Patrick McCarney

Patrick McCarney's Fundraiser

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Help Our Community Access Quality Alternative Educational Offerings in Downtown Paonia!

Donate today so that The Learning Council can score a central location on Grand Ave. Your donation is tax deductible!


$500 towards $25,000

We are fundraising to elevate the vitality of the North Fork Valley

The Buell Foundation is matching $41,000 worth of donations to help TLC purchase the building. Double your donation!

Let's get The Learning Council into their forever home! Granting more access to classes, workshops, and nutritious food in our community.

The Learning Council offers so much to Paonia and beyond. They have a lot of programs happening round the clock that need a central location so that all may participate.

With your help, TLC can purchase 138 Grand Ave, securing your favorite programs for years to come, including:

  • Classes in African Drum and Dance, music, art, storytelling, photojournalism, agriculture, social and environmental justice to name a few
  • Nutritious community meals every week; ingredients sourced from local farms
  • Bike Co-op facility for folks to fix their bikes and score a community-sponsored bike
  • The DC CARES (Delta County Coalition Advocating for Radically Equitable Spaces) central location for members to get together and learn
  • Sexual Health Education classes taught by trained educators; classes for parents and for youth
  • ICE CREAM! Yes, there will still be ice cream served in the storefront, doubling as a youth hang-out location
  • An Arts for All location for classes, performances, and more!

Your generosity can help bring all of these programs right to Downtown Paonia. With your help, we can cultivate curiosity, health and vitality, and a spirit of lifelong learning here in our valley. Donate today!

Check out the main page for our campaign here.

This welcoming space full of community activities will include:

  • Teen-led icecream shop open year-round
  • TLC Kitchen serving weekly community meals at the Trading Post or Arbol Farmers Market while teaching food classes
  • Classroom Space for courses in health, music, dance, agriculture, social and environmental justice, and more
  • Arts for All educational programs in visual arts, music, and performing arts
  • North Fork Community Parade & Marching Band practice and performance venue
  • Diversity Library to peruse a variety of books
  • Working Area for Delta County Coalition Advocating for Radically Equitable Spaces
  • Bike Co-op shop and outdoor space
  • Space for coworking with our partner organizations and colleagues
  • Educational space for the Health and Vitality Council to teach Comprehensive Sexual Health Education to parents and students