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.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: ACCESS, Part 4

Nov 24, 2014

Deb Rice, Executive Director of ACCESS, and Mindi Cabe, Program Director of ACCESS, share their hopes for the future and invite qualified locals to get involved. ACCESS after-school programs hire teachers and qualified instructors to teach a range of classes from art and yoga to radio broadcasting and cooking. 

To learn more about ACCESS programs and how you can get involved, visit www.accessrf.org

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: ACCESS, Part 3

Nov 17, 2014

Jeremy Voss, the Principal of Basalt Middle School, speaks about the importance of scheduled after-school programs for Middle School students and how ACCESS Roaring Fork has given his students new opportunities outside of sports and other school-related activities. Beth Wysong is a former teacher and ACCESS liaison. She says the connection ACCESS is making between the community and students is crucial for maintaining healthy communities. 

Learn more about ACCESS Roaring Fork at www.accessrf.org

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: ACCESS, Part 2

Nov 10, 2014

ACCESS provides after school and summer programs for students between Basalt and Rifle. Mindi Cabe, Program Director, and Deb Rice, Executive Director, discuss ACCESS's three main programs and why it's important to pay attention to what elementary and middle school students do when school is not in session.

To learn more about ACCESS, or how you can become an instructor, visit www.accessrf.org.  

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: ACCESS, Part 1

Nov 3, 2014

What do kids do after school? Sports, tutoring, and organized programs of course. But what about the kids who aren't interested in sports, or can't afford expensive after school programs? That's where ACCESS comes in. Deb Rice is the Executive Director for the Carbondale based Non-Profit. Mindi Cabe, the Program Director for ACCESS, also contributes. 

Learn more about ACCESS at www.accessrf.org

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: RESPONSE, Part 4

Oct 27, 2014

Kristin Werner is a somatic psychotherapist and facilitates the English-speaking support groups for RESPONSE. Werner explains how she works with victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Executive Director Logan Hood also discusses a new technique called Advocate Initiator Response, where RESPONSE advocates go immediately to victims, rather than waiting for victims to come to them.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: RESPONSE, Part 3

Oct 20, 2014

Jill Gruenberg and Anais Hernandez are Advocacy and Prevention Program Coordinators for RESPONSE. They explain what an advocate does, how they help victims of violence and abuse, and the importance of having bi-lingual and bi-cultural advocates. 

RESPONSE has a 24-hour crisis and support hotline: 925-SAFE (7233). Learn more about RESPONSE, volunteer advocacy, and programs at www.responsehelps.org

Logan Hood is the Executive Director of RESPONSE. She says sexual assault and domestic violence is far  too common - even in the Roaring Fork Valley. Hood discusses issues in the valley, challenges the organization faces, and how communities can rally together for no-tolerance. 

Learn more about RESPONSE at www.ResponseHelps.org, or call the 24-hour support and crisis hotline at 925-SAFE. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: RESPONSE, Part 1

Oct 6, 2014

October is domestic violence awareness month. Sue Smedstad and Keith Ikeda, board members of RESPONSE, share the history of the organization and its importance in the Roaring Fork Valley. The mission of RESPONSE is to support, educate, and empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Roaring Fork Valley.

If you, or someone you know, are suffering from abuse, please call the RESPONSE support and crisis hotline: 925-SAFE (7233). Learn more about RESPONSE at www.responsehelps.org

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Valley Land Trust, Part 4

Sep 22, 2014

This week, Connor Colman, the Stewardship Director of Aspen Valley Land Trust, talks about the new technologies used to monitor lands protected and owned by AVLT, including orthoimagery. In addition, Suzanne Stephens, the associate director, and Martha Cochran, the executive director of AVLT, discuss the future and challenges facing the organization. 

Learn more about AVLT and the lands they protect at www.avlt.org

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Valley Land Trust, Part 3

Sep 15, 2014

Suzanne Stephens is the Associate Director of Aspen Valley Land Trust. She works with landowners to conserve open lands and working ranches in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys. Martha Cochran, Executive Director of AVLT, also contributes to the conservation. We talk about water conservation, land conservation, and why it is important today and tomorrow.   

Learn more about Aspen Valley Land Trust and the properties they protect: www.avlt.org.

This week, the 2014 National Sheepdog Finals will be held on the Strang Ranch above Carbondale. Bridget Strang is the event's host and talks about the history of the event, what to expect, and how you can attend. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Aspen Valley Land Trust. Martha Cochran is the Executive Director of the land trust and shares why this partnership was a natural fit.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Valley Land Trust, Part 1

Sep 1, 2014

Through partnerships between landowners and Aspen Valley Land Trust, almost 40,000 acres of land have been conserved. Martha Cochran, Executive Director of Aspen Valley Land Trust, and Chuck Vidal, former board member and former Executive Director of the land trust, discuss the history of the organization and the need for land conservation in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: The Thrift Shop of Aspen, Part 4

Aug 25, 2014

The Thrift Shop of Aspen is celebrating their 65th birthday with a party. The shop is looking back and celebrating 65 years of action. Ellen Walbert a long-time volunteer, shares about the birthday party festivities. The Thrift Shop of Aspen is where locals and visitors have found reasonably priced goods, even a cookbook with local recipes. Patti Stranahan is the former President of the Thrift Shop of Aspen and discusses the cookbook. The Thrift Shop of Aspen is looking back and celebrating 65 years of action, while also looking to the future. Lynda McCarthy is the Treasurer of the Thrift Shop of Aspen and shares about the future of the non-profit organization. September's celebration isn't just for the physical goods that have made The Thrift Shop of Aspen what it is, but it is also for the volunteers who have dedicated countless hours and hard work. Diane Wallace, co-President of the Thrift Shop of Aspen explains what makes their volunteers special.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: The Thrift Shop of Aspen, Part 3

Aug 18, 2014

The Thrift Shop of Aspen has a generous scholarship and grants program. Each year The Thrift Shop of Aspen awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Roaring Fork Valley. Lynda McCarthy is the current Treasurer of The Thrift Shop of Aspen and shares about the generosity of the community, and the selection process. Ellen Walbert is a long-time volunteer and serves on the scholarship committee, she shares about the impact of scholarships. The Thrift Shop of Aspen has a grants program that supports the arts, education, the environment, community needs, and youth activities in the Roaring Fork Valley. Patti Stranahan is the formed President of The Thrift Shop of Aspen and shares about giving back to the community, and providing a sustainable impact for other non-profit organizations.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: The Thrift Shop of Aspen, Part 2

Aug 11, 2014

The Thrift Shop of Aspen takes in countless items - clothing, outdoor gear, accessories and all manner of chachkies. The shop staff are the self-proclaimed "original recyclers" - taking used items and giving them value and reselling them. All the money raised in the shop is poured back into the Roaring Fork Valley in the form of grants and scholarships. Ellen Walbert a board member and volunteer shares about volunteering, and finding obscure items. Diane Wallace is the co-President and long-time volunteer, and shares about being the "original recyclers".

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: The Thrift Shop of Aspen, Part 1

Aug 4, 2014

The Thrift Shop of Aspen opened in 1949 and is celebrating its 65th anniversary. For decades the shop has accepted donated goods, resold them, and then given the money to a myriad of organizations. It is a haven for finding great little treasures at affordable prices. From clothing and outdoor gear, to books and dinnerware, The Thrift Shop of Aspen is loved by Aspen locals and visitors alike. Diane Wallace is the co-President of The Thrift Shop of Aspen and long-time volunteer, she shares about the mission and history of the non-profit organization. Ellen Walbert is a board member and active volunteer of The Thirft Shop of Aspen and shares about the community involvement of The Thrift Shop of Aspen.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Huts for Vets, Part 4

Jul 28, 2014

Paul Anderson, Adam McCabe, Dr. Jerry Alpern, and Janice Nark are all involved with the non-profit Huts for Vets. We discuss the two new programs Huts for Vets is taking on. The first is a partnership with Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado, which aims to help veterans enter college life by building relationships with other enrolled veterans. The second program is a women's hut trip, where the focus will be on issues women face overseas and when they come home.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Huts for Vets, Part 3

Jul 21, 2014

The mission for Huts for Vets is simple: to help veterans adjust to and enjoy civilian life by gaining tools for enhancing mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health. The organization takes groups of veterans up to the 10th Mountain Division Huts for three days of hiking, discussion, and reflection. Guests on this show include Paul Anderson, Executive Director, Dr. Jerry Alpern, board member and psychologist, and Adam McCabe, retired combat veteran, instructor, and board member.

Adam McCabe is a decorated former Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. McCabe is also an active Huts for Vets board member and teaches other returning veterans Tension Releasing Exercises (TRE), which are proven to help better manage symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He shares about his story, and the importance of Huts for Vets programs. Paul Anderson is the Executive Director of Huts for Vets and shares about the need for programs like Huts for Vets. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Janice Nark is a Huts for Vets board member.

Huts for Vets is a new non-profit, founded in January 2013. The organization lead two programs last summer, introducing 15 veterans to the serenity and calm of the wilderness - almost all of whom said the experience changed their life. Paul Anderson is the Executive Director of Huts for Vets and shares about the mission and programs of the non-profit organization. Dr. Jerry Alpern is a psychologist and a member of the board, he shares about the value of Huts for Vets. 

Learn more about Huts for Vets and Huts for Vets programs on their website: www.hutsforvets.org

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