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Community Briefs

Suicide prevention is a community responsibility. Help educate and take a stand with those who are experiencing depression, suicide ideation or currently in a crisis. Are you willing to present this education in your place of business to help protect those who maybe suffering? By learning about the myths and facts that surround depression and suicide ideation, as a community we can stop the most preventable kind of death. People don’t want to die by their own hand, they want to stop the pain that has completely engulfed their everyday ability to function. By bringing the topic of suicide into the open, we as a community can cleave together and make a difference for a healthy way of life for one another in Garfield County. To schedule your presentation, call Donnalyne LaGiglia, chair/suicide prevention education at 970-948-6108.

Johnny Brenden, president of the Brenden Mann Foundation, has announced the approval of 11 grants totaling $47,500 to nonprofits serving the Rifle area.

“We are delighted to be working with so many outstanding organizations providing important services to this community” commented Brenden.

Grants approved include: two grants to the Grand River Hospital District, $4,000 for the Meals on Wheels program serving area seniors and shut-ins, and $8,000 to launch the Brenden Mann Breast Cancer Screening program to help low-income residents access cancer screening services; $5,000 to the Rifle Community Foundation to support Hispanic programs; $5,000 to YouthZone to support its Restorative Justice efforts with local youth; $4,000 to the Garfield County Search and Rescue Association for equipment purchases; $1,000 to support the Rifle Creek Museum; $3,000 to the Rifle branch of the Garfield Public Library to provide monthly programming; $10,500 to the city of Rifle to support additional programming in the parks, a community Fourth of July celebration and youth sports uniforms; two grants to Rifle High School, $2,000 to help provide lighting in the theatre and $3,000 as start-up support to help low income students access the new International Baccalaureate Program; and $2,000 to the Rifle Police Department to help support the Bicycle Safety Rodeo and National Night Out.

The River Center is a community outreach center that provides support and offers relief services for families in our area. These services include assistance programs for students at local schools, senior networking, special events such as The Angel Tree, and emergency assistance outreach to families.

Daybreak Construction Specialties Inc. will match any new donations to the River Center during the month of December. This match applies to donations made by individuals, businesses, and churches up to $2,000. This is your opportunity to double your contribution and the gift of sharing with those less fortunate in your community. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations may be placed by contacting the River Center at, or by mail to P. O. Box 272 New Castle, CO 81647. Be sure to mention the matching funds opportunity. Credit card donations and electronic funds transfers are accepted for this pledge matching opportunity. Please call the River Center at 984-4333. To learn more about the River Center visit

The owner of Daybreak Construction Specialties Inc., Dana Yerian, and the directors, Joan Drake and Nicholas Yerian encourage any person or business large or small to take advantage of this opportunity to make a donation that will make a difference to an individual or family in crisis in our community.

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