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: 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

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: ACES, Part 4

Jun 23, 2014

Sustainable Agriculture - it's one of the new frontiers ACES, or Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, is taking on. Rock Bottom Ranch is one of the properties ACES manages - of the 113 acres, 40 acres are in agriculture production, the rest is kept as wildlands. Jason Smith is the Director of Rock Bottom Ranch and shares the summer programs, kids camps, vegetable gardens, livestock, and restoration projects happening at the ranch.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: ACES, Part 3

Jun 16, 2014

Jamie Cundiff is the Forest Programs Director at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). In 2012, For the Forest merged with ACES to create a powerful voice for more than just the trees of the Roaring Fork Valley, but also for those in Colorado and the West. Cundiff explains the actions ACES is taking to ensure the health of the forests in the valley, as well as large-scale projects designed to predict the future of forests and tree species based on different carbon out-puts in the coming decades.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: ACES, Part 2

Jun 9, 2014

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) has been an advocate for environmental education for over 45 years. Arin Trook is the Education Director, and is in charge of the in-school ACES programs in schools between between Aspen and Rifle. Trook explains the importance of environmental education and his  goals for future expansion.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: ACES, Part 1

Jun 2, 2014

Chris Lane, the CEO of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), shares the history, mission, sites, and summer programs of the non-profit organization. ACES manages 500 acres of land - some of which is located at Hallam Lake in Aspen, Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt, Spring Creek up the Frying Pan, and the Catto Center at Toklat, located at the ghostown of Ashcroft. There are multiple kids camps, adult workshops, and tours going on everyday, making summer at ACES anything but boring. 

Learn more about ACES and ACES summer programs on visit their website: www.aspennature.org

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Carbondale Clay Center, Part 4

May 26, 2014

The Carbondale Clay Center has been a central player in Carbondale's art community for 17 years. Still, like many non-profit organizations, there's a desire to expand, grow, and improve. Executive Director Jill Oberman, Ceramicist Alex Knipe, Founder Diane Keanie, and Board Advisor, Doug Casebeer, discuss the future of the clay center. 

To learn more about the Carbondale Clay Center, visit their website: www.carbondaleclay.org

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Carbondale Clay Center, Part 3

May 19, 2014

In the art world, scoring a residency is a big deal. The Carbondale Clay Center accepts four artists every year to come work at their studios in Carbondale. Alex Knipe was a resident in 2006, and after taking some time to earn her MFA and study in Turkey on a Fulbright research grant, she finds herself back in Carbondale. Knipe discusses how the center's residency changed her life, professionally and creatively, and Executive Director, Jill Oberman, shares the importance of residencies for emerging artists. 

Learn more about the Carbondale Clay Center and their residency program on their website:  www.carbondaleclay.org

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Carbondale Clay Center, Part 2

May 12, 2014

Jill Oberman, Executive Director, Alex Knipe, ceramicist and teacher, and Diane Keanie, Founding Director, all of the Carbondale Clay Center, discuss the importance of art. The Center is an important institution in the Carbondale art scene. The center offers classes, residencies, a gallery space, private lessons, and drop-in workshops for all ages and ability levels. The center is open to everyone and aims to help foster creativity and get people excited to get their hands dirty. 

Visit www.CarbondaleClay.org to learn more about the Carbondale Clay Center's programs and how you can get your hands muddy. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Carbondale Clay Center, Part 1

May 5, 2014

Carbondale Clay Center has been a fixture in Carbondale's art community for 17 years. Founding Director, Diane Keanie, and Advisor to the Board of Directors, Doug Casebeer, share the history of the clay center and how the center has become an asset to the community. 

To learn more about the history and programs of the Carbondale Clay Center, visit their website: www.carbondaleclay.org.

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