Hard work rewarded

Two local nonprofit agencies receive awards

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Advocates Against Battering and Abuse and Comunidad Integrada have received special grant awards from the El Pomar Foundation.

The El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in the West. The organization contributes about $20 million annually to Colorado nonprofit organizations through direct grants and stewardship programs.

"There are so many excellent nonprofit organizations throughout the Northwest, it's an honor to be recognized," Advocates executive director Diane Moore said.

This is the second year that Advocates has received the honor.

Advocates was nominated by the northwest council members of the Penrose Nonprofit Institute, which covers seven counties in Northwest Colorado. The institute was established to better understand and respond to the specific needs of the communities across the state.

The $4,000 award that was presented Thursday will be used for general operating expenses for Advocates.

"What the community doesn't always know is that Advocates provides training for violence in the workplace, civil protection order assistance, outreach and education regarding issues of date rape drugs," Moore said.

Comunidad Integrada re----ceived an award in the leadership development category.

Comunidad Integrada promotes and supports the successful integration of immigrant and local community members in Routt and Moffat counties through education, intercultural exchange and collaboration to build a more united community.

Summer Laws, the executive and program director for Comunidad Integrada, said she was pleasantly surprised. This is the first time the organization has received funding from El Pomar.

"What was great for us about that grant, was that it really brought out the community support for our program," Laws said.

The award was a $5,000 challenge grant, which Comunidad Integrada had to match.

"Challenge grants are really valuable for nonprofits," Laws said. "The money will be used for our English language programming. It's a vehicle for immigrants to increase their self-sufficiency."

-- To reach Allison Plean, call 871-4204

or e-mail aplean@streamboatpilot.com

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