Charities Funded

                           
May 13, 2013:


The National Museum of World War II Aviation

The mission of the National Museum of World War II Aviation is to provide unique educational experiences that promote a deeper understanding of the historical importance of American aviation in World War II and its role in shaping the world we live in today.

The donated funds will be used for K-12 student and teacher focused STEM and History education.


August 5, 2013:

C.A.M.P. (Christopher Ames Matthews Project)

The mission of the Christopher Ames Matthews Project, Inc. is to provide sustainable housing options for individuals with developmental disabilities with emphasis on individuals with autism and/ or behavioral challenges. C.A.M.P. was created in memory of Christopher Ames Matthews who passed away in October 2007. C.A.M.P. currently has one home that houses three young adult men. These men are taught independent living skills and life organizational skills under the supervision of a provider approved service agency in El Paso County, with the hope that they will be able to transition to independent living.


November 4, 2013:

Parents Challenge


Founded in 2001 by Steve & Joyce Schuck, Parents Challenge provides families with tools and resources to exercise educational choice to achieve academic success. Parents Challenge has provided educational choice to over 1,600 students and their families. Almost two million dollars have been disbursed in scholarships and grants to ensure that choice is never limited to only those of means. As they take responsibility for their children’s education, parents have also taken more control of their own lives. Parents Challenge students have prospered, gaining the confidence and skills to succeed in life. Ten years of measuring academic performance have taught us that empowered parents and guardians working through the support system of our programs have dramatically improved their lives and those of their children. Through the work of Parents Challenge, families have been transformed and they, as well as our community, are better off as a result.

February 24, 2014

Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association


Providing support and encouragement to families of children with Down syndrome…that is our primary mission here at the Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association (CSDSA)!

A small group of parents founded the CSDSA in 1989, and more than 20 years later we remain dedicated to encouraging fellowship and sense-of-community amongst our families. We continue our mission to inform and empower our families while promoting community awareness of the dignity, promise, and potential of all people with Down syndrome. The CSDSA is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization serving Colorado Springs and its surrounding communities.

The outlook for children and adults with Down syndrome continues to improve every day due to the increases in quality of medical care, early intervention, and educational support. We invite you to join us in our journey to a world where every person with Down syndrome is a valued member of our communities.


May 5, 2014:

Lead Foundation

About the LEAD (Learning and Educating About Disabilities) Foundation

 

The LEAD Foundation was organized in 2002 by a handful of parents familiar with the frustrations and difficulties of putting a child with learning disabilities and/or ADHD through the public school system. These parents recognized a need in this community for a program that would provide parent support, education and awareness to individuals and families dealing with issues surrounding learning disabilities and ADHD. The community forums program which hosts nationally known speakers and experts on learning disabilities, as well as a one of a kind Resource Center, were created to fill that need. The Foundation also provides three annual scholarships that award students with learning disabilities for their hard work.

 

Secondly, The Foundation provides administrative and financial support to the unique and nationally recognized LEAD program at Cheyenne Mountain High School, which teaches students with learning disabilities the importance of self-knowledge and the skills of self-advocacy. 100 % of LEAD students have graduated from high school and over 90% go on to college, which is well above the national averages for students with learning disabilities. The LEAD Foundation is working towards replicating the LEAD program in other schools in the Colorado Springs community, and throughout the state.

 

The LEAD Foundation is a 501c3 non profit and a component fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Funding for the LEAD Foundation comes through grants, private donations and a yearly “LEAD Our Kids” fund-raising event held in the fall.

August 4, 2014:

Jr. Tigers Sled Hockey

The mission of the Jr Tigers Sled Hockey program is to promote and develop the health and success of athletes with disabilities through the exhilarating sport of sled hockey. The program provides equipment, ice, coaching, games and tournaments to youth, 7 and older and adults that suffer from cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities. It gives many of those athletes their first experience of participating in a sport and playing on a team.
The program also benefits the player's families. It gives parents a place to take their kids for a few hours each week. Further, because we let family members play, it gives brothers, sisters and parents the chance to interact with their sibling/child in an athletic, positive and fun setting that lets the player with the disability excel. Because the team is funded by gifts like this one it does not charge any of the players. That removes the financial barrier that most of the players face.
The program impacts the CSAHA able-body players as well. Throughout the season the Jr. Tigers and Pikes Peak Miners stand-up teams climb into sleds and play the sled hockey team. That not only gives the sled hockey team some competition, but also gives the able-body kids a whole new outlook on life. Sleds level the playing field and show the stand-up players that many of the kids they are playing with are truly athletes with disabilities not disabled kids.

Further, watching the kid that just schooled them on the ice get lifted out of a sled and helped into a wheel chair helps those able-bodied kids better appreciate the gift of good health.

A short example of the program can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLt_oLWfpqQm. (It starts with an advertisement that was run during the Olympics that features one of the Jr. Tigers players that lost her ability to walk when she was hit in the head with a ball during a fast pitch softball game. the It is followed up with a few photographs that depict the team and the game. It ends with a photo of the Jr. Tigers with a few of the players from the Gold Medal winning USA Sled Hockey Team.) You can find more information at www.csaha.com under the Sled Hockey tab.

The 100 Men Who Cares gift will have a tremendous impact on the Jr. Tigers Sled Hockey program.  Since its recent merger with the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association (CSAHA), the program has doubled in size. We expect that it will double again this season and that we will probably serve around 35 youth and 25 adults. Accordingly, the program needs new equipment. Specifically it needs at least 8 to 10 new sleds at $650 each and equipment for 16 – 20 at $100 per set. We also want to take the team to a sled hockey tournament in Buffalo, NY in April, 2015. Considering that most of our players have never been on a vacation, much less out of the state, the trip will be an opportunity neither they nor their parents never dreamed of. We expect the cost of that will be about $15,000.

The  gift from 100 Men Who Cares will purchase all of the equipment the CSAHA Jr. Tigers will need for at least the next few seasons. It will help to assure that every person with a disability that wants to play the greatest game in the world will get that opportunity. It will also get us a start at getting the team to Buffalo in 2015.



November 3, 2014:

Blight to Bright

Blight to Bright is a neighborhood initiative focusing on the mitigation of blighted properties in Colorado Springs and El Paso County.  We understand that blighted properties are not only in physical distress, but financial and legal distress as well.  Navigating the complicated waters with homeowners while respecting their property rights is paramount to our mission.

Blight in a neighborhood is a negative impact to community safety and moral.  These properties are costing enormous amounts of money to monitor by the Police and Code Enforcement departments.  They drag down the collective value of surround homes, impacting tax revenues and attract vagrants, criminal activity and hopelessness.

We also understand that every property has a story that is unique to that property alone.  There are often difficult circumstances that have contributed to a property falling into the category of blight and we are sensitive to these situations.

Blight to Bright recognizes that owners of blighted properties are experiencing the burden of, stress, repeating calls and notices from the Police and Code Enforcement, tax liens, penalties, fines and real estate taxes.  These properties are a liability for the owner and the neighborhoods, which they reside.  In many cases the situation seems hopeless and the owner is looking for a positive way out of this burden.  Blight to Bright was founded on this need.

Our goal is to work closely with owners, neighbors, city and county administrators so that all solutions are in the best interest of the communities impacted.

Blight to Bright is structured in a manner that the fund can accept donations of properties regardless of physical condition, financial burden and legal complexities.  We are working with partners throughout the community to repurpose properties for the betterment of Colorado Springs and El Paso County.  In doing so we will be taking properties that are a negative impact to moral, safety and well being of a neighborhood and turning them into a positive impact.  A legacy any property owner can proud of.

As a component fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, all donations of property, cash, and qualifying in-kind donations are tax deductible to the donor.

February 10, 2015:

St. Mary's High School PreEngineering Program

The funds raised are being used to support the startup of the High School PreEngineering Program. The purpose is to introduce students to engineering and to encourage college enrollment. 

May 4, 2015:

The Home Front Cares

Provides emergency and responsive support and grants for Colorado's service members, veterans and family members, who have been impacted by deployment in harm's way.
The Home Front Cares started in Colorado Springs in 2003 and is funded 100% by donations. So far in 2015 it has provided grants for over 375 veterans and their families.


 

 


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