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Pass Foundation for 1A

Dear Editor:This is to add the voice of the Independence Pass Foundation to those calling for the renewal of the Healthy Community Fund. This fund, which generates around $1 million per year for distribution to local nonprofit organizations, is a vital part of the Roaring Fork Valley’s social and environmental safety net. The organizations that receive support from the fund provide important services to those in need, ranging from youth to seniors to those with disabilities.Some environmental organizations, such as the Independence Pass Foundation, also benefit, and over the years the fund has contributed significantly to the foundation’s work. That work, which includes road stabilization, revegetation, volunteer planting projects, snow fence removal and recreational improvements, is strongly supported by the community, but government contributions are critical to our overall funding structure. Government funding is often a prerequisite to grant awards and demonstrates the public value of our work to our contributors and other funding agencies. Even the smallest contributions are important to a low-budget organization like IPF, so the generous support we have received from the Healthy Community Fund has typically made up a significant part of our annual budget. Without that funding support, we would be severely hampered in our ability to carry out our many on-the-ground projects. We think that a healthy community and a healthy environment go hand in hand, and we are proud of the role we play in maintaining the health of our backyard gateway, the Independence Pass corridor. We are equally proud of this community for its support of the Healthy Community Fund and its many beneficiaries.The community fund has proven its worth during the years of its existence. To lose it would deal a devastating blow to many important and critically needed local social and environmental programs. It deserves your support this year. We urge all of the Independence Pass Foundation’s supporters and voters throughout the valley to vote “yes” on Referendum 1A in this fall’s election. Mark FullerDirector, Independence Pass Foundation

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