Having a little downtime can be the perfect chance to lift up your community. Here are some simple ways to use your vacation time to make Grand County just a little better!
Care for Creatures: Help your kids make or fill a simple bird feeder—and make a plan to welcome back those early hummingbirds who hover in the snow hungry for a meal! Once Grand Country Animal Shelter got the feathered friends covered, volunteer to cuddle and walk dogs at the shelter. Want to make a real difference? Offer to vacation foster with a local animal rescue—during busy travel times, foster families might need a hand, so host a pet waiting for a home for just few days.
Only Connect: Sometimes we’re just too busy to get our county around our community, but a vacation is the perfect time to attend a town council meeting, fundraiser, locals’ happy hour or church social. Whether it’s cozying up for drink specials on a Wednesday, a First Friday dine-and-donate, or your first time checking out a local interest group, you’ll be surprised at the warm welcome awaiting you.
Get Cozy and Curious: Head to the library and ask for books by local authors or about local history. This is the perfect time to tuck in and read about Doc Susie, Chief Tabernash, or rustle up some fool-proof high-altitude recipes. The more we know about the place we call home, the better stewards we are.
Think Thrift: If you haven’t KonMaried yet, your closets and garages could be begging for a good going over. The popular decluttering method urges people to sort through books, clothes, and papers all at once, to keep only items that “spark joy,” and bag and donate the rest. The hint to make it easier to let things go…
Over the past 22 years, Grand Foundation has been responsible for over $10.1 million in donations and has awarded over 1,500 grants. From nonprofits to individuals, these grants have made a significant impact on the overall health and vibrancy of our community. Thank you to all the donors who have made this funding possible.
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