Steamboat briefs: LIFT-UP receives $25,000 grant from Daniels Fund

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LIFT-UP of Routt County announced Tuesday in a news release that it has received a $25,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its Children’s Food Program and Housing Needs Fund.

The nonprofit organization operates its Emergency Assistance and Food Bank programs out of Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek.

“The grant will enable our program to help families avoid homelessness and ensure that low-income children do not go hungry,” LIFT-UP Executive Director David Freseman said.

Through the Children’s Food Program, an estimated 180 children will access food backpacks in the summer program, and a minimum of 150 children will access the backpacks during the 2013-14 school year. About 30 to 50 families access the Housing Needs Fund for rent assistance per year.

The Daniels Fund provides grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. It previously provided a $100,000 capital grant to help build the Lufkin LIFT-UP Center, which broke ground in 2006.

For more information about LIFT-UP, call 970-870-0727 or visit www.liftupofrouttcounty.org. For more information about the Daniels Fund, visit www.danielsfund.org.

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Lowell Whiteman’s Nissa Parker is Teen of Month

The Lowell Whiteman School senior Nissa Parker was named the Steamboat Springs Teen Council’s Teen of the Month for April, according to a news release.

Recipients of the award must demonstrate teens are valuable community assets, act as a leader and positive role model among their peers and be committed to community service.

Parker is a member of the National Honor Society and Steamboat Dance Theatre and plays cello in the Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra Ensemble. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, backpacking and rock climbing.

When asked why it is important for teens to be valued, Parker said, “We live in a world of conflict, poverty and hardship, and it continues to become a more challenging place every day. Teens are in a position where we need to not only understand what’s going on, but start thinking of solutions. If we are told that we are important to our society, we will be more willing to set high goals and strive to achieve them.”

ReTree Steamboat receives $5K Alpine Initiatives grant

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s ReTree Steamboat program to replace trees devastated by the mountain pine beetle was awarded a $5,000 grant from Alpine Initiatives.

Alpine Initiatives’ Grass Roots Grants program, which benefits projects in North America, selected the Sustainability Council and two other organizations from six finalists through a Facebook contest.

Steamboat resident plans to run Boston Marathon

Steamboat Springs resident Jennifer Schubert-Akin, who works at Marathon Accounting and sits on the board of directors for The Steamboat Institute, plans to run her 19th consecutive Boston Marathon on Monday to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Since 1995, Schubert-Akin has donated $56,000 to the organization through her fundraiser, Jennifer’s Run for MS. Read “Living with Multiple Sclerosis” by Schubert-Akin’s sister, Yvonne Miller, and make a donation at www.tinyurl.com/cl5opma.

Steamboat athletic teams sell flowers for fundraiser

The Steamboat Springs High School Booster Club and athletic teams are selling flowers for their spring fundraiser. Hanging 12-inch baskets of mixed annuals or geraniums are $30, 12-inch patio containers of mixed annuals are $34 and flats of petunias, pansies or snapdragons are $32. Contact Mary Labor at 970-846-8982 or mlabor@buysteamboat.com to receive an order form. Flowers will be ready for pickup May 30.

Humble Ranch Therapy Center seeks volunteers

The Humble Ranch Therapy Center is in need of volunteers for summer programs, which run from June 17 to Aug. 22. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, dependable and able to walk or jog short distances. No horse experience is necessary. Find more information at www.humbletherapy.org. A training session for new volunteers is from 9:30 a.m. to noon June 4. Those who are interested are asked to contact Pat at 970-879-3443 or pat@humbleranch.com Monday through Thursday.

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