2021 Nonprofit Guide

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Parachute to Aspen Non-Profit Giving Guide

www.ColoradoGives.org/MountainWestGives


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Thank You for Supporting Local Non-Profits In 2019 seven nonprofit entities based in the Roaring Fork Valley joined together to grow and market Colorado Gives Day throughout the region. This year the membership has grown to over 40 nonprofits from Parachute to Aspen that are committed to improve the lives of people who live and work in our communities. Our coalition of nonprofits has launched a regional campaign called Mountain West Gives to strengthen local participation in the statewide Colorado Gives Day effort. Colorado Gives Day is hosted by Community First Foundation and powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round website featuring more than 1,800 nonprofits, statewide. ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online. With generous support from The Sopris Sun, FirstBank of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County Board of County Commissioners, and we are partnering with the Community First Foundation to encourage philanthropy in Garfield, Pitkin, and Western Eagle Counties. Colorado Gives Day is more than just a day- it’s a movement! So don’t forget to give where you live on Colorado Gives Day, December 7, 2021

2019 Mountain West Gives – Regional Champion Committee

Mary Cloud, River Bridge Regional Center

Todd Chamberlin - The Sopris Sun

Michaele Idhammar, Aspen Youth Center

Andrew Reed, FirstBank of Glenwood Springs

Beth Wysong, Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment

To see all members of Mountain West Gives scan this QR Code:


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MEMBER DIRECTORY Page

4 Access AfterSchool 4 Advocate Safehouse Project 5 Alpine Legal Services 5 Anderson Ranch Arts Center 6 Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment 6 Asendigo 7 Aspen Center for Environmental Studies 7 Aspen Historical 8 Aspen Thrift Shop 8 Aspen Valley Hospital 9 Aspen Youth Center 9 Buddy Program 10 CASA of the Ninth 10 Challenge America 11 CLEER 11 Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) 12 Colorado Mountain College 12 Coventure 13 EcoFlight 13 English in Action 16 Family Visitor Program 16 Focused Kids 17 Independence Pass Foundation 17 LIFT-UP Promotional Concepts 18 Literacy Outreach 18 Mind Springs 19 Pregnancy Resource Center 19 Raising a Reader 20 Response 20 Rifle Animal Shelter 21 River Bridge Regional Center 21 River Center New Castle 22 Roaring Fork Conservancy 22 Roaring Fork Education Foundation 23 Silt Historic Society 23 The Sopris Sun 24 Third Street Center 24 Valley View Hospital 25 VOICES 25 Youth Entity 26 YouthZone


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CONTACT PO Box 819 Carbondale, CO 81623 970-281-5437 info@AccessAfterSchool.org www.accessafterschool.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Deb Rice YEAR ESTABLISHED 2003 MISSION STATEMENT Access AfterSchool provides opportunities for all students to further develop academic, social and physical skills in a safe and healthy environment within extended day programs and beyond.

Access AfterSchool (Access) provides affordable afterschool and summer enrichment programs to youth aged 6–14 from Basalt to Rifle. Students learn new skills, become confident, and develop new pathways to learning, self-discovery and achievement. Programs aim to provide opportunities for all students to: • Develop the life skills they need to succeed now and in the future, • Be socially/emotionally healthy and confidently contributing to their community, • Have opportunities to build positive relationships with adult mentors and peers, and, • Be ready for college and career success. Access works with students during a critical time of day, at a significant point in their lives. Research suggests during this time, juvenile violent crime rates triple, and youth are most likely to be in or cause a car crash, and engage in substance abuse and high-risk sexual behavior. Preventative initiatives, like Access’ programs offer youth the opportunity to engage in healthy, active and enriching programs that keep them safe, connected to their peers and to their community. Over the past 9 years Access has served 14,876 students, hired 1,673 instructors and provided 1,694 classes. Your support would continue to help us enrich the lives of youth, support working families, and build healthy communities! www.coloradogives.org/AccessAfterSchool

CONTACT PO Box 2036 Glenwood Springs, CO 81602 970-945-2632 julie@advocatesafehouse.org www.advocatesafehouse.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Julie Olson YEAR ESTABLISHED 1987 MISSION STATEMENT Advocate Safehouse Project’s mission is to promote healthy relationships free from violence through education, advocacy, empowerment and safehousing.

At Advocate Safehouse Project we believe each person in Garfield County deserves a healthy relationship free from violence. Every day we support the healing of domestic and/or sexual violence survivors as they transition from a life of fear to one filled with peace, confidence, and hope. Your financial support is allowing us to continue our crucial work in 2019 to: • Empower more than 500 survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence to move forward through our free, confidential, and bilingual (English-Spanish) services. • Educate the community about violence in the home, consent, and healthy relationships. • Provide a 24-Hour Help Line. • Provide safe housing to survivors … we are the only residential shelter in Garfield County & the Roaring Fork Valley. • Provide free English-speaking and Spanish-speaking support groups with free childcare. • Facilitate the Garfield County Domestic Violence Coalition which works to hold domestic violence offenders accountable, keep survivors safe, and identify gaps in our community. With our sincere thanks to you for helping to make it ALL possible. Your support is very important for us to continue providing safe, confidential and quality services the survivors we work with need and deserve. Everyone deserves a safe and healthy home. Help us make it possible! www.coloradogives.org/AdvocateSafehouseProject


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CONTACT 109 8th Street Suite 304 P.O. Box 1890 Glenwood Springs, CO 81602 970-920-3032 jennifer@alpinelegalservices.org www.alpinelegalservices.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Jennifer Wherry YEAR ESTABLISHED 1987 MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Alpine Legal Services is to ensure access to justice by providing and coordinating quality legal services that protect and advance fundamental legal rights.

Alpine Legal Services was founded to address the legal needs of low-income, victims, seniors and atrisk youth who could not afford attorney representation to protect their basic needs; adequate food, housing, unlawful debt collection, freedom from domestic violence, protection of senior and at-risk youth rights. For more than ten years, Alpine Legal Services has offered an invaluable service to our community. In 2004, Roaring Fork Legal Services merged with Garfield Legal Services to form Alpine Legal Services, Inc. Alpine has offices in Aspen, Glenwood Springs, and intake hours in Rifle. We serve Garfield, Pitkin and Western Eagle counties. The merger increased our ability to provide legal assistance by combining the strengths of both organizations. In the past, Garfield Legal Services focused on education, clinics, referrals, providing legal information and assistance with court forms. Roaring Fork Legal Services concentrated on giving advice and providing in court representation. The merger allowed us to utilize the expertise of each organization and expand our services to our client community. Alpine Legal Services is a small innovative organization that is meeting the challenges of providing legal services to an increasing amount of eligible clients. We have many collaborations and programs. www.coloradogives.org/AlpineLegalServices

CONTACT Post Office Box 5598 Snowmass Village, CO 81515 970-923-3181 mevans@andersonranch.org https://www.andersonranch.org PRESIDENT/CEO Peter Waanders YEAR ESTABLISHED 1974 MISSION STATEMENT Anderson Ranch Arts Center enriches lives with art, inspiration and community.

Founded on one of the seven original working ranches in Snowmass Village, CO., Anderson Ranch Arts Center began as a grassroots, artist-run collaborative, where artists came together to make art and teach. More than just a place for arts education, Anderson Ranch was also about community, a community where individuals were safe to discover, learn and grow. Over time, as the community grew, the Ranch began to invest in facilities, equipment and staff, gradually evolving into the world-renowned leader in contemporary arts education and dialog that it is today. Now in its 52nd year of operation, Anderson Ranch offers a robust cycle of year-round programming ranging from art-making workshops, artist residencies, visiting artist projects and community outreach, to public artist lectures and seminars on contemporary art topics. Workshops and instruction are offered in ceramics, sculpture, photography and new media, furniture design and woodworking, painting, drawing, printmaking and digital fabrication. Both an international art center and a close-knit community, Anderson Ranch welcomes adults, children and teens – from beginners to the leading artists of our time. www.coloradogives.org/AndersonRanchArtsCenter


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CONTACT P.O. Box 1945 Carbondale, CO 81623 970-963-0139 x7 beth@azyep.org azyep.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Beth Wysong YEAR ESTABLISHED 2001 MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to empower young people to express themselves, build self-esteem and develop leadership skills through community broadcasting.

The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program (AZYEP) believes youth have an important voice and the community deserves a chance to listen. We partner with KDNK Carbondale Community Access Radio to offer opportunities in community broadcasting through four programs: weekly live music shows, youth news, classroom collaborations and peer mentoring. AZYEP provides an inclusive, safe space for students ages 8 to 18 to discover their voice. AZYEP participants not only use their voice and have fun on the radio, they build upon skills that transfer into life. Students report that being on the radio helps them become more comfortable speaking both in public and with their peers; they feel more confident expressing their opinions and asking questions. Students also believe that youth radio supports them in understanding the perspectives of other people, assists them to reach their goals and helps them stay calm and problem solve. Students feel more connected to the larger community by being on the radio. In turn, AZYEP provides listeners insight into youth culture. For more information about the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program and the low cost programs we provide, visit azyep.org or contact beth@azyep.org. www.coloradogives.org/AndyZancaYouthEmpowermentProgram

CONTACT 818 Industry Place, Ste A Carbondale, CO 81623 970.927.3143 info@ascendigo.org CEO Dan Richardson YEAR ESTABLISHED 2004 MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to elevate the spectrum by empowering people, inspiring lives and shattering expectations.

The mission of Ascendigo is to to elevate the spectrum by empowering people, inspiring lives, and shattering expectations! Ascendigo provides best-in-class recreational, behavioral, and educational supports with:

• Recreational therapy through summer camps, ski and snowboard school, and weekend adventures • Behavior, speech and occupational therapies for local children • Family, community, and professional training • Residential living and employment assistance for adults with autism

With the help of a generous community, we will continue to elevate the spectrum! www.coloradogives.org/AscendigoAutismServices


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CONTACT 100 Puppy Smith Street Aspen, CO 81611 970-925-5756 aces@aspennature.org www.aspennature.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Chris Lane YEAR ESTABLISHED 1968 MISSION STATEMENT Educating for Environmental Responsibility

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is a non-profit environmental science education organization with four locations in the Roaring Fork Valley. Our focuses are environmental science education, sustainable agriculture, and forest health and restoration. ACES has expanded its environmental education reach to schools from Aspen to Rifle, partnering with more than 60 schools to provide education programs in the classroom and field. In addition to science education, ACES also focuses on sustainable food systems and regenerative agriculture, forest health, habitat restoration, and connecting adults and children to nature. In the next 50 years, we will continue to build a community of ecologically literate citizens, aiming to be a beacon of science-based environmental leadership and education for all ages, creating a deeper connection between humans and the natural world. www.coloradogives.org/aspennature

CONTACT 620 W. Bleeker St. Aspen , CO 81611 970-925-3721 marketing@aspenhistory.org www.aspenhistory.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Kelly Murphy YEAR ESTABLISHED 1963 MISSION STATEMENT Aspen Historical Society enriches the community through preserving and communicating our remarkable history.

Aspen Historical Society (AHS) actively preserves and passionately presents local history in an inspired and provocative manner that will continue to anchor our community and its evolving character. AHS maintains one of the largest public archives in the region, with a portion of the collection available online as a free resource as well as over 20,000 images available for purchase. AHS operates four historic sites, your museums and ghost towns: the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and the ghost towns of Independence and Ashcroft. From interpretive storytelling to museum theater, AHS utilizes industry-leading strategies to provide creative and fun ways for participants of all ages to learn about area history. Locals and visitors of all ages are invited to explore the history of the Aspen/Snowmass area with guided tours, programs, and community events offered year-round. Tours (on foot, by jeep and electric vehicle) include everything from historic pubs and Aspen’s Victorian West End neighborhood to the Hotel Jerome, Wheeler Opera House, Red Butte Cemetery, ski resorts, and more. AHS also provides free history education in partnership with local schools from Aspen to Marble to Grand Junction to Eagle, including field programs at historic sites and in-classroom lessons. www.coloradogives.org/historyaspen


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CONTACT PO BOX 126 Aspen, CO 81612 970-925-3121 info@aspenthriftshop.org aspenthriftshop.org CO-PRESIDENTS Shauna Young Margie Throm YEAR ESTABLISHED 1949 MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Aspen Thrift Shop is to sell donated goods at affordable prices, to make grants to other non-profit organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley, and to provide scholarships to Roaring Fork Valley area high school graduates.

The all-Volunteer Aspen Thrift Shop makes grants totaling over $600,000 annually in the areas of the Arts, Community, Education, Environment and Youth Activities. In addition, we provide college scholarships to high school graduates who represent the Thrift Shop spirit. Aspen Thrift Shop was started in 1949, to help the old “citizens hospital” which was in a Victorian home at the base of Red Mountain. The attic was remodeled to provide housing for 2 or 3 nurses. When the hospital hired several more nurses, the Aspen Thrift Shop helped pay their salaries. Next, the Aspen Thrift Shop helped the Red Brick School which now houses the Red Brick Center for the Arts. Initially we were instrumental in starting the first kindergarten and the first hot lunch program for the school. For many years we supported only the hospital and the school but eventually we began to support the Aspen Ski Club and other non-profits. We now support over 120 non-profits throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. www.coloradogives.org/AspenThriftShop

CONTACT 0401 Castle Creek Road Aspen, CO 81611 970-544-1302 avhf@aspenhospital.org supportaspenvalleyhospital.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Deborah Breen YEAR ESTABLISHED 2012 MISSION STATEMENT To raise and manage philanthropic support for the current and future needs of Aspen Valley Hospital.

Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation’s mission is to raise and manage philanthropic support for Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH). AVH is a 25-bed community hospital that represents the best of two worlds - the warmth and friendliness of a small town and the technical expertise of a major medical center. www.coloradogives.org/supportaspenvalleyhospital


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CONTACT PO Box 8266 Aspen, CO 81612 970-544-4130 michaela@aspenyouthcenter.org www.aspenyouthcenter.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Michaela Idhammar-Ketpura YEAR ESTABLISHED 1989 MISSION STATEMENT Aspen Youth Center is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive place for youth to connect, learn, and grow. We achieve this goal by offering free, after school and all day summer programs to youth in grades 4 - 12.

Aspen Youth Center is dedicated to providing a safe & supportive place where kids connect, learn and grow during their out of school hours, for free! We are the only FREE after-school & all day summer program in our community. Your gift will ensure we can remain FOREVER FREE. Our programs are critical for families in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. Your donation will provide materials for clubs, food for Friday lunches, and assistance with operating costs. Donate today! www.coloradogives.org/aspenyouthcenter

CONTACT 110 East Hallam Street Suite 125 Aspen, CO 81611 970-927-1001 info@buddyprogram.org www.buddyprogram.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Lindsay Lofaro YEAR ESTABLISHED 1989 MISSION STATEMENT The Buddy Program empowers youth through mentoring experiences in order to achieve their full potential.

Through our four youth mentoring programs, we work with 547 youth, 147 adult volunteers and 13 schools between Aspen – Carbondale and Rifle. In 2019 we received the Gold Mentor Colorado Badge, rating the Buddy Program’s program and services among the highest of quality in helping youth achieve positive outcomes and impactful mentoring experiences. The Buddy Program is one of only three mentoring organizations in Colorado to receive this award! Your contribution is important because all of our programs and services are offered for free to all the youth, volunteers and schools we serve. This is only made possible through your generous support! www.coloradogives.org/thebuddyprogram


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CONTACT PO Box 3004 Glenwood Springs, CO 80602 970-987-4332 casaoftheninth@gmail.com casaoftheninth.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Traci D. Gurley-Tomashosky YEAR ESTABLISHED 2011 MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to provide well-trained, court-appointed volunteer advocates to abused and neglected children in Colorado’s 9th Judicial District. The program’s vision is to support a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every child it serves.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) represent, among many things, stability. CASA volunteers fill a unique and unmet need for individualized attention for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. They are often the only consistency in cases that can last upwards of two years and sometimes longer. CASA volunteers are regular members of our community who receive in-depth, specialized training and are then appointed by a judge as an Officer of the Court. They focus on one youth or sibling group at a time and as a result, they bring a great depth of understanding and empathy to each case by getting to know the child and making recommendations to the court based on the best interests of the child. As a small non-profit, CASA of the Ninth relies on the support of caring people in our community as we give a voice to children who have been abused, neglected, or witnessed domestic violence in Pitkin, Garfield, and Rio Blanco counties. Monetary donations qualify for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit. www.coloradogives.org/CASAoftheNinth

CONTACT 207 Basalt Center Circle #104 Basalt, CO 81621 970-279-1323 info@challengeamerica.com EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dallas Blaney YEAR ESTABLISHED 2009 MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to connect service members, veterans and their families to resources and solutions that build community and give purpose to their lives.

At Challenge America - a 501(c)3 nonprofit - we have made it our mission to connect service members, veterans and their families to resources and solutions that build community and give purpose to their lives. From the beginning, we set out to challenge the status quo by designing and scaling innovative, evidence-based solutions to the needs of the military community - no matter where they live. By leveraging technology, creative arts and community solidarity, we are challenging America to think differently about how we serve our military. Working together, we can ensure that all veterans, service members, and their families have access to the community support and integrated resources they need to live the lives they earned and deserve. Now is the time. The challenges are great, but the possibilities are greater. www.coloradogives.org/ChallengeAmerica


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CONTACT P.O. Box 428 Carbondale, CO 81623 970-704-9200 ahlaird@cleanenergyeconomy.net www.cleanenergyeconomy.net EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Alice Laird YEAR ESTABLISHED 2003 MISSION STATEMENT CLEER is accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy in Colorado; growing and diversifying local economies while increasing energy independence and reducing our contribution to climate change.

CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region) is accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy in Colorado; growing and diversifying local economies while increasing energy independence and reducing our contribution to climate change. Our programs are helping communities, homes and businesses make significant progress on climate protection and creating a clean energy economy. Your contribution will make a big difference in helping us have an even greater impact! www.coloradogives.org/CLEER

CONTACT 2801 County Road 114 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-947-9173 info@coloradoanimalrescue.org www.coloradoanimalrescue.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Wes Boyd YEAR ESTABLISHED 1992 MISSION STATEMENT Practicing excellence in animal CARE, education, and advocacy to connect pets to their people.

Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.) is celebrating 29 years of service to the animals of Garfield County and the Roaring Fork Valley. Our mission, practicing excellence in animal care, education, and advocacy to connect pets to their people, guides our daily operation. Colorado Animal Rescue houses homeless pets and provides food, love, enrichment, and medical attention while we search for their forever homes. Our programs include spay/neuter vouchers for the public, canine training classes, senior housing visitation, youth education, a pet food bank, and the Thumper Fund for shelter medical care. Colorado Animal Rescue thrives on the support of our volunteers and donors. Over 60% of our annual operating budget comes in the form of in-kind donations and we invite over 175 volunteers to help us with our work each year. The staff and animals of Colorado Animal Rescue invite everyone to come visit the shelter. We are open Tuesday - Sunday at 2801 CR 114 in Glenwood Springs. To meet our adoptable pets and learn more about the shelter visit www.coloradoanimalrescue.org. www.coloradogives.org/ColoradoAnimalRescue


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CONTACT 802 Grand Avenue Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-947-8378 cmcfoundation@coloradomtn.edu cmcfoundation.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Kristin Heath Colon YEAR ESTABLISHED 1985 MISSION STATEMENT The Colorado Mountain College Foundation builds sustainable community support for the needs and strategic priorities of Colorado Mountain College and its students.

Education is transformative. Colorado Mountain College Foundation is in the business of changing lives. The CMC Foundation works in partnership with the college supporting CMC’s aspiration to be the premier and most inclusive, innovative institution of its kind. Your gift ensures that there will be resources to provide quality, higher education opportunities for students in our communities, today, tomorrow and in the future. Please make a gift today. www.coloradogives.org/ColoradoMountainCollegeFoundation

CONTACT 201 Main St, Carbondale, CO 81623 Email: info@coventure.io Phone: 970-510-0465 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Mike Lowe YEAR ESTABLISHED 2017 MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to empower rural communities to build sustainable businesses and ecosystems through tactical solutions and engagement.

COVENTURE was created as an answer to the economic challenges rural communities face. We’re proud to successfully build and manage a large public/private partnership providing local businesses and entrepreneurs with resources, capital and programming to help them grow their enterprises. www.coloradogives.org/COVENTURE


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CONTACT 307 L AABC Aspen, CO 81611 970-429-1110 Jane@ecoflight.org EcoFlight.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Bruce Gordon YEAR ESTABLISHED 2002 MISSION STATEMENT EcoFlight educates and advocates for the protection of remaining wild lands and wildlife habitat using small aircraft. The aerial perspective and our educational programs encourage an environmental stewardship ethic among citizens of all ages.

CONTACT P.O. Box 4856 Basalt, CO 81621 970-963-9200 info@englishinaction.org www.englishinaction.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Lara S. Beaulieau YEAR ESTABLISHED 1994 MISSION STATEMENT To build a stronger community and intercultural relationships through language development, personal empowerment and community engagement.

The aerial perspective and our educational programs encourage an environmental stewardship ethic among citizens of all ages. Flight has proven to be a catalyst that spurs action, creates advocacy, and instills commitment. EcoFlight works with over 300 partner organizations to bring the aerial perspective to conservation and public lands issues throughout the West. www.coloradogives.org/EcoFlight

English In Action was founded 25 years ago in response to a substantially increased immigrant population in our service area, western Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. Many of our immigrant community members feel isolated and vulnerable due to their lack of English communication skills. Our mission is to strengthen the quality of life for everyone in our community by helping adults learn to read, write and speak English and by building cross-cultural relationships. We do this through one-on-one and small group tutoring, weekly drop-in classes and specialized workshops designed to help students overcome obstacles to learning English. Our volunteer tutors are the lifeblood of our programs, who often cite wanting to “make a new friend” and “give back” as primary motivations for their involvement. As a result of our programs, our adult students more effectively manage their daily lives and become more engaged members of our community. While learning English is the foundation of our tutoring program, we are proud to report that our students and volunteer tutors often develop deep and enduring friendships. Breaking down cultural barriers is no small feat, but the benefits of nurturing a more integrated, harmonious community - one in which everyone has a voice - are immeasurable. www.coloradogives.org/EnglishinAction


Ensuring access to justice by providing quality legal services that uphold and advance fundamental legal rights. Please help us uphold the rule of law for vulnerable members of our community, from Parachute to Aspen. Donate online at www.alpinelegalservices.org or by mail: P.O. Box 1890, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602


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CONTACT 401 23rd Street, Ste.# 204 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-945-1234 x22 info@familyvisitor.org www.familyvisitor.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Andrew Romanoff YEAR ESTABLISHED 1983 MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to promote healthy families by providing education, advocacy and support services that strengthen and empower families, foster the optimum development of children, and prevent child abuse and neglect.

THERE IS A FAMILY VISITOR PROGRAM FOR EVERYONE! All parents, in the Aspen to Parachute region, have the opportunity to choose a program that meets their needs during pregnancy and up until the child is 3 years old. Services are free and it is easy to enroll by visiting www.familyvisitor.org. Visits are held in a location that is convenient for families. WHEN THE INTERNET, FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE NOT ENOUGH. Pregnant women and new parents are bombarded with information from the internet and social media, friends and family. A lot of the advice that parents are given is conflicting and confusing; It is hard to figure out what is best for the baby. Family Visitor Programs can help. TRUSTED ADVICE TAILORED TO THE NEEDS OF THE FAMILY! For the past 35 years, we have been providing parents with choices. Our highly trained staff provide encouragement and education by recognizing family strengths and sharing information, that parent’s want to know. Our programs help parents and their child grow together. We help parents build their confidence; teach them how to reduce stress, and how to maximize the joy of being parents. www.coloradogives.org/FamilyVisitorPrograms

CONTACT 970-379-5377 khegberg@focusedkids.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Kathy Hegberg YEAR ESTABLISHED 2013 MISSION STATEMENT The FocusedKids mission is to deliver a program that emphasizes the importance of safe relationships with children and provides engaging ways to learn about the brain and self-regulation. In addition, the goal is to prepare children for academic and life success using well-developed executive function skills.

OUR VALUES All people matter. The path to health equity is achieved by supporting all ethnicities. Offer a program that is available to anyone with little or no cost. WE HAVE THREE GOALS: Children learn the three parts of their brain, the role each plays, and how to be in charge of those parts, or to self-regulate. Children learn mindful calming and focusing techniques that will help them manage those parts of the brain responsible for feelings and behavior. Parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone working with young children learn the FocusedKids concepts and exercises, understand the concept of co-regulation, and make practice part of their daily routine with their children. OUR VISION All children and the adults in their lives are experiencing safe relationships, understanding how their brain works and how to be in charge of it, empowering them for academic and life success. www.coloradogives.org/FocusedKids


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CONTACT PO Box 1700 Aspen, CO 81612 970-274-9690 director@independencepass.org www.independencepass.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Karin Teague YEAR ESTABLISHED 1989 MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Independence Pass Foundation is to restore and protect the ecological, historical, and aesthetic integrity of the Independence Pass corridor and to encourage stewardship, safety, and appreciation of the Pass.

For 32 years the Independence Pass Foundation has been taking care of one of the country’s most magnificent alpine landscapes, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Working with local, state and federal agencies, other non-profits, and hundreds of volunteers, IPF develops and implements projects that maintain and enhance the ecology, beauty, and recreational opportunities available to people of all ages on the Pass. The Independence Pass Foundation is led by a fourteen-member volunteer board of directors and an executive director. Since its founding in 1989, IPF’s many donors, volunteers and contractors have continued to support us with their time, their expertise and their dollars. IPF is truly the beneficiary of the community’s caring for Independence Pass. We are honored to represent all who love the Pass in our everyday work. www.coloradogives.org/independencepass

CONTACT PO Box 1928 Rifle, CO 81650 970-285-0221 info@liftup.org liftup.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Ivan Jackson YEAR ESTABLISHED 1982 MISSION STATEMENT LIFT-UP is a non-profit dedicated to providing humanitarian essentials while creating a bridge to personal empowerment and self-reliance.

LIFT-UP’s name is an acronym derived from the words “Life-Inter-Faith-Team-On-Unemployment-Poverty.” Created in 1982, LIFT-UP is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3), dedicated to providing essential humanitarian assistance including: • Food Pantry Food assistance – once a month per family • Six pantries and one mobile pantry • USDA Commodities Government food assistance program - (residency in county & income verified to qualify) • Holiday Family Food Gift – one per family in December • Grocery Rescue – fresh produce and dairy for redistribution (270,000 pounds from Jan-Sept 2019) • Thrift Stores – Rifle & Parachute • Clothing Voucher (3 sets of clothes) - two times a year • Household Voucher - once a year • Prescriptions up to $100 – two visits per year per person • Bus Passes for verifiable job interviews or medical appointments – once per year, per family • Extended Table (Soup Kitchens) in Glenwood Springs and Rifle • Meal Monkey (Student Lunch program) in RE-2 school district on Fridays Hunger is a year-round challenge for many in our valley, from Aspen to De Beque. LIFT-UP’s dedicated staff, board and volunteers along with our donors, sponsors and generous community work together to provide humanitarian essentials while empowering many to a new start. www.coloradogives.org/LiftUp


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CONTACT 1127 School Street Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-945-5282 literacyoutreach@literacyoutreach.org www.literacyoutreach.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Martha Fredendall YEAR ESTABLISHED 2009 MISSION STATEMENT Literacy Outreach’s mission is to teach literacy skills.

Literacy Outreach believes that the ability to read is an essential element of an enriching and fulfilling life. Our high quality, community-based literacy programs empower adults to reach their full potential as individuals, employees, parents, and citizens throughout the communities in which they live. Adult literacy can change everything. Health. Gender equality. Poverty. Every important social issue is impacted by low literacy. When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives. Low literacy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment Literacy Outreach aids learners on their journey to gain basic literacy skills. Please donate today! www.coloradogives.org/LiteracyOutreach

CONTACT 2802 S. Grand Ave. Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-384-3042 PRESIDENT Roger Sheffield YEAR ESTABLISHED 2020 MISSION STATEMENT We need the philanthropic support of our communities and friends to meet the challenges of providing mental health and addiction services throughout our 10 county service areas, ultimately allowing us to achieve the mission: We Save Lives.

One in every four people experiences mental health and/or addiction challenges and many wrestle with both. From the Eisenhower Tunnel to the Utah border across our 10-county area, you can find outpatient therapy and counseling at numerous convenient Mind Springs Health locations. Mental health and addiction are sensitive subjects and we encourage you to learn more about the help available. It’s okay to reach out to us with any questions you may have. We treat a large scope of behavioral health care needs, from prevention services like Mental Health First Aid courses and our Positive Psychology/Resiliency program, to outpatient services and in-community services like school-based mental health initiatives. For those in need of psychiatric hospitalization, we are affiliated with West Springs Hospital, an inpatient facility located in Grand Junction treating patients from all of Colorado and beyond. The new, state-ofthe-art 63,000 square foot building opened in December 2018. www.coloradogives.org/MindSpringsHealth-MountainWest


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CONTACT 1131 Grand Avenue Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-945-5562 thepregnancycenter@gmail.com www.pregnancycolorado.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Sayer Whiting YEAR ESTABLISHED 1985 MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to help women navigate through both planned and unplanned pregnancies, empowering them and their partners to confidently explore their options and make informed choices regarding their pregnancy. The Pregnancy Resource Center is a faith-based organization.

The Glenwood Springs Pregnancy Resource Center offers free limited ultrasound for our clients between 8-16 weeks of pregnancy. For many of our clients this is an extremely exciting opportunity. We also recognize that many of our clients are not sure if they want to carry their pregnancy to term. An ultrasound will help you determine exactly how far along you are, and give you the information you need to make difficult decisions. It’s your choice, and we are here for you. www.coloradogives.org/PregnancyResourceCenter

CONTACT PO Box 2533 Glenwood Springs, CO 81602 970-230-9117 info@rar4kids.org www.rar4kids.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Suzanne Wheeler-Del Piccolo YEAR ESTABLISHED 2004

Raising A Reader provides over 1400+ children under the age of six with a weekly book bag and four age-appropriate books. Books are kept for a week, returned and then replaced with another four books.

MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to foster early literacy bonds between children and their parents to ensure that all young children from Aspen to Parachute develop a love of books and the skills to become successful readers.

Children participate through our partnership with 55 preschool classrooms and 25 kindergarten classrooms from Aspen to Parachute. For low-income families whose children do not attend preschool, our five weekly neighborhood outreach sessions (called Bolsitas Rojas) engage parents and children at libraries, schools, churches or other community centers. To ensure full and effective use of these weekly book bags, Raising A Reader facilitates over 50 group parent sessions each year to help families cultivate strong read-aloud and literacy development practices in their homes. Last year cumulative attendance at parent sessions exceeded 800. In the spring, Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute provides each group of children with an end-of-theyear field trip to their local library. Children receive the gift of a blue Raising A Reader library bag, their first library card, and the opportunity to check out books--many for the first time. www.coloradogives.org/RaisingAReaderAspentoParachute


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CONTACT 405 Castle Creek Rd, Suite 203 Aspen, CO 81611 970-920-5357 info@responsehelps.org www.responsehelps.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Shannon Meyer YEAR ESTABLISHED 1983 MISSION STATEMENT To support, educate, and empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

RESPONSE serves Pitkin and Western Eagle County. The only local agency providing: 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, legal and medical advocacy, assistance with protection orders and victim’s compensation, referrals for immigration assistance, education about domestic violence and sexual assault. www.coloradogives.org/Response

CONTACT PO Box 1375 Rifle, CO 81650 970-625-8808 info@rifleanimalshelter.org www.rifleanimalshelter.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Heather Mullen YEAR ESTABLISHED 2000 MISSION STATEMENT Rifle Animal Shelter provides shelter and care for homeless animals while encouraging responsible pet care and being a community resource for animal welfare.

Rifle Animal Shelter - soon to be Journey Home Animal Care Center - takes in and cares for over 1700 homeless animals seeking a chance at a forever home. RAS provides medical treatment and warm loving care until they find the home they have been longing for. RAS is dedicated to the community and community owned animals as well by offering a low cost spay/neuter/vaccine clinic to the valley and beyond. www.coloradogives.org/RifleAnimalShelter


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CONTACT 520 21st Street Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-945-5195 info@riverbridgerc.org www.riverbridgerc.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Blythe Chapman YEAR ESTABLISHED 2012 MISSION STATEMENT River Bridge Regional Center (RBRC) provides collaborative services to child abuse victims, their families and the community in a supportive environment through a child centered approach.

RBRC is a Child Advocacy Center serving child abuse victims and works closely with child protection and law enforcement to ensure that all child abuse victims are provided the necessary services to heal. We work hard to ensure that all professionals work together leading to the best possible outcomes. Give financially to RBRC and be sure that 100% of your donation goes directly towards serving children in our community. www.coloradogives.org/RiverBridgeRegionalCenter

CONTACT 126 N. 4th Street PO Box 272 New Castle, CO 81647 970-984-4333 info@rivercenternewcastle.org www.rivercenternewcastle.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Heather Paulson YEAR ESTABLISHED 2010 MISSION STATEMENT To identify and address unmet community needs with compassionate volunteerism.

The River Center meets the needs of New Castle and Silt residents needing a helping hand with financial assistance for basic needs. We have a community garden that provides fresh produce to River Center and Lift-Up families. Apple Tree and Heron’s Nest gardens will begin in 2020. We offer community classes such as nutrition, gardening, food preservation, finance, and parenting. Christmas gifts, winter coats, school supplies, and food through Totes of Hope and Meal Monkey help area children. Seniors luncheon is provided weekly including a presentation. Senior activities are coming in 2020. We are also the hub for volunteers in the New Castle and Silt areas. www.coloradogives.org/RiverCenterofNewCastle


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CONTACT PO Box 3349 Basalt, CO 81621 970-927-1290 info@roaringfork.org www.roaringfork.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Richard Lofaro Jr. YEAR ESTABLISHED 1996 MISSION STATEMENT To identify and address unmet community needs with compassionate volunteerism.

Since 1996, we’ve worked with professional associates and a strong network of community partners to fulfill our mission: To inspire people to explore, value and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed. We bring people together to: • Protect Our Rivers • Keep Water in our Local Streams • Monitor Water Quality • Preserve Riparian Habitat • Educate Future River Stewards We engage children and adults with hands-on, field based watershed exploration and education programs; conduct scientific studies addressing key water resource issues to provide a sound basis for land and water resource management decisions; manage one of the largest networks of water quality volunteers in the state; protect and manage multiple conservation easements in the watershed; and lead community projects and programs to enhance and protect the Valley’s water resources. Join us in Basalt at our River Center, Colorado’s first watershed-focused nonprofit facility or at one of our many events to experience your Roaring Fork Watershed! www.coloradogives.org/RoaringForkConservancy

CONTACT 400 Sopris Avenue Carbondale, CO 81623 970-384-6000 PreCollegiate EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR David Smith YEAR ESTABLISHED 2019 MISSION STATEMENT The Roaring Fork Schools Foundation (RFSF) is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing programs and services in the Roaring Fork School District (RFSD).

RFSF supports and enhances quality educational programs for students in the Roaring Fork Schools; complements the efforts of other community/education-based organizations to fill voids across Roaring Fork School District; and serves as a fiscal agent for Family Resource Center and Roaring Fork PreCollegiate as needed. www.coloradogives.org/RoaringForkSchoolsFoundation


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CONTACT 707 Orchard Ave. Silt, CO 81652 (970) 876-5801 silthistorical@yahoo.com EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Patti Peterson YEAR ESTABLISHED 1982 MISSION STATEMENT We believe awareness of the richness of this region’s cultural heritage and preserving the past provides the foundation upon which citizens can continue to build a successful community

The Silt Historical Society was organized in 1982, providing the groundwork for the Historical Park. The Garfield County School District donated seven town lots, and the Garfield Library Board donated the modular structure that is currently our entrance building. With these and other donations of buildings, artifacts, supplies, and volunteers’ time, the Park was born. Our goals include bringing together people interested in the history of the Silt area; collecting and preserving cultural and historical information and materials; and making these historical materials and information available to the public. www.coloradogives.org/silthistorical

CONTACT PO Box 399 Carbondale, CO 81623 todd@soprissun.com www.soprissun.com EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Todd Chamberlin EDITOR Raleigh Burleigh YEAR ESTABLISHED 2009 MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to inform, inspire and build community by fostering diverse and independent journalism.

The Sopris Sun launched thirteen years ago when the former local newspaper, The Valley Journal, was purchased and shut down by a large corporate media business. The Sopris Sun brings together people who live and work in this diverse area of the Western Slope; Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin and Gunnison Counties. The Sun reaches out beyond tourism and business to families, professionals, ranchers, laborers, educators and others who make this place their full-time or part-time home. A nonprofit, we are a trusted source of local news both in English and Spanish. In 2021 we introduced our new journalism program for area High School Students. Through this program students are mentored and learn the art and business of journalism. They also have their work published in The Sopris Sun and el Sol del Valle. We also launched el Sol del Valle, our Spanish language insert. Working in collaboration with various groups across the area, our Spanish insert has content created by native Spanish speakers. Often you can read the same article in English, which makes it a handy tool to practice the other language. We have continued to expand our program that provides free advertising to local nonprofits and struggling small businesses. www.coloradogives.org/TheSoprisSun


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CONTACT 520 South Third Street Carbondale, CO 81623 970-963-3221 director@thirdstreetcenter.net www.thirdstreetcenter.net EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Colin Laird YEAR ESTABLISHED 2009 MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Third Street Center is to promote community through a multi-tenant, mixed-use facility that models sustainability in its design and practice.

The Third Street Center is a multi-tenant, mixed-use facility, that models sustainability in its design and practice. Opened in 1967 as the Carbondale Elementary School, the building was renovated, repurposed and reopened in June, 2010. As an independent, self-supporting community center and regional hub, we are supported by rental revenue, individual donors, and private grants. By providing long-term, affordable rental space, the Center brings together a diverse collection of nearly three dozen nonprofit organizations, artists and small businesses under one roof, leveraging their unique strengths. It offers them opportunities to work together more closely, creatively and efficiently to develop solutions for common problems facing the region and their clients. In sharing a home, the non profits are encouraged to share skills, talents and resources, enabling them to more effectively pursue their missions. The organizations and events at Third Street Center touch almost every concern and good idea in the region. Your support of Third Street Center multiplies several times through a building and multiple organizations to create a better community, region, and world. www.coloradogives.org/ThirdStreetCenter

CONTACT 1906 Blake Avenue Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-384-6620 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Stacey Gavrell YEAR ESTABLISHED 1950 MISSION STATEMENT Thank you for your commitment to excellence in healthcare in our community. Your donation to Valley View helps to expand facilities, bring new technology and supports a patient-focused, healing environment. Together we demonstrate what strong, local healthcare means to our community.

Thank you for your commitment to excellence in healthcare in our community. Your donation to Valley View helps to expand facilities, bring new technology and supports a patient-focused, healing environment. Together we demonstrate what strong, local healthcare means to our community. www.coloradogives.org/ValleyViewHospitalAssociation


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CONTACT 520 S. Third St. #24A Carbondale, CO 81623 719-480-3024 renee@amplifyingvoices.org www.amplifyingvoices.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Renee Prince YEAR ESTABLISHED 2016 MISSION STATEMENT We amplify voices in our community through the arts. We give people a page, a stage, a canvas, a microphone to express who they are through the power of the creative process. Our projects build compassion, confidence, and connections and are designed alongside community partners, lasting an average of 6 weeks per project. In our first three years, our 13 teaching artists have spent 1,074 hours with 660 participants. We currently have projects to amplify Youth VOICES, Women’s VOICES, and VOICES of Latin America. Projects include dynamic writing projects in local middle schools, drumming projects for new immigrant students, original theater projects for youth and local women, puppetry projects, and summer expressive arts workshops for adult immigrants. Learn more at www.amplifyingvoices.org. www.coloradogives.org/VOICES/

CONTACT 572 Highway 133 PO Box 1989 Carbondale, CO 81623 970-963-4055 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Kirsten McDaniel YEAR ESTABLISHED 2002 MISSION STATEMENT To empower and prepare youth for successful futures through financial education and career readiness.

Youthentity’s goal is to equip each young person in the communities we serve with financial knowledge and relevant work experience through our financial education and career development programs. Our programs engage youth in a unique way to make them money smart and career ready. www.coloradogives.org/youthentity


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CONTACT 803 School Street Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-945-9300 info@youthzone.com www.youthzone.com EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Jami Hayes YEAR ESTABLISHED 1976 MISSION STATEMENT To provide opportunities for youth to be responsible, contributing members of society and work with their families and the community toward this end.

At YouthZone, we believe that providing outlets that carve avenues for youth to express, as well as connect their skills, interests, and emotions will change their outlook on what defines positive relationships. Rather than remaining an object of rebellion, local communities become something to engage, embrace, and a fuel for positive intergenerational connections for years to come. With time, and a little persistence, we believe that these types of positive youth development programs, such as YouthZone’s “seeking safety”, “wrap-around”, and one-on-one case management will further Connect our youth to healthier relationships and Grow the amount of positive directions available to them, all of which is made possible by the generosity of our donors. www.coloradogives.org/YouthZone


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Help Two or More Nonprofits with Your December Donation Donate to The Sopris Sun in December and we’ll give your favorite local charity an equal amount of free advertising space in The Sopris Sun in 2022. Choose to give a recurring donation and we will provide an equal amount of space each month for your favorite charity. Yes, you can choose a different charity each month, or let us choose one on your behalf! As with all ads in The Sopris Sun the nonprofit also receives complementary ad design and translation services for Spanish ads.

A win-win for all of us! Please donate today! $100 covers the cost of producing an article or front page photo

$500 covers the cost for a student in our Journalism Program

$1,000 covers the cost of producing el Sol del Valle for a week

$2,500 covers the cost of a semester for our High School Journalism Mentoring Program

$5,000 covers the cost of an issue of the Sopris Sun

$10,000 covers printing costs of the Sun for two months

The Sopris Sun is a 501c3 Nonprofit Community Newspaper A free press is a cornerstone to our Democracy. Our mission is to inform, inspire and build community by fostering diverse and independent journalism.

Thank you for your generous support! www.coloradogives.org/TheSoprisSun


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