Who we support
With the money raised through the Boulder Valley Beer Fest the Boulder Valley Rotary Club is able to awards grants every year to nonprofits in the Boulder Community.
Here is a list of some of 2019 recipients and how we support them:
Boulder Community Health is proud to have Boulder Valley Rotary as one of our long-standing partners in the community. A partnership that is grounded in the greatest needs of the community and fueled by the collective expertise and resources that each organization brings to the discussion.
Boulder Community Health is a non-profit, independent, regional health system with facilities throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties. Boulder Community Health is known across Colorado for its clinical excellence in heart care, neurosurgery, stroke care, orthopedics and cancer care. Our mission is to provide our community with the highest value health care in an innovative, patient-centric environment. Our vision: We are partnering to create and care for the healthiest community in the nation. For more information, visit www.bch.org.
Thanks to the Boulder Valley Rotary, Out Boulder County, the area's LGBTQ advocacy and community center, was able to train staff, key volunteers, and community members about mental health and suicide prevention with Mental Health First Aid and SafeTALK. This supports our communities' resiliency, compassion, and ability to be stronger together. Thank you from Out Boulder County! https://www.outboulder.org/
The Boulder Valley Rotary Club has been a kind and thoughtful supporter of Realities for Children Boulder County. Most recently, Boulder Valley Rotary sponsored a $2,000 Triumph Scholarship, which was awarded to a young person in our community who is pursuing their higher educational goals. Realities for Children is proud to work alongside the Boulder Valley Rotary as we work collectively to improve our beautiful community. Realities for Children Boulder County is a local non-profit that works to guide and financially support young people transitioning out of foster care through scholarships, independent-transitional housing, supportive programming, and emergency funding. We partner with businesses throughout the community through business memberships to cover our operational costs so that 100% of our donor dollars can go directly to the young people we serve! https://rfcbc.org/
"Boulder Valley Rotary has been supporting Attention Homes since 2002 because they believe in the mission and want to support local youth in their community. They have sponsored fundraising events, sponsored bedrooms in both the Emergency Shelter and Residential Program, held coat drives, made dinners for the youth, and much more. In total, they have brought in over $14,000 to support the programs and youth living at Attention Homes. Attention Homes provides housing and supportive services to youth, ages 12-24, who are facing homelessness. Whether it's a warm meal and safe bed or health care and job training, we help young people transform their lives and guide them on a path to independence.
"I spent time as a teenager in (Attention Homes') residential facility and am writing to thank you. Though I faced significant challenges during my childhood being raise by a single mom with severe mental illness, I have gone on to succeed in life and was recently honored as the Teacher of the Year [in my state]. I wanted to let you know that YOU are the reason for my success. My time at Attention Homes was the first time I ever, in my entire life, had adult allies. I gained a larger understanding that not all adults cause harm, that there are good people in the world, and that someday I wanted to become one." - Former Attention Homes Client
In 2018, Attention Homes saw 491 young people experiencing homelessness in our programs. 27% of these youth identified as LGBTQ+ and cited family rejection as a key cause to their instability. 33% of these youth were formerly in the foster care system. 12% of them had a history of exploitation/trafficking. Despite the barriers that Attention Homes' clients face, they are consistently working to improve their lives and become self-sufficient members of this community. “ https://www.attentionhomes.org/
Over the years, we've received and are so grateful for the financial support (grants) of Boulder Valley Rotary and its individual members as both donors and volunteers. Your gifts support our comprehensive programming which helps students from low-income areas achieve their college and career dreams.
Since 1990, the award-winning "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County (IHDF) has assisted 1,000 children from low-income communities achieve their dreams of college by providing long-term personal and academic support, tutoring, mentoring and four-year tuition-assistance scholarships to each graduating student. The program follows the national model established in New York in 1981 by founder Eugene Lang. The organization sponsors entire groups of students from elementary schools, or from low-income housing sites, and works with these children and their families through high school graduation and into post-high school education. Currently, there are 12 active "I Have A Dream" classes in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts. IHDF has doubled expected graduation rates for those in its program and has awarded over $3 million in scholarships to date. www.ihaveadreamboulder.org
The Family Learning Center has had the privilege of receiving tremendous support from Boulder's Rotary Club. We have received funds for scholarships for our preschool children and their families, club members have helped with numerous volunteer community service projects at the Family Learning Center. The club has contributed financially to several capital budgets that helped the center provide essential services. At the FLC, we are passionate about what we do and fanatical about transforming the worlds of the children and families that walk through our doors. We want to ignite the fire to learn and to live life to the fullest in each One! We will do everything in our power to provide lifelong learning skills that lead to economic self-sufficiency to children and families of limited incomes, in an environment where families feel nurtured, respected, and empowered.
FLC is an inclusive community where children and families of all races and cultures, and from all walks of life, are welcomed. We believe that family and community offer the best support system for healthy social, academic, civic, and ethical development. By offering educational opportunities to the entire family, we create families who value education, self-reliance, and community service.
Every One should have the opportunity to succeed! This is our passion and this is our mission. http://www.flcboulder.org/
Thanks to the generosity of Boulder Valley Rotary Club and its members, Voices for Children was able to provide scholarships to more than 20 children who were victims of child abuse. These scholarships helped kiddos get tutoring to be successful in school, explore an extracurricular activity that they enjoyed, or get to attend summer camp. Most of all, BVRC helped these kids feel normal again! Thank you, Rotary!
Voices for Children recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for abused children both inside and outside of court. Our Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, build a relationship with the child and advocate for their best interests in court, while helping to make sure that the child's needs are met in foster placement. In 2018, the court decided to appoint Voices for Children volunteers to every new abuse case in Boulder County, signalling that our volunteers are an integral part of the success of the child welfare system. We are proud to support more than 300 of the most talented and dedicated volunteers as they transform the lives of children in our community and build a healthier, more resilient community, one child at a time. http://vfccasa.org