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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RARE BIRD DISCOVERED BREEDING IN NOCO

August 2018 - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas have confirmed that Baird's Sparrows are breeding at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area in Northern Colorado, the first time ever recorded in the state. Click here to read more about this remarkable discovery and what it could mean.

 

GIRL SCOUTS TAKE HOME GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE

1,300 Colorado Girl Scouts who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards — Bronze, Silver, or Gold — were recently recognized at an event held at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. The Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls grades 9-12 who demonstrate leadership through a project in their community. Learn more at: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ 

BAS BLEU'S WENDY ISHII LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT WINNER

July 2018 - The Colorado Theatre Guild presented its 2018 Henry Award for Lifetime Achievement to Bas Bleu Theatre Company artistic director, Wendy Ishii, who co-founded the theatre 27 years ago. Ishii was instrumental in helping Bas Bleu become the only theatre company in Northern Colorado to own its venue.

 

HEART J CENTER AT SYLVAN DALE RANCH LAUNCHES WARRIORS WRITE!

July 2018 - Heart J Center for Experiential Learning welcomed 16 women veterans to the inaugural Warriors Write! retreat. After a week of creativity and wellness activities, each veteran left the retreat with the knowledge that her story is worthy of sharing. To learn more about the program and upcoming events: www.heartjcenter.org/

Investing in NoCo women

The The Women's Foundation of Colorado has recently accepted 23 statewide grantee partners into WAGES (Women Achieving Greater Economic Security) cohort. We congratulate Project Self-Sufficiency of Loveland-Fort Collins, the only grantee representing Northern Colorado, for being recognized by WFCO in providing career development and education resources that move single mothers and their families to self-sufficiency.

 

Food Bank for Larimer County opens new loveland HQ and warehouse

The Food Bank recently moved its warehouse, kitchen and business office to a centralized facility in Loveland. The newly-renovated 42,000-sq. ft. space is located at 5706 Wright Drive and boasts significantly larger cooler and freezer storage, kitchen space and volunteer center. To learn more about the Food Bank, visit www.foodbanklarimer.org

LIGHT OF THE ROCKIES MOVES TO NEW SE FT. COLLINS DIGS

Light of the Rockies Christian Counseling Center has moved to 5236 Strauss Cabin Road. Its 12 therapists work to train people to recognize signs to prevent suicide. It's like learning CPR or First Aid, only for mental health. To learn more about training events or Light of the Rockies, visit www.lightoftherockies.com.

 

HOMELESS GEAR CHANGES NAME TO HOMEWARD ALLIANCE

After a decade of collaboration, growth and impact, Homeless Gear announces a new name—Homeward Alliance. It values and relies on collaboration, and believes that everybody should have a stable place to call “home.” This is not a job for one program, or even one agency. It is a job for an alliance.

 

CONGRATULATIONS: Finally Home Celebrates 10TH Anniversary

Finally Home celebrates 10 years of serving foster, kinship, and adoptive families. Founded by adoptive parents in 2008, Finally Home provides post-placement support amongst families who have opened their homes to abused, neglected, or abandoned children. It primarily reaches families through hosting Family Strengthening events where families receive training, support, and encouragement in this unique parenting journey. Learn more: www.finallyhomefoundation.net/

DANCE, DRAW, AND DRUM CAMP

June 2018 — Thanks to a grant, Wildfire Community Arts Center offered kids eight fun-filled days of creating everything from free-form dance, masks, art projects, and music playing different types of percussion instruments. Next up: Building a Dragon Bench from the ground up to be placed in front of the Wildfire Community Arts Center of Berthoud.

MEALS ON WHEELS OF LOVELAND AND BERTHOUD TURNS 50

June 2018 — To celebrate its golden anniversary, the Meals On Wheels of Loveland & Berthoud, Inc. is closing part of 4th Street in downtown Loveland on June 13, to hold "Meals on 4th" which is a farm-to-table style dinner. Visit lovelandmealsonwheels.org for information.

 

ONE COMMUNITY ONE FAMILY IS NOW NONPROFIT

May 2018 — For over one year, One Community One Family has served families, individuals, and unaccompanied youth that are going through homelessness. It proudly announces it has received its IRS Nonprofit Determination. As a full-fledged nonprofit, the organization is now able to accept grants and issue tax receipts. Learn more: https://ocofweb.wordpress.com/  

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GROUNDBREAKING MAY 31

May 2018 — Hearts And Horses, a therapeutic riding center, is building a larger, durable and safer arena to meet the growing needs of the community. The new arena will be a state-of-the-art facility that will enable learning, growth, and healing for all riders. Learn more at www.HeartsandHorses.org

 

PETS FOREVER KEEPS PEOPLE AND PETS TOGETHER

Pets Forever preserves and promotes the human animal bond by helping lowÔÇÉincome, older adults and those with disabilities keep their pets at home. As a service-learning program at Colorado State University, Pets Forever students provide valuable in-home services such as dog walking and cat care that make pet ownership possible. Learn more:https://www.facebook.com/csupetsforever

LITERACY RIGHT AT HOME FOR ORCHARD PLACE KIDS

May 1, 2018 — Loveland Housing Authority announces 75 children living at Orchard Place will have access to after-school and early childhood education programs right at home. It is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County,Thompson School District,
Loveland Rotary Club, Brinkman Construction, Loveland Read Aloud, and many others to ensure every child living at Orchard's has the resources and support to read at a third-grade reading level. Learn more:lovelandhousing.org.

1,000 SHIFTS IN A ROW, WITH MANY MORE TO GO

On April 19, Homeless Gear marked its 1,000th street outreach shift. Congratulations for completing 1,000 shifts without missing one! Homeless Gear will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on June 9 when it will also be announcing a new agency name! http://homelessgear.org/

 

WANTED: 30 GUARDIAN ANGELS

April 2018 — Nate Blakeslee, author of "American Wolf" (film rights purchased by Leonardo DiCaprio's film company!) and Yellowstone wolf expert Rick McIntyre will fly into Fort Collins to speak on April 21. for WOLF Sanctuaryhttp://wolfsanctuary.co/a-truly-wolf-affair/

 

LARIMER HUMANE SOCIETY HONORED FOR ETHICS

April 19, 2018 — Better Business Bureau - serving northern Colorado and greater Wyoming - recognized the Larimer Humane Society with its Torch Award for ethics in the nonprofit category. The local organization recently moved into new quarters near the Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland. www.larimerhumane.org

Soil Science at Bas Bleu

April 2018 — Award-winning Northern Colorado author Laura Pritchett debuted her first play, "Dirt: A Terra Nova Experience" at Bas Bleu Theatre Company on April 7. This exploration of survival, soil science, and environmental stewardship helps everyone appreciate the importance of the six inches of dirt that saves us from oblivion. basbleu.org

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