IKEA donates to nonprofit children’s center
IKEA Centennial donated more than 800 items — including puppets, art supplies, tents and a $1,000 gift card — to Mount Saint Vincent. The Denver treatment center serves children who face severe behavioral and emotional challenges due to abuse, neglect and trauma.
Former gang member heads effort to suit up ex-offenders
Denver Inner City Parish hosted 100 men with criminal records at its Suits for Success event at College View Community Center. DICP director and former gang member Leo Alirez created the event in an effort to build confidence in men whose time behind bars and criminal history creates a barrier to employment. DICP also connects ex-offenders with employers who “share our belief in second chances.”
Bank donates $50K for new medical building
Gunnison Valley Health accepted a $50,000 donation from Glenwood Springs headquartered Alpine Bank. The money will go to the county-owned health system’s new Medical Arts Building, which will host urgent care, family medicine, behavioral health and sports therapy offices. Alpine also completed the property’s sale.
Women build homes for charity, team building and advocacy
Eleven women from local engineering firm BCER joined forces to build walls, shingle and paint sheds for Denver Metro Habitat for Humanity as part of the inaugural BCER Women Build event. The event was an effort at teambuilding as well as raising awareness for the gender disparity in the world of engineering. Only 14 percent of the engineering workforce is female, according to the company.
Colorado Springs college initiative launches community projects
The Quad Innovation Partnership—a joint initiative between Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, University of Colorado Colorado Springs and the U.S. Air Force Academy—announced two programs meant to connect students and graduates to local businesses, and one social impact program. Local clothing manufacturer Janksa, user interface software developer Altia, the city of Colorado Springs and El Paso County will all be involved in some of the various projects.
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