Aspen Valley Medical Foundation hands out thousands in grants
The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation has announced grants for health and human services organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley.One recipient is the Roaring Fork Family Resource Center, which links medically and emotionally at-risk children with local health and social service organizations.”As we work to enhance health and well-being in the valley, organizations like the Resource Center bring services directly to the individual,” said Judy Zanin, president of the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation board of directors. “They are a natural extension of the Foundation’s goals.”Roaring Fork Family Resource Center executive director Carolyn Hardin agrees. “Our mission is to link students, families and community resources to ensure that all Roaring Fork School District students are healthy and educationally successful.”The foundation has given out grants totaling $204,859 to area health and human services organizations since July, bringing the total for the year to over $1.3 million.The breakdown for the grants goes as follows: $133,067 for community agencies and organizations, including Advocate Safehouse Project, Asistencia para Latinos, Aspen Ambulance District, Aspen Camp School for the Deaf, Aspen Foundation for Sports Medicine, Education & Research, Aspen Given Foundation, Aspen Youth Center, Colorado Mountain College Foundation, Family Visitor Program, Garfield Search and Rescue, Little Red Schoolhouse, Miles for Smiles, Mountain Family Health Center and Snowmass-Wildcat Firefighters Association.The Aspen Valley Hospital received $52,705 for capital and operating support. For continuing educational scholarships, the following health care professionals were granted $9,243: Victoria Clark, Megan Dahl, Lucretia Donovan, Eric Guthmann, M.M. O’Gara, P.J. Wallace and Arselia Zuniga.Prescription, dental and medical assistance funds for individuals throughout the Roaring Fork Valley received $8,844.The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, established in 1973, is a nonprofit agency dedicated to the health and well-being of all the people in the Roaring Fork Valley.For more information, call the foundation’s executive director, Kris Marsh, at 544-1298.
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