Foothills United Way Announces First Ever Community Resilience Grants

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Foothills United Way Announces Its First Ever Community Resilience Grants

Lafayette, Colo., November 17, 2016 Foothills United Way is proud to announce its first ever Community Resilience Grants for Boulder and Broomfield counties. The concept of the grants is the first of its kind in the counties. These grants support the development of projects that build the resources and relationships necessary to address the needs of residents impacted by family emergencies or community-wide disasters.

“Economic downturns, natural disasters, family income loss or a health crisis can strike any one of us,” said Doug Yeiser, CEO, Foothills United Way. “These Resilience grants are building reliable solutions close to home, so Boulder and Broomfield residents can help one another.”

Below are three examples of how the community will become more resilient due to the Community Resilience Grants from Foothills United Way.

  • Increase community access to drop-in childcare for families experiencing crisis, and during times of disaster.
     
  • Strengthen and enhance the essential ham radio communication network for mountain communities, ensuring that vulnerable residents remain connected and get the assistance they need during times of crisis and disaster.
     
  • Empower immigrants and monolingual Spanish-speaking residents in mobile home parks to be better engaged in their communities through an educational resource, called a fotonovela. Provides practical knowledge to exercise the rights and responsibilities of a home owner association, neighborhood and community member.

To view all of the grants visit: http://unitedwayfoothills.org/community-resilience-grants.

Foothills United Way understands the importance of being ready for anything. The organization has played a leadership role in staging fundraising, volunteer coordination and recovery efforts in response to recent regional disasters, namely the Four Mile Canyon Fire, the historic floods in 2013, and the Cold Springs Fire. Effective partnerships were demonstrated in the Foothills Flood Relief Fund, and the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group, with hundreds of local and national partners participating. With these partnerships, Foothills United Way has helped more than 1,100 flood-impacted households.

The projects that have been awarded Foothills United Way’s Community Resilience Grants are expected to be completed within one year and are designed to be successful and sustainable with no further funding.

For more information about Foothills United Way’s Community Resilience Grants, please visit: http://unitedwayfoothills.org/community-resilience-grants.

Read more about the Community Resilience Grants on BizWest, Boulder Daily Camera, and Longmont Times-Call.