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for sponsoring the Big Ideas category. The Southeast Express is a nonprofit newspaper of, for and by the remarkably diverse and vibrant, but economically redeveloping, southeast quadrant of Colorado Springs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.