Foothills United Way awards $140,000 in ‘Community Resilience Grants’

LAFAYETTE — Foothills United Way on Thursday announced that it has 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.

The grants are the first to be awarded by Foothills United Way since the organization reshaped its business model to focus its funding efforts on three main priority areas – community resilience, attainable housing and early childhood success.

“All of our investments are now dedicated to resilience projects and collaborative initiatives, because this community has signaled an expectation that the hundreds of nonprofits and government agencies across Boulder and Broomfield counties combine their strategies and talents to work together to address our biggest challenges,” Foothills United Way president and CEO Doug Yeiser wrote in an email.

Yeiser, in Foothills United Way’s announcement, noted that everyone is vulnerable at any time to economic downturns, natural disasters or other stressful circumstances in noting the specific need for the type of resilience grants just awarded.

“These Resilience grants are building reliable solutions close to home so Boulder and Broomfield residents can help one another,” Yeiser said.

The seven projects that received the latest round of grants are expected to be completed within one year, and they’re designed to be sustainable with no further funding, Foothills United Way officials said.

The seven projects receiving grants include:

Children’s Alley Expanded Database, YWCA of Boulder County, $13,900 – Increases community access to drop-in childcare for families experiencing crisis during times of disaster.

Connecting by Communicating, AirLink Amateur Radio Group/Jamestown BoCo Strong Resiliency Group, $18,816 – Strengthens and enhances 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 – Empowers 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 homeowner association, neighborhood and community member.

Family Leadership Training Institute, Outreach United Resource (OUR) Center, $15,000 – Provides 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 – Connects 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 – Equips teachers, students and their families with the skills and strategies to help them respond to emotional challenges both at school and at home.

CTK Job-Readiness Training Materials, Bridge House, $5,000 – Develops training materials for a job-readiness program that will transition formerly homeless individuals into the workforce and on to sustainable career paths.