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Stepping Up In Our Community

Updated: May 24

One of the best things about living in a small town community like Salida is the opportunity to support and help your friends and neighbors. That’s the spirit behind the recent charitable donations made by the owners and employees of First Street Flooring on Third to numerous charitable organizations, with most of them serving Chaffee, Saguache, and Fremont counties. Each person was given $1,000 to donate to one or more charitable organization of their choice.

Said one staff member, “Deciding on which organization to donate was challenging, since there are so many that need assistance right now. But being able to make a difference to a worthy cause was a great experience. I love the community spirit of First Street Flooring.”

Providing their employees with the funds to donate to a charity of their choice is part of an ongoing effort by First Street Flooring to take an active role in their community. “It has been fun being a part of the business community here in Salida. It is always nice to be able to make an impact, whether financial or through volunteer hours.”

The following organizations were the recipients of the First Street Flooring donations. Check out their websites and learn more about the good things they do, and maybe you'll be inspired to support them as well.

Alpine Achievers Initiative (AAI) is a youth-work based non-profit organization providing youth with the extra support they need to be the best they can be. AAI inspires, connects and nurtures youth, families, and communities in rural Colorado.

Ark Valley Helping Hands is a trusted partner in Chaffee County that supports older adults, so they can remain independent and in their own homes, as well as connected to their neighbors and our community.

Ark Valley High Rollers is a women's flat track roller derby team based in Salida, Colorado. Established in 2010, they are celebrated for their competitive spirit, strong teamwork, and active engagement in community events and local charities.

Founded in 1991, Ark-Valley Humane Society is a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization. Ark-Valley Humane Society operates an open admission animal shelter, serving Chaffee County with locations in Buena Vista and Poncha Springs. We do not euthanize for time or space and as a non-profit, we rely heavily on private donation and grants to fund our operations.

A not-for-profit club team sport welcoming children from ages 6 and up to come to play. No matter your level of experience, you will have fun, build new friendships, and create a learning experience through team sports.

Browns Canyon Bow Hunters is a local organization dedicated to unite area archers in the promotion of the archery sports and range improvement.

Chaffee Cares works closely with and accepts referrals and applications from third party professionals that work directly with local children, adults, seniors, and families in Chaffee County. All expenses are covered by a core group of volunteers so that 100% of all donations received go directly to those in need. 

The Chaffee County Community Foundation uses philanthropy and collaboration to act as a catalyst to build a more connected and resilient Chaffee County.

Celebrating the region's agricultural heritage and community spirit, the annual fair features a variety of activities including livestock shows, rodeos, agricultural exhibits, arts and crafts displays, live entertainment, and family-friendly attractions. It provides an opportunity for local residents and visitors to come together, enjoy traditional fair experiences, and support local farmers and artisans.

Chaffee County Hospitality Inc. is a donations-based organization with the mission of “providing hospitality to our neighbors experiencing homelessness and walking alongside people as they work to exit homelessness.”

We are a non-profit, volunteer-run community soccer club whose goal is to ensure that soccer is available to kids and that the focus is on fun, togetherness, and physical activity.

Crestone Performances Inc. (CPI) is a non profit organization whose mission is to create a positive cultural, educational and economic impact in the San Luis Valley by providing affordable access to quality performance and presentations representing diverse cultures and traditions.

elevateHER is an outdoor girls program based in Colorado. We foster self-worth in young women through mentoring, outdoor adventure, and wellness programs.

KRCC is a member-supported, non-commercial community service affiliated with, and operated by, Colorado Public Radio. KRCC was started in 1951 by Colorado College students.

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is a 501 nonprofit organization that provides support, education, advocacy, and awareness association for pulmonary hypertension.

This event is the main fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Salida, which helps the youth of our community by providing vocational and scholastic scholarships, as well as giving to other local nonprofits throughout Chaffee County. All proceeds of the event go to support our seniors and community organizations who work hard to make a difference.

A community initiative aimed at providing food assistance to senior citizens in need. This program helps ensure that elderly residents have access to nutritious food, addressing food insecurity and supporting the well-being of the local senior population.

A membership-based community loan fund that awards 0% interest loans to local farmers, ranchers and other food producers. A new way to fund local food. Using charitable donations from Investor Members funds are available to local farmers, ranchers and other food enterprises for 0% Interest Loans.  Together, we are building a permanent, member driven, revolving loan fund.

Wigs for Kids is a non-profit hair donation organization, has been serving children suffering from hair loss since 1981.

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