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Thank you to these organizations and individuals for making mentoring possible with financial, in-kind, and organizational support. You continue to change children’s lives for the better every day of the week. Moab’s hero headquarters thrives through the marriage of your generosity to our vision.


EcclesLogoThe George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation is dedicated to serving the people of the State of Utah by carrying forth the philanthropic interests and goals of its founders. This foundation has supported Grand Area Mentoring longer and more deeply than any other. Since 2007, their generous grants have helped the program thrive and expand opportunities for quality mentoring in Moab.  http://www.gsecclesfoundation.org/
woman-man-silhouetteFor years, Laurie Michaels & David Bonderman have robustly contributed to many worthy causes in Moab, Grand Area Mentoring chief among them. Their gifts have allowed Grand Area Mentoring to cultivate Moab’s largest weekly volunteer corps of dedicated, kind volunteers who guide vulnerable children.
GCSDThe mission of the Grand County School District is to combine the resources of the schools, community, parents and students to provide the opportunities necessary for individual academic, vocational and personal growth. Grand Area Mentoring is a key ingredient in this mission. By providing capital and in-kind facilities and support throughout the district, the public school system aims to boost the performance of all children by meeting the needs of those who need role modeling, advocacy, and healthy one-on-one relationships.  http://www.grandschools.org
redcliffs-logocaps-2If you crave a break from the ordinary, a unique retreat from the all-too-familiar, plan your next travel experience at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge. Located 14 miles up the Colorado River on scenic Hwy 128 from downtown Moab, Red Cliffs Lodge is situated beside the river’s best white water rapids, at the foot of dramatic Red rock cliffs. It’s a classic, rugged Western landscape worthy of Hollywood, and was in fact the site of numerous films, including Rio Grande with John Wayne. For years, Red Cliffs has invested in the youth of Moab through Grand Area Mentoring. This is a marriage of good will with a program that can channel it in good ways. http://www.redcliffslodge.com
CanyonlandsInnLogoThe Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn proudly offers 80 spaciously appointed, non-smoking guest rooms that have been recently remodeled. Guests will wake each morning to a delicious complimentary full hot breakfast buffet. As a longtime partner of Grand Area Mentoring (since 2012!), the Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn proves that a businesses with heart can make a real difference. http://canyonlandsinn.com/
anon2This special anonymous donor has been a steadfast and generous benefactor to Grand Area Mentoring (also since 2012!). Each year this donor’s gifts boost the program’s ability to provide support and resources to up to 90 mentoring pairs that meet weekly with the aim of elevating student achievement, attendance, and behavior.
RockyMtnPowerLogoRocky Mountain Power Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Rocky Mountain Power. The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of our communities. Since 2009, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation has identified Grand Area Mentoring as one of the key Moab nonprofits that brings success and vitality to children who need just a little extra support to excel. http://www.rockymountainpower.net/about/itc/foundation.html
picGrand County Education Foundation feels that all students deserve the tools, resources, and experiences that will inspire and prepare them for a better future. The foundation’s top priority is the implementation of programs, equipment and materials that will have an immediate impact on all students in the Grand County School District. As a partner to Grand Area Mentoring and a local champion of school-based mentoring, GCEF has invested directly in the project and provided funding for special training opportunities for mentors and staff as well. This is local money flowing to local causes. Learn more about Grand County Education Foundation and how you can support it here:  http://grandcef.org
imagesSince 2013, the Carl George Bjorkman Foundation has fully engaged in the mission of helping children through mentoring in Moab. A board member’s spouse became a mentor, and the foundation took a keen interest in the inner workings of the program. As the foundation’s confidence and inspiration have grown with the program, so have its financial contributions. This is a clear example of a foundation fulfilling its charter with integrity and investing where efforts reap huge rewards.
AWebStudiologo (2b)AWebStudio is a developer of leading web Content management platforms that create amazing, manageable websites (like this one)! http://www.awebstudio.com
BEACONThe B.E.A.C.O.N (Building Essential Assets through Community and Outreach Networking) Afterschool Program mission is to: Empower students to discover their innate ability to succeed! The purpose of the BEACON Afterschool Program is to close the achievement gap by providing academic support and social guidance to at-risk struggling students. In partnership with Grand Area Mentoring, BEACON has secured a state grant to address intergenerational poverty among some of the highest-risk students. Furthermore, Grand Area Mentoring and BEACON exist as two prongs in the Grand County School District’s aim to provide supplemental assistance outside of regular school hours. Learn more about BEACON and its many programs at: http://www.moabbeacon.net
mvmcMoab Valley Multicultural Center has generously assisted Grand Area Mentoring for years by providing translation and family outreach services so that the program can serve a its diverse client population. MVMC is a non-profit organization that provides crisis resource & advocacy services, Spanish-English interpretation/translation, youth programs, targeted life skills support, and cultural enrichment in Moab. Their mission is to build bridges across language and culture through family support, community collaboration and education. The Center is funded through the generous support of individual donors, businesses, grants and a variety of cultural fundraisers. MVMC is one of Moab’s premier nonprofit organizations. Learn more: http://moabmc.org
hmkHelen M. Knight Elementary School Community Council has supported Grand Area Mentoring directly with financial efforts since 2014. These awards have been channeled the youth grades K-6 who are matched with a mentor at HMK, yet another example of a local agency identifying a worthy partner to invest in. Discover more about this splendid Moab school: http://www.grandschools.org/hmk/index.html
WabiLogoWabiSabi manages a superb thrift store in Moab, Utah and strives to minimize waste and maximize resources in this geographically isolated town.  Wabi prides itself in processing over 350 tons worth of donations and keeping almost all of it out of the landfill through sales, donations, art supplies, and recycling.  Proceeds from the sales of donated materials are distributed to local nonprofit organizations and support WabiSabi programs. From November 6, 2015  – “Grand Area Mentoring is pleased to announce it has won nonprofit partner status with WabiSabi. In support of school-based mentoring, Grand Area Mentoring will receive financial awards twice per year starting in 2016. Award amounts will be based upon the votes Grand Area Mentoring earns when customers shop or donate at WabiSabi and the profits of WabiSabi over the same period. Grand Area Mentoring will use these contributions to recruit, screen, and train new volunteer mentors; select and prepare at-risk students for mentoring; support mentors and students while they build relationships that thrive for years; supply equipment and materials for mentoring projects and activities; and offer advanced mentor training. Mentored students consistently earn better grades, attend school more often, and exhibit improved social skills. Surveys of teachers, mentors, and students show that mentored youth are also happier.” SHOP AT WABI AND VOTE FOR GRAND AREA MENTORING! http://www.wabisabimoab.org
WellsFargoLogoFrom creating a realistic budget in college to choosing a student loan, Wells Fargo has resources to help you meet your financial goals. Wells Fargo has been an increasingly generous funder of Grand Area Mentoring since 2009. Through grants and sending a manager to Moab for a visit to learn more about the program and how it can help, Wells Fargo has stood by Grand Area Mentoring as it has grown by 50% since the partnership began. Check out this nationwide bank that doesn’t forget about communities like Moab: https://www.wellsfargo.com
SynergyLogoThe Synergy Company’s primary mission is to help individuals build a personal foundation for sustainable good health and well-being. The Synergy Company also reaches out into the local nonprofit world to contribute funds, supplies, and sponsorships to worthy causes that support the good health and well-being of our community. Since 2008, the Synergy Company staff and management have dependably supported the work of Grand Area Mentoring and its dedicated volunteer corps. Learn more about this visionary company here: http://www.thesynergycompany.com
img_4009Carol Hoggard has been a mentor and key donor for many years. Carol is a champion of the STAR reading program at HMK and has been for many years – since its Red Rock roots. Carol worked weekly with at-risk students at elementary and middle schools, kids who looked up to her as a grandmother. Carol was matched with the same child for eight years, from in kindergarten through eighth grade. Carol also helps out at many special events throughout the year, and she volunteers for Moab Solutions, Hospice, Seekhaven, and the Care Center. Incredibly kind and remarkably generous, Carol is an inspiration to all who know her and a singular asset to Grand Area Mentoring.
logoBack of Beyond Books is a little independent bookstore with a big selection of books. The name of the store was drawn from one of Edward Abbey’s most well-known fiction titles, The Monkey Wrench Gang. His character Seldom Seen Smith was an outfitter, and the name of his company–and hideout–was “Back of Beyond.” Back of Beyond specializes in natural history, environmental literature, southwestern guidebooks & maps, Native American books, and Western history. But the store also carries a wild assortment of science, philosophy, current affairs, rare books, and generally other cool stuff you won’t find elsewhere. In 2014, Back of Beyond began the Books for Mentees program. They invite mentors and students into the shop, where mentees can pick out books to take home. This is a wildly popular mentoring activity, and it has greatly supported the love of reading in a population who flourishes under the influence of literature. http://www.backofbeyondbooks.com/index.cfm
1002071_589786917721754_641589863_nMountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association helped Grand Area Mentoring fund its unique and powerful Books for Mentees program. With MPIBA’s generous funding, Grand Area Mentoring provided book vouchers to participating mentees. Under the guidance of their mentors, youth browsed and selected books appropriate for their reading level and unique areas of interest. Participating children aged 6 through 18 redeemed vouchers valued at $18, a process which offered many opportunities for learning: store manners, math calculations, arrangement by age and subject, and of course, READING! Learn more about MPIBA here: https://www.mountainsplains.org
The Moab Points and Pebbles Club generously supports Grand Area Mentoring during their gem and rock show. This is a kind group of locals who found a way to support the children of Moab who most need help. You can see a photo of one of their events and fundraisers here: Moab Sun Article & Photo
OARSLogoIf you’re looking for adventure, look no further than O.A.R.S.! This stellar company provides whitewater and adventure trips all over the world. And they do it right here in Moab for Grand Area Mentoring’s participants too! Each year they fully sponsor a Colorado River rafting trip for over thirty participants. Children who might otherwise never get the chance to sample the world class river in their back yard enjoy an afternoon with OARS’ funny, safe, and inspiring river guides. This is always a highlight of the season and a great way to start the school year for Grand Area Mentoroing’s student participants. No outfit is better prepared to provide better fun. http://www.oars.com
RickBorettiLogoRick Boretti is a versatile entertainer who mystifies and creates good times with incredible jaw dropping magic and deadpan humor. He has appeared regularly at mentoring events and special presentations to amuse and teach. Mr. Boretti’s magic never fails to impress. http://www.moabmagicianrickboretti.com/
sunIn print and online, Moab Sun News‘s mission is to provide locals and visitors with free access to the highest quality news and advertising information in the Moab area, while providing advertisers with the largest possible audience of potential customers. Since the Moab Sun News came to Moab, this newspaper has gone above and beyond to promote Grand Area Mentoring among its readership. From select gratis advertisements to timely news pieces, the Moab Sun News has sought to enhance mentor recruitment for the benefit of our community. This is one of those organizations that advances professionalism and kindness out of one office. http://www.moabsunnews.com
logoRoundRed Rock 4-Wheelers: In addition to the Moab Jeep Safari, the Red Rock 4-Wheelers do a Labor Day Camp Out, trails of the month, cleanup and mark trails, and support local service agencies, youth groups, and nonprofits. http://www.rr4w.com
Alpha Rho Sorority: This dedicated group of generous women accomplish great work in Moab and beyond. They raise money for many worthy causes, including Grand Area Mentoring. http://moabtimes.com/view/full_story/26426261/article–Unsung-Heroes-Alpha-Rho-?
MRHLogo22Moab Regional Hospital is a 17-bed not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital and Level IV Trauma Center located in Moab, UT, and is the leader in healthcare in southeastern Utah. MRH’s mission is to put patients first, to deliver quality, cost-effective healthcare, and to promote wellness to all it serves. Through financial contributions and through the offering of advanced mentor trainings with psychologist Antje Rath, MRH supports the efforts of Grand Area Mentoring. Together, MRH and Grand Area Mentoring work to expand the health and opportunities for all families in Moab. Browse their website and become familiar with southeast Utah’s most dedicated healthcare facility. http://mrhmoab.org
YGPLogoThe Youth Garden Project cultivates healthy children, families and communities through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table. YGP supports mentoring by inviting mentors and students to use the kitchen and visit the garden. As a partner since Grand Area Mentoring first opened its doors in 2005, YGP has provided strategic assistance, sponsorship of services, and collaboration through the Moab Community Action Coalition. Learn more about this fantastic organization here:  http://www.youthgardenproject.org
tiBannerThe Moab Times Independent is a source for instant news, business, ads and events in Moab and the Four Corners region of southeast Utah. The TI has been serving the communities of southeastern Utah since 1896. Since Grand Area Mentoring’s inception in 2005, the TI has supported mentoring with select complimentary ads and news coverage. This is a community institution that goes beyond the news to support vulnerable children of Grand County School District. Read more: http://moabtimes.com
Splore-Logo-Medium-300x121Since the first river trip in 1977, Splore has been one of the pioneers in inclusive outdoor adventure. Many of participants and groups have been rafting with Splore since the 1980s. Program Managers have over 25 years of combined experience managing adventure programs for people of all ability levels. In 2014, Splore gained accreditation as an Adventure Program through the Association of Experiential Education. As a partner to Grand Area Mentoring, Splore has provided free and discounted river trips to mentors and students. These spring trips have delighted and edified children who may otherwise never get the chance to set foot on a raft. Read more here: http://splore.org
5ba3a6_d87e1efcb0dda70625e78d548fb394dfSweet Cravings provides a comfortable environment and homemade baked goods for breakfast and lunch all afternoon. With friendly staff to welcome patrons, Sweet Cravings offers flavorful dining options in an inviting setting. Since 2014, Sweet Cravings has supported Grand Area Mentoring in-kind during the program’s annual National Mentoring Month volunteer celebration in January. If you’re craving quality, visit Sweet Cravings: http://www.cravemoab.com
Publication3Desert West is Moab’s premier supplier of office, school, and stationary needs. In cooperation with Back of Beyond Books, Desert West sponsored the Books for Mentees program in 2015, which supplied one to two books per year to Grand Area Mentoring students. http://www.desertoffice.com
1428601515632Subvert is an attempt to discover a lifestyle with less impact and more community. It is the result of quite a bit of reading, thinking, talking, observing, admiring, and doing. It was Chad’s preparation for the day when his son, Oscar, asked, “Dad, why in the world do we do things the way we do them?” Chad embraced Grand Area Mentoring as a partner when it came time to create an image for the program’s t-shirt initiative. Chad employed his Subvert tactics to create an inspired wood block print that produced many garments that circulate throughout Moab. Learn more about Subvert: http://www.subvertwithus.com
Site-Logo1-300x47Eddie McStiff’s reigns as one of Moab’s most successful restaurants serving locals and visitors excellent meals at affordable prices. McStiff’s only uses the finest ingredients in all its dishes. A fantastic conservative menu offers food choices for all – burgers, pizza, past, and Mediterranean cuisine. They serve it all! McStiff’s also goes above and beyond by offering Grand Area Mentoring in-kind resources such as event partial-sponsorships and dining gift certificates to be used by mentoring pairs. Book your meal today! http://www.eddiemcstiffs.com
CastleCreekLogoCastle Creek Winery is located 14 miles from downtown Moab up the Colorado River on scenic Hwy 128. Situated overlooking the river’s best white water rapids, at the foot of dramatic red rock cliffs, the winery sits on a historic working ranch called Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge. http://www.castlecreekwinery.com
main.logoMoab Action Shots provides professional sports, event and custom photography services across the Four Corners area from their Moab base since 1993. They have photographers on the Colorado River daily as well as Moab’s mountain biking and jeep trails. If you were here we probably have your picture as you enjoyed Moab. http://moabactionshots.com/about.php

…and many generous private donors!