A letter from the board:
The West End community likes to think of itself as in the “middle of everywhere”. Our area abounds in rich history, natural beauty, and compassionate community members. It is a great place to live and we are committed to making it even better.
Our community is growing a permanent community trust fund that supports current and future community betterment projects. The West End Pay it Forward Trust is a way for everyone who cares about our community and its future to giveback. Money raised for the West End Pay It Forward Trust will only be used in the West End for the support and development of local organizations and the economy.
With the help of a $10,000 matching grant, and our numerous individual and business donors we were able to raise roughly $36,000 in 2016! Our goal is to raise our endowment to $50,000 by the end of 2017. In order to make this possible, we want to build up our monthly donor base to a total of $1,000/month. By the end of 2022, the WEPIFT wants to have raised $100,000.
We hope you will get involved by pledging a monthly donation today. Whether you can afford $1, $10, or $1,000 a month, every donation counts. Please visit our donate page for more information.
If you feel you have benefited from Paradox, Naturita and Nucla communities, pay it forward to help the community now and for future generations.
Meet the Board Members:
Jane Thompson, President:
Jane is a native of the West End communities, and having grown up in Uravan during the uranium boom days, she understands the importance of planning for the future. Jane Thompson is the President of the West End Pay it Forward Trust. Jane also serves as Secretary of the Nucla-Naturita Area Chamber of Commerce and President of the Rimrocker Historical Society. She has been active in preserving the history of the area and promoting heritage tourism. Jane works at the Nucla-Naturita Telephone Company in Nucla, and she and her husband make their home in Naturita where they keep busy with their grown children and grandchildren.
Susan Rice, Vice President:
Susan Rice is a long time resident of Nucla having spent 40 years there. She is married and has two girls all of whom graduated from Nucla High School. She is blessed with 6 grandchildren and claims each child in the West End as her special friend. Susan has close ties to the community as the Branch Manager of the award winning Naturita Community Library.
Paul Koski, Treasurer
Paul Koski is a 37-year resident of Nucla and the West End. As a small business owner (Koski Fine Woodworking), Paul knows how important a strong and vibrant community is for his business, his family (he and his wife Renee have raised three daughters in the West End) and the future of our area. Paul believes that making small communities healthy requires a strong commitment from community members through volunteerism and hard work. Paul has served on many past boards, including the Nucla Town Board, Nucla Library Board and the West End School Board. In addition to the West End Pay It Forward Trust Board, Paul currently sits on the Montrose West Recreation (MWR) Board, the West End Trails Alliance (WETA) Board, and the regional Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) Board of Directors.
Jane Reed, Secretary:
Jane and her husband returned to the West End after spending 23 years away. She graduated from Nucla High School and loves the people in the community, as well as the area. She joined WEPIFT in December of 2015, and firmly believes that the WEPIFT is a way to support our hard-working and visionary nonprofits. Jane wants to encourage people who have ties to the communities of Nucla, Naturita, or Paradox to get involved and invest in the future with us at WEPIFT.
Sara Bachman, Board Member:
Like some of the other WEPIFT board members, Sara Bachman is a West End native. Sara is a 2006 graduate of Nucla High School and has recently returned to her stomping grounds to settle into the area once more; this time as a business owner rather than a restless teenager. Upon returning to the West End and amidst establishing her new law practice, Sara was approached by the WEPIFT board members about an opportunity to join their team and help propel their mission forward. With little hesitation, Sara joined the board because she is passionate about the West End and its continued legacy.