#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.
Colorado Springs is home to five military installations and more than 85,000 active duty service members and their families, and Peak Military Care Network is one of the great organizations serving this population in our community. Through its resource directory, Peak Military Care Network aims “to connect military service members, veterans and their families to the highest quality resources provided by our trusted community partners.” El Pomar is proud to partner with organizations like Peak Military Care Network and Mount Carmel Center of Excellence providing essential support to those who have served or are currently serving the nation.
Grantee Spotlight: Peak Military Care Network
Since 2011, Peak Military Care Network has been connecting the military service members, veterans and military families of the Pikes Peak Region with the support and services they need. The Peak Military Care Network was first a program under the National Homeland Defense Foundation (NHDF), and later took on the 501(c)3 status of NHDF, which had been founded in 2004 with support from El Pomar. The National Homeland Defense Foundation received additional funding in several of the following years, including recognition as an Awards for Excellence recipient in 2007.
Through resource fairs, one-on-one outreach, community education workshops, an online database, call-in and in-person assistance, Peak Military Care Network connects military and veteran families with diverse and essential resources, including: advocacy, behavioral health, caregiver support, child & family services, crisis intervention and first response, early childhood care and education, employment and workforce readiness efforts, housing assistance, health resources, social services, substance abuse programming, and assistance with the transition to civilian life.
Since 1940, El Pomar has made $6.6 million in grants to support the military, and in 2007 launched the Military Affairs program to collaborate with and recognize the incredible work of the organizations in Colorado Springs that support active duty service members, veterans, and their families.
El Pomar in 2007
In 2007, El Pomar Foundation provided more than 600 grants for a total greater than $24 million. In addition to military affairs, education was another theme of Foundation grant making as El Pomar Youth in Community Service awarded $1.3 million in grants in more than 140 schools across Colorado and both the University of Colorado Foundation and Colorado College received substantial grants for scholarships and leadership programs. Regional Councils were active throughout rural Colorado and provided $1.2 million to nonprofits throughout the state.
Images courtesy of Peak Military Care Network
Spotlight by Erin Kerr