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Help children in need, share a home, community business and more
While every day of the year is the best day to help others, the holiday season often brings a focus to giving to those in need. There are many local opportunities to pay it forward, including Kristi's Wish and Neighbor to Neighbor. The whole community will benefit from trail and street improvements, as well as more beautiful outdoor spaces set aside for families to enjoy. And at the end of the day, you'll be glad to know you can get a cup o' joe at more locations throughout NoCo. Enjoy it all!
Brighten the holidays for local children
Kristi’s Wish, an annual philanthropic initiative from the Kristi Visocky Memorial Foundation, invites the community to help brighten the holiday season for local children in need. Through Dec. 17, all Schrader’s Country Stores in Larimer County will have Kristi’s Wish cards available for $1 each. The star-shaped cards will adorn the ceilings and walls at the stores, and all proceeds will benefit ChildSafe, Crossroads Safehouse, Kids at Heart and Project Self-Sufficiency.
“We hope to brighten things up and paint the town with stars this holiday season,” says Bob Visocky, founder and executive director of the Kristi Visocky Memorial Foundation. “Kristi’s Wish is a warm and wonderful way to help provide gifts and support for children in need during the holidays.”
This is the eighth year that Kristi’s Wish has been executed. More than $126,000 has been raised for local child-based charities throughout the years. This year, Kristi’s Wish is adding a new element, Kristi’s Giving Trees, which will be set up at the two Fort Collins C.B. & Potts locations, as well as C.B. & Potts in Westminster and Flatirons Mall in Broomfield. The Giving Trees serve as an additional opportunity to bring joy to local children in need this holiday season. All gifts must be returned to C.B. & Potts by Dec. 17.
The Kristi Visocky Memorial Foundation is family operated and was founded in 2003 in honor of Kristi Visocky, who was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 21. Kristi's Wish enables her parents to continue her legacy of empowering underdogs and troubled youth.
For more information about Kristi’s Wish or to donate visit http://kristisfund.com/.
Care to share a home?
Neighbor to Neighbor, a nonprofit in Larimer County, has launched a new program called HomeShare. HomeShare will match homeowners (Home Providers), 55 and older, with people seeking an affordable housing option (Home Seekers).
"This innovative service will match senior homeowners, 55 and older, wishing to remain in their homes with individuals or single parents in need of a home. HomeShare will maximize our community's limited housing inventory and support people of all ages," says Kelly Evans, N2N executive director.
Gardens on Spring Creek to break ground on five-acre expansion
After several years of planning and fundraising, the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins, dug into its future growth. Construction has begun on five new acres of gardens.
The $2.5 million project will complete The Gardens’ Master Plan and will offer the Great Lawn and stage, Undaunted Garden, a Prairie Garden, a Foothills Garden, and several educational and themed gardens. Construction completion is slated for August 2018.
Community members, Gardens’ supporters, volunteers, and members are invited to celebrate this important milestone in The Gardens’ development.
For more information, please visit www.fcgov.com/gardens.
Cleveland Avenue gets dedicated left turn lane
In early November, the far left, southbound lane on Loveland's Cleveland Avenue became a dedicated left-turn-only, onto eastbound US Highway 34.
The new left-turn-only designation will help ease traffic congestion at the intersection of US Hwys. 34 and 287, while maintaining two through lanes along Cleveland Avenue for southbound travelers.
Loveland Public Works Traffic Division staff worked with the Colorado Department of Transportation to get the change approved. City staff completed the striping and signage work.
New unpaved recreation trail connection in Loveland
A new natural-surface trail connection between Wilson and Namaqua Avenue along the Big Barnes Irrigation Canal is now open for public use.
This has long been a missing connection in Loveland’s Recreation Trail Loop. Users can now enjoy 19-miles of continuous trail access from north Highway 287 all the way around to 57th and Taft Avenues.
Human Bean grows in Greeley, Windsor
The Human Bean coffee drive thru announced its expanding in the northern Colorado market. A new Windsor location at the corner of Highways 257 and 392 (Main Street) is scheduled to open in early 2018 and a Greeley location in the St. Michael’s Town Square retail area on 59th Avenue and Highway 34 will open in the fall of 2018.
“We are very excited to continue our expansion in the [northern Colorado] market,” says Frank Sherman, Human Bean owner. “Weld County is where The Human Bean of Northern Colorado got its start, and we look forward to adding another location where we first planted our roots.”
The Human Bean places heavy emphasis on community involvement and charitable giving. Every year, The Human Bean works to raise money for various local organizations that make a difference in the northern Colorado community. Its giving programs include its Guest Barista days, Thankful Thursdays and many more.