As a new Fellow it is necessary to observe, listen and learn not only to speak knowledgeably about the work El Pomar does throughout Colorado but also to better understand the role nonprofits play in communities across the state.
As a Regional Partnerships Fellow, I work closely with the Northwest Council- a group of six advisers representing eight counties in the Northwest corner of the state. Growing up in Denver, visiting this region usually involved traveling for a high school athletic competition, a ski trip, or a quick stop on my way to Moab. The region seemed familiar; however it wasn’t until I began working with the council, that I recognized the intrinsic cultural, economic, and social characteristics that bring life to rural communities and perhaps go unnoticed when you’re just passing through. (more…)