A Message from our Director:
I am Mackenzie Dodge, founder of the Grant A Wish Program, (not to be confused with the Make a Wish organization).
We are a 501(c)3, composed of a group of community members, that support qualifying youth with scholarships to participate in programs and activities that focus on providing positive peers and role models.
Did you know…
Studies show children who suffer from; homelessness, physical or emotional abuse, neglect, the loss of a parent, or poverty (19% in Mesa County) are more likely to suffer from: delinquency, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and dropping out.
This may not seem to directly affect you, your children, or even your neighborhood, but it could be your future son or daughter in law, land developer, engineer, or even a running back for the Denver broncos. Like these;
- Girls in foster care struggling with self-esteem issues that want to participate in Karate.
- Or this boy that wants to play basketball… a few weeks ago his brother passed away and his father died last year.
- Or this girl who is kind & helpful to others and is working hard to do her best in school, but is struggling emotionally due to abuse.
We believe our children do NOT have to become statistics!
Studies show the ability to participate in activities with peers and role models has a positive impact on a child’s school & family life allowing them to achieve improved:
- & social development
- thereby reducing their at risk behaviors & giving them a chance at success.
By helping Grant A Wish, you literally impact the livelihood of our future community members and leaders!
Since 2008 our award winning organization, with the help of a coalition of community partners like; the City of Grand Junction, Hilltop Community Resources, Ariel Clinical Services and others, has offered children a chance at success by giving them an opportunity to participate in any program they are interested in.
But we can only do it with your help!
The Grant a Wish Program relies on the donations of organizations, local businesses and private donors just like you, to ensure the success of our children by helping fund their dreams.
Last year over 150 children we’re waiting to be sponsored for something as simple as a $39 swimming lesson. Since 2008 we have provided over $43,000 in programs to area youth, with over 175 children receiving scholarship in 2014 alone.
That’s why we encourage you: Don’t just give a gift, grant a wish….
Every year the need is greater and we hope you’ll consider the “Grant a Wish Program” as your charity of choice. Thank you for your consideration!
For further information please contact me, Mackenzie Dodge, at: 970-234-9808