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 collaborations, local leaders are building their skills for greater impact and the community is creating new spaces for children to safely play. We also work with Civic Canopy to help harness the power that already exists within your community. Together, we offer a range of services to organizations in Eagle County such as coaching, advising, coordination, facilitation, resource sharing and other types of capacity building.
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 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.