Rifle mayor to sit on Aspen Community Foundation board
Aspen, CO Colorado
RIFLE ” As part of an effort to expand its services, the Aspen Community Foundation is reaching out toward the western end of Garfield County and has asked Rifle Mayor Keith Lambert to join its board.
The 28-year-old, nonprofit foundation works to improve the quality of life in communities of the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen to Parachute by connecting donors to community needs. The foundation distributed $7 million in grant funding in 2007 to several hundred nonprofits in the valley.
Organizations from Glenwood Springs to Parachute that received funding include the Advocate Safehouse Project, Alpine Legal Services, Columbine Home Health, Community Health Initiatives, Family Visitor Programs, Garfield County Re-2 School District, LIFT-UP, Mountain Family Health Center, Colorado Mountain College’s Senior Programs, Yampah Mountain High School and YouthZone.
“Issues in the community are growing and we need to be representative of the communities we serve,” said Tamara Tormohlen, executive director of the Aspen Community Foundation. “Keith Lambert was a wonderful candidate in terms of the community. He has his finger on the pulse (of Rifle) and it’s a nice match with us as to where he was.”
The addition of Lambert to the board of directors makes 19 members now on the board. Lambert, who is serving his fourth term as mayor of Rifle and was a teacher in the Re-2 school district for nearly 30 years, accepted the position in December 2007.
“They knew me and they know I know a lot of people,” Lambert said. “There are areas they are broadening into such as affordable housing and education issues. They’re becoming more proactive and looking for geographical and cultural diversity.”
Funds are provided to the Aspen Community Foundation through individuals, families, nonprofits, businesses and the foundation itself for charitable purposes. The Community Foundation currently has more than $37 million in assets. Along with being a grantor to hundreds of nonprofits, the foundation is also a repository for ideas and discussion where the most critical issues in the region are defined and addressed, according to an overview statement. Through meetings, forums and one-on-one conversations with donors, nonprofits and civic leaders, the Community Foundation board and staff gather and analyze information that pertains to the various communities and their needs.
“I see this as an opportunity to address issues that not only pertain to (Rifle), but within the Colorado River and Roaring Fork River valley corridors,” Lambert said.
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