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This summer was long and difficult for Colorado Springs and the state as a whole: There were droughts, fires, floods and budget cuts — and needs soared. “Two years in a row with major catastrophes in these areas, losing lots and lots of homes … it’s a lot to respond to,” said Larry Yonker, chief… Continue Reading Nonprofits try to put ‘summer slump’ behind them

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Manitou Springs starts business recovery fund

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Manitou Springs is seeking to recover after recent floods from the Waldo Canyon burn scar left businesses and residents digging out from mud and dealing with water damage. The community has established the Manitou Emergency and Recovery Fund through the Pikes Peak Community Foundation to support emergency relief, as well as short-term and long-term recovery… Continue Reading Manitou Springs starts business recovery fund

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Nonprofits build local influence

Compassion International helps feed kids around the globe; the U.S. Olympic Committee oversees the nation’s Olympic and Paralympic movement; and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services provides health care and hospitalization to people around the state. And all three are part of something bigger — a group of about 2,000 local nonprofits (including about 800 churches) that… Continue Reading Nonprofits build local influence

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JA board approves Westside building purchase

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JA board approves Westside building purchase

The organization’s board voted 39-2 this week in favor of purchasing the buildings at 2310 and 2320 W. Colorado Ave. for about $600,000 from Discover Goodwill. JA of Southern Colorado is in its first phase of a capital campaign to raise $3.9 million to create its “Biztown” and “Finance Park,” a sprawling, interactive financial-education center… Continue Reading JA board approves Westside building purchase

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Rohlena, Catholic Charities focus on poor

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Rohlena, Catholic Charities focus on poor

As president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, Mark Rohlena is responsible for the organization that seeks to help the region’s poorest people. Based at the western edge of downtown at Platte and Cascade avenues, Rohlena leads the umbrella organization for several efforts to assist the unfortunate, though he says those people are… Continue Reading Rohlena, Catholic Charities focus on poor

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Marian House seeks donations

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The Marian House Soup Kitchen, part of Catholic Charities, is asking for donations of beef, especially hamburger. The soup kitchen, which serves more than 600 meals a day to people who are the working poor, elderly, disabled and homeless, cannot get the meat through it’s normal supply chain. The soup kitchen is looking for professionally… Continue Reading Marian House seeks donations

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Discover Goodwill needs help from local residents to assist families recovering from devastating losses in the Black Forest fire. The nonprofit expanded its emergency voucher services to include furniture and other household items, and is facing high demand for couches, chairs, tables, kitchenware and other common household items lost as a result of the fire.… Continue Reading Discover Goodwill seeks donations for fire victims

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In the aftermath of the Black Forest Fire, the Long-Term Recovery Group, which was formed as a result of last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire, has transitioned to a Permanent Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster. Persons and organizations wanting to become part of the permanent disaster relief effort are invited to a planning meeting July 16… Continue Reading Region creates permanent group to cope with disasters

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Blue Star Recycling receives pay-it-forward loan to expand

Blue Star Recyclers  received a social enterprise loan from the Beanstalk Foundation to expand its electronics recycling capabilities, just as a new law makes it illegal to dispose of electronic waste in Colorado landfills. The $53,000 loan will fund a new program director position that will allow Blue Star Recyclers to extend its reach beyond… Continue Reading Blue Star Recycling receives pay-it-forward loan to expand

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Inside Out searches for new executive director

Executive Director Shawna Kemppainen will be leaving Inside Out Youth Services, a nonprofit focused on advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender teenagers in the Springs. Kemppainen will be taking another role for at-risk youth, but no announcement has been made about her new position. She worked at Inside Out for three years. The board… Continue Reading Inside Out searches for new executive director

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