Glenwood Springs charity Catholic Charities gets $10,000 grant |

Glenwood Springs charity Catholic Charities gets $10,000 grant

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO Colorado ” Catholic Charities in Glenwood Springs received a $10,000 grant from the El Pomar Foundation Monday afternoon.

The money will help the local nonprofit provide a wide array of services to Roaring Fork Valley area residents through the nonprofit’s Emergency Assistance Program.

“We are very thankful and excited to be receiving this grant, because we have seen an increase, I think with the economic downturn, the families who are affected and need assistance paying their monthly bills,” said Catholic Charities Western Slope Regional Manager Marian P. McDonough. “This will enable us to help more families.”

Last year alone, Catholic Charities helped approximately 775 households through the Emergency Assistance Program. This year, McDonough said that she again expects to help 715 households with the additional funding.

“We’ve always got more requests than we’ve got funding,” McDonough said.

The $10,000 was part of the Colorado Assistance Fund, a $1 million fund established by the El Pomar Foundation to address the mounting emergency needs of state residents as a result of the nation’s current economic crisis.

El Pomar plans to distribute the entire $1 million before Thanksgiving to more than 90 different nonprofit organizations statewide. Other grant recipients in northwest Colorado include Grand Valley Catholic Outreach in Mesa County, LIFT-UP in Routt County, Love Inc. in Moffat County, the Marillac Clinic Inc. in Mesa County and Mountain Family Center in Grand County.

The El Pomar Foundation is based in Colorado Springs and is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in the western United States. El Pomar was founded in 1937 and has more than $550 million in assets. The foundation contributes $25 million in grants and Community Stewardship Programs annually to support Colorado nonprofit organizations like Catholic Charities.

“We are very honored to be selected as one of the recipients from the northwest council,” McDonough said.

Catholic Charities in Glenwood received a check on Monday afternoon, and funding will be made available for immediate assistance to those who qualify.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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