Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

Friend ($1-$249)
Kathy Coyne
In Memory of David LaHoda
  from the Imagine! Celebration Core Group: Colene Van Winkle, Paige Lawrence, Don Sullivan, and Deb Gravelle
In Honor of Brian Staiger
  from Rose Staiger
United Way of Tri-County Payroll Deduction (on behalf of Robert Kretsch)

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

Cash Donations

Platinum ($10,000+)
Safeway Foundation – $10,000 grant for Labor Source

Associate ($500-$999)
Barbara Pozzi – for new Broomfield group home

Friend ($1-$249)
East Boulder Optimist Club 
Rebecca Herman
Rick & Jackie Nelson

In-Kind Gifts

In-Kind Associate ($500-$999)
Dick Livingston – iPad and accessories for testing and training
Mountain Kids – Space and free admission for gym time for Dayspring families

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Airborne Gymnastics - discounted rates for Dayspring families Jan.-June 2012
B & C Bounce Town - discounted rates for Dayspring families Jan.-June 2012
Pam Felderman – books and baby clothes
Sunflower Farms - discounted rates for Dayspring families Jan.-June 2012
WOW! Children’s Museum - discounted rates for Dayspring families Jan.-June 2012

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Congratulations, Sue

Congratulations are in order for Sue Deans, former editor of the Daily Camera, for being honored recently as the Boulder Rotary Club's Rotarian of the Year award.

Sue is a former member of the Imagine! Foundation Board of Directors, and continues to serve on the Foundation’s marketing committee. Her support of Imagine! over the years has been invaluable.

Which is why it is no surprise that Sue was selected as Boulder’s Rotarian of the Year. This prestigious award is given to a member who has made a significant impact on the Boulder Rotary Club and its programs and projects throughout the year. Sue has been a powerful force for good in our community for many years, and in many ways, and we feel so fortunate to be associated with her.

Congratulations, Sue, on this well deserved honor.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Imagine! and AbleLink: A Great Partnership

Today we’d like to share a video highlighting how AbleLink Technologies and Imagine! are partnering to create new technological solutions for individuals with developmental disabilities.

AbleLink's pioneering research and award-winning products have a common purpose: To enable individuals with cognitive disabilities to experience a more self-determined and fulfilled life. Their innovations represent a new class of empowering technology characterized by a person-centered design philosophy that results in making everyday technologies such as phones, computers, and PDA's accessible to people with cognitive barriers.

We are honored to be working side-by-side with AbleLInk to provide more opportunities for independence and meaningful community interaction for those we serve.

Can't see the video? Click here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Welcome New Board Members

The Imagine! Foundation has elected three new board members: Richard Ackerman and Lynn Curtis of Boulder and Chuck Sisk of Louisville. Alexander (Sandy) Bracken will serve a second year as the Foundation’s board president. We welcome our new board members, and thank them for their commitment to serving some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens.

Richard Ackerman

Alexander (Sandy) Bracken

Lynn Curtis

Chuck Sisk

Thursday, August 9, 2012

CORE/Labor Source Thanks Supported Employment Business Partners

On Thursday, August 2, Imagine!'s CORE/Labor Source department hosted a Business Partner Appreciation Party which was held at Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont. Business partners throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties were recognized for supporting their community by hiring people with developmental disabilities.

Since 1984, CORE/ Labor Source has assisted people who have disabilities across Boulder and Broomfield counties in finding gainful employment through supported employment services. Supported employment offers people who have a disability the opportunity to develop vital job skills and become active participants in their communities.

The benefits extend far beyond helping our clients, however. Businesses using our services are able to reduce recruitment and training expenses as they benefit from a diversified employee pool. Partnering with CORE/Labor Source is a “win-win” situation that is beneficial all around.

Below are some fun pictures from the event. Letosha, who receives supported employment services through CORE/Labor Source, served as a great ambassador for the program and handed out certificates of appreciation thanking each business partner personally. If you are a patron of any of the businesses below, be sure to tell them “thanks” on behalf of Imagine! next time you’re there.

All business who attended received a framed certificate of appreciation

CORE/Labor Source's Kate Veeder with Nick, owner of Georgia Boys BBQ, which did a fantastic job catering the event.

Oskar Blues Brewery with a lot of Imagine! people

Outback Steakhouse Louisville and Longmont

The list of CORE/Labor Source business partners invited to attend the event. Some businesses have hired work crews and some employ independent hires.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Imagine! Artists Out In The Community

In the next few weeks, there are several opportunities for people to support the many talented artists who receive support from Imagine!.

For example, the Super Mini Walnut Café, located at 2770 Arapahoe Road, Suite 116, in Lafayette, (in the Atlas Valley Shopping Center at the southwest corner of 95th and Arapahoe) is currently displaying art created by artists in Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source classes.

The art (an example of which is shown below) is on display for approximately six more weeks, so there is plenty of time to stop in and support a local business that is promoting the work of Imagine! consumers. The Super Mini Walnut Café is open from 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM seven days a week.

Additionally, participants in Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source program have been invited to take part in the Boulder International Fringe Festival at Naropa University. This is the second year they will participate in the festival.

Performers will be presenting original material developed in classes at the CORE/Labor Source day program. Performance pieces will include dance, music, theatre, and live readings. The event will take place on Saturday, August 18 at 1:00 PM at the Performing Arts Center at Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. Admission to the festival is free but donations are accepted. Please try to stop by to enjoy a wonderful production and to support the performers.

We hope to see you there!