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District 51 Foundation
2115 Grand Ave. Grand Junction, CO 81501
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COVID- 19 has impacted everyone in our community. Donations during this time are sincerely appreciated to help deal with the ongoing issue surrounding hunger in Mesa County. Many of our families are struggling with unpaid meal account balances through the entire school year. A significant part of our Mesa County population are considered the working poor, who miss the coverage provided by free and reduced meal programs, yet still have a need. Over the last twenty years housing costs have increased 2-3 times within a family’s monthly budget, decreasing the ability to pay other expenses. The ripple effect is we have an escalating amount of Mesa County families with unpaid meal accounts. 100% of all School Lunch Angel fund donations go directly to the accounts of families with severely high balance unpaid meal accounts. Click Here to donate to the School Lunch Angel Program
COVID- 19 has impacted everyone in our community. Donations during this time are sincerely appreciated to help deal with the ongoing issue surrounding hunger in Mesa County. Numbers speak for themselves. During the week of April 6, 2020 The Lunch Lizard served over 21,500 meals to children. Throughout the years, The Lunch Lizard has become a food resource our children depend on in the summer. Then fast-forward to the COVID-19 crisis. It's hard to imagine where our children would turn during these past few weeks if it weren't for The Lunch Lizard. It's security in a world that seems insecure at the moment.
“We started it (The Lunch Lizard) based on the fact that we knew we were feeding about half the population of Mesa County that’s close to the federal poverty guidelines of income where they can qualify for free or reduced-cost meals,” Director of Nutrition Services Dan Sharp said. Lunch Lizard was built with the premise that, while we serve these kids all year long in our school system, come summer, how do these kids find food? The Lunch Lizard was started in 2015 with that intent: let’s grab food and take it into the neighborhoods where a lot of these families are when the kids can’t get to a site or a school. During a normal summer, there are three different Lunch Lizard routes to 15 locations, serving 800-1,000 meals a day for 8-10 weeks.Combined with the Emergency Meal Service, those numbers have quadrupled to serve as many students as possible amidst the coronavirus crisis. Click Here to Donate to The Lunch Lizard
Stuff the Bus
Stuff the Bus has been supporting our students for over 20 years. Many of our D51 students can't afford to purchase school supplies. Started by Townsquare Media, Stuff the Bus has partnered with Mesa Mall, D51 Foundation, and D51 Schools to help provide much needed school supplies. Every summer, the Stuff the Bus makes its appearance in the mall and around town. People are encouraged to purchase supplies and "stuff" them in the bus. This is an opportunity to donate directly to pay for school supplies. The supplies will be purchased and delivered to schools in August. Thank you for your consideration. Click Here to Donate to Stuff the Bus
Donate Through Colorado Gives
The D51 Foundation is a member of Colorado Gives. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. In 2017 more than 153,000 donations were made to support 2,308 nonprofits for a total of $36.6 million. Access the D51 Foundation donation page at https://www.coloradogives.org
Are you interested in supporting local organizations? In 2019, the D51 Foundation joined Grand Valley Gives. Learn more at grandvalleygives.org
Consider making a donation to leave a legacy through the D51 Foundation's endowment with the Western Colorado Community Foundation. Their mission is to promote charitable giving, build and manage charitable legacy funds and endowments, and provide grants, scholarships and other resources to benefit the residents and communities of western Colorado. A gift to the D51 Foundation Endowment adds to the sustainability of the foundation and the larger the endowment, the larger the annual payout that supports the D51 Foundation. It's a gift that keeps giving for years to come. To find out more head to www.wc-cf.org
A new program will let you give some or all of your state income tax refund to support our work. On your return or tax software, look for the prompt to Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit and use our Registration Number: 20113031302 Find out more at: www.RefundWhatMatters.org
Secrest and Whittington Properties at Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties has started a new program called Strong Foundations. They do 2 important things through this: 1) Help you establish foundations by helping you buy and sell real estate; and 2) Donate 10% of their commission to the D51 Foundation when you use Strong Foundations. Call Trisha Whittington for more information at 970.640.2663 Strong Foundations
As a 501(c)(3) organization, donations made to D51 Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Please consult with your tax advisor about the tax-deductibility of your specific gift.