Mesa County organizations received a total of $13,000 in grants in the latest distribution from the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund. The fund supports small, non-profit groups that don’t have the resources to compete with larger organizations for funding. Since its inception in 1993 more than 3,800 grants worth a collective $3.6 million have been awarded in Colorado.
“There are so many small, local, grassroots organizations that work tirelessly to help individuals and families who are struggling, especially in challenging economic times like we’ve been recently experiencing. Often times, these organizations don’t have the resources for fund-raising initiatives. Yet, their services are critical,” said Steve Irion, market president and business banking manager for Wells Fargo in Grand Junction. “We’re proud to be able to make this special contribution as one part of our overall community investment efforts as a way to show that we appreciate their efforts on behalf of us all.”
A total of 21 Mesa County organizations received the latest grants: Alzheimer’s Association; Clifton Christian Church food and clothing; Counseling and Education Center; Court Appointed Special Advocates; Fruita Thrift Shop; Girls on the Run of Western Colorado; Grand Junction Centennial Band; Grand Junction Imagination Library; Grand Valley Peace and Justice; How are the Children?; Kids Aid; Kids Voting Mesa County; Light of Hope, Mesa County Public Library Foundation; Riverside Educational Center; St. Mary’s foster grandparent and senior companion programs; Strong Families, Safe Kids; Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation; The Tree House Center for Youth; and Western Slope Center for Children.