Nonprofits receive nearly $230K from Garfield human services commission
Colorado West Counseling/ Recovery, Family Visitor Program and Mountain Valley Developmental Services are three of the 23 nonprofit groups who will receive significant funding from the Garfield County Human Services Commission during 2003. Kay Vasilakis, chairperson for the Human Services Commission, and Sue Maisch, the commission’s citizen representative, presented a list of recommendations and comments to the Garfield County Board of Commissioners at its Monday meeting. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve all of the recommendations. “We really appreciate the work that you’ve done on providing these recommendations to us,” said Commissioner John Martin to Vasilakis and Maisch.The funding comes from Garfield County’s 1 percent sales tax.The commissioners’ vote was reinforced on Wednesday when Vasilakis presented her recommendations for final approval to the Human Services Commission.Among the largest grants to receive final approval are Colorado West Counseling for $50,500, Family Visitor for $20,000, and Mountain Valley Developmental Services for $30,000. Other human service organizations receiving funds for 2003 are:-Aspen Foundation – $1,000-Advocate Safehouse – $9,474-Catholic Charities – $5,000-Center for Independence – $1,000-CMC Nutrition – $5,000-CMC RSVP – $14,000-CMC The Traveler – $24,000-Columbine Home Health – $8,500-Columbine Homemakers – $5,000-Columbine Mountain Family Health – $10,000-Cooper Corner – $3,000-Garfield Legal Services – $7,500-Girl Scouts – $1,000-Literacy Outreach – $10,000-Planned Parenthood – $1,000-Roaring Fork Family Resource Center $2,000-Roaring Fork Hospice – $2,000-Salvation Army – $4,000-Sopris Therapy Services – $1,250-YouthZone – $12,500Three groups did not receive recommendations for funding. Computers for Kids requested $2,000 but were denied since the commission deemed that adequate computer services are being provided by Garfield County libraries and the Glenwood Springs Community Center.Food Bank of the Rockies did not receive the $25,000 it asked for since the committee questioned the Food Bank’s extent of coordination with local entities such as LIFT-UP, and the application did not specify whom the bank supports. In addition, the commission did not recommend that the Grand River Hospital District receive the $2,600 requested since they determined the hospital has many other grant sources available to fulfill this need. A total of $228,724 will be distributed to the 23 designated nonprofit groups on a quarterly basis during the year 2003.
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