Grants Awarded to Twenty-Four Ouray County NonProfits
by Beverly Corbell
Oct 31, 2011 | 610 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OURAY COUNTY – Two philanthropic organizations, the Woman’s Club of Ouray and the Western Colorado Community Foundation, announced their fall 2011 grant recipients recently. Twenty four not-for-profit enterprises, ranging from the Ridgway Community Food Pantry to the Friends of the Wright Opera House, received awards totaling $12,000 this year, according to releases by the donors.

The Woman’s Club of Ouray, with funds earned from its Annual June Rummage Sale, and with a unanimous vote of the membership, according to Club President Vicki Caldwell, distributed over $9,000 to 21 county non-profits. Sixteen percent of the money went to children’s programs; 14 percent went to the arts; seniors and disabled programs got 13 percent; Ridgway’s Food Pantry got 11 percent; and the remaining 45 percent went to other community programs, according to the release.

The Woman’s Club of Ouray was founded in 1897 in Ouray and has 70-plus members.

Organizations receiving these grant monies include the Cedar Hill Cemetery District, Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, Equine Life Lessons and Artwork, Friends of the Wright Opera House, Hospice and Palliative Care, Mt. Hayden Rebekah Lodge No. 54, Mountain Sunshine, Neighbor to Neighbor, Ouray County Arts Association, Ouray County Chorus, Ouray Elks Lodge No. 492, Ouray County Emergency Medical Services, Ouray County Mountain Rescue, Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, Ouray Public Library, Ridgway Community Food Bank, Ridgway Railroad Museum, Second Chance Humane Society, Voices for Children (CASA), Voyager Youth Program, and Weehawken Creative Arts.

Additionally, the WCO continues to support its hospice room in Valley Manor Care Center, to make monthly gifts of food and money to the Ridgway Community Food Pantry, to support the Cedar Hill Cemetery cleanup in the spring, and to volunteer at other community service events.

The Western Colorado Community Foundation also recently announced its fall awards, with WCCF board member Sue Hillhouse naming the recipients earlier this month. One thousand dollar grants will go to the Voyager Youth Program, Friends of the Wright Opera House and the Ouray County Historical Society.

The Community Foundation works with donor families to establish permanent charitable funds to support community projects and causes that enhance the quality of life in local communities. Incorporated in 1996, the foundation manages almost $30 million dollars in endowed funds. Last year, it awarded over $1 million in grants and scholarships in seven counties, including Ouray County.

Voyager Youth Program will use grant money to continue its support of Ouray County youth and families through educational, recreational, and experiential activities; Friends of the Wright Opera House will apply its money toward the purchase and installation of a technical sound system; and OCHS will upgrade the lighting on the first floor and lower level of the Museum.

“Community foundations impact lives, solve community problems, and improve futures,” said WCCF Executive Director Anne Wenzel. During the week of Nov. 12-18, Western Colorado Community Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America for Community Foundation Week. For more than 20 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address civic and economic challenges. WCCF will also celebrate its 15-year anniversary in February 2012 with regional and local events.

For more information about Western Colorado Community Foundation, visit or contact Sue Hillhouse at 970/626-2970 or

Visitors are welcome to attend the Woman’s Club of Ouray’s monthly meetings, held on the third Tuesday in the San Juan Room at the Ouray Community Center; 2011-2012 programs center on the theme “Uncommon Women – Uncommon Lives.” The Nov. 15 program will feature Sabrina Butler speaking about her dentistry efforts in Africa. Members and guests are encouraged to bring canned or dried food goods for the Thanksgiving season, to help stock the Ridgway Community Food Pantry’s shelves as the holiday season approaches.

For more information about the Woman’s Club, contact Vicki Caldwell at 970/325-4816 or 970/318-6620.
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