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Stepping Up In Our Community

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

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 twelve 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.”

Since Pip and Aaron Conrad purchased First Street Flooring in 2006, they have actively worked to support the local community and have a long list of organizations that have benefitted from their community-minded actions.

Providing their employees with the funds to donate to a charity of their choice is part of an ongoing effort by the Conrads to take an active role in their community. Said Pip, “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.

Ark-Valley Humane Society

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.


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

Pulmonary Hypertension Association

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

Chaffee County United Soccer Club

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.

Chaffee County Hospitality

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.”

Chaffee County Community Foundation

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


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.

Ark Valley Helping Hands

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.

Wigs for Kids

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

Alpine Achievers

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.

Browns Canyon Bow Hunters

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

Crestone Performance Inc.

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.

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