Celebrating 80 Years - “Resilient Lake County,” 2010, Advocates of Lake County & Lake County Build A Generation
Lake County is known as the home to Mount Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountain range. Over the years, the well-being of the county and its communities has been a priority of the work of El Pomar’s High Country Regional Council, including grants to Advocates of Lake County and Lake County Build A Generation. The Council has been proud to support organizations working hard to improve the well-being of this uniquely beautiful and resilient part of the state.
El Pomar’s Regional Partnerships program began in 2003 and by 2006 Councils were established in nine rural regions across the state, including the San Juan region. Since the inception of Regional Partnerships in 2003, El Pomar has invested nearly $5 million in this region. Here, Council member Linda Gann describes the impact of a $20,000 grant on Northside Health Center, which continues to provide accessible, high quality, integrated primary health care to children and qualifying adults in the Montrose and Olathe communities.
North Council member Bob Tointon has been named the 2019 Citizen of the West, the top honor awarded by the National Western Stock Show.
Pam Boyd, Vail Daily Eagle County's Nottingham family were the proud owners of a player piano, which is now on display at the Eagle County Historical Society Museum at Chambers Park in Eagle. "A $2,500 grant from El Pomar definitely kicked off the repair work," Eagle County Historical Society President Kathy Heicher said. The society hired a piano moving company, sent the instrument off to Denver and waited for word that the work was complete. This summer, the working Nottingham piano returned to Eagle County.
The current ball field in Hotchkiss is aged and requires students and players to cross a busy highway after school to attend practice. Grants from local and state funders will be used to build new, multi-sport fields.
Two Regional Advisory Councils of El Pomar Foundation assisted in bringing the original Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to Pueblo. Read more from the Valley Courier.
Recently, the Central Peaks Regional Council hosted a Town Hall event which used live polling and breakout sessions to ask key community leaders for assistance in determining and prioritizing regional challenges and identify opportunities for philanthropic dollars to assist in addressing those issues.
Fellow Emily Padgett describes how her own experience with bilingual education inspired her love of learning and directly connects to her work with the Metro Regional Council.
“Keep score,” her coach said as she walked out the door. Those directions were followed by an eye roll or two. “This is never going to work,” thought a natural teacher with over 15 years of experience, “but I’ll try… just to prove her wrong!”
Katie Baldassar explains the growth and impact of Lake County Build a Generation and offers advice and encouragement to nonprofit leaders in young organizations.