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.
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/.
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.
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,
Director of Operations
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
Colorado Springs Senior Center
1514 North Hancock Avenue
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.
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.
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.
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 localA city spokesperson says Aubrey will not be replaced until a new mayor takes office and that communications work will be handled by existing staff.
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.
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.——-ORIGINAL POST, TUESDAY, 1:39 P.M.——-
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.
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.