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The Summit Foundation provides over $600K to local nonprofits

The Great Rubber Duck Race is one of several annual fundraisers for The Summit Foundation.

The Summit Foundation provides more than $600K to nonprofits

The Summit Foundation recently distributed a total of $621,000 in grant awards to nonprofit agencies providing services in Summit County and our neighboring communities.

Almost 25 percent of the grants offered sports and recreational opportunities for youth who might not otherwise be able to afford to participate. Grants included funding for youth hockey, skiing, biking and baseball teams.

"Outdoor recreation is an important part of our culture here in Summit County, and we want to be sure that every youth has an opportunity to be a part of it, regardless of their ability to pay," Summit Foundation executive director Jeanne Bistranin said in a statement.

Numerous studies have shown that participating in team sports reduces the likelihood of at-risk behavior in teens and helps develop good character and teamwork.

Another portion of the grants was allocated to school-based programs, including the Pre-Collegiate program at Summit High School and the school-based health clinics. The Pre-Collegiate program provides academic and counseling services for middle and high school students who are the first in their family to attend college. The Summit Foundation helped launch the program in 2007, and it now boasts a 100-percent high school graduation rate, with all of the participating students attending college or technical school.

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"This year, one-third of our high school scholarships were awarded to first-generation college students, and we attribute that success directly to the Pre-Collegiate program," Bistranin said in a statement.

The school-based health clinics, a collaboration with the school district and Summit Community Care Clinic, offer comprehensive health care in the school setting, improving access and affordability for children whose families might not otherwise be able to pay for health care.

A grant was also made to the Coats and Clothing for Kids program, which is run by volunteers at Knights of Columbus and offers warm clothing, boots and coats so students can be prepared for winter conditions in our community.

Several entities partnered with The Summit Foundation in contributing to the community. The Summit Foundation's Environment Field of Interest Fund, established with initial funding from Alpine Bank, offered supplemental grants to various nonprofits, such as programs where volunteers build and repair trails in Summit County and our neighboring communities. Vail Resorts EpicPromise also supported several youth-oriented programs, with funding provided through the ski pass program that offers transferable ski passes and is a major fund-raising mechanism for The Summit Foundation.

The Summit Foundation has more than 3,000 donors who provide contributions to help our community. These donations will help the programs throughout the coming year.

Easter Seals partners with local summer camps

Summer camp programs in Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne and Keystone are able to better support the needs of children with disabilities ages 6-17 years old thanks to a grant from The Summit Foundation and Easter Seals Colorado.

Easter Seals' special needs camp coordinator Saralyn Ostrowski will advise each of the camp programs; providing supervision and training for their existing camp staff. Families can work with a special needs coordinator to identify their child's needs and talk about how best to make sure their child is safe, well cared for and able to join in the fun. Each camp has specially trained staff onboard to care for children.

Summer Camp Partners:

• Breckenridge Mountain Camp (BMC) – accepts campers 5-12 years old, and new this year, campers with disabilities 13-17 years old

• Breckenridge Recreation classes – age ranges are set by the various programs; please contact staff prior to your visit or the start of the program to arrange for assistance

• Frisco Fun Club (FFC) – accepts campers 5-12 yrs old

— Compiled by Elise Reuter