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Boulder Charities and Non Profits page list all that you may wish to donate to or contact.
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Cal-Wood Education Center
P.O. Box 347
Jamestown, CO, CO 80455
To offer a uniue educational experience to youth and adults in a manner that will carry on the vision of Roger and Oral Calvert.
Cancer uilt Project
2495 Agate Road
Boulder, CO 80304
Cancer uilt Project is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, organized to design, sew and uilt handmade uilts for donation and distribution to chemotherapy centers for the purpose of providing beauty and comfort to cancer patients receiving treatment.
Caring Pregnancy Center
1275 Centaur Village Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
Caring Pregnancy Center (CPC) is an inter-denominational Christian, non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to providing constructive alternatives to abortion. We support women, men and children before, during and after an unexpected pregnancy.
PO Box 626
Boulder, CO, CO 80306
Carriage House is a day resource center that provides a stable, supportive community for homeless men and women. We meet immediate surival needs and provide resources that lead to employment, housing, personal stability and healing.
Catalog for Giving – Boulder County
1123 Spruce Street
Boulder , CO 80302
The Catalog for Giving of Boulder County was developed to bring public attention to these organizations that provide services to youth, but which have a difficult time finding financial support and other necessary resources.
Center for People With Disabilities
1675 Range Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Believing that all people are entitled to the freedom to make choices and the right to live independently in the community, CPWD provides resources, information and advocacy to empower people with disabilities to overcome barriers to independent living.
Center for ReSource Conservation
1702 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302
The Center for ReSource Conservation is committed to leading Colorado residents, businesses, and municipalities towards a sustainable future.
Central Asia Institute
617 South 5th Avenue
Bozeman, MT, CO 59715
Supporting community-based programs in education, women’s empowerment, public healtha and conservation in regions of Pakistan’s Karakoram and Central Asia’s Pamir mountains
Children’s House Preschool
3370 Iris Walk Ct.
Boulder, CO 80304
We believe all children of every ability, race, native language, culture and socio-economic status have the right to flourish in an inclusive preschool program.
Circle of Care
P.O. Box 4204
Boulder , CO 80306
Phone: 303-358-4300 or 303-444-1429
Circle of Care is dedicated to ending the plague of isolation and loneliness for the elder population, by providing accessibility to the arts and the community.
Circles of Ten: Women for World Peace
P.O. Box 18923
Boulder, CO, CO 80308
We see a world community whose women, men and children are actively living in peace. Our mission is to make visible the world-wide culture of peace by gathering in circles to identify, declare and carry out acts of courageous peacemaking.
Civil Air Patrol, Boulder Composite Suadron
4750 N. Broadway, PO Box 3782
Boulder, CO 80307
Civil Air Patrol has three Congressionally chartered Missions, Aerospace Education, Emergency Services including airborne search and rescue and disaster relief, and our Cadet Program for youth between 6th grade and age 21.
Climbing for Life
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401
Our mission is to provide young people at risk in the Denver/Boulder Metro area with experiences that impact their self-image leading to a more positive future for themselves and their communities. Our goals are to effect positive behavior change, assist in interpersonal and social skills development, and reduce illegal activity through crime prevention initiatives. We achieve these outcomes by building safe and supportive environments, challenging youth appropriately and encouraging them to take responsibility for themselves and their actions.
Clinica Campesina Family Health Services
1345 Plaza Ct. North
Lafayette, CO, CO 80026
Phone: 303-665-3036 x236
To provide health care seervices to low income and other medically underserved people.
The Cohousing Network
1460 uince Ave #102 Boulder, CO 80304 Phone: 303-413-9227
The mission of The Cohousing Network is to support the creation of cohousing communities throughout the country.
CO BPW Education Foundation
P. O. Box 1189
Boulder, CO 80306
The Colorado Business and Professional Women’s Education Foundation invests in women who are transforming their lives through education…for themselves, their families, and their communities.
5665 Pennsylvania Place
Boulder, CO 80303
Colie’s Closet’s mission is to work with and educate teenagers, young adults and others about depression and suicide. Colie’s Closet’s goal is to prevent suicide.
Collage Children’s Museum
2065 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Collage Children’s Museum embraces, empowers and celebrates the whole child in preparation for tomorrow’s world. Through fun, interactive experiences, we ignite a sense of wonder and encourage exploration.
Colorado Anti-Violence Program
1600 Downing Street, Suite 240
Denver, CO 80218
The Colrado Anti-Violence Program is dedicated to ending violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of Colorado and ensuring the highest uality services are provided to victims of bias, domestic, sexual, and enforcement violence.
Colorado Chautauua Association
900 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80302
The Colorado Chautauua Association preserves the site and perpetuates the spirit of the historic Chautauua in Boulder, building community through uniue cultural, educational, social and recreational experiences.
Colorado Conservation Trust
2334 Broadway, Suite A
Boulder, CO 80304
To preserve Colorado’s special places – agricultural lands, wildlife habitat and open spaces – by fostering leadership, strategic intiatives, and increased investment in conservation.
Colorado Council on Economic Education
225 East 16th Avenue Suite 350
Denver, CO 80237
CCEE’s primary work is improving the uality of economic education in Colorado’s K-12 schools by helping teachers meet the Colorado Model Content Standards in Economics. CCEE is a not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1976 and an affiliate of the National Council on Economic Education. Funding is solely from foundations, businesses, and interested individuals.
Colorado Environmental Coalition
1536 Wynkoop Street, #5C
Denver, CO 80202
Since 1965, the Colorado Environmental Coalition (CEC) has been helping citizens protect their uality of life and the natural heritage that makes Colorado uniue. As the grassroots action arm of the Colorado environmental movement, CEC builds and mobilizes citizen campaigns to assure that Coloradans have a powerful voice in decisions that impact our state?s environment.
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
710 Tenth St., Suite 220
Golden, CO 80401
To protect and preserve the natural integrity of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks through active stewardship and public education.
Colorado Friends of the Lost Boys of Sudan
454 Owl Drive
Louisville, CO 80027
The goals of the CFLBS are to assist in the general welfare, job training, and other education of Sudanese refugees living in Colorado known as the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan who have been orphaned by a prolonged civil war in their country. It is our hope that they may become self-sufficient, educated, healthy and contributing citizens of Colorado and that some of them will one day go back to help rebuild their war-torn country.
Colorado Horse Rescue
10386 N. 65th Street
Longmont, CO 80503
Colorado Horse Rescue provides shelter, care, rehabilitation and adoption services for abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted horses.
Colorado Life-sharing Community Initiative
7880 Grasmere Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301
CLCI?s mission is to bring a Camphill community to Colorado. The Camphill Movement is dedicated to social and cultural renewal through community building with children, youth, and adults who have developmental disabilities. In our time, when many people are experiencing a search for meaning, Camphill offers a life of celebration, service, and community in which all participants flourish. With one hundred communities around the globe, the Camphill Movement, founded in 1939, is internationally acclaimed for its high ideals and cutting edge work.
970 Aurora Avenue, F-201
Boulder, CO 80302
To present annually a one-week music and art festival devoted to the music of Gustav Mahler, and the art and culture of his times.
Colorado Microcredit, Inc.
3003 Arapahoe Street, Suite 218
Denver, CO CO
Colorado Microcredit,Inc. provides eual access to unsecured credit for low-income people, especially women, who want to start or grow a business through peer-lending loan circles and business training.
Colorado Mountain Club, Boulder Group
633 South Broadway, Unit N
Boulder, CO 80305
The Colorado Mountain Club is organized to: * Unite the energy, interest, and knowledge of the students, explorers, and lovers of the mountains of Colorado ; * Collect and disseminate information regarding the Rocky Mountains on behalf of science, literature, art, and recreation; * Stimulate public interest in our mountain area; * Encourage the preservation of forests, flowers, fauna, and natural scenery; and * Render readily accessible the alpine attractions of this region.
Colorado Music Festival
900 Baseline Road, Cottage 100
Boulder, CO 80302
The Colorado Music Festival educates, entertains, and challenges audiences of all ages by presenting classical music performed by extraordinary professional musicians from around the world.
Colorado Native Plant Society
P.O. Box 200
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: 970-491-2998 or 303-902-4679
Decidated to the appreciation and conservation of the Colorado native flora.
Colorado Open Lands
274 Union Blvd, Suite 320
Lakewood, CO 80228
To preserve the significant open lands and diminishing natural heritage of Colorado through private and public partnerships, innovative land conservation techniues, and strategic leadership.
Colorado Outward Bound School Community Programs
945 Pennsylvania St.
Denver, Colorado, CO 80203
To enhance individual character, promote self-discovery and challenge students to cultivate self-reliance, leadership, fitness, compassion and service through exceptional wilderness education.
Colorado Reptile Humane Society
13941 Elmore Road
Longmont, CO 80504
Colorado Reptile Humane Society (CoRHS) works to bring humane care to pet trade and CO wildlife reptiles and amphibians.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Boulder, CO, CO 80309-0277
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival has a 47-year history of excellence, producing an aesthetically challenging mix of both traditional and innovative productions of Shakespeare’s plays. We are committed to: · high professional standards of uality, diversity and safety in all departments · education through outreach, mentorship and advocacy · the development of new work and the nurturing of playwrights in our hope to contribute to the canon of future classics from our culture
Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center
11968 Mineral Road
Longmont, CO 80504
The Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center promotest the physical, psychological and social well-being of persons with disabilities through interaction with a therapeutic team consisting of an instructor and/or therapist, volunteer(s), and a horse.
10 Emerson Street, Suite 403
Denver, CO 80218
Colorado Ushers provides uality and dependable volunteers to the performing arts within the Denver/Boulder metro area.
Colorado Youth Program
205 Canyon Bouldevard
Boulder, CO 80302
Connecting kids with nature and their communities.
Community and School Alliance (CASA) Fund
PO Box 27
Nederland, CO 80466
The Community And School Alliance (CASA) Fund was formed to provide private support for Boulder County Mountain educational efforts via grants, community facilitated communications and organization, volunteers, and community business partnership while also serving as a liaison between its stakeholders including students, teachers, educators, parents and community. The CASA Fund shall empower, fund, organize, assist and ultimately compliment the individual and partnership participation to provide the highest uality educational opportunities for children in Nederland and the surrounding mountain areas.
Community Food Share
6363 Horizon Lane
Longmont, CO 80503
People in Boulder and Broomfield Counties are food secure.
Community Foundation Serving Boulder County
1123 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302
The Community Foundation exists to encourage philanthropy and improve the uality of life in Boulder County, now and forever.
Community Housing Partners, Inc.
Boulder, CO 80304
To fund activities & services that support and improve the uality of life for low-income residents of the Boulder Housing Partners “Healthy Communities Program”. This program impacts and improves social bonding in each uniue BHP community.
Community Shares of Colorado
1536 Wynkoop, Suite 202
Denver, CO 80202
The mission of Community Shares of Colorado is to connect the people of Colorado to the charities the care about the most.
950 28th Street
Boulder, CO 80303
Community strives to provide a safe, nurturing and friendly environment where people can improve their nutrition and meet and mingle with new friends. This program is designed for people in need.
1720 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
The mission of Compass House is to provide a wide range of affordable community-based therapeutic services to help youth and their families address a variety of challenging emotional, behavioral, and relationship issues using licensed, experienced professionals.
Congregation Bonai Shalom
1527 Cherryvale Road
Boulder, CO 80303
Congregation Bonai Shalom is a Jewish congregation dedicated to engaging Jewish adults in an active and fulfilling Jewish life through prayer, study and the creation of a vibrant Jewish community, and to prepare children to become fulfilled members and leaders of such a community.
1076 Grant Place
Boulder, CO 80302
The mission of the Cottonwood Institute is to inspire students to change the world through an exciting blend of adventure and service.
CTEK Venture Centers (previously Colorado Technology Incubator)
1625 Broadway Suite 950
Denver, CO 80303
Our mission is to help entrepreneurs build profitable, sustainable business in their local community. Our network of mentors and advisors are committed to innovation in technology, fostering individual leadership and partnering with public and private sectors to support entrepreneurialism.
CU Art Galleries
318 UCB, Univ. of Colorado at Boulderv Boulder, CO 80309-0318
Enhancing public understanding of the visual arts and advocating a cross-disciplinary understanding of social,cultural, technological and historical context through art. Access to art of national and international significance, and broad access to the Colorado Collection, our permanent collection.
Cultivating Stewards/Campaign Earth
935 37th Street
Boulder, CO 80303
Real people, ordinary actions, extraordinary results. Campaign Earth?s mission is to create an environmental movement through incremental changes easily accomplished by the majority of Americans.
Boulder Police believe John and Patsy Ramsey killed their daughter Christmas night 1996. In a fit of rage, Patsy Ramsey who had just returned from a party, grabbed her daughter and smashed her head against the bath tub. The child had wet her bed. But she was killed instantly. Throughout the night Patsy and her husband John created an elaborate scenario right out of the movies of how a group of Arabs had come into their home , left a ransom note, strangled and raped their daughter and left her body in the basement.
As soon as the first cop and detective arrived on the scene, they saw through the story. By nightfall the Ramseys were on their private jet to Atlanta. Surrounded by a team of lawyers and PR people they went into hiding and on CNN to proclaim their innocence. They created a media frenzy the like of which Boulder nor America had ever seen. There was no way these rich freak were going to be charged with their daughters murder. First of all it would upset their social setting. Secondly it would ruin their image as a family of beauty queen socialites. Murder does not have a place there.
Burke Ramsey who was 9 years old at the time was whisked away. He has never been heard from since. Police believe he witnessed the murder and was told by Patsy and John that if he planned on living he better shut up for the rest of his life. Then district attorney Alex Hunter believe that to this day. The hope is now that Burke Ramsey has come of age (27) he will come forward and tell what he knows.
That’s not likely. But current Boulder DA Stan Garnet could arrest John Ramsey for the murder of is daughter and he could arrest Burke Ramsey too. That is not completely out of the question, but there is this legal issue ” beyond reasonable doubt”
Garnet gave the case back to Boulder Police department who reopened it. It is not a cold case.
One celebrated Boulder criminal defense attorney Skip Wollrab told us now that Burke Ramsey is of age”he could be subpoenaed to appear before a Grand jury to tell about what he knew , saw and heard the night of the murder. Just the facts. Some of it might be privileged” but this would give Burke a chance to tell his story. Attorney Wollrab told Boulder Channel 1 the “DA has got to be able to prove his case to a jury of 12 unanimously beyond a reasonable doubt. Knowing they did it is one thing , proving they did it is something else” he said.
There was also some level of semen found in Jonbenets body and police have not revealed whether they think it is Burkes. At one point Burke Ramsey was himself a suspect and police theorized that he might have killed his sister out of Jealousy.
The question is will the DA move this case forward this Christmas.
Brian explains the The Boulder Valley Rotary Club and Art Cleaners Share-A-Coat drive where they collect coats and other clothing items to distribute to children in need. Both adults’ and children’s coats, along with hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves are collected, cleaned by Art Cleaners, and distributed each year in this charitable program for over 20 years and running.
The Boulder Valley Rotary Club will distribute the coats to people in need living in Boulder County through local charities and schools. Collection boxes have been placed at all the Boulder County schools and all Art Cleaners locations.
Art Cleaners cleans the coats and clothing items and distributes them to the Boulder Rotary for redistribution by Christmas each year.
November is National Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month.
Sign up to Sleep Out here: http://attentionhomes.donorpages.com/sleepout2014/
BOULDER, CO. – Attention Homes has announced that on Thursday, November 13th over 100 community members will sleep out in support of homeless and runaway youth. November is officially Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month. The 3rd Annual Sleep Out for Homeless Youth will be presented in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Boulder. Attention Homes, a local non-profit organization, is the only shelter for youth in Boulder County providing day and overnight shelter.
Participants will be spending the night sleeping outside on the lawn in downtown Boulder between Attention Homes’ office and the First United Methodist Church, near 15th and Spruce Street. They have pledged to each raise $1,000 for Attention Homes from friends, family and colleagues through their own fundraising page. Sleep Out is expected to raise more than $100,000 to support Attention Homes’ homeless and runaway youth services.
“The number of youth in our community who are either homeless or unstably housed is currently estimated to be 150 or more on any given night,” says Claire Clurman, Executive Director of Attention Homes. “Sleep Out is an opportunity to raise awareness about and funds for this critically important issue. By taking part in this event, individuals, community and business leaders will glimpse what life is like as a homeless youth by exposing themselves to weather and the uncertainties that come from living on the streets. Our hope is that as they return the next morning to safe and warm homes, their jobs and families, they will share a message of awareness and support for these local kids that need our attention and help.” Both principals from Fairview and Boulder High will be sleeping out this year.
Sleep Out participants will arrive the evening of November 13th at First United Methodist Church and take part in a simple meal provided by Pasta Jay’s before preparing to sleep out. Early the next morning, a light breakfast will be served before departing back to work and home where participants are encouraged to not shower or change in order to further heighten their connection to the experience of being homeless. Rev. Pat Bruns, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church, was an early supporter of the event and believes Sleep Out perfectly complements their affirming and welcoming community that reaches out to support a variety of local non-profits. “Caring for one another works best when we build creative partnerships that help meet a wide variety of needs. Whether it is through our efforts with the Boulder County Aids Project, OutBoulder, Community Table, which also feeds the poor and homeless or by supporting the essential work of Attention Homes, we are doing what we all should do to help those who are so often both marginalized and forgotten in our community. And we are committed to changing the systems that create marginalization, neglect and homelessness in the first place.”
Attention Homes expects to serve close to 800 youth by the end of 2014 through street outreach, day drop-in services and overnight shelter. Programs connect vulnerable youth to education, employment, housing, mental health and substance abuse support and family reunification. To learn more about how you can participate go to www.attentionhomes.org/sleepout.
About Attention Homes:
Since 1966 Attention Homes has provided opportunities for youth in crisis to change their lives. We offer safe shelter, community-based living and teaching of life skills necessary for an independent future. Attention Homes operates the only shelter for youth in Boulder County.
see Boulder retailers and sell advertising. They come from a group known as pitchmen (women). They hit the streets and talk to Boulder about our company and our ad packages. A typical package includes a video profile of their goods for a given season. We invented this here in Boulder and have created over 1000 business profiles since 1987. We also produce banner ads on our site only. We run Social media campaigns for customers and do PR too. Then we design and build websites for our advertising customers. We do promotions for them and we run focused ad campaigns on other platforms. We also do local appearances and remote broadcasts for advertisers where we come to a car dealership and broadcast live on a Saturday during a big sale. Or we will go to a restaurant and broadcast live and talk about the food , interview the chefs and owners.
We are both traditional Television and new media with a news and production department. So what does this have to do with Boulder Startup week 2014 ?? Absolutely, nothing except it gives us a chance to pitch Boulder Channel 1 and tell you about us and why you should use us.
Reason number 1 is that we are not minimalists. We are maximists we don’t lie to you. If you are going to spend your money with us here in Boulder we feel it is our responsibility to you and your retail operation that you get immediate response from advertising with us. If you don’t then fire us.
Reason Number 2 we are Boulder. we are from Boulder. We didn’t just move here and set up shop. We have been in business since 1975. Most of our customers are our friends from years of relationships or they become our friends.
Reason Number 3 We are on TV every day and night of the week on Comcast BV-22 which plays to 250,000 subscribers all over Boulder County. They include houses, apartments, businesses and CU dorm rooms. We are also on the net right here.
Reason Number 4 We are the voice of Boulder. We show all points of view and ask the tough questions. One tough question we have for StartUp Boulder is who are you and what do you stand for ?
We know that is is organized by a hippie homeless guy who calls himself a vagabond. We know a group of so called investors from Boulders App world get together drink beer, have chair races and party day and night call themselves the community. But are they trustworthy ?? Are they really from Boulder or are they former college students cycling through our city playing at business?? They all seem to be new here without jobs living off of mom and dad. And that is part of the Boulder Story too.
Each speaker is allowed 5 minutes. Council will listen to everyone. If there are so many people that Council is unable to conduct their scheduled business, they may opt to convene another meeting in order to give everyone an opportunity to speak. Susan said this is totally up to Council and she cannot predict what they might do.
I put together a summary of ten main points why disc golf does not belong at Waneka Lake. Let me know if you have any additions or changes you think should be made.
Top Ten Reasons Why a Disc Golf Course Does Not Belong at Waneka Lake Park
1. It’s not what the majority of Lafayette citizens want.
According to the Lafayette Parks, Recreation, Open Space & Trails Master Plan Survey 2012, pages 27-31, Disc Golf ranked very low in the list of outdoor facilities that people want added, improved, or expanded. What ranked high on the list was “Additional park areas incorporating both native and manicured park type”. If you take a native park area and turn it into a disc golf course, you are taking away something people have told the city they want more of and giving the people something they have told the city they have little interest in.
2. It’s unlawful.
Lafayette Code of Ordinances, Chapter 80, Article 4
Sec. 80-59. Firearms and other missiles prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person to use, carry, or possess air rifles, spring guns, bow and arrows, slings, or any other forms of weapons; it shall further be unlawful to possess or use fireworks of any kind or nature; it shall further be unlawful to play golf or hit any golf balls.
(Ord. No. 1985-15, § 2, 6-4-85; Ord. No. 2005-8, § 1, 3-1-05)
Golf balls are included in the section on “prohibited missiles”. According to the city’s own code, it is unlawfull to hit golf balls at Waneka Lake Park. A golf disc is a “missile” that can cause every bit as much—if not more—damage to person and property than a golf ball and therefore should be prohibited from the park according to Lafayette’s Code of Ordinances.
3. It will result in environmental degradation.
Even the Professional Disc Golf Players Association acknowledges that a major concern with disc golf is soil erosion. The article “Assessing the Ecological Impact Due to Disc Golf” in the International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism examines the ecological footprint of disc golf. In the study, three ecological markers were used as indicators of ecological degradation: soil erosion, soil compaction and density of vegetation cover. Results from the study conclude that disc golf significantly increases soil compaction, which yields greater soil erosion and a decrease in vegetation cover. Soil compaction due to human trampling is a problem with severe consequences. (See “Ecological Impact Due to Disc Golf” article attached to this email).
4. It’s potentially dangerous.
Discs used in disc golf are not the same as the Frisbees people use to play catch. They weigh 3 ½ times more than a golf ball. Even junior players can throw discs at 40MPH. More accomplished players can throw discs at speeds up to 75 and 80MPH. People hit by flying discs can be severely injured. Given where the current holes are placed, discs are going to be flying across heavily used trails. Even if disc golfers yell “fore” warnings, many people walk with headphones and won’t hear.
5. It is not compatible with the existing use of the park.
To help him design better disc golf courses at Boy Scout camps, Steve West created a statistical model of Boy Scout disc golf skills. He collected data on how far and how accurately Boy Scouts throw a disc. From this data, a model was developed for simulating large numbers of throws. His model can be used to replace guesses about where the discs will land with numbers based on data. The average Boy Scout routinely throws discs as much as 120 feet or more to the right or left of the fairway. If West’s scatter plots are superimposed on top of the proposed holes at the Waneka Lake Park, you will see that discs are going to cross well used trails, hit the Waneka Granary (which is on the Lafayette Register of Historic Places), land in streets and back yards.
6. Disc golfing requires a large amount of space devoted to a single use.
Regardless of the intent of the disc golf course creators, the nature of disc golf has the effect of discouraging non-golfers from using the area. What typically happens is that once a course is installed, players came to consider it as their own and show little patience for other casual users of the area. Since it makes sense that no one takes a casual walk through a regular golf course, they will most likely not, for their own safety, take a walk on a well-used disc golf course either.
7. Other cities are closing down disc golf courses due to safety and environmental degradation.
8. Sufficient time was not allowed for input from stakeholders.
A letter was sent out April 24 to people whose homes are adjacent to the course. The letter said the Recreation and Parks Departments were “in the process” of developing a disc golf course and that comments and questions would be accepted through May 9, giving the impression that the city was accepting input as to whether or not this disc golf course was a good idea. Yet at the very same time the letter went out, an announcement that a disc golf course “is coming” to Waneka Lake this summer was posted at the lake indicating that the installation of the course was a done deal and any comments or questions Parks and Rec receives in reality do not matter. No one other than the people living adjacent to the course was notified. Even though the Waneka Granary will undoubtedly be hit by flying discs, the Historical Society was not notified. The birding groups that frequent the park were not notified. Many people other than those living right by the park have a stake in how that land is used, yet no one was notified. This leaves the impression that this whole project is being rail-roaded through by the Recreation and Parks Departments.
9. The current disc golf course is underutilized and in disrepair.
The disc golf course at the Bob Burger Recreation Center fell into disuse and disrepair. If that course fell into disrepair, what is to prevent a course at Waneka Lake from falling into disrepair?
10. Because of growing safety concerns, disc golf course designers recommend disc golf courses be exclusive use only.
The following is a quote from Gregg Hosfeld who is:
3-time Professional Disc Golf Association World Champion
4-time United States Grand Master Disc Golf Champion
Disc Golf Hall of Fame inductee-Class of 1998
World Record Holder: “Most Courses Played” – 1,151
Disc Golf Design Group-Senior Designer
Co-founder World Champion Disc Golf Design
“I truly LOVE seeing the growing popularity of disc golf. I’ve been competing in tournaments since 1976 and giving lessons since the early 80s. I think it is a wonderful game for the entire family.
In the late 1970′s when disc golf was introduced, ALL flying discs were fairly lightweight and rounded edged. In other words, great for lofty flights and a game of throw & catch. As the game became more competitive and more geared toward sport, weight was added and then more streamlined aerodynamics were introduced. Over the years, these aerodynamics have been refined into some fast midrange discs and VERY fast “drivers”. Along with the “improvements” in disc technology, so must awareness of what that brings to the game. These high-tech discs, in the hands of a pro, can produce seemingly magically controlled flights. But in the hands of an inexperienced player, they can veer radically off the intended course. Very similar to a ’1-wood’ in standard golf in that regard. Simply put, “Faster” is harder to control. Same with cars, airplanes and anything hand propelled. I NEVER recommend these high-speed discs to newer players. Nor can I stop them.
With that in mind, we should consider that golf courses are designed to be exclusive-use areas; golf ONLY. Why? Those little balls are hard and they can hurt. Disc golf has been increasingly moving in the direction of exclusive-use areas, for the same reasons of safety. Any responsible disc golf course designer understands that. Unfortunately, many people in the parks & rec industry are only vaguely familiar with the game and have no reason to think that discs are any different now than in the 1970s.”
These nights of shelter included the operation of 72 nights of secondary overflow shelter for 2,593 guests at seven congregations, an average of 36 per night, and 33 nights of women’s shelter operations sheltering 224 women at three congregations, an average of 7 per night. Of the 1,354 individuals who sheltered with BOHO, 9% make up the core who sleep most of the winter at BOHO. That 9% consumes nearly 50% of the BOHO resource. Visitors who only spend a few nights with BOHO make up a majority of the individuals served by BOHO, but they consume only 14% of BOHO’s resources. They are most likely passing through Boulder, or are quickly able to find another type of shelter.
Women’s Shelter Pilot
These women come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and possible varieties, but they have one thing in common: they are shells. They are hardened on the outside, and to get to the inside, to the real person using the shell as a home, much as a snail or hermit crab would their shell, takes years of trust building. It does not happen in one night when a writer comes in to ask them to share their story. The shell is a survival tool, and they all need it. To have survived this far, they’ve already endured more than the average person can possibly imagine. Their backgrounds are varied, but they share one thing in common: trauma. That unites them into a sisterhood who will together celebrate the gift of a scarf, from a man using the shelter, to one of their own. “I told you I’d get you one!” “Thanks, it’s wonderful!” They are passing the time until they can go to the Women’s Shelter. The Women’s Shelter is a portion of this bigger overflow shelter, the safe place BOHO has created for them, away from the men (as a gender) who make them uncomfortable, or frightened, and unable to sleep without fear. They do, however, have a period of time when the populations are combined. During this time, a faithful volunteer waits with them, reassuring and comforting, shooting the breeze, checking in, keeping them talking and joking and together. They eat the wonderful meal provided and prepared by still more volunteers. The pasta, sauce, salad, and garlic bread keep them occupied and they seem relaxed, but there’s an undercurrent of, “I can’t wait until it’s time to go upstairs.” “Upstairs” is a section in this synagogue where they have a classroom to sleep in, not the big gym with blankets spread on the floor, 18” apart. They have a restroom to themselves, one where they will not encounter a man coming out of an adjacent restroom. The door to their area will be locked. No one can get in. They are safe, if only for this night. The Women’s Shelter is a pilot program, one whose fate is unknown at this time. Averaging seven women per night, this night the guests totaled 11. Lined up by the stairs, they check in, and then drag their plastic trash bags, or assorted re-usable grocery bags, or in the case of one woman, a very new looking, wheeled suitcase one might find in the overhead bin of an airplane, up the stairs to their own place of safety. Though none of the women wanted to talk to me, some did talk “off the record”. I can tell you that the guests here are as varied as a woman who lost literally everything in the September flood, to one who is “financially just fine, but I’m staying here because it saves me money and I’m starting my own non-profit.”
Will you consider making a donation to keep this program going? Even if we can make life safer and easier for one woman who has endured trauma, it’s worth it. Tina Downey is a local author and blogger. Follow her on Blog: Life is Good
The Living is Not Easy….
Living without a home is not easy. The recent deaths in Boulder remind us of the challenges that take a daily toll on the mental and physical health of those who are not housed. Those of us with a kitchen, however simple, don’t realize that dependance on handouts, soup kitchens, and sometimes the garbage pail leads to severe malnutrition. We forget that lack of accessibility to dental hygiene and routine care leads to gum disease and the systemic infection that spreads throughout the body, causing weakened immune response and disease elsewhere in the body. We can’t imagine the chronic stress associated with the daily uncertainty of food, shelter and safety, and the havoc it wreaks on the human psyche, self esteem and immune system. We go home to a warm place, and don’t think how hard it is to shiver, damp and cold, all night. How the joints stiffen up and infection is impossible to shake. And we don’t understand that alcohol and drugs are not only a passport into homelessness, but they are also a defense against the loneliness and stigma of the situation.
Saturday, 08 February 2014 09:33
By Max Haiven, Zed Books/Truthout | Book Excerpt
You, dear reader, are on the front lines of a war. It is a war between money and the earth, between capital and people, between the blunt stupidity of greed and the resilient creativity of humanity. Perhaps they have destroyed or will destroy the ecosystem in which you live in the name of profit. Perhaps your body or your soul is wrecked or in the process of breaking down because you must work a meaningless, oppressive job to make enough money to survive – or perhaps you like your job but feel the ever-present shadow of the axe in this age of budget cuts and rationalization.
Perhaps you are devalued by the colour of your skin, the country of your origin, or your perceived gender or sexuality and feel that devaluation in the form of prejudice, exploitation, intimidation or xenophobia. Usually you will feel it economically too. Perhaps you are among or will be among those statistics that indicate that the largest single cause of the breakdown of marriages and relationships is financial hardship.
Perhaps you can no longer recognize yourself after years of seeking success or enduring failure. Perhaps you feel guilty for the ways your economic privilege is fed by the exploitation of others, the way your (relatively) cheap iPod or clothing depends on the incarceration of young people in factories on the other side of the earth. In any case, unless you are extremely fortunate, or extremely avaricious, what and who you love and value has been or will be undermined by capitalism at some point and in some way.
Of Value and Values
According to free-market ideologues, capitalism is the ultimate system for assigning value to the world’s wealth. By bringing people’s wants, needs and desires together into an open market, capitalism will accurately and efficiently price things as diverse as the cost of an hour of a shoemaker’s time, a loaf of bread, the value of a river, or the price of a song on iTunes. These utopian dreamers, whose thinking has become associated with the term ‘neoliberalism’, believe that by mobilizing people’s competitiveness and inherently acquisitive human nature, capitalism is, ultimately, value-neutral – markets are simply egalitarian arenas of exchange.
The truth, of course, is quite different. The value of the market itself has become the overarching and unquestionable arbiter of almost every aspect of human existence today. All social, moral, ethical, and personal values are subordinate to the value of money. The result is a system where, in almost every case, the perceived needs of the market trump any other considerations.
Consider, for instance, the dramatic failure of some of the largest assemblies of world leaders in human history to take meaningful action in the face of global warming and the catastrophic climate change it will unleash. In spite of an unprecedented near-consensus of global scientists, and in spite of the evidence that the continuation of present levels of carbon emissions would lead to the destruction of the lives and livelihoods of millions (perhaps billions) of (mostly poor, brown) people, it was ultimately decided that the perceived needs of capitalist markets were more important, and that no action that in any way impeded or jeopardized ‘economic growth’ would be taken.
Such a perversion of any reasonable notion of what is valuable is, sadly, neither new nor shocking. It occurs everywhere, all the time. Individuals and communities around the world are left to languish in poverty, ill health and strife because markets demand lower taxes, access to resources and cheap labour. Whole nations and populations are ruined by speculative investment because markets desire the unfettered ability to gamble on currencies, food prices and government bonds. In the age of austerity, hospitals, pensions, mental health services, schools and universities and even civil infrastructure must be abandoned in the name of plugging the bleeding holes in the crisis-ridden market. And everywhere the value of the earth and the value of individuals and their labour is measured exclusively in their capacity to render profit for increasingly uncontrollable and unanswerable corporations and the god-like market they serve.
The process is insidious. We are told that the value of the atmosphere itself is best imagined though ‘carbon credits’, that the value of individuals is best imagined through the price of their time in the form of wages, or that the value of schools, universities and other public institutions is to be measured in the fiscal ‘return on investment’ they afford their ‘customers’. Everywhere, money becomes the measure of the imagination, the means by which we comprehend and act upon the world that we share. And, ultimately, the crises we now face (the ecological crisis; the economic crisis of global markets; the political crisis of austerity; the social crisis of alienation; the cultural crisis of dislocation; the food crisis; the water crisis; the crisis of education; the crisis of incarceration) are all crises of value, where the pathological value of the market is diametrically opposed to the plural values of humanity.
The Crises of Capitalism, Crises of the Imagination
The crises of our age, like the crises of ages past, are the crises of capitalism. In this book, capitalism represents a cancerous disorder in the ‘fabric’ of social reproduction, one that works by perverting our sense of what and who is valuable and conscripting us to reproduce a system that works in the short-term interests of the few and against the interests of the vast majority of humanity. The failure to acknowledge that the many global crises we now face are, inherently, crises of capitalism represents a massive failure of the imagination. And without the radicalization of the imagination, we have no hope of overcoming these crises.
The crisis of the imagination develops on several interconnected levels.
First, it represents a crisis of parochialism. While the 2008 financial crisis came as a shock to many in the global North, it came as no surprise to many in the so-called Third World who have been experiencing the dangerous volatilities of financial markets, predatory lending and extortionary debt for generations. Indeed, ‘austerity’, from one perspective, is merely the application of economic discipline to the First World that once was only reserved for former colonies: the maddeningly bull-headed imposition of a neoliberal economic agenda in spite of its inherent flaws and history of abject failures. The idea that capitalism has ever not been in crisis is a privilege afforded to the privileged. As the capitalist crises deepen and widen, swallowing many who once imagined themselves deservingly immune (notably, the Northern white middle class), the imagination struggles to find purchase.
The crises we now face are also crises of the imagination at the heart of the ruling paradigm. The pompous and enthusiastic announcements of the ‘end of history’ and the eternal and unquestionable value of free markets and global trade which characterized the two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall have given way to hopeless resignation. While practically no one still believes that unfettered free markets will lead to prosperity, sustainability, peace and human fulfillment, the vast majority of politicians and policymakers remain enthralled to the now undead ideology of necroneoliberalism. Margaret Thatcher’s famous dictum that ‘there is no alternative’ to unregulated capitalism has ceased to be a smug, self-satisfied pronouncement from on high and has instead become a shrill and desperate mantra of a crisis-ridden and potentially suicidal system, rehearsed with slavish devotion by nearly every government in the world, whether avowedly right or ostensibly left.
Finally, the crisis of imagination is a much deeper, broader crisis, which is the subject of this book.
Economic systems, for all their material wealth and very real relations of labour, exploitation, violence, hunger and tangible inequality, are also dependent on the imagination. As I argue more fully in this book, capitalism relies not only on the brutal repression of workers in factories and fields; it also relies on conscripting our imaginations.
On a basic level, it relies on each of us imagining ourselves as essentially isolated, lonely, competitive economic agents. It relies on us imagining that the system is the natural expression of human nature, or that it is too powerful to be changed, or that no other system could ever be desirable. Capitalism, as a system, is driven by a process whereby the plural, living values of humanity, for all their contradictions and vagaries, are translated, transformed and subordinated to the monolithic, singular value of capital. We reproduce our lives, our society and our world through cooperation, and our cooperation is guided by what and who we imagine is valuable. Capitalism is a system that drives and relies on the conscription of that imaginative process of valuing and the subordination of all value to price.
While the system is ultimately held in place by the threat and exercise of very real violence and the concentration of very material wealth and power in the hands of the ruling class, its imaginary and imaginative dimensions cannot be ignored. For instance, sexism, racism, homophobia and nationalism are, for all intents and purposes, forms of power essential to the reproduction of capitalist social and economic relations based, ultimately, on largely imagined attributions of value to individuals. Those who are empowered by these value systems, in turn, typically use their power to reproduce the system. Ranks, hierarchies and other forms of coercive authority are, in spite of the fact that they are often backed by real wealth, privilege and violence, ultimately imaginary distinctions between people. In all these cases, inequality, oppression and exploitation based on imaginary distinctions are central to the reproduction of capitalism, and also reproduced by and within that system.
So the crisis of imagination is also a crisis we all experience every day, a crisis in how and who and what we value, a crisis in the patterns by which we imagine the world around us and, hence, act in the world, a crisis in the way we, as social, cooperative beings, reproduce our world and are reproduced by it. Essentially, a crisis occurs when the reproduction of capitalism comes into conflict with the reproduction of life and happiness.
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