Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in Fort Collins hosted the second annual Harvest Moon Salmon Bake on Sept. 25 at Native Hill Farm, raising more than $1,200 to benefit Poudre Valley Community Farms, a local land cooperative dedicated to the success of community farming practices. The event, attended by about 170, featured a five-course dinner including several whole salmon cooked over an open fire. In addition to Jax and Fortified Collaborations, event sponsors include Native Hill Farm, Odell Brewing Co., Harbinger Coffee, Pringle’s Wine and Spirits, White Balcony, Motherlove Herbal Co., Rocky Mountain Parent Magazine, Renewablue, 105.5 The Colorado Sound, Old Town Distilling Co., Organic Spirits, The Green Team Real Estate and Blush Flowers on Vine.
The Lakewood-based McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. Colorado team replaced stairs at Rivendell School in Fort Collins that were creating a potential safety risk to students, faculty and visitors. Over four days, the team removed the existing stairs, poured new footing and installed new custom-fabricated stairs. The project cost was around $15,000, with McCarthy donating $10,000.
Foothills United Way awarded $140,000 in Community Resilience Grants to help fund projects in Boulder and Broomfield counties that will provide assistance for local residents impacted by things like natural disasters, family emergencies or health crises. Projects receiving grants include: Children’s Alley Expanded Database, YWCA of Boulder County, $13,900 to increase community access to drop-in child care for families experiencing crisis during times of disaster; Connecting by Communicating, AirLink Amateur Radio Group/Jamestown BoCo Strong Resiliency Group, $18,816 to strengthen 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; Fotonovela for Mobile Home Parks Residents, Latino Task Force of Boulder County, $32,400 to 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; Family Leadership Training Institute, Outreach United Resource (OUR) Center, $15,000 to provide leadership-skills training in vulnerable communities to empower individuals and families to drive positive change while serving in meaningful leadership roles; Mountain Resource Liaison Outreach to Vulnerable Populations, Emergency Family Assistance Association/Mountain Human Services Collaborative, $12,320 to connect vulnerable residents of Boulder County mountain communities with services supporting basic needs; Building Social and Emotional Resilience Through Conscious Discipline, Esquela Bilingue Pioneer Elementary School, $42,924 to equip teachers, students and their families with skills and strategies to help them respond to emotional challenges at school and home; and CTK Job-Readiness Training Materials, Bridge House, $5,000 to develop training materials for a job-readiness program that will transition formerly homeless individuals into the workforce and on to sustainable career paths.
First National Bank awarded grants to eight organizations in Northern Colorado and the Boulder Valley. Organizations in the region receiving $10,000 grants were Bridge House and the Emergency Family Assistance Association in Boulder, House of Neighborly Service in Loveland, Outreach United Resource (OUR) Center in Longmont and Greeley Transitional House in Greeley. Receiving $5,000 grants were East Colorado Small Business Development Center in Greeley and Larimer County Small Business Development Center in Fort Collins. The bank also awarded a $50,000 grant to GreenPath Financial Wellness, of which $15,000 will provide financial education and credit counseling to people in Colorado to promote financial stability. GreenPath has offices in Denver, Fort Collins and Broomfield.
About 900 children at Flagstaff Academy in Longmont sampled beets grown at nearby Ollin Farms on Nov. 17 thanks to a grant program helping schools across the nation gain more access to fruits, vegetables and nutrition education. Chef Ann Foundation and Boulder-based Healthy Skoop created Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools, to combat childhood obesity.
Fort Collins-based Food Bank for Larimer County received a $10,989.94 grant from the Red Nose Day Fund, which will be used to support children at risk of hunger through its Kids Cafe program. The contribution will impact more than 4,000 in need in Larimer County.