2021 Recipient: The Den Teen Center
The Den Teen Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving local teens a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment where they can hang out without any social pressure and just be themselves.
About the project: Our project offers the youth a variety of activities. We have 6 different gaming consoles spread across 3 TVs, over 2k in games and DVD's, a tournament-style foosball table, a dartboard, an arts-and-crafts room, board, and card games, a large variety of puzzles, a stand-up arcade game, a microscope, and access to streaming services such as Netflix.
The goal of The Den is to get the youth to re-engage with each other, their families, and school. We want to help lower our dropout rate, and give them a viable alternative to turning to drugs and alcohol. We hope that by letting the youth have a strong say in The Den, that they will take ownership of it, help police it, and learn social skills that will assist them in adulthood.
The true success of The Den will be when teens get actively involved and take ownership of the future of the center. When we see them willingly engage, care about, and work towards acquiring better/different equipment, decorations, or even expanding to a larger location. Also, when we see extremely introverted teens come out of their shells and blossom, then we will be a success.
2020 Recipient: Christmas for Seniors
Christmas for Seniors works hard during the holiday season to ensure Craig’s oldest citizens are not forgotten.
2020 was unlike any other our world has seen, so WFMC adjusted. Members gave an amout that they were comfotable with, and chose to give to a group who is often overlooked, yet was hit hard by the Covid 19 Pandemic. Women for Moffat County was proud to present $1200.00 to this great organization during the 2020 Holiday season.
Maybell Rodeo Club: 2019 Award Winner $3,464.00
About the Organization: The main focus of the Maybell Rodeo Club is to give the young and aspiring rodeo athletes of Moffat County a safe and fun place to ride and improve their skills. Maybell families have been putting on rodeos and competing in Maybell for generations. They have made countless memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Over the years, there became a bit of a lull in young kids to compete, which led to a lull in local events. Now that a new generation of kids is getting started, we are extremely motivated and hopeful to give them those same opportunities. Even though the kids are our main focus, we are going to provide opportunities for all ages to get in on the action. It will also provide so many fun events for the people of the community to go and watch and support. It's time to put Moffat County back on the rodeo map!
About the Project: The fairgrounds at Maybell It has been neglected for quite some time, but it was a main attraction for generations and brought people from near and far to all of its events. While we have several events planned throughout the year, our goal is to host a kick-off event during the horse drive in May. The event would host a ranch bronc riding and a variety of food choices. The town will already be packed with spectators so it is sure to draw a crowd. In order to reach our goal, we will need to complete several tasks before the arena can be operable.
Grant funding awared for, but not limited to:
Congratulations to the Maybell Rodeo Club!
Northwest Colorado Arts Council: 2019 Award Winner $1,136.00
About the Organization: The mission of the Northwest Colorado Arts Council is to provide pathways for the arts and humanities to be a vital resource in Moffat County that results in sustaining educational, economic and creative opportunities.
Need more ideas to improve Moffat County? Here are some things that other communites are doing!
A visually appealing community increases property values, attracts businesses, and improves the neighborhood's image. Some research even shows that a nice-looking neighborhood promotes good behavior.
Commercial District Revitalization
Maintenance of sidewalks, paths, street furniture, plantings, public restrooms, and street lighting is essential. Trees soften the rectangular shapes of buildings, add a pleasant bit of informality and unpredictability to your landscape.
A community festival is a wonderful way to connect local citizens and boost your town's image. You can bring volunteers together to organize a fun day of activities for all ages, or perhaps you just want to improve a community event that we already have.
Develop Indoor Spaces
In cooler climate communities, indoor spaces for meetings, events and children's play are esssential. Some communities have taken empty or abandonded buildings and turned them into community meeting spaces or indoor play areas for children.
Arts, Music & Culture Projects
Arts and Cultural projects play a fundamental role in reviving communities. Arts, music and culture projects help to create community cohesion, instill civic pride and reimagine our public spaces.
Environmental sustainability discussions are becoming much more prevalent in local communities. It's feasible at the community level to carry out a recycling program, build a network of community gardens, or start a solar project.
Health Promotion Projects
Working at the community level to promote healthy living brings the greatest health benefits to the greatest number of people. Health promotion activities such as giving short presentations in schools, senior centers, and churches or providing “Lunch and Learn” sessions with community groups, can all help promote a healthy community. Other ideas may be to develop or repair walking or biking trails, parks or outdoor playgrounds.
"John Wilson stopped in Chicago during a road trip from Boston. He was walking by Wicker Park when he noticed a 'totally anonymous and unsupervised' local drop box where you could leave or take unwanted books and DVD’s," He wondered: Would something similar work in his city, Cambridge, MA? Wilson and friends launched the Stranger Exchange, which has been a huge success. “There is this unexpected curiosity and respect for something like this,” says Wilson. “I am not sure where it comes from. Perhaps people value things made with care and honor systems built on trust?” Why not start a Stranger Exchange in your town, and see what happens?"
This idea found at: https://www.shareable.net/12-nifty-ideas-to-improve-your-city/