By TAMARA MARKARD | firstname.lastname@example.org | Greeley Tribune
PUBLISHED: June 9, 2020 at 6:05 p.m. | UPDATED: June 9, 2020 at 9:05 p.m.
The Weld Trust announced it has awarded more than $3 million in community grants and COVID-19 recovery to 21 nonprofits.
The trust, formally NCMC, Inc., aims to help address challenges for county residents in health and education, according to a news release. The Board of Directors added additional funds to the trust after the sale of the North Colorado Medical Center to Banner Health in 2019.
“We are delighted to award grant dollars to Weld County nonprofits who we feel will have a positive and lasting impact on Weld County,” board chairman Tom Grant said in the release. “We are excited about the impact these organizations can have immediately and in the future for citizens of Weld County.”
The United Way of Weld County plans to use its grant money for community health works and enhancements to its Housing Navigation Program.
“The grant from the Weld Trust is an investment in moving our most vulnerable resident from homelessness to household stability,” said Jeannine Truswell, President and CEO of United Way of Weld County. “We are most grateful to the Weld Trust and proud of our relationships that help improve the lives of people in Weld County.”
Grant funding has also helped the Weld Food Bank purchase a vehicle for its Mobile Food Pantry Program. The additional vehicle will help the food bank expand its program to more residents across Weld County.
Mental health services were one of the major focuses of the Trust when determining what nonprofits should receive awards
Turning Point Center for Youth and North Range Behavioral Health were awarded grants to continue and expand mental health, substance addiction and suicide prevention services and programs in the county.
“This funding opportunity enables us to work closely with community partners to fill mental health treatment gaps with the goal of reducing substance use and preventing suicide in at-risk youth in Weld County,” said Stephanie Brown, executive director of Turning Point for Youth and Family Development. “Particularly in the wake of COVID-19, when substance use, anxieties and feelings of isolation are elevated, our programs will help youth and their families heal, foster resiliency and build skills so they stay on track in progressing toward their goals.”
In addition to The Weld Food Bank, United Way, Turning Point Center for Youth and North Range Behavioral Health, nonprofits receiving funds include SAVA, Catholic Charities of Weld County, Weld School District RE-6, Bright Futures, Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado, UNC Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, Centennial Area Health Education Center, Reach Out and Read, Lutheran Family Services, American Cancer Society, The Avery Center, Habitat for Humanity, North Colorado Family Medicine, Weld County School District RE-8, Greeley Center for Independence, Immigration and Refugee Center and 5 to Thrive Teen Health.
The trust also awarded grants to 15 nonprofits that are supporting COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. The grants are being awarded in conjunction with the Weld Recovers Fund. The fund is a collaboration between the United Way of Weld County and the Weld Community Foundation.
The Salvation Army of Greeley, Sunrise Community Health, Weld Food Bank, Immigration and Refugee Center, Northern Colorado Veterans Resource Center, Boys and Girls Club of Weld County, North Range Behavioral Health, Almost Home, WeldWerks Community Foundation, Catholic Charities of Weld County, Ft. Lupton Food and Clothing Bank, Meals on Wheels of Greeley, The Greeley Dream Team, High Plains Library District Foundation and North Colorado Health Alliance are the nonprofits receiving grant money from the trust.
For more information, contact Kyle Holman at Kyle.Holman@weldtrust.org.