A Tradition of Serving Our Community and Youth Since 1974...
Supporting youth and the community, with a particular focus on the Tri-Lakes area of northern El Paso County, Colorado.
Monument Hill Foundation's Director of Granting, Barbara Broshous, just announced the completion of the Foundation's annual granting cycle for grants to be awarded in 2016 and 2017.
Thirty-six grant requests were received by the Foundation totaling $141,628. Twenty-six grants will be awarded valued at a total of $48,890.
Amoung the organizations to receive grants is the Lewis Palmer District 38 Schools. District 38 will receive eight grants totalling $17,840. Amount these eight grants are Career Starter Scholarships for students from Lewis Palmer and Palmer Ridge high schools, support of the Palmer Ridge Robotics Team, and the District's Preschool program.
In the past ten years, Monument Hill Kiwanis Club (formerly Mounument Hill Sertoma) and its granting arm, the Monument Hill Foundation, has granted over $1,000,000 to worthy Tri-Lakes and El Paso County organizations. The service club's focus is support of youth programs.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve each year, the Monument Hill Kiwanis Club organizes an all-volunteer campaign to staff Salvation Army Kettles at three northen El Paso county stores.
Because this is an all-volunteer effort with more than 40 club members spending 600+ hours ringing bells, 100% of the funds offered go directly to the Salvation Army.
The Club with responsibility for just 3 of approximately 80 Salvation Army locations in the region produces a significant portion of the annual donations by the communities, more than 12% of the total net proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign. The 2015 holiday campaign raised just over $45,000 for the Salvation Army an increase of $4,000 from the previous year.
Salvation Army’s Dirk Lambert adds, “Since the Monument Hill Kiwanis (previously Monument Hill SERTOMA) began ringing bells in 1992, more than $567,000 has been raised through the Monument Hill Kiwanis Club. The ongoing commitment and support of the Club has been invaluable to us and the 17,000 individuals and families that the Salvation Army serves each year.”
In addition to Kiwanis Club members, kettles were staffed by local Kiwanis Club-sponsored Key Clubs and Builders Club members of School District 38, and the region’s Boy and Girl Scouts troops. Bell Ringing, even during the cold and snow, is an annual service highpoint for many club members. Scott Ross, a Kiwanis Club member, has been a bell ringing volunteer since joining the club in 2010. “I enjoy the chance to offer a friendly greeting, a hearty ‘Merry Christmas’, and I especially like giving kids a chance to ring the bell. About half are too shy to try, but those who grab the bell are creating a memory for a lifetime. I like to think that I’m training the next generation of Red Kettle bell ringers.”
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