Area non-profits receive El Pomar grants

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More than 75 students, sponsors and charity representatives gathered in Craig Wednesday for the El Pomar Youth in Community Service grant presentation.

EPYCS groups from Moffat County, Steamboat Springs and Meeker high schools each gave out $10,000 to area charities in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties, respectively. The presentation and reception were held in the Center of Craig Wednesday afternoon.

Each of the three high school programs raised the prerequisite $500 to receive a $9,500 matching grant from the El Pomar Foundation of Colorado Springs.

The El Pomar Foundation established the El Pomar Youth in Community Service in 1991 as a leadership program that "empowers high school students to directly impact their community through involvement in service, philanthropy and the non-profit sector," according to the EPYCS handbook. This year, the EPYCS will award a total of $1.13 million to non-profit organizations.

The students involved in a Youth United Way/El Pomar organization survey the student body of their high school to identify issues that the school community wants to address. For MCHS, those issues were youth, education and seniors programs. For Meeker High School, the grants were aimed at recreational opportunities and education issues.

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