The Monument Hill Kiwanis Club has two fundraisers each year that are targeted for specific recipients with funds passing through the Monument Hill Foundation. In the winter the club rings bells for the Salvation Army with all funds received being given to the Salvation Army. In October, the Club puts on the Empty Bowl Dinner for Tri-Lakes Cares with all net proceeds going to TLC.
In addition the Foundation has an annual granting program where community organizations receive funds. Each spring, community organizations are solicited to submit grant requests, describing their organization and the purpose for which funds will be used. In late summer, a team of volunteers reviews the grant requests and determines how to best meet community needs from the $100 thousand-plus in requests to the $5-$50 thousand in grants that will be available to give out each year.
The organizations described below are recipients of grant requests for the 2019-20 granting year.
Snack Pack Program - TLC’s Snack Pack Program helps alleviate weekend hunger for children in food insecure families, where the question of having enough food to put on the table occurs on a regular basis.
Students in preschool through high school who are on the free or reduced meal plans at school are provided with 4-6 snacks each weekend during the school year to ensure that they will not go hungry when school meals are not available.
Empty Bowls Dinner - In addition to many service hours that the Monument Hill Kiwanis Club provides to Tri-Lakes Cares, we put on the annual Empty Bowl Dinner each October.
Local artisans create the bowls, soup, sides, and deserts are donated, the high schools provide entertainment, and our two Key Clubs provide a good portion of the labor.
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Dependency & Neglect Program
Children's Literacy Center
The Children’s Literacy Center, based in Colorado Springs, offers one-to-one tutoring for students reading below grade level at NO COST TO FAMILIES!
We match a child with a community volunteer trained in the Peak Reader® Program. Tutoring sessions last one hour, twice a week, for up to 12 weeks.
Kidpower's mission is to teach young people ages 3-18, personal safety and confidence building skills to reduce their risk of abduction, assult, and emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Since 1994, Kidpower has worked to reduce children's risks of experiencing trauma by teaching the skills children and their adults need to stay safe and respond constructively to threatening circumstances. Kidpower's trainings are experiential, developmentally appropriate, evidence-based, and proven effective to teach children skills that help them build healthy relationships and learn how to prevent bullying, harassment, violence and abuse.
Emily Griffith Center
Griffith Centers now specializes in providing a full continuum of therapeutic treatment and academic services for boys and girls, and families.
They are licensed and nationally accredited to serve children from birth to 21 years of age and provide community programs such as family preservation, day treatment, education, truancy prevention and counseling services.
The Place Colorado Springs
Formerly Urban Peak, The Place serves more than 600 homeless unaccompanied youth each year.
Palmer Divide Blanket Brigade
The Blanket Brigade provides blankets to hospitals, shelters, social services agencies, group homes, assisted living homes, long-term care facilities, and other agencies identified by need.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters
Funds will be used to provide support to children of our fallen military and first responders by engaging them in healthy developmental programs with an instructor.
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) Golf Team
Pikes Peak Golf Links conducts an annual golf program for hearing and vision impaired students. Swing fundamentals, course etiquette and basic golf rules are taught. CSDB staff transports students to Cherokee Ridge Golf Course and assists with translation.
Program provides +financial literacy education for K through 12 student that reside and attend D-38, estimated to reach 125 students.
Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership
The Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference (RMYLC) provides an experiential and classroom educational forum for all attendees.
The Conference provides an educational experience that develops leadership, patriotism and free enterprise competencies for young leaders.
School District 38
The Monument Hill Foundation funds a number of grants for programs within D-38 that benefit students with a wide variety of needs.
Soap Box Derby
The goals of the Soap Box Derby Program are to promote families working together to teach young people basic skills of workmanship along with the spirit of competition and the perseverance to continue a project to completion. Each driver (age 7 - 21) must build their own car, with adult help, to qualify to race.
Special Kids, Special Families
Special Kids - Special Families provides respite and care for children and adults with disabilities.
Programs offer community support services to families that are designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities throughout their life span.