Elevations AppleFest raises $4,000 for Cultiva Youth Project at local nonprofit Growing Gardens

BOULDER, CO (October 23, 2018)With the help of its members and the community, Elevations Credit Union raised $4,000 at Elevations AppleFest at YA YA Farm & Orchard on Oct. 13. The funds raised will directly benefit the Cultiva Youth Project at local nonprofit Growing Gardens, which enriches the community through sustainable urban agriculture programs.

On Oct. 13, over 175 people attended Elevations AppleFest at YA YA Farm & Orchard, a daytime event with family-friendly activities like hay rides, barbeque from GreensPoint BBQ and live bluegrass by Stirrup Trouble.

“It is great to see Elevations members come through for our community,” said Dennis Paul, VP of Business and Community Development for Elevations. “We are proud to support great initiatives like the Cultiva Youth Project.”

The $4,000 raised will support the Cultiva Youth Project’s youth leadership program where teens ages 12-19 operate an urban organic farm, growing produce for the local community while developing leadership and job skills. In Boulder, the teens seed, tend and harvest produce for Growing Gardens’ Community Supported Agriculture program, which provides a weekly share of vegetables for 65 community members. In Longmont, this produce is donated to community partners that give the food to locals that are food insecure.

“We appreciate the opportunity to be part of Elevations AppleFest and thank our community showing such great support for the Cultiva Youth Project,” said Vanessa Keeley, Executive Director of Growing Gardens. “The funds raised will enable Cultiva to involve more youth in leadership and sustainable agriculture training throughout Boulder County. Thank you, Elevations, for your support over the years.”

To learn more about Cultiva Youth Project, visit

Live bluegrass by Stirrup Trouble

Family hay ride

About Elevations Credit Union

Elevations Credit Union empowers its members and the communities it serves along Colorado’s Front Range with financial solutions and education. In addition to offering a broad portfolio of consumer and business banking services, Elevations is the No. 1 credit union mortgage lender in Colorado. Founded in 1953 as the U. of C. Federal Credit Union in Boulder, the organization has grown from 12 members and less than $100 in assets to over 145,000 members, more than 500 local employees and over $2 billion in assets. Elevations received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for performance excellence in 2014 and earns local awards along Colorado’s Front Range for Best Bank, Best Mortgage Lender and Best Customer Service year after year. Learn more at


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