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Aspen Community Theatre provides scholarships to graduating seniors who are pursuing an education in theatre. Producer, Rita Hunter, says the best wat to get involved with ACT is to go to a show, and Monty Python's Spamalot is just around the corner. 

President of the board of directors for Aspen Community Theatre, Lynette Schlepp, says that ACT's shows are there to lighten things up when there's a lot going on in the world. Monty Python's Spamalot is a big undertaking, especially when it comes to the set. 

Producer Rita Hunter says that because there is a limited amount of people in the valley that have theatre experience, there is a lot of sharing and collaborating. This is ACT's 41st year, and November's production will be there 75th show.

Aspen Community Theatre was founded in 1976. They put on one musical each year at the District Theatre in the Aspen Elementary School. This year's production opens on November 3rd. 

District Manager of our local chapter, Jonathan Gorst, says the importance of keeping the younger generation in our valley and how important that is for our future economy. They encourage the community to reach out to them directly.

According to their website, Junior Achievement has contributed to the economics and business education of young people throughout the world. They say their unique system provides the training, materials, and support necessary to bolster the chances for student success.

Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley does not receive any funding from the National umbrella. All chapters function independently. Junior Achievement emphasizes the importance of their volunteers. 

Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. They believe that they are creating business leaders of the future.

The commitment of a CASA of the Ninth volunteer, is to see the child or children involved twice a month. This special time between the volunteer and the child, or children, provides the volunteer with vital information to give the courts. Volunteers also write court reports on behalf of the child. 

Vice president of CASA's board, Resa Hayes, explains how she has seen the non-profit evolve since it's establishment in our community in 2011. A volunteer CASA does not need a specific skill set to provide assistance to a child or children in need. 

Each volunteer for CASA of the Ninth is assigned to one family, or CASA, to offer support in and out of the courtroom for the child or children involved in an abuse or neglect situation. CASA of the Ninth believes they are giving these child much needed support.

CASA of the Ninth was established in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2011. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Volunteers are placed with a "CASA", which may contain 1 child, or a few children. CASA volunteers do a great service to both the abused or neglected children as well as the court system. 

Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley has always been aware of the evolving affordable housing issues in our valley. The look forward to the proposed 27 condominium project on the hillside behind Basalt High School.

Habitat for Humanity employees understand and see the hardships of living in the valley when it comes to affordable housing. They encourage the community to do more than simply "talk" about the problem. 

Habitat for Humanity, Roaring Fork Valley's mission states that they "provide a hand up, not a hand out" through their home ownership opportunities. Every home that Habitat builds is purchased by the selected family partners; the homes are not given away.

In 1999, the local chapter of Habitat International was formed in the Roaring Fork Valley. The founders of our local chapter had great instincts, and foresaw what would become one of the biggest issues in the valley- the need for affordable housing. 

Rebecca Mirsky is the Development Director at Wilderness Workshop, and oversees the Artist in Wilderness Program. The program invites artists for a one-week residency in the Aspen area, where they create art inspired by the places that Wilderness Workshop is working to protect. Mirsky also discusses the organization's summer guided hike series, local lecture series, and volunteer opportunities.

Catherine Scales-Johnson is the Executive Director of Spellbinders, an organization that is best known for its in-school storytelling program. Told by volunteers, the stories span from folk tales and personal stories to historical fiction. All volunteers must go through a 14-hour training and continue to have regular meetings with other volunteers.

Volunteer teller, Adelaide Waters, shares her personal experience with Spellbinders and the inspiration for her own stories.