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. In all cases, unless noted otherwise, addresses are Leadville, CO at 80461.

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Full Circle of Lake County’s mission is to empower the Lake County community through youth development, family supports, immigrant services and resource connection. The nonprofit offers: youth development programs rooted in social-emotional learning with an ultimate prevention aim, including a long-standing mentoring program; family support programs including parenting education opportunities and Parent Mentors, a school-based program offered in partnership with Lake County School District; immigrant services such as information sessions about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the U.S. citizenship application process and FB-251 (the Colorado state law that allows residents without legal status to obtain driver’s licenses) and important documentation (e.g. birth certificates) retrieval through a partnership with the Mexican Consulate; a Family Resource Center which houses their immigrant services and family support programs, provides one-to-one client service to connect community members to supportive resources and to develop family goal plans; and continues to administer the Lake County Unmet Needs Committee Fund.

To donate, visit www.fullcircleleadville.org/donate, find Full Circle on the Colorado Gives website or send a check to Full Circle of Lake County, PO Box 622.

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The Lake County Open Space Initiative (LCOSI) is a collaborative stakeholders’ partnership of federal, state and local agencies, educational institutions, environmental advocacy groups, industry and private citizens dedicated to community sustainability and the enhancement of watershed health. The initiative works cooperatively under a shared vision emphasizing the protection and stewardship of land and water resources in Lake County for open space, wildlife, historic preservation, sustainable growth, public education and outdoor recreation.

The initiative, through its partners, has set aside close to 10,000 acres of land as open space, opened 10 miles of public access to the Arkansas River, developed over 10 miles of recreational trails, constructed a storage vessel for Lake County’s water supply and contributed to the conversion of the Arkansas River from an industrial sewer to Colorado’s longest stretch of Gold Medal fishing waters.

To donate, go to the LCOSI website home page, www.lcosi.com, click on the tab titled “Colorado Gives Day,” and then scroll down to the LCOSI panel for instructions on how to give.

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The Lake County Public Library accepts monetary donations at any time of the year.

The children’s department is always in need of money for new books, furniture and supplies for children and teen programming.

The local history department is in need of funding for digitization and preservation of photographs, historical documents and newspapers.

The library is not accepting book donations at this time.

Donations can be delivered or mailed to the library at 1115 Harrison Ave.

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The Lake County Senior Center provides a dine-in lunch and Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors three days per week. It also provides additional food commodities for those who qualify. The center provides transportation for errand running and shopping in Leadville. In addition, transportation is provided for medical and dental appointments in Lake, Chaffee, Summit and Eagle counties.

The Lake County Senior Center is a hub for social activities and day excursions all year round. Wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids and medical equipment are available to the community for free lending. The center depends upon the generosity of its volunteers and is always in need of extra help in the kitchen and delivering Meals on Wheels. The center welcomes cash donations, nonperishable goods and gift cards to help those in need. The center is located at 421 W. Sixth St. To reach the Senior Center, call 719-486-1774. Contributions can be mailed to Lake County Senior Center, P.O. Box 285. 

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) is a nonprofit organization known as the “Smithsonian of the Rockies.” The museum offers 25,000 square feet of exhibits detailing the mining story of Leadville and the nation with permanent and temporary exhibits, art, photography, interactive walk-through mine replicas, events and educational programming. The museum offers free admission to Lake County students. Its visitors from across the globe support Lake County’s economy.

Even though NMHFM holds a federal charter as the nation’s mining museum and hall of fame, it receives no regular support for its operations from any level of government. There are various ways to support the museum. NMHFM currently has a $6 million endowment campaign underway. The Avenir Foundation has pledged to match up to $3 million in donations to the endowment during the campaign. Interest income will boost the museum’s operating budget and offset the financially challenging impact of seasonal fluctuations in visitation. Other opportunities to support the organization include purchasing a museum membership for family and giving memberships as gifts, attending special events like Spirits in the Shaft, submitting a donation for the operating budget and shopping in the gift shop.

Tax-deductible donations can be made before the end of the year or by buying holiday presents from the gift shop at www.mininghalloffame.org. Contact Stephen Whittington at 719-486-1229 for more information on how to support the museum.

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The St. Vincent Health Foundation promotes and sustains the highest level of health care for Lake County and its community by supporting the programs and services of St. Vincent Health (SVH).

In 2021, SVH opened a new state-of-the-art hospital facility, including a new surgical suite. St. Vincent Health Foundation continues to raise funds to support the new hospital and upgrade medical equipment.

After the surgical suite opened and the CT scanner was installed, the foundation continues fundraising to support the costly equipment needed for new specialists and surgical procedures. Future SVH plans are to expand a second surgical suite in the new hospital to better meet the needs of Lake County’s growing community.

The foundation is currently raising funds to support SVH’s new COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic, which is in the process of adding staffing, personal protective equipment and testing kits. In addition, SVH has added many specialty and surgical services.

Currently, the foundation has additional donor wall and outdoor bench plaques in various sizes as well as room naming opportunities available at the new hospital. Contact Steve Mercado to reserve a lasting legacy or inquire about the SVH Foundation and SVH at 719-486-7119.

A donation to the foundation supports sustainable health care in rural Lake County. It allows the hospital to continue making progress toward a better tomorrow and provides equipment and services that may one day help family, friends and neighbors. A donation, combined with grant funds, enables SVH to improve their facility and patient care.

The SVH Foundation is a Central Colorado Enterprise Zone tax credit for contribution-eligible project. This means that cash donations ($250 or greater) paid to the SVH Foundation are eligible for a state tax credit of 25 percent (12.5 percent for in-kind donations).

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Tree of Sharing is a volunteer and donation-based organization that distributes donated holiday gifts to families in need. The season of giving is rapidly approaching, as is the Tree of Sharing Project for children in Lake County. Tree of Sharing expects a greater need in the community this year as many Lake County families continue to be affected by economic hardships associated with COVID-19. This year Three of Sharing is providing gift cards to families in need.

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St. George Community Meals & Pantry provides hot meals to anyone in the community four days a week. Meals are served Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. St. George’s no-cost food pantry is open to anyone in the community. Pantry hours are as follows: Tuesdays 5-7 p.m. at Mountain View West, Wednesdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (senior hours are 9 a.m.-10 a.m) at St. George, Fridays 5-6 p.m. at Mountain Valley Estates, and Saturdays 9-11 a.m. at Lake Fork. Donations of cash and food are welcome year-round. Volunteers are also appreciated. Mail donations to P.O. Box 243 or give via Paypal through St. George’s website at www.saintgeorgeleadville.com. Call 719-486-3087 or email stgeorgeleadville@gmail.com to volunteer.

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