Locally-focused Work: Morgan County
Morgan County is one of four communities that the Foundation is working with as part of our locally-focused work, which complements our traditional grantmaking. A local focus on specific communities allows us to build relationships, learn from and support long-term efforts that emphasize community-informed, collaborative solutions to health barriers. Why? Because when ideas are generated at a local level, they are more likely to reflect the community’s needs and create lasting change.
So what does our work look like in Morgan County?
The program officer working in this community is central to the efforts described above, and intentionally looks for opportunities to build the capacity of local institutions, improve policies and systems, expand local leadership and stimulate broad civic engagement.Their work takes shape through conversations, networking and meetings with a range of community members.
For example, the Foundation has partnered with institutions like the Center for Creative Leadership, which works with individuals to customize and develop their unique leadership style, and KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. Through these partnerships, local leaders are building their capacity for greater impact, and new spaces are being created in the community so that children have a safe place to play.
During a recent series of events, we had the chance to hear directly from community members. The information and feedback shared throughout these events are better positioning us to work collaboratively with the community towards a healthier Morgan County.
If you have ideas on how to create a healthier community, or want to learn more about the Foundation, please email Program Officer Rose Green or call her directly at 303-953-7910.
Activities and Recent News in Morgan County
KaBOOM! Playground Builds
On Saturday, Aug. 11, KaBOOM!, community members and partners came together for a singular goal: build a brand-new playground at Log Lane Village in Morgan County. Check out photos from the Park's new opening here.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, more than 150 volunteers from the Morgan County community, Kids At Their Best and the Colorado Health Foundation came together to build a brand-new, kid-designed playground in a matter of hours. Check out photos from the event on Facebook.
Thanks to all who helped build safe and welcoming spaces for kids to play.
Fort Morgan Times | Nov. 29 | 'Growing Readers' program launches
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, One Morgan County, Fort Morgan city officials and several partner businesses and organizations announced the launch of their "Growing Readers" program. The goal of this program is to distribute four books per week to every child in Fort Morgan entering kindergarten in August 2019, from January to July 2019, according to a news release about Growing Readers. This program already has received between $45,000 and 50,000 in support from the sponsors, according to the news release. This includes an up to $10,000 match donation from The Colorado Health Foundation. The organizers' goal is to reach up to $60,000. Read more.
Brush News-Tribune | Nov. 20 | More jobs, more housing
As the City of Brush looks forward, housing and job growth are the intertwined challenges on the horizon.Tyler Purvis, marketing specialist for the City of Brush, presented an outlook on the Brush economy to business leaders at Wednesday's Brush Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at The Course at Pettys Park. His outlook reflects many positive factors presently taking place, or which have transpired recently.In a "Local Economy Update," Purvis said: "It's expensive to invest, but it's a prime time to invest...opportunities abound." Read more.