We have big news here at Touching Stories today. We received notification that our application to become a 501(c)(3) corporation was approved! As an official non-profit, we can now apply for grants that will help us get Touching Stories kits into so many more classrooms, day programs and libraries.
As wonderful as this development is, we also have so much to be grateful for in terms of community support.
Touching Stories officially "launched" as a company at a small fund-raising event nine months ago at Southglenn Library. About thrity people came, heard about our work, and donated what they could to get us going. The proceeds of that event paid for a trip starting in Ft. Collins and ending in Grand Junction. Along the way, we told our stories, dropped off kits, and trained staff how to use them.
Today, nine months later, we have so much to be grateful for and so many to be grateful to. Here's a short list:
Laradon Hall (www.laradon.org) who have supported our efforts, bringing us out multiple times to tell stories to their clients, and paving the way for us to bring new stories to light.
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill (www.eatgarbanzo.com) who held a fundraiser for us in October.
Susan Marie Frontczak (www.Storysmith.org) an amazing local storyteller, who heard that we were in need of a computer and generously donated hers.
Your Story Co (www.yourstoryco.com) This amazing team is helping us create a series of videos to get the word out about our work!
Rather Poetic Phtotography and Design (www.ratherpoetic.com) thanks to Laurie Fox for making beautiful bags to keep our kits in
Douglas County Human Services (www.douglas.co.us/humanservices) for providing us the grant that has allowed us to start telling our stories in a new part of the state
Douglas County Libraries (www.douglascountylibraries.org) for helping us with the Human Services grant and for being such great advocates for inclusion and multi-sensory storytelling
Simply Sloppy Joes (http://home.comcast.net/~simplysloppyjoes/index.htm) who have invited us to take part in an exciting event on February 15th! More on that later...
Thanks to our wonderful Board: Lara Kroha, Jamie Wynn, Cathy Mueller and Erin Phipps for their tireless support, energy and enthusiasm
and to our volunteers: Bob, Amy, Regina, Ursula, Trey and Misty who have pitched in with good ideas, helping hands and encouragement.
All of these companies and individuals -- all Colorado locals -- have provided us with amazing support without which we could not be here doing what we're doing.