United in Orange food drive challenge
Feb. 2 has been designated as “Souper Sunday” in honor of the Broncos playing in the NFL Super Bowl. Father Dyer United Methodist Church has challenged its sister mountain town church in Snoqualmie, Wash. (east of Seattle), to see which church can collect the most nonperishable food items. Suggestions include: chunky/hearty soups, canned meats, vegetables or fruit, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, etc. — the heavier the better. You can bring your donations to the church at 310 Wellington Road, Breckenridge, in the mornings on Monday through Friday, or you can bring them to the worship service on Sunday morning, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m. Your food donation will help us win our “United in Orange Food Drive” challenge.
Protect Your Playground
Copper Mountain’s parent company, Powdr, a leading mountain resort owner and active lifestyle company, announced Protect Your Playground, a new environmental grant program funding individuals with ideas to protect their local environments. Powdr has committed $40,000 across its properties (nine mountain resorts and four Woodward locations) in grant funds for the first year.
Protect Your Playground was created to empower and inspire individuals of all ages to develop solutions for environmental issues that affect their local natural playgrounds and communities. Applicants can request up to $2,500 in funding. Grants are reserved for individuals — no money will be rewarded to nonprofits or corporations. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 21 at protectyourplayground.org.
Applications will be reviewed by members of the individual resort/Woodward’s “Green Team,” who will narrow submissions to their top choices. Grant winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.
For additional information, please visit protectyourplayground.org.
Drive for Education
Vista Auto Group is donating $7,000 to four Summit School District schools in an award ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Vista Auto, 171 W. Ninth St., Silverthorne.
The company’s Drive for Education program takes a portion of the proceeds from every vehicle sold at dealerships and allows any school in the area the opportunity to apply for the program to receive up to $2,000. Vista Auto Group includes Vista Chrysler Jeep Doge Ram and Vista Subaru in Silverthorne.
The group offers biannual awards, and this time the local schools receiving funds include: $2,000 to Dillon Valley Elementary; $2,000 to Silverthorne Elementary; $2,000 to Summit Middle School; and $1,000 to Lake Dillon Preschool.
Vista Auto Group said the schools were selected out of the many applicants because they best expressed their schools’ needs for the funds.
Bessie Minor Swift grant
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Summit County. Grants will be awarded to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the arts, languages and sciences. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15, 2014, and decisions will be made and announced by May 1, 2014. The fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2,500.
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to organizations that provide direct service to help with the implementation of expansion of literacy programs for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, and also to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels. Further, the foundation supports programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary- and secondary-school-aged children. More than $173,000 in grants has been awarded since 2008. The foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for technology. The foundation also prefers to award grants to organizations that do not have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature. Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt. More information is available on the foundation’s website, www.bessieminorswift.org.