The year 2020 was an unprecedented and challenging year for all of us, including Easterseals Colorado. From virtual programming to socially distanced meetings, we managed to adapt thanks to our amazing team of staff and supporters. As we looked back on the year, we managed to find joy and hope. We are thankful to our community who helped us continue to provide programs and supports for people living with disabilities and their families across Colorado. Take a look back at our top stories of last year!
For the first time in 70 years, we were heartbroken to cancel summer camps at Rocky Mountain Village (RMV). However, we were able to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to our community – from “Family Day Camp” to “Glamping” – to experience the magic of RMV as campers have been able to for many years. In fact, we are still offering rental of our A-Frame cabin and Friendship Lodge on Airbnb in the beginning of 2021! We are hopeful to be able to offer camps in 2021 with everyone’s health and safety at the forefront of our minds.
Many other programs were forced to close their doors to in-person services in March 2020. Throughout this, we were able to successfully stay connected to many of our participants. The Neurological Rehabilitation Adult Day Program used Facebook Live videos for “Morning Mindfulness” and “Rehabilitative Strengthening” sessions to provide participants with daily physical and cognitive activities. The team at the Explorers Adult Day Program continued to provide the community exploration and learning environment that it’s known for by hosting regular Zoom calls from cooking classes to science or art projects. The Northern Colorado Adult Day Program team also hosted a variety of Zoom classes and offered clients one-on-one supports through weekly phone check-ins and customized activity folders.
Though we had to cancel the majority of our in-person fundraising events in 2020, we were able to host virtual events for the first-time ever. In May, we held the “Easterseals Colorado Live Benefit Concert: Together While Apart”, which raised funds for Rocky Mountain Village Camp. We brought our community together virtually to celebrate the work of Easterseals Colorado and the creativity of individuals with a night of music and laughter with local musicians Kind Mountain Band, Rob Drabkin, and comedian Josh Blue. In September through October, we held the “1st Annual Walk With Me … Virtually”, raising over $10,000 for Easterseals Colorado. Our community came together to walk, dance, roll, and stroll the block to raise funds and awareness for Easterseals Colorado. In November, we held the “Season of Lights 2020: Home Edition” raising over $100,000 for programs and support. Attendees bid on a number of amazing items in an online auction and heard a special message from our President & CEO, Roman Krafczyk. Stay tuned as we plan for 2021 and join us for one of our fundraising events, whether virtual or in-person.
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that there is power in community. From shutdowns to reopening to virtual calls and events – we adapted together, we lifted each other up, and we are beyond grateful for each of you being a vital part of the Easterseals Colorado community. As we start the new year, we are looking to thrive, and make Colorado a place where no matter age or disability, all people are 100% included and 100% empowered.
We wish you good health and fortune in the new year!