Kiwanis gives funds to local nonprofits
By Kathleen Goddeyne -
The Grand Junction Kiwanis Club allocated funding to local nonprofit agencies benefiting children in the Grand Valley Community.
After raising $30,000 at the 45th Annual Pancake Day, held June 15 of this year, the club decided to give all of the proceeds to different nonprofits in the area.
Thirty-one nonprofit agencies requested to receive a portion of the funds. Twenty-nine of those agencies received funding including Fruita Thrift Shop: $1,000, Play Back Sports: $550, Partners: $2,000, Girl Scouts: $1,000, the Western Slope Suicide Prevention Foundation: $1,000, and the Western Slope Center for Children: $1,245.
Botanical Gardens and Grand Valley Peace and Justice received no funding. A total of $69,550 was requested by the agencies.
Stacey Mascarenas, the Allocations Chair for the Grand Junction Kiwanis Club, has been a member of the club for 10 years. Mascarenas also serves on the Fruita City Council.
“My father got me invested in this allocation committee,” said Mascarenas whose late father was the previous allocation chair. “I was honored to take it over.”
Children that are victims of child abuse, poverty, hunger, physical and mental delays and are experiencing family economic emotional stresses were the focus of the allocations.
“We wanted to give to places that have a direct impact on a child,” Mascarenas said.
Play Back Sports, a program at Fruita Monument High School, does just that. The program takes donations for sports equipment. Equipment is purchased for students who would like to be involved in FMHS Sports, but can’t afford the necessary equipment.
“These are outstanding kids,” Mascarenas said about the Play Back Sports program. “There are some great kids in Fruita.”
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. For more information on how to get involved with the Grand Junction Kiwanis Club, visit www.kiwanis-gj.org.