This past week, the CCE held our second community engagement fair for the 2017-18 school year. Like the event in the fall, this event provided CC students with an opportunity to connect with representatives from local non-profits and educational partners of the Collaborative for Community Engagement (CCE) office. The CCE helps students go off campus and engage with the Colorado Springs community in meaningful ways through community service activities such as tutoring, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or raising money for charities. By bringing some of these organizations to our campus, Colorado College gave students a chance to make a difference not just on campus, but on a larger scale in Colorado Springs area.
Below are groups that had tables at the fair. Students are welcome to reach out to them directly or use the CCE to make a connection. Additional contact details and organization information can be found on our Summit site at https://apps.ideal-logic.com/cce.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute – https://rmfi.org – Dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of public lands in the Southern Rocky Mountain region through volunteer-based trail and restoration projects, environmental education, and restoration research. Contact information: Molly Mazel.
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center – http://pptrc.org – Utilizing the unique and therapeutic attributes of the horse, their mission is to serve those with diverse needs, empower change, foster resilience, and nurture whole health through sustainable and innovative programs. Contact information: Chester DeAngelis.
Friends of the Peak – http://ww.fotp.com – A group with the goals of providing a unified, pro-active voice for the preservation and restoration of the natural environment of Pikes Peak, promoting and enhancing recreational opportunities and visitor experiences that are in harmony with that environment, and promoting awareness of and education about Pikes Peak. Contact information: Susan Jarvis.
Early Connections Learning Centers – https://www.earlyconnections.org – Focused on providing high quality, comprehensive early care and education for all. Contact information: Ashley Groves.
City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services –https://coloradosprings.gov/department/76 – The mission of City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services is to serve residents and visitors through stewardship of distinctive cultural, natural and recreational resources; provisions of exceptions facilities and programs; and effective leadership and collaboration for the vitality and economic health of our community. Contact information: Brian Kates.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains – https://www.plannedparenthood.org – The Mission of Planned Parenthood is to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual, to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services, to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality, to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications. Contact information: Nico Wilkinson.
Pikes Peak United Way – http://www.ppunitedway.org – An organization committed to improving the quality of life in the Colorado Springs community. Contact information: Deanna Toney.
Pikes Peak Children’s Museum – pikespeakchildrensmuseum.org – Strives to develop and operate a innovative children’s museum serving the Pikes Peak region, envisioning the museum as a dynamic place for discovery and imagination and sparking a passion for lifelong learning. Contact Information: Nohea March.
Goodwill – discovermygoodwill.org – Goodwill strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training, and the power of work. Contact information: Grace Vigil.
Ronald McDonald House – rmhcsouthercolorado.org – Keeps families with critically ill children close to each other and provides care and resources they need when they need it most. Contact information: Emily Odiwuor.
Care and Share Food Bank – careandshare.org – Care and Share Food Bank believes that no one should go hungry. Every day, they provide food to our partner agencies across Southern Colorado to serve our neighbors in need because well-fed communities are better for us all. Care and Share exists to ensure that the one in eight Southern Coloradans at risk of hunger have access to enough healthy and nutritious food to thrive. They know that children without adequate access to food cannot develop successfully, families cannot plan for their future, and seniors find it more difficult to remain independent. Contact information: Eric Pizana.
Peace Corps – peacecorps.gov – Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. Contact information: Karyn Sweeney.
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity – pikespeakhabitat.org – Brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Contact information: Iassa Ring.
CASA – Provides a volunteer’s voice in court for children who are victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic conflict and promotes awareness of these issues to ensure safe and permanent homes. Contact information: Uriko Stout.
Marian House Soup Kitchen – ccharitiescc.org – In response to Jesus Christ’s call to affirm the value and dignity of each human life, to build solidarity within the community, and to advocate for justice for the poor and vulnerable, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado humbly engages in the ministry of charity for those in both economic and spiritual poverty so that all – staff, volunteers, and clients – may fully achieve their God-given potential. Contact information: Doug Rouse.
Colorado Springs CONO – cscono.org – Dedicated to improving Colorado Springs’ quality of life through neighborhoods. Contact information: Rachel G.
Children’s Literacy Center – childrensliteracycenter.org – Strives to build a life of success through a foundation of literacy. ONE child at a time. Contact information: Pamela Polke.
Kids in Motion – http://csdance.org/kids-in-motion/ – 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes dance in the Pikes Peak Region across generations. Their mission is to present a diverse range of world class dance forms, to educate young dancers, and to provide outreach to underserved children and their families. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thank you to everyone involved, and let’s hope next year’s fairs are just as successful!
Content by Julia Bazavluk
Edited by Richard Bishop