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Youth of Rural Communities Remain Hardest Hit, Post Pandemic
By: Valley First
Valley First, a foundation made up of a small group of community members, was created in 2021 to foster inclusive community participation by providing environmentally sound facilities and outdoor locations for arts, education, recreation, celebration, and locally based human services in Colorado City and Rye, Colorado. The foundation and its members are determined to improve the lives and safety of the youth in their community and providing a multi-use sports field is step one.
"Since we don't have a field, the kids have to practice on a dirt patch with vole holes and rattlesnakes,"
Colorado City is unincorporated, so the community does not have the ability to leverage any local sales tax for such projects. Additionally, the Colorado City Metro District only has a handful of staff members, and none of whom are equipped with the expertise or resources to attain grant funding or project manage this work.
"Back in 2007, the Colorado City Metro District began a three phase project to install and complete a multi-use field for the community," said Sprague. "Shortly after phase two was completed, the market collapsed, and the funds were essentially gone."
Valley First has since applied for 32 grants but are coming up empty handed. "The needs are so great everywhere,"
The foundation is proposing a project in three phases:
If you'd like to donate and support Valley First, please go to www.valley-first.org/
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