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The Aspen Valley Community Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in the valley, recently doled out $229,384 in grants to ensure a happy new year for local nonprofits.The nonprofits, 23 in all, were the recipients of the foundation’s winter 2002 grants. Coupled with the AVCF’s other grant cycles, charitable organizations throughout Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties have received upward of $1.2 million in grants in the last year.One highlight of the winter grants is a contribution to the Mountain Family Health Center, a health-care clinic in Glenwood Springs. The center, which provides bilingual services to Medicaid recipients and uninsured low-income families, saw nearly 12,000 patients in 2002.The AVCF awarded the health center a $20,000 grant, which will allow it to add a fourth physician to its staff. Subsequently, the center will be able to increase its patient load. “The Aspen Valley Community Foundation has provided invaluable support and guidance each year since we opened in 1999,” said David Adamson, the center’s development director, in a statement. “Many young working families can look forward to a healthy future thanks to the hard work of the foundation and generosity of its donors.”Another grant recipient in the Community Foundation’s winter cycle is the “Better Future” program at Glenwood Springs High School.The intervention program for at-risk students ? those that district administrators fear might drop out of school ? kicked off last year in response to a decreasing graduation rate in the RE-1 School District.According to the Colorado Department of Education, the RE-1 District’s graduation rate dropped from 80 to 72 percent between 1995 and 2000.”Better Future,” a pilot program that now serves up to 30 students per school year, uses various forms of student counseling, drug education, community service projects and field trips to inspire academic confidence in at-risk kids. The program was awarded $8,900 by the AVCF to continue its work.”This funding represents the opportunity for young people at GSHS to make positive changes in their lives. We believe that every kid deserves a chance,” program coordinator Paula Marr said.The Aspen Valley Community Foundation’s mission is “to identify and address human needs in communities from Aspen to Parachute, strengthen and support nonprofit organizations, foster private giving, and promote volunteerism.” For more information about the AVCF’s grants and procedures, contact program officer Cindy Serson at 920-9319.The following is a list of organizations receiving grants in the Community Foundation?s winter cycle:Health & Human ServicesBasalt and Carbondale Family Resource Centers ? $25,000; Columbine Homemakers for Independent Living ? $20,000; Mountain Family Health Center ? $20,000; Lift-Up/Garfield County ? $20,000; Healthy Beginnings ? $10,000; Aspen Counseling Center, a program of Colorado West Mental Health Center ? $10,000; Staying Well in the West, a program of the Grand River Hospital District ? $8,000; Glenwood Springs Planned Parenthood Health Center ? $8,000; Roaring Fork Legal Services ? $7,500; Garfield Legal Services ? $5,000; Lift-Up/Pitkin County ? $3,000.EducationValley Partnership for Drug Prevention ? $15,000; Adult Literacy Program of the Basalt Regional Library ? $10,890; Better Future, a program of Glenwood Springs High School ? $8,900; Valley Libraries’ Cooperative Children’s Summer Reading Program of the Garfield County Public Library System ? $8,100; Computers for Kids Foundation ? $8,000; Roaring Fork Kids ? $8,000; Children’s House Cooperative Preschool ? $5,994; Aspen School District/staff development ? $5,000; Bilingual Program of the Basalt Elementary School ? $5,000; Little Feet Daycare ? $5,000; Roaring Fork (RE-1) School District/staff development ? $5,000.


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