GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Grand Junction VA Medical Center has lots to celebrate! A check from an anonymous donor to the tune of $375,000 means big things for the local organization specializing in veteran services throughout the valley.
One thing is for certain: The sizable donation - which was routed through the Chicago Community Foundation's Northern Trust Charitable Giving Program - will assist the Grand Junction VA Medical Center significantly in its ability to support veterans throughout the region.
"It will help us meet the needs of veterans that we can't meet with tax dollars," VA Medical Center Public Information Officer Paul Sweeney said.
While the VA Medical Center is significantly supported by government funding, donations like this one will help support non-medical veteran programming aimed at mental health and overall quality of life, Sweeney noted.
"It does have limitations on it, certain things we can't use it for," he added. " ... A committee will be forming under the guidance of the fiscal office while we develop a full understanding of the conditions of use."
The donation can't be used for construction or the organization's social work services, Sweeney said. Rather, it's meant "to benefit as many veterans as possible at each disbursement," meaning it will be spent to support groups of people with enhancements to the environment and/or atmosphere at the VA Medical Center.
For example: Funding from this donation could be used, among other things, to build an elevated vegetable garden for residents who are wheelchair-bound.
"We want to fulfill the donor's wishes," Sweeney said.