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Archive for November, 2016

Mental Wellness events during the holiday season

The Healthy Futures Initiative and The Summit Foundation’s Building Hope Initiative are partnering to host a series of six events from Nov. 30 to Dec. 28 to help community members connect and learn more about mental wellness during the holiday season.

“For many, the holidays can feel more stressful and chaotic than joyous and bright,” Healthy Futures coordinator Kellyn Glynn said. “We’re offering these events to let you know you’re not alone, and to provide support, tools and resources that can help.”

The first event, to be held Nov. 30, is a “Question. Persuade. Refer.” (QPR) training lead by Summit Community Care Clinic therapist Susan Preaus. The QPR program teaches early recognition of suicide warning signs in a simple, one-hour training.

On Dec. 5 and 28, the partnership will offer yoga sessions designed to raise awareness related to depression, suicide and mental health. The class is open to all skill levels, and no yoga experience is necessary. Anyone may come to seek peace, calm, community and healing within a stressful time.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will lead a presentation of “In Our Own Voice” on Dec. 8. Two people will share personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery to offer hope and education to those affected by mental illness.

On Dec. 15, Summit County local Betsy Casey will host a family-friendly holiday craft night, where participants will be able to build wreaths and make gingerbread houses. All supplies will be provided.

Breckenridge-based spiritual storyteller Phil Gallagher will host his “More to Life” talk on Dec. 20, with an emphasis on bringing peace to holiday chaos.

“The holidays are not always filled with cookies and joy,” Gallagher said. “They also mean stress, conflict and grief for many. But our conversations will bring connection and ideas for how to remember the wonder of the season and handle the hardships it can bring.”

At each event, participants will have the opportunity to talk together and share stories as a group. Each event is hosted at a separate location so interested participants should be sure to check dates, times and locations for each event before attending.


“Hope Begins With You,” suicide prevention training and dinner Nov. 30, 5-7 p.m. St. Anthony Medical Center, Classroom 340

Yoga for mental health and suicide awareness, Dec. 5, 7-8:30 p.m. Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center, Hopefull & Discovery Room

“In Your Own Voice,” presentation and dinner, Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. St. Anthony Medical Center, Classroom 340

Holiday Craft Night, Dec. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Summit County Community and Senior Center

Peace in Holiday Chaos, Dec. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center, Hopefull & Discovery Room

Yoga for mental health and suicide awareness, Dec. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Meta Yoga Studios 118 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge

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Contribute to Local Nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day

Tuesday December 6, 2016

The seventh consecutive Colorado Gives Day, an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving, will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 beginning at 12am and ending at midnight the same day, however donations may be pre-scheduled. Donations given through the website will be directed to the charities specified by the donor.

As one of the many nonprofits operating in Summit County registered with “ColoradoGives,” The Summit Foundation will be eligible to receive donations through this annual event.

In addition to The Summit Foundation, Summit County and neighboring community-based organizations eligible to receive contributions through the 2016 Colorado Gives Day include

Advocates for Victims of Assault
Alpenglow Chamber Music Festivals
Animal Rescue of the Rockies
Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Breckenridge Music Festival
Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
Bristlecone Montessori School
CASA of the Continental Divide
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
Colorado Headwaters Land Trust
Colorado Mountain College Foundation
Continental Divide Land Trust
The Cycle Effect
Domus Pacis Family Respite
Easter Seals Colorado
Family & Intercultural Resource Center
Far View Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
Full Circle of Lake County
Girls on the Run
Grand Beginnings
Grand County Rural Health Network
Grand Futures Preventions Coalition
High Country Conservation Center
Keystone Science School
Lake Dillon Theatre Company
League for Animals and People of the Summit
Mind Springs health
National Repertory Orchestra
NWCCOG Foundation
Park County Senior Coalition
SOS Outreach
Starting Hearts
Summit Community Care Clinic
Summit County Library Foundation
Summit Historical Society
Summit Public Radio & TV
Summit Combined Housing Authority
Team Summit
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Women’s Resource Center of the Rockies

To donate to The Summit Foundation on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 6, or to pre-schedule a contribution prior to that Tuesday, visit the following website and select the “Donate” button:

Thanks to Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million Incentive Fund.  The incentive fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country, proportionally increases the value of every dollar donated.

Join us November 17th for Philanthropy Awards

On Thursday November 17, the 26th annual celebration of National Philanthropy Day in Summit County will honor outstanding philanthropic and volunteer achievements in ten categories.

Sponsored once again by Wells Fargo Bank and Climax Molybdenum, the evening is the most emotional and fulfilling event that The Summit Foundation hosts. The achievements of both the nominees and winners demonstrate why we all feel so blessed to spend time in Summit County and be a part of the activities of the charitable organizations. Over the past 25 years, 252 individuals, families, community organizations and businesses have been recognized for their generosity and support to our community.

2016 Philanthropy Awards Program

The evening is open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.  Email us or call us at 970-453-5970 to submit your RSVP.




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