Boulder Valley Rotary is the lead club on a $9,000 District grant that provides “scholarships with living stipends” to clients of Mental Health Partners (MHP) in Boulder. The scholarships provide meals and uniform cleaning for clients who are in MHP’s culinary, custodial and office skills job training programs. Broomfield Rotary also contributed to this grant. The scholarships began Jan 1, 2015. The first graduate of the culinary skills training found paid employment in June, 2015.
Our involvement with MHP staff and clients has increased our club member’s mental health awareness and education and helped reduce stigma.
We have provided assistance to MHP clients completing housing applications, taught computer skills, and organized a club meeting at MHP which included facility tours. We have also coordinated “side-by-side” volunteer projects where MHP clients assist our club in projects at other charitable organizations. Volunteering is often an early step on the way to employment.
To learn more about our chapter and the work we are doing around mental health, contact:
Bill Farrow, Boulder Valley Rotary