El Pomar Foundation supports many unique community programs by providing necessary grants and seed money, such as the Veterans Climb program at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center (Mt. Carmel) and the Achieving Competitive Excellence Program at SPEED Track and Field. El Pomar Trustees Judy Bell and Lt Gen Mike Gould (USAF, Ret.) detail the efforts and impact of the Pikes Peak Regional Council's support to these organizations.
Among the many artistically and historically significant pieces Spencer and Julie Penrose collected from their world travels is the impressive Chinese "Zhong" Bell. Currently displayed at the Penrose House, the bell reflects the Penroses' deep appreciation for culture and efforts to bring interesting and worldly pieces to Colorado Springs.
Despite being one of the best places to live in terms of physical health, Colorado consistently ranks poorly among the 50 states when considering mental and behavioral health prevalence and accessibility of care and resources. Several of El Pomar Foundation’s 11 regional councils have already designated mental and behavioral health as their grant making focus area, and several other Councils are exploring a similar designation. Aligning with National Mental Health Awareness Month, El Pomar hosted one of its largest convening meetings to date on May 23rd with a focus on mental and behavioral health in Colorado, particularly in the rural regions of the state.