Firefly Autism’s mission is to transform the lives of children with autism and empower their families. Working in Denver and the Western Slope, Firefly Autism provides intensive therapy and intervention services for more than 200 children and their families. Their work helps children develop a lifelong love of learning and the skills to interact meaningfully with their communities.
Susan Davies, Trails and Open Space Coalition
At Lamar Community College, students can utilize the now upgraded computer lab to once again drive innovation and improve their community in a new technological landscape.
Marcus Hill, The Mountain Mail
Growing up a young athlete in Lakewood, Colorado, the Manitou Incline was the pinnacle of training for any and every sport imaginable. Fabled as an almost untouchable feat, the Incline—approximately 2,745 wooden railroad ties/steps stretching 2000 vertical feet in less than a mile—was the most intimidating training challenge.
Most people would connect El Pomar Foundation's mission directly to philanthropy. But how has our society’s understanding of philanthropy shifted over the last 75 years?
Tracy Chamberlain, The Durango Herald
Extreme Skiing, Environmentalism, Bipolar Disorder: See it all at the Durango Independent Film Festival
As an artistic medium, filmmaking entertains, educates, and examines the human experience – and calls us to action. For the community of Durango, filmmaking plays a key role in enriching the community and economy through the 5-day Durango Independent Film Festival.
As I made my way to work, my normal route, I couldn’t help but be captivated by the mountains. The national anthem came to mind, “Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesties…” I imagined Katharine Lee Bates, who originally titled the poem “Pikes Peak,” waking up early on a winter morning to pen these immortal words.
Ann Butler, The Durango Herald
Debra Crawford, Colorado Mountain College
It was late May, but the morning air was frigid on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I was excited but nervous about what lay ahead of me. Our challenge: hiking from the south rim to the north rim in one day.
Paul invited me to be part of the founding team for this new enterprise, Kadi Energy Company. Kadi means “light” in Paul’s native language of Ewe, spoken in southeastern Ghana. Addressing Ghana’s energy insecurity issues seemed like an unsurmountable task to those of us on the team, and it was an even tougher sell to investors. Convincing them your startup is the most deserving recipient of their money and time requires considerable conviction and strategic planning. It was – hands down – the most exhilarating professional experience I’ve ever had.
Imagine a classroom where you’re encouraged to learn and explore the world without limits, no matter the circumstances. Now meet Ivan, a six-year old child who was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome, a disorder that can cause developmental delays in young children. His adoptive parents were concerned with supporting his development and sought out ways to facilitate healthy growth for their new child.
Matt Steiner, The Gazette