Rotary awards $119,000 from Osborne Trust to 17 nonprofits aiding the poor

       A trust fund established by the late William and Betty Osborne in 1985 is still going strong.
       At its annual Osborne Trust Awards luncheon Oct. 29, the Garden of the Gods Rotary Club handed out 18 checks totaling $119,400 to 17 nonprofit entities that assist the needy.
       Two nonprofits, one already operating on the Westside and another that's about to be, received awards for the first time this year:
  • Diakonia (Greek for “service”), a licensed preschool program that's been offered at the Westside Community Center since 2011. According to Tiffiny Pieper, representing Diakonia at the luncheon, the $1,800 received will be used to provide scholarships for those who would otherwise have trouble affording the cost of enrolling their children.
  • Early Books Early Reading (EBER), a program that provides a free, “age-appropriate” book a month (along with follow-up workshops) to the families of children up to age 5. The group was represented at the luncheon by Paula Munger, who said the Osborne grant of $1,800 will enable EBER to expand from its current zip code coverage areas of 80910, 80909 and 80916 to the Westside's 80904, starting in January.
           Returning Westside-based Osborne recipients are: the Catamount Institute ($1,800), for environmental education programs that include needy children; Friends of Garden of the Gods ($1,800), to help fund field trips to the Garden for 800 additional Title 1 students from the Westside; Community Partnership for Child Development ($3,000), to assist with its Head Start programs for low-income children; Silver Key ($7,000), mainly for emergency assistance and Meals on Wheels for ages 60 and over; Westside CARES ($33,000), providing emergency assistance to working poor and others in need; and Westside Community Center ($10,000), which will focus its grant on enhancing its medical and dental offerings for low-income families.
           Another recipient, the Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region, plans to use its $3,000 to fund “healthy snacks” at its El Pomar Unit on the Westside, said Abbey Weilert, a club development manager.
           Other recipients this year are:
           - Assistance League, $5,000.
           - Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs, $8,000 in two grants,
           - Community of Caring (Cripple Creek), $10,000.
           - Help the Needy (Woodland Park/Teller County), $6,000.
           - Little Chapel Food Pantry (Divide), $4,000.
           - Multiple Sclerosis Alliance, $5,000.
           - Pikes Peak Community Action Agency, $10,000.
           - Community Cupboard of Woodland Park, $10,000.

           In keeping with the trust's direction, applicants for Osborne Trust grants must not receive tax dollars for their services and should operate exclusively for religious, charitable, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children; also, they must provide services within an area west of I-25, north to the El Paso County line, south across part of the Broadmoor area and west into Teller County.
           Osborne was a long-time Old Colorado City businessman, Woodland Park resident and World War II veteran who helped start the Garden of the Gods Rotary after the war.
           Under the trust's direction, applications are sought each year, with submittals reviewed by trustees consisting of the past 10 GoG Rotary presidents.
           The original trust fund amount bequeathed by Osborne in the name of himself and his wife, Betty, was $1 million. Bank investments have raised it to about $3 million today. The grant awards are taken from interest earnings on the fund.

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