The Roberts Community Foundation established the Roberts Activities Committee to promote the Festival on First and the Veterans’ Honor Memorial. Dozens of community volunteers erect crosses, flags and dog tags along Highway 212 twice yearly, surrounding Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day.
The Roberts Activities Committee hosts monthly gatherings called the “Rusty Rockets” on the third Tuesdays from 1-4pm for seniors at the Roberts Fire Hall, and is organizing an All Class Centennial School Reunion on June 29-July 2, 2023.
The RCF has provided financial and administrative assistance for the 2023 reunion. Due to the reunion, the RCF will forgo the annual Golf Scramble and will hold it again in 2024.
We are completing the major work in beautifying our town, and we will continue to maintain the flowers and shrubs in the gateway monuments and throughout the business area. This spring, the remaining order of Colorado spruce will be planted throughout Roberts.
RCF purchased electrical supplies to add Christmas decorations on more light poles in the town and will pursue purchasing more decorations in the future. We will explore with the Fire Board, County Commission and neighbors the possibility of adding light poles in areas that don’t have street lights and will seek grant funds if the consensus is to go ahead with this project.
We’re pleased to host all-board meetings (aka Town Hall Meetings) where government districts in Roberts (school, water/sewer, fire district, cemetery, county commission) can share upcoming projects and future needs.
We participate in the annual Red Lodge Area Community Foundation’s Fun Run, which raises RCF a few thousand dollars per year. We appreciate being a part of the larger charitable community in Carbon County.
RCF has purchased a kiosk to be placed at the Roberts School, which will include Roberts history as well as entries from school groups and classes.
We are partnering with the school to add solar panels on the bus barn, and will seek grant funds to develop additional solar power for our school.
Volunteers have digitized and enhanced graduate photos, rehabbed the picture frames and re-hung the class photos in the main halfway.
We have provided funds for snacks, as students do not have access to food items outside of breakfast and lunch and often times are in school activities past 6pm.
And, we bought a basketball shooting machine for use by students and athletes.
We have awarded post-secondary scholarships to Roberts students for the past 24 years. RCF enjoys awarding these scholarships to celebrate our students.
We are blessed with a large endowment fund managed by the Montana Community Foundation that provides good-sized interest payments yearly. The principle of our endowment funds cannot be touched, but serves as income through interest payments in perpetuity for the community of Roberts. We also encourage individuals to review their estate planning to continue their family’s legacy in our community.
We rely on generous donors to fund the bulk of our community and school investments. We mainly appeal for funds through newsletters and fundraising appeals.