Foothills United Way was proud to support the first annual THRIVE conference in Longmont on February 27! The THRIVE conference is an important resource for community members with low to moderate incomes to learn about building assets (tangible resources available to households including financial, personal, institutional and social networks of family and friends) that can be drawn upon in times of need or invested to make connections for a brighter future. In one day, families were able to build knowledge in the areas of money skills, education, home ownership, business, health, older adults and social action. Through workshops, interactive lunch discussions, and a resource fair, attendees set “Make It Happen” goals to take the next step in building a stronger future for themselves, their families and our community.
Volunteers came to teach community members how to reach their goals. Some taught aspiring homeowners how to save for their future home, where they are on the ‘ready scale’ and how to identify powerful next steps in the home buying process. These lessons are essential especially because of the rise of the cost of living in Boulder County. Future business owners were taught to be aware of their target audience, their competition, and the money and resources needed to start their business. Those who were interested in education got details about how universities work, how to enroll in classes, and how to apply for financial aid; those interested in health learned how to stretch their dollars when it comes to paying for healthcare on a low income.
Foothills United Way’s Rosemary Thompson, Personal Investment Enterprise (PIE) Program Coordinator, was a part of the steering committee for the THRIVE conference. “It was most rewarding to see 75 individuals gaining knowledge, connections and clear ideas for the future through the coordination and support from community organizations, government, businesses, volunteers and financial institutions,” Rosemary said.
One couple left their workshop feeling inspired and more confident about starting their own Mexican catering business that will have an emphasis on community, stating, “our eight year old son made us promise to feed the homeless at least once a month so we are going to honor that wish.”
We look forward to seeing the many success stories that will come from those who attended this year’s THRIVE conference!
A special thank you to the organizations/businesses that gave items for door prizes!
· Premier Members Credit Union for the gift of $25 to start a savings account, stylus pens, and retirement planning counseling sessions.
· YMCA of Boulder Valley for two quarterly memberships and one week of summer camp.
· Wells Fargo for pens, key chains, hand sanitizer, bags, tire gauge, and speakers.
· Home State Bank for their $1,000 contribution for lunch.
· The Boulder Chamber of Commerce for donating a one year membership.
· The Latino Chamber of Commerce for donating a one year membership.
· The Boulder Farmer’s Market for donating a gift basket.
· Front Range Community College for the 3 credit hour scholarship.
· Sancho’s Restaurant for a $25 gift certificate.
Also a big thank you to the organizations that were a part of the steering committee!
· Jamies Brandess, Marketing and Events Manager, Boulder Small Business Development Center
· Rebecca Chavez, Director, Admission & Outreach, Front Range Community College
· Nino Gallo, PIE/IDA Program Coordinator, Boulder County Community Action Programs
· Cynthia Garcia, Bilingual Admission and Outreach Representative, Front Range Community College
· Katie Pague, Boulder County Housing & Financial Counseling Coordinator
· Rosemary Thompson, PIE/IDA Coordinator, Foothills United Way
· Lisa Widdekind, Emergency Management Coordinator, Boulder County Public Health
· Katie Wade, Respite & Companion Volunteer Program Coordinator, Boulder County Area Aging Services