Donation bolsters program helping hungry and restaurants

A nearly $11,000 donation has bolstered a new program that helps nonprofit organizations alleviate hunger while also helping restaurants struggling to maintain operations in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Guys Giving Club donated $10,900 to the Caring For Our Home Community program.

Coordinated by the Western Colorado Community Foundation in Grand Junction, the program awards grants to nonprofit organizations to purchase meals from restaurants. The program is open to nonprofits in the Grand Valley that provide food to individuals and families. The organizations work with dine-in restaurants in the effort.

The Guys Giving Club meets quarterly to review requests for donations and select a charity to which members each donate $100. To date, the club has donated more than $172,000.

“The selection of Caring For Our Home Community is the first time that members of the Guys Giving Club have ever unanimously agreed on the beneficiary. I think the reason is that it’s such a timely and practical idea. The nonprofits get to help those in need eat and the money helps keep local restaurants in business,” said Kevin VanGundy, a member of the Guys Giving Club.

The Caring For Our Home Community program has received more than $41,000 in donations from businesses and individuals and served more than 5,800 meals.

Scott Aker, chief operating officer of the Grand Junction Housing Authority, praised the program for helping the Doors 2 Success nonprofit to help people in authority programs.

“This is a very difficult time for our seniors, and they are going to be so appreciative of the meals the Caring For Our Home Community fund will provide,” Aker said. “It’s truly a win-win-win. The local restaurants benefit, our seniors benefit and our staff feels so encouraged by our community coming together to support our seniors.”

To contribute, visit the website located at www.wc-cf.com/donate-covid-relief and click on Caring For Our Home Community or mail a check with Caring For Our Home Community in the memo line to the Western Colorado Community Foundation at P.O. Box 4334, Grand Junction, CO 81502. Information also is available online at www.caringforourhomecommunity.com.