The money raised through donations to The Helper Project help fund the revitalization and preservation of Helper and enable us to create cultural connections for those living in Helper. Click below to view a list of our completed projects and events, and continue reading to see current and ongoing projects.
Current & Ongoing Projects
Scholarships for Helper Students
A HUGE thank you to the King Family Foundation and Intermountain Healthcare. Because of their generosity, The Helper Project is able to award scholarships to Helper students currently attending or graduating from Carbon High School, who wish to attend Utah State University Eastern to pursue an education in health care or a vocational or technical trade. Funding for vocational scholarships is courtesy of the King Family Foundation and medical scholarships are courtesy of Intermountain Healthcare. Below is a little information about these generous funders.
Pat King is committed to helping others. He oversees the King Family Foundation, and several years ago, he actually owned a metal fabrication company in Helper that produced materials for the coal mines. “Helper has gone through some difficult changes since I had my business here. However, I couldn’t be happier about the positive changes that are occurring now in Helper thanks in part to The Helper Project and all the others that are involved.”
Intermountain Healthcare (IHC) is a Utah-based, not-for-profit system of 33 hospitals, and other health services that boast more than 3,800 physicians and advanced practice clinicians at about 385 clinics. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, IHC is widely recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement and efficient healthcare delivery.
Helper Depot & Corridor Project
The City of Helper has a symbiotic relationship with the railroad, forged over generations of growth and decline impacting both, and embodied within the community in the form of the train depot building and grounds. Not only is this the physical location where residents interact with the railroad, it is also the location of historic dwellings, where businesses were originally located and where expansion occurred to support the growing town of Helper. It is through this relationship that the City of Helper has been able to retain it’s original character, proudly showcase their unique heritage, and remain relevant in a modernizing economy.
In an effort to help retain such a relationship and ensure it is sustainable long-term, the Helper Project completed a participatory planning exercise to create a unified vision and forge a shared goal for this historical and geographically significant corridor.
The long-term ongoing project would include :
- Providing improvements that support a unified theme that honors Helper’s railroad history.
- Providing necessary pathways to downtown, creating a more inviting atmosphere for visitors.
- Creating a clearly delineated two-way roadway within the corridor, allowing for utilization of alternative transportation, such as bikes.
- Installing site amenities that match those on Main Street to create a cohesive link between the two.