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) that everyone can be a philanthropist.
We believe you! And we invite you to make a difference today that will last forever.
A Warm Welcome!
Efforts to build community start with a single word.
Jessica McNary, Kindergarten teacher at Lake School, was out walking in her neighborhood on a warm weekend afternoon. As she walked by the bus stop shelter, where Betty the Book Nook “lives”, Jessica saw a very excited little girl. With a happy smile, the little girl showed Ms. McNary the shelves of “FREE BOOKS!” Ms. McNary asked why she was so excited. The child told her she didn’t have any books at her house and, “I can borrow as many books as I want! I even picked some out for my parents. I’m coming back for more as soon as I read these,” she shouted as she ran toward home. The Book Bus program staff refreshes Betty the Book Nook in the bus stop shelter as part of the route every Friday.
Your gift to Community Grants means more books in the hands of more people. And so much more than that. 25 Community Grants were awarded in 2018, and 34 applications are currently under review for 2019 Awards.
Your gift provides 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.
It’s not just about their ABCs…
CFGV Story Spotlight – Project Hope
Danielle was sexually assaulted by someone she considered to be a friend. She didn’t feel safe. She didn’t feel like she had control over the protection of her own body. Hear her story in the video below. Warning: Danielle’s story is an honest portrayal of sexual assault and the emotional toll it can take. Watch at your own discretion.
Through CFGV, your gift goes to work creating a Gunnison Valley where the full range of human needs is addressed by the community…by changing one life at a time.
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.