Salida Soup (2015 - Present)
Salida Soup is a monthly community-based potluck where participants, through this microgranting dinner, assist a variety of projects in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. The program has spread awareness and put nearly $20K into over 60 individual community programs and projects that benefit Salida and its citizens.
Free Monday Movies at the SteamPlant (2015 - Present)
Each month, in conjunction with the Salida Creative District, we host a variety of inspiring and thought-provoking documentaries. These films are carefully selected to connect with the community by inspiring a stronger awareness of social issues, nature & the environment, as well as the arts and artists, to enhance community engagement and participation.
PfCA Public Art Initiative (2014 - Present)
With the generous support of a variety of local businesses, monthly exhibitions of local and regional artists will continue to engage the public in the halls and walls throughout Salida.
The Design Collective (2015 - Present)
The Design Collective Program is an accredited school program that introduces High School students to real world experiences in graphic/web design, writing, illustration, animation, film, and community organizing, by engaging them to create or work on one peer event each semester per school year.
PfCA Teen Night (2018)
The PfCA Teen Night is a partnership between Seasons Cafe, Chaffee County Youth Alliance, Family and Youth Initiatives, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County, and the Salida High School music department. This weekly event provides an important opportunity for youth to stretch their wings in a public setting with their piers.
Ark Valley Equality Network/Ark Valley Pride (2016)
The Ark Valley Equality Network includes a variety of individual projects coordinated through the PfCA: Ark Valley Pride, Ark Valley Pride Network, and are working on introducing several youth programs. These efforts are intended to serve many underserved minorities including the LGBTQIA Community in the Upper Arkansas River Valley area (Chaffee, Lake, Fremont, Custer, and Saguache Counties).
PfCA Farmer's Market Booth (Proposed)
In partnership with the Farmer's Markets in Salida and Buena Vista, the PfCA will supply a booth and training for young entrepreneurs. This program is currently in creation and will launch in 2017/2018.
PfCA Equality Business Allies (In Development)
Through our work on the Ark Valley Equality Network, we are working with businesses to create safe spaces, provide Safe Zone training, and to develop a website for minorities with a focus on LGBTQIA individuals and families.
PfCA Bookmark Program (Finalizing - Preparing for Launch)
Through a partnership with the Salida Public Library, MO Burrito, and the Partnership for Community Action, area youth are invited to create artwork that will be reproduced on bookmarks each month. Winners receive discounts, prizes, and burritos!
Chaffee County Accelerator
Offering non-profits, individuals, and neighborhood organizations the ability to start fundraising efforts online, drive traffic to a central location where they can donate, and access the PfCA's communications infrastructure. Like many other crowdfunding websites, the fees associated are used to further community programs and events.
Southern Colorado Teacher's Hub
The Teacher's Hub will offer individual teachers and classrooms the opportunity to raise funds, seek supplies, and sell products online that benefit education in the region.
Chaffee County Resource Project (Proposed - waiting for funding)
A long-term project in developing a nonprofit and community resource database that would feed both a website and app that would be available to the public. Through a series of simple questions, the user would be able to identify their needs and receive a simple response from all available resources.
Community Inspiration (in development)
Many community members want to get more involved in their neighborhoods, but aren't sure what kind of projects would be most beneficial. The website offers community members inspirational projects that have been completed around the world in communities just like yours.
Get Out! (in development)
The Get Out! program is currently developing a number of events and a website that will include local and regional opportunities to connect with nature, interact with the rest of the community, and find like-minded individuals to ensure being active is social, motivating, and fun.
PfCA Partner Programs
These programs are coordinated and/or implemented through partnerships with multiple agencies, non profits, or individuals.
Indigenous People's Day Celebration & Chipeta Mountain Project
Through a partnership with a number of community members and the Chipeta Mountain Project, the PfCA program is working to offer a look at the Upper Arkansas River Valley through the eyes of the indigenous people who inhabited the area, as well as the knowledge (if accessible) the gained through the centuries they inhabited this area.
Salida Fiber Festival & Salida Fiber Week
The Salida Fiber Festival, started in 2012 and conducted entirely by volunteers, has become one of the premier events in Central Colorado and one of the most diverse and well-attended fiber festivals in the West.
Scandinavian Alliance of Colorado & Estes Midsummer Festival
The Estes Midsummer Festival is a program of the Scandinavian Alliance of Colorado, an online community for Scandinavians and Scandinavian organizations throughout Colorado. The festival, which celebrated 25 years in 2017, is the premier event for the Scandinavian community in the state.