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Together is Better

Seven Under-the-Radar Nonprofits and Community Groups Making a Big Impact in the Valley

Bristlecone Arts Collaborative

  • MISSION

To distinguish art programs in rural public schools through building community and capacity.

  • ABOUT

Based in Glenwood Springs, this new initiative works to enrich the lives of the valley’s students, teachers, and the greater community via partnerships with visual arts programs in K-12 schools from Basalt to Rifle. The collaborative’s board president, pianist Kyle Jones, is one of the valley’s busiest and most loved musicians; its executive director, Lindsay Latva, is a passionate arts advocate and seasoned public school teacher specializing in middle and high school arts education.

  • PROGRAMS

Bristlecone supports professional development for regional art educators, outside connections for K-12 students (including guest artist workshops and extracurricular experiences), shows for student artwork, arts career coaching for teens, and much more. The general public can watch for events like the student showcase that was held during Carbondale’s First Friday in October.

  • IMPACT

With thousands of students enrolled in the valley’s school districts, the potential for impact is great. The collaborative’s leaders believe that robust arts education helps make our valley a better place to live.

  • GET INVOLVED

The collaborative is actively seeking volunteers, partners, and donors for its programming. If you are an arts professional, business owner, parent, visual art teacher, or just a lover of the arts, Bristlecone could use your time and talent. Visit BristleconeArts.org for information on donating space for an art show, leading a workshop, mentoring, fundraising, or other opportunities.



 

P.E.O. Chapters

  • MISSION

To celebrate the advancements of women, help educate women through scholarships, and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

  • ABOUT

The 20-member P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Chapter HC of Carbondale/Basalt has raised funds and given scholarships to 35 valley-based female students since 2008. It also provides grants, awards, and loans. The group’s parent organization, P.E.O. Sisterhood, is an international women’s organization that was founded in Iowa in 1869. There are four active P.E.O. chapters in the valley: Aspen, Carbondale/Basalt, and two in Glenwood Springs.

  • IMPACT

During the 2021-2022 school year, P.E.O. Chapter HC is sponsoring four local students: Megan Daugherty (nursing, Colorado Mountain College); Gabriella Narby (dentistry, Colorado State University); Keiry Lopez-Perez (veterinary medicine, Colorado State University); and Vanessa Leon-Gamez (medicine, Denver University). The remaining three local chapters operate independently and have provided financial assistance for even more women this year.

  • GET INVOLVED

On February 11, 2022, the Carbondale/Basalt chapter will host its annual scholarship fundraiser, called “A Taste of Spain and Portugal”. The wine-tasting event is currently being planned, so community members should keep an eye out for forthcoming details. Email P.E.O. member Bernadette Ossola at CarbondalePEOHC@gmail.com with questions.



 

Homecare & Hospice of the Valley

  • MISSION

To provide compassionate and dignified palliative and end-of-life care to patients and their families.

  • ABOUT

HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley has served since 2008 in the Roaring Fork, Colorado, Crystal, and Eagle River valleys. Based in Glenwood Springs, the nonprofit is governed by a board of directors and is the only provider of hospice care between Denver and Grand Junction.

  • SERVICES

The organization’s staff members and volunteer force provide home care for all ages, palliative care for those living with long-term illness, hospice services for the terminally ill, and homemaker/companion care for people who need support while maintaining their independence at home. Grief and bereavement counseling services are also offered for loved ones struggling to cope with loss.

  • IMPACT

As our community’s population expands and ages, the need for in-home care is more important than ever. HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley provides needed support for hundreds of local residents and their families, logging thousands of visits annually.

  • GET INVOLVED

Those interested in joining the nonprofit’s volunteer crew can find opportunities to give back through office support, special events staffing, bereavement care, veteran visitation, and more. Visit HCHOTV.org.


 

VOICES

  • MISSION

To amplify diverse voices in our community through the arts.

  • ABOUT

Founded in 2016 by Montessori teacher and poet Barbara Reese, VOICES has carved itself into the landscape of local performing arts organizations by placing a high priority on collaboration within that community. In just a few years the nonprofit has formed projects alongside 18 partners, including the Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) and 5Point Film Festival. The VOICES team includes experienced teaching artists and a unique youth advisory board with student representatives from across the valley.

  • PROGRAMS

Cultural representation is a cornerstone of the organization’s work, and VOICES continually seeks opportunities to connect with our Latinx community through arts programming in schools, partnerships with English in Action and Valley Settlement, and Spanish-language performances such as “Nuestras Voces”. Additionally, the nonprofit’s tiny mobile theatre space, the ARTery, made numerous public appearances around the valley this summer, and the Women’s Voices Theatre Project will resume this coming spring.

  • IMPACT

VOICES reports that since its founding, it has given nearly 800 local kids and adults a platform (“a stage/page/canvas/microphone”) for expression. 13 teaching artists logged over 1,400 hours with these participants, and over 7,000 audience members were reached during performances and presentations.

  • GET INVOLVED

Follow @VoicesRFV on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with public happenings around the valley, and learn more about volunteering and donating at VoicesRFV.org.


 

High Country RSVP

  • MISSION

 To enrich the lives of individuals age 55+ through meaningful volunteer opportunities that use their skills and life experiences in service to their communities.

  • ABOUT

High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) has been serving Garfield County residents since 1973 and recently expanded into Pitkin County. They are a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College and are headquartered at the college’s Blake Avenue campus in Glenwood Springs. Over the next year or so, RSVP plans to become its own freestanding non-profit and achieve increased flexibility for accommodating the growing needs of its volunteer force and service areas. After that transition, the organization will become known as High Country Volunteers—with plans to launch a new program for volunteers of all ages.

  • PROGRAMS

RSVP matches individuals wishing to serve with volunteer opportunities for over 50 community partners. Volunteers help serve meals to seniors, glean produce, complete trail projects, assist in local schools, hospitals, libraries, and nonprofits, and so much more. In addition to volunteer placement, RSVP offers signature volunteer-led programs including its Tax Assistance Program, Medicare counseling, and educational classes for older adults. 

  • IMPACT

Research shows that people who participate in meaningful activities live longer, more fulfilled lives. RSVP has engaged over 200 senior volunteers in the past year alone, with hundreds more in years past. Through their volunteer-led programs (listed above), they serve over 1,000 clients annually. 

  • GET INVOLVED

If you’re a senior wanting to do more in the community, there is a place for you with RSVP. Call 970.947.8461 or visit HighCountryRSVP.org to download a volunteer enrollment form.

ASL Groups

  • MISSION

To teach, learn, and connect with others through American Sign Language (ASL).

  • ABOUT

There are a handful of groups currently welcoming new participants that are open to anyone in the valley who’s interested in expanding their knowledge of ASL. In Carbondale, instructor Katrina Toews is hosting a new parent/toddler ASL class incorporating movement and song at The Launchpad. In Glenwood, ASL Roaring Fork meets regularly at the community center, where founder Missy Gabor Castañeda also heads up the ASL Explorers group for young children. In New Castle this fall, an after-school ASL club exclusively for elementary-aged children is being taught by Krystyna Gardner.

  • IMPACT

Locals with hearing loss and their families are welcome right alongside enthusiasts in the community who simply want to learn how to communicate via ASL or strengthen the skills they already possess. 

  • GET INVOLVED

Caregivers can reserve a spot for the Carbondale parent/child class at KatrinaToews.com ($20 drop-in); classes are held from 10-10:45 a.m. on November 2, 9, and 15. Follow ASL Roaring Fork on Facebook to join its active online community and learn about upcoming meeting dates. Check NewCastleRec.com for more information about the after-school ASL program at Kathryn Senor Elementary School.

Redstone Community Association

  • MISSION

To promote and stimulate civic and business interests while preserving the charm and historic character of Redstone.

  • ABOUT

Redstone might not be what it is today without the vision and hard work of the community association, which organizes the village’s annual events and helps manage its tourist infrastructure.

  • PROGRAMS

The association sponsors all of Redstone’s biggest gatherings, including the Easter Egg Hunt, Old Fashioned 4th of July festivities, Magical Moments Summer Concert Series, and the much-anticipated Grand Illumination every holiday season. It also manages the town’s website, promotes local businesses, maintains the public restrooms on the boulevard, and helps disperse important communications for residents and visitors.

  • GET INVOLVED

Locals are welcome to attend Redstone Community Association meetings, which are posted at RedstoneColorado.com and on the group’s Facebook page. Those who love visiting Redstone and are invested in seeing the town thrive can also purchase an association membership, make a donation, or sign up to help with events. See the website to submit a volunteer form.