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DURANGO FOOD BANK WORKING TO FEED OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED

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FEEDING FOOD INSECURE RESIDENTS THROUGHOUT LA PLATA COUNTY AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES SINCE 1977. OUR PROGRAMS: • • • • • • •

Self-Select Food Pantry Curbside Emergency Food Box Pick Up Home Deliveries (Elderly, Disabled, etc.) USDA Commodities (TEFAP) USDA Senior Program (CSFP) Community Garden Pet Food Pantry 39% of the La Plata County families experiencing food insecure DO NOT qualify for public assistance programs and are relying on charitable response to feed their families.

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TABLE 05 Letter from the editor 06 Hubs for development 08 In the spirit of solidarity 10 Building the bounty 12 Preserving the past 14 Caring for creatures

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16 Buzzing with innovation 19 Nonprofit & Volunteer Directory 32 Raising a generous generation 34 Corporate contributions 36 Giving strategy 38 A lasting legacy 40 Nonprofit of the Year: Region 9 42 Charitable events & fundraisers 44 7 ways to be a good volunteer 45 Volunteer opportunities


A LETTER FROM THE The ninth edition of the Southwest Colorado Nonprofit & Volunteer Resource Guide is published by Ballantine Communications. To include your nonprofit organization or volunteer group in our 2022 edition, contact our advertising team.

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onprofit organizations were on the frontlines of various efforts to support individuals, families and businesses through the past year. Through lengthy virtual board and committee meetings, these leaders gathered to discuss the changing landscape, and together, they crafted solutions for serving their communities, despite their own challenges. In 2020, the onset of the pandemic led to a decrease in charitable donations in April, June and July nationally. Most fundraising events were canceled and many organizations cut costs and programming to stay afloat. Groups with similar missions merged to use resources more efficiently, while others made a dynamic difference with nothing more than a picket sign. But charitable giving bounced back by mid-year, rising 2% since 2019, according to an analysis by The Blackbaud Institute, a research division

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of a cloud computing company that works with nonprofit organizations. In a year where many people lost their jobs and struggled to put food on the table, donors not only increased overall giving, but also the average gift amount from $617 to $737. From grassroots movements to national organizations, the local 2021 Four Corners Nonprofit & Volunteer Resource Guide is filled with diverse opportunities to support good causes in our communities. In this issue, readers can get a glimpse of the work that goes on behind the scenes as well as the ways you can make a difference, too. We hope this resource enlightens and inspires you to become a part of a clun or an organization that is working to improve quality of life for every resident in the Four Corners.

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Hubs for development ORGANIZATIONS SERVE BUSINESSES, SUPPORT COMMERCE

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usiness- and economy-oriented nonprofits benefit our communities in a variety of ways. This can include providing networking possibilities, financial resources and educational opportunities. “We’re kinda like the center hub of a bicycle wheel,” said Jack Llewellyn, executive director of Durango Chamber of Commerce for the last 14 years. “The spokes go out and our job is to connect the right people to the right person or organization that can help them the best.” Laura Marchino, executive director of Region 9 echoed this sentiment. “I feel like we are a center point of contact because if we can’t help them, we know who to send them to.” Region 9 supports regional prosperity in five Colorado counties in addition to the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes. “In our region in particular, startup businesses are more common than in larger urban areas, and that is unique because nationwide, according to the Kauffman Foundation, startups are declining over time,” Marchino said.

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Region 9 also refers businesses to other area nonprofits, empowering them through a collaborative effort. The Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE) supports businesses with the potential to reach markets beyond their immediate surroundings through a variety of programs. The Southwest Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is another organization that can provide consultations, classes and more. “Durango is incredibly unique,” Llewellyn said. “We have a very active community. We have a lot of passion in our community, and that passion is contagious. If you believe in something, then I’m sure we have an organization you can join.” A nonprofit geared toward economic sustainability and development can be a lifesaver for a business, but during the pandemic this value became even more apparent. “We had over 1,200 inquiries asking for business resources, grants and data requests,” Marchino said.

During 2020, Region 9 funded 27 regular loans and 38 disaster loans for a total of $1.75 million and $240,000, respectively. “One of the things that works very well in our community is the collaboration,” Llewellyn said. He explained how networking among organizations such as Durango’s Business Improvement District and Grand Junction’s Chamber of Commerce led to the development of the 5-Star State Certification Program. This was later adopted at the state level to help businesses safely operate during the pandemic. Maggie Goodell, director of the Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce explained the formation of the Montezuma County TriChamber of Commerce, which encompasses Mancos, Dolores and Cortez. “Instead of promoting our own local businesses and chambers, we were looking at promoting the entire county,” she said. “We decided that instead of duplicating each other’s efforts we’d work together.” This streamlined the group’s ability to support businesses and keep them informed amidst the changing regulations. This work continues even as the return to normal accelerates. ”We’re still adapting to the changing atmosphere,” Goodell said. The tireless work nonprofit organizations do to support the growth and stability of our communities is invaluable. Through offering financing avenues for diverse operations, hosting educational workshops and garnering feedback from business leaders and consumers, these groups are creating a more robust and sustainable community for us all each and every day.


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IN THE SPIRIT OF SOLIDARITY CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORT HUMAN RIGHTS

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ant to be a champion for human rights? It’s an exciting time to get involved in an organization that focuses on efforts that protect and support marginalized groups with the goal of improving equity, personal well-being and quality of life for every individual. Since the United Nations released the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, awareness and interest in protecting human rights has grown steadily. Groups that organize around human rights are often advocates for vulnerable groups of people. While some groups ensure that people have basic needs met, such as food, water, shelter and health care, others grant residents access to educational opportunities or encourage freedom of speech and expression. In the Four Corners, there are several examples of regional clubs, groups and nonprofit organizations working to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion.

BY HUNTER HARRELL DURANGO PEACE AND JUSTICE COALITION

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FOUR CORNERS RAINBOW YOUTH CENTER

INDIVISIBLE DURANGO

Founded in 2016, Durango Peace and Justice provides networks and resources for organizations and individuals to advance peace and social justice. The coalition often collaborates with other groups for underrepresented voices and their allies that share similar missions to advance action and host educational and social events.

By placing emphasis on building a safe space for community and connection, Four Corners Rainbow Youth empowers Lesbian, Gay, Two Spirit, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LG2TBQIA+) youth, their families and allies in Southwest Colorado. The nonprofit organization provides education, guidance and support in addition to hosting after school programs and social events.

4STAR

Four Corners Support for Transgender people, Allies and Relatives (4STARS) is a group that focuses on the emotional and social well-being of individuals by providing supportive spaces and educational resources for individuals and families. The support group meets regularly on the first Sunday and the third Thursday of each month.

FOUR CORNERS ALLIANCE FOR DIVERSITY

Many of the groups above, especially Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center, closely collaborate with Four Corners Alliance for Diversity. This nonprofit focuses on outreach initiatives, educational programs and social events that promote positive change, including equality and social justice for marginalized groups. Through donations, grant funding and sponsorships, the group and its members are able to serve the community at large.

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Established in 2019, Neighbors in Need Alliance coordinates efforts between concerned community members, nonprofit groups, faithbased organizations and local government to address the needs of the unhoused population in Durango. NINA is focused on projects that provide immediate service and support, as well as long-term initiatives that create safe, stable transitional housing. A grassroots movement, Indivisible Durango, focuses on legislation and policies that reflect the values of inclusiveness, respect, fairness, honesty, integrity, peace and hope. Some of the issues they challenge through activism include but are not limited to economic justice, voting rights and climate change.

SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE

In 1990, Southwest Center for Independence was established as a hub for information about the Independent Living movement and referrals to local resources by a small group of residents with disabilities. Over time, the nonprofit has evolved as an Independent Living Center to serve five counties through programs like peer counseling, skills training, advocacy and additional programs that provide job placement and transportation services.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

For residents with developmental and intellectual disabilities, it can be difficult to find employment opportunities or participate in community events. Community Connections is a nonprofit organization that serves and supports individuals with disabilities at any age. Whether helping young children reach important milestones or advocating for improvements that make public spaces more accessible for everybody, the inclusive philosophy is the key.


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Building

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AREA NONPROFITS ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY BY JENNAYE DERGE

t’s amazing how much we think about food and also, at the same time, don’t think about it at all. We often talk about what we’ll have for lunch or dinner without wondering how or why our food will get to us or more importantly, if. Yes, many of us are lucky to feel pretty food secure, but what is food security and how “secure” are we really? Rachel Landis, director of the Good Food Collective could probably argue that Southwest Colorado is both secure and insecure in its food bounty. The area seemingly has food all around; rural farms and in-town fruit trees provide us with ample resources to give everyone healthy and abundant foods, but there are complicated kinks in our food system. “Community food systems are broken,” Landis said. “Prior to COVID-19, 13% of children in [La Plata County] were food insecure because they either didn’t have access to the type or the quantity of food they needed to sustain their well-being.” She punctuates the idea of well-being by stating that most food pantries and food banks often overlook healthy foods for cheap calories. A part of her vision for the collective has always been to help provide healthy foods for our more vulnerable population through various means. Just a few: collecting excess fruit from area fruit trees, helping food pantries and banks apply for grants to purchase healthier foods and also connecting area farmers with food banks and pantries to source the produce locally. “We’re a tiny nonprofit, so we’re just looking for how we can have the most positive impact in the most places...hopefully it has an impact on both the production side as well as the food justice side and ideally on the

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environmental and economic side as well,” Landis said. The Good Food Collective is anything but tiny though. As a collective, this nonprofit has so many working groups and conversing stakeholders under its umbrella, it could make a person dizzy. The agenda includes food security, equity and justice, regional education, convening, coordination and communication and supporting local producers. If there is a broken link in our area’s food system, it’s a safe bet that The Good Food Collective has identified the issue and is working on a solution or soon will. Southwest Colorado is lucky to have The Good Food Collective working toward a more efficient and equitable food system, but we are also lucky to have other nonprofit organizations working to make sure that all humans, young and old, have their basic needs met. Pine River Shares, a nonprofit in Bayfield, has put rubber to pavement for the vulnerable population with their own list of programs. The Bayfield Kids 4 Kids (BK4K) Backpack Food Program for example, provides students at the Bayfield Elementary School and the Bayfield Primary School with backpacks filled with food that was donated by other students. This close-knit system provides an opportunity for kids to learn the importance of giving, while also providing students in need with weekly backpacks of food, enough to last six meals. These programs are just a couple of the diverse organizations that are key to helping our community build better food security and these groups continuously look for donors and volunteers. To get involved and find more information, explore the plethora of organizations that bridge the gap between food systems in Southwest Colorado, using this guide as a starting point.


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MANNA IS INTRODUCING A NEW MODEL! Join us as we open the Free Food Market and Resource Center this fall. To-go meals will be served daily. Learn about upcoming changes and volunteer opportunities: www.mannasoupkitchen.org

MONTELORES CATHOLIC COMMUNITY Parish Center 20 S. Market St., Cortez, Colorado · (970) 565-7308 montelorescatholic.com

Sunday Mass Times St. Margaret Mary 28 E. Montezuma Ave, Cortez 10:30 am, 12:30 pm (Spanish Mass), & 5 pm

St. Rita 203 S. Main St, Mancos 8:30 am

Saturday Mass Times Our Lady of Victory 101 N. 7th St, Dolores 4 pm

St. Jude 423 Pine St Dove Creek 6 pm (3:00 pm Winter)

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Preserving the past ONE ARTIFACT, ARCHIVE AT A TIME

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rom medicine and technology to art and music, every piece of a modern society has a history. Examining the past gives people the data and tools to better understand the present. In the Four Corners, there are a variety of nonprofit organizations dedicated to interpreting and preserving these important pieces of our past. “It’s becoming clear that if you don’t study history, you miss out,” said La Plata County Historical Society and Animas Museum board secretary Susan Jones. “We have such great stories to tell, and it is so good we have the opportunity to tell them.” Even as the next historical moment unfolds in front of us, like the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Animas Museum volunteers document events and maintain records, then share the research with the public in the form of exhibits and seminars. The group is preparing to reopen the museum after shifting

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to serve members primarily online. “What we really learned is that the Animas Museum is not just this building. It is all the people and the stories and the community that we can share,” Jones said. “With webinars, we can do different talks that are relevant to the things that are going on or to the season, and people from all over the United States can and do participate. It’s not just the locals anymore.” These stories often highlight the similarities and differences in cultures, ideas and traditions, expanding our comprehension of our current communities. Each piece of history can contain valuable lessons and showcase how beliefs and behaviors change over a period of time. It can also highlight how our natural landscapes change as well. “One of the things our organization does is help people better understand how our landscape was inhabited in the past by many different cultures, and how they were able to

utilize the resources on our landscape to sustain them throughout time,” said Shaine Gans, executive director of Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance. Studying both cultural and natural landscapes can help residents learn to balance our ecosystems. Volunteers with Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance monitor and document damages from natural causes, animals or human activities. With increasing visitation to trails and other public lands, including the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, sharing this knowledge with visitors is equally important. Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance addresses education through volunteers called Trail Information Specialists. These individuals position themselves near popular trailheads or roam the high-use recreational areas to help visitors stay oriented and enjoy the cultural sites with respect. “We love heritage tourism,” Jones said. “Heritage tourists tend to come here and spend more, and really appreciate the history of the place.” Maintaining cultural and historical sites, such as ancient cliff dwellings or abandoned mining towns, attracts a variety of visitors from around the globe, and in turn, generates both regional job opportunities and tax revenue. To that end, the donors, educators, members and volunteers that support the diverse nonprofit organizations dedicated to preserving the past are the key to progress and prosperity in our communities. “There’s so much that history can teach us, so it is important to learn it, to educate people and that’s how we really appreciate our country,” Jones said. “That’s how we will make our country move forward.”


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CARING FOR CREATURES REQUIRES COMPASSION

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The days when abandoned animals were simply housed, fed and kept out of harm’s way while awaiting adoption have become a thing of the past. Of course, cleaning and caring for animals are responsibilities that staff and volunteers handle, but there’s so much more behind the scenes. From fostering and healthcare to training and advocacy, providing animals with a happier life is the overarching goal.

SAVING COMPANION ANIMALS

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, it is estimated that there are currently more than 78 million dogs and 58 million cats in the United States. Though many are fortunate enough to be pets, millions of others do their best to survive in the world as strays. For the homeless, lost and unwanted animals of the world, shelters and rescues are the first step in survival. But more goes into animal care than housing strays. Floss Blackburn of Denkai Animal Shelter in Cortez said there is more to rehoming animals than the adoption. Caring for an animal’s health needs, training, photographing and marketing each new animal is a process that sometimes takes thousands of dollars and months of dedication. Animals come to Denkai through owner surrender, transport from other shelters or the neighboring reservation. Once a pet arrives Blackburn says many animals need to be “reset” if they have behavioral issues or abuse in their background. Reservation animals tend to come with medical issues, such as ticks, fleas and injuries. Surrendered animals come with abandonment fears and abuse indicators.

POPULATION CONTROL & SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAMS

According to www.spay/neuter.org, one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce as many as 67,000 dogs in only six

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years. Cat statistics are even more startling. One female cat and her offspring have the potential to produce up to 420,000 kittens over a seven-year period. Lisa Parker of Parker’s Animal Rescue, says that her organization’s number one mission is to educate the public on the importance of spay and neutering. To that end, the rescue works with D-snip, another local nonprofit that provides rescue groups a high-quality, mobile surgical suite. Another way shelters help to control companion animal populations is through transport programs. Blackburn said that Denkai works with several groups to transport reservation animals to facilities for rehoming.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Many of our local rescues offer veterinary services like spay and neuter or vaccination clinics at reduced cost throughout the community, but the medical care offered by these facilities goes beyond vaccines. Liz Schenk

from the LaPlata County Humane Society (LPCHS) explained that stray animals may arrive with extensive injuries. These animals tend to need long-term care that can come at a high cost. Some will have been hit by cars, some suffered physical abuse or malnutrition and others have parasites. Severely injured dogs will often require amputations and other surgeries. Another factor is the number of animals surrendered when their health care costs exceed what a pet owner can manage.

TRAINING & REHABILITATION

Schenk said that the number of dogs coming to LPCHS with behavioral issues is increasing at an alarming rate. Addressing these issues is at the top of the list for most rescues, whether it includes having an in-house trainer like LPCHS or partnering with outside trainers like Parker’s Animal Rescue. Before a pet can be placed for adoption, all behavioral issues have to be addressed. From resource guarding to dog reactivity, a badly behaved dog can be a danger if not managed appropriately. That’s why rescues work so hard to ensure that the pets in their care are properly trained. Behavioral concerns are so important, that at Parker’s Animal Rescue, the adoption fee includes two training sessions. An abundance of hard work, dedication, money and love goes into caring for unhoused animals. All of the local shelters from Annie’s Orphans to the regional humane societies, function as nonprofit entities, and rely on donations, gifts, adoption fees and volunteers. According to the ASPCA, approximately 710,000 animals who come in as strays are returned to their owners by shelters and 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted to new homes each year. That’s a lot of happy paws. If supporting animal welfare is near and dear to you, consider the myriad of ways you can make a difference.


Annie’s Orphans, located in Durango, Colorado, provides a safe haven for the abandoned, neglected, and abused pet population and has offered this service for over thirty years. These dogs have a home with us until the best adoptive homes can be found. Since our inception, we have placed thousands of dogs in carefully selected homes and have provided life-long shelter and care to countless others.

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hile nonprofit organizations that serve and support children are common, The Hive is one that takes an inspiring approach to providing people of all ages opportunities to explore their passions. By creating a safe, inclusive space for creative expression, community mentors are able to help young personalities blossom. The Hive founders, Kelsie Borland, Alex Vick and Jeff Hamner, each led various

mentoring programs focused on creative arts and outdoor recreation, which invited people to participate in fun activities and develop new skills. In October of 2019, they created the nonprofit organization to increase their capacity for serving the community. “We wanted to create a hub for existing programs, and expand the programs available,” Borland said. “Contrary to popular belief, youth want to engage in their community and give

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back, especially the underserved population.” At The Hive, individuals can pursue opportunities to get involved in a variety of activities that help them become better community members. Volunteers facilitate workshops and chaperone youth while they seize opportunities to play music, create art, skate, snowboard and socialize. The Hive provides members with both the guidance and the freedom to try new hobbies. Since opening, The Hive has served more than 120 youth and 50 families. And the pandemic only highlighted the importance of creating an environment for young people to develop. While schools were closed, The Hive was a place where students struggling with remote learning could find support. “Kids got stuck at home, and their social lives got cut completely out,” Borland said. “They really struggled with being engaged and self-disciplined to complete projects on their own.” Borland said that young people learn to overcome the mental and physical barriers to challenges of learning new skills with support. They can improve critical thinking, focus, patience and problem-solving while finding healthy ways to express themselves. The Hive also organizes community service projects, including efforts to clean public spaces and contributions to public art. By collaborating with

individuals, businesses and other groups, the organization is able to keep youth active and engaged in their neighborhood. For example, The Dumpster Beautification Project is an on-going project that brings Hive members, local artists and residents together to paint WRC trash receptacles. The nonprofit also partnered with Dandelion Cafe during the pandemic for an on-going Heartwarming Soup Sale, and proceeds benefit local families that need help paying bills and buying groceries. And by engaging in tangible hobbies and service projects rather than a phone screen, Borland said the youth build important connections and improve socialemotional skills. They learn how to express emotion, resolve conflict, manage anxiety and stress and resist negative social pressure. The organization has a fresh vision for its new space located 1150 Main Avenue, which also houses In the Weeds, a nonprofit that offers social and economic assistance to employees in the restaurant industry, and Oak Tree Resources, which builds job skills and offers educational support for youths. “Adolescent-age youth want somewhere to go during the day, and the new space provides that center for socializing,” she said. The renovated building will be a gathering space for community members, an art gallery and a music venue with special features such as a community garden and an indoor skatepark.


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KSUT Public Radio and Alpine Bank are partners in service to the nonprofit community. The Alpine Bank Community Matching Fund is a grant-matching opportunity for La Plata County nonprofits. Details and how to apply at www.ksut.org

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Adaptive Sports Association’s programs help to enrich and transform the lives of people with disabilities through sports and recreation. By working with participants to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a supportive environment, ASA helps participants explore possibilities.

www.asadurango.com • (970) 259-0374

The mission of Alternative Horizons is to provide advocacy and resources to domestic violence survivors and their children while striving to promote community awareness through education and prevention efforts. 24-hour hotline (970) 247-9619 phone (970) 247-4374 www.alternativehorizons.org info@alternativehorizons.org

Amani Youth Partnership Amani is a 501(c)3 faith based nonprofit organization. We provide 1 1/2 hour sessions to kids ages 6-18 by pairing one leader, one child and one horse for the purpose of courage, hope and healing; equine assisted mentoring through trials in life that they may be facing. Amani is not a religious organization and we are not affiliated with any particular denomination. We simply live out our faith by serving families of all backgrounds in a way that enables youth to interact with our horses at no cost to those families.

1933 E. Main St., Cortez, CO 81321 (970) 739-6854

“Where Recovery Happens” The Animas Alano Club provides recovering alcoholics, drug addicts and their families with recovery meetings and socialization in a clean and sober environment. All 12-step recovery groups are welcome. 2601 Junction St. (across from Miller Middle School) www.animasalanoclub.org 20 • 2021 Nonprofit & Volunteer Guide

Our mission is to serve and protect the Veterans of the US Military. Provide a safe place to gather and assemble in Comradery. To Assist our communities in their needs. Trujillo-Sheets American Legion Post 28 878 East Second Ave, Durango, CO 81301 (970) 247-1590

The mission of the La Plata County Historical Society is to keep our history and culture alive for present and future generations. The Animas Museum provides local history programs for the community.

3065 West Second Ave. Durango, CO 81301 (970) 259-2402 www.animasmuseum.org


Everything that we do is in hopes of finding permanent, loving homes for our “orphans” by giving them the safety and love that these great dogs deserve. Our ultimate goal is to get dogs out of the shelter and into their “forever” home. 1630 CR 214 Durango, CO, 81303 www.anniesk9orphans.org (970) 759-8811

The Ballantine Family Fund was established by Morley C. Ballantine and Arthur A. Ballantine Jr. for the purpose of providing financial assistance to nonprofit causes that benefit the human condition in Southwest Colorado. Trustees award nonprofit grants quarterly, in the interest of enhancing the quality of life in our region. Grant Manager: Briggen Wrinkle (970) 375-5807 grants@ballantinefamilyfund.com www.ballantinefamilyfund.com

Creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Helping all youth achieve their full potential.

We provide a fun, safe place that kids and teens can call their own, where they are inspired to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

(970) 764-0288 www.bbig.org • mentor@bbig.org

2750 Main Ave. • Durango, CO 81301 (970) 375-0010 www.bgclaplata.org

Community Connections’ mission is to create opportunities for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead healthy and fulfilling lives within our community

281 Sawyer Drive, Suite 200, Durango, CO 105 S. Harrison St., Cortez, CO 301 N. Pagosa Blvd., Unit B-19, Pagosa Springs, CO (970) 259-2464 www.communityconnectionsco.org • cci@cci-colorado.org

The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado facilitates the growth and effectiveness of philanthropic contributions and expands the culture of giving to meet the needs of our communities. Physical: 1309 East Third Ave., Room 20A, Durango, CO 81301 Mailing: Physical: 1309 East Third Ave., RM 20A, Durango, CO 81301 P.O. Box 1673, Durango, CO 81302 Mailing: P.O. Box 1673, Durango, CO 81302 Phone: (970) 375-5807 Phone (970) 375-5807 Fax (970) 375-5806 Fax: (970) 375-5806 director@swcommunityfoundation.org www.swcommunityfoundation.org

The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado facilitates the growth and effectiveness of philanthropic contributions and expands the culture of giving to meet the needs of our communities.

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Our learning center fills educational gaps by providing the skills and knowledge necessary for livable-wage careers, post-secondary education, and social and economic mobility. GED, ESL, Continuing Education

Durango (970) 385-4354 Cortez (970) 564-7004 www.durangoadulted.org

Our mission is to cultivate life-changing academic learning opportunities for Pre-K through Grade 12 students in Durango School District 9-R and to provide resources that positively impact the educational experience of our 9-R community.

201 East 12th St. Durango, CO 81301 (970) 385-1491 • 9RFoundation@gmail.com www.durangoeducationfoundation.org

DFA is an all volunteer organization whose purpose is to raise funds to provide grants in the Durango area for various visual and performing art organizations and groups, especially our youth.

P.O. Box 1281 • Durango, CO 81302 www.durangofriends.org (970) 382-8897 • durangofriends1@gmail.com 22 • 2021 Nonprofit & Volunteer Guide

We strive to preserve the traditions of working ranch people by creating the “campfire” around which anyone can come to share the culture and traditions unique to the West. www.DurangoCowboyPoetryGathering.org Executive Director – Pam Petrie (Glasco) (970) 403-4451

Mission: Working in collaboration with our community to feed and empower our neighbors in need. (970) 375-2672 www.durangoareafoodbank.org • durangofoodbank@durango.net Mail: PO Box 156, Durango CO 81303 • Physical: 194 Bodo Drive Suite C, Durango, CO 81303

Durango PlayFest is a week-long new works festival that brings stage and television actors, playwrights and directors to Durango to incubate plays, hold free workshops, and present staged readings for audiences. Felicia Lansbury Meyer, Artistic Director • felicia@durangoplayfest.org (970) 335-8264 • www.durangoplayfest.org 10 Town Plaza #48, Durango, CO 81301


Great communities build great trails and great trails build great communities. Help support our work so you can continue to connect to the outdoors by giving to Durango Trails!

First Southwest Community Fund supports the dedicated entrepreneurial spirit of rural Colorado, by investing in the people, culture and ideas that fuel innovation and financial knowledge in our community, with an emphasis on areas of greatest need.

P.O. Box 3868, Durango, CO 81301 (970) 259-4682 www.durangotrails.org

First Southwest Community Fund 600 East Second Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 (970) 749-1600 fswcf.org

Four Corners Community Band Celebrating 20 years of performance.

Mission: To provide an opportunity for area musicians to continue their involvement in music to provide quality, public musical entertainment for the Four Corners area. fourcornerscommunityband@gmail.com facebook: @4ccband

The 4 Corners Rainbow Youth Center’s mission is to offer a safe, nonjudgmental, and visible space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, families and allies in our community. www.rainbowyouthcenter.org (970) 903-8595

GOAL Academy is a public charter school serving students in grades 9-12 across the State of Colorado. Our Misson is Developing Productive Members of Society.

Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands.

1-877-PRO-GOAL www.goalac.org

P.O. Box 2924 • Durango, CO 81302 • (970) 385-9577 www.greatoldbroads.org • broads@greatoldbroads.org • @greatoldbroads 2021 Nonprofit & Volunteer Guide • 23


Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. La Plata Office 50 Design Center Road Durango, CO 81301 (970) 382-2215 www.habitatlaplata.org

HomesFund provides Home Buyer Education Classes, Home Ownership Advisement and Down Payment Assistance for qualified potential Home Buyers in Southwest Colorado. 124 E. Ninth St., Durango, CO 81301 (970) 259-1418 www.homesfund.org info@HomesFund.org

Know Your Dough is a nonprofit organization designed to inspire local youth to begin their path toward financial literacy and independence. In partnership with local school districts and youth organizations we provide in person financial literacy classes.

Volunteer opportunities available! Visit us online: www.know-your-dough.org 24 • 2021 Nonprofit & Volunteer Guide

To generate funds for direct support of annual builds in La Plata County which provide homeownership opportunities for deserving low-income households. ReStore information and pickups: (970) 382-9931 50 Design Center Road Durango, CO 81301

Since 1947, the Kiwanis club of Durango has been supporting programs and activities aimed at improving the minds, lives, and futures of the youth of La Plata County. President – Lisa Barrett President Elect – Craig Kamps Lt. Governor – Robert Whitson rwhitson9@gmail.com (970) 403-8780 P.O. Box 976, Durango, CO 81302

KSUT is a community-supported public broadcasting organization and NPR Affiliate Radio Station, dedicated to serving the multicultural community of the Four Corners. P.O. Box 737, Ignacio, CO 81137 (970) 563-0255 www.ksut.org


La Plata County Humane Society is committed to enhancing and protecting the lives of companion animals through safety, shelter, humane education on the treatment of animals, and preventing pet overpopulation.

1111 S. Camino del Rio • Durango, CO 81303 (970) 259-2847 • www.lpchumanesociety.org

Since 1985, Manna has been a valued leader in strengthening the quality of life and economicthe vitality of our of region helping those in need achieve greater selfManna strengthens quality lifebyand economic vitality of our community by sufficiency. Through our skills training programs and impactful collaborations, helping those experiencing need achieve greater self-sufficiency through access we are building a strong foundation for shared prosperity. Manna is open seven to food, service navigation job todevelopment. days a week, 350+ daysand per year support our community with nutritious meals and supportive in a del safe and environment. To learn more 1100 services Avenida Sol,respectful Durango, CO 81301 about Manna or(970) to volunteer, please contact us today. 385-5095

www.mannasoupkitchen.org 1100 Avenida del Sol Durango, CO 81301 (970) 385-5095 www.mannasoupkitchen.org

Merely Players enriches the cultural life of our community by providing quality theatre. We thrive on providing opportunity for theatrical artists, as we celebrate imagination and creativity. www.merelyplayers.us 970.946.2240 directors@merelyplayers.us

For 35 years, Music in the Mountains has produced an exceptional summer music festival with musicians of the highest caliber. We have entertained, educated and delighted audiences with the richness of classical music, and complemented concerts with year-round educational programs for youth. The concert experience is enhanced by a variety of venues set in the spectacular beauty of southwest Colorado. Area youth benefit from the numerous scholarships, performances and hands-on music education programs we provide.

515 E. College Drive, Durango, CO www.musicinthemountains.com (970) 385-6820

The Montelores Catholic Community consists of Roman Catholics in Montezuma and Dolores Counties. One Roman Catholic church and three Mission churches are active in our area. Each has its own identity and history, yet many activities are shared. The Churches are: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church, Cortez St. Rita Catholic Church, Mancos St. Jude Catholic Church, Dove Creek Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Dolores

(970) 565-7308 • www.montelorescatholic.com Priests from the Theatine order currently serve our area. The Montelores Catholic Community is a member of the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado

Power to Act offers justice by creating opportunity within local and global communities to deliver practical kindness through a Purse with Purpose, a handcrafted, needs-based handbag donated to homeless women and domestic violence survivors in Southwest Colorado. Discover our local & global impact: pursewithpurpose.org heavenly.hb@gmail.com facebook.com/powertoact 2021 Nonprofit & Volunteer Guide • 25


The world’s oldest non-religious, non-political humanitarian service organization.

A regional leader partnering with county-level economic development groups, governments, businesses, and community groups to create and retain jobs that will improve the economic base of the region.

Rotary’s Primary Areas of Focus:

135 Burnett Drive #1, Durango, CO 81301 (970) 247-9621 region9edd.org

Disease Treatment and Prevention Water and Sanitation Basic Education and Literacy Economic and Community Development Maternal and Child Health Peace and Conflict Resolution Protection of the Environment

Rotary’s 4-Way Test Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it Build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

San Juan Basin Archeological Society Our mission is to advocate for and promote public awareness and preservation of archaeological, cultural, and historical resources, primarily of the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. www.sjbas.org P.O. Box 3153, Durango, CO 81302

Local Area Rotary Club Contact Information: Durango Rotary (970) 946-4856

Pine River Valley (970) 567-6774

Durango Daybreak (970) 749-1437

Cortez Rotary (970) 739-0077

Durango High Noon (970) 589-5665

Dolores Rotary (970) 799-7708

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The San Juan Mountains Association empowers local residents and visitors to responsibly explore, learn about, and protect the spectacular public lands and cultural resources of southwest Colorado. www.SJMA.org


The San Juan Symphony is an innovative regional orchestra that contributes to the educational and cultural enrichment of the diverse communities of the Four Corners area with inspiring live performances and creative collaborative efforts.

SASO is dedicated to providing advocacy to victims of sexual assault and providing education and prevention programs aimed at increasing public awareness and safety to stop sexual violence through an anti-oppression framework.

P.O. Box 1073 528C Main Ave. Durango, CO 81302 (970) 382-9753

24/7 Crisis Hotline (970) 247-5400 Office (970) 259-3074

SoCoCAA’s mission is to empower community members of all ages to recognize and reach their full potential by providing select programs and services in order to create better communities. P.O. Box 800 535 Candelaria Drive Ignacio, CO 81137 (970) 563-4517 • www.sococaa.org

We provide educational enrichment programs and courses to students and families throughout the Four Corners Area, in collaboration withother educational organizations to offer group and individual sessions.

Mailing: P.O. Box 966, Bayfield, CO 81122 (970) 500-5657 • www.silverspruceacademy.org

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance collaborates with the Bureau of Land Management to engage the public through stewardship, outreach, and education for the use and enjoyment of the natural and cultural landscape of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and nearby public lands. www.swcocanyons.org • swcocanyons@gmail.com PO Box 113, Cortez, Colorado 81321

People with disabilities providing supports and training for the disability and elder communities to live well in southwest Colorado. 3473 Main Ave. #23, Durango, Colorado 81301 (970) 259-1672 www.swindependence.org 2021 Nonprofit & Volunteer Guide • 27


We are a community band made up of players from throughout the Four Corners. We perform two symphonic concert series each season, along with free outdoor community concerts in the summer.

United Way of Southwest Colorado improves lives by nurturing the collective caring power of our communities.

info@southwestcivicwinds.org www.SouthwestCivicWinds.org

P.O. Box 3040 • Durango, CO 81302 (970) 247-9444 www.unitedway-swco.org

Volunteers of America Colorado seeks to identify and serve the basic needs of the most vulnerable individuals and families in the communities we serve.

Wildfire Adapted Partnership inspires, educates and enables individuals and communities to protect lives and property from wildfire.

Administrative Office (970) 259-1021 Southwest Safehouse (970) 259-5443 Durango Community Shelter (970) 259-1255

701 Camino del Rio Suite 306 • Durango, CO 81301 (970) 385-8909 info@wildfireadapted.org • www.wildfireadapted.org

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WolfWood is a state and federally licensed nonprofit refuge for wolves and wolf/ dogs. We are engaged in rescue and rehabilitation, not breeding and selling. Ignacio, CO (970) 946-9606 www.wolfwoodrefuge.org wolfwood1995@hotmail.com Wolfwood Refuge

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Adaptive Sports Association�������������45 Alternative Horizons ������������������������� 41 Amani Youth Partnership��������������������17 American Legion ������������������������������� 40 Animas Alano Club�����������������������������39 Animas Museum and La Plata County Historical Society������������������13

Annie’s Orphans�����������������������������������15 Ballantine Family Fund����������������������38 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado����������������������� 11 Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County ����������������������������� 41 Community Connections���������������������9

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PAGE 22 Durango Adult Education Center ��������������������������������17 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering��������������������������������� 11 Durango Education Foundation�������43 Durango Food Bank������������������������������ 3 Durango Friends of the Arts�������������43 Durango Playfest �������������������������������� 18

PAGE 23 Durango Trails�������������������������������������� 11 First Southwest Community Fund����30 Four Corners Community Band ���������7 Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center����������������������������������������38 Goal High School ��������������������������������31 Great Broads for Wilderness������������� 35

PAGE 24 Habitat for Humanity������������������������� 37 Habitat for Humanity Restore�����������17 HomesFund ����������������������������������������� 41 Kiwanis Club of Durango������������������� 33 Know Your Dough������������������������������� 35 KSUT ������������������������������������������������������17

PAGE 25 La Plata County Humane Society���� 35

Manna ��������������������������������������������������� 11 Merely Players��������������������������������������17 Montelores Catholic Community����� 11 Music in the Mountains �������������������� 35 Power to Act��������������������������������������� 40

PAGE 2 6 Region 9 Economic Development District������������������������ 07 Rotary ��������������������������������������������������48 San Juan Basin Archeological Society ������������������������13 San Juan Mountains Association ������13

PAGE 2 7 San Juan Symphony��������������������������� 40 Sexual Assault Services Organization���������������������������9 Southern Colorado Community Action Agency ��������������39 Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance��������������������������������38 Silver Spruce Academy������������������������7 Southwest Center for Independence���������������������������������9

PAGE 2 8 Southwest Civic Winds����������������������43 United Way �����������������������������������������46 Volunteers of America ����������������������47 Wildfire Adapted ���������������������������������7 WolfWood Refuge �����������������������������43

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First Southwest Community Fund First Southwest Community Fund supports the dedicated entrepreneurial spirit of rural Colorado, by investing in the people, culture and ideas that fuel innovation and financial knowledge in our community, with an emphasis on areas of greatest need.

In partnership with First Southwest Bank, FSWCF provides low-interest, flexible and accessible loan programs, grants and technical assistance to rural entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses, and non-profits. In 2020, the fund assisted 500 businesses statewide and invested $6.9M in grants and loans resulting in retention of over 1,800 existing jobs and creation of 113 new jobs. FSWCF provides access to inclusive capital, especially for women, BIPOC and veteran-owned businesses.

LOAN PROGRAMS

Innovate Onwards Fund provides flexible

working capital up to $500,000 to existing and new businesses across rural Colorado to build back our rural economies

New Pioneers Fund is for startup farmers, small

and emerging businesses, women-owned businesses, outdoor recreational businesses and proof-of-concept funding

LAUNCH Fund provides access to capital for

nonprofit organizations through microloans

Creative Arts Loan Fund offers micro-loans to

creative arts organizations to start, grow and scale their activities

Intermediary Relending Program

provides fixed rate loans to businesses in rural communities that create jobs

Food Truck Loan Fund provides working capital to start and scale food truck businesses

Request more information on funding for start-ups, non-profits, and small businesses at

fswcf.org/all-programs (970) 749-1600

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GOAL High School is dedicated to ALL students succeeding. No matter the circumstance, GOAL is built for you! Whether you are On-line / Face-to-Face High School supporting a family by working; wanting to attend college while in high school; earn a certification in a Scan to find a location near you trade of your choice; or if you simply need a valid and quality option to earn your high school diploma - GOAL High School is your best choice!

goalac.org - 1-877-PRO-GOAL - 1-877-776-4625

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Raising a generous generation

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trong communities are built by individuals who recognize the importance of giving back. Young people recognize when their parents give back to their communities, and often that compels some children to want to do the same. By volunteering as a family, parents can instill philanthropic values in their children while strengthening the communities they live in. Giving back also provides a host of additional, potentially surprising benefits. For example, studies have shown that volunteering decreases rates of depression and anxiety. In addition, research has indicated that adolescents who volunteer may perform better at school and take a more positive approach to education. With a little creative thinking, parents can help their children get involved and engage in service projects. Here are some simple ways that families can make a difference in their neighborhoods together.

BY HUNTER HARRELL

• FEED THE HUNGRY: Charitable organizations that feed those in need were crucial during the pandemic. The economic fallout was significant, as tens of millions of people lost their jobs and, subsequently, their ability to feed themselves and their families. Local food banks stepped in to feed those families, and organizations are always in need of volunteers to help prepare, deliver and serve food. Volunteering at a local food bank or soup kitchen is a great way for parents to show their children that they have a lot to be thankful for while instilling in them a sense of responsibility to community members in need. • CREATE ART: Art can be as beneficial to its creators as it is for those who appreciate it. That’s especially so for children in relation to their development. According to a report from Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Art also encourages kids to innovate, a benefit that will pay dividends

throughout their lives. Art also is fun to create, and parents can turn a natural inclination toward fun and creativity into a way to give back to their communities. Consider distributing cheerful cards and drawings to senior citizens and overseas troops, among others. Adults and children can bring smiles to the faces of strangers, all the while reaping the many benefits of engaging in art projects. • COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP: Local cleanups help to keep the great outdoors pristine and pollution-free. Such clean-ups, which are a fun way to get outdoors, also provide a great opportunity for parents to teach children about the environment and the importance of protecting it. Get involved by picking up litter from parks, streets and other public grounds. Go beyond just removing trash. Organize a planting event or remove brush and weeds as well. • PARTICIPATE IN A “WALK” OR “RUN.” Walks or runs are popular events for nonprofit fundraising in which participants register and solicit pledges tied to their performances. Families with children may be able to do a walk or run as a group to raise funds for local charities and raise money for a good cause. • FORM UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS. Socializing with a senior at a nursing home, a child in the hospital or even a kid who is new to the neighborhood is another way to get involved. Companionship can be a great gift for lonely or isolated individuals, and connecting with others is always great way to experience personal growth. • COLLECT FUNDS. For those that want to donate to make a difference, children can learn the joy of charitable giving by starting small. Keep a change collection jar at home and toss change from shopping excursions or coins they may find while out and about in the community. When the jar is filled, cash in the coins and donate to a charity of their choosing. Whether it’s helping those in need, exploring one’s inner artist or helping keep local parks clean, the opportunities for families to give back together are abundant.

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CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS BUSINESSES GIVE BACK TO BUILD COMMUNITY

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he mountains, sunshine and trails might have brought us to Southwest Colorado, but it’s the tight-knit community that keeps many of us here. What is community though? Is it our friends and neighbors? Is it the familiar faces on the street? Or is it the support we receive from area organizations and the local businesses that we frequent? For Durango local, Carly Van Hof Thomson, it is an ecosystem of all three and her role as co-owner of Zia Taquira is to contribute to the ecosystem through corporate donations as much as possible. “Zia has always believed in giving back to the community. It is the community we live, work and play in – we love it and want it to be a vibrant, positive place for ourselves, our employees, our families and our customers,” she said. Her view about cyclical giving is really what sustains the people and places we have come to love, and the generosity of business donations can be seen as the watering cans to our growing and thriving communities. Keeping the proverbial watering can full, though, is where it can get tricky. Zia receives dozens of donation requests each week and Van Hof Thomson admits they have to be cautious and strategic about who and how much they give to. When choosing, she says Zia tries to focus on organizations that serve causes that are important to their customers and staff such as youth programming, cycling and athletics and environmental causes. The Payroll Department’s founder, Bryan Dear feels the same way, and even includes his staff when making decisions on which local nonprofit organizations will receive funding.

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BY JENNAYE DERGE Dear said each year, The Payroll Department participates in Meet your Match, a grant program run through The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado which strategically awards part of the company’s nonprofit giving with grants that will go to three area organizations. The program is a matched donation and Dear said the entire staff gets to decide who will be awarded. And just like Zia, The Payroll Department ultimately and often chooses the organizations that they feel strengthen their quality of life. “One way to do that is to support our nonprofits. Whether it’s education –especially in the younger ages – or arts. It’s also the Durango trails--and other things that we take advantage of. Those are all important,” Dear said. Giving back to the community is a great way to foster the things we enjoy taking advantage of, but it also has some other key benefits, such as unique marketing opportunities. Many times the nonprofit grantees will offer a multitude of marketing outlets for businesses that donate and will help businesses bring in more customers. Or a business to business relationship will be built through generous funding and that, in turn, also brings in more customers for the business. The benefits of giving to a nonprofit looks different in a lot of different ways and doesn’t even necessarily have to be a big cash reward. It can be an in-kind donation, volunteering services, or a small item for a raffle or auction. Either way, if a business owner wants to give back, at minimum, they are guaranteed to feel good about helping to strengthen a community.


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Giving strategy HOW DONORS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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s the country recovers and gets back on its feet, more people are giving to charity. What makes giving gratifying is knowing that our donation has made a difference. With a little research and a few smart giving strategies, all prospective donors can make sure their donations and gifts ultimately end up doing the most good.

CONSIDER IMPACTS

The first step in charitable giving is to determine where you want to see change in the world. What would you ideally like to be different after you give money? If you’re not sure where to begin, start by taking a look at your values, passions and interests. Chances are

BY CONNIE SUTTON

you’ll find a charity to support that aligns with your own personal values.

DO THE RESEARCH

There are millions of charities to support worldwide, and hundreds right here in the Four Corners. The best way to choose among them is to do the research. When selecting a charity, take the time to make an informed decision. Websites like The Better Business Bureau, www.charitywatch.org and www.givewell.org compile data and help you select a reputable charity. Local government regulators also may be able to provide information about charities to help donors avoid fraud.

FULL-TIME FUNDRAISING

Nonprofit organizations often hold a single

fundraising event that is responsible for raising the bulk of their annual budgets, which can leave the budget in the air until that event is held. One of the best ways to help a charity that is close to your heart is to divide your giving budget by twelve and schedule monthly payments. This can also be helpful for donors that have a giving goal for the year.

TIME IS MONEY

For many local charities, the gift of time can be the greatest benefit they receive all year. According to the Nonprofit Times, the current estimated value of a volunteer hour is $28.54 for 2020. Some nonprofit organizations need help with raising awareness or funds, while others need help with answering phones, stuffing envelopes, feeding or walking animals, tutoring children, trail work and much more.

DONATING GOODS

Without time or money, people can still make an impact at local charities. Most nonprofits will accept new, unused or nearly new items. In the case of some nonprofit organizations with retail stores, proceeds from sales of donated items can make an impact. In the case of area food banks and shelters, donated goods are given directly to families in need.

AVOID SCAMS

It’s sad to say, but along with all the reputable organizations seeking money, there are also bad apples looking to take advantage. Be wary of solicitors who are evasive or refuse to provide EIN numbers. If you’re called by a third party on behalf of a charity, use caution. These companies aren’t required to tell you how much they’re keeping versus how much will go to the charity. Lastly, be extra cautious during holidays or natural disasters, as needs increase so do scams.

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A lasting legacy

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s donors approach their 70s, many ask themselves about the legacy they are leaving behind. Decisions about how much and to whom we give at the end of our life can be daunting. If you are pondering these types of decisions, you might be interested to learn more about the benefits of making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your individual retirement account (IRA). In the last few years there has been an explosion of interest in QCDs, mostly from people who have excess retirement savings and are looking for a way to leave a lasting impact on the community they love. Combine that philanthropic instinct with the less-than-ideal tax implications of taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from a traditional IRA, or leaving the IRA to children upon death, and QCDs quickly become a more attractive option to consider. Here is how QCDs work: if you are 70 ½ or older, you may transfer a gift from an IRA directly to a charity, potentially fulfilling your RMD and experiencing both tax benefits and satisfaction with knowing that you are making a difference in your community. Consult your tax advisor for a full understanding of the restrictions and benefits

CONSIDER USING RETIREMENT SAVINGS FOR A CHARITABLE CAUSE BY TRACY POPE of QCDs, especially since the recent CARES and SECURE acts have introduced additional variables. Sometimes finding a charity or charities best aligned with your community goals can be intimidating. Designated funds can simplify that process. With a designated fund to house your QCDs, you can rely on experts to advise and assist in making sure your legacy is fulfilled as you wish, even after you have passed. Designated funds are a powerful tool for ensuring that the nonprofits you care about will be supported well into the future. Designated funds also generally accept other types of donations and gifts, including appreciated securities, which can provide additional tax benefits. There is an array of strategies to provide a lasting investment in the community that you have enjoyed living in and working in all these years. If charitable giving is an important part of your retirement plans, consider whether QCDs or a designated fund might be an impactful option for you, helping you to give back. Tracy Pope is the Marketing and Grants Director of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado. She can be reached at tracy@ swcommunityfoundation.org.

SOUTHWEST COLORADO CANYONS ALLIANCE

Benefiting the human condition in Southwest Colorado for 64 years

Ballantine Family

Richard Ballantine

Nonprofits serving our five-county region are eligible to apply once per calendar year for grants up to $5,000. Online applications are accepted and reviewed quarterly at www.ballantinefamilyfund.com.

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Friends of BLM / Canyons of the Ancients since 2013

The Rainbow Youth Center is a after school center for LGBTQ+ youth. We are a resource for training & support for schools, businesses, & families in our community. FIND OUT MORE AT:

rainbowyouthcenter.org


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– FREE OF ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES AND BEHAVIORS – for meetings, friendship, education and recreation.

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NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR

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egion 9 Economic Development District had a busy year bolstering businesses in Southwest Colorado. The nonprofit organization has been instrumental in supporting a variety of industries throughout the pandemic, and received the Nonprofit of the Year award at the annual Durango Rocks awards presented by the Chamber of Commerce. Serving Archuleta Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties as well as the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute tribes, the organization includes nine members that represent the private sector in the region and 17 board members. These individuals communicate and coordinate with a variety of entities and individuals to identify opportunities for diversifying the economy. The group offers a variety of loan programs to assist with small business retention, expansion and job creation. During 2020, Region 9 deputy director Brian Rose said the organization increased its loan portfolio to provide more support for businesses.

“In the last few years, we have been able to grow our portfolio by almost 30%,” Rose said. In 2020, Region 9 provided around $1.5 million in grant funding to 234 businesses in the region, and raised an additional $3.7 million in funds to provide financing options and loans, Rose added. Region 9 often partners with other community organizations, local government and the private sector to assist in the development of special projects that work toward fulfilling its mission. Rose said on the financial side of things, he works with regional banks, Southwest Colorado Business Development Center and Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs. Project manager Heather Otter said she works closely with the town council, county commissioners, leadership at the school districts, healthcare facilities, business leaders, organizations that have community stakeholders and Durango's Business Improvement District. By participating in various task forces and community meetings during the pandemic this

We are an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization. Our Staff are all volunteers. We are looking for Volunteer Bartenders. Bar hours are 1pm to 7pm, Monday through Saturday. Our large hall is available for rent. We are proud that we can rent for less than anyone in town. Contact us with your party needs.

Trujillo-Sheets American Legion Post 28 878 East 2nd Ave • Durango, CO 81301 970-247-1590

Talk to us about eligibility necessary to become a member of the Legion, The Sons of the Legion, The Auxiliary, or the American Legion Riders. We have several Events planned for this year. Come by the Post for our calendar of events.

Power to Act 2nd Annual Fundraiser hosted at the Durango VFW, providing indoor and outdoor seating.

Friday, July 23, 2021 An evening where you can create a Purse with Purpose. Enjoy a great spread of appetizers, a fun Pack a Purse silent auction, and live music. Tickets on sale now.

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past year, Otter said collaboration has helped each organization identify its strengths and work together to solve bigger issues. “If anything, we were made aware of how the pandemic highlighted our vulnerabilities as communities and businesses, and also opportunities,” she said. Many organizations are looking for ways to use new resources and find the right tools to prepare for the economic recovery work ahead. Every initiative contributes to strengthening the community and diversifying the economy. “I started in economic development three years ago, and since then we have had the 416 Fire, avalanches and severe drought and now COVID,” Rose said. “So, I think that the task force and the efforts of Region 9 are contributing to a more resilient community. It is not a matter of if there will be disruptions to our economy, it is a matter of when. So just being able to be there and respond has been what gives us a lot of joy and pride in what we do.”


Every kid and teen deserves a

GREAT FUTURE. www.alternativehorizons.org

Fun youth development programs and activities offered year-round to encourage academic success, build character and leadership skills, and guide healthy lifestyle behaviors. $25 Annual Membership | Consistent, Positive Role Models |Dedicated Facility Need-based financial assistance is available for families who qualify

(970) 375-0010 | 2750 Main Ave. Durango, CO 81301 | BGCLaPlata.org

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43 YEARS OF SERVICE TO SOUTHWEST COLORADO Alternative Horizons provides: · 24/7 Hotline · Advocacy & Support · Bridges of Hope Legal Project · Adult Counseling Services · Multi-Cultural Outreach · Awareness/Education Program All services are free and confidential. All services are offered in English and Spanish.

24-HOUR HOTLINE: (970) 247-9619 Pam Moore NMLS# 406234 970.259.1418 | 124 E. 9th Street, Durango, CO 81301 Pam Moore Pam Moore NMLS# 406234 970.259.1418 | 124 E. 9th Street, Durango, CO 81301 HomesFund (formerly Housing|Alliance) a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is aCO 81301 NMLS# 406234the Regional 970.259.1418 124 E. 9th Street, Durango, Community Development Financial Institute HomesFundcertified (formerly the Regional Housing Alliance) a 501(c)3and nonprofit, is a a Community HUD approved housing counseling agency. certified Development Financial Institute and nonprofit, is a HomesFund (formerly the Regional Housing Alliance) a 501(c)3 a HUD approved housing counseling agency. certified Community Development Financial Institute and

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For more information about Alternative Horizons, volunteering or donating Visit our website www.alternativehorizons.org or call 970-247-4374.

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Fundraisers & events

EDITOR'S NOTE: EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CONFIRM DETAILS WITH HOSTING ORGANIZATIONS AS THEY NAVIGATE CHALLENGES TO HOST FUNDRAISING EVENTS WITH LIMITED RESOURCES. ONGOING Music in the Mountains presents the annual celebration of classical music from July 11 to Aug. 1 this year. See the complete schedule of events online at www. musicinthemountains.com. San Juan Mountains Association continues a beloved tradition from Durango Nature Studies hosting enriching summer camps in Durango for elementaryaged children that introduce young explorers to the natural world. Each camp session is Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.sjma.org./events. San Juan Mountains Association hosts nature walks at Purgatory Resort every Tuesday and Thursday in June, July and August. Arrive early to the ticket office for a 9:45 a.m. departure. A scenic chairlift ride is included and the hike will conclude around noon. Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County encourages residents to participate in Camp for Kids from July through September. Register for $25 and receive a campbox, which includes supplies for s’mores, a camp sign and a solar lamp), then enlist friends and family to join in supporting your outing. The Club will provide social media templates to promote your camping outing to friends and family and inspire their donation. Raise a minimum of $100. Prize drawings for participants. For more information, visit www.bgclaplata.org. Community Foundation

serving Southwest Colorado is excited to announce the popular concert series at the Rochester Hotel’s Secret Garden is back for the summer season. Enjoy a concert on every Wednesday in August from 5 to 7 p.m. Concerts cost $10 and benefit four selected nonprofits. Cash bar and food available for purchase. See the concert lineup online at www. swcommunityfoundation.org. Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse and Durango Community Shelter will host Scavenger Hunt for the Future celebrating the organization’s 125th anniversary from Aug. 22 to Sept. 22. Using a smartphone app, participants will solve clues, snap photos and take part in video challenges. Prizes will be distributed at an awards ceremony in Buckley Park on Sept. 25. The registration fee is $25, and kids 10 and under are free. Register to play online at www. voacolorado.org/events. For more information, call (970) 259-1021.

JULY Durango Trails invites residents to join the group for trail maintenance on Star Wars in Overend Mountain Park July 21 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Volunteers can meet at Leyden Trailhead. Durango Trails will provide necessary instruction, safety tools, work gloves, water and snacks. For more information, visit www.durangotrails.com. San Juan Basin Archaeological Society invites residents to explore the Hidden History of Sheepscapes in Southwest Colorado with a tour of carved aspen trees or arborglyphs

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in Beaver Meadows and along the Piedra Stock Driveway in the San Juan National Forest July 23. Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Bayfield Public. See www.sjbas.org for membership information and trip registration details.* United Way of Southwest Colorado and Rotary Club of Durango host the 26th annual Charity Golf Classic at Dalton Ranch Golf Course July 23. For more information, visit www. unitedway-swco.org.

AUGUST Durango Playfest invites the public to enjoy a week of creative workshops and fun performances with professional playwrights, actors and directors from across the nation from Aug. 2-7. Stay updated on the schedule of events online at www.durangoplayfest.org/ events-2021. San Juan Basin Archaeological Society hosts its annual picnic at Edgemont Picnic Ground. This event is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 11. See sjbas.org for membership information and trip registration details.* United Way of Southwest Colorado is excited to announce the biggest beer festival in the Four Corners is back at Buckley Park Aug. 28 and 29. Get tickets for San Juan Brewfest online at www.sanjuanbrewfest.com.

SEPTEMBER San Juan Basin Archaeological Society is excited to present a historic walking tour in downtown Durango led by historian Andrew

Gulliford on Sept. 3. Participants will start at the train depot, walking north on Main Avenue learning about the history of the commercial and residential district. Space is limited to 18 guests. See www.sjbas. org for membership information and trip registration details.* Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering invites guests to enjoy an annual event that celebrates and preserves traditions of working ranchers in the American West. Enjoy the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. Watch the motorless parade, take a trail or train ride and eat traditional chuckwagon fare. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www. durangocowboypoetrygathering.org. San Juan Basin Archaeological Society invites participants to enjoy Bluff Rock Art Day Oct. 17. Guests can meet at Bears Ears Education Center on Main Street in Bluff, Utah at 9 a.m.. See rock art at a sand dune site, another site near Sand Island, a site near the San Juan River and one north of Bluff. Bring lunch, hiking poles, a hat and plenty of water. See sjbas.org for membership information and trip registration details.* United Way of Southwest Colorado, in conjunction with hosts Ska Brewing and Four Corners Broadcasting, present the annual Radiothon. The on-air auction benefit’s United Way’s local community partner agencies. Tune in from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24. * Events are for fully-vaccinated members only.


Wolfwood Refuge

dedicated to protecting the welfare of wolves and wolfdogs and promoting an understanding of these animals in the hope of dispelling fear and opening the way for a healthy relationship between humans and wolves. Visit website for more information on volunteer opportunities or to schedule a tour!

970-946-9606 | Ignacio, CO | www.wolfwoodrefuge.org |

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HELP LOCAL ART ADVANCE CULTURE

HAVING FUN WHILE SUPPORTING THE ARTS IN OUR COMMUNITY

mydurangofriends1991@gmail.com • durangofriends.org

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7 Ways

to be a good volunteer

1. Educate yourself about an organization. Research the organization’s missions and goals before you get involved. Understanding its process can make you more effective. Furthermore, directors will appreciate that you took the initiative to learn more about the organization before you signed up. 2. Bring your enthusiasm and energy. Enthusiasm and energy for the cause may motivate others to take action. Being high energy also may make you more fun to be around, which your fellow volunteers will appreciate.

3. Be honest about your interests. The more interested you are in an activity, the more likely you are to continue doing it. That goes for anything, including volunteering. Be honest about what you want to get out of volunteering and seek opportunities that help you achieve those goals. 4. Be dependable. As a volunteer, you should arrive when you say you will, stay the duration of time you promised and perform the tasks you agreed to perform. People will be relying on you, so it’s important to honor your commitment. 44 • 2021 Nonprofit & Volunteer Guide

V      . U                 . 5. Be prepared to be flexible. Volunteers often must take on many different roles, and a willingness to jump in on any task and help is a hallmark of great volunteers.

6. Embrace your creativity. Thinking outside of the box is a strength in a volunteer. It means you can examine a situation from all sides and offer innovative solutions.

7. Be selfless. Above all, giving time to a cause you believe in is all about putting others before yourself. Figure out what you can give rather than what you can get.


Volunteer opportunities Project Linus of La Plata and Montezuma Counties is seeking volunteers to make homemade blankets for children (0-18) who are traumatized or in need of comfort for any reason. The group creates quilts, afghans and fleece blankets. To get involved, reach out to Beth Emrich at linus4durango@gmail.com or call (970) 769-1768. For more information, see www. projectlinus.org. Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance is accepting volunteers to assist with a variety of responsibilities, including but not limited to monitoring recreational activities in the area that includes Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, providing education and outreach, working special events and completing maintenance and improvement projects. Find more information about these opportunities online at www.scwcocanyons.org/get-involved.

The Hive DGO needs volunteers to fill a variety of positions at their youth center. A background check is required and prior experience working with youth is preferred. For more information on getting involved, visit www.thehivedgo.org/getinvolved. La Plata County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to assist with different tasks, including docents to greet visitors at Animas Museum and provide information on the background of Animas City, and education docents who enjoy working with children. Individuals interested in helping with cleaning, gardening or other tasks are also welcome to get involved. Go to www.animasmuseum.org. Volunteers of America is looking for weekly grocery shoppers, regularly scheduled cooks, a weekly front desk/reception volunteer, a monthly donation organizer, playgroup/interest group leaders and volunteers to perform house

and yard maintenance. There is also an open position on the Advisory Council to help with educational outreach and fundraising efforts in the community. Background checks are required for all volunteers. For more information about volunteer requirements, contact (970) 238-1469 or lturcott@voacolorado.org. For the Advisory Council, contact (970) 259-1021 or cnowak@ voacolorado.org. Merely Players is looking for acting talent, stage tech and ushers. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact directors@ merelyplayers.us. Habitat for Humanity has volunteer opportunities to fill in construction and office work, as well as board and committee positions. Help the organization provide a step toward stability for families in the region. Find more information or sign up to volunteer online at www.habitatlaplata.org/volunteer.

ADAPTIVE SPORTS ASSOCIATION

> > JOIN THE

ASA FAMILY

5000 > ATHLETES SINCE 1980

At Adaptive Sports Association (ASA), our participants, volunteers, and supporters are fostering independence, buildling skills, and exploring possibilities with outdoor recreation every day. VOLUNTEER ASA is currently seeking volunteers! Do you ski or snowboard in the winter? Would you like to help us run rafting, canoeing, kayaking, or cycling trips during the summer? We need you! Most people volunteer to help others, but our volunteers quickly realize their own lives are being enhanced. Get involved to change a life, althought, it might just be your own! WAYS TO SUPPORT ASA Support ASA with a monthly or one-time gift, donating outdoor gear, and more. Your business can also sponsor ASA to help us create a lifelong impact. Every donation counts! See our website for more ways that you can support or donate. PARTICIPATE Take part in our year-round sports and recreational programming for people with cognitive and physical disabilities in a supportive and fun way. Throughout the winter, we provide adaptive ski and snowboard lessons. In the summer, we offer white-water rafting, flatwater canoeing and kayaking, and biking.Our participants are from all age groups and backgrounds. If you are a veteran, be sure to ask us about our Veterans Outdoors programs!

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Southwest Safehouse Durango Community Shelter Veteran Services The Home Again Partnership Cedar View & Miremonte Apartments For over 30 years Volunteers of America has responded to the needs of the most vulnerable in our community, serving over 400 people annually. We offer seven programs in Southwest Colorado, serving survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes, families and individuals recovering from homelessness, Veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and seniors. These programs are made possible by the generous volunteers and donors in our community.

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Making a difference

... In Global Vaccine Distribution COVID vaccination efforts in developing countries have been greatly enhanced by a grass-roots network of thousands of professional and volunteer health workers organized by Rotary to quickly and effectively distribute vaccines in both urban and rural areas. This far-reaching Rotary vaccination network was already in place when COVID appeared. The network was built by Rotary over decades, in partnership with prominent global health organizations and funders, originally for the purpose of administering oral polio vaccines to children in developing countries (shown in photo). During the COVID pandemic, the Rotary vaccine network has proven invaluable for distribution of COVID vaccines in developing countries. Normal Meetings are as shown below. Due to COVID, call ahead for possible changes to meeting time or place.

Rotary Club of Durango (970) 946-4856 Tuesdays 6:00 PM Strater Hotel

Rotary Club of Durango Daybreak (970) 749-1437 Wednesdays 6:45 AM The Powerhouse Science Center

Rotary Club of Durango High Noon (970) 589-5665 Thursdays 11:45 AM Durango Elks Lodge

Rotary Club of Pine River Valley (Bayfield) (970) 567-6774 st nd, 1 , 2 & 3rd Wednesdays Noon Tequila’s in Bayfield

Rotary Club of Cortez (970) 739-0077 2nd and 4th Mondays Noon Cortez City Hall

Rotary Club of Dolores (970) 799-7808 Tuesdays 6:30 AM Ponderosa Restaurant

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