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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.

Raising a Reader is dedicated to fostering early literacy bonds between children and their parents to ensure that all young children from Aspen to Parachute develop a love of books and the skills to become successful readers. Executive Director Rick Blauvelt and Chair of Raising a Reader's Board of Directors Nate Adams discuss who Raising a Reader serves and the need for literacy in developing children. 

Raising a Reader is dedicated to fostering early literacy bonds between children and their parents to ensure that all young children from Aspen to Parachute develop a love of books and the skills to become successful readers. Executive Director Rick Blauvelt and Chair of Raising a Reader's Board of Directors Nate Adams discuss where and how Raising a Reader began, and the impact their non-profit has on the community. 

Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives through year-round adaptive experiences for individuals faced with cognitive and or physical disabilities. They create life-changing opportunities by encouraging participation in activities designed to redefine limits, recognize abilities, and transfer newfound courage to everyday life. CEO, Jeff Hauser and Director of the Military Opportunities Program, John Klonowski, discuss their operation costs, how you can get involved, and provide examples on how they are making a difference. 

Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives through year-round adaptive experiences for individuals faced with cognitive and or physical disabilities. They create life-changing opportunities by encouraging participation in activities designed to redefine limits, recognize abilities, and transfer newfound courage to everyday life. CEO, Jeff Hauser and Director of the Military Opportunities Program, John Klonowski, discuss current and future goals of their non-profit, and tangible examples with participants. 

Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives through year-round adaptive experiences for individuals faced with cognitive and or physical disabilities. They create life-changing opportunities by encouraging participation in activities designed to redefine limits, recognize abilities, and transfer newfound courage to everyday life. CEO, Jeff Hauser and Director of the Military Opportunities Program, John Klonowski, discuss the diverse programs and events they offer. 

Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives through year-round adaptive experiences for individuals faced with cognitive and or physical disabilities. They create life-changing opportunities by encouraging participation in activities designed to redefine limits, recognize abilities, and transfer newfound courage to everyday life. CEO, Jeff Hauser and Director of the Military Opportunities Program, John Klonowski, discuss the history of Challenge Aspen and the programs they offer. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: YouthEntity, Week 4

Jun 25, 2018

YouthEntity seeks to engage and empower youth to discover their potential by providing real-world experiences that prepare them for future successes. The main goal of YouthEntity is to make the Western Slope of Colorado the most financially literate region in the country. Kirsten Petre McDaniel provides powerful examples of the impact they are making in the community. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: YouthEntity, Week 3

Jun 18, 2018

YouthEntity seeks to engage and empower youth to discover their potential by providing real-world experiences that prepare them for future successes. The main goal of YouthEntity is to make the Western Slope of Colorado the most financially literate region in the country. Kirsten Petre McDaniel describes why it is important to be aware of YouthEntity and how you can get involved. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: YouthEntity, Week 2

Jun 11, 2018

YouthEntity seeks to engage and empower youth to discover their potential by providing real-world experiences that prepare them for future successes. The main goal of YouthEntity is to make the Western Slope of Colorado the most financially literate region in the country. Kirsten Petre McDaniel describes their programs offered to high school students in the Roaring Fork Valley.  

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: YouthEntity, Week 1

Jun 4, 2018

YouthEntity seeks to engage and empower youth to discover their potential by providing real-world experiences that prepare them for future successes. The main goal of YouthEntity is to make the Western Slope of Colorado the most financially literate region in the country. Kirsten Petre McDaniel describes their programs offered to elementary and middle school students in the Roaring Fork Valley.  

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Film, Week 4

May 21, 2018

Aspen Film seeks to enlighten, enrich, educate, and entertain through film. Founded in 1979 by Ellen Hunt, Aspen Film has been creating unique experiences for all audiences. Susan Wrubel, Executive Director, and Regna Jones, Director of Operations and Education detail what Aspen Film means to them. 

Canine Outreach Care & Rescue seeks to ensure that as many dogs as possible avoid suffering and injury. Dedicated to helping needy families pay for life threatening and emergency veterinary expenses, Canine Outreach Care & Rescue provides funds to pay for veterinary care. Co-founders Sarah Simms and Sandro Torres explain where they see their non-profit in the future, and the importance of awareness in our community. 

Canine Outreach Care & Rescue seeks to ensure that as many dogs as possible avoid suffering and injury. Dedicated to helping needy families pay for life threatening and emergency veterinary expenses, Canine Outreach Care & Rescue provides funds to pay for veterinary care. Co-founders Sarah Simms and Sandro Torres explain their application process and go into depth of their partnership with Dr. Vincent of North Fork Veterinary. 

Canine Outreach Care & Rescue seeks to ensure that as many dogs as possible avoid suffering and injury. Dedicated to helping needy families pay for life threatening and emergency veterinary expenses, Canine Outreach Care & Rescue provides funds to pay for veterinary care. Co-founders Sarah Simms and Sandro Torres explain how their non-profit receives their funding and provides tangible examples of the work they do. 

Canine Outreach Care & Rescue seeks to ensure that as many dogs as possible avoid suffering and injury. Dedicated to helping needy families pay for life threatening and emergency veterinary expenses, Canine Outreach Care & Rescue provides funds to pay for veterinary care. Co-founders Sarah Simms and Sandro Torres explain how their non-profit came about. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Film, Week 2

Apr 17, 2018

Aspen Film seeks to enlighten, enrich, educate, and entertain through film. Founded in 1979 by Ellen Hunt, Aspen Film has been creating unique experiences for all audiences. Susan Wrubel, Executive Director, and Regna Jones, Director of Operations and Education detail their collaborations and partnerships that allow Aspen Film to function as it does. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Film, Week 3

Apr 17, 2018

Aspen Film seeks to enlighten, enrich, educate, and entertain through film. Founded in 1979 by Ellen Hunt, Aspen Film has been creating unique experiences for all audiences. Susan Wrubel, Executive Director, and Regna Jones, Director of Operations and Education detail the other programs they offer besides Shortsfest. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Film, Week 1

Apr 2, 2018

Aspen Film seeks to enlighten, enrich, educate, and entertain through film. Founded in 1979 by Ellen Hunt, Aspen Film has been creating unique experiences for all audiences. Susan Wrubel, Executive Director, and Regna Jones, Director of Operations and Education detail their 27th annual Shortsfest that is taking place right now, from April 3-8, 2018. 

Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate's mission is to provide academic and extracurricular support to motivated middle and high school students who would be the first generation in their families to graduate from college. Students in the program are leaders. David Smith, Executive Director, Jim Light, current Mentor and member of Pre Collegiate's advisory board, and Aranza Lopez, Basalt High School Senior and Pre Collegiate participant speak on the impact Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate has on these students. 

Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate's mission is to provide academic and extracurricular support to motivated middle and high school students who would be the first generation in their families to graduate from college. The recent and overwhelming immigration concerns impact many Pre Collegiate participants. David Smith, Executive Director, Jim Light, current Mentor and member of Pre Collegiate's advisory board, and Aranza Lopez, Basalt High School Senior and Pre Collegiate participant speak on the impact Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate has on these students. 

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