Nonprofit News: Updates from Northern Colorado Nonprofits

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estes valley investment in childhood success 

EVICS is in our 12th year of promoting and supporting quality early childhood services in Estes Park.  We believe that every child deserves the support and opportunities necessary to grow, learn and succeed. Estes Park is a beautiful place to live, but a challenging place to raise a family.  The cost of childcare is prohibitive for many working families, and high quality options are limited.  Quality childcare and parent support are critical to attract and retain young families in our community. EVICS provides childcare scholarships, support and training for childcare providers and teachers, parent education, and developmental screenings.  EVICS is seeking funding for general operating support.

For more information, please contact Nancy Almond at 970-586-3055 ornalmond@evics.org. Updated on 6/14/17

MOUNTAIN STATES CHILDREN'S HOME

Mountain States Children's Home rescues children from abuse, neglect, abandonment and homelessness by providing a home and professional services that heal their physical and mental trauma. Our goal is to reunite these children with their families or prepare them for independence by utilizing a family model of care strengthened by professional counselors and teachers.We have recently opened a new cottage which will serve 6 new children. Mountain States Children's Home is seeking funding to provide professional counseling and basic needs for newly placed children. MSCH has been providing a home for children from northern Colorado since 1960. We are privately-funded with no state or government support. We rely solely on donations from individuals, businesses, churches and foundations.

For information, please contact Walter Williams at wwilliams@msch.org or 303-776-6841. Added on 5/23/17. 

TEAM WELLNESS & PREVENTION

TEAM Wellness & Prevention, formerly Team Fort Collins, is a youth focused substance abuse prevention organization serving Northern Colorado.TEAM is seeking funding to help fund the promotion and advertising of the Safer University/Safer Community Project. The project is a collaboration between Colorado State University Health Network, CSU Police Dept., Fort Collins Police Service, the City of Fort Collins and TEAM Wellness & Prevention. The project's focus is to promote responsible use of legal substances in an effort to reduce the number of DUI, nuisance, noise and other harms related to overuse and misuse of alcohol and marijuana. The project is planned for release for the 2017/2018 academic school year and is planned to coincide with events surrounding back to school and the new on campus stadium at CSU. The project includes increased enforcement action intended to decrease negative activity and promote positive actions on the part of community members and students.

For more information, please contact Diane Atwood at (970) 224-9931 or gordon@teamfortcollins.org. Added on 5/17/17

THOMPSON VALLEY ART LEAGUE

The Lincoln Gallery and the Thompson Valley Art League are dedicated to promoting artistic endeavors in Northern Colorado and is especially supportive of promoting our community's student art and art opportunities. Art in the Park is the primary fundraising effort which brings together local artisans, food trucks and performers for a weekend of celebration of the arts. Art in the Park is the longest running art festival in Colorado and has emerged as an artisan event that draws people from all over the country.  Art in the Park is seeking funding to provide stipends for performers and interns as well as support for marketing efforts and overhead of the gallery and its programs.

For more information, please contact Mary Connole at 301-642-5577 orrmmconnole@gmail.com. Updated on 5/17/17

GRACE PLACE

Grace Place exists to break barriers, build bridges, and bring hope to the Northern Colorado community. Breakaway Camps offer a high-energy summer day camp experience where every child will feel loved, safe, and secure while developing their faith, fun, and friendship. Funds are needed to purchase equipment and supplies for creative art, recreation, performing art, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Funds are also needed to provide scholarships for kids to attend camp.

For more information, please contact Kim Neeper at kim.neeper@graceplace.org or 970-532-9886. Read on… Added on 5/5/17

CHARIS YOUTH RANCH

Broken horses healing broken children: Charis Youth Ranch provides equine programs for at-risk kids, their families, and now veterans. The stars of the show are rescued horses whose stories of brokenness and redemption are shared with participants who are, in turn, able to see a little of their own brokenness. This starts the conversation between horse and human which culminates in learning new communication skills, basic horsemanship, and self-awareness in a low stress, peaceful environment. Charis Youth Ranch is seeking funds to repair its three loafing sheds and to improve its arena. An ongoing need is hay, feed, and funds for farrier and vet care for its horses.

For more information, please contact Tracy Cookman at newlifehorses@gmail.com or 970-988-2828. Updated on 5/5/17

Celebrate gratitude

You are invited to join us for Celebrating Gratitude, a community-wide letter-writing campaign designed to show our deepest gratitude for those who have served our country to secure our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

The Celebrating Gratitude Committee of northern Colorado will distribute the letters to verterans who attend Welcome Home: A Solute to Our Vietnam War Veterans events, May 24-29, 2017, at the Veterans Plaza in Fort Collins. Welcome Home celebrates the service and accomplishments of Vietnam War era veterans, both living and deceased, and honors their sacrifices given for our country, its citizens, and each other. 25,000-40,000 people are expected to participate. 

If you would like to write a letter to a veteran, please include the following elements in your letter: 1) A general greeting, like "Dear Veteran," 2) what veterans have done to make a difference, and (3) the benefits their efforts and sacrifice provided to you. Please mail or deliver letters by May 19,2017, to Veterans Compass, P.O. Box 1, Fort Collins, CO 80522. Individuals, businesses, schools, and other organizations are encouraged to partcipate. 

For more information, contact Mary Zenzen, mary@betterworldorganizations.com. Updated 4/12/17

Be The Gift Incorporated

Be the Gift is a community-wide organization that provides home repair for widows and single mom homeowners and their children at no cost, to provide them with a safer, healthier, and a more functioning home in which to raise their children. Combined with care and compassion, our goal is to raise their quality of life. Single moms can struggle to make hard decisions on a regular basis about paying for necessities like food, clothing, child care, health care and transportation. Be the Gift will provide at no charge a gift of home repair to single mom home owners and their children. We use a blend of professionals and volunteers who completely donate their time. Be the Gift completed 64 projects last year and currently have a waiting list of 17 projects that have been assessed with managers scheduled and volunteers placed. Be the Gift is seeking funding to purchase materials, supplies, equipment and related costs to initiate and complete home repair for single mom families.

For more information, please contact Chris Johnson at 970-691-8777 or chris@bethegift.com. Read on... Added on 4/10/17

Pathways

Honoring every moment of life, Pathways provides compassionate, excellent, comprehensive community care in Larimer and Weld counties for those who have an advanced medical condition, serious illness, and those who are grieving. The Pathways Children's Healing Garden will be used in collaboration with Hopeful Hearts and the Alliance for Suicide Prevention to provide more than 600 children a safe area for navigating the grieving process. The interactive garden will feature several unique aspects, such as an oversized "bird's nest" with an "eggs" seating area for one-on-one counseling, outdoor seating for group therapy, various paths and crossings of different textures for interaction in narrative play therapy, a memory garden, sand play area, steps for moving between tiers, shade structures and trees, a mandala area for art therapy, and many more.

For more information, please contact Marsha Sesskin at marsha.sesskin@pathways-care.org or 970-292-1068. Read on... Added on 3/21/17

Alternatives to violence, Inc. (ATV)

Alternatives to Violence (ATV) is a nonprofit organization that aims to educate and empower victims and the community to break the cycle of violence through a holistic approach meeting the multidimensional needs of victims and their families. ATV serves the victims and families of all violent crimes such as domestic violence, physical and/or sexual assault, child and elder abuse, incest, bias/hate crimes, human trafficking, stalking, harassment, and restraining order violations with advocacy, counseling, and emergency shelter. Because all services are provided at no cost to its clients, general operating expenses are always welcome and will be used to continue these essential services.

For more information, please contact Glenda Shayne at director@alternativestoviolence.org or 970-669-5150 ext. 105. Read on.... Added on 3/31/17

The Growing Project

The Growing Project (TGP) was formed to address the issue of food insecurity in Fort Collins, Colorado, through programming focused on hands-on education, food production, and food distribution.  

Given its focus on working with low-income families and at-risk youth, TGP is inspired to install community gardens, create experiential youth and adult programming, and produce and donate thousands of pounds of healthy food annually. The Growing Project is seeking funding for the development and implementation of the Young Farmers Training Program (YFTP).  YFTP provides part-time summer and after school jobs and hands-on educational opportunities for at-risk/disadvantaged teens ages 14-17 at The Growing Project’s one acre educational garden.

For more information, please contact Dana Guber at 303-517-4031 or dana@thegrowingproject.org. Read on... posted 2/23/17

 

Free Our Girls

Free Our Girls provides human trafficking awareness, prevention, and response programs both locally and nationwide. Free Our Girls is seeking partnerships within their community to provide direct services to youth and women exiting situations involving domestic sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Direct services they provide include intervention, mentorship and advocacy, a paid 12-month job training program, support groups for survivors, and a statewide housing network. Free Our Girls is a survivor-founded and led organization that actively partners with agencies and organizations across the state of Colorado and serves over 1,300 currently trafficked and exploited women across the nation. For more information, please contact Megan Lundstrom at info@freeourgirls.org or 303-621-4269. Read on... Added on 01/17/17

Chase the Music

Chase the Music helps children who are battling critical conditions by having original music composed and performed for them. They are based in Lyons, and have actively been delivering programs throughout Colorado. In 2017, Chase the Music will expand their programs to other states and outside of the U.S. Chase the Music is seeking funding for their original music programs. For more information, please contact Clark Hodge at clark@chasethemusic.org or (303) 859-3321. Read on... Added on 01/17/17

The Nappie Project - A Diaper Bank

The Nappie Project is dedicated to ensuring that children in Loveland and the surrounding community have an adequate supply of diapers to remain clean, dry, and healthy.  Unfortunately, government programs such as Medicaid and food stamps do not cover diapers, putting a huge strain on low income families that sometimes have to make a choice between food and diapers. For one child, a family will spend $70-$80/month on diapers; low income families do not have spare funds to buy diapers in bulk, which are cheaper than diapers in small packs. The Nappie Project is the only diaper bank in Northern Colorado addressing this serious problem and in 2016 distributed over 60,000 diapers to partner non-profit agencies such as the Food Bank, Matthew's House, etc. The Nappie Project is seeking funding for a warehouse space to grow their organization and help meet the huge demand for diapers in Larimer County. For more information, please contact Jane Muhlenbruch-Yee at jmyee@mac.com or 970-667-8144. Read on... Added on  01/04/17

Zonta Club of Fort Collins Foundation

Zonta International empowers women worldwide through service and advocacy and envisions a world in which women's rights are recognized and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. The organization provides scholarships for single mothers and high school and college-aged young women, makes birthing kits to support health clinics in Uganda, provides community education events to increase awareness of violence against women, and more. The organization is seeking sponsorship for the historic public art exhibit, 'Her Legacy: Women of Fort Collins,' that it has been approved to create and permanently display in Old Town, Fort Collins. The exhibit recognizes 48 women who have helped create the fabric of Fort Collins and introduces these women's accomplishments to inspire others to follow their passions and make a difference. For more information, please contact Patti Smith at pas843@comcast.net or 970-988-8529. Read on... Added on 01/04/17

Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain, Inc.

Junior Achievement (JA) is an international nonprofit organization whose purpose and mission is to inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. All money raised is used locally to provide work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurial programs to K-12 students throughout the year. For more information,please contact Elizabeth Winn at ewinn@jacolorado.org or 970-490-1035. Read on... Added on  01/04/17

Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County

The Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County's (BGCLC) mission is to enable all young people, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  It is a positive mission that is met with life-changing programs and a caring dedicated staff. BGCLC serves over 3,200 youth each year in Wellington, Loveland, and Fort Collins, as well as the summer program in Estes Park. Since 1986, the BGCLC has helped to provide a Great Future for every young person who enters our doors. Throughout the year, they are given the gift of amazing kids who come into their Club every day and share their stories of determination, triumph, and perseverance.  Join in this holiday season and help Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County Give the Gift of a Great Future to the kids in our community. Without safe havens like the Boys & Girls Club, the over 3,200 youth they serve each year have fewer opportunities to receive positive guidance and support. The Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County helps shape the futures of thousands of our county’s youth. You can help. This holiday season, join them in changing the world by giving the Gift of a Great Future! For more inforamtion, please contact Jenna Riedi at jriedi@bgclarimer.org or 970-372-4270. Read on... Added 12/06/16

Partners Mentoring Youth

Partners Mentoring Youth focuses on providing the best services for youth by offering research-based programs that follow the best practices in youth mentoring. Through mentoring programs, Partners Mentoring Youth serves hundreds of youth in Larimer and northern Weld counties. Partners Mentoring Youth is seeking funding to support the $1,500 cost, which serves one youth in their program for one year. This investment pays off many times over in the benefits program participants experience, including increased confidence, academic performance, social skills, and hope for the future. For more information, please contact Kyle Lutteroty at KyleL@partnersmentoringyouth.org or 970-378-6501. Read on... Added 11/29/16

Pretty Brainy

Pretty Brainy empowers girls to gain STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and math—so they are equipped to develop their abilities and genius to positively impact their communities and world. Pretty Brainy is seeking funding from social investors who would place their dollars in a forward-thinking nonprofit that is achieving results and doing social good. Pretty Brainy is also seeking funding to meet their objectives of growing the number of girls they serve by expanding their capacity to serve them and honoring their vision of empowering 2 million girls, by 2025. Girls who gain STEAM through Pretty Brainy are becoming a force for innovation and growth. For more information, please contact Heidi Olinger at heidi@prettybrainy.com or 720-203-1749. Read on... Added 11/29/16