Focus on Holiday Fund applicants |

Focus on Holiday Fund applicants

The Post Independent, The Citizen Telegram in Rifle and The Valley Journal in Carbondale are joining forces with Two Rivers Community Foundation to help raise money that will be distributed to a number of nonprofit and other organizations throughout Garfield County as part of the second annual Holiday Fund drive.A number of organizations have applied for funds, which are collected through fundraising efforts in the community, and through the newspapers and the foundation.The goal is $10,000, to be distributed to as many as 20 applicants.Over the next few weeks, the Post Independent will be highlighting some of the nonprofits that are looking for funding.All money collected for the Holiday Fund will go directly to the selected nonprofits.Red Mountain Friends of Historic PreservationWhat they do: Red Mountain Friends of Historic Preservation was originally formed to restore the Cardiff Schoolhouse, a project that required moving the structure to its riverside location in Conservancy Park in the Park East subdivision. “Our job is to save and restore historic buildings,” said Marice Doll, Red Mountain Friends president. “We wanted to restore the Cardiff Schoolhouse and the Cardinal Farmhouse near Wulfsohn Ranch but, unfortunately, the Coal Seam Fire came along and burned it to the ground.” Doll said the Cardiff Schoolhouse has been a lengthy and expensive project. She laughingly recalled restoring the schoolhouse’s ceiling. “The schoolhouse was heated by coal, so when we went to tear the ceiling out, there was 188 years of coal coming down on us,” she said. “We’re keeping this very close to the original – we have the old desks and piano, the slate chalkboards, and we have four more windows to put in that are just like the originals.”What they plan to do with funds: Purchase paint, brushes and rollers to paint the school’s interior. The group plans to hire a professional painter to assist with the project. The Glenwood Garden Club will donate time to plant flowers in time for the schoolhouse’s expected opening this summer.Who will benefit: “The whole town,” Doll said. “It’s a public building and a public park, so we will give the deed to the city.” Doll said the schoolhouse is a prime setting for weddings, community dances and other events. The Roaring Fork Conservancy will be teaching river biology and ecology to students, returning the schoolhouse to its original purpose – education.Why is it needed: “It’s our history; it’s the only schoolhouse of its kind in our town,” Doll said. “She’s a lovely lady, and she’s been a lot of fun to work on. It’s a gorgeous place to hold community events. It has great views of the river and Mount Sopris.”

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