Angels of America’s Fallen is a non-profit organization that encourages and funds fun and healthy activities for the children of fallen firefighters, military, and law enforcement. They offer positive outlets for children, during the entirety of their most crucial developmental years. Every year they host the Angel Gala, an event held to commemorate another year of aiding the children of America's fallen military, peace officers and firefighting professionals. The gala includes a gourmet meal prepared by a world-renowned chef, dancing, child performances and inspired stories.
Knies, Helland, and McPherson is proud to be a sponsor for the upcoming 2021 gala! For any other questions, visit their website to learn more about how you can volunteer and other ways to donate.
The Colorado Springs Court Care is a non-Profit volunteer based organization which follows a daily literacy-based curriculum provided by the Early Connections Learning Center. Every day hundreds of people attend court for different reasons, and life does not stop because court is in session. Many children follow in tow everyday, and the sensitive material discussed in most all court cases is no place for a child. This FREE day care service is run from 7:45-5:00pm with only a short lunch break from 12:15p to 1:15p. Relying heavily on donations, Court Care depends on local Springs residents to help keep this fun learning environment open to the public.
Looking for ways to help? Donations of all kinds are accepted, however Court Care is in need especially of:
Watercolors (washable), Wipes, Construction Paper, Drawing Paper, Crayons (washable), Colored Pencils, Markers (washable), Play Dough, Glue Sticks, and Children’s Books.
Knies, Helland, and McPherson recently donated several children’s books for the holiday season, but children books are always in high demand.
For any other questions, visit their website to learn more about paperwork, how you can volunteer, and other ways to donate.
Small Choices in a nonprofit organization founded by Oncology Nurse Kate Poppert to improve the cancer journey for adult patients and their caregivers, empowering them to choose different programs during their hospital stay and join others facing similar paths. Cancer has directly impacted every board member and volunteer, which is why each person brings their own experiences and knowledge to the foundation to ensure they offer compassionate and personalized services to patients and caregivers on the front lines.
The following are some of the services they provide to those on their cancer journey:
Isolation relief – With the help of hospital staff with access to patients, Small Choices aided patients who were not allowed to have any outside visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic with grocery shopping, takeout food orders, and even laundry services. The foundation continued the program to provide relief to out-of-state patients and those who have little to no caregiver support.
Survival kits – To make the inpatient stay and ongoing cancer journey easier, each patient/caregiver team chooses items that have been recommended by other survivors and caregivers from an online store.
Memory makers – Patients without any further treatment options are given an opportunity to create a memory they can share with their loved ones before they enter hospice care.
Check out the many different ways you can support this foundation and make a positive impact on these patients’ and caregivers’ lives.
Bald for Bucks is an event that takes place annually at Rampart High School right here in C Springs. In 2016, about 300 kids shaved their heads on or before February 23rd to raise money and support LLS in their research for blood cancer and advocacy. In 2017, Rampart raised over 80,000 dollars in support of LLS and ranked #2 in the nation for their donations. In 2018, their goal was to raise $100,000, and they needed all the support they can get. The assembly took place on Feb. 23rd, 2018 at Rampart HS.
The student who is behind one of the pages is a sophomore at Rampart and the child of our own Shelly Frost. She has been involved in the Rampart community for years now, as her two older sons attended Rampart High School as well. Her middle child, Gabriel Craig, who graduated in 2014 passed away from complications of a stem cell transplant in June 2017 after a battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. When they looked at ways to honor Gabe’s passing, they spoke to Mr. Anderson and Ms. Darrus about adding a table at the Bald 4 Bucks Assembly where people 18 and older could voluntarily sign up for the Stem Cell Registry for free with a cheek swab. Shelly met with the principle of Rampart and several administrators to fight to include this booth at the Bald for Bucks assembly. For this reason, and countless others, support and donations to this assembly and this cause mean a great deal to KHM, families of patients, and patients themselves all over the world. Please consider visiting the LLS Website if you are unsure about anything outlined above, and a donation page to see how you can contribute to the cause.
( Attached is a link from the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and in paragraph 2, you will see that the stem cells used for cancer patients are adult stem cells and have nothing to do with embryotic stem cells and that debate. See below)
Jennifer Knies, Jennifer Helland and Kelly McPherson all have deep roots in Colorado Springs, and participate in school, city, county and community concerns. They actively volunteer for non-profits, athletics, and education while donating their time to helping people who may not be able to afford legal counsel.
Knies, Helland & McPherson is also involved in TESSA, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Safe Passage, and the Pikes Peak Pro Bono and Justice Center. They sponsor Air Force Academy cadets, coach soccer, track and hockey and were involved with founding a new charter school in District 49. They are also involved in Discovery Canyon Campus’ theater and music programs.