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‘Like’ OSM Delivery and support animals

Join OSM Delivery in support of Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) and Loma Cat House. Through October, OSM Delivery is donating $1 for every “like” received on its Facebook page.

Based on last month’s successful fundraising and “friend-raising” social media outreach that raised $450 for LIFT-UP, OSM has identified CARE and Loma Cat House as the next beneficiaries of its ongoing business strategy incorporating community philanthropy.

Says Janet Principe, owner of OSM Delivery, “By partnering with your favorite local philanthropic efforts, local businesses can really have tremendous impact, as studies show that local citizens appreciate your charitable values and seek to support you, too. Partnering with nonprofit organizations doing important work in our community that I care about is personally fulfilling, too. It’s a ‘win-win’ for all of us!”

In addition to the social media outreach campaign, OSM Delivery takes it a step further. Staff member and driver Jim Garland has been shopping weekly for LIFT-UP for years, inspiring owner Janet Principe to contribute to his grocery expense, thus setting the company on a philanthropic path and leading to other endeavors, such as recently making 70 sandwiches in support of LIFT-UP’s Extended Table, which serves hot meals in Glenwood Springs and Rifle.

Want to help ensure a good meal for a family who just needs a “LIFT-UP”? OSM Delivery will continue to offer $2 off delivery fees for a donation of a canned good that will be delivered to LIFT-UP.

Literacy Outreach receives grant

Literacy Outreach is pleased to receive a grant from the Aspen Community Foundation.

“We are very grateful to be awarded this grant from Aspen Community Foundation. They are an excellent organization which helps support the local nonprofits throughout our valley,” said Martha Fredendall, executive director for Literacy Outreach.

According to Fredendall, the grant will be used to fund a part-time volunteer coordinator, which benefits all residents of Garfield County and the surrounding areas. “Many of the students in our programs fill the construction and service industry jobs, which are essential to our communities. A better-educated work force leads to increased productivity, lower crime rates and a lower school dropout rate,” she said.

Aspen Community Foundation has been working since 1980 to improve the quality of life in our communities. Based in Aspen, the Community Foundation serves the extended Roaring Fork and Colorado river valleys and directs a collection of funds created by individuals, families, nonprofits, businesses, and the Community Foundation itself for charitable purposes. Each year, Aspen Community Foundation strives to positively impact the quality of life in our communities by awarding millions of dollars in grants to nonprofits from these funds. Aspen Community Foundation also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiative designed to address community issues. For more information, visit http://www.aspencommunityfoundation.org, or call 970-925-9300.

Literacy Outreach is the only accredited adult literacy program in Colorado. Literacy Outreach was started in 1986 by a group of concerned citizens to meet the needs of people who need one-on-one literacy education and trained tutors to teach them. During the past 28 years, volunteers have provided weekly tutoring to more than 1,950 clients. Services are provided to traditional literacy students, who lack basic reading, writing and math skills and to English Language Learners (ELL).

To follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or for more information about Literacy Outreach, go to http://www.literacyoutreach.org

Mark Fischer to be showcased at James Beard Dinner

The James Beard House has extended an invitation to Mark Fischer, executive chef and owner of four Colorado restaurants — Town, Phat Thai, The Pullman and Harman’s — to showcase his talents in New York City on Oct. 15. Fischer is taking the chefs and front of the house managers from all four restaurants with him.

This is Fischer’s second trip to New York to cook at The Beard House. He last went in 2001 (Restaurant Six89) with a skeleton staff. Fischer is excited to have all of his staff there to “enjoy the whole dog and pony show, spend some time in the city, and enjoy the process rather than just making it a catering gig that’s a couple thousand miles away.”

Fischer has been nominated numerous times for a James Beard Award, which is essentially the Oscars of the food world.

It’s a busy few weeks for Fischer who will be in Boulder on Tuesday, Sept. 30, where he is being honored as a finalist for the 2014 Sustainability awards at the Sustainable Food Summit. The Rocky Mountain Sustainer award will recognize a chef who has been both a great mentor and a model to the culinary community through his or her purchases of seasonal, sustainable ingredients and the transformation of these ingredients into delicious food.


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