Nonprofit resource center receives $10,000 grant |

Nonprofit resource center receives $10,000 grant

DILLON – Friday, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) in Dillon had a new reason to celebrate TGIF.

The local nonprofit charity became $10,000 richer, thanks to a grant from the Post News Charity Organization in Denver. The Post News, through Ride the Rockies, gives a grant to each town the popular bike ride visits.

Saturday, 2,000 bikers finished the week-long tour in Copper Mountain.

Christina Carlson, FIRC executive director, said the grant will be used to help families with emergency needs, as well as general needs.

“The nice thing about this grant,” said Carlson, “is it isn’t heavily restricted to one area or to one purpose. It’s all set to go out to the community.”

FIRC uses grants, fundraisers and profits from the Summit Thrift and Treasure, a nonprofit thrift store in Dillon, to drive its operation. The center helps families in need with housing and medical bills.

Cindy Willard, community relations manager for Post News Charities, said her organization gave out seven grants worth $62,500.

“We’re looking for programs that positively impact children and literacy programs,” Willard said. “(FIRC) does wonderful work with families, which impacts children.”

Willard cited FIRC’s home-visit counseling program for families expecting children as a major reason it received the grant.

For information about FIRC, call (970) 513-1170. For information about the Summit Thrift and Treasure, call (970) 262-2461, or stop by with donations between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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