We're thrilled to share some positive news amid our current challenges. We are honored to have been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Veterans Affairs for the current fiscal year, dedicated to supporting our local veterans. The grant, effective from July 1, 2023, to June 14, 2024, encompasses various critical needs, including food and gas cards, vehicle repair, utility bill assistance, specialty art supplies, and emergency needs unmet by other agencies.
However, we find ourselves in a difficult position. While we've only utilized 8% of the total grant to date, the grant operates on a reimbursable basis. This means we must make the payment or purchase first and then request reimbursement. Unfortunately, delays in reimbursements since October have left us with no available funds or credit to fulfill current requests from qualified veterans.
In previous years, our general and base funds have supplemented the grant account, ensuring continuity in our support services. This year, a substantial decrease in donations and income has left us struggling to cover both our studio's operating expenses and grant-related needs. The ongoing shortage is creating hardship for local veterans who rely on our assistance.
Traditionally, the DMVA allowed for an advance of grant funds for organizations facing financial difficulties. Unfortunately, this option has been eliminated for the current fiscal year. To continue providing essential services and fulfill urgent requests from veterans, we urgently need funds in both our general operating account and grant account.
For the month of December, we've deferred our mortgage payment, but other essential expenses, such as insurance, utilities, and loan payments, still total around $2500. Your generous donations can help us cover these costs, providing breathing room for the grant while we await reimbursements.
How You Can Help:
Donate: Your tax-deductible donations will support our general operating costs and allow us to continue assisting veterans while waiting for grant reimbursements.
Shop at our Gift Shop: Consider the Veterans Art Center Gift Shop for your holiday shopping, including gift cards. Your purchases directly contribute to our cause.
Monthly Donations: Setting up a monthly donation, no matter the amount, significantly aids in our financial planning and management, ensuring consistent support for veterans in need.
Become a Member: Annual membership payments contribute to our general fund, helping sustain the center, even in challenging times.
Your generosity keeps these State grant funds on the Western Slope, making a tangible impact on the lives of our local veterans. We appreciate your ongoing support and dedication to helping those who have served our country.
Donate big, donate small, pay your membership, or shop in the gift shop - every contribution matters.
Thank you for helping us help veterans!
Wendy Hoffman, President/CEO, on behalf of Operation Revamp and the Veterans Art Center
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