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.

English in Action was created in 1994 when the Basalt Regional Library launched its Adult Literacy Program - committed to fostering a diverse community. In 2008, the initiative became a fully independent non-profit organization known today as English in Action. Executive Director Lara Beaulieu discusses the organization's history and importance in the Roaring Fork Valley. English in Action is always looking for volunteer tutors - you do not need to be bilingual to be an effective tutor. Learn...

Tim McFlynn is the founder and board chair of Public Counsel of the Rockies - he humbly refers to the organization as more of a "non-profit in the candlelight". And he has good reason for that - the organization is small, elusive, and tends to fly under most of our radars. But, he says it's time to bring more awareness to the public interest firm and its work. Chelsea Brundige, board trustee and head of the Counsel's Smart Water Program, says that they hope the younger generation of...

In 2006, Public Counsel began the process of challenging the 1963 Colorado Oil & Gas Act, that allowed the owner of a property's underground mineral rights to pump and dispose of groundwater to access the gas, with no permit, despite the protests of the surface owner. Chelsea Brundige is a trustee on the board of Public Counsel of the Rockies and runs the Counsel's Smart Water Program. She explains the case Public Counsel opened to close this loophole and make oil and gas companies comply...

In 1969, the Atomic Energy Commission used a nuclear bomb 8,000' below the ground in Rulison , Colorado, to crack a fracture zone to release natural gas. Thirty-five years later, a small Texas energy company applied to drill wells in the area. Chelsea Brundige , board trustee of the Public Counsel of the Rockies, and Tim McFlynn , founder and board chair of Public Counsel, discuss the case and outcome. Learn more about Public Counsel of the Rockies at www.public-counsel.org , and learn more...

Chances are, you've never heard of Public Counsel of the Rockies...until now. This little organization is based out of the Benedict Building in Aspen, and has no staff, but is a heavy hitter when it comes to making big changes on issues of public interest. Tim McFlynn is the founder and board chair of Public Counsel. He shares the organization's history and his inspiration for creating it. Chelsea Brundige is a trustee on the board of Public Counsel, and runs the Counsel's Smart Water Program...

Renee Solari is the Program Manager for Education Services at SunPower, a solar company that designs and manufactures high-efficiency photovoltaic cells and solar panels out of California. The company has a mission to provide tools and promote education to students around the country. Energetics Education, based in Carbondale, is a recipient of donated solar panels from SunPower. These panels are used by high school students in the Roaring Fork Valley to design and build solar-powered cars,...

Jon Fox-Rubin is on the board of Energetics Education, a non-profit focused on inspiring kids to study, learn, and develop new methods of clean energy today and in the future. Fox-Rubin shares his personal history in engineering and his passion for Energetics Education. Visit www.EnergeticsEd.org to learn more about Energetics Education and the Solar Rollers program.

Noah Davis is the Executive Director of Energetics Education, a non-profit organization that brings energy education to high school students through the Solar Rollers program. High school teams comprising of six students sign up to participate in Solar Rollers. The teams are given a solar-powered car kit which they must design and build, and eventually race against other teams. The third annual race was held in the Big Horn Toyota parking lot in Glenwood Springs in May 2015. Davis explains...

Energetics Education is a young non-profit organization based in Carbondale that works to bring energy education programs into high schools. Established in 2014, the organization has one program - Solar Rollers - that gives solar car kits to high schoolers and hosts a competitive race for the school teams in the spring. Noah Davis is the executive director of Energetics Education and shares his personal history in energy and education, and what inspired him to start the organization. Learn...

Mike Simmons, Chairman of the Aspen Science Center board, and Jackie Francis, Executive Director of the Aspen Science Center, share their vision for the future of the center. The organization hopes to build a science museum where visitors (both locals and tourists) can explore, interact, and discover. Learn more about the Aspen Science Center and their summer programs at www.AspenScienceCenter.org .

This summer the Aspen Science Center is offering a new program in conjunction with the Aspen Music Festival and School. The Science of Music is a four-part series of lectures and demonstrations. Alan Fletcher, President of the Aspen Music Festival and a board member of the science center, is leading the project. He gives listeners a sneak-peak into this exciting new series. Tickets can be purchased through the Aspen Music Festival and School at www.AspenMusicFestival.com. More information on...

Mike Simmons is the Chairman of the Aspen Science Center Board. He explains why hands-on experiments are the best way to educate and inspire people who are interested in science and learning about the world around them. Joining Simmons is Jackie Francis, the center's Executive Director. This week, we discuss the center's multitude of summer events for all ages and interests. Learn more about the Aspen Science Center's summer programs and events at www.AspenScienceCenter.org .

In 1990, the Aspen Science Center was created as a horticultural project at the Aspen Community School. First known as The Verena Project, the idea soon blossomed into a larger, science-focused non-profit organization. George Stranahan is a co-founder and board member of the center, and shares the history and evolution of the organization. Learn more about the Aspen Science Center at www.AspenScienceCenter.org .

Improving access to dental healthcare for communities between Aspen and Parachute is no small feat. So it's safe to say that the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance has plenty of work ahead of them. Among with their strategies and goals are some challenges. Cristina Gair, Executive Director of the Dental Alliance, and Kelly Keeffe, the Regional Oral Health Consultant for the Dental Alliance, discuss the challenges and future of the organization. Learn more about the Dental Alliance and...

Executive Director of the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance (APDHA), Cristina Gair, and Regional Oral Health Consultant, Kelly Keeffe, discuss the Smiles for Seniors program. The organization works with local dental hygienists to bring affordable preventative oral exams to senior centers in the Roaring Fork Valley. Gair and Keeffe also discuss the socioeconomics of tooth decay rates, and how the valley parallels the national trends. Learn more about the Smiles for Seniors program and...

There's no denying that dental health care is expensive - it's often overshadowed by other health care needs and expenses. Carrie Godes , board member of the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance, explains why so many people overlook oral care and how the Dental Alliance is working to bring affordable care options to the Roaring Fork Valley. Learn more about the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance at www.MyGreatTeeth.org .

Although the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance is young, they have a handful of successful projects that are helping to bring education, prevention and access to oral healthcare from Aspen to Parachute. Carrie Godes is a member of the Dental Alliance board of directors and works for Garfield County Public Health. She shares the organization's history and programs. Learn more about the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance at www.mygreatteeth.org .

The Wilderness Land Trust grew from the small town of Aspen to the Western United States. In its 25-year history, the organization has turned thousands of acres of private inholdings into designated wilderness. Executive Director Reid Haughey shares some of the organization's recent projects in California and their goals for the next 25 years. Learn more about The Wilderness Land Trust at www.wildernesslandtrust.org .

The Wilderness Land Act was created 51 years ago in order to "establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good for the whole people, and for other purposes" ( 1964 ). Today, The Wilderness Land Trust continues to work on acquiring private inholdings around the western U.S. to sell or donate to government land agencies, to ensure these lands are protected as wilderness. Reid Haughey, the Executive Director of the non-profit, talks about the organization's importance,...

Jean Hocker has an extensive history in land conservation. She's the Chairman of the board of The Wilderness Land Trust and discusses the organization's current project of cleaning up The Painter Mine on Idaho's Salmon River. Hocker also shares the organization's challenges and goals. Visit www.WildernessLandTrust.org to lean more about The Wilderness Land Trust and their current projects.

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