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Colorado Springs is home to national and international headquarters for dozens of nonprofits, as well as those designed to help locals. For more, check out the cover story beginning on page 17.
click to enlarge Mitchener Wysinger -  - Downtown -  - Unemployed -  - Which nonprofits are the most prominent in the - Springs? The soup kitchen, Interfaith Hospitality - Network  that's great. You have the Salvation Army - Shelter, which is great; you have the Mission, which is - great. -  - How have you been affected by local nonprofits? - All of the ones I've mentioned, I've received help - from. -  - Should nonprofits pay taxes? No. When I was - in the military, I didn't have to pay taxes when I bought - things on base. So why should a nonprofit organization - have to pay taxes when they're helping the country just - as much as someone in the military?
  • Mitchener Wysinger

    Downtown

    Unemployed

    Which nonprofits are the most prominent in the Springs? The soup kitchen, Interfaith Hospitality Network that's great. You have the Salvation Army Shelter, which is great; you have the Mission, which is great.

    How have you been affected by local nonprofits? All of the ones I've mentioned, I've received help from.

    Should nonprofits pay taxes? No. When I was in the military, I didn't have to pay taxes when I bought things on base. So why should a nonprofit organization have to pay taxes when they're helping the country just as much as someone in the military?

click to enlarge Xochitl Halaby -  - Skyway -  - Fountain Valley School student -  - Which nonprofits are the most prominent in the - Springs? The Humane Society, probably church - groups, Focus on the Family, maybe. -  - How does Focus on the Family affect the local - community? A lot of people are way against it and - other people are way for it, so it separates the really - religious people from the not-so-much. It kind of makes - the town Christian when you look at it as a whole, from - the outside. -  - How about the United States Olympic Committee? -  I think it's cool, but I'm an athlete. We've had - people - come to our school and speak, and it's pretty neat. -  - Which local nonprofits do you support? I got - my cat from the Humane Society, and I worked at the - soup kitchen.
  • Xochitl Halaby

    Skyway

    Fountain Valley School student

    Which nonprofits are the most prominent in the Springs? The Humane Society, probably church groups, Focus on the Family, maybe.

    How does Focus on the Family affect the local community? A lot of people are way against it and other people are way for it, so it separates the really religious people from the not-so-much. It kind of makes the town Christian when you look at it as a whole, from the outside.

    How about the United States Olympic Committee? I think it's cool, but I'm an athlete. We've had people come to our school and speak, and it's pretty neat.

    Which local nonprofits do you support? I got my cat from the Humane Society, and I worked at the soup kitchen.

click to enlarge Karl Schulz -  - North central -  - Paralegal -  - How does Focus on the Family affect the local - community? Having a large church presence, with - Focus on the Family probably sort of like the leader of it - all, it tends to make the town conservative. But on the - other hand, it promotes family values, and there's - nothing wrong with a conservative environment when - you're trying to raise a family. -  - How about the United States Olympic Committee? - It probably helps the economy. Not only does it - employ Colorado Springs residents, but you have people - coming in from out of town for an event, or staying - there. -  - Which local nonprofits do you support? In - terms of making donations, none. Well, except for - church.
  • Karl Schulz

    North central

    Paralegal

    How does Focus on the Family affect the local community? Having a large church presence, with Focus on the Family probably sort of like the leader of it all, it tends to make the town conservative. But on the other hand, it promotes family values, and there's nothing wrong with a conservative environment when you're trying to raise a family.

    How about the United States Olympic Committee? It probably helps the economy. Not only does it employ Colorado Springs residents, but you have people coming in from out of town for an event, or staying there.

    Which local nonprofits do you support? In terms of making donations, none. Well, except for church.

click to enlarge Bob Rundo -  - Northeast -  - Tree surgeon -  - How does Focus on the Family affect the local - community? They're a good, positive organization - for the community. They're a very moral organization - with some good ideas, and I think they have a good - outlook on the community and the community does the - same for them. -  - How about the United States Olympic Committee? - They're great for the area. Probably real good for - tourism and it's nice to have them here, centrally located - in the United States. Proud to have them here. -  - Have you received help from any nonprofits? - Not now, but as a child, yes. It was an organization - called the Junior Police, way back, and they were a good - role model and helped young kids that might have got in - trouble.
  • Bob Rundo

    Northeast

    Tree surgeon

    How does Focus on the Family affect the local community? They're a good, positive organization for the community. They're a very moral organization with some good ideas, and I think they have a good outlook on the community and the community does the same for them.

    How about the United States Olympic Committee? They're great for the area. Probably real good for tourism and it's nice to have them here, centrally located in the United States. Proud to have them here.

    Have you received help from any nonprofits? Not now, but as a child, yes. It was an organization called the Junior Police, way back, and they were a good role model and helped young kids that might have got in trouble.

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