Las Animas Helping Hands finalist for El Pomar award

by Collin Lessing, JVA Consulting

Las Animas Helping Hands (LAHH), a nonprofit that provides for the emergency needs of individuals and families living in Bent County, Colorado, and the surrounding area, has been selected as a finalist for El Pomar Foundation’s 2010 Award for Excellence in the self-sufficiency category. As a finalist, LAHH will receive a $7,500 award. At the awards ceremony, a winner in each category will be announced, and will be awarded an additional $7,500.

LAHH has been nominated for this prestigious award the last two years in a row—placing in the top six both years. This nomination marks the first time that LAHH has been named a finalist for the Award for Excellence by El Pomar, and this recognition underscores the progress that LAHH continues to experience as an organization.

“El Pomar Foundation has been very proactive in meeting the needs of the poor in the southeast Colorado region,” said LAHH Executive Director Sharon Barber. “I’m very grateful for Las Animas Helping Hands to be nominated.”

LAHH is a former grantee of JVA’s Colorado Compassion Initiative (CCI). CCI is a capacity building program for faith-based and community organizations that provide services to people 55 and older and involve this population as leaders and volunteers. CCI is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. JVA has served as an intermediary of the Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) since 2002. For more information on CCI, click here.

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