Giving locally to various nonprofits is just as important as shopping locally. The Herald Democrat will provide information on these organizations as well as how to give in the coming weeks leading up to Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 7. In all cases, unless noted otherwise, addresses are Leadville, CO at 80461.

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The Advocates of Lake County provide trauma-informed services and promote a community where survivors of domestic and sexual violence may achieve personal autonomy.

Services offered to the community include a 24-hour crisis hotline for victims of violence and their families and friends, emotional support and personal advocacy for victims, emergency safe housing for those in danger, civil legal assistance for survivors of violence, and rental assistance and other financial supports to survivors trying to establish self-sufficiency after leaving abusive relationships.

In 2020, the Advocates responded to 274 crisis calls, provided 915 nights of emergency safe shelter and supported a total of 220 survivors of violence.

To donate, send a check to Advocates of Lake County, P.O. Box 325, visit advocatesoflakecounty.org/donate or call 719-917-8599.

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Cloud City Conservation Center (C4) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to inspire stewardship of the community’s natural resources by creating educational opportunities and lasting community infrastructure in Leadville and Lake County. C4’s vision is “Healthy Planet, Healthy People.”

In 2021, Cloud City Farm grew and distributed over 3,000 pounds of produce through their weekly donation-based farm market. With community support, C4 expanded the farm to include Cloud City Community Garden, which opened in spring 2021. Over 500 youth have visited the farm this year through partnerships with Get Outdoors Leadville! and Lake County School District.

C4’s free community compost program is now diverting food scraps from over 140 households. In 2021, C4 also relaunched Zero Waste Event Services and helped divert 100 percent of the waste produced by the Leadville Race Series from the Lake County Landfill. 

The C4 Residential Energy Resource Center now provides bill payment assistance for past due energy bills, free home energy audits and improvements, and an emergency fund for low income households in addition to continuing to provide rebates for home energy audits and improvements for all Lake County residents. Since October 2020, more 140 Lake County households have utilized these services, and C4 has helped pay over $60,000 in past due utility bills. 

C4 always welcomes volunteers for hands-on projects at the farm or technical help in the office. Email emily@c4leadville.org to get involved. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 459, or click the donate button at www.c4leadville.org.

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The Colorado Mountain College Foundation builds sustainable community support for the needs and strategic priorities of Colorado Mountain College (CMC) and its students. Since its inception in 1985, the CMC Foundation has served as the college’s fundraising and community engagement partner. 

The CMC Foundation has raised over $60 million to support students and CMC programs. Gifts to the CMC Foundation allow the college to offer a quality education at an affordable cost. Gifts can be designated to the annual fund (unrestricted, greatest need) or for student scholarships. To make a gift online, visit http://cmcfoundation.org/, or send a check directly to the CMC Foundation at 802 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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The Leadville Lions Club is selling Safeway grocery cards at Centennial Real Estate during the holiday season. Cards are available in increments of $10, $25, $50 and $100. The full value of the card may then be used for groceries at Safeway. In addition, the store gives five percent of the face value back to the Lions Club to use for community projects.

Another fundraiser is the Christmas tree sale at Centennial Real Estate, offering trees cut by club members at the Climax Mine.

Money raised by the Lions Club through these and other activities, such as the Boom Days beer tent, is donated back to the community.

Some of the Lions’ community projects are the July Fourth fireworks display, the flags along Harrison Avenue and the annual career fair at the high school.

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Friends of Twin Lakes, Inc. works to improve life for residents and visitors to southern Lake County. The Friends have three main donation areas: the southern fire station multi-use structure’s fixture, finish and furnishing fund; heritage projects in Twin Lakes Village/Interlaken; and Dexter Manor House. The group’s work in the last two areas is in partnership with the Pike-San Isabel National Forest Leadville Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service, pursuant to its five-year Non-Funded Challenge Cost-Share Agreement for the Heritage Center (Forest Service properties in Twin Lakes Village) and Interlaken.  

Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution can mail a check with the donation area listed on the check’s memo line to Friends of Twin Lakes, 231 Lang St., Twin Lakes, CO 81251. Individuals can also donate online at https://www.friendsoftwinlakes.com/donate-now/ and select the project area from the dropdown menu.

Big projects in 2022 include extending the hiking trail from the Moache Fishing Area to the power plant in Twin Lakes, rehabilitation work on the Clarion Hotel and funding the furniture and fixture needs of Fire Station 2 located in southern Lake County.

Email friendsoftwinlakes@gmail.com to express interest in volunteering for area trail work, heritage work, work at the Visitor Center, or for more information about the organization.

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The Lake County Community Fund (LCCF)envisions a Lake County that has an abundance of sustainable philanthropic resources to support a thriving community. To arrive at that vision, LCCF provides a means to expand the capacity of local organizations, promotes and facilitates giving opportunities and inspires investment in Lake County. The nonprofit is focused on digging a deeper and wider well of resources for the community to draw from in times of need.

LCCF is participating in Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 7 this year, alongside a number of other local nonprofits. 

Donations can be made using a credit card through the fund’s website at http://lakecountycommunityfund.org/donate/. Individuals may also mail a check to Lake County Community Fund, P.O. Box 477.

Several volunteer opportunities exist throughout the year. Email director@lakecountycommunityfund.org or call 719-286-3396 to learn more about volunteering or joining a committee.

To be continued in next week’s newspaper.

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