Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Community (VFC) thanks you
Once again, now at the close of our 8th year of volunteering together, as president of Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Community (VFC) I want to thank all of the wonderfully generous Southern Colorado residents, businesses, churches, and organizations who gave so much to make life in our communities even better and more.
Thanks to you we were able to provide huge bags of gifts for 205 children in need this year in Huerfano, Pueblo, and Custer Counties. We continue our volunteer projects in Huerfano County such as monthly food collections at First Choice and at Charlie’s Market for Dorcas Circle, knitting and crocheting for children and vets, highway cleanup, purchase of supplies for local school programs, and all the other projects we’ve been doing in Southern Colorado for years, and invite you to participate with us as we look forward to exciting new opportunities in 2017. We have a great time together, and we could not do it without you. You do not need to be a VFC member to volunteer with us. I wish you all a lovely holiday and a new year full of joy and happiness. Thank you, as always, for all the wonderful things you do. If you’d like to know more about VFC, please call me at 719-250-6097, or find us on Facebook. Our website is www.volunteersforcommunity.org. We are a 501(c)(3), and gratefully accept your volunteer or financial help. ~Susan Kalman Colorado City
From the Edmund-sons: Thanks to everyone
Hats off to our wonderful community! Due to strong winds, dry conditions, and an unfortunate mishap on Interstate 25, a grass fire broke out south of Walsenburg last Thursday night. Our Huerfano County Sheriff’s Department, Huerfano County firefighters and neighboring firefighters were quickly on the scene as well as ranchers from all directions. Some arrived with hand shovels and hoes and others with backhoes and a grader.
By the grace of God, and the efforts of so many good people, the wind died down and the fire was contained. Approximately 2,000 acres burned, but no cattle were injured.
Thank you all for your effort. We are blessed to live in Huerfano County and have such wonderful neighbors. ~The Edmundson Family Walsenburg
Trinidad Area Arts Council update
Many of you have been asking, “What’s happening with TAAC?” The intent of this letter is to address some questions you may have.
Yes, TAAC is experiencing some recent and unexpected challenges, but please be assured that your Board is diligently addressing these challenges. We expect Trinidad Area Art Center to continue providing excellent programs for all ages, a quality art gallery, and coordination with other organizations to provide community-wide events. We appreciate your continued support as we work to engage with our bustling arts community.
These are the challenges TAAC is facing:
1) Due to fiduciary irresponsibility, the Board dismissed its Executive Director. This was a very difficult decision and disappointing situation—an investigation is ongoing.
2) TAAC is currently displaced. Gallery Main was bought and the new tenant is willing to pay a higher rent than TAAC can afford. So far, and for various reasons, other locations the Board has considered are not suitable.
What the Board is doing:
1) Continuing an investigation of TAAC’s financial records.
2) Liquidating as much of TAAC’s belongings as possible without losing important assets.
3) We are temporarily storing TAAC items until they are sold or a new space is found as well as actively researching potential business space in which TAAC can maintain a gallery and its art programs.
4) Staying in touch with our grant funders.
5) Going forward with the Holiday Art Market currently set up in the former Fish Pond store space.
6) Planning future fundraisers.
How can you help?
1) Shop at the Holiday Art Market located at 121 E. Main! We have a number of local, talented artists with highly creative, original, non-commercial wares for sale. The Market will be open through Christmas Eve.
2) Notify the Board of any potential space you are aware of that might be suitable for TAAC to rent in the future. We will consider all options, and we need a place to store our stuff! Until we find a more permanent residence, please let us know of any space that would be suitable to continue art classes.
3) Let us know of anyone who might be interested in becoming a member of TAAC. TAAC continues to be a unique organization: it is the only art program between Raton, NM and Pueblo, offering free children’s art programs, as well as a number of paid adult classes, such as our popular Wine, Women, and Watercolor (which is open to men as well!).
4) Renew your own memberships, buy an art program scholarship for a child, or make a general contribution to the organization. Your financial and social support is greatly appreciated!
TAAC is not a viable organization without you—its friends, members, and supporters. As a board, we owe it to you to keep you in the loop of our projects, our successes, and our challenges. TAAC has dealt with difficulties before and survived them. This is not the first time TAAC has been without walls or struggled financially and with all of you working together with us, we will thrive through this transition.
Thank you and Happy Holidays,
Sheigla Hartman, Board President
Mallory Pillard, Board Treasurer
Lisa Ward, Board Secretary
Lucy Dunigan, TAAC Assistant
Roberta Lutgens, Board Member
Dewayne Eakins, Board Member
Paloma Nishenko, Board Member
Jay Obrecht, Board Member