Simple Dog helping vets get matched with dogs

Simple Dog wants to raise donations and awareness for local organizations pairing military veterans with lifesaving service dogs. Simple Dog will be at the Wag N Wash on Woodmen Road and I-25 from 11am to 3 p. m. May 19 selling bumper stickers, magnets and T-shirts. Five dollars from each sale goes toward a service dog charity or pet rescue. Local vets with service dogs will be on-hand educating the public on how the dogs have helped them. Service dogs help veterans with PTSD, suicide prevention drug and alcohol addiction and provide mobility support to mobility disabled/blind vets.

BBB helps shred 17 tons

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, KKTV 11 News, Mobile Record Shredders and Blue Star Recyclers helped protect the identity of about 1,350 residents of Colorado Springs at their annual document shredding event, better known as “Letter Rip! Day.”

Five trucks lined the parking lot at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center as the public brought boxes of personal documents to shred. In just four hours, more than 17 tons, or 34,000 pounds of documents, were shredded. Mobile Record Shredders will take the material to its facility in Pueblo for recycling. Representatives from Blue Star estimate that 2,500 pounds of electronics were collected for recycling.

About $2,200 was collected in donations for the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado Foundation, which provides scholarships to recognize excellence in education.

The next Letter Rip day will be in October.

Ronald McDonald House Donation Center celebrates grand opening May 19

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado Donation Center grand opening will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19. Residents are encouraged to celebrate by gathering up their unused and unwanted clothing and household items and bring them to the donation center, 535 North Murray Boulevard, (just North of Platte Avenue.)

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A ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m., with free barbecue provided by Rudy’s and a live radio remote with KKLI. Ronald McDonald will be there too along with athletes from the U.S. Olympic Training Center, who will help paint faces for kids.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado joined in a community partnership with Recycle That LLC, to open a donation center where the community can donate their unused, unwanted and outdated clothing, shoes, fashion accessories, household goods, linens/towels, books and CDs/DVDs.

Discover Goodwill honors businesses and individuals A gathering of more than 800 people attending Discover Goodwill’s April 24 annual dinner recognized and celebrated distinguished businesses and individuals who significantly contributed to Goodwill’s mission in 2011. Guiding Light Award Honoree, John Medved; Extending Goodwill Award Honorees: GE Johnson Construction Company, El Paso County Department of Human Services, Walmart, and Evans Army Community Hospital, Ft. Carson. Discover Goodwill Award Honorees-Certified Nursing Assistant Business Advisory Council Members; Caring for Colorado Foundation, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Centura Health, Union Printers Home, Sunny Vista and Dr. Donald Spradlin. Open Door Award Honorees: Colorado Springs Utilities, Cottonwood Center for the Arts and El Pomar Foundation.

Deerfield Hills neighborhood revitalization partnership

The City of Colorado Springs, Rebuilding Together Colorado Springs and the Energy Resource Center are partnering with public, private and non-profit organizations to revitalize the Deerfield Hills neighborhood. About 400 volunteers are expected to volunteer from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 to help improve the living conditions for the residents, eliminate the blight in the neighborhood and preserve the affordable housing stock.

Twelve homes with income-qualifying households will be rehabilitated with the help of volunteers. The work will include home repairs, accessibility improvements, energy efficiency, landscaping, exterior painting, fence replacement and safety additions.

The Deerfield Hills Community Center will also be painted by Honeywell volunteers, and Concrete Couch will coordinate the painting of a mural on the center by Turman Elementary School students.

Funding for the revitalization project comes from the City’s Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program, funded by the Community Block Grant Program and HOME program, grants and $128,000 in donations from the community.

Other organizations involved include Home Depot; Sears; Booz Allen Hamilton; Honeywell; Sherwin Williams; El Paso County Housing Authority; Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs; American Society of Landscape Architects Southern Colorado; the Mayor’s Streetscape Solutions Team; Concrete Couch; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 113; Waste Management; Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVAC Service Technicians Local Union No. 58; and Denali Stone USA.

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Amber Baillie
A Colorado native, Amber Baillie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. For over three years, she wrote for the Air Force Academy's official base newspaper and has written articles for Your Boulder and the Cheyenne and Woodmen Editions. For the Business Journal, she covers cyber, aerospace and defense, and nonprofit news.