Vietnam veteran Deni Darby says “hello” to Fearless, a rescued mustang colt, at the beginning of a veterans group meeting at the Medicine Horse Program in 2011.

Four nonprofits dedicated to helping veterans were awarded $5,700 in grants Tuesday, according to a news release from the Community Foundation Boulder County.

Recipients of grants from the Veterans Fund were Warrior StoryField of Longmont; the Medicine Horse Program of Boulder; Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement (HOPE) of Longmont, and Cultivate/RSVP of Boulder.

The Veterans Fund seeks to provide support for local veterans and their families, build communities among veterans, foster education about veterans’ issues and give veterans a voice to their community, according to a news release. The fund is a permanent endowment of the Community Foundation.

Cultivate/RSVP was awarded $2,000 for VetsGo, medical transportation program for Boulder County veterans who are 60 and older.

HOPE received $1,500 for its Veterans’ Outreach, which connects veterans experiencing homelessness with representatives of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to access benefits.

Medicine Horse Program received $1,200 for its Operation Be Herd, eight-week equine-assisted therapy groups for veterans and active duty personnel.

Warrior StoryField was awarded $1,000 for its efforts to provide veterans with a sacred place for connection, conversation and expression.

Lisa Moreno, senior program officer for the Community Foundation, stated the Veterans Fund was established in 2016 when Veterans Helping Veterans Now in Longmont closed.

“Since then, the fund has been supporting Boulder County nonprofits that serve our community’s vets,” Moreno stated in the release.

An advisory committee made up of local veterans, their family members and those with experience providing services selected the grant recipients.

“Some 14,000 veterans live in our county representing a wide range of ages, interests and needs,” Moreno stated in the release. “The fund’s focus is to support programs across the county that understand veterans’ experiences, and prioritize including them in the design and implementation of programs that serve them. It’s the best way to ensure that veterans are valued, and their needs are met.”

Since its founding in 1991, the Community Foundation Boulder County has granted more than $82 million to nonprofits focused on health and human services, education, civic engagement, arts and culture, and animals and the environment, according to the release. Those interested in learning more can visit the foundation’s website.

People can donate to the Veterans Fund at the Community Foundation Boulder County’s website. Those who donate to the cause by Veterans Day, Nov. 11 can double their gift with the foundation’s current $25,000 match.

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