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Chamber Foundation Awards 2024 Community Grants

The Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently awarded $30,000 in community grants to 27 non-profit organizations located or doing work in Parker. The funds are part of PACCF’s commitment to returning a portion of funds raised from the annual Parker Days Festival to worthy community organizations.

Grants were made to a wide variety of organizations working on causes including hunger relief, wellness, the arts, seniors, education, youth, and animals. Grants typically ranged between $500 and $1,000. Applicants were required to demonstrate how funds would contribute to the vitality of Parker.

The largest grant was made to the Rotary Club of Parker to support its efforts to add lighting to the iconic gazebo in O’Brien Park. A grant to the AdventHealth Parker Foundation will fund their Healing Arts Program. A grant to Step Seven Ministries will fund a leadership development program for addicts in recovery. The foundation supported the local Boy Scouts Troop 16 to attend their annual Adventure Race Campout. The Parker Radio Association will be making overdue upgrades to their equipment.

2024 Community Grants
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Staff at AdventHealth Parker have enjoyed “puppy therapy” and support for their Healing Arts program with grants from the Parker Chamber Foundation.
“It’s very satisfying to write these modest checks to such a wide variety of community non-profits,” said T.J. Sullivan, President & CEO of the Parker Chamber of Commerce. “These small grants go a long way for many of these groups, and our board is committed to get those funds from Parker Days out to good causes of all kinds.”

Other organizations receiving grants included: Valley Hope Association, the Parker Youth Commission, Cherry Creek Valley Rotary, Dads of Parker, Mountain Pine Woman’s Club, Night Lights, Lady Trailblazer, Parker Senior Center, Parker VFW, Southeast Counseling Center, Aging Resources of Douglas County, Truth Unleashed Ministries, Parker Artists Guild, Downtown Business Alliance, Parker Performing Arts School, St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Parker Symphony Orchestra, SECORCares, 4 Paws 4 Life, Heather’s Pantry, and Covered Colorado.

The Parker Chamber of Commerce created its Non Profit Organization’s Council in 2023, and its quarterly meetings have been drawing dozens of non-profit staff and volunteers for learning and sharing opportunities.

“The grant supports access to mental health services to those in need this year,” said Jason Bell, Executive Director of Southeast Counseling Center. “This investment is making real change possible, and we are grateful to be included.”

The Chamber Foundation’s goal is to double the amount of grants in 2025. PACCF’s Community Grants are in addition to about $40,000 earned by area non-profits who provided volunteers for the 2023 Parker Days Festival.

This year’s Parker Days Festival will be held June 14-16, with an extra day of carnival rides on Thursday.

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