Archive for the ‘Stories of Impact’ Category

The Nuts and Bolts of Building Community

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Charlie Andrews

Habitat for Humanity of Eagle County brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope through construction of simple, decent, affordable homes. In Eagle County, the average cost of home ownership is $450,000 compared to the state average of $236,000. The area’s high cost of living is a significant challenge for the majority of Eagle County residents, especially those working in the service sector. Currently, 31% of Eagle County residents spend more than half of their monthly income on housing.

Habitat for Humanity of Eagle County does an extraordinary job leveraging local resources to drive down the cost of the homes. For example, not far away from many of Habitat’s constructed homes in Gypsum is the local drywall plant, a main producer of drywall for much of the United States. Habitat has built a relationship with the  plant to claim drywall that could not be sold to the general public. As a result, Habitat has built the majority of their homes without having to purchase drywall, freeing up resources for additional projects.


Rocky Mountain PBS: Lifelong Learning for All

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Garrett Mayberry


A journey into outer space. A front row concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. A lesson in empathy taught by a giant, yellow bird. These opportunities are not only unique and transformative, but accessible for all Coloradans due to the efforts of Rocky Mountain PBS.

For nearly sixty years, Rocky Mountain PBS has provided Colorado with quality public television programming and a connection to the world bigger than themselves—a source for current events, entertainment, culture, and travel. Given that children spend an average of 30 hours per week in front of a screen, PBS is also one of the most influential learning tools for children in Colorado. Without Rocky Mountain PBS, how else would Colorado kids know having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card? The positive impact of educational television on our state’s future generations is significant, and thanks to Rocky Mountain PBS, over 900,000 Coloradans are able to access quality programming every week. (more…)

Summit Community Care Clinic

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Over the course of the last two years, Summit County has seen an alarming increase in the number of children reporting thoughts of suicide. Proactive and preventative behavioral health services are needed more than ever to assist medically underserved children. As the only safety-net health care provider in Summit County, Summit Community Care Clinic (SCCC) works to offer exceptional patient- centered health services while simultaneously keeping patient cost low. The integrated care model developed by SCCC effectively screens for suicide and mental health risk factors, connecting children in need to professional, quality, and affordable help. (more…)

College Readiness and Success Program

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

In 2011 when Alyssa Young’s school counselor recommended the College Readiness and Success Program (CRSP), neither she nor her mother, Michelle, had ever considered higher education an option. With no knowledge of financial aid opportunities, they believed the financial burden too great to overcome. With the help of CRSP and  ambassadors from the Emerging Leadership Development Program, Alyssa and Michelle quickly learned about flexible community college courses and financial aid opportunities. (more…)

Stories of Impact: Westside CARES

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Joanna French

Westside CARES proves that it takes the generosity and commitment from the community to assist our residents in need. Through the partnership of 21 member churches on the west side of Colorado Springs, many individuals and families receive the emergency assistance and support necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. (more…)

Stories of Impact: Youth Find a Home at Urban Peak

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014


Attempting to rise out of homelessness while simultaneously negotiating the responsibilities of adulthood can be immensely challenging. Youth experiencing homelessness face significant obstacles. Without Urban Peak Colorado Springs, many of these youth would not have the services and support necessary to find stable housing and realize their full potential. (more…)

Stories of Impact: The Waldo Canyon Fire Assistance Fund

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

The Waldo Canyon Fire began June 23, 2012 and was one of the most devastating fires in Colorado’s History.  It took two lives, destroyed more than 246 homes, and affected countless others.  Its impact on the surrounding community was immense, and its severity resonated nationally.  Local nonprofits, public departments, and individuals stepped up in its wake to mitigate what they could, but no one could have anticipated the resources demanded by fire recovery. (more…)

Stories of Impact: La Veta Fire Protection District

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

During the spring of 2013, La Veta Fire Protection Chief David DeTray asked the district’s board of directors for permission to pursue an El Pomar Foundation Wild Land Fire Fund grant. Before his organization could apply for funding, the volunteer fire district 15 miles west of Walsenburg caught fire. (more…)

Stories of Impact: Centro de la Familia

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014


Joanna French

Moving to a new community can be overwhelming for any individual. For those who are simultaneously struggling to learn English, adapt to the cultural norms of the United States, perhaps escape domestic violence, and become better parents, Centro de la Familia is there to help. (more…)

Stories of Impact: Angel Baskets

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Joanna French

For many outsiders, Telluride brings to mind luxurious ski homes and five star restaurants.  Yet, the reality for many people is far less glamorous.  For many families struggling with poverty, Angel Baskets can provide a helping hand and a step towards self-sufficiency.