Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Each month, Aspen Public Radio highlights a different non-profit in the Roaring Fork Valley with a new feature, "Non-Profit in the Spotlight". These organizations support our community through the promotion of arts, music, animal well-being, education, environmental stewardship, social support and more. Tune in every week for a new episode focusing on a different aspect of each organization throughout the month.

If you know, or are part of, a local non-profit organization that would like to be featured on Aspen Public Radio's "Non-Profit in the Spotlight", please contact Cornelia Carpenter at cornelia@aspenpublicradio.org or (970) 920-9000.

This program is intended to highlight organizations that have limited budgets and operate primarily in the Roaring Fork Valley and are licensed as 501(c)(3) organizations.

  Mountain Valley Developmental Services is an expansive non-profit based out of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Their mission is to encourage and support individuals with developmental disabilities, enhance their ability to live, learn and work while educating the community about their contributions and capabilities. It is one of the largest non-profits in the Roaring Fork Valley, employing over 150 staff and over 50 contracted professionals. Mountain Valley reaches over 450 individuals and families in Eagle, Garfield, Lake and Pitkin County. Executive Director, Bruce Christensen, gives an overview of the organization. 

There are two traveling pre-schools in the Roaring Fork Valley -- in the form of short buses. El Busesito is the name for each of these buses. They currently provide 3-hours of pre-school time for 90 children in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Early childhood education is one the goals for the Valley Settlement Project, a project focused on incorporating and encouraging immigrant and low-income communities in the Roaring Fork Valley. The project is run by The Manaus Fund. 

The Manaus Fund's Valley Settlement Project is comprised of three main focuses: early childhood education, after school programs and adult education. This week, we meet Marisol, a parent mentor whose life has changed since her involvement with the Valley Settlement Project. The parent mentor program is one of many parts of the adult education focus, including english classes, computer enhancement programs and GED prep-courses. George Stranahan, founder of The Manaus Fund and Senior Advisor of The Valley Settlement Project, and Morgan Jacober, Project Director of The Valley Settlement Project are also featured in this episode.

The Valley Settlement Project is going into its second year, and is Carbondale's Manaus Fund's greatest project to date. The project is broken into three parts: early childhood education, after school programs and adult educational classes, which include a parent mentor program, english and GED-prep classes and computer skill workshops. George Stranahan, Founder of The Manaus Fund and Senior Advisor of the Valley Settlement Project, and Morgan Jacober, Project Director of the Valley Settlement Project are featured in this episode.

For more on The Manaus Fund: http://www.manausfund.org/

"Never do for others what they can do for themselves". This is the underlying philosophy of The Manaus Fund and its founder, George Stranahan. The Manaus Fund operates out of Carbondale's Third Street Center and addresses localized social issues by investing in non-profit organizations and projects in the Roaring Fork Valley. Social entrepreneurship, investment and community involvement are the core values of The Manaus Fund and are essential to the Fund's latest endeavor: The Valley Settlement Project. George Stranahan, Founder of The Manaus Fund and Senior Advisor of the Valley Settlement Project, Ellen Freedman, Executive Director of The Manaus Fund, and Morgan Jacober, Project Director of the Valley Settlement Project are featured in this episode.

For more on The Manaus Fund: http://www.manausfund.org/

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