Category: Non-Profit Organization

Non-Profit Organizations Serving El Paso County, Colorado

El Paso County in Colorado is a mecca for non-profit organizations. With a population of about 440,000 people in 194 square miles Colorado Springs has around 165 non-profit organizations serving the community. With so many to choose from how do you decide which one is near and dear to your heart? This blog follows some of the causes that I care about. I encourage you to take the time to read through and learn about these organizations and the impacts that they are making in our community.

Rescue and Rehabilitation a Priority for The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Photo taken from June’s blog Growing Up in Fort Collins
Photo taken from June’s blog Growing Up in Fort Collins
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amber Martin Graduate Student, Full Sail University The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization located in Keenesburg, Colorado that rescues and rehabilitates large carnivores. Most of the animals come from very poor conditions and are seized by local agencies. The sanctuary strongly believes in allowing these animals the care and space to live full healthy lives without being exploited. “We’ll have lions that show up, that don’t even know how to roar because they have never been around another lion to hear it or have a reason to roar. We want to get them around others of their own kind, so that they can learn what kind of animal they are. What it’s like to be a tiger or a lion,” said Kent Drotar, Director of the Sanctuary Ambassador Program. “We want these animals to live as long as possible and healthy as the animals they were meant to be.” The sanctuary covers 720 acres of land and most of the habitats are between five and 25 acres. The location is important for the sanctuary to thrive. It is close enough to the Denver metro area that they are able to get the volunteers, equipment, and material needed in order to maintain the place. It is also far enough away that they have the ability to expand. The sanctuary currently has just over 400 animals and about 45 different habitats. They feed around 35,000 pounds of food a week. With only five or six people on the animal care staff, volunteers are an extremely important necessity to help maintain the place. Volunteers help sort food, prepare meals, clean enclosures, and clean and fill water tanks. “Most of them do it because they love animals. They want to make a difference in animal’s lives,” said Kent Drotar, Director of the Sanctuary Ambassador Program. “We want the volunteers to respect the animals the way we do, which is not as a pet, and not as a way to make money, but simply respect them because of what they are.” To learn more about The Wild Animal Sanctuary please visit or check out their latest newsletter which features Chase, one of the tigers living at the sanctuary. About the Wild Animal Sanctuary The Founder, Pat Craig, was the youngest person at 19 years old to become licensed to have a wild animal sanctuary in January 1980. The sanctuary began on Pat’s parent's 15-acre farm in Boulder, Colorado. However, that space filled up very quickly and he moved the sanctuary to Lyons, Colorado. In 1994 the sanctuary was moved one last time to Keenesburg, Colorado where it has been for the last 22 years. Pat Craig is currently the Executive Director of the organization.

Women’s Resource Agency Advocates for the Women of El Paso County

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amber Martin Graduate Student, Full Sail University Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 6, 2016 – The Women’s Resource Agency empowers women and girls to attain and maintain personal self-sufficiency and economic independence. The Women’s Resource Agency is a non-profit organization located in the Pikes Peak region. The agency assists about 1000 participants each year through individual coaching, career-building workshops, personal development classes, computer training, image consulting and a professional clothing boutique for women. The majority of participants are low-income, single, separated or divorced women seeking a job that provides a living wage. In El Paso County, the median income for single moms is $25,778 a year. Eight out of Ten women who get Suited Up For Success through the agency find a job. The agency works with teen girls as well. Through their InterCept Program, at risk teen girls in El Paso County school districts are encouraged to complete high school. The program teaches leadership, building positive relationships and how to make healthy life choices. In 2015, 98 percent of the teens in the program graduated. Donations and community support are relied on to fulfill their mission. There are several ways to contribute. Volunteering, clothing donations and financial support are all accepted. Women’s Resource Agency is one of the most effective non-profit organizations in the Pikes Peak region. Most participants are referred to Women’s Resource Agency by human and social service agencies in the community. About the Women’s Resource Agency The Women’s Resource Agency is the oldest, continuously operating women’s human service organization in the Pikes Peak region. Since forming in 1972, the agency has helped thousands of women re-enter the workforce. The agency meets clients wherever they are in their lives and helps them improve their situations in a non-threatening and non-judgmental environment. To learn more about the Women’s Resource Agency go to

Springs Rescue Mission Feeds Those in Need

Volunteers prepare meals in the Samaritan's Kitchen at Springs Rescue Mission Colorado Springs, Colo.
Four men and one woman work around a small kitchen table shredding whole turkeys and chopping cabbage and carrots in the Samaritan’s Kitchen at Springs Rescue Mission Jan. 22, 2016 as homeless people from all walks of life wait outside to be served dinner. “Since I’ve been here people are generally pretty excited to come in. They can see that we’re putting an effort into providing good food for them, nutritious and flavorful,” said Pam Scharfenberg, a Chef in the Samaritan’s Kitchen. “Its very important to have a warm meal during the winter months. One of the things that we try to do is feed people a hot meal loaded with carbohydrates because that’s what creates energy and warmth in your body.” 27 people are served Turkey a la King with potatoes and bread during the first dinner meal of the evening. Applesauce and granola bars are passed out as a snack. The food is provided by generous donations from the community. Three dinner meals are served in the evenings starting at 4:00pm and ending at 5:30pm. The Samaritan's Kitchen has the ability to serve up to 225 people dinner each evening, Monday through Saturday. “The atmosphere in the kitchen is jovial fellowship,” said Ezekiel Conley, Graduate Services Program Culinary Intern and Kitchen Manager. “The dinner program is called Message in a Meal, so there’s always a scripture verse and the daily bread read before the meal and the prayer. Most people are receiving of that.” Springs Rescue Mission Men from the New Life Program do food preparation, cooking, serving, and washing dishes 20 to 30 hours a week as part of the program. Nine men are on shift this evening. As well as one volunteer who comes in regularly to help. Volunteers vary from day-to-day depending on who is scheduled and who shows up. “I volunteer my time because of the fellowship and camaraderie. Everybody has a good spirit here and wants to help,” said Ezekiel Conley, Graduate Services Program Culinary Intern and Kitchen Manager. “I used to be homeless, and knowing that I could come off the street and get a meal was very comforting.” To learn more about Springs Rescue Mission and the Samaritan’s Kitchen visit

Rocky Mountain Field Institute Leads Stewardship Projects in Southern Colorado

Logo by CoPilot Creative, Austin Buck
Logo by CoPilot Creative, Austin Buck
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amber Martin Graduate Student, Full Sail University Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 17, 2016 ­­— The Rocky Mountain Field Institute is looking to engage volunteers interested in conservation and stewardship of public lands in the Southern Rocky Mountain Region of Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Field Institute is a non-profit organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The organization is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of public lands in Southern Colorado. Projects are year round and anyone can register online or call the volunteer coordinator to schedule a workday. Volunteers can enhance the ecological health and resources through projects that focus on watershed restoration, forest health, and sustainable recreation areas. Southern Colorado is filled with beautiful mountains, forests, and high plains. It is a premier location for hikers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts. There are 53 state parks in Colorado. A lot of hard work and care goes into the maintenance of these parks and outdoor recreation areas. The Rocky Mountain Field Institute is a large part of the effort that helps maintain the beautiful Colorado landscapes and recreation areas. The organization relies on dedicated and generous volunteers to help with its restoration and trail project goals. “We’re looking at a really robust year of projects coming up . . . we like to engage volunteers of all background and demographics, anyone who has got any type of environmental stewardship and wants to give back to the public lands . . . hikers, mountain bikers, equestrian, rock climbers, those that are out there using the trails and love to enjoy these open spaces,” said Molly Mazel, Volunteer Coordinator at the Rocky Mountain Field Institute. Rocky Mountain Field Institue's vision is to create a world where their work fosters vibrant and healthy natural systems that are respected and cared for by the public. The organization has over 11 current projects that they are focused on. About the Rocky Mountain Field Institute The Rocky Mountain Field Institute was founded in 1982 as the American Mountain Foundation. After noticing the impacts of climbers and other outdoor recreationists an Executive Director of the organization put a group of friends and fellow climbers together to help restore areas that were impacted by climbers and recreationists. The Rocky Mountain Field Institute developed from these efforts and has expanded to create a community-based stewardship program. Volunteerism lies at the heart of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute’s mission. For more information about the Rocky Mountain Field Institute please visit