OneMorgan County fosters relationships among diverse people and organizations to strengthen the well-being, safety, and cohesive nature of our community.
OneMorgan County (OMC), an award-winning non-profit organization, fosters community cohesion in Morgan County-a predominantly rural area in eastern Colorado. Inclusiveness is at the heart of OMC's mission. It represents our aspiration and our intent. Further, OMC's commitment to inclusivity accounts for differences with regard to race, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic background, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. OMC cultivates inclusiveness by promoting an environment that is welcoming and affirming-one where everyone who is involved with the organization, in any way, feels included, respected, and embraced. For example, OMC: (1) recruits volunteers of all ages and backgrounds; (2) creates and implements programs and events, applying its awareness of cultural differences; (3) ensures that programs and events are accessible and open to the public; and (4) provides information on its website in 3 languages (English, Spanish, and Somali). In addition, OMC encourages community participation at all levels, welcoming open dialogue and alternative perspectives; mindful, that respecting the values and perspectives of others, without passing judgment, helps foster inclusiveness.
I contribute to OMC for (at least) two important reasons: 1) the stellar quality of OMC's services, adapting to the needs of a community in major transition with immigrants and refugees, relying upon the generosity of that community to keep its vital mission alive, an approach I believe in supporting; 2) my personal connection with you, Brenda (as well as your predecessors), for whom I have the deepest respect and admiration for what you've been able to accomplish with "so little," and I want to put my money where my mouth is by making a contribution.
--Gurudev Khalsa, President, Trilight Development, April 8, 2011