May 29, 2016                                                                                                               May E-News Issue 3
St. Paul Catholic Church Volunteers
Assisting at Zach's Place

Thanks so much to all the volunteers from St. Paul's Catholic Church.  Before the kids get confirmed, they perform volunteer work out in the community and they chose to help out at Zach's Place!  We appreciate their service and are grateful for their help in cleaning, organizing and playing with our Zach's Place participants.  It's great to see youth in action!  

SunWater Spa Volunteers
Assisting at Joey's Place

We appreciate Briar, Gera, and Kat from SunWater Spa!  Each week they volunteer their time to teach our clients healing yoga.
For more information on SunWater Spa, please visit their website at

Volunteer Spotlight
Spencer Johnson

"I'm a senior at the United States Air Force Academy and commissioning this June with degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. In the next chapter of my life I am moving down to San Antonio, TX to fly Remotely Piloted Aircraft for the Air Force. Some of my hobbies are volunteering, riding motorcycle and spending time with family and friends."
How did you hear about Special Kids Special Families?  "I first heard about Special Kids Special Families through a friend, Chris Dylewski. I've volunteered at both Joey's Place and Zach's Place. At Joey's Place, I helped paint the ICAN rec room and prepared flowerbeds for the clients to start gardening. I have helping build a shed foundation at Zach's Place."
What do you appreciate about volunteering at Special Kids Special Families?  "I really enjoy volunteering with Special Kids Special Families because of the awesome people I get to work with and it's a great organization with a great cause. I really feel like the work that I do with Special Kids Special Families is making a difference."
We are so grateful to Spencer, and individuals like him that make Special Kids Special Families a special place to serve and grow. Special Kids Special Families relies heavily on the volunteer support of individuals that give generously of their time and talents. For more information about volunteering with SKSF, contact Monika Hartman at 719-447-8983 or email


We are currently seeking sponsorship for our upcoming
2nd annual event
BBQ, Blues & Brews festival
at Gold Hill Mesa on
Friday, September 9th.
(ranging from $250 - $5,000)

Thanks to our current sponsors:
will be on site LIVE providing awesome classic rock music!

Special thanks to Anheuser Busch & Swire Distributing of Colorado Springs for donating beverages for the event.

Tuesday, August 16th
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday, September 9th
5:00pm - 9:30pm

Saturday, October 1st
6:00pm - 9:00pm


There are so many ways you can make a difference to help us fund our programs and support individuals with disabilities and their families.  Here are some SIMPLE ways to help...
There are various sponsorship opportunities ranging from $250-$5,000!  Our upcoming 2nd Annual BBQ, Blues  & Brews and our 5th Annual Night of Comedy events are coming up!
Please consider sponsoring these events today!

Use your everyday spending to help raise FUNDS for SKSF: -  Log in with your normal email address and password that you use and select SKSF as your charity to have .5% of your purchase to be donated. 

Aspen Auto Clinic -  Purchase an Oil Change Discount Card for 5 oil changes & free tire rotation & SKSF earns $40 for each card sold!

Koscove Metal - Accepts metals of all kinds for recycling and donates a portion of monetary value to SKSF when drop off is identified for the organization.

King Soopers Gift Cards - Purchase a gift card for only $2.50 or $5.00 & SKSF receives 5% of your purchases at King Soopers (or any other Kroger family store) or fuel purchases (at Loaf-n-Jug).

It's time for a quick reminder about our "Go Fund Me" page!  It's time to get this donation page re-energized and motivate a few more people to donate to the capital campaign! 
It's SO easy to share on your Facebook page, via email or even to copy the link and text to your friends/family/contacts.
Let's do this! Every bit helps!

Go Fund Me - SKSF has created an  online GoFundMe profile for Zach's Place Capital Campaign.  We are trying to raise $10,000 to help purchase the program facility to create a permanent home.  Any donation amount and any help you can give in spreading the word is appreciated.  Visit here to learn more about our Zach's Place Capital Campaign.

Please welcome Theresa Jordan to Special Kids Special Families.
Her position in our organization is Management Support.

Please welcome Susan Hulbert to Special Kids Special Families.
Her position is an Adult Mentor for Joey's Place Program. 

Would YOU like to join SKSF and be part of a team?
We are now hiring for the following positions:
Supporters of Special Kids Special Families who reside in Colorado and file Colorado state taxes may qualify for a 50% state income tax credit in addition to the regular state and federal income tax deductions. The Colorado Child Care Tax Credit (CCTC) promotes childcare activities statewide, and Colorado Department of Revenue approved contributions for our Zach's Place program beginning in 2004.

For more information about Special Kids Special Families and our Zach's Place child care program, please contact Linda Ellegard, SKSF Executive Director at 719-447-8983 x19 or Renae Isakson, Zach's Place Program Director at 719-329-1717.

The Tax Credit
Both corporate and individual donors may benefit.  Any taxpayer that makes a cash contribution to Special Kids Special Families designated to Zach's Place may claim an income tax credit of 50% of the total contribution.   Please click here for more information...