Bridges Out of Poverty awarded $7K in grant funding |

Bridges Out of Poverty awarded $7K in grant funding

Moffat County United Way Director Heather Fross, right, stands with Getting Ahead Graduate Amanda Goswell after receiving the Consumer United Association Award.
Moffat County United Way courtesy photo

Moffat County United Way has received two grant awards for the Bridges Out of Poverty initiative for its work in promoting self-sufficiency within the community. 

The Bridges initiative employs a three-part strategy to empower all residents in the community to achieve self-sufficiency and reach their goals. The initiative works to educate the community about what local poverty looks like, the “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World” class for people who are living in poverty, and the R-Rules guide for adolescents to build resources and plan for their future. 

The self-sufficiency program is administered through Moffat County United Way’s Community Impact Program, which was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Right on the Money fund from Consumers United Association and $5,000 from the Union Pacific Foundation. 

“It is such an honor to be recognized and receive this award for the work we are doing,” said Moffat County United Way Executive Director Heather Fross. “We are privileged to work with and support low-income families to help them better their lives.” 

Consumers United Association is an organization that advocates for consumers to ensure better financial futures for all. Right on the Money awards are given each year to organizations that provide financial education programs to people of all ages, with a special emphasis on unique populations and tailored programs. 

The Union Pacific Foundation has a longstanding commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. The Foundation was established in 1959 to support philanthropic activities in the areas of education, social welfare, health, science, and arts and culture. 

“We are very thankful to be recipients of this grant from Union Pacific Foundation,” Moffat County United Way Community Impact Coordinator Cyndee Stamper Lougee said. “Union Pacific is a valuable organization and employer in our community and their support of our program is an honor.” 

If you are interested in participating in a Bridges training, know someone who would benefit from taking the Getting Ahead class, or have questions about the Community Impact Program, contact Lougee at 970-326-6222 or

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