Lions give $31,000 to nonprofits

The 2013 Little League International Volunteer of the Year joined representatives from three local health care organizations at Two Rivers Convention Center on Tuesday to thank the Grand Junction Lions Club for more than $31,000 in donations.

The club was presenting the last of the $125,000 it raised for area nonprofits in 2013, Lions Community Betterment Committee Chairman Evan Walton said.

The largest amount granted by the club on Tuesday — $15,500 — went to the Hilltop Community Resource Center Alternative Treatment Unit, an in-patient treatment center for victims of sexual and physical abuse between the ages of 4 and 18.

“These individuals are no longer being successful in their schools or at home and we provide a setting where we can bring them in and provide comprehensive counseling services and get them stable,” Hilltop spokesman John Tadvick said. “Thank you all for your generous support. This grant is going to go towards increased living space, some outdoor patios, some privacy fences and a basketball court.”

The Western Slope Center for Children used the Lions’ $5,100 donations to purchase a new case tracking system that consolidates information about all the services provided to youth recovering from sexual or physical abuse, Executive Director Shari Zen said.

“Through the child’s time of coming into our center as a victim, we see them blossom into a survivor and a thriver,” Zen said.

Some of the funds were also used to purchase “a lot of therapy games and toys, things that really help kids cope,” she said.

Mesa County Health Department Special Projects Coordinator Sue Kiser said the Mesa County Medical Reserve Corps used the club’s $8,100 donation to buy three vision screening machines like those used by the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles. Trained volunteers will use the machines to expand vision screening at area schools and the Grand Valley Health Fair.

Dave Mantlo, winner of the 2013 Little League International Volunteer of the Year award, thanked the club for its donation of $2,500 to Grand Mesa Little League, which will use the funds to buy canopy shades.

Other nonprofits and organizations that already accepted 2013 funds include the Mesa County Junior Football League, the Grand Junction High School baseball team and Loma Elementary School.


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