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Community Sharing Fund Marks 40 Years of Service

Hear from Program Manager Arbadella Williams and others how this unique Fund has made a difference in the East Metro for 40 years.

Community Sharing Fund is a unique emergency grant program that supports thousands of East Metro residents every year as they navigate financial setbacks.

"Community Sharing Fund is a resource of last resort for individuals and families who live in our East Metro community who've experienced some type of unforeseen crisis that is resolvable," says Program Manager Arbadella Williams. "We work with over 100 organizations, and applications are actually submitted by caseworkers and social workers from those organizations. Last year we approved $580,000 of grants in our community."

“We often see individuals and families who've had one thing come up, one bump in the road come up for them," she says. "Our grants can be life-saving for some folks, life-saving. Our Community Sharing Fund donors believe in the work of Community Sharing Fund. It's due to our generous donors that we are now celebrating our 40th year anniversary. And 100% of all donations goes out into our community.”

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