Leadership Fort Collins 2015 Class Projects

Apr 21, 2015 | Chamber News

The 2015 Leadership Fort Collins participants are working furiously on their projects and you are invited to help out. Read on to learn about the exciting projects being completed by the class and consider getting involved!

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Shed Build and Nursery Bed Plant – April 25

Join Team Stampede and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers on April 25 as we build a shed and nursery beds at their new location at 2926 E. Mulberry Street.

WRV is a non-profit organization that provides the opportunity for people to come together, learn about their natural environment, and take direct action to restore and care for the land. WRV is hard at work restoring areas ravaged by flood and fire, or removing those nasty non-native plants that take over our native species.

No experience necessary, all materials will be provided, AND we will feed you breakfast burritos and lunch provided by Noodles! If you can’t join us, please consider a monetary donation to help with incidentals and last minutes supplies.

Details: Saturday, April 25, we’ll be there 7am-4pm. Location: 2926 E. Mulberry Street.

Donations can be made at:
Select “Other” from the drop down list, enter the amount, and type”Leadership Fort Collins Project” in the comments box.

Men for Change

Official Kickoff Event for 2015 – April 30

Who: Crossroads Safehouse

What: 2nd Annual Men for Change Program – Official Kickoff Event for 2015

Where: Odell’s Brewing Co, 800 East Lincoln Avenue, Fort Collins CO 80524

When: Thursday April 30, 8 -10 p.m.


  • To raise awareness about domestic violence and the available resources and support through Crossroads Safehouse to address and meet our communities need.
  • To have MEN act as ADVOCATES and take an active role in ending domestic violence and empowering others to do the same right here in Fort Collins.

Join us at the kickoff and you too can become one of the founding Ambassadors. All it takes is your presence at the Kickoff…Make a contribution and you too can become an Ambassador! Save the date and come network with some of Fort Collins’ finest MEN FOR CHANGE! RSVP to Beth Phillips ([email protected]) or for more information

On Key, Benefiting Mountain Crest Behavioral Health

Auction, Drinks and Program – May 1

Join us for On Key, benefiting Mountain Crest Behavioral Health Care. Hosted by Everitt and Schilling (151 West Mountain Ave) in old town Fort Collins from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Drinks will be provided courtesy of Odell Brewing Company and appetizers courtesy of Austin’s. There will be a silent auction from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. with some unique items and a brief program at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for this amazing event to support mental health in our community as well as spread the word about the fantastic work Mountain Crest is doing. No need to RSVP, just show up!

Plant it Forward

Donations Needed Now – Build Day May 2

FoCo Cafe’s mission is to build community by providing nutritious and delicious meals to the people of Fort Collins regardless of their ability to pay while using mostly local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients.

Adopt a Box

The greatest way for individuals and/or groups to support this project is to purchase the supplies and build a planter box from the landscape design. Twenty-three planter boxes in six different sizes are needed to complete the design. The cost of building a planter box ranges from $100 for a small box to several hundred for the largest box in the plan. Each box takes just a few hours to build. Locally owned Cedar Supply Lumber Company is generously offering a discount to all groups building planter boxes for this project. Sponsoring and building a planter box is a great way to create team bonding, promote volunteerism within your organization and give back to our wonderful community, in addition to exposing your organization to approximately 1500 diners that visit each month. For more information or to sign up as an Adopt-a-Box sponsor, please contact Paul Christenson

at [email protected] or (970) 567-0945.

Sponsor a Box
Groups or individuals can also make monetary donations to this project. A group of volunteers will build boxes with supplies purchased through
donations. To make a monetary donation, please go online to
http://fococafe.org/plant-it-forward-foco-cafe-outdoor-garden-project/ to make a donation. The goal is to raise $4,000 which will support getting the planters built, filling them with soil and planting the herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Donated funds will be used for supplies for this project, but in the case of a surplus, remaining funds will be used for general operating expenses for FoCo Cafe.

The two options above are the best way that you or your organization can
support the project. If you want to help, but cannot do either of the above
options, you can volunteer on the build day which is Saturday, May 2 from

8:00am to 4:00pm at the FoCo Cafe at 225 Maple Street in Downtown Fort Collins. For more information regarding volunteering, please contact Rick Rivera at [email protected].

Cozy Story Time at Irish Elementary School

Donate NOW to help this Project

Help us provide books to children in the kindergarten and first grade classes at Irish Elementary school!
Our goal is to sponsor kindergarten and first grade students’ participation in Book Trust for the month of April, allowing them to order books of their choosing from Scholastic. When the books are delivered to the school we will also deliver blankets and book lights to enhance their experience and leave them feeling excited about reading.

Your donation will help to sponsor Book Trust’s presence in Irish Elementary for the month of April (providing books to kindergarten and first grade classes), help us provide blankets and book lights in addition to the books, and further Book Trust’s mission to inspire kids’ passion for reading.

Donate here: https://www.coloradogives.org/cozystorytime

Respite Care Garden Installation

Project Complete!

A team of individuals gathered volunteers and supplies to coordinate the installation of flower beds and soil to create a community garden at Respite Care, Inc.. The Leadership Team, consisting of Andres Gavaldon-Strategic Finance Manager, City of Fort Collins, Savannah Geasey-Leadership Giving Manager, United Way of Larimer County, Sarah Johnston-Director of Recruitment and Selection, Northwestern Mutual, Eric Thompson-Campus President, IBMC College, Lindsay Randall-Executive Director of Member Services, General Manager-South, Miramont Lifestyle Fitness raised over $1,000 and coordinated the event.

We would like to thank Miramont Lifestyle Fitness for their $1,000 donation for supplies, Front Range Community College Welding Program-College Now for donating their time, expertise and materials in creating the steel raised garden beds, and Drew Cronin for the garden design and landscape consulting.

Respite Care, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides short term, quality care for children with development disabilities, giving respite to their families, and enhancing the quality of life for the entire family. We believe that a child with a disability is a child first and that his or her challenges are secondary.

The community garden is to provide therapeutic experiences and sensory learning to the children at Respite Care. In addition, the cultivation from the garden can be used for meals and snacks at Respite Care, shared with other community organizations, or sold by the Respite Care teen program to provide emerging adults with experience with money management. Our goal is to have the garden ready for planting.

Contact Ann at [email protected] if you have any questions and watch for alumni opportunities this summer!

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