Great Western Bank awards United Way of Larimer County, Colorado a grant

Making Life Great Grants December 2018

Creating Solutions for Stronger Communities

February 14, 2019

By: Ann Nachtigal

We’re proud of our commitment to community. We have some great partners who are creating solutions for stronger communities. Great Western Bank’s Making Life Great Grants program is helping to Make Life Great across our nine-state footprint. Here is a sampling of testimonials from our latest recipients:

Hope Spoke of Lincoln NE accepting a grant from Great Western Bank

Hope Spoke of Lincoln, NE

Jackie Prater, Program Director

“HopeSpoke is grateful to Great Western Bank and their Making Life Great Grant of $5,000 to support our Extended Day Treatment Program. This program is the only one if its kind in Nebraska. Services are focused on keeping children, ages 5 – 11, and families together in their homes while addressing their significant behavioral health concerns with intensive services developed to address this community need.”

Papillion Community Foundation accepts a grant from Great Western Bank
Papillion Community Foundation

Laura Schwartz, Executive Director

“The Papillion Community Foundation is incredibly honored to have been the beneficiary of the Great Western Bank Making Life Great grant in the amount of $3500. This support will go towards the Pantry for Our Patriots program and will help us provide groceries for over 20 homeless veterans as they are placed into permanent housing. This type of support helps us change the lives of men and women who have fought so bravely for this great country. Knowing that their community supports them plays an incredible role in helping these individuals get back on their feet. Thank you so much for understanding how important it is to be a part of each community and make a lasting impact. We are extremely grateful.”

Shelter House of Iowa City receiving a grant from Great Western Bank

Shelter House of Iowa City, IA

Crissy Canganelli, Executive Director

“In January 2019, Shelter House began leasing to tenants at Cross Park Place—a building comprised of 24 one-bedroom apartments with embedded case management and primary and behavioral health services through which we will provide a permanent home for the chronically homeless who demonstrate frequent cross-system service utilization. This program is the first of its kind in the state of Iowa and has proven in other communities to save both lives and money. Shelter House would like to thank Great Western Bank for their generous donation and whose collaboration and support has made our vision a reality! We can save lives and we can offer hope and opportunity for folks to change the entire trajectory of their lives. This is where we choose to dedicate our time, to being part of a solution.”

Swerve Outreach of Altoona Iowa receiving a grant from Great Western Bank
Swerve Outreach of Altoona, Iowa

Maggie Crabb, Executive Director

“Thanks to generous community partners like Great Western Bank, the youth we serve in Eastern Polk County, Iowa have a bright summer to look forward to! The $5,000 Making Life Great Grant awarded to our Altoona Kids Cafe Summer Food Service Program will go a long way in helping us provide fun learning opportunities, enrichment programs AND more than 4,000 healthy lunches to local youth ages 18 and under. Together, we are feeding the future!"

United Way of Larimer County Colorado receiving a grant from Great Western Bank
United Way of Larimer County Colorado

Annie Davies, President & CEO

“Access to affordable childcare continues to be a critical issue in our community and it is a major barrier to financial independence, especially for single parent families. United Way’s WomenGive program helps local single mothers achieve economic self-sufficiency through childcare scholarships that allow them to complete a college education. Since its inception, WomenGive has awarded 620 childcare scholarships supporting 264 single mothers and 345 children. The program has produced 105 college graduates resulting in an investment into the local economy of $2.4 million. With the support of Great Western Bank, we are improving the financial stability of these women and ensuring that their children receive high quality childcare. Together, through this dual-generation approach, we are supporting families in Larimer County and strengthening our community.”

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