We are proud to announce that the Colorado COVID Relief Fund recently awarded Chaffee County Public Health a $25,000 grant. The Colorado COVID Relief Fund was created to provide community-based organizations in Colorado flexible funding to address issues around COVID prevention, impact and recovery.  Our Chaffee County Public Health grant focuses on helping seniors and vulnerable populations connect to food, toilet paper, cleaning supplies and other basic necessities during the COVID epidemic. In Chaffee County, our foodbanks and nonprofits are ramping up their services tenfold to help those in need. For example, in just a few weeks The Creekside Gathering Place went from serving one community meal a week to preparing and distributing over 250 meals a week for housebound and vulnerable residents. We applied for this grant hoping to bring in quick, flexible resources for these organizations seeing a surge of need like never before. Chaffee County Public Health has distributed the $25,000 grant among the following organizations: The Creekside Gathering Place, The Grainery, Ark Valley Helping Hands, and the Central Colorado Humanists, who provide hygiene items for seniors in the food boxes that the Chaffee County Community Center distributes. All these organization are doing an amazing job of connecting food and other essentials to housebound or vulnerable residents in Chaffee County. In the coming months, Chaffee County Public Health hopes to bring in additional resources that can be allocated throughout the community.  “This infusion of additional funds for the Humanist’s Personal Hygiene Project came at the perfect time with our seniors finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet during these difficult times.” Jane Jolley, President of the Central Colorado Humanists.

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