Health & Well-being

The Colorado Trust is a longtime supporter of Rural Philanthropy Days. The 2015 events were held in Rifle and Creede, Colorado.


Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) connects funders with nonprofit organizations that serve rural Colorado. This event, which takes place twice each year, was created in 1991 by the Community Resource Center. The event has helped to strengthen nonprofit-funder relations and address critical needs in rural communities across Colorado. Grant contact: Gwyn Barley, PhD, Director of Community Partnerships & Grants, (303) 837-1200.

September 2015, Creede RPD event:

  • Antonito Senior Citizens Association (Antonito): The association provides healthy meals, exercise and nutrition classes, regional field trips and ongoing social activities to local and home-bound seniors. The organization plans to use the funds to help provide legal support to seniors, as well as for general operating support.
  • Town of Saguache (Saguache): The 500-resident town sits on the northern end of the San Luis Valley. The town plans to use the funds to spearhead a transportation survey for the town and surrounding area, to look at needs and possible solutions.
  • Move Mountains (San Luis): Move Mountains empowers youth in San Luis and the surrounding area in civic engagement, community involvement and healthy living, including access to fresh food and outdoor activities. Programs include an after-school drop-in program, summer internships and leadership development. The organization plans to use the funds to buy gear and other supplies for youth outdoor activities.
  • San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group (San Luis Valley): Formerly known as the San Luis Valley Community Mental Health Center, the organization has provided behavioral health services in the San Luis Valley for 35 years. It plans to use the funds for outreach, training and client advocacy.
  • Sargent Early Learning Center (Sargent/Monte Vista): The center provides a developmentally appropriate program for preschool children, and early Head Start all summer. It plans to use the funds to help install an air conditioner to support its summer programming.

June 2015, Rifle RPD event:

  • Reach Out Colorado (Rifle, Parachute): “The ROC” provides emergency assistance to people in Rifle and Parachute, including food, rent payment, lodging, gas and transportation. It also provides healthy meals to children in Rifle at the end of the school week and during the summer. The ROC hopes to grow its network of volunteers to reach more community members.
  • SOS Outreach (Eagle, Grand, La Plata, Lake, Routt and Summit counties): SOS Outreach serves at-risk youth using year-round, outdoor sports to engage underserved students in long-term mentor-based relationships. Its curriculum integrates outdoor experiential learning, character development, community service, values-based leadership development, social justice advocacy and peer mentoring. SOS Outreach served 4,569 youth during its 2013-14 program year.
  • The Family Learning Center (Edwards): The center is dedicated to the healthy growth and development of all children, by providing continuing support from birth to age six. Its principles include universal access to high-quality child care, strong parental involvement and more. The Family Learning Center is the only Early Head Start child care provider in the Eagle Valley, and 78 percent of its students are considered low-income and receive financial aid in order to attend.
  • The Youth Foundation Parent Mentor Program (Avon, Eagle Valley, Gypsum and June Creek elementary schools): The program gives parents the chance to be heard, gain education, become leaders, develop advocacy skills and build capacity to enrich the community. Parents of children enrolled in Eagle County Schools apply to become volunteers in a classroom at their child's elementary school. Last year, 24 parents graduated and 23 are returning to the schools this year, along with a new class of parent educators. They worked with more than 600 students, and hope to double that number over the next three years.
  • Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center (Eagle County): USELC works with students ages 7-17 in every school in Eagle County. The center strives to bring increased self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision-making and leadership skills to students while connecting them to the places they live through an adventure-based curriculum. USELC offers after-school programs, curriculum enrichment, a transition program for people with developmental disabilities ages 18-21, and a day and overnight summer camp program. Scholarships are available, and USELC hopes to expand its outreach in minority communities.

September 2014, Trinidad RPD event:

  • Bent County/Las Animas Community Center, to provide an after-school program for youth ages five to 18 in Las Animas (Bent County)
  • Crowley County Substance Abuse Coalition, to address drug and alcohol abuse by making presentations at schools and hiring counselors to continue educating youth on substance abuse (Crowley County)
  • Fishers Peak Soup Kitchen, to provide weekday meals, food baskets and meal delivery to area residents and cover vehicle maintenance and operating costs (Las Animas County)
  • Trinidad Community Farmers Market, to provide access to affordable, healthy food options by expanding the market beyond summer months and providing outreach and education around fresh food (Las Animas County)
  • Two Peaks Fitness, to assist individuals of all income levels in achieving fitness goals by subsidizing memberships for low-income members (Huerfano County)

June 2014, Pagosa Springs RPD event:

  • Archuleta County Veteran Services Office, to provide assistance to veterans and their family members with Veterans Affairs benefits (Archuleta County)
  • Hospice of Montezuma, to provide support for people with terminal illnesses (Montezuma and Dolores counties)
  • La Plata Family Centers Coalition, to create partnerships to strengthen families and improve community health (La Plata County)
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe, to provide diabetes treatment, diabetes prevention and healthy lifestyle education for Native Americans living on or near the Southern Ute Indian Reservation (La Plata County)
  • TARA Historical Society at Navajo Lake, to provide programs and services for the rural communities of Tiffany, Allison, Rosa and Arboles (Archuleta County)

September 2013, Winter Park RPD event:

  • Community Agricultural Alliance, to support availability to local foods to enhance healthy eating for all residents (Routt County)
  • Grand County Council on Aging, to fund medical transportation to seniors and persons with disabilities (Grand County)
  • Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, to support hospital-based suicide prevention, group therapy, crisis support and community education (Routt and Moffat counties)
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, to engage youth in the outdoors, teaching responsibility, teamwork and service (Routt County)

June 2013, Ouray RPD event:

  • All-American Families, to fund mentors, community support and training to help children build a healthy future free from addiction, poverty, violence, under-education or emotional trauma (Delta County)
  • The Center for Mental Health, to support day treatment for children with behavioral health issues living in extreme poverty, a peer-based program and suicide prevention program (Montrose County)
  • Confidential Advocacy Center, to fund confidential safety needs and direct advocacy services for individuals whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault (Gunnison and Hinsdale counties)
  • Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, to provide assistance to low-income seniors, mothers and children with access to over-the-counter medications (Mesa County)
  • Haven House, to provide shelter, support services and enrichment programs for homeless families and individuals (Montrose and Delta counties)

September 2012, Salida RPD event:

  • Chaffee County Public Health, to support a nurse-home visitation program and workforce training for its Early Childhood Council's breastfeeding program (Chaffee County)
  • Custer County Community Sharing Center, to help the food bank offer a larger quantity of food at a higher nutritional value (Custer County)
  • Full Circle Restorative Justice, to provide alternative dispute resolution for high-risk youth by expanding their youth program, including education about compassion communication and alternatives to drugs and alcohol (Chaffee County)
  • Senior Services Solutions Plus, to support volunteer recruitment to expand assistance to homebound seniors, cancer patients and people with disabilities (Fremont County)
  • Valley to Valley Senior Care Center, to purchase a van to transport seniors to medical appointments (Chaffee County)

June 2012, Morgan County RPD event:

  • Baby Bear Hugs, to support administration of programs for families with children ages birth to three-years-old (Yuma County)
  • Community Caring Hands, Inc., to build wheelchair ramps, hand rails and make minor home repairs for seniors and people with disabilities (Logan County)
  • Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center, to expand their in-home services for chronically ill patients (Morgan County)
  • Freedom to Cowboy Up, to cover general operating costs associated with their therapeutic riding center (Washington County)

September 2011, Saguache RPD event:

  • La Puente Home, to provide access to health and social services for homeless individuals (Alamosa County)
  • Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley, to support healthy after-school programs to youth (Alamosa County)
  • Center School District, to support school-based mental health services at Center High School and Skoglund Middle School (Saguache County)
  • San Luis Valley Mental Health, to support the Nurturing Parenting Program that provides healthy meals and educational activities for families suffering from substance abuse and mental health problems (Alamosa County)
  • San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center, to support the Limited English Proficiency Speakers program to help train speakers to navigate health care services, and educate health care personnel about the unique language needs of their community (Alamosa County)

June 2011, Edwards RPD event:

  • The Buddy Program, to support both individual and family mental health counseling for at-risk youth (Pitkin and Garfield counties)
  • Doctors Plus, to plan and impement the ReadyAccess cost-effective care delivery project (Eagle County)
  • High Country RSVP, to support the Medicare Assistance Program, which assists seniors, disabled and low-income individuals in understanding Medicare (Garfield County)
  • Mt. Evans Hospice and Home Health Care, to provide access to in-home health care for uninsured and underinsured citizens (Clear Creek and Gilpin counties)

September 2010, La Junta RPD event:

  • Arkansas Valley Community Center, to provide programs and services for individuals with disabilities (Otero County)
  • Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center, to aid community outreach education in health promotion, prevention, chronic disease and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (Otero County)
  • Bent County Health Care Center, to improve patient safety through training programs (Bent County)
  • Walsh Ambulance Service, for emergency medical and pre-hospital services for stroke and cardiovascular events (Baca County)

June 2010, Mancos RPD event:

  • Mancos School District, to plan a five-county regional school-based health program (Montezuma County)
  • Pagosa Mountain Hospital, to develop a patient-centered medical home model (Archuleta County)
  • Silverton Ambulance, to provide professional certification and training of first-responders (San Juan County)
  • Community Connections, to provide family support services and vocational assistance to children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities (Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties)
  • Pagosa Springs Youth Center, to provide a safe and supervised tobacco-, alcohol- and drug-free gathering place for youth (Archuleta County)