Posted by Scott Niedringhaus

The Foothills Evening Group meets every other Tuesday from 5-6 PM.  Our next meeting will be on March 6th.  As a proud supporter of the Fort Collins Ale Trail, all meetings are held in participating businesses on the Ale Trail.  The meetings in March will be at The Black Bottle Brewery with all meetings in April, May and June at the Hop Grenade.  We love visitors from the noon group so please come visit us some time.

The Evening Group has been working on our plans for the next year with a focus on our Purpose:  “The Foothills Evening Group takes action to solve local issues.  We are a nimble, hands-on organization that makes a difference.”  We align with Rotary International’s causes and are focused on ensuring the children in our community have the nutrition, tools and support necessary to obtain a great education. 

In addition to providing support for the Fort Collins Ale Trail, Rise Against Hunger and Purple Pins for Polio, our primary focus is on helping homeless and at-risk children in the Poudre School District.  Our initial emphasis will be on the McKinney program at Putnam Elementary School.   Putnam is ground zero for homeless kids in Fort Collins with 23% of their students currently homeless and 91% on the free lunch program.  A few of the initiatives we are driving with Putnam include:

  • Purchasing a washer and dryer for the school to wash donated clothing and the backpacks used for a weekend food program (MacBackPack).

  • In conjunction with Book Trust, we will be helping the students with their reading comprehension.

  • We will be putting together boxes with materials for science experiments and art projects.

  • We will be providing mentorship for their student leadership group.

  • We will be tying in with other programs such as Coats & Boots and the Four Way Test to provide additional support and guidance to the kids.

  • Longer term, we hope to help Putnam build a community help center at the school.

Assuming these projects go well, we will look to expand to other schools within the PSD system in future years.

Please contact myself or any of the other members of the evening group if you have questions or ideas for our projects.