The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (www.epnonprofit.org) has come up with a way to increase awareness and donations to the nonprofits of the Estes Valley. It is called Mountain Strong for Nonprofits (www.mtnstrongnonprofits.org) or MS4NP. By now you most likely have seen their logo, video and news releases. This is a collaborative effort of over 30 local nonprofits. Healing Waters Foundation, Inc. is proud to be a part of this effort. Just as people from around the country proudly wore Mountain Strong t-shirts in support of flood recovery, we hope they will join in supporting the Healing Waters Foundation, Inc through MS4NP. The idea is for our local folks to share the website with friends and family from across the country via email, Facebook or other social media. There is no cost to us to be a part of this collaborative. Thanks go to Paul Moore and Nancy Roko for their help with this project. I hope you will use the website to encourage your friends and family members to donate to Healing Waters Foundation! And be sure to check out our video on the MS4NP site! As always, you can also go directly to our website (www.healingwatersfoundation.org) to donate.
If you watch channel 8 (www.rockymountainchannel.com) via Baja Broadband, the provider at most of the Estes Park lodging, you might have seen our ad. Thanks to Mark Angle along with Nick Molle, it is running 24 times per day for the next year! Great way to get the word out to the community about our "hidden gem"! Here is the link for the ad: http://youtu.be/jNbMMGjWk0I. It runs with various music selections in the background when seen on TV.
Healing Waters Foundation has seen an average of 25 people using the pool each week. Some of them actually come two or three times each week and "swim" for an hour each time! We are also seeing three to five physical therapy clients coming with their therapist per week. On some days we have been open from 7:00 AM until after 6:00 PM to accommodate all of our clients! In order to have proper coverage at the pool we needed to hire a fifth part time employee. Becky Sorensen joined us in May. Becky, along with Linda Bensey, Deb Blackman, Carolyn Mangler and Roger Truesdale help to keep our facility going. Of course we also have the help of our volunteers! So far in 2014 the volunteers have donated over 135 hours just at the pool! Our volunteers include Deb Kiple, Peggy MacKay, Gretchen Middledorf, Jacque Rolstadt, Nancy Roko and Gladys Van Drie. In addition there have been very many hours donated by people attending workshops or meetings, working on publicity and on our Facebook page. (www.facebook.com/HealingWatersFoundation) if you are on Facebook just go on over there and click "Like"! You can get some good information there for yourself or to "Share".
Our Board of Directors has also seen some changes this year. Our current board consists of Anne Slack, Executive Director and Chair, Heidi Rothburg, Vice-chair, Chris Bieker, Secretary, Paula Edwards, Treasurer, Nancy L. Follender, Ex-Officio, Mark Angle, Kathy Hale, Kaye Maranowicz, Paul Moore, and Bruce Rolstad. If you see any of these folks around town please be sure to thank them! On Thursday, November 13, 2014, our board members Bruce Rolstad and his wife (also a volunteer!) Jacque, will represent Healing Waters Foundation, Inc. at "Enriching Estes With a Giving Heart". This event is to celebrate National Philanthropy Day and the mark that volunteers and donors make on our community.
We have a lot to be grateful for this year! In November 2013, while our community was working to recover from the flood. the Community Thrift Shop,Inc. gave us a grant of $1000.00. That same month the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado also gave us $1000.00 which was used to get internet service established at Healing Waters. The therapists appreciate it and we hope to be able to offer online scheduling soon. Duck adoptions for the Estes Park Duck Race started earlier for this year's race leading to an almost 50% increase! We received $1634.00 from the Duck Race. Thank you to all who adopted a duck and checked Healing Waters Foundation! In April, 2014 we received a grant from the Rotary Club of Estes Park in the amount of $840.00. It has been used to provide grants for seven people to use the pool who were negatively impacted by the flood of September, 2013. That same month the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary awarded a matching grant of $450 which means that the $450.00 that individual donors gave was doubled! The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary also contributed $600.00 to the "Salud Sunrise Splash Program". We are grateful for all of these donations that allow us to provide pool passes for people who will benefit from using the pool but cannot afford the full fee. From the "Thank You" notes they write we know that they appreciate it, too!
We have continued to provide our community a way to recycle printer cartridges with collection boxes in locations around town. You can find recycling boxes at Healing Waters Aquatic Center, Mountaintop Physical Therapy, PC, Radio Shack, UPS, US Bank, First National Bank (downtown), American Legion, Rocky Mountain National Park Warehouse, Edward Jones, Trail Gazette, Senior Center, Gateway, Upper Thompson Sanitation District and Allenspark Post Office. Visit www.cartridgeworld.com to learn more about this printer cartridge recycling program. You will be helping the environment as well as the Healing Waters Foundation!
As always, we are thankful for your support of Healing Waters Foundation, Inc.