Wells Fargo awards grants to 20 groups

Twenty nonprofit organizations in Mesa County have received financial assistance in the latest grants from the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund.

The grants totalled $13,000, said Steve Irion, Wells Fargo president and business banking manager for the Grand Junction market.

“There are so many small, local, grassroots organizations that work tirelessly to help individuals and families who are struggling, especially in the challenging economic times like we’ve been recently experiencing,” Irion said. “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 all of us.”

Launched in 1993, the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund offers support to nonprofit groups that don’t have the resources to compete with larger organizations for funding. Over the past 20 years, 4,000 grants worth a total of $3.9 million have been awarded.

The latest Mesa County grant recipients are: Alzheimer’s Association, Center for Enriched Communications, Child and Migrant Services, Clifton Christian Church Food & Clothing, Colorado Discover Ability, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Girls on the Run of Western Colorado, Grand Junction Imagination Library, Grand Valley Peace & Justice, Grand Valley Peace & Justice ESP, How are the Children?, Kids Voting Mesa County, Mesa County RSVP Handyman Project, Mesa County RSVP Senior Scholar Project, Riverside Educational Center, Seventh Day Adventist Community Service Center, St. Mary’s Foster Grandparent Program, St. Mary’s Senior Companion Program, Thrift Shop of Fruita Imagination Library and Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation.