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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Seniors, those with disabilities, welcomed to tour Bustang

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 2:10 PM

While many people of all walks of life are excited about the unveiling of the new Bustang interregional transit service, those who  lack other ways to get around the state may be the most delighted.

The bus, which is run by the state, will begin service on July 13. It will provide service between Colorado Springs and Denver, as well as to other cities, like Fort Collins and Glenwood Springs. Fare and ticket information is available here.  

Seniors and people with disabilities are invited to a presentation, Q&A, tour of the bus, and a short ride on the bus. The event will take place at the Independence Center, at 729 S. Tejon Street, on July 9 at both 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

Questions and concerns can be submitted at michele.martinson@state.co.us or csstone@theindependencecenter.org.


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Kids can get free lunch, breakfast over summer

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 10:22 AM

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Needy families often rely on free and reduced-price school lunches to keep their children's bellies full. 

When summer rolls around, those free meals go away, creating a major strain for families. Colorado Springs School District 11 wants to make sure no child goes hungry this summer. That's why it's once again providing free lunches and breakfasts to kids over summer break - no questions asked. 

There's plenty of locations to choose from this year, so many local kids should be able to access the program. Read on for all the relevant details: 
Colorado Springs School District 11 Summer Food Service Program

Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Children who aren't hungry learn better, act better and feel better. During the school year, more than 18 million children receive free and reduced-price meals at school. During the summer, that number drops to about three million. Summer food programs provide nutritious meals to children.

Colorado Springs School District 11 will again offer an “open” summer food service program for children 1-18 years of age.

The program will provide free breakfast and lunch during the summer at the locations, dates, and times shown below. Please note: All sites will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Please call District 11 Food and Nutrition Services, 520-2924, or go to http://www.d11.org/FNS/Pages/SummerMeals.aspx for more information.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Pueblo native's nonprofit seeks help in Nepal

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 11:22 AM

A few days ago, Mission Coffee Roasters sent out a newsletter in hopes of helping raise funds for a friend and client's nonprofit initiative in Nepal. 

That group is called Portal Bikes, and was co-founded by Pueblo native Caleb Spear. They were already working in Nepal on their bike development when the recent earthquake hit, and in response launched a new effort to construct smart shelters for families ahead of monsoon season. 

As the group explains, "These shelters cost just over $100, can be assembled in 30 minutes, and can be reused when a person builds a permanent home."

You can learn more about them and contribute toward both the bike and shelter missions on Portal Bikes' Indiegogo page



And here's a little more backstory and perspective from Mission Coffee Roasters:
Mission Coffee Roasters exists for the simple purpose of offering "really good coffee with a mission."

We roast and sell amazing fresh roasted coffee under our label, and the label of non-profits, businesses, churches, and schools for example: http://www.tcacoffee.com/) to donate profits to, and to help raise funding for good causes and good works locally and abroad for example: http://www.a21.org/ and http://www.compassion.com/.

Shelters are constructed with two open sides so residents can use other local materials to customize the enclosure to a family's specific needs. - COURTESY PORTAL BIKES
  • Courtesy Portal Bikes
  • Shelters are constructed with two open sides so residents can use other local materials to customize the enclosure to a family's specific needs.
Most of this we do quietly in the background while we focus on serving you and your organization delicious fresh roasted coffee (wholesale, office coffee service, fund raising, church cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, at Whole Foods, and retail at Mission).

But, we can't be quiet about this...

The monsoon season is coming in Nepal and we know personally a team from here in Pueblo, Colorado that is working in Nepal to provide for the people of Nepal...shelter and a way forward.

We first got involved with them over a year ago doing a custom labelled coffee to drive awareness for their bike powered agricultural grinder, farm equipment, and cargo bikes. And, like many of you, Mission Coffee Roasters donated cash right after the disaster to help in Nepal. At the time, we didn't know what help was needed, we just knew we had to do something.

The need in Nepal is now clear...

A few days ago, we got the email below from our friends at Portal explaining what is really happening in Nepal and how they are helping and how they could use some help to help more.

Portal's email and video explain how you can help them help Nepal if you feel led to do so.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Help a big wet cat out

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Serenity Springs Wildlife Center recently put out a call for financial assistance, due to all the recent rains. This is its appeal, followed by some photos I snapped back in 2012, during drier times:
First we must thank everyone for all your support. As you know our facility is a 501c3 Non-profit organization. We exist because of you. Our favorite saying is, "They are why we do it, You are how we do it!". The recent storms and abundance of rain although needed has caused many issues for us. The most recent being the poor turnout for our 1st Fundraiser of the year Family Fun Day. We have had the added expense of buying an Industrial pump because many of the enclosures were full of water and needed to be drained. Rental of additional equipment and manpower as well has put a huge dent in our budget. This also lead to higher electric bills as well. While tour numbers have been decreased. Once again we must ask for your assistance to make it through. We have ongoing medical bills as well due to the fact that we do not refuse a home to any animals in need. Several facilities pick and choose younger and healthier animals. We deny none of them. We have many that came to our facility when we first opened and are now quite old requiring additional care. We have to Fundraisers going on at this time that can be donated to. I have provided a link to make it easy, every little bit helps! You may also mail a check to SSWC PO Box 112, Calhan, CO 80808

Purrs, Chuffs, and Lions Songs,

Julie Walker
Director of Operations
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Give input on the Senior Center

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 5:20 PM

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  • Ethan Prater
If you're worried about the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region running the Colorado Springs Senior Center, then you may want to make it to the May 13 city meeting on the issue.

The city will present its transition plan at the public gathering and answer questions. The YMCA already runs all the city's pools, but the Senior Center was run by the Colorado Springs Housing Authority after the city decided it didn't have the funds to keep the doors open.

Now, the Housing Authority is in a similar situation and is handing the reigns for the center back to the city. But the city still isn't interested in funding the center itself, and thus asked for proposals from private companies and nonprofits to run it. The YMCA stepped up at that point.

REMINDER: City hosts second public meeting on future operations of Senior Center

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — The City of Colorado Springs will host a second public meeting regarding future operations of the Colorado Springs Senior Center on Wednesday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m.

The City identified the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region as a potential new operator for the Colorado Springs Senior Center after undergoing an official Request for Qualification process through the City’s Procurement Office to find a qualified operator.

City officials met with senior center users in March to receive feedback about current and future center operations. Since then, the City has been in coordination with the current operator, Colorado Springs Housing Authority, and the YMCA to evaluate input received from senior center users and stakeholders, and to gather additional information about senior center operations in order to ensure a smooth transition.

The City intends to enter into an operating agreement with the YMCA and will present its transition plan during a public meeting which will include a question/answer session.

Senior Center Public Meeting

May 13, 2015

1:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Senior Center

1514 North Hancock Avenue

Background:

The Colorado Springs Housing Authority took over operations of the Senior Center from the City in 2011 due to City budgetary constraints. The Housing Authority has notified the City that they cannot continue to operate the Center long-term with current revenues. Per the agreement with the Housing Authority executed in 2011, the City has the first right of refusal to take back operations. The City has been in a due diligence process to identify capital and operational needs and identify a qualified operator to ensure the long-term success and continuity of the Senior Center programs. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Loyalty through leather — fight the trade

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Early in 2014, the Indy ventured to India with local nonprofit Yobel International to report on a business training aimed partly at combatting the sex trade.
Purchasing a satchel bag is one way to aid the combatting of the sex trade in India. - THE LOYAL WORKSHOP
  • The Loyal Workshop
  • Purchasing a satchel bag is one way to aid the combatting of the sex trade in India.

We brought you this feature, "Trading Places." 

One source that was intentionally left out of that story was a couple named Sarah and Paul Beisly, who we did later introduce you to here, who are also working in Kolkata to liberate women from the trade via the sale of fair-trade craft items. 

Their business, The Loyal Workshop, finally, recently, launched with an "ethical leather goods store" featuring wallets, satchels and belts, currently. 

Shop there to support the company's mission or give them a like on Facebook to track their progress. 

You can also buy an "Advocate Wristband Pack" aimed at helping spread the word, which comes with several perks. 

Sarah and Paul Beisly, displaying a prototype in early 2014 in Kolkata. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Sarah and Paul Beisly, displaying a prototype in early 2014 in Kolkata.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: It's Women's History Month

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Women's History Month serves as a reminder of how far American women have come (we can vote) and how far we still have to go (we still don't make as much as men for the same work). 

It's also a time to celebrate heroes of the past, from Amelia Earhart to Susan B. Anthony to Harriet Tubman, and to recognize those who today continue to break down barriers. Learn a little bit about our local women's history (and present) at the upcoming HERSTORY & Women of Southern Colorado:


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Give! campaigns raise over $6 million nationwide

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

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Our beloved Indy Give! campaign — which this year raised over $1.5 million for 75 local nonprofits — is not alone in its effort to gather dozens of organizations each year for a collective fundraising effort. When you factor in the work of our friends at Willamette Week, Monterey County Weeklyand INDY Week in North Carolina, the combined effort netted over $6 million for more than 300 nonprofits this year. 

Here’s some background on the campaigns from April Corbin's story on altweeklies.com:

As part of their Give! campaigns, the papers publish a “Give! Guide” and host an online platform where people can seamlessly donate to one or several of the vetted nonprofit organizations. Sometimes, companies match individual dollar amounts. Depending on the publication, there can also be events or prize incentives to encourage donations—ticket giveaways, ice cream parties, even a raffled-off car.

Raising a ton of money is great, but that’s not all these campaigns are about. The efforts target young donors, under the age of 35. Claire Swinford, former associate director of Indy Give!, is quoted by Corbin as saying,”They don’t necessarily connect giving donations with their compassion for issues. We see our role as seeding the culture of giving.”

In all, Willamette Week’s 2014 campaign raised $3.1 million for organizations in Portland, Monterey County Weekly clocked $1.3 million in California, and North Carolina dished out $151,000 to INDY Week’s second annual effort.

The local Indy’s annual Give! campaign, which was born in 2009, begins Nov.1 and runs through the end of the year. Details on nonprofit application submissions for the 2015 campaign will be announced soon.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

NAACP's national president coming to the Springs

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 3:35 PM

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In the wake of a Jan. 6 bombing of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the organization's national president is coming to town.

The bombing caused minimal damage (the device did not fully detonate), but left the organization rattled. The FBI is still looking for a person of interest in the case. 

President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, who is also an attorney, will be in Colorado Springs from Jan. 23 through 25. Several events are planned. 

For more information about the events, keep reading:
NAACP National President To Visit Colorado Springs

In response to the explosion January 6 at the building housing the Colorado Springs Branch NAACP, Attorney Cornell William Brooks, President & Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and other members of the NAACP National Office staff, will travel to the city for three days of gatherings, meetings, and actions.

Please note these opportunities for NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State-Area Conference Members & Community Supporters:

8 PM Friday January 23, Welcome Reception, Special Guest: NAACP President & CEO Cornell William Brooks, the Mining Exchange Wyndham Grand Hotel, 8 S. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs 80903. Complimentary; RSVP required to StateConferenceSecretary.

Noon Saturday January 24, Unity Luncheon, First Quarter NAACP State Conference Meeting & Unit Training, with President Brooks (Keynote Speaker) and representatives of state civil rights organizations, Bemis Great Hall, Colorado College. Cost $10 payable at the door. RSVP StateConferenceSecretary.

11 AM Sunday January 25, Worship Service, New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 5485 Alegre Dr., Fountain, CO 80817. President Brooks, a fourth-generation ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the Sunday sermon. For more information, visit the NewJerusalem website.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Aubrey exits Bach's team

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 5:10 PM

UPDATE: This story has been updated to show the Gazette's salary citation pertained to Cindy Aubrey's city job, not her new position at United Way.

————————————————ORIGINAL POST JAN. 15, 2015 5:10 P.M.———————————————————
City Communications Director Cindy Aubrey is bailing from her job as Mayor Steve Bach's mouthpiece four months before Bach will leave office after serving one term. Bach isn't seeking re-election, and the communications director is a patronage appointment that the new mayor will be making, along with several 
Aubrey surveys damage during a media tour of the Mountain Shadows area that lost 347 homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012. - PAM ZUBECK
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  • Aubrey surveys damage during a media tour of the Mountain Shadows area that lost 347 homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012.
others.

Aubrey, former news director at KOAA-TV, has accepted a job at Pikes Peak United Way as senior vice president of marketing.

United Way didn't disclose her pay but the Gazette reported her annual salary at the city ranges would be from $103,000 to $130,000. She is being paid $114,127 a year at the city, which is 20 percent more than her starting salary when she was hired in July 2011 at $95,000.

Anyway, perhaps the marketing job is a better fit for Aubrey, who riled up journalists with her obstructionist ways, as we reported here and here. She also fired some good people, which we reported here.

But while she isn't a White Knight with journalists, Aubrey took care of her boss. She became a master at doling out press releases to promote and exalt Bach. To wit, repeated reminders of his Spirit of the Springs Awards, a tactic conjured by Bach and his staff to generate news releases and promotional appearances around town to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments of individuals and groups.

Here's part of the United Way's effusive announcement of Aubrey's hiring:
Aubrey is currently serving as Chief Communications Officer for the City of Colorado Springs, where she has been employed since July 2011. During her four-year tenure, she has been instrumental in the creation of the City’s crisis communication unit; revived the marketing efforts for the Airport; led the communications strategies during the Waldo Canyon Fire; oversaw the conversion of Springs TV to a digital format; and developed an effective community engagement program, which included town hall meetings, monthly media briefings, neighborhood gatherings and community forums in order to connect local
residents with important City issues on a timely basis.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Aubrey served as creative director for KXRM and later KOAA, where she assumed the position of news director from 2002-20011, accruing numerous local, regional and national awards.

“We at Pikes Peak United Way are extremely excited to have Cindy join our senior team, “ says [United Way president and CEO Jason] Wood. “Her expertise in media and marketing, combined with her passion for education, will bring much to Pikes Peak United as we embark on the action phase of our new Cradle to Career Initiative, which was introduced this year. I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Aubrey will assume her position at Pikes Peak United Way on February 2, working alongside Vicki Dimond until her retirement later this spring.
A city spokesperson says Aubrey will not be replaced until a new mayor takes office and that communications work will be handled by existing staff.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

UPDATE: Sketch released of bombing 'person of interest'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 4:44 PM

At a press conference Friday afternoon, law enforcement officials released a sketch of the "person of interest" in Tuesday's bombing:

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The man apparently was witnessed exiting a pickup truck with something in his hands, going behind the NAACP's building at 603 S. El Paso Blvd., and then returning to his truck empty-handed. As mentioned below, anyone with information regarding this person, or Tuesday's incident, should call the FBI's tip line at 303/435-7787.

————— POST FROM LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON —————

Here is the latest from the FBI:
On 01/06/2015 at approximately 10:45am MT, an improvised explosive device was detonated against the exterior wall of a building located at 603 South El Paso Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The building is occupied by Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios and the NAACP. A gasoline can had been placed adjacent to the device, however, the contents of the can did not ignite upon explosion. There were no deaths or injuries resulting from the explosion, and only minimal surface charring to the exterior wall of the building. FBI Denver, in conjunction with Colorado Springs Police Department, is on scene.

A potential person of interest in this investigation is a Caucasian male, approximately 40 years of age, and balding. He may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate.

If anyone has information regarding the above incident or individual, please call the FBI Denver tip line at (303) 435-7787. 
——-ORIGINAL POST, TUESDAY, 1:39 P.M.——-

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating an explosion at the local offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, located at 603 S. El Paso St.

Local police have directed all questions to the FBI, who could not immediately be reached. But Henry Allen, the president of the Colorado Springs branch, says he got a call from his staff around 11:15 a.m. saying there had been an explosion.

“It knocked a few things off the wall, but no one was injured thank God,” he says.

Allen explains that three staff members were in the building at the time. It was their first day back from a holiday break that begin Dec. 23. Allen says he's not sure if there had been any threats, since staff hadn't even listened to all the voicemail yet. But he's pretty sure that the attack was aimed at the NAACP because the only other business in the building is a barber shop run by an older man.

“What I’m getting right now from law enforcement is that some unknown person placed a pipe bomb at the rear of the building,” Allen says. 

Allen says members of the FBI, the Colorado Springs Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are on the scene investigating. He says he's eagerly awaiting more information, but he won't let the scare get in the way of the NAACP's mission. 

“We live in dangerous times,” he says.  “... Whatever comes, comes. I’m not afraid.” 

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

400 properties will soon be out of the floodplain

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Floods may still be a threat. - J. ADRIAN STANLEY
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The city is working on a plan to reclassify 400 properties so that they are no longer listed in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's floodplain.

The move would have taken place in the coming years anyway, as FEMA is updating its flood maps. But the city is working to expedite the process, meaning it will take just six to nine months. Once the change is official, the properties in question will no longer be required to carry flood insurance, and developing or expanding the properties will be much cheaper and easier. That's important because the city wants to help the Springs Rescue Mission build a homeless day center in the area. The property is currently in the floodplain.

Tim Mitros, city stormwater manager, says the shelter was the impetus for the city's actions. Initially, he says, the city was just hoping to bring Springs Rescue Mission out of the floodplain. But it quickly became clear that it wouldn't be much more trouble to target the entire reach of Fountain Creek from Manitou to the southern corporate limits near Circle Drive. 

Mitros says development in floodplains can be difficult or even impossible. A developer must get a special permit, hire an engineer, and be able to meet strict requirements. Flood insurance, particularly for commercial businesses, can also be prohibitively expensive. He notes that similar actions have been taken for Manitou Springs, as well as areas around Cheyenne Creek and Stratmoor Valley. 

Mitros says that some areas along Fountain Creek will remain in the floodplain — and that likely includes properties that have recently flooded. He feels that properties that are no longer in the floodplain can likely drop their insurance. 

But, he notes, "The risk is always there, let's just put it that way."

That's particularly true because the effects of the Waldo Canyon Fire are not considered in FEMA flood maps. The fire left barren hillsides that allow rainwater to shoot at high speeds into watersheds. That's greatly increased the chance of flooding. On the bright side, though, properties that are not in the floodplain should be able to buy cheaper flood insurance should they wish to carry it.

Here's the rest of the story from the city:

City to redraft FEMA floodplain map to eliminate flood insurance requirements for 400 properties and clear way for homeless day center construction

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The City of Colorado Springs is submitting a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) to redraft the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain map that would eliminate flood insurance requirements for 400 properties along the entire reach of Fountain Creek from Manitou to the southern corporate limits near Circle Drive (see attached map of current and proposed FEMA floodplain).

The reclassification of these properties will have a positive impact on redevelopment, including the Springs Rescue Mission. The Springs Rescue Mission owns property on west Las Vegas Street adjacent to Fountain Creek and was planning to expand its campus to serve area homeless with the understanding that FEMA was in the process of a map revision that would take the property out of the floodplain. However, the Springs Rescue Mission discovered that it would take several years for the maps to be officially adopted, making construction more difficult and expensive.

“Floodplain issues were holding up City investment in critical homeless services,” said Aimee Cox, Community Initiatives Manager for the City of Colorado Springs. In an effort to expedite the acceptance of the new mapping and move forward with construction of the day center, City staff convened with the Springs Rescue Mission and Keith Curtis, FEMA Regional Floodplain Manager and identified a strategy for revising the “official” floodplain maps to reduce the process timeline down to 6 to 9 months through a LOMR. This LOMR enables Springs Rescue Mission to move forward with additional land acquisition and planning to build a homeless day center.

“We have been working with the City and community leaders to address the needs for over a year; this is a major breakthrough. We are in the final stages of five-year strategic plan and site master plan that will address the critical service needs of our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. We appreciate the vision and leadership that the City has taken on this, and we look forward to making this long awaited Resource Center a reality,” says Larry Yonker, President and CEO of Springs Rescue Mission.

In addition to the Fountain Creek LOMR, LOMRs have been completed or are being processed for Manitou Springs, Stratmore [sic] Valley and Cheyenne Creek. In total, more than 1,000 properties will be positively impacted by the proposed map revisions due to the elimination of flood insurance requirements and gaining the ability to redevelop these properties which were not allowed this opportunity while located in a floodplain.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

End of an era at CASA

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 3:33 PM

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If there is a face of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Pikes Peak Region, it's Trudy Strewler Hodges.

The executive director has served in a leadership capacity at CASA since 1989, growing an organization that relies on trained volunteers to represent abused and neglected children in court. Anyone who has ever worked or volunteered for an organization that deals with trauma knows how emotionally draining it can be. But whenever I met with Hodges, she was cheerful. She seemed to have a wonderful ability to focus on the good that CASA could bring into children's lives rather than the horror they had experienced in their past. 

Hopefully, that attitude will serve her well in her new role. Hodges will leave CASA on March 31 to be the new CEO of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. She replaces Michael Hannigan, another long serving executive director, who led PPCF for 15 years before his recent retirement. 

“During her 25 year tenure at CASA, Trudy provided brilliant leadership and unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of local children,”  Heather Kelly, board chair, stated in a press release. “Although we have long benefited from Trudy’s excellent directorship we knew this day would come." 

The board has been preparing for a transition for a year and has named Mittie Pedraza, former director of programs at CASA, interim director.
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Friday, December 5, 2014

The Indy finally grows up ... sort of

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM


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When it comes to mortality rates, this is a very good time to be human, with more than 99 percent of people surviving long enough to celebrate their 21st birthdays.

The prognosis for print publications these days is a little less optimistic, which made last night’s celebration of the Indy’s coming of age all the more special.

The annual event honoring the year’s “Best of” winners was once again held at The Pinery, with all proceeds going to the Indy Give! fundraising initiative on behalf of local non-profits.

With 26 days left to go in the current campaign, more than a half million dollars has already been raised. You can join in by choosing from a variety of premium packages at indygive.com.

You can also view more than 500 paparazzi and portrait photos from last night’s 21st birthday gala at Cayton Photography's website.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Yobel International and the big picture club

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

When I went to India earlier this year with Yobel International, I saw first-hand the impact that nonprofit has on impoverished communities. 

Regular exposure trips provide opportunities for anyone to get involved in a direct way, but of course they don't pay for themselves, and like all nonprofits, Yobel needs to fundraise to fulfill its mission. 

Hence this past weekend's Evening In Good Taste at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery, where Yobel co-owner Sarah Ray says roughly $11,000 was raised via a food and drink sampling, raffle and silent auction. 

No matter that you missed it, because you can still contribute to the cause via IndyGive! or directly at Yobel, through programs like their Big Picture Club, which equates monthly contributions to the cost of a night at the movies. 

Here's a brief look at the evening and some of the charitable faces. 

Sarah Ray details Yobel's goals for transforming communities abroad, particularly as it relates to business development and fighting human trafficking. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Sarah Ray details Yobel's goals for transforming communities abroad, particularly as it relates to business development and fighting human trafficking.

The Principal's Office served a fantastic ginger beer infused with cold-brewed coffee. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The Principal's Office served a fantastic ginger beer infused with cold-brewed coffee.

Radiantly Raw's sign says it all. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Radiantly Raw's sign says it all.

Red Leg Brewing's Todd Baldwin (left) and Seeds Community Cafe's Lyn Harwell. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Red Leg Brewing's Todd Baldwin (left) and Seeds Community Cafe's Lyn Harwell.

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