Aspen foundation gives out $265,273 |

Aspen foundation gives out $265,273

The Aspen Valley Community Foundation recently handed out $265,273 in grants to 21 local nonprofit organizations.The money was handed out as part of the foundation’s fall grant cycle. The organization collects money from throughout the community, serving groups from Aspen to Parachute. More than $16 million in grants have been handed out since the group’s formation in 1980.Grants in the fall cycle were handed out in three areas: health and human services, education and strengthening community. Recipients include: Health and human services ($103,000) -Advocate Safehouse Project received $10,000 to support programs dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and sexual assault in Garfield County.-Garfield Legal Services was given $3,500 for programs dedicated to providing civil legal assistance, information and education to the low-income population of Garfield County.-Lift-Up/Garfield County received $20,000 to support programs providing emergency assistance to people in need in Garfield County.-Mountain Family Health Center got $10,000 to support medical care for low-income, medically indigent residents in the Roaring Fork Valley.-Mountain Valley Developmental Services received $5,000 to bring art programming to people with disabilities.-Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains was given $5,000 to support the operations of the Rifle Health Care Center.-Regional Home Services Project got $20,000 to support homemaker services for low income seniors and disabled adults.-Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers received $26,000 to support programs linking children in the Basalt and Carbondale public schools with resources they need to be healthy.-Valley Senior Center (Parachute) got $3,500 to support the repair of the center’s parking area. Education ($156,273) -Aspen School District received $5,000 to fund faculty and staff development programs.-Carbondale Clay Center was given $5,000 to support the center’s educational programs for valley youth.-COMPASS was given $100,000 to make its fourth payment on a capital campaign commitment to the Community School campuses in Carbondale and Woody Creek.-Early Learning Center received $1,368 to support the purchase of cabinets and sinks for the center’s toddler room.-Literacy Outreach got $5,000 to support programs providing tutoring for people with low literacy skills in Garfield County.-Little Red Schoolhouse Educational Center received $5,000 to support tuition assistance and teacher continuing education and $240 for the purchase of acoustic ceiling tiles.-RE-1 School District got $5,000 to fund faculty and staff development programs.-Roaring Fork Valley Even Start was given $7,565 to support children’s programs at the Basalt family literacy site.-Valley Libraries got $7,100 to support the Cooperative Children’s Summer Reading Program for the Parachute, Rifle, Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale libraries.-Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention received $15,000 to support anti-substance programs for youth in the valley. Strengthening community ($6,000) -Aspen Hall of Fame received $4,000 to support the video production for the 2000 induction ceremony.-GrassRoots Television was given $2,000 to support the start-up costs for Ritmo Latino, a television program focused on promoting better understanding and cooperation between the Latino and Anglo populations in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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