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December 15, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Area Non-Profits Receive $137K from Foundation
(2008-03-12)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Several checks were presented to 12 different non-profit organizations throughout southwestern Colorado last night from El Pomar Foundations Southwest Regional Council.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner Reports.

SUSAN LANDER: AS SOMEONE WHO RAISES MONEY EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE IT'S REALLY FUN TO GIVE IT AWAY.
That's Susan Lander, who is one of eight members serving El Pomar Foundations Southwest Regional Council. The council serves 5 counties throughout Southwestern Colorado.
At last night's ceremony, 12 non-profit organizations were presented with grants totaling $137,000.
The single largest grant of 75-thousand dollars was presented to the Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Program known as RSAPP.
Other significant grants were given to various dental programs including Montezuma County Health Department's Children's Dental Program and San Juan Basin Health Departments Southwest Smile Makers Dental Program.
Cathy Robbins, Vice President of El Pomar Foundation, expresses the need for funding RSAPP and the dental programs.
CATHY ROBBINS: THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE COUNCIL FOR THIS YEAR LAST YEAR AND THE COMING YEAR HAS BEEN REGIONAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE. UNDERAGE DRINKING, DRINKING AMONG YOUTH, THEY'VE DECIDED IS A MAJOR ISSUE AND SO THEY'RE FUNDING OF THEIR MONEY FOR A REGIONAL WIDE COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO REALLY MAKE AN IMPACT ABOUT UNDERAGE DRINKING. THE REMAINDER OF THE MONEY WHAT THEY SAW AS AN ISSUE WAS DENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN. THERE REALLY AREN'T VERY MANY RESOURCES FOR THAT. SO THEY FUNDED TWO PROGRAMS TO ADDRESS AND PROVIDE SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WHO NEED DENTAL CARE.
Another council member Mary Jo Coulehan of Pagosa Springs explains the financial needs of non-profits in Archuleta County.
MARY JO COULEHAN: I THINK I ALSO HAVE A BROAD RANGE OF WHAT THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE. SO I THINK THAT HELPS WITH THE REGIONAL ASPECT AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY ASPECT. I DON'T THINK ARCHULETA COUNTY HAS BEEN REPRESENTED SIGNIFICANTLY BEFORE SO I'M REALLY HONORED TO JOIN THE GROUP AND BRING THE FAR EASTERN PART OF SOUTHWEST COLORADO TO THE REST OF THE REGION AND GIVE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. BECAUSE WE ARE SOMEWHAT REMOTE EVEN COMPARED TO DURANGO AND EVEN MONTEZUMA COUNTY WITHOUT ANY POST SECONDARY EDUCATION.
The Archuleta County Education Center in Pagosa Springs, which is an alternative high school, also received much financial support from El Pomar.
Doug Bohen, Director of the Education Center elucidates.
DOUG BOHEN: THIS PARTICULAR GRANT IS ACTUALLY A $25,000 IT'S HALF OF A MATCHING GRANT THAT WE'RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW TO DO RESEARCH. IT'S A FEASIBILITY STUDY TO LOOK AT THE POTENTIAL OF BRINGING SOME COMPANIES IN TO CREATE A PROGRAM WE CALL SYSCO TELEPRESENCE WHICH IS ACTUALLY A PROGRAM TO BRING COLLEGE CLASSES DIRECTLY INTO PAGOSA SPRINGS. I HAVE BEEN IN PAGOSA SPRINGS SINCE 1981 AND WE HAVE NEVER HAD ANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR POST SECONDARY EDUCATION.
Each of the eight members of the Southwest Regional Council presented $1500 grants to the nonprofit of their choice. Some of those non-profits included the Community Foundation of Southwest Colorado, The Nest and Renew, Inc. program in Cortez, Dolores County for the DCTV 4-H News Program and the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs.
According to El Pomar's website, the Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in the Rocky Mountain West.
For more information on this grant program go to www.elpomar.org.
COULEHAN: THE BOUNDARIES ARE JUST ARE BOUNDLESS RIGHT NOW.

From KSUT Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner.
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