The Minturn Community Fund is the only non-profit focused on the people, culture, and Town of Minturn. Established in 2002, the Minturn Community Fund began with the objective of improving public areas in the town. The Minturn Community Fund was urged by the community to continue and supplement town-sponsored events with a more diverse offering of community assistance and cultural enrichment programs. From the concert series in Little Beach Park to family in need fundraisers, buying winter coats for needy families to bringing entertainment to Minturn, the Minturn Community Fund provides a diverse range of projects.
PO Box 279, Minturn, CO 81637
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Thank you to all of our sponsors and everyone who donated to help make this first event a spectacular success!
Thanks especially to Nancy Hassett and her wonderful group of friends who did all of this on behalf of the children and families in Minturn and Redcliff who needed a little extra help this holiday season!
By Nicholas Van Dyke
A glance at The Minturn Community Fund and everything it does to ensure Minturn remains a happy, healthy town.
Long before Vail was ever founded and the ski resort was built, the quaint little town of Minturn had already planted its roots and established itself beneath Lionshead Rock.As the town grew, a community was created that resembled one big family – a feeling that is still shared by Minturn’s residents today. In 2004, the Minturn Community Fund was created to ensure that Minturn’s population (along with its sister town of Redcliff) would always be cared for and have help whenever residents need it.
The Minturn Community Fund is a nonprofit community development organization that exists for one purpose: to make sure that Minturn will always remain a strong and happy community.The fund is funded solely through donations and staffed by volunteers. Throughout the year, it acts as a charity for the residents of Minturn and helps develop the community further. By partnering with other local nonprofits like the Salvation Army, the fund ensures that if Minturn or any of its residents need anything – anything at all – they will be taken care of.If a member of Minturn’s community falls ill and needs help with expenses, the fund will hold a fundraiser and make sure that the person gets the help that they need.
“It’s all about the community,” says Kate Gazunis, executive director for the fund. “I really can’t stress that enough. It’s a homegrown, hometown effort that is for building memories for people that live here so that they can love their hometown.”The fund deals with much more than just being a charity for the town’s population, however. It partners with the Town to host on almost every free event in town, the sort that allow Minturn’s residents to get together and enjoy the town in which they live.In the summer there is free yoga at Little Beach Park. There’s no charge, only a donation box that participants can toss some money into if they are able. The fund also hosts a series of concerts in the park throughout the summer – again, free of charge. The concert series is designed to get the community together so that everyone can have a great time and dance their worries away.
A recent project the fund has focused on was creating a community garden, a project that was a huge success and brought joy to many of Minturn’s residents.Members of the fund seem to never stop searching for ways to improve the community of Minturn. With all of the new activities taking place around Maloit Park, such as the construction of a new recreation center in conjunction with the thriving Ski and Snowboard Academy found nearby, members of the fund immediately began to wonder how they could help. They decided that the addition of a sidewalk or bike path at the south end of the town would provide a safe way for kids to travel into the area. The fund is already in motion to get grants drawn up to make the path a reality.The fund even goes so far as to pop popcorn and brew hot chocolate to hand out at its Main Street office on cold days so that children returning from school don’t freeze.
An organization like the Minturn Community Fund makes a person proud to live in a small town. It also gives residents and visitors hope that there are still people willing to do good, simply for the sake of making someone else feel better.The fund is always accepting donations. Anyone can donate by simply visiting the fund’s website.