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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STAR POWER: PROJECT SELF SUFFICIENCY EARNS FOUR STARS

April 2018 — The nation's largest, most-utilized evaluator of charities, Charity Navigator, has issued its highest possible rating of 4-stars to Project Self-Sufficiency for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. According to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator, “Only a quarter of charities rated receive the distinction of 4-star rating." bringthepower.org

LET THE SUN SHINE: STUDENT-BUILT HOUSE IN HARMONY COTTAGES IS FIRST FORT COLLINS HABITAT HOUSE TO GO SOLAR

March 2018 — Thanks to a partnership with New Belgium Brewing, Namaste Solar, and City of FC Utilities, the first eight homes at Harmony Cottages will have solar energy. In February, Habitat homebuyers went through an education class about their solar powered homes. The home built by students in the Poudre High School Geometry in Construction (GIC) class was the first to have panels installed. This takes affordability to the next level while being environmentally conscious. 
https://www.facebook.com/fortcollinshabitat/

TAKING ROOT: PATHWAYS BREAKS GROUND ON CHILDREN’S HEALING GARDEN

March 2018 — Pathways Hospice, a Northern Colorado nonprofit that provides expert hospice care, palliative care, and grief and loss support, is excited to announce that it has officially broken ground on its Children’s Healing Garden project after successfully completing the project’s $500,000 capital campaign. The Garden will offer many interactive healing opportunities for children who are grieving the loss of a loved one or are facing a life-limiting illness. pathways-care.org

IN TUNE: THE MATHEWS HOUSE KARAOKE EVENT BIG HIT

March 2018 — The Mathews House hosted its spring "Family Dinner" at one of its two Community Life Centers on Tuesday, March 27. Its Karaoke and Game Night event was filled with eruptions of song and laughter as kids and parents took to the microphone to sing their favorite hits. Over 110 community members attended and enjoyed karaoke, board games, and free barbecue dinner provided by a local book club. Encore! thematthewshouse.org/

AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: DEMENTIA RESOURCES ACCESSIBLE TO CARE PARTNERS

March 2018 — Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado delivered new dementia resource folders to area medical clinics so patients walking the dementia journey don’t have to walk alone. With these folders, care partners get connected early to resources  that provide hope and support. In one of many engagement opportunities provided by Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado, people living with dementia, their care partners, and community volunteers compiled and delivered patient resource folders to local family practice, internal medicine, and neurology offices. Now medical providers can offer immediate resource connection for their patients striving to live well with dementia. dfcnoco.org

RAISE YOUR GLASS AND TOAST JOAN LABELLE

March 2018 — Disabled Resource Services (DRS) is pleased to announce Joan LaBelle as its new Executive Director, following the retirement of Nancy Jackson, who served DRS for 37 years. Joan invites all who are interested in learning about DRS and her vision for the future to contact her. disabledresourceservices.org

 

HERDING CATS? Fort Collins Cat Rescue corrals feline population at Harvest Farm

March 2018 — Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic recently helped Harvest Farm to trap and sterilize a group of community cats. To ensure the farm would not be overrun with homeless kittens this spring, the Rescue’s Community Cat Program visited and trapped 13 felines. After being sterilized, most of these cats were returned to the farm, but some were put up for adoption and have already found loving new homes! www.fccrsnc.org

THE WALLS ARE UP! But the Glen Haven Town Hall still needs some help to Raise the Roof

March 2018 — The heart of Glen Haven, its Town Hall, was completely destroyed in the September 2013 flood. The entire community named replacing the Town Hall as the most important need for infrastructure disaster relief, and all are absolutely thrilled that construction is under way; the community will once again have a place to gather! Glen Haven Flood Relief, Inc., provides flood disaster relief to assist in restoring the infrastructure of Glen Haven. www.glenhaventownhall.org

138 AND COUNTING: Loveland Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home

March 2018 — Loveland Habitat dedicated a new home on January 20th in the Sierra Valley Neighborhood, its 138th home since the Loveland affiliate was founded in 1987. AmeriCorps is helping for two weeks in March, building homes in Sierra Valley and running the Habitat ReStore.  Special thanks to All Saints Episcopal Church for hosting this great group. www.lovelandhabitat.org

FAT TUESDAY: Bas Bleu Theatre laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) at Mardi Gras

February 2018 — Bas Bleu Theatre Co. celebrated its 14th annual Mardi Gras on February 13 with a capacity crowd at River District neighbor Block One Events. Bas Bleu provides innovative theatre, Readers' Theatre, community forums and concerts, and has hosted over 300 groups, many at no cost thanks to a partnership with the Downtown Development Authority. www.basbleu.org

SPROUTIN’ UP: Teaching teens first job skills through agricultural experiences

Sproutin' Up provides first jobs to teens on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. Teens learn important social and job skills that they will take with them into their next job, making them productive members in our community. While on the farm, teens have the opportunity to earn up to $1,000 while learning to grow their own food. They also learn about philanthropy by offering free markets in their own neighborhoods. www.sproutinup.com

ChildSafe Colorado Awarded City of Fort Collins Human Relations Organization of the Year Award

On December 5, 2017, ChildSafe Colorado was presented the City of Fort Collins Human Relations Award for Organization of the Year. ChildSafe was chosen for their promotion of acceptance and diversity in Fort Collins. ChildSafe provides outpatient therapy to victims of child abuse, primarily child sexual abuse, non-offending family members, and adults who were abused as children. For more information, please contact ChildSafe at 970-472-4133 or visit www.ChildSafeColorado.org.

Fort Collins Symphony Wows Students at Youth Education Series Concerts

February 2018 — On January 18th, 4,300 4th and 5th grade Larimer County students were treated to a concert of classical music and educational skits performed by Maestro Kenney, the Fort Collins Symphony and Poudre School District Music Curriculum Facilitator Melissa Flail. The performance titled "Conflict Resolution: Consonance and Dissonance" received rave reviews from students. “If I did not go on this trip,” one of the young audience members commented, “I might have never been able to go at all.” For more information, please visit www.fcsymphony.org

Compass Community Collaborative School: a new 6-12 public school comes to life with help from the Community Foundation

February 12, 2018Compass Community Collaborative School will open its doors in the fall of 2018.  Compass will offer project-based, community-embedded learning for 6-12th grade students from all walks of life.  Compass has been developed by a professional team of educators, community members, parents, and students, and is specifically designed to ignite students passions and purpose. Located in Fort Collins midtown just off the MAX line, Compass will offer curriculum based on innovation and entrepreneurship, highlighting the importance of community partnerships as a learning tool. For additional information and enrollment please visit https://compassfortcollins.org/

Larimer Chorale Champions Regional Cooperation: New Choral Alliance Formed

February 12, 2018 — Cooperation and information sharing among adult, avocational choirs took a big step forward in January when the Larimer Chorale convened the inaugural meeting of the Front Range Choir Alliance. Front Range is home to a rich community of choirs, which, while different in many ways, have a common goal of providing singing opportunities for adults and entertaining and uplifting experiences for audiences.  Founding members of the Alliance include Larimer Chorale, Boulder Chorale, Greeley Chorale, Loveland Choral Society, Longmont Chorale, Cheyenne Chamber Singers, and Cheyenne Capital Chorale. For more information, please visit www.larimerchorale.org


Local terminally ill parents find hope and support at Legacy Retreats

February 5, 2018 — Local Legacy Ambassadors for Inheritance of Hope recently sent its ninth Northern Colorado family on a Legacy Retreat, an all expense-paid experience where families receive tools to navigate the challenges of a parental terminal disease. The purpose of these retreats is to connect families in similar situations with one another, in hopes of helping build a support system. The group is dedicated to helping families raise the funds necessary to make these retreats possible.  For additional information, visit inheritanceofhope.org/bowlathon


 

Nonprofit Features from 2017

Breaking Good News NoCo is an initiative that evolved from nonprofit news listings. Below are some of the organizations that were highlighted as part of the previous effort:

Neighbor to Neighbor, Inc.

Since 1970, Neighbor to Neighbor has opened doors and advanced lives through homeownership by providing stable homes, supportive services, and budget education to Larimer County residents. Neighbor to Neighbor prevents displacement and homelessness of families who are struggling to make ends meet due to rapidly increasing rents. For more information, please contact Kelly Evans at kevans@n2n.org or 970-488-2363.

Added on 12/29/2017

Overland Mountain Biking Club

Overland Mountain Bike Club has been promoting the healthy life-sport of mountain biking in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming since 2009, and prior to that as Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patrol since 1995. Its 400+ members give thousands of volunteer hours each year by helping build and maintain natural-surface trails, providing education and assistance to all trail users, providing organized opportunities for youth to participate in outdoor recreation, and working with land managing agencies to advocate for resource protections and minimize user conflicts on trails. For more information, please contact Kenny Bearden at k.bearden@overlandmtb.org or 970-217-6587.

Added on 12/29/2017

Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud

Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud delivers nutritious meals and daily contact by caring volunteers to homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities, helping them to maintain their independence and dignity. For more information contact Susan Atwater at susan@lovelandmealsonwheels.org or 970-667-0311.

Added on 12/29/2017

W.O.L.F. Sanctuary

W.O.L.F. Sanctuary was founded in 1995 to improve the quality of life for wolf dogs and wolves through rescue, sanctuary and education. W.O.L.F. gives lifelong care to 30 wolf dogs at its sanctuary located northwest of Fort Collins and provides public education on captive-born wolf dogs and the importance of keeping wolves in the wild. W.O.L.F. was recently approved by the Larimer County Commissioners to move its sanctuary to a  more appropriate location near Red Feather Lakes. Funding is needed to help with property improvements and new enclosure fencing. For more information contact Carol Mahoney at cmahoney@wolfsanctuary.net or 970-420-0292.

Added on 12/29/2017

insaka

Insaka funds secondary school for girls in the most rural parts of Zambia. A combination of poverty, sexism,  and tradition means that very few girls go to school beyond the 9th grade. Insaka is seeking funding to fund three years of tuition costs for secondary school for two girls, Rachel and Mercy, who will begin in January. The impact that education has on women's lives, and those of their families and communities is significant. For more information, please contact Sherrie Welch at admin@insaka.org or 970-667-8757.

Added on 11/30/2017

Base camp

BASE Camp provides before and after school services to over 3000 elementary kids throughout Larimer County. They are committed to making services accessible to all families through sliding fee, tuition assistance and scholarship programs for those who would otherwise be unable to afford care. For more information, please contact Katie Watkins at kwatkins@mybasecampkids.org or (970) 266-1734.

Added on 11/30/2017

The matthews house

The Matthews House empowers youth and families by providing resources and building trusting relationships to disrupt the cycles of poverty and abuse. Youth aging out of foster care, families living in generational poverty, and parents escaping domestic violence or addiction are some of the individuals who receive services. For more Information, please contact Mary Ericson at marye@thematthewshouse.org or (970) 472-4293.

Added on 11/30/2017

the nappie project - a diaper bank

The Nappie Project is a non-profit dedicated to ensuring that children in Loveland, Ft. Collins, and the surrounding communities have an adequate supply of diapers to remain clean, dry, and healthy. It is committed to raising awareness of diaper need and its impact on families. While diaper drives are a good source of diapers, the organization is seeking funding for the purchase of diapers in sizes that have not been donated in adequate numbers. For more information, contact Rachel Konda-Sundheim at thenappieproject@gmail.com or 970-412-8572.

Added on 10/31/2017

adopt colorado kids

Adopt Colorado Kids recruits foster and adoptive families and supports youth who are aging out of the foster care system. It inspires and creates opportunities for the community to care for Colorado's kids through its Dream Makers Program. The organization is seeking funding for increasing capacity, general operations, and project specific and donor directed funding. For more information, contact Julie Mavis at jmavis@amkidsbelong.org or844-216-5307.

Added on 10/31/2017

harmony foundation, inc

Harmony Foundation  is a residential drug and alcohol addiction treatment center that includes everything from medically managed detoxification to free lifetime aftercare. It has been in the business of transforming the lives of men and women since 1969. The organization is seeking funding for the scholarship fund for detoxification and/or treatment, remodeling of client cabins, and opening of more aftercare locations and services. For more information, contact Tracy Reinhard at treinhard@harmonyfoundationinc.com or 303-882-7222.

Added on 10/31/2017

Faith Family Hospitality

Faith Family Hospitality supports families experiencing homelessness in order for them to achieve permanent sustainable self-sufficiency. Families are provided overnight shelter in area faith communities, a day center where they can multitask (do laundry, shower, look for employment or housing while children play or nap), and case management to develop a plan for their future. To help serve more families, FFH is developing the Sherwood House for families who are in need of longer stays. This co-housing facility will allow seven more families to overcome significant barriers to securing housing while gaining the skills and saving the funds that will allow them a successful transition between emergency shelter and permanent housing. For more information, contact Annette Zacharias at or 970-484-3342.

Added on 10/17/2017

COLORADO Youth outdoors

Colorado Youth Outdoors strives to move people into healthier relationships with one another, and to foster improved communication, promote skill development, leadership, initiative and cooperation. Using Swift Ponds, its 240-acre outdoor education and recreation facility, it builds healthy relationships through traditional outdoor recreation, including fishing, fly tying, archery, shooting sports and so much more. For more information, please contact Bob Hewson at bhewson@coloradoyo.org or 970-663-0800.

Added on 10/17/2017

Colorado Kids Create, Inc

Colorado Kids Create, Inc. is a nonprofit that publishes books about Colorado and The West illustrated by Colorado students that are sold to raise funds for Art Scholarships.  More than half of its winners last year were from Northern Colorado. One CKC goal is to provide high school scholarship winners and their teachers a week long NOCO Visual Art Experience. The organization is seeking funding for this week long experience which costs an estimated $1,000 per person. For more information, please contact Natalie Myers at coloradokidscreate@gmail.comor 970-619-9960.

Added on 10/17/2017

larimer county foundation

The Larimer County Foundation works to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through employment and workforce development services. The Young Entrepreneur Tournament (YET) engages and prepares youth 18 years of age and younger in the principles of small business ownership, empowering them to believe in their ideas and ambitions to start their own business. For more information, please contact Andrew Minor at 970-498-6083 or aminor@larimer.org

Added on 10/17/2017

northern Colorado reading initiative

Northern Colorado Reading Initiative helps educate, advocate and fund families of students with reading disabilities. The organization seeks funding to help children with reading disabilities connect with a qualified reading specialist. Fort more information contact  Angela Bau-Madsen at nocoreadinginitiative@gmail.com or 267-735-5567.

Added on 10/03/2017

loveland housing development corporation

The mission of the Loveland Housing Authority is to provide low and moderate income residents of Loveland with opportunities for home and community through housing. The organization seeks funding for the new Moofie Miller Event Center at the Mirasol Senior Living Community, to increase access to the programs and activities to all of the seniors living in affordable housing. For more information please contact Stephanie Slayton at 970-635-5944 or  sslay@lovelandhousing.org

Added on 10/02/2017

Feeding Our Community Ourselves, Inc.

FoCoCafe’s mission is to build community by providing nutritious and delicious meals to the people of Fort Collins regardless of their ability to pay, while using mostly local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients. The organization is seeking funding for general operations: to repair equipment and to buy fresh produce for meals. For more information please contact Mallory Andrews at feedingourcommunityourselves@gmail.com or (309)368-1659.
Or go to http://fococafe.org/donate/ 

Added on 8/28/2017

finally home

Established in 2008, Finally Home is a national nonprofit organization that trains and encourages foster, adoptive, and kinship families as they provide a safe and loving home where wounded children can heal. Finally Home seeks funding for General Operations and Family Strengthening Events. By donating, you are helping adoptive, kinship, and foster families in Northern Colorado access vital resources and tools. For more information, please contact Justin Boling at jboling@finallyhome.net or 970-889-3536.

Added on 8/10/17

SAFE KIDS LARIMER COUNTRY 

Safe Kids Larimer County, led by UCHealth, is committed to preventing accidental injuries to children 0-19 years of age through education, media awareness and access to safety devices. Their top three injury areas of focus in Larimer County are child passenger safety, bicycle safety and teen motor vehicle safety. Safe Kids Larimer County is seeking funding to purchase car seats for Car Seat Education and Distribution programs. This program provides low-income families with one hour of education and a new, safe and correctly-sized car seat for their child. For more information, please contact Alison Weston at alison.weston@uchealth.org 
or 970-495-7502. 

Added on 8/5/17