Breaking Good News NoCo

Good news is contagious. We invite 501(c)(3) public charities that serve Northern Colorado residents to share a success story, a milestone, or an achievement, and we will gladly help spread the word on our website and social media!

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February 2020

CHILDHOOD SCHOLARSHIPS

Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success is an Estes Park nonprofit supporting early childhood services for the past 14 years. Among other services, EVICS provides scholarships to families for access to childcare and preschool. In 2019, demand for scholarships increased substantially, and the organization dipped into operating funds to help children access care. A Community Foundation fund offered EVICS a matching grant challenge of $10,000, which the organization has successfully met! www.evics.org/

FOOTHILLS GATEWAY ACCREDITED FOR 44TH TIME

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International granted Foothills Gateway, Inc., a three-year accreditation in late 2019, continuing the organization’s 44-year trend of voluntarily meeting and exceeding CARF standards. Of the 1,016 CARF standards Foothills Gateway was surveyed against, only two recommendations for improvement were made. Info: foothillsgateway.org

responsibility through SUSTAINABILITY

The Sustainable Living Association teaches regional businesses about social, environmental, and economic responsibility through its annual Sustainability Leadership Program that runs from March-October. Participants learn powerful leadership strategies for enacting sustainability as a driver of organizational engagement, innovation, and change-capability. These individuals become change makers for businesses, nonprofits, and government to tackle the larger challenges of sustainability. Applications are being accepted for the 2020 program. www.sustainablelivingassociation.org

January 2020:

LOVELAND'S COMMUNITY KITCHEN IMPACTS CITY

Loveland's Community Kitchen was able to provide over 57,300 meals to our neighbors in need in 2019, due to community support. Thanks to the generosity of the guests at the Chilson Center, it also donated socks, mittens, and fleece blankets to help those who visit Loveland's Community Kitchen! Thank you to everyone who opened their heart in 2019. lovelandcommunitykitchen.org/

NEW YEAR, NEW HOME FOR FORT COLLINS HABITAT FAMILY

Congratulations to Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity homebuyer Emily, who started a new year in a new home. After closing on the home in December, Emily and her child fulfilled a dream by celebrating Christmas and New Year’s in her Habitat home. Thanks to the support of the community and local volunteers who made that dream a reality. fortcollinshabitat.org

DISABLED RESOURCES WINE FEST CELEBRATES RAISING $1M

​Sinc​​e its inception, Fort Collins Wine Fest has raised more than $1 million for people with disabilities living in poverty in Larimer and Jackson counties. Each year, proceeds from ​Wine Fest​ provide services that​ help​ eliminate barriers which prevent people with disabilities from living life to the fullest. With assistance from Disabled Resource Services they discover ways to live self-directed lives with as much independence as their disabilities allow. Winefest.org

December 2019

FIRST COHORT OF VISION-IMPAIRED SCHOLARS COMPLETES SEMESTER 

TeamSeePossibilities inspires and empowers young people with vision loss to thrive and excel. In 2019, the organization designed the Global Scholars Program which identifies high-achieving students with vision loss, offers support through scholarships, mentorship, and peer connection.  The first cohort of 12 scholars completed their fall semester, showing the world just how much a person with a visual impairment is capable of achieving. http://www.teamseepossibilities.com/

FINALLY HOME UNVEILS HEALTHY FAMILIES CURRICULUM

Finally Home unveiled its new curriculum which teaches skills and patterns that consistently show up in healthy families. In October, its first partner used the "Finally Home Family Strengthening Program" which is comprised of SuperHero Academy, Resiliency Training for children, Teen Life Skills for youth, and Survival Skills for Healthy Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families for adults. https://finallyhome.net/


PROJECT SELF SUFFICIENCY SELECTED TO RECEIVE $1,000 AWARD

Kerrie Luginbill from Old Town Media  was chosen as an honoree at BizWest's 40 Under 40. She also received the Community Service Award, presented by the Community Foundation, for her volunteer work. Kerrie serves as president of the Fort Collins evening Rotary Club, president-elect of Project Self Sufficiency, and as a judge and mentor for DECA students. She selected Project Self-Sufficiency of Loveland-Fort Collins as the nonprofit to receive the $1,000 grant that accompanied her award. Photo: L-R Ella Farhrlander (Community Foundation), Tracy Mead, (Project Self Sufficiency), Kerrie Luginbill, (Old Town Media), and Jeff Nuttall (BizWest)

200 journeys home

Homeward Alliance feels fortunate that almost 200 individuals and families who began 2019 homeless are now warm and safe today. And they celebrated Thanksgiving in their own homes! www.murphycenter.org

November 2019

GRANDFAMILY COALITION HELPS GRANDPARENTS AND KINSHIP FAMILIES PROVIDE A YOUTH SAFETY NET

Grand Family Coalition provides supports for grandparents and kin who have taken on the financial responsibility of children affected by the opioid/meth epidemic, abuse, and neglect. The organization provides parenting classes, peer support, and programs that assist in raising children to learn the skills to overcome their adversity. https://grandfamilycoalition.org/

 

NORTHERN COLORADO FRIENDS OF FERALS CELEBRATES 10,000

Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals celebrates helping its 10,000th cat through its monthly Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) clinics. Each month, it spays or neuter over 100 feral cats from our community, ending the cycle of reproduction and improving the lives of feral cats and their feeders. nocoferals.org

 

TEACHUNITED NONPROFIT PARTNERSHIPS SUPPORT COLORADO'S RURAL MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

Fort Collins-based TeachUnited is dedicated to reducing poverty and inequality through education, impacting over 18,500+ students and 200+ educators globally. It is launching a new program supporting rural middle schools across Colorado in 2019-2020 and is partnering with All Points North Foundation and both the Centennial and San Juan BOCES. https://teachunited.org/

 

ChildSafe awarded for community service

ChildSafe was the recipient of the “Doing Life, Doing Good” Children’s Award for community service from Group Publishing on October 11. It received a check for $1,000 for its work to start the healing for victims of child sexual abuse and to break the cycle of abuse. https://www.childsafecolorado.org/

October 2019

FORT COLLINS-BASED BIRD CONSERVANCY OF THE ROCKIES CO-AUTHORS PUBLICATION REVEALING LOSS OF 3 BILLION BIRDS

Thanks to recent publicity, conservation of birds and their habitats is garnering national attention. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies scientist Arvind Panjabi is a co-author of a major study published in the journal "Science" revealing the loss of 3 billion birds in North America since 1970. The losses are heaviest in mountain forests and in grasslands, such as those where the Western Meadowlark and Colorado’s state bird, the Lark Bunting, live.

MOBILE WASHERS AND DRYERS NOW ROLLING

Congratulations to Homeward Alliance on launching its newest program, Mobile Laundry. Its six-washer-and-six-dryer self-contained box truck will be providing free, mobile laundry services to families and individuals in Loveland and Fort Collins who are experiencing homelessness.

ESTES PARK AMERICAN LEGION POST FOUNDATION RECEIVES IRS CHARITABLE DESIGNATION

American Legion Post 119 celebrates 100 years serving veterans and the Estes community in 2020 and is working hard to continue for another century. The Post struggles to maintain its historic building, but creation of this 501(c)(3) will help as its charitable Foundation now owns the building and can receive grants that the Post (designated as 501(c)(19) nonprofit organization) could not receive.

COFFEE DIRECTLY SUPPORTS GUATEMALAN VOLCANIC ERUPTION SURVIVORS

Trees, Water & People has worked to help rural communities in Central America and on U.S. Tribal Lands for over 20 years. To support a community in Guatemala that lost their homes and agricultural livelihoods in a volcanic eruption, the nonprofit has imported 1,200 pounds of the community’s coffee. In partnership with local roaster Jackie's Java, TWP is making this coffee available to the community.

August - September

HOMELESS KIDS HAPPY WITH NEW BIKES

As a new partner agency of Realities For Children, One Community One Family received six bikes to pass on to six kids. One Community One Family shares that the kids were very excited to receive the gift and gives thanks all those who made this possible. ocofloveland.org 

NO SPARKS FLY AT CASA

CASA of Larimer County shares that Conduct All Electric donated all of the labor and materials needed to upgrade the electrical services at its Harmony House. To make breaking good news even better, Conduct's office manager signed up to be a CASA volunteer! casalarimer.com

FORT COLLINS SYMPHONY CELEBRATES 70th SEASON

Fort Collins Symphony, founded by Maestro Will Schwartz on October 5, 1949, turns 70 as it begins its new season on October 5. Now under the baton of Maestro Wes Kenney, the orchestra is celebrating the legacy of Maestro Schwartz and everyone who has worked, contributed, or played a part in the organization. The Symphony will be playing the works of time-honored composers as well as two newly commissioned pieces. fcsymphony.org

BERTHOUD HABITAT SOARS

On September 3, a crane set houses on their new foundations for Berthoud Habitat for Humanity. These homes were built by Thompson Valley High School and Loveland High School in their Geometry in Construction programs. berthoudhabitat.org

July

BIG GREEN HELPS GARFIELD ELEMENTARY EAT GREEN

Big Green is a nonprofit working to connect kids to "real" food through a nationwide network of Learning Gardens and food literacy programs. In June, Big Green completed its second Loveland Learning Garden at Garfield Elementary School. There are 16 Learning Gardens in Fort Collins and 78 along the Front Range. www.biggreen.org

 

UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY CELEBRATES NEW LOCATION

On July 18, United Way of Larimer County celebrated the grand opening of its new location at the Community Impact Center in Fort Collins. Part of United Way's previous Pine Street home will now be used by Teaching Tree to offer more childcare options in Larimer County. Congratulations on the wonderful new space! www.uwaylc.org/

BAS BLEU THEATRE'S ISHII AND MILLER NOMINATED FOR HENRY AWARDS

Brian Miller and Wendy Ishii were nominated for The Colorado Theatre Guild's Henry Awards for their work on "The Waverly Gallery." Miller was nominated for scenic design and Ishii for outstanding actress. In 2018 Ishii, Bas Bleu Theatre Company founder & artistic director, was awarded the Henry Award for lifetime achievement in theatre. www.basbleu.org

HAPPY TRAILS: INAUGURAL COMMUNITY-WIDE INTERGENERATIONAL MEMORY CAFE A SWEET SUCCESS

Over 250 people got a glimpse of how those walking the dementia journey don't need to travel alone. The Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado event connected generations through reminiscing, music, food, laughter, and games. "Sweet Norma Jean," performed by Mountain City Music, earned a standing ovation by attendees aged 3-103! www.dementiafriendlycommunitiesnoco.org

 

June

THE MATTHEWS HOUSE BABY SHOWER PROVIDES GIFTS FOR 30 MOMS

The Matthews House hosted its annual baby shower this spring. Community members met the moms they had collected items for; and the moms received much needed support and information on available to them resources. www.thematthewshouse.org

 

SAVA EXPANDS SERVICES TO LOVELAND

Thanks to a generous donor, SAVA Center opened a new facility in Loveland on May 1. The gift of this building enhances SAVA's ability to provide education around and services for those affected by sexual violence in Northern Colorado. SAVA also has locations in Fort Collins and Greeley. www.savacenter.org/

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OPENS NEW BUILDING IN WELLINGTON

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County recently opened the Sage Homes Boys and Girls Club in Wellington.  The facility is open for summer programming and allows the organization to help twice as many kids in Northern Colorado. www.begreatlarimer.org/

ANIMAL HOUSE AND FORT COLLINS CAT RESCUE ANNOUNCE MERGER

After years of close partnership, Animal House Rescue & Grooming and the Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic announced the two organizations will merge in 2020. Visit the merger website for more information: www.animalhousehelp.org/merger

 

SUBARU OF LOVELAND HELPS KIDSPAK DISTRIBUTE 28,200 MEALS

Loveland Rotary KidsPak, a Loveland Rotary Foundation program, recently received $34,473 from Subaru of Loveland's "Share the Love" program, which creates 10,000 weekend food bags for over 600 students each week. During the past six years, KidsPak has received a total of $198,000 in "Share the Love" money, which it used to send home 282,000 meals. www.lovelandrotarykidspak.org/

DISABLED RESOURCE SERVICES WINE FEST RAISES $64,000

Disabled Resource Services featured more than 500 wines from over 150 Colorado, American, and international wineries at its annual wine fest, along with local craft beer. Congratulations DRS! www.winefestfc.org

 

 

May 2019

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

The Arch Foundation announces it has just released its first video and is launching its Kids & Sibs program for kids and siblings of people of diverse abilities. 
thearchfoundation.org

 

THE MATTHEWS HOUSE SHARES SUCCESS

As the school year wraps up, The Matthews House looks back at some of its youth participants' accomplishments:

- 89% were enrolled in an age-appropriate education program
- 68% had attendance rates equal to or greater than the Poudre School District averages
- 62% received a high school diploma or GED

thematthewshouse.org

MEALS ON WHEELS FORT COLLINS ROLLING FOR 50 YEARS

Meals on Wheels Fort Collins has been serving hot, noontime meals to homebound seniors and disabled adults for over 50 years! It receives no government funds and relies solely on foundations and individuals to support its mission. mealsonwheelsfc.org

April 2019

GREAT PLATES event RAISED NEARLY $110,000 FOR FOOD BANK of Larimer County

The 2019 Great Plates of Downtown event raised nearly $110,000 for the Food Bank for Larimer County’s hunger-relief efforts in our community.

https://foodbanklarimer.org/news/great-plates-2019/

LARIMER HUMANE SOCIETY TURNS 50

Larimer Humane Society celebrated 50 years of service – and having fun – on April 1, 2019! 

http://www.larimerhumane.org/

 

6,000 COLORING BOOKS DONATED VIA RIVERS + PEARLS

A local high school girl created a coloring book to bring hope and healing for children in Northern Colorado hospitals. 

https://riverandpearls.org/

POUDRE RIVER FLOWING THROUGH NEW WHITEWATER PARK

On March 19, the Cache la Poudre River began running through Poudre Whitewater Park for the first time since construction on the park began in 2018. 

https://www.fcgov.com/parkplanning/poudre-river-park
Photo courtesy Tim O'Hara.

TEACHING TREE Early Childhood Learning Center AWARDED $255K

The Buell Foundation awarded a $255,000 grant to Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center, which broke ground on its $2.1 million expansion on March 28.

http://www.teaching-tree.org/

 

March 2019


HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY MURPHY CENTER FOR HOPE

On March 3, 2009, the Murphy Center for Hope, currently managed by Homeward Alliance, opened its doors with as a one-stop hub of services for people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. Visit murphycenter.org to learn how the Murphy Center is serving our region.

WORKLIFE PARTNERSHIP IMPACTED 1,000 FAMILIES IN 2018

WorkLife Partnership is the only organization working directly with Colorado employers to empower frontline employees so they can thrive at home and at work. Download WorkLife's 2018 Impact Report at 2018worklifeimpact.org.

February 2019


COMPUTERS FOR KIDS

School-aged children living in Loveland Housing Authority communities were surprised with new computers under the tree this past December from 99 Technology. Aspire 3D added a free reading program to support children's literacy development. www.lovelandhousing.org

INTERNATIONAL NONPROFIT BASED IN FORT COLLINS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS HELPING PEOPLE AND THE PLANET

Trees, Water & People's mission is to improve lives by empowering indigenous communities across the Americas to protect, conserve, and manage their natural resources. TWP is celebrating its 20th year anniversary by highlighting work addressing the root causes of people’s migration away from their homes. 
https://treeswaterpeople.org

COLORADO WATER TRUST PIONEERING PROJECT TO KEEP THE POUDRE RIVER FLOWING

Colorado Water Trust and partners are working on a plan to increase flows in the Poudre River. This will allow cities, farmers, and companies to lend water to the river during low flows. Environmental protection on the Poudre sparked strong debate among water users in the past, but today, Colorado Water Trust is working on solutions to keep the river connected for future generations. 
coloradowatertrust.org

January 2019

partnerships that matter

Easterseals Colorado and Larimer County partnered for Ability Day, where those with barriers to employment opportunities shadowed Larimer County employees. Easterseals Colorado employment services provide an individualized approach for adults with disabilities to attain their employment aspirations. For more information, visit easterseals.com/co/.

serving victims of violent crimes in southern Larimer County

In 2018, Alternatives to Violence provided 5,097 nights of safe shelter and answered 902 crisis calls. ATV educates and empowers victims, survivors, and the community to break the cycle of violence. It specializes in domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information, visit alternativestoviolence.org.

meals for those in need

Loveland's Community Kitchen served 53,013 hot, nutritious meals in 2018! Community Kitchen provides prepared meals seven days per week to those in need. For more information, please visit lovelandcommunitykitchen.org.