Promote, strengthen and support individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers

DECEMBER 2019
PROGRAM NEWS
A GENEROUS DONATION
Members of the Colorado Springs Country Club presented a check totaling more than $41,000 to Special Kids Special Families. The money was raised during a charity golf tournament – Golfing Fore Brighter Futures For The Kids – held in September. The funds will help children, families and caregivers who use Zach’s Place, SKSF's founding program. More than 130 golfers teed it up for charity in addition purchased raffle tickets and participated in a live auction during a prime rib lunch. This is the second year in a row the COS Country Club has staged the fundraising event as organizer Ruthie Lohrig-Kline was extremely pleased with the turnout, “We are excited that not only our country club members but members of the business community came together to support such a great organization and we were able to raise as much as we did!” We thank them for their generosity!
UPCOMING GIVING DAYS
During these special days of giving, a donation to Special Kids Special Families in ANY AMOUNT will help families afford respite care at our programs. Donations are processed through Giving First or Paypal. We THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!
TUESDAY, 12/3/19
GIVING TUESDAY
Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
 
Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.
TUESDAY, 12/10/19
COLORADO GIVES DAY
Each December Coloradans come together with the common goal to strengthen the community by helping to power nonprofits. Community First Foundation and FirstBank partner to make this day rewarding for givers, nonprofits and the community as a whole.

Colorado Gives Day  features a $1.5 million Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day will receive a portion of the fund, increasing the value of every dollar donated. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be the state's largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $217 million since it began in 2010. 
Donating to Special Kids Special Families during this holiday season will greatly impact the families we serve, providing them with valuable respite care that is needed to care for an adult or child with a disability. Your donation dollars make a difference in any amount!
Read the Norwood family testimonial of how Zach's Place and Adult Services has helped care for their daughter, Shelbie.
Take a peek at SKSF's 2018 Annual Report and see our growth throughout the years & ways we impact the community.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR....

Colorado Behavior and Learning Group is a group of Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst providing Applied Behavior Analysis services in Douglas County, El Paso County, and Teller County in the state of Colorado.

UTILIZING THE FOLLOWING TECHNIQUES
- Applied Behavioral Analysis
- Discrete Trial Training
- Verbal Behavior
- Natural Environment Teaching
- Mand Training
- Social Skills Training
- Pivotal Response Training

This organization has support Special Kids Special Families as a top sponsor during our Night of Comedy event helping raise over $50,000 to support families with respite care. We appreciate their collaboration with our organization and thank them!

" Electing to sponsor SKSF at the Night of Comedy fundraising event was a pleasure for Colorado Behavior and Learning Group to support their talented team of professionals aligned with our mission to serve the community with a multitude of programs that are making a difference in the lives of those we are honored to serve."
Mark Davidson, Colorado Behavior & Learning Group http://www.coloradobehavior.com/
SKSF EVENTS
Be sure to SAVE THE DATE & join us at King Pin Lanes next year Saturday, March 7th, 2020 to BOWL FOR THE GREEN! Form your team of 3-5 people and reserve a lane.


All funds from this event will help support our Adult Services program.
ZACH'S PLACE TEEN NIGHT
First Friday of Every Month!
Community based activities include bowling, movies, pizza and miniature golfing. If you are looking for safe, fun activities for your TEEN with disabilities look no further! Each themed evening is packed full of fun and engaging activities providing teen interaction with other
teens in a supported and supervised environment.

$20/youth
Locations vary
6pm-9pm

UPCOMING DATES:
Friday, December 6th
Going to a movie (PG) at Citadel Crossing & ice cream after the movie

FUTURE DATES:
January 3, 2020
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
When shopping on Amazon.com this holiday season, designate SKSF as your non-profit choice! SKSF receives a portion of all you spend! Click for more info...
Link your KING SOOPERS card to SKSF & we receive a portion as a donation! Click for more info...
VOLUNTEER NEWS
Welcome new SKSF Volunteer Coordinator, Gwen Hengehold! She is working hard to recruit more volunteers and volunteer groups to help out at our programs,

We’d like to encourage the community to join our volunteer family and match each volunteer with an opportunity that allows them to utilize their skills or interests to bring the most help to the families and clients we aim to serve. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments about Volunteer Opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering with SKSF, contact Gwen at 719-447-8983 x10.

Students from Pikes Peak Academy spent their afternoon at Zach’s Place helping the kids make Thanksgiving decorations. Pictured here is science teacher Jared Barnes.
McKenzie Costa pictured here is assisting students with their crafts.
Her mom Crystal works at Zach’s Place.
Rebecca (Becky) Cooper-Powell for volunteering the past two weeks. Our mass mailer goes out today just in time for the holidays and Giving Tuesday.