In this Rotary year of 2022-23, our club has given $500 to sponsor the Telluride AIDS Benefit Student Fashion Show and $500 to support Angel Baskets, which runs the Telluride Food Pantry. We also sponsored with a $500 grant the September 25 Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention. Pictured here are some of the Telluride Rotary members who participated.
In the prior Rotary year, to support local youth, Telluride Rotary sponsored three local high school students for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy three-day camp in early June to develop leadership and interpersonal skills. Raelyn Aldrich and Jesse Bates of Norwood High, and Kiara Kelly Warren of Telluride High, attended. Says Kiara, "It was a truly unique experience that I’m grateful for. I got to make new friends and connections while exploring the outdoors and areas near me that I didn’t know about before. I feel I learned a lot of valuable information that I wouldn’t have had the chance to learn anywhere else. The knowledge about teams and leadership that I’ve gained will be invaluable and without a doubt be put to use. ...Thanks again for sending me, I’m sure I’ll remember this for the rest of my life!"
Our club also sponsored a Teen First Aid/CPR workshop in partnership with Wilkinson Public Library to teach teens life-saving skills and earn certification for child care, camp counseling, and other summer jobs.
On the recommendation of our International Committee, our club made donations to two nonprofits working to support maternal and child health, literacy, and economic development in Uganda. We donated $2500 to African Women Rising and $2500 to International Midwife Assistance. We invited the executive director of each organization to speak at our April 6 meeting, and members unanimously approve supporting the critically important and sustainable work their organizations do to improve the lives and education of women in Northern Uganda.
For an environmental project, our club donated $500 to support Footprints Running Camp, a weeklong program in the San Juan Mountains for climate action. Each camper is selected based on having a proposal for a community-based environmental project related to climate action, and each camper is paired with a mentor who's an expert in the field. The camp combines trail running with project development and leadership skill-building. 
Earlier in the year, our club approved granting $1000 to support the Telluride Medical Center's covid fund for staff support; $500 to the ShelterBox disaster relief organization; and $500 for the Telluride AIDS Benefit Student Fashion Show. Our club has been designated a "Shelter Box Hero" for annually supporting their nonprofit for more than three consecutive years. We contributed $500 to support the Rotary International Global Grant to build new schools and support girls' education in Kenya.
    Looking back at 2021, our club unanimously supported a $500 donation to Angel Baskets to support the Telluride Food Pantry, and we also set up a food donation bin in Village Market. We also sponsored the September 26 Out of the Darkness Southwest Colorado Walk for suicide awareness. In addition to making a financial donation, our club invited the organizer to speak to our club about mental health and suicide prevention. 
    Earlier in the year, club members supported the International Service Committee’s recommendation to donate $3000 to support the Manchichi Project of the Rotary Club of Boquete, Panama. This project aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality by implementing an empowerment-based program that trains and equips local indigenous midwives.
    In spring, our club also awarded $400 to the local chapter of the nonprofit Addict II Athlete to help the group purchase new shoes and other athletic gear for its participants.
    Since mid-2020, Telluride Rotary also has supported:
    • Telluride AIDS Benefit Student Fashion Show
    • Norwood Fire Protection for new equipment in its ambulance
    • Telluride School District for “PE Gym Bags” for at-home physical education during the pandemic
    • Telluride School District for video conferencing equipment to improve hybrid classroom/at-home learning during the pandemic
    While not a granting foundation, Telluride Rotary maintains a small service budget that annually is used to support a variety of beneficial community projects. These range from Angel Baskets to tree planting, and recently, to grants for equipment to help the schools and medical providers respond to new challenges posed by Covid. If you have a community-based project that needs a boost of support, email to describe your project and request an application.