INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES
United Way of Mesa County raises funds annually and focuses dollars on making an impact in the areas of self-reliance, education and health.
UWMC is currently funding 43 programs within 27 local nonprofit agencies. Listed below are the organizations in blue and individual programs in italics. Therefore, some of the nonprofits listed below have several programs receiving funding. Others only have one program under the overarching agency.
United Way of Mesa County only funds local, nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations making an impact in the areas of self-reliance, education and health. To learn more about how these programs are financially vetted and assessed, go here.
Hospitality Center’s Basic Needs Services– Provides and coordinates community services for migrant and settled farm workers and their families. Health and Wellness Program-Mental health services, outreach and education to promote overall well-being among farm workers in Mesa County.
Colorado Discover Ability
Adaptive, outdoor recreation for people with disabilities, increasing independence and reducing self-imposed limitations.
Community Food Bank
The Community Food Bank is a community-based, volunteer supported, charitable agency providing an emergency supply of nutritious food to Mesa County individuals and families in crisis.
Counseling and Education Center
Low-Income Counseling- Provides professional, affordable counseling services to all ages. RESILIENCE Program – skilled trainers provided strategies for professionals who work with daily trauma and ongoing stress.
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Recruits, screens and trains volunteers to serve as the ‘eyes and ears’ of judges on behalf of child victims living in foster care.
Family Health West
Pediatric Autism Center – The Autism Group provides comprehensive and integrated treatment options and free programming for children with Autism and their families.
Doors to Success
Supportive Services– Provides case management, classes and financial aid for individuals to maintain housing while increasing individual self-sufficiency.
Girl Scouts of Colorado, Mesa County
Girls are Great- ten-week, transitional program for fifth grade girls, in collaboration with School District #51. Helping girls learn how to handle changes in their lives. Troop Pathways- Youth development program conducted by adult volunteers who help girls ages 5-17 gain life skills, learn how to relate to others, develop values, and contribute to a multi-cultural community.
Grand Junction Imagination Library
Provides a brand new, age-appropriate book at no cost to participating children each month until their fifth birthday.
Grand Valley Catholic Outreach
Housing Assistance– Financial assistance for rent and utilities, maintains emergency and transitional housing and resources. Day Center Assistance– Daily emergency services to homeless persons including showers, laundry, phone and mail, job assistance, advocacy, medical and mental health services. Soup Kitchen– Provides a complete noon-day meal six days a week to individuals and families who are hungry in the Grand Valley.
ADRC– provides options counseling for seniors or adults with disabilities to help provide guidance and insight on what programs and long term support services would best fit that individual’s needs. Family Resource Center- Designed as a one-stop-shop, Hilltop’s Family Resource Center provides comprehensive services inducing prenatal care access, family support, parenting education, home visitation/school readiness, health care enrollment assistance, and domestic violence services. By housing all these services and programs in one convenient location, staff are better able to streamline process and better address all of a client’s needs. Latimer House– Safe house with shelter, advocacy and counseling for women and children escaping domestic violence. Senior Daybreak- A day program providing respite for caregivers of elderly parents or a spouse. The loved one is safe while enjoying socialization and proper nutrition.
HomewardBound of the Grand Valley
Emergency Homeless Shelter- Addresses homeless issues including emergency shelter for men, women and children, and transitional housing for families and veterans
Kids- Provides individual and group grief counseling to children, teens, and families coping with a loved one’s life-threatening illness and/or death. Palliative Care- Provides nurse case management services to patients diagnosed with a serious illness but who don’t qualify for hospice or home health care. Hospice Care for the Uninsured – Provide quality hospice care for uninsured patients.
The House– A shelter for homeless teens focused on addressing unmet needs and gaining employment skills.
Provides District 51 students with nutritional food for the weekend.
The Literacy Center at Mesa County Libraries
Free literacy instruction for adults in areas of reading, writing, math, and English as a second language.
Health Access – Provides quality and compassionate dental care for low-income residents of Mesa County. Provides optical evaluations, as well as glasses for low-income individuals. Medical care, with an emphasis on disease prevention and education, the medical clinic provides quality medical and mental health care to the low-income and uninsured.
Mesa County Partner
One-to-One Mentoring- Senior Partners are matched with high risk youth ages 6-17 as positive role models/mentors for a minimum of one year. Restitution/Community Service Work Program– Juvenile offenders are supervised in performing community service work and earn stipends to pay restitution to their victims. Western Colorado Conservation Corps- Youth ages 16-22 work on environmental improvement projects and receive job and life skills training.
SHIP- Provides assistance and education for Medicare. RSVP- Recruits senior volunteers for placement in local human service agencies.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Slope
NAMI – Provides free support, advocacy and education for community members directly affected with mental health challenges, for individuals and those supporting individuals with mental health conditions.
243-7940, x 108
A legal referral agency placing low-income persons with attorneys representing them at no cost, the top priority being issues with domestic violence.
Riverside Educational Center
A community-oriented program supporting academic success by providing a safe place to go for homework help, structured tutoring and enrichment activities, and by facilitating communication between home, school and student.
The Second Wind Fund
Provides financial assistance for youth at risk of suicide to attend counseling sessions. A referral needs to come from a teacher, school counselor before services can start.
St. Mary’s Senior Programs
Gray Gourmet (243-9844)- serves a hot, nutritious and affordable lunch to Mesa County seniors age 60+ weekdays and offers home delivered meals to homebound seniors.
Foster Grandparent Program (263-9091)- Recruits and trains low-income senior volunteers to become special partners with children who are at-risk for developmental delays or who are already identified with a special learning need.
Senior Companion Program (263-9092)- Matches low-income senior volunteers with home bound, elderly individuals to provide companionship, assistance, and transportation.
Family Support Services- Free early intervention services to young children identified by a medical professional as developmentally delayed or at risk for a developmental disability. Also offers a pool of respite care providers specially trained in caring for medically fragile children and emotionally disturbed children.
Harm Reduction- Offers a series of health promotion, disease prevention programs targeting high-risk youth and young adults.
Western Slope Center for Children
Comprehensive Care– Collaborative services to child sexual abuse victims and their families in a supportive environment that reduces trauma and promotes dignity, justice and healing. Advocacy- trains adults working with children on how to identify, report and prevent sexual assault and abuse in children.