Stories From the Community

CFGV Donors

Planting the Seed to Read

Shelly’s 82 years young. She takes care of her two grandkids, ages ten and twelve, while mom and dad are at work. Shelly never learned to read.

Shelly heard a friend mention that kids who don’t have access to books fall behind their peers between school years. Though she doesn’t own a car to get to the library, she’s determined to make sure her grandchildren continue reading through the summer. Shelly’s grandkids run to the Book Bus when it pulls up outside each Tuesday. On other days, they walk three blocks to borrow books from the Book Nook.

By encouraging them to read, Shelly is setting her grandkids up for a lifetime of success. Community Grants help make the Book Bus and Book Nooks possible. Your generous gift to CFGV helps parents and grand parents like Shelly enable children to reach their full potential throughout the course of their lifetime.

Your gift to CFGV is helping local organizations enrich lives, one book at a time!

A Somber Tale…

Over the winter, the Crested Butte Avalanche Center (CBAC) was contacted by someone planning to ski with a couple others to the Friend’s Hut . He inquired about the avalanche conditions and the forecast for the upcoming weekend.

A short section of the route known as “Death Pass” and rising overall avalanche danger with an incoming storm in the area were specifically discussed. The next day, two skiers headed out into the backcountry. While crossing Death Pass, they triggered a slide and both were buried and killed. CBAC Forecasters assisted CB Search and Rescue with retrieving the bodies by assessing the snow pack and the avalanche danger for the rescuers.

The CBAC received a message a few days later from the man who had called. He said thank you. His group decided to cancel their trip to the Friend’s Hut based on the information from our Forecaster. It was not lost on their group, or at the CBAC, the impact of their decision.

The CBAC is one of 25 organizations that received Community Grants in 2018. Your gift to Community Grants boosts the work of wonderful organizations up and down the Gunnison Valley. CFGV donors have offered a $60,000 match for 2019 Community Grants. Double your impact with a gift today!


Genesis blossoms!

Genesis is a newer preschool student and has a very supportive home life, so her initial transition to Seasons Schoolhouse was rocky.

Genesis missed her mom! However, with lots of support from the Seasons Schoolhouse staff and her family, Genesis is making friends and adjusting to the daily activities. Genesis is a dual language learner and the staff is working hard to remember their high school and college Spanish in order to help her to be successful.

She’s starting to learn English, practicing with her fellow students every day. Her full immersion at Seasons has also helped our other students to learn new words and get excited about learning a new language to better communicate with Genesis.

Your generous support of CFGV enables organizations like Seasons Schoolhouse to continue to ensure even our youngest community members can feel happy, successful, and empowered. As they say, it takes a village….

Your gift to our “village” can make a huge difference in many young lives throughout the Valley!



The 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.

We were all kids once. You. Me. Everyone. So much learning and shaping takes place during the first few years of a child’s life. Early childhood education is critical during those formative years.

Your philanthropic partnership with CFGV both supports and goes beyond early childhood education. Together we’re making an investment in weaving the fabric of our community – strengthening local nonprofits and connecting community resources and people like you.


Giving Back to the Community We Love

Ixchel arrived in the Gunnison Valley ten years ago.  Her desire to learn English led her to the Center for Adult and Family Education (CAFE).

Now confident with her English, Ixchel can speak with her children’s teachers and understand conversations with her doctor. Ixchel and her daughters have increased confidence and are now active community participants. 

She laughs, “Now my friends ask me to attend their doctors’ appointments and translate.” Ixchel serves as an interpreter for members of the immigrant community, is working towards a degree, and continues to improve the quality of her family’s life in America.

Your gift to CFGV opens a world of opportunity for Ixchel and so many others. Through community civility programs. Through connecting local organizations with resources that strengthen their work. Through Imagination Library, providing books to young families. And so much more. You’re Here for Good with CFGV.

Better Together – your gift is multiplied through CFGV.

Your gift empowers Bill with choice.

After working hard and saving all his life, Bill is diagnosed with cancer at age 62. Unable to work, Bill is using his savings for extensive chemo and radiation. Nearing the end of his treatments, Bill’s hoping he will be able to return to work again soon. Until then, he relies on the local food pantry to help with groceries.

It used to be that Bill was handed a pre-packed box of food, determined by government guidelines. Among other items, the box often contained peanut butter and milk. Bill’s allergic to peanut butter. His stomach won’t tolerate dairy during his cancer treatment. Bill feels terrible wasting food, and he would usually donate those items back to the pantry, working with what was left in his box. Often, he would skip a meal to make it last.

Your support is helping the food pantry transform into a “choice pantry” through a grant from the Foundation. Bill can now shop much like you would in a grocery store, choosing food he’ll use and leaving items he won’t for others. This freedom is empowering and maintains dignity in a time of need.

Your gift helps Bill get over the hump – from cancer treatment to remission and back to a more regular life. You can make more stories like these possible with a gift today. 

It’s all about connecting the right resources at the right time.

Remember the Chinese proverb, teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime? You make that possible through the Foundation’s STEP Program. Your local nonprofits have access to experts and advisors on a range of topics; keeping them Sustainable, Tough, Efficient and Purposeful.

“The STEP Advisor’s expertise is exactly what we need. Yet again the Community Foundation has found us exactly the right resource at the right time. ”
–Darcie Perkins, Living Journeys (STEP Program participant)

Koa’s Story – The Imagination Library

You give the gift of books to over 300 families…each month. Every local child under age five is eligible to receive these free books in the mail… thanks to you! Your gift today gives the opportunity of reading to even more kiddos like Koa – don’t wait!

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