Steamboat Springs On the Routt County Council on Aging's application for the first annual Arthur E. Anderson Impact Grant, program director Shelly Orrell summed up Anderson's connection to the community:
Arthur "was very active in the congregate meal program for many years and the meals-on-wheels program later, when his health declined. This grant means a great deal to the Routt County Council on Aging. We view this as an opportunity to honor the memory of Arthur E. Anderson in our community," she wrote.
Those words also appear on the plaque awarded Friday to the Council on Aging by Routt County United Way. The council will use the $25,000 grant to complete and equip the kitchen at the new Steamboat Springs Community Center, which hosts the council's congregate meal program.
The community center kitchen - located just off the sunny, vaulted room that housed the grant award ceremony - will take Anderson's name. The center offers a fixed menu lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at a price of $2.50 for seniors.
"It's a really nice connection with this first grant, because Arthur E. Anderson was very active with the congregate meal program for the Council on Aging," said Kelly Stanford, who recently was appointed United Way's new executive director.
United Way received seven applications for the Anderson grant, which stipulates the money be used for a finite project and not day-to-day operations. Stanford said regular operating costs for local health and human services organizations are covered by United Way's annual allocation process, which this year spread about $512,000 around the community.
Roberta Gill, Routt County United Way president, took the granting ceremony as an opportunity to introduce Stanford as the organization's new head and thanked departing executive director Mark Andersen for his two years of work.
She said the Council on Aging was a natural fit for the first Anderson grant.
"His connection with the elder population of Routt County was just like an extra link in awarding the grant," Gill said.