10 Years of Impact
Lifelong Mesa County resident Ellen Jo Waldeck established a legacy fund in 2010 to provide nursing scholarships at Colorado Mesa University and grants to eight of her favorite nonprofit organizations. Her donation was unique; a company which holds mineral interests that provides regular monthly payments to our Community Foundation for disbursement.
The eight organizations benefiting from Jo Waldeck’s generosity are: Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, Habitat for Humanity, Hilltop’s Latimer House, HopeWest, HomewardBound, Marillac Clinic, Mesa County Partners, and Roice-Hurst Humane Society.
Jo Waldeck’s daughter, Susan Diaz, worked for 37 years in human services, administering public support and welfare programs for the economically disadvantaged.
Of her mother she notes, “Mom has always had a very large heart for those who don’t have very much…My mom is leaving the world a better place – helping people she doesn’t even know – now and 50 and 100 years from now. This is what she wants her gift to do.”
Click here to learn more about the organizations supported by Mrs. Waldeck’s generosity.
Real Lives, Real Change
Community Grants 2021: Recovery and Resilience for Youth
$110,000 in Grants Awarded for Recovery and Resilience for Youth
Funding to help youth build back skills after COVID
In 2021, Eighteen nonprofit organizations received a total of $110,000 in grants from the Western Colorado Community Foundation for projects that help youth regain skills and build resilience after more than a year of isolation and loss due to COVID. Projects range from after-school programming to behavioral and mental health support, to combining extracurricular activities with tutoring and academic skills to recover focus and study habits.
Notes Barb Chamberlin, WCCF grants selection committee chair, “These grants will support nonprofits across our region in helping our students recover and rebuild skills lost during the past year of disruption and isolation due to the pandemic. Our communities are seeing such a high need for these kinds of programs and WCCF was pleased to have the amount of funding to respond, thanks to our generous donors.” See below for a full list of funded projects.
Access AfterSchool – Accelerate After-School Program
All American Families – Explore and Engage Delta County
Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program – Classroom & Broadcast: Mental Health is Important to Me
Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club – Behavioral Health Curriculum for After- School Program
EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum – Gear Up! Mountain Biking and Science After School
Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork Schools – Family and Youth Resilience
FocusedKids – FocusedKids for Rifle classrooms
Haven House of Montrose, Inc – Child Development program for homeless families
Hilltop Community Resources, Inc. – Youth and Family Connections
HopeWest – HopeWest Kids – EMDR Therapy
Mesa County Valley School District 51 – Elementary School Pilot: Regulation Station
Mesa Youth Services, Inc – Behavioral Health Support for Diversion Youth
Ouray Public Library – Learning Loss Recovery and Resilience Building
Riverside Educational Center – After-School Tutoring and Enrichment
Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley – Experiential Education to Build Resilience
The Buddy Program – Scholarships for Outdoor Leadership Programs
Voyager Youth Program – Peer Mentors for Youth Mental Health and Resiliency
YouthZone – Youth and Family Support
The Western Colorado Community Foundation serves seven counties in western Colorado, managing charitable funds for community good. Currently, the Community Foundation manages over 300 charitable funds totaling $100 million in assets and awards nearly $5 million in grants and scholarships annually.
STEAM Across the Ages Program