Great Western Bank supports the Atlas program with a Making Life Great grant in Colorado

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Making Life Great Grants

Creating Solutions for Stronger Communities

Great Western Bank recently awarded five Making Life Great grants to worthy non-profit organizations within our footprint.  Read what our recipients had to say about creating solutions for stronger communities.

Making Life Great Grant recipients Atlas

Emily Dean, Managing Director, Atlas Preparatory School. Colorado Springs, CO

“Atlas Preparatory School is grateful to Great Western Bank for their support of our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Pathway Program through a $5,000 Making Life Great Grant. The primary objective of Atlas’ CTE program is to support focused, relevant skills development and education as a pathway to economic independence and to meet the employment needs of the community head-on.”

Making Life Great Grant recipients New Visions Homeless Services

Brandi Wallar, Program and Volunteer Director, New Visions Homeless Services. Council Bluffs, IA

“On behalf of New Visions Homeless Services, we are so thankful and honored to have been chosen to receive grant funds from Great Western Bank. Your gift will allow us to continue our life changing programs through our 3 different housing programs, emergency men's shelter, daily meal site and veteran's programs supported by the generosity of funders. We are also thankful that Great Western Bank creates a work culture that promotes their employees to volunteer in their community. Your employees that have volunteered through New Visions Homeless Services have walked in integrity, love and compassion to the homeless of our community, we are so very blessed to be able to partner with GWB.”

Making Life Great Grant recipients DVIP

Kristi Fortmann-Doser, Executive Director, Domestic Violence Intervention Program. Iowa City, IA

"At the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) we understand that it takes our whole community to end domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. That's why we want to say thank you to the visionary leadership at Great Western Bank that works with us in so many ways to change the lives of our neighbors, colleagues and loved ones.

This month Great Western Bank donated $5000 to assist DVIP in providing emergency services and trauma-informed care to adult and youth victims. These funds support our 24 hour hotline, emergency shelter, and adult and youth counseling services. In addition to putting their money where their heart is, Great Western Bank shares their expertise and supports their staff in volunteering to directly make a difference. For the women, men and children we serve this means they have a safe place to go, support to heal from trauma and a community to back them up as they move towards sustained independence.

Thank you Great Western Bank from the staff, board and  on behalf of the nearly 2000 individuals we served in Southeast Iowa!"

Making Life Great Grant recipients Community Action Partnership

Araceli Santos-Ayala, Family Asset Coordinator with the Child Abuse Resource Education (C.A.R.E.) Program. Kearney, NE

“Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska (Mid) is excited to have been selected as a recipient of the Great Western Bank - Making Life Great grant program. The grant of $10,000 will support the C.A.R.E. (Child Abuse Resource Education) Program. C.A.R.E. provides education to children and adults on the topics surrounding child abuse prevention in and around both Buffalo and Dawson County. We at Mid are thrilled to continue our outreach and education on child abuse prevention thanks to the Great Western Bank - Making Life Great grant program.”


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