Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Every month, Aspen Public Radio picks a non-profit in the Roaring Fork Valley that is focused on service and improving the community for all. Each week, you'll hear a different aspect of our Non-Profit in the Spotlight as they explain their mission, challenges, and successes.

Molly Dorais is the Director of Admissions at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. She discusses the school's unique curriculum and programs, and the types of students who attend CRMS. The school is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, so tuition goes directly into the school's programs, faculty, and facilities. While the price tag might shock prospective students and their families, Dorais discusses CRMS's generous financial aid program. 

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The Colorado Rocky Mountain School's 60-year history is chock-full of interesting characters - people who believe work in the classroom should be coupled with physical work and outdoor education. The end result: a curious, knowledgeable, and well-rounded 18-year old. Mark Clark started his journey with CRMS in 1979. He is a CRMS faculty member and splits his time between Carbondale and Wyoming. 

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Dr. Kim Levin is constantly thinking about epidemics and how the Roaring Fork Valley would respond. Dr. Levin serves on the board of Community Health Services. The organization provides clinical care, such as immunizations and women's health programs, and works closely with the City of Aspen and Pitkin County to have plans in place for outbreaks and communicable diseases in the valley. Dr. Levin discusses these plans and possible threats to the health of the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Ginny Dyche is on the board of directors for Community Health Services. She has a long history working in health care, and is passionate about the work and care Community Health Services provides. Dyche discusses the future of care and how the organization is working to bring affordable, preventable health to the Roaring Fork Valley. 

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Community Health Services, Part 2

Jan 12, 2015

Community Health Services spends a lot of time thinking about us - you... me... and everyone else in the Roaring Fork Valley. Executive Director Liz Stark explains the organization's large-scale programs that cover the entire valley. Jordana Sabella, the Public Health Planner for Community Health Services, works closely with the City of Aspen, Senior Health Services, and Pitkin County to identify key health issues unique to the valley including access to care, a growing senior population, mental health and substance abuse, and radon awareness. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Community Health Services, Part 1

Jan 5, 2015

Liz Stark, the executive director of Community Health Services, shares the organization's mission, programs, and what makes it unique to the Roaring Fork Valley. The organization provides direct care to anyone who walks through the door (insured or uninsured), including vaccinations, pre-natal care, and common tests. But the group has also taken on the challenge of assisting the newly insured under the Affordable Care Act, and helping individuals get the most out of their coverage.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Chris Klug Foundation, Part 4

Dec 22, 2014

The Chris Klug Foundation sends a team to the Leadville 100 every year  - a grueling 100-mile test of stamina and strength either on foot or by bike. Ester Blom-Geiser is a board member of the foundation and was a member of the 2014 team. Blom-Geiser and Beth Slater, the foundation's Executive Director, talk about the  multitude of awareness and fundraising events, and outreach programs in schools nationwide. 

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Chris Klug Foundation, Part 3

Dec 15, 2014

In 2002, Robbie Wade passed away from a skateboard accident. He was 19 years old and was an organ donor. His accident profoundly affected his family and the Aspen community. Robbie's father, Bob Wade, speaks about Robbie's decision and the impact his story has had on the community and organ donation awareness. Beth Slater, the Executive Director of the Chris Klug Foundation also contributes.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Chris Klug Foundation, Part 2

Dec 8, 2014

Chris Klug, Olympic bronze medalist, liver transplant recipient, and the founder of the Chris Klug Foundation, shares his story and discusses organ donation today.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Chris Klug Foundation, Part 1

Dec 1, 2014

  The Aspen-based Chris Klug Foundation is a small organization with a big impact. With two full-time staffers, the foundation reaches thousands of people every year through national events. Aspenite, Olympic bronze medalist, and liver transplant recipient, Chris Klug, is the founder of the foundation.

Klug shares the mission of foundation and how they raise awareness about organ donation. Executive Director, Beth Slater, also joins.