Valentine's Day isn't just about being romantic, but a time to celebrate and acknowledge relationships, too! This month's E-News is packed with  some great heartfelt news for our friends. Volunteers are the "heart" of our organization and so helpful to us - giving their time & talents, assisting with our program participants and improving our facilities.  We can't thank them enough for opening their hearts to our organization!

VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS 
left to right; Kate Serna, Jessica Serna & Dick Alberico



A large outdoor project was underway at Zach's Place in which 15 yards of wood chips were delivered to the playground from C&C Sand.  This was an all-day project with first cleaning the playground of all the leaves and pine needles and then spreading the wood chips evenly.  Thank goodness it was a beautiful sunny day without any wind and a perfect day for this project!  Jessica Serna, and Kate Serna came to volunteer for the day.  We also had Dick Alberico drive all the way down from Denver to participate in the project.  This was his first time volunteering with SKSF.  We look forward to having them all back!  

Thanks so much for your hard work and labor and completing this challenging project!
Teacher, Ramsey Ross at Holmes Middle School supervising his students at Zach's Place



Ramsey Ross who is a teacher at Holmes Middle School, brought 14 student to Zach's Place to volunteer their time.  Included were Joshua Bates, Thea Craven, Ryan Dean, Finn Glikes, Kathleen Hagar, Alex Hollingsorth, Luke Jacobson, Kai Draemer, Mei-Mei Merkert, Alex Salgedo, Jackson Schaeffer, Gunnar Ulrich, Kristopher Walters, and William White.  Ramsey had previously volunteered through his church and felt this would be a great learning experience for his students.  It is an ongoing process to keep Zach's Place in tip top shape and they cleaned and organized toys, cleaned the kitchen, shoveled the snow off the sidewalks, taped posters down, took down Christmas decorations, cleaned the kitchen and various other organizing.  They were very hard workers and a great experience for them.  All these children were new to SKSF.  


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Interested in volunteering with SKSF?

Contact Janel O'Hayre at 719-203-3432 or email at jo'hayre@sksfcolorado.org for opportunities.


COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT - Vinton Law Firm
Amanda Vinton Weisseg is an attorney licensed to practice in both Colorado and Texas. Her areas of practice are estate planning and trust and estate administration (probate). She started her career working at an estate planning law firm in Colorado Springs, then founded The Vinton Law Firm in 2011.

Amanda was born in Utah and grew up in Arizona. She attended law school in Texas. Soon after graduating, Amanda moved to Colorado and has been practicing law here ever since. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading and traveling with her husband. She also tutors at a local elementary school, volunteers with  CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, and serves on the board of  Restore Innocence, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking. 

Amanda and The Vinton Law Firm  have supported Special Kids Special Families for many years by sponsoring several events along with donating time and services.  We appreciate her continued support and value her as a community business supporter!


Amanda's experience in estate planning and probate and her commitment to customer service led her to open The Vinton Law Firm so she could better serve the needs of others. If you need a probate attorney or are interested in estate planning, call Amanda today for your free, no-risk consultation.


UPCOMING EVENTS

PARENT'S NIGHT OUT
February 11, 2017
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Theme: Love & Friendship
Activities include: dancing, food and craft PLUS a movie for the younger children

Looking for a break without kids or a date night?  Zach's Place will be hosting a Parent's Night Out the 2nd Saturday of every month giving parents the opportunity to take a well deserved break!

Kids will enjoy a fun night packed with exciting themed activities geared to keep them entertained! Socialization is an important goal for our youth at Zach's Place at The Laurie Hillyard Family Center. We offer a unique opportunity to meet this goal.  Typically, we'll provide pizza or other meal, provide a craft activity, watch a movie and/or play games.

Registration & intake process is required for participation.  $15/child for kids of all abilities and ages 3-21.  RSVP required; call 719-329-1717 or email: zachsplace @sksfcolorado.org.  Limited space.  


SIBSHOPS
February 11, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm

at Brush Strokes
308 W Filmore Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

 
Sibshops is a monthly program run by SKSF connecting and supporting siblings of children with disabilities (grades K-6th), helping them recognize a community of peers in similar situations. Through fun and age appropriate activities with their peers, they develop bonds, understanding and a support group all their own.

During the February workshop, parents can drop o ff their kiddos at Brush Strokes (& pick up as well) - w e will be painting a ceramic piece!

Advanced Registration is required and space is limited!  Sibshops is sponsored by   The Arc Pikes Peak Region.

For future dates, to print a flyer, or to be placed on our E-mailing list contact: 
Julie at 719-375-9285 or  Linda at 719-447-8983 x19 or lellegard@sksfcolorado.org.
Don't miss this annual traditional SKSF fundraising event!
REGISTER YOUR TEAM TODAY!

$30/person; $15/child - includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, goodie bag & participation in contest prizes and drawing.

All proceeds from this event help support programming for 
children & adults with disabilities and their families.



SKSF is seeking sponsorships for our upcoming 2017 events.   

Sponsorships range from $250-$5000 supporting our Bowlathon, BBQ, Blues & Brews and Night of Comedy events.  If interested, please visit our website for details or contact our Fundraising Manager at 719-447-8983.  


Without YOU these events wouldn't be possible!
Thank you for your consideration.

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SKSF is NOW HIRING for the following positions:

To find out more information, visit our website




Please welcome Kayla Bement!
Direct Care Provider
Zach's Place Program


Kelly Forester has accepted the Finance Manager position!
Congratulations Kelly on your new position!






There are several ways to donate to SKSF to support our programs for individuals with disabilities and special needs.
Your donation in any amount assists with our program needs. 

Thank you for your donation consideration.