Montrose in 2017. In the past, Montrose participants used to have to travel to Grant Junction for the 5K event. This grant will support the program in Montrose County as well as the celebratory 5K at the end of the season.
Montrose Mountain Bike Team
The Montrose Mountain Bike Team is a new team comprised of a group of young people who have established themselves in high school mountain bike racing. Mountain biking is a non-traditional sport that gives kids that might not fit in a traditional sport (like football, soccer, volleyball) an opportunity to use their athleticism. This grant will help with ongoing expenses and to help purchase 2 additional race bikes for kids and families that cannot afford to purchase a competitive race bike.
San Juan LEADS
San Juan LEADs (Leadership, Education, Adventure Development and Services) is a relatively new organization that was formed to provide opportunities and resources for youth, US military veterans and their families and athletes with adaptive needs to access and benefits of outdoor experiences. This grant will help provide equipment for 120 VISTA Charter students who participate in the Outdoor Leadership Program, which features 3 trips and includes a service project in conjunction with the US Forest Service.
MCSD Adaptive Physical Education
The goal of the Montrose County School District Adapted Physical Education is to ensure that students with special needs, no matter their challenges, are free to learn, explore and enjoy all aspects of physical education and fitness. The program currently has 1 Adaptive Physical Education teacher who provides services to over 72 students in 11 schools. This grant will help purchase bicycles, helmets and storage to house purchased equipment for adaptive bicycling.
Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club
The Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club is a youth development organization focused on providing after school and summer camp experience for kids. Programming activities focus on five core programs including: Character & Leadership; Education & Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; Sports and Recreation. The club has over 450 kids registered for their programs in the Montrose and Olathe locations. This grant will help provide transportation and/or entrance fees for field trips that take the kids off-site and expose them to new experiences.
All Points Transit
All Points Transit provides close to 69,000 rides a year to Montrose County residents through their DIAL-A-RIDE, PUBLIC BUS, REGIONAL MEDICAL SHUTTLE and VOLUNTEER DRIVER PROGRAMS. In order to provide transportation and access to the new Montrose Recreation Center (on Woodgate RD), All Points Transit has to modify existing routes and educate the public about these modifications. This grant will help All Points continue to provide the same level of services to Montrose County. The organization has been facing a large increase in costs due to the passing of Amendment 70 which raised the minimum wage this month.
Gunnison Gorge Anglers
The Gunnison Gorge Anglers is the local chapter of Trout Unlimited that was established in 1985 and represents west central Colorado and about 200 members. It is a conservation organization that focuses on coldwater fisheries through habitat improvement, water quality and fishing education for youth and military veterans. This grant will help the Anglers support a part of the GOCO Trails project on the Uncompahgre River, through handicap river access and fishing gear.
Kid's Aid Montrose
Kid’s Aid’s mission is to end childhood hunger one backpack at a time. They work with the schools to identify students who struggle with food insecurity. They are currently feeding over 240 students from every public school in the Montrose County School District each weekend by sending students home with backpacks filled with non-perishable food items. This grant will help purchase the food items that go in the backpacks.
Partners of Delta, Montrose and Ouray
Partners offers support and positive life experiences for at risk youth ages 6-17, through one to one mentorships. More than 75 mentorships are supported and kids and volunteers spend an average of 3 hours a week together. Children are referred through community professionals, case managers provide family support while mentors are matched to kids with similar likes and interests. Partners staff organize monthly recreational activities and life skill training sessions. This grant will help expand the number of adult-to-youth mentorships that Partners can provide in 2018.
Weehawken Creative Arts
Weehawken expands programming in communities as the need presents itself. This model has worked for 12 years. Weehawken Dance started in Montrose in 2010 and now provides dance classes to over 200 kids here. Weehawken now offers programs in Montrose for both adults and children in the areas of dance, visual arts, karate, yoga and creative writing. This grant will help support Weehawken’s partnership with the Montrose Recreation District to renovate classroom space at the Rec District’s fieldhouse.
KVNF Community Radio
KVNF is a membership organization that has 1100 paying members and broadcasts news programs, local news, current affairs, eclectic music genres, children’s and Spanish language programming throughout 10,000 miles in Western Colorado. This grant for will help the organization open Studio M in Montrose this spring. Studio M will be housed in Proximity Space and will host volunteer DJs and remote staff. Studio M DJs will be able to broadcast music shows and report on local news from Montrose and Ouray counties.
Dream Catcher Therapy Center
Dream Catcher Therapy Center helps foster an environment to empower people with physical and mental health challenges through interaction with rescue horses. Current programs include Equine Assisted Therapy, Equine Assisted Learning and a Veterans program. This grant will help support a collaborative new program with PEER Kindness that helps at-risk youth with Resiliency and Empathy Training. Children who are victims of bullying or have engaged in bullying behavior will receive therapies with mental health counselors and the rescued horses.
Valley Food Partnership
By strengthening the local food system and the well-being of the local community the Valley Food Partnership connects farms to forks. Valley Food Partnership will be working in conjunction with 2nd grade nutrition classes offered in MCSD and the 6th grade curriculum. The goal is to educate and inform our students on the benefits of healthy food and staying active. This grant will help create materials for students including a food/activity diary and folders with activities and information as well as incentives to participate. All participating students get a healthy snack and a jump rope. The class as whole gets a gift card to help purchase needed supplies.
Montrose Recreation Foundation
The City of Montrose and Montrose Recreation District have received a large grant ($2,000,000) through Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for an exciting, community-wide project called the “Connecting the People to Their Parks & Rec”. With these funds the City of Montrose with input from the Rec District will construct 2.25 miles of new trails and two underpasses that will connect where most residents live and work to Montrose’s main parks, trails and recreation facilities. This means we will be able to bike, run, hop, scoot, skip, fish from North part of Montrose to Southern part of Montrose. This grant supports this amazing project.
Center for Mental Health
The Center for Mental Health is a single specialty practice that provides behavioral healthcare to the most vulnerable in our community. They provide healthcare programs and services for both mental health and substance abuse across six counties. There is currently a lack of acute services for those who are experiencing a behavioral crisis. The Center is renovating an existing building in the City to create a clinic for adolescents and adults who are experiencing a mental health and/or substance abuse crisis. This grant will help fund day-to-day operations of this clinic that will open in 2018.