Our Direction

Flowing from our human wellspring, Dry Creek Charity provides funds and frameworks for altruistic work almost anywhere. DCC focuses on grassroots, collaboration and getting-the-job-done. We will lead, ride “shotgun” or even occupy the backseat as new opportunities are uncovered and projects embraced. Dry Creek is open to you.

Dry Creek is inspired by the hummingbird: 340 different species from Alaska to southern Chile, many different habitats from tropical forest to grasslands and deserts. Fearless instincts for a) nectar to drink, b) bugs to eat and c) a partner/collaborator to fly with. The hummingbird’s endurance (the ruby throated migrates 3,200 km) and energy (90 wingbeats per second, 1,250 heartbeats per minute) are true wonders.

To Dry Creek Charity, “grassroots” means reciprocity, kinship and getting-the-job-done with colleagues like Paul Fetzer—who has brilliantly created Holladay Community Gardens or Nguyen Van Thinh, the ex-math professor who is constructing his tenth kindergarten in the flood-prone lowlands of Vietnam. Juan Gilberto coaches good grades and community service within our Hispanic community as much as Break-Thru Soccer victories. Jerry and Ellen Simons safeguard the lives of indigenous Peruvians as principal collaborators. True to our human nature and with your help, Dry Creek will flow freely.

History

Prior to organizing formally in April of 2011, the forerunners of Dry Creek Charity, including The Rosenberg Cultural Fund and the ProHealth Lab, worked both internationally and locally on projects ranging from kindergarten construction in Vietnam to disaster response in Africa, Haiti and Indonesia. Today, Dry Creek Charity continues the work established by its predecessors while embracing new opportunities.

Team

Tom Rosenberg

Dr. Tom Rosenberg is a founding board member and president of Dry Creek Charity. Tom has worked with various non-profit organizations throughout his life and career, volunteering surgical expertise and preventive healthcare. He attended the University of Utah medical school and co-founded the Fitness Institute at LDS Hospital, The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, the RCM Clinic in Park City, and the non-profit nutrient supplement company, Nutriex.

Saurabh Shah

Dr. Saurabh Shah, a board certified Otolaryngologist provides insight in the selection of matching grant recipients. Dr. Shah has served as Chief of ENT at LDS Hospital and Board of Directors at Granger Medical Clinic and the Utah Surgical Center. He has stepped down from these positions to focus more on charity work and family.

Brian Rasmussen

Brian serves as Project Coordinator and Managing Director for Dry Creek Charity. Brian works to identify new opportunities for charitable work both locally and internationally. Brian is committed to our responsibility of improving the human condition and aspires to continually align Dry Creek Charity with sustainable, project driven opportunities. Brian holds a B.A. degree in Speech Communication from the University of Utah and an MBA from Westminster College.

Darin Zwick

Darin Zwick is third generation at Zwick Construction Company and serves as its President and CEO. Darin is active in his community and serves an important role on Dry Creek Charity’s Board of Directors, working to support construction related charitable work that we take on. Darin’s strong business and construction background helps Dry Creek Charity carry out charitable work efficiently.

Lee McCullough

Lee McCullough serves as Dry Creek Charity’s legal advisor and works to protect the legal integrity of our mission. He received his J.D. from the University of Utah and was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1973. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for various college and hospital foundations. Lee is an avid mountaineer.

Cheri Andrus

Cheri grew up in Southern California, received a degree in Elementary Education from BYU and taught school. While raising five children and living in four different states and England with her husband’s employment, she was involved in volunteer work and community affairs. After her kids were raised she owned and operated three Curves Fitness for Women, and particularly enjoyed teaching health and nutrition classes. She and her husband recently served an 18 month humanitarian mission to Rwanda, Africa doing clean water projects, building latrines at village schools, distributing wheelchairs and vision equipment. Service to the poor, needy and disadvantaged is one of her highest priorities.

Brent Griffiths

Brent Griffiths assists as Dry Creek Charity’s tax and financial advisor. He is a CPA and cofounder of the CPA Firm Schmitt, Griffiths, Smith & Co. He continues to serve as a tax consultant to many of his tax and business clients following the firm’s merger into Eide Bailly LLP; a regional CPA Firm. He specializes in tax planning for business and individuals, estate planning, and advising charitable entities. He attended the University of Utah and graduated with an MBA degree. He has been involved in advising on a number of charitable giving plans for his clients.

Walter J. Plumb IV

Walter J. Plumb IV is one of the principal owners of Plumb Holdings. Over the last 15 years he has successfully developed, entitled and/or sold over 5,000 residential lots in Utah, Arizona and California. He specializes in the acquisition, development and sales of residential and commercial product. Walter is passionate about learning and studying different cultures and people. He is fluent in Spanish, and has lived aboard in Latin America. He enjoys testing his body both physically and mentally and is 3 time La Ruta finisher. He is a father of 4 boys and one daughter. Walter received his Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Utah and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah.

Tyler Lässig

Tyler serves in various capacities at Dry Creek Charity including Information Technology and Media Management. He is the principal owner of a design firm in Salt Lake City and enjoys the challenge of working with many businesses. Tyler is a second generation immigrant whose German father taught him and his nine siblings the value of hard work and sacrifice. He has a strong, often stubborn, desire to help and serve others.

Chandler Rosenberg

Chandler Rosenberg is a rising fourth year student at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. After serving as a summer intern for Dry Creek Charity, Chandler has been selected for Manav Sadhna fellowship next year. She hopes to eventually pursue a career in the non-profit or public sector.

Collaborators

Refugee & Immigrant Center: Asian Association of Utah

The Asian Association of Utah is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to improving the quality of life for refugees and immigrants in the state. They are devoted to helping clients become more self-sufficient in their daily lives and aim to reduce the barriers that refugees and immigrants face when adapting to life in the U.S.

Salt Lake Education Foundation

The Salt Lake Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that strives to promote student success in the Salt Lake City School District by using private donations to supplement children's educational experiences. They hope to equip students to graduate high school with strong social awareness, cultural sensitivity, academic proficiency, and as economically viable citizens of the community.

Granite Education Foundation

The Granite Education Foundation works through business and education partnerships to facilitate the fostering of programs, alliances and resources that impact student learning and assist educators within the public school system. The Foundation supports these areas through programs, partnerships and advocacy initiatives. Their programs improve student achievement, prevent student dropout, provide opportunities for students of low income families, support creative classroom projects and honor selected individuals who have made an impact in their schools.

Catholic Community Services

Since 1945, The Catholic Community Services of Utah has been empowering people in need along the Wasatch Front to reach self-sufficiency. Their mission is to practice gospel values of love, compassion, and hope through service, support and collaboration. They work primarily through partnerships with other social service organizations and volunteer involvement.

Mexican Consulate of Utah

The Mexican Consulate's goal is to conduct foreign policy of Mexico through dialogue, cooperation, promotion of the country and care for Mexicans abroad and coordinate international action by the Government of the Republic. Mexico's consul in Utah seeks to build trust and understanding between Mexican immigrants and local Utah citizens and officials.

University Neighborhood Partners

University Neighborhood Partners brings together University and west side resources in reciprocal learning, action, and benefit. The University and west side neighborhoods share a vision of a community woven together through partnerships based on mutual empowerment, discovery and learning rooted in diverse life experiences. By addressing systemic barriers to educational success, these collaborative partnerships foster increased access to higher education for community members, a University enriched by its involvement in the community, and an enhanced quality of life for all involved.

Girl Scouts of America

Girl Scouts of America is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Organized in Savannah, GA in 1912, the Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Wasatch Community Gardens

Wasatch Community Gardens is a nonprofit organization serving residents along the Wasatch Front since 1989. Their vision is an inclusive, robust, and vibrant community that is nourished by healthy and affordable foods. Working towards this vision, they are committed to building community and providing opportunities to learn and grow through gardening by offering a spectrum of dynamic programs and an evolving network of land, expertise, and education.

Metro Gang Unit (aka the Salt Lake Area Gang Project)

Their mission is to identify, reduce, and prevent criminal gang activity through public education an proactive enforcement in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas.

Because He First Loved Us

BHLU is a relational ministry to refugee families to meet spiritual, educational, and practical needs through child and family mentoring and resource networking. Goal is to educate, encourage, and influence refugee families as they strive to succeed in their new life here in Utah. They do so through building personal relationships with the children and their families. Additionally, they hope to bring awareness to the community at large of the needs of these new friends. Want to inspire and ultimately motivate others into action.

UYSA: Utah Youth Soccer Association

UYSA is the leader in promoting, developing, and governing youth soccer in Utah. They strive to provide quality educational and developmental opportunities for all members. Non-profit corporation established in 1978. Reaching over 50,000 players across the state, UYSA is the only soccer organization in Utah that offers a diverse range of services and innovative programs to meet the needs of a membership with varied abilities, backgrounds, and financial means.

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.

Tree Utah

Tree Utah is a non-profit organization dedicated to the planting and care of trees in the state of Utah. Aims to improve Utah's quality of life for present and future generations by enhancing the environment through tree planting, stewardship, and education. Since 1990, Tree Utah has planted more than 347,000 trees with the help of over 133,000 volunteers around the state.

Utah Association of Charter Schools

The Utah Association of Charter Schools aim to provide advocacy, training and technical support that promotes excellence in public charter schools throughout the state. When the organization became official in 2002, it was still run entirely by volunteers who put in countless hours lobbying state legislators, hosting regular member meeting, and coordination events to showcase charter schools.

Utah Development Academy

The Utah Development Academy (UDA) is committed to building a community organization that delivers youth development programs addressing character and leadership, healthy lifestyles, and academic excellence through soccer-based programming, while establishing a high quality, sanctioned and sustainable soccer club on the west side of Salt Lake City.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity seeks to accomplish this mission by building decent, affordable homes for working families in need that will revitalize our community and eliminate poverty housing conditions.

Utah Food Bank

The Utah Food Bank works tirelessly with community partners and volunteers to serve those in need throughout the state, with the hope of eliminating hunger statewide. Last year, with the help of volunteers, they distributed over 31 million meals to people facinghunger across the state.

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake is an American professional soccer club based in Salt Lake City, UT. The team competes as a member of theWestern Conference in Major League Soccer.

Copperview Recreation Center

The Copper view Recreation Center is a safe, clean, and remodeled fitness & recreation center in Midvale, UT. They strive to provide the best recreational opportunities by "improving lies through people, parks, and play!"

Lowell Bennion Community Service Center

The Bennion Center fosters lifelong service and civic participation by engaging the University of Utah with the greater community in action, change, and learning. They honor diverse partnerships and believe in the power of collaboration to build strong relationships, to sustain civic engagement, and to develop the most responsive and effective programs to meet the needs of our communities.

Utah Clean Cities

The Utah Clean Cities Coalition was the 16th coalition in the country to join the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program in 1994. Their mission is to advance the energy, economic and environmental security of the United States by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that reduce the use of petroleum in the transportation sector. They work with the federal government, local partners and the public to promote smart transportation and fuel economy practices.

Utah Refugee Coalition

The Utah Refugee Coalition was formed to unite public, private, and voluntary resources for refugees in Utah. The coalition works directly with state entities, private organizations, and volunteers in directing resources to critical agendas and needs.

Horizonte Training and Instruction Center

The Horizonte Training and Instruction Center is an alternative high school that serves both youth and adult students in the greater Salt Lake area. The school boasts a diverse student body and smaller class sizes as it works to graduate over 500 students each year.

Hope Projects

Hope Projects is a non-profit organization that provides over 175 village projects in the Andes Mountains (affecting over 600,000 impoverished people) with materials and engineering for the construction of needed structures along with a variety of other assistance. In 1999 Dr. Simons established Hope Projects as the delivery system of the foundation's humanitarian work and shifted attention to the peoples of the high Andes of South America. These people of Peru are extraordinarily motivated and committed to helping themselves.

CEP

CEP (Community Education Partnership) provides high quality out-of-school-time and after school community events for West Valley City families and students, resulting in increased opportunities for learning.