🌱 $11 million in funding for services + recycling expansion

Happy Thursday neighbours! Let’s start this day off right. Here’s what’s happening in town today.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Partially sunny. High: 52 Low: 33.

Here are the top 3 stories in Colorado Springs today:

  1. The Colorado Springs area is receiving nearly $11 million in additional funding to help area agencies during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. El Paso County provides $9 million to Colorado Springs through its federal American Rescue Plan Act funding and the Empty Stocking Fund provides nearly $2 million from its annual charity campaign. The additional funding will go to mental health programs, children’s programs, hunger reduction programs and various community support programs. (KRDO)
  2. The Colorado Springs recycling center is looking to expand with a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to officials at the recycling center, the money will be used to compost food waste, recycle cardboard and produce mulch. Last year, the Center processed 324,500 pounds of waste that would have ended up in a landfill. (epcan.com)
  3. Homelessness advocates decry further expansion of illegal areas for the homeless. The Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to increase the area downtown where it is illegal to sit or lie down. The city council says the new ordinances aim to keep pedestrians crossing the area safe, while homeless advocates argue the new ordinances further criminalize homelessness. (Colorado Public Radio)

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Today in Colorado Springs:

  • Lean team meeting At the 21c Library (9:15 a.m.)
  • Primary – PPLD Awareness At the Springs Studio for Academic Excellence (10:00 a.m.)
  • To consult At the Eastern Library and Information Center (3:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Pueblo School District 60 celebrates 7th grader Jack Centner who was the last speller standing among a group of 26 in the 45th Annual District 60 Spelling Bee. Congratulations Jack! (Facebook)
  • Downtown Colorado Springs announces the winners of their 2022 Haute Chocolate Hop Gift Cards. Congratulations Jamie Krall and Justin Buege! (Facebook)
  • Colorado Springs School District 11 invites families to the Russell Open House on February 17 at 5:30 p.m. (Facebook)

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You are now aware and ready to start this Thursday on the right foot! See you tomorrow morning for your next update.

Erica Zenn

About me: Erica Zenn is a master’s student in applied psychology at the University of Southern California, originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. With a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, Erica is an expert in verbal and written communication who brings extensive experience in employee engagement and corporate customer experience. Erica is passionate about community building and enjoys using her writing and communication skills to bring people together.