How does CFGV work for the Community?
We operate somewhat like a United Way — using today’s dollars for today’s needs in this high mountain valley where we live and play.
And, we also develop, steward and preserve permanent resources . . . that will sustain and enrich our community far into the future.
CFGV is your Community Foundation and we are “Here for Good” . . . for you, for the nonprofits we help keep strong and
for the communities in the valley we call Paradise.
You have told us that:
1) Nonprofits define the character of our Valley,
and 2) everyone can be a philanthropist.
We believe you! And we invite you to make a difference today that will last forever.
Bella is a young Cora woman who graduated from Gunnison High School in 2019 and she has been working in the valley to help her parents. She has always interpreted for her parents from Cora to English and never realized how talented she was to be able to speak Cora and be an indigenous woman. When she became more involved with the Hispanic Affairs Project, a new door of opportunity opened for her and she started to appreciate her indigenous roots and heritage more. She participated in medical interpreter training, became involved in vaccination efforts for the Coras/Latinos in Gunnison, and is now an active member of our local base committee Inmigrantes Unidos Gunnison. Now she is able to support her family and community in many ways. This is just one example of how the Hispanic Affiairs Project is building leadership and developing the capacity of immigrants to become active participants in their community.
Your gift to Community Grants gives immigrant families like Bella’s more opportunities to grow and thrive in the community we all share.
Your gift does more through CFGV. Enhanced programming for adults with disabilities. More mentorship pairings. Increased stewardship and trail maintenance on our public lands. Access to the arts and early childhood education. Furthering community connections . . . and more. A record $161,000 was awarded in 2021!
Efforts to build community start with a single word.
How Can Your Gift Help?
REAL STORIES FROM THE COMMUNITY
Children – building blocks of the future.
Tyler’s mom and dad separated right after he turned three. Being shuffled between his parents’ homes and experiencing different routines and expectations made Tyler angry and unsettled. He soon started preschool and was lashing out verbally and physically at the teachers and other children.
However, Tyler and his parents were quickly supported by teachers and counselors with positive tools and resources. With consistent routines, curriculum, and a social and emotional development focus, Tyler is a new kid! Happy and engaged, he’s thriving at school and at home.