SALT LAKE CITY — Throughout Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, the safety and wellness of the community often begin with some of the hardest-working organizations, those focused on delivering services and programs that offer accessible food and housing, healthcare and mental health support, as well as disaster relief and public safety programs. Their work supports the region's most vulnerable communities, many of which have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of its quarterly grant-giving, the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Rocky Mountain Power, has announced $466,185 in new funding to directly support community organizations across the three states it serves. These safety and wellness grants are one of four grant cycles offered by the foundation year after year.
"We're proud to collaborate with our communities to build a strong, resilient future together," said Gary Hoogeveen, president and CEO, Rocky Mountain Power. "These organizations are our local heroes – working tirelessly to deliver safety, health and wellness programs to neighbors in our communities, and we're honored to support their work."
The following 122 grants were given to local organizations in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho:
- 180 Ministries for Girls to help purchase new washer and dryer units in this residential therapeutic facility that provides a safe, home-like environment and support for girls learning life skills.
- Ability Found to help refurbish, rebuild, deliver and fit wheelchairs, scooters and other durable medical equipment for citizens with cognitive or physical disabilities and limited incomes.
- Alliance House for the Lunch 2 Go program that provides a healthy, safe way to continue connection with clients who deal with mental illness.
- American Heroes Project for therapeutic fishing camps for veterans, children and adults with disabilities, and their families.
- American Red Cross of Utah with disaster support services to help Utah families prepare for emergencies, to respond with relief services, and to help families and communities recover.
- Angel Flight West for free, non-emergency air transportation for families and individuals living in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho who need to travel long distances to access critical medical care and other essential health services.
- Anti-Bullying Coalition to respond to the increased need for student mental health programs, including anti-bullying and suicide awareness campaigns.
- Assistance League of Salt Lake City to help low-income students access urgent dental treatment.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah to help provide one-to-one mentoring to support the development of healthy, empowered youths.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake for the Healthy Lifestyles youth development programs to address the mental and physical health challenges that escalated for many youth during the pandemic.
- Building Youth Around the World for food, gas coupons, books, clothing and other essentials to help residents of the Navajo Nation Reservation.
- Centro Hispano to support behavioral health services in response to a rising need for services as the Latino community has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
- The Children’s Center Utah for the Therapeutic Preschool program that provides comprehensive mental health services for children struggling to succeed in childcare or preschool by teaching essential communication, social and emotional skills.
- Children’s Service Society of Utah for the Home Visitation program that serves low-income, high-risk families, helping parents overcome parenting challenges and helping children reach their full potential.
- Continue Mission for the annual Forging R&R retreat, part of the Veterans Recreation Program that raises awareness around mental health and helps prevent suicide among veterans.
- Community Nursing Services to provide in-home and hospice nursing care, medical equipment and other services to patients regardless of their ability to pay or lack of insurance.
- Discovering Potential through Arts Creativity to include 50 additional adults and children with autism in a therapeutic film-based experience.
- Eye Care 4 Kids to provide eye care to the increased number of children whose families have faced unemployment and loss of health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Family Promise Salt Lake for roof repairs to their homeless shelter and daycare center so the facility can continue to keep unsheltered families warm and safe.
- Family Support Center to support affordable mental health services for low-income victims of trauma and abuse.
- Fight Against Domestic Violence for the Housing First and Flex Fund programs to help victims of domestic violence secure safe and stable long-term housing.
- First Step House for recovery support services that help low-income Utahns with histories of homelessness, incarceration and mental illness gain stable housing, employment and improved health.
- Flourish Ventures for the Flourish Bakery intern program that helps people who have dealt with substance abuse and incarceration rebuild their lives and avoid relapse and recidivism.
- Friends of the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center to help address the needs of children who have been the victims of abuse, domestic violence, trafficking and child homicide.
- Granite Education Foundation for culture-specific hygiene kits to help at-risk children, including many refugee families, stay safe and well.
- Impact Mental Health for community-based, free psychiatric care for uninsured, low-income individuals.
- The INN Between to support hospice or other end-of-life care for terminally ill and medically fragile homeless men and women.
- Journey of Hope to help provide gender-responsive and trauma-informed case management and mentoring services for women who are victims of abuse, homeless, victims of trafficking, struggling with substance abuse or mental illness, and women who are on parole or probation.
- Kids On The Move for the support of children with developmental and physical disabilities through their autism, childcare, Early Head Start, early intervention and respite care programs.
- Maliheh Free Clinic for free, same-day access to urgent medical care for community members in critical need.
- Mental Health for Heroes to improve access to mental health care for first responders who deal with trauma-related events daily.
- Midvale Community Building Community for increased access to preventative dental care and treatment for children from families that are uninsured or underinsured with limited income.
- Mountainlands Community Health Center to help provide affordable, primary medical, dental, mental health and pharmaceutical services to all patients, including those experiencing socioeconomic and cultural barriers to care.
- Neighborhood House for childcare and adult care programs offered on a sliding-fee scale to help struggling families.
- People’s Health Clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations to uninsured and underserved residents of Summit and Wasatch counties.
- The Refuge Utah for the domestic violence survivor empowerment program that supplies individuals and families with a household basics start-up kit, including kitchen supplies, towels and bedding, to help them transition from the shelter into permanent housing.
- The Road Home for the Emergency Shelter and Resource Center program that offers a safe refuge for men, women and families with children.
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Foundation for the Community Rehabilitation Clinic that delivers pro bono care to underserved citizens of Utah County.
- Salt Lake Donated Dental Services to help provide free and discounted comprehensive dental care for individuals and families, including those dealing with homelessness.
- The Salvation Army Salt Lake City Corps for expansion of the Pathway of Hope program and the food pantry to help fight poverty and hunger.
- Senior Charity Care Foundation to help launch a new mobile audiology clinic service to deliver hearing services to seniors on limited incomes.
- The Sharing Place to provide grief support groups and other services to youth, teens and their families who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
- Shelter the Homeless to provide safe, clean and secure facilities, meals and transportation through one of their new Homeless Resource Centers in Salt Lake County.
- South Valley Services to provide shelter and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and abuse.
- Special Olympics Utah for the purchase of 15 portable medical examination tables to be used to deliver free health care to people with intellectual disabilities.
- Summit County Clubhouse to support social- and work-skills rehabilitation for adults with mental illness through a “work-ordered day.”
- Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry to provide close access to temporary free food assistance, a need that has increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Utah AIDS Foundation for HIV/STI testing to help protect the health of vulnerable, at-risk populations and prevent the spread of disease.
- Utah Food Bank to fight childhood hunger through the Mobile School Pantry program that supplies families at high risk for hunger with monthly food pantry services right at their local school.
- Utah Health & Human Rights Project to address the mental health needs among immigrants who are dealing with trauma and PTSD as torture survivors.
- Utah State University for the Utah Assistive Technology Program to increase independence, inclusion and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities in the Uintah Basin by providing low-cost durable medical equipment such as walkers, toilet risers, shower handles, grab bars and adaptive utensils.
- Utah Veterans Alliance for Helping Hands 4 Utah’s Heroes to help struggling veterans, active military members and their families with rent and food assistance, home and car repairs, mobility assistance and other support not available through the Veterans Administration.
- Valley Behavioral Health for a scholarship fund to help children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder access intensive intervention, education and individualized treatment.
- Volunteers of America to support the Youth Resource Center that helps youth experiencing homelessness heal and move toward self-sufficiency.
- Wasatch Adaptive Sports to help empower children and adults with disabilities by providing equipment, instruction and support through an adaptive biking program.
- 4 Paws 4 Patriots - Utah to provide equipment – including harnesses, PPE boots and socks, and first-aid kits – for service dogs of veterans with disabilities.
- EnableUtah for 30-day paid internships within the community for people with significant intellectual and physical disabilities.
- Family Counseling Service of Northern Utah to help prevent suicide by providing affordable mental health counseling to individuals, couples and families, especially at-risk children and youth, regardless of income level.
- Family Promise of Ogden for their Family Shelter and Self-Sufficiency program that works to end homelessness in Utah by increasing job skills and overcoming barriers.
- Harrisville City for police officer mental health and wellness training to improve the ability of officers to work with individuals in a mental health crisis and learn de-escalation techniques, which improves community safety for all.
- Lantern House to provide safe shelter, daily meals and daily case management support to houseless people in Northern Utah.
- Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports to provide adaptive sports and other recreational activities to Northern Utah residents with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.
- Riverdale City Fire Department to restock COVID PPE and medical supplies to protect employees, family members, first responders and citizens as the community continues to deal with COVID variants.
- Roads To Independence to provide adaptive fitness and recreation activities to people with disabilities.
- Roy City Police Department for a multi-drone set to help improve community safety while reducing risk for police officers.
- Safe Harbor to support trauma-informed therapy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
- The Salvation Army Ogden Corps for support of their food pantry, which has seen an increased need for services since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
- Seager Memorial Clinic to help supply insulin for homeless, uninsured and working poor diabetic patients.
- Weber Fire District for a fit test machine to be used by fire departments throughout Weber County to ensure firefighters’ masks are working properly, strengthening first responder and community safety.
- YCC Family Crisis Center for bilingual case management to support Spanish-speaking individuals and families affected by domestic and sexual violence.
- YMCA of Northern Utah to support overnight camps to engage youth in outdoor summer learning and skill-building activities.
- Christian Center of Park City to support the Park City and Heber food pantries that provide fresh, healthy food for an average of 1,000 households every month.
- CONNECT Summit County for mental health financial assistance to provide mental health or substance-use services for Summit County residents, regardless of their insurance coverage or immigration status.
- EATS to address increased food insecurity by delivering healthy snacks to eligible children and adults.
- National Ability Center for scholarships to help provide adaptive sport and recreation for people of all abilities.
- Peace House for shelter, clinical therapy and legal advocacy for victims of domestic violence.
- Cache Community Food Pantry to help meet the needs of food-insecure households.
- Common Ground Outdoor Adventures to provide adventure cycling, canoeing, climbing, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing clinics for youth special education classes.
- Little Lambs Foundation for Kids to supply diapers, wipes, hygiene items and other necessities for families in need.
- Elsinore Volunteer Fire Department for exercise equipment to support firefighter wellness and fitness.
- Moab Free Health Clinic for improving access to health care for uninsured and underinsured people in rural Utah, especially through new equipment to help provide in-house lab diagnostic capabilities.
- Moab Valley Multicultural Center for their Community Safety and Wellness program for underserved communities in rural southeastern Utah.
- Rural Senior Adult Services for the Continuing COVID Variant Adjustments, a cost-free assistance program that provides contact and services for fragile seniors in rural Utah, including many who are home-bound or at-risk.
- The Salvation Army St. George to increase capacity to provide emergency relocation assistance as well as fight hunger through the food pantry.
- Sanpete Pantry to fight hunger through the mobile food outreach program and Kids’ Packs, which provide nutritious weekend meals for children who typically depend on school breakfasts and lunches.
- Switchpoint for additional food to respond to a 20 percent increase in people seeking a hot lunch at the Switchpoint Soup Kitchen.
- Utah State University Extension for a Sevier County community garden to supply fresh food for the adjacent food pantry as well as the opportunity for residents to work in the garden.
- Carbon County Fire Department – Hanna Division, for stabilizing equipment to protect firefighters and citizens from overhead materials.
- The City of Mills for solar-powered speed-measurement display signs to help reduce speeding and improve traffic and pedestrian safety.
- Climb Wyoming to provide certified nursing assistant training for single mothers, who have been acutely affected by employment and financial anxiety during the pandemic, so they can have more secure futures and help strengthen the local workforce.
- Converse County Sheriff’s Office for training sessions to help first responders, law enforcement, military veterans and their spouses and partners who have been under extreme stress during the pandemic learn positive ways to deal with stress and trauma, and to help prevent suicide.
- Downtown Clinic to support an adult vaccination program for low-income and uninsured residents, helping improve health outcomes in Albany County.
- Johnson County Family YMCA to help provide daily meals and snacks for full-day childcare, a vital service for the community as many parents search to return to work post-COVID.
- MicroGrants to bring Lights On!, a partnership with law enforcement agencies across the state, that helps advance racial justice by providing vouchers for free car light repairs that police officers can distribute instead of tickets.
- Special Olympics Wyoming for the 2022 State Summer Games to showcase the abilities of more than 600 athletes with intellectual disabilities.
- Unaccompanied Students Initiative to help homeless students ages 16-20 by providing safe, stable housing, food, hygiene products, house and school supplies, and activities.
- Volunteers of America Northern Rockies to help provide affordable mental health services, from crisis stabilizations to long-term assistance, to citizens of Laramie.
- Wyo Hoofbeats, EAL to expand equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning to provide more wellness workshops at local nursing homes, retirement homes, senior centers and long-term care facilities to connect with more senior citizens.
- Wyoming Rescue Mission for comprehensive intervention, including shelter, meals, substance abuse services, counseling, job training and other support, to help disadvantaged and homeless men, women and children.
- Cody CAN for the Get Outside! Youth Initiative to encourage health and wellness among youth with a focus on personal wellness, reducing obesity, community building and fun outdoor activities.
- Crisis Intervention Services to support 24-hour in-person crisis intervention, a toll-free crisis line, emergency shelter, support groups and a supervised visitation/custody exchange program for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Park County.
- Crisis Prevention and Response Center to provide emergency financial assistance to victims of crime in Washakie County so they can access safe housing, food, clothing, toiletries and fuel.
- First Presbyterian Church of Cody for the Food 4 Kids program to help address food insecurity for Park County District #6 school families, with weekend food for elementary and middle school students and supplies for the free food pantry at the high school level.
- First Stop Help Center to help provide an emergency hand-up to homeless individuals as well as Fremont County residents experiencing food or financial crisis.
- Green River Valley Health Foundation for dental work for local veterans who cannot otherwise afford needed care.
- Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital Foundation to replace outdated, non-functioning intraosseous vascular access equipment for the hospital and the three ambulances serving Hot Springs Health.
- I-REACH 2 to help strengthen workforce development for people with intellectual disabilities or brain injuries through an employee credentialing program with ongoing training and a career pathway to the Direct Support professional workforce.
- Military Mobility to help disabled veterans combat PTSD, suicide, depression and the challenges of physical injuries through off-road expeditions and resiliency training in team environments.
- South Lincoln Hospital District for a hospital security upgrade, including secure magnetic locks on the acute care unit and emergency room to provide better security for newborns and other patients.
- Sublette County Sexual Assault Family Violence Task Force to help connect with victims of sexual assault and family violence and to ensure advocacy and support services.
- Western Wyoming Community College for expansion of disability accessible seating in classrooms throughout the Rock Springs Campus to ensure adequate access to education for all students.
- Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc. for in-home respite services through the National Family Caregiver Support Program to enable seniors and people with disabilities to remain living independently in their homes.
- 6th Judicial District CASA Program to help serve abused, abandoned and neglected children in Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power counties, and ensure they have safe, permanent and nurturing homes.
- Ashton Senior Citizens for healthy food and safe packaging to deliver meals to seniors in the Ashton area who face food insecurity.
- Bear Lake Education Foundation for desperately needed upgrades to the Bear Lake High School weight room to provide a space where students can focus on their physical, mental and emotional health and wellness.
- Bear Lake Senior Center for new, stable tables to safely accommodate the senior and disabled patrons, and for updating and restocking the 24/7 community food pantry that has been depleted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- City of Bancroft for improving the city’s drainage infiltration system to prevent flooding that creates a safety hazard in the street for drivers and children.
- City of Grace for the purchase of a lighted LED sign to help keep citizens connected and informed about burn bans, elections and other events happening in the city.
- Downey Elementary to help improve the playground to make it safe and accessible to all students including those with special needs.
- Giving Cupboard to support the fresh produce program that provides nutritious fruits and vegetables to the seniors, disabled, veterans and other individuals in need who depend on the Giving Cupboard’s on-site and mobile pantry programs.
- The Idaho Foodbank to support Mobile Pantry, a program that distributes a refrigerated truck full of food to mostly rural communities where people are experiencing food insecurity but have little access to help.
- Judicial District VII CASA Program to recruit, train and supervise a court-appointed special advocate volunteer and volunteer attorney to serve 85 abused and neglected children in Jefferson, Madison and Fremont counties.