Kudos – August 2, 2013

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Early Connections Learning Centers earns $151,000 grant

Early Connections Learning Centers has been awarded a $151,240 two-year grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to support a new behavioral health initiative.

The grant will fund a behavioral health program designed to promote the healthy social and emotional development of children.

“Parents are struggling to meet the basic needs of their families,” said Early Connections President and CEO Diane Price. “The resulting turmoil is playing out in our classrooms as our teachers are challenged with caring for increasing numbers of children exhibiting difficult behaviors.”

The grant will be used to provide training and support to teachers, staff and parents and fund an on-staff licensed clinical social worker to work individually with children and families.

Corner Store gets $58,000 for fire victims

During the past four weeks, the Corner Store chain has raised more than $58,000 for the people whose lives and homes were devastated by the Black Forest fire.

Contributions came from customers at 155 Colorado Corner stores, team managers and a matching pledge from CST Brands, Corner Store’s parent company. Proceeds will go to American Red Cross Colorado Disaster Relief fund.

Palmer Land Trust gives Hecox its lifetime achievement award

Walt Hecox, a professor of economic at Colorado College and the project director of the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project, received the lifetime achievement in conservation award from The Palmer Land Trust. The award will be presented in October in Colorado Springs.

Laughlin receives Rotary award

Bill Laughlin received the William L. Smith Outstanding Rotarian of the Year award for 2012-2013 from the North Colorado Springs Rotary Club. He has been an active member of the club since 2003 and was honored for his steady, consistent involvement in the club’s community service activities.

Pikes Peak Community Foundation helps Black Forest recovery effort

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation presented a check to the Rocky Mountain Field Institute for $46,100 to mobilize a youth corps that will help rehabilitate the burn scar from the Black Forest fire.

The foundation received a total of $300,000 for its emergency relief fund, and selected RMFI to aid part of the recovery efforts.

“As need shifts from immediate aid to recovery and restoration, so, too, does the focus of the foundation,” says Michael Hannigan, CEO of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. “That’s why it’s so important that our grant dollars go to groups like RMFI — which will continue their involvement with restoration efforts years after the disaster has happened.”

Black Forest Regional Park, owned and managed by El Paso County, is now seeing flooding, ash flows and impacts to infrastructure due to the burned landscape. It will be the focus of the recovery efforts.

“Rocky Mountain Field Institute is very grateful to receive fire restoration funding for the Black Forest Burn from the Pikes Peak Community Foundation,” says RMFI Executive Director Rebecca Jewett. “This funding will be used to employ youth and engage community volunteers in the rehabilitation and landscape stabilization of the burn scar in Black Forest Regional Park. This work will serve to mitigate flooding and soil erosion, as well as jump-start vegetation re-growth in the park.”