The nonprofit arm of Boulder's Elevations Credit Union has awarded its 2017 community grants to 17 nonprofits tackling early childhood development, mental health, environmental education and sustainability. In total, more than $50,000 was distributed.

Elevations Foundation grant recipients include: Read Aloud Loveland, of Loveland; WOW! Children's Museum, in Lafayette; Growe Foundation, in Louisville; Bright Eyes Mayor's Book Club, TLC Learning Center and Alternatives for Youth, all of Longmont; Westminster Legacy Foundation in Westminster; Early Childhood Council of Larimer County, Alliance for Suicide Prevention and Healing Warriors in Fort Collins; Second Wind Fund, Blue Sky Bridge, Eco-Cycle Green Star School Program, Growing Gardens and Thorne Nature Experience, all of Boulder; Friends of Broomfield, in Broomfield; and Cal-Wood Education Center, of Jamestown.

Boulder County's Alternatives for Youth also received $5,000 to expand its iTHRIVE early intervention drug and alcohol treatment program. The Healing Warriors Program in Fort Collins was gifted $5,000 to provide free clinic sessions to veterans for treatment of PTSD, pain management and sleep issues.

"We are humbled to support such dynamic services and look forward to bettering the lives of our neighbors," Grantee Chairmen and Elevations Foundation Board Member Dennis Paul said in a statement. "Each of our recipients are truly inspirational to the communities they back."