All Breed Rescue & Training has been an integral part of the community since 1996. We rescue and rehabilitate local at-risk dogs who often have no options left. Our Best of the Springs winning training services give our foster dogs a new leash on life. Hundreds of other dogs from our community every year benefit from our relationship based training programs, as well as $40,000 in free and reduced cost training!
Blackpackers aims to alleviate the financial pressures associated with outdoor education and adventure by offering free or subsidized outdoor activities to vulnerable communities. With Blackpackers, people of color and all others who are statistically underrepresented are able to enjoy outdoor experiences in multi-generational groups with little to no cost. Notably, our leadership reflects the community we serve.
Milton Foster Children's Fund provides unduplicated resources for foster children, ages 0-21, to give them a sense of normalcy in a situation that is anything but normal. Resources may include financial support for unmet needs and activities, life-skills workshops such as budgeting, self-care, and nutrition, and access to free clothing and accessories through The Hanger, a project within Milton Foster.
We cultivate explorers & scientists by connecting thousands of kids to the outdoors each year. We harness their natural sense of wonder & curiosity through our outdoor adventures in partnership with schools or during the summer. Our programs show kids that they have the power to not only change the world but be leaders in their communities. We help kids change how they see themselves, the world, & their role within it.
Child Community Services is established to provide community-based services to meet the needs of children ages 5-18 years old and their parents in all areas of mental health. Our mission is to provide accessible and quality services through counseling, Case Management, treatment, and crisis intervention. Our vision is to lower the suicide rates among children and teens in our community.
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs opened in 2019 to provide comprehensive health care to kids in the Pikes Peak region. It features the only pediatric emergency department, behavioral health emergency program, surgery center, sleep study center and epilepsy monitoring unit in the region for kids.
Citizens Project is an advocate that challenges our whole community to embrace equity, inclusion, and justice. We ensure everyone is included in the local political process through civic engagement work. We monitor local and state government to ensure they uphold our values, and we keep our community informed.
About 142,000 U.S. citizens in Colorado have at least one family member who is undocumented. 1 in 11 children in Colorado have at least one undocumented family member. When an undocumented family member is deported, American families are separated. Our Legal Defense Fund helps keep families together.
Artistic expression and self-expression through music are part of our shared humanity. Our 44th Season "With Every Breath We Sing" will inform the way we sing, work, and live together to build a better world. Through musical excellence, we create confident, compassionate, community-minded young people. Our musicians representing many different walks of life come together.
The award-winning 130-voice Chorale is the premier symphonic choir for the Pikes Peak Region. Each season, it performs at independent concerts, and it collaborates with top ensembles, including Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Air Force Academy Band and others. Education programs include the Choral Scholars for high school students, and the Peak Performance Award for choral teachers.
We’re putting down roots and developing 3.5 acres of vacant land in Southeast Colorado Springs into the Hillside Hub, a neighborhood food center! The Hub will be a space for urban farming, compost production, micro-enterprise development, educational workshops, & fresh grocery distribution. We're bringing neighbors together to grow, cook, learn about, access, gain employment, & advocate for fresh food.
The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum builds a lasting connection to the Pikes Peak region by preserving and sharing our cultural history. As a free museum, the CSPM welcomes all visitors to connect with stories of the past through innovative exhibits, dynamic educational programming and preservation of its object and archival collection.
Through the therapy programs on our horses we make a heartfelt and profound difference in the lives of people with disabilities in the Pikes Peak Region. No matter the challenge of our riders; physical, emotional and/or mental this experience offers them new opportunities in life. This is the Ultimate Horse Power!
We seek to build a stronger, more unified world where citizens learn and understand our fellow global inhabitants. We offer our nonpartisan educational programs to our members, the public, and to local high schools. In partnership with the US Department of State, we also bring international visitors to our city for professional exchanges that offer opportunities for both our guests and our local professionals.
For 41 years, the CSYSA has provided the most comprehensive instrumental music program for youth in this region. The diverse musical experiences we offer create great musicians, and great people! Our goal: ensure that any child who wishes to learn a symphonic instrument has the opportunity to do so. We believe that music education has the ability to change a child’s life and positively affect their future.
Many people do not have dental insurance, & many more cannot afford dental care. Since 2006, Community Dental Health has brought smiles and health back to the most vulnerable especially our elderly and Veterans where Medicare & the VA has minimal coverage. Many people simply cannot afford the high cost of dental care. Help us take away tooth aches, keep people out of the ER, and fix broken smiles to go back to work with.
CP is Teller County’s go-to organization for families to get support. Throughout 2020, CP has served hundreds of families with emergency support and meals, while continuing programming virtually. 2020 has been a challenging year; through all the difficulties, CP has and will continue to provide services and programs to ensure local families are self-reliant, healthy, and successful. Help CP recover for a successful 2021!
Court Care provides free childcare for anyone who has court-related business in the Pikes Peak Region. Children are welcomed into a nurturing, safe space away from potentially traumatic courtroom proceedings (e.g. domestic violence, divorce, rape, child custody, etc.). Struggling parents are able to speak with dignity and participate in legal matters without children seeing, hearing or possibly distracting them.
Caregivers are dedicated and caring but they are also exhausted! Because of this, respite for a full day, half day or just a few hours can make all the difference- it can even prevent a premature long-term care placement. DayBreak affords caregivers the opportunity to regroup, recharge and refresh while providing meaningful activity and social interaction for their loved ones in our "home away from home" setting.
Downtown Ventures, the nonprofit arm of Downtown Partnership, enlivens Downtown Colorado Springs through the arts, historic preservation, special events and public benefit programs. If you’ve done the First Friday art walk, enjoyed Skate in the Park, found hidden gems on a walking tour, or fallen in love with Art on the Streets, you’re the reason Downtown Ventures is respected as a force for good in the city center.
Our goal is to eliminate disparate outcomes for children of color and children in poverty. Children of color, particularly Black children, are more likely to live in poverty, more likely to have negative outcomes in the school system as well as the child welfare system, and more likely to be overrepresented in the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems than their white peers.
As a non-profit construction company, we support families in need every day through free energy efficiency upgrades including furnaces, insulation, hot water heaters, light bulbs, water saving measures and more. Collectively, we saved our clients $300,000 on their utility bills last year. Since the work is permanent, this equates to $3,000,000 over a ten year period!
Our extended family of volunteers serve as “aunts, uncles and grandparents” on teams who support local foster families & youth who “age out” of care at 18. Through meaningful relationships & removal of practical barriers, we help heal past wounds of trauma so these kids can become healthy, productive citizens. Stability, enrichment and connections build the resiliency kids need to thrive.
Our all-volunteer group protects and preserves our City's "Central Park" for you. We repair the Park's unique, historic stone entries, overlooks, walls & bridges. We care for its vegetation, carrying on Gen. Palmer's vision of a natural park for people to enjoy. We organize free musical concerts, guided bird, tree & wildflower walks and park clean-ups that provide beneficial and educational activities in our Park.
Horses play a key role in our region’s history and heritage. We help make our busy trails safer by educating all trail users on proper trail etiquette and providing a one-of-a-kind free training area for all levels of horses and riders: from families with kids to our wounded veterans and everyone in between. It is the only course in the U.S. in a public park with natural obstacles and three levels of difficulty.
Funky is a group of artists that are striving to bridge the gap between professional and community theater. We encourage all experience levels in an inclusive and safe environment. Theater for everyone!
Habitat for Humanity of Teller County builds attainable homes with affordable mortgages for residents of Teller County. Our current project, Trailhead Townhomes, is an 18-unit neighborhood build in Woodland Park for Teller County's workforce. We want to see our small-business owners, teachers, city workers and others who create a viable and sustainable community able to live and work in the same place.
There are thousands of homeless cats and kittens in the Pikes Peak region. Each year, they are surrendered by those guardians no longer able to care for them, or abandoned outside, ill-equipped to handle life on the streets as a community cat. It’s our goal to be a solution for feline homelessness, whether it’s rescuing and finding forever homes or facilitating spays/neuters for both inside and outside ones.
Now, more than ever, the bond between pet and person is crucial. Seniors unable to visit family and essential workers in need of relief find comfort in their four-legged companions. For 10 years, Harley’s Hope has preserved and protected this bond. With your help, we will continue to keep pets and people together during this pandemi and beyond.
Since 2011, Hear Here Poetry has encouraged young and diverse audiences to actively listen, write, and share. We provide high-quality access points to writing and performance poetry education and host open-mic and spoken word events. Through skill building, writing prompts, online, and classroom events we cultivate safe spaces for brave words and inspire life-long learning.
Since 2017, Hillside Connection (HC) has effectively utilized sport as a platform to convene, engage and empower 350+ underprivileged youth participants in the community. Under the leadership and direction of Southeast Colorado Springs native, Terrell Brown, and a strong cohort of coaches and mentors, HC is committed to providing pathways to opportunity, empowering youth populations to excel in the GAME OF LIFE.
Home Front Military Network, the merged entity of The Home Front Cares & Peak Military Care Network, is a Colorado nonprofit offering financial assistance & personalized case management to service members, veterans, and their families by connecting them to programs and resources. HFMN offers holistic support in order to address immediate crises as well as provide support overcoming long-term complex needs.
Homeward Pikes Peak consists of two main programs: an outpatient treatment clinic and five housing programs serving approximately 250 adults and thin children annually. We serve adults, pregnant single moms, families, and Veterans. Through intensive case management, outpatient treatment, street outreach, and advocacy we are working to end homelessness permanently.
We make imagination part of everyday learning by awakening creativity, curiosity and courage in children and adults. We inspire a love of learning through creative engagement via our What IF…Festival of Innovation and Imagination, Imagination Space, School Theater, Kaleidoscope Dance, Dragon Theatre, Portals project connecting us to the world, and CACTUS program for active military, veterans and their families.
We help LGBTQ+ youth discover their potential to thrive! IOYS is a safe space, education, and advocacy center visited by more than 600 young people ages 13-24 each year, virtually or in person. Together, we build community resilience through life skills and healthy relationships, a food pantry and clothing closet, writing poetry and making art, dancing at Queer Prom, and receiving personalized mentoring from trusted adults.
We take medically and socially needy cats for rehab, treatment and adoption. Cats that need more time to become adoptable and that may be at-risk of euthanasia come from Colorado homes, rescue groups and other shelters. We take otherwise unadoptable cats from the Humane Society of the PIkes Peak Region so that cats needing longer times to heal medically and socially to become adoptable, have a second chance with us.
LFSRM walks with the vulnerable through services that heal, strengthen, and provide hope. We strive to partner with local communities to meet the existing needs of Colorado Springs. We support foster youth through safe placement and support services, work to prevent child abuse and neglect with a free respite child care center, and help refugees and asylees successfully resettle into the community.
We are the only arts-focused makerspace in the Pikes Peak region. We form innovative partnerships with organizations that share our mission to provide an environment in which artists, tinkerers, collaborators can flourish in our community. We provide affordable studio space for artists, in addition to a membership-based makerspace.
Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates are mountain bikers who build, share and protect inspiring trail experiences. Our vision is to create a world-class network of mountain bike trails in the Pikes Peak Region. If you hike, bike, run, ride a horse or walk a pet in the Springs, you have likely enjoyed our work. Help us achieve our vision, join or volunteer now!
Mission Medical Center is saving the taxpayers of the Pikes Peak Region millions of dollars annually in uncompensated care, by averting non-trauma medical issues from local Emergency Rooms. Free health care services are provided to the low income, uninsured and under-insured people of the area. services include primary care, dental, vision (including free eyeglasses), behavioral health, and durable medical equipment.
Mt. Carmel provides comprehensive support to veterans, military and their families. We collaborate to bridge gaps in community services without repeating existing programs. Our approach includes: Employment and Transition Programs, Behavioral Health Counseling and Wellness, Supportive Case Management and Resource Navigation. We provide advocacy, mentorship and support to ensure positive outcomes.
NAMI is the first point of contact for thousands of local people who need mental health services and support. Peer-led and no-cost, our programs and support groups serve those living with mental illness, as well as their family members. We also advocate for those we serve while educating and fighting stigma in the broader community.
We keep adults youthful and healthy through playing our musical instruments and socialization. Our lives are enriched by the mental and physical challenges of playing music, our interaction with each other, and in offering concerts to our community. Our bands and orchestras rehearse and perform 32 weeks a year! One of our members says "NHBCOS challenges me to accomplish something and puts structure in my life."
ONWT is a resource & referral agency providing a manifold of Native-specific, culturally appropriate programs, services, & crisis interventions for American Indian & Alaska Natives, who disproportionately experience greater levels of poverty, health issues, hunger, homelessness & unemployment than any other US demographic. We help transition individuals & families out of crisis & into healthy, sustainable situations.
Dancing is vital in this uncertain time. As the Springs’ resident dance company, we inspire creativity, resilience and community with our performances and classes. We love to perform and find joy in developing your dance groove. We welcome all ages and abilities to an array of classes, including Dance for Parkinson’s. We imaginatively combine dance with core academic subjects in our local schools. Dance with us!
Painted Paws for Veterans helps Veterans, especially those suffering from PTSD, connect to dogs from kill shelters for companionship and emotional support. We also offer therapy visits, a free pet pantry and a place for Veterans to work through PTSD issues and find a new purpose after they leave the uniform that allows them to strive for a future and be part of society again.
New name. Same mission. Palmer Land Conservancy, formerly Palmer Land Trust. Palmer Land Conservancy ensures that our region is always home to outstanding recreation, nourishing local food, and healthy communities in which we can thrive.
Paws N Hooves Rescue is an all-volunteer recuse that focuses on at-risk dogs. We provide vet care for rehabilitation, training, and love to make them adoptable to a fur-ever home. We are dedicated to help animals that are abused, abandoned, neglected, or no longer wanted by their current owners. While they are at a volunteer foster home we provide care and training while finding a suitable permanent home.
Serving students from lower income backgrounds from 7th grade through completion of college, we empower individuals to reach their potential by expanding educational choices, vision and dreams for the future. Students reach their dreams through a community-based combination of college and career readiness curriculum, deep mentoring relationships, leadership development, service-learning, and family engagement.
After 15 years of serving Colorado Springs-area children with extraordinary play-based learning experiences via our mobile museum and our beloved Noon Year’s Eve event, the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum (PPCM) is proud to announce that it has secured a permanent location for a new brick-and-mortar facility! We plan to open the doors to our new location in March 2021. Your donation will be directly supporting this new museum and its exhibits, as well as sponsoring admission for children in need. Donors will receive a digital certificate (a “brick” to signify how you’re helping to build our new museum) to thank you for your donation that you are free to share on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.
Libraries, at their core, are about connecting people with resources they need. PPLD provides community members opportunities to gain new skills and access a wealth of information and resources, while reducing barriers to access. Whether through books and databases or workforce development programs, these resources and opportunities change individual lives and build community.
We are volunteer musicians committed to developing our individual musicianship so that we can provide high quality, low cost classical symphony orchestra concerts to our community. We share our love of music by creating programs that include both the familiar and the adventurous, with tools to make them accessible and enjoyable, such as pre-concert discussions, audience engagement, and innovative themes.
PPSPP serves our community in the effort to save lives! We provide free individual therapy, weekly peer support groups, suicide prevention trainings and we host and participate in suicide prevention awareness events. Our goal is to help provide and connect the community with the resources needed to prevent suicide. PPSPP also answers the call for needed support when tragedy strikes by providing postvention supports.
Project Angel Heart improves health and well-being for Coloradans with life-threatening illnesses through the power of food as medicine. Our professional chefs prepare tasty, nourishing meals from scratch and tailor them to meet clients’ medical needs. Each week, volunteers deliver them to 250 Colorado Springs neighbors (and another 1,000 in other areas) coping with illnesses like cancer, kidney disease, and HIV/AIDS
RAWtools is a gun violence prevention organization with a mission to "disarm hearts and forge peace." In the spirit of turning swords into plowshares we turn guns into garden tools and connect people to nonviolent conflict resolution and prevention skills. We partner with other organizations working at the intersections of gun violence that include: suicide, domestic violence, homicide, mass shooting, kids/youth.
We are the nonprofit stewards of public land in Southern Colorado. Each year we complete 500+ workdays, actively engage over 2,000 community volunteers, oversee nearly 100 youth conservation corps members, and employ our own professional stewardship crews to complete highly impactful trail and restoration projects in public parks, open spaces, national forests, and wilderness areas.
At Rocky Mountain PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), our goal is to help seniors live better and maintain the highest level of independence possible, by offering a coordinated, holistic suite of services to meet their health care needs.
The three objectives of Safe Families for Children are: Keep children safe during a family crisis such as homelessness, hospitalization, or domestic violence in an effort to prevent child abuse and/or neglect. Support, and stabilize families in crisis by surrounding them with caring, compassionate community. Reunite families and reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system and foster care.
We serve terminally ill people by finding forever homes for their pets. For more than 20 years, we have strived to provide peace of mind to owners and pets in their time of need by providing care, support, and rehoming services. We have found forever homes for over 1,200 beloved pets who lost their owner due to a terminal illness, while also providing needed veterinary care and support.
We’re a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. We fully believe that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs.
Since 1986 SCHN has provided services to people affected by HIV & other health conditions enabling them to lead healthier lives. We do that by providing medical and dental care, case management, behavioral health counseling, housing & transportation resources, food pantry, insurance enrollment and prevention programs. SCHN’s work is informed by a deep understanding of HIV and compassion for the needs of its clients.
Springs Ensemble Theatre is known for producing big theatre in a small space. Our intimate theatre venue attracts an ever-growing audience and guest artists from the Colorado Springs Theatre Community. SET’s all-volunteer membership features professional theatre artists and community leaders who pride themselves on producing challenging, thought-provoking, entertaining theatre of the highest caliber.
SRC is the region’s “Welcome Center to Recovery.” Using innovative approaches unavailable anywhere else in our area, SRC offers fresh hope to individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders. Recovery Support Services are provided by trained adults sharing their personal life experience of addiction and recovery. At SRC, there are no fees, no forms, no criteria to be met, no insurance required.
When cancer hits below the belt, we are here to help! Sue’s Gift provides financial and emotional support for women with gynecologic cancer. Financial assistance helps women pay bills during treatment. Woman to Woman trains and empowers survivors, at least one-year post treatment, to mentor a newly diagnosed patient with the same cancer type. We celebrate survivorship, build community and raise awareness
TSC provides transportation, case management counseling, caregiver respite support, meals, homemaker services and safety related handyman repairs (grab bars). Our services support the continued health and well-being of the over 800 seniors we serve. Many seniors live alone without family nearby, we become their advocate to ensure they receive the support they need.
TESSA provides comprehensive healing services for victims of DV/SA throughout the Pikes Peak region. Services include our Safehouse program, 24/7 Safe Line, confidential advocacy, counseling services, legal and housing aid, youth and children's programming as well as community outreach and educational resources. Through these programs and services, TESSA strives to realize our vision of a community free of violence.
Due to discrimination, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (/DD) often have little opportunity to participate in society, inhibiting access to basic human rights. The Arc PPR’s Building for Change campus will help those with I/DD to be empowered together through personal development, life skills training, and expanded advocacy efforts, while involving the community in improving the culture.
We believe everyone deserves access to justice. The Justice Center has works in the Pikes Peak region to decrease the gap in access to justice and legal services. We provide free legal clinics, connect income-eligible applicants to free and reduced cost attorneys, and host free educational legal events.
We create “New Theatre” for children and adults that showcases the best of the performing arts. Bringing together a diverse community of artists, audiences, and students we hold the needed space for new stories, new characters, new comedy, and new circus in the hopes of freeing the imagination needed for a richer, more vibrant Pikes Peak region.
The Place provides the roofs, resources and relationships that help youth exit homelessness. We work with youth ages 15 to 24, creating a safe environment of support, encouragement and hope. We are the only nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs that offers a full convergence of trauma-informed, developmentally appropriate and strength-based services for youth in homelessness.
We are your eyes, ears and voice for keeping trails, parks and open spaces open, maintained and resourced. Our "Get Out Spread Out" initiative helped residents stay healthy during the pandemic. Adequate funding for parks and trails will remain challenging. We will never stop advocating to protect those public spaces you use regularly and care about.
We are a "one-stop shop" resource center for low-income people in northern El Paso County. No matter whether a person needs food, financial assistance, medical care, case management, a listening ear, or a plan to navigate out of poverty, we are here for them with no judgement. We are a safe place for people in crisis to find help. Our community strongly supports us with both financial and in-kind support.
The Aging Center is the only mental health clinic in the Pikes Peak region exclusively serving older adults and their families, particularly those with few resources. We help seniors navigate late-life psychosocial challenges with diagnostic assessments and treatments for memory, depression, anxiety and many other difficulties that make it harder to age well.
Everyone deserves a life free of violence full of love, respect, equality and consent. Through 1 on 1 advocacy, therapy, groups, leadership development, building a sense of community & mitigating barriers to services like fees, language, cultural aspects & stigma we move to a individualistic form of justice. With evidence-based curricula & trauma informed practices we aim to achieve each survivors idea of hope.
Westside CARES is neighbors helping neighbors. It affirms human dignity by ameliorating the conditions of poverty and preventing homelessness through food, clothing, laundry, health-care, ID cards, mail, utilities or rent, and creates a community that values all of its members. Each year the nearly 22,000 neighbors we serve can rely on a safe, welcoming space to access the services they need to fill the gaps.
This veteran founded cat and kitten rescue is dedicated to saving the precious lives of at-risk kitties other organizations don’t have the time or resources to help…those who are abandoned, abused, neglected, injured, sickly, displaced or surrendered. We strive to find them permanent homes or provide lifetime sanctuary or foster care.
We save Central Colorado's wild places by defending wildlands that provide refuge for wildlife and biodiversity as the climate changes. We influence decision-making about public lands bringing protection to hundreds of thousands of acres. We ensure that future generations can enjoy wildlife and natural wonders in our region. We lead hikes that teach about our public lands and how everyone can protect those lands.
YDA trains youth from under-represented backgrounds how to make professional-quality documentary films. Through intensive mentorship, students learn to appreciate and amplify their voice, their story, and their ideas. Topics include suicide/mental health, race/self-image, and immigration, among others. When complete, YDA teaches our youth how to use their films in the community to spark dialogue and inspire change.