City of Aspen & RF Family Resource Centers

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City of Aspen & RF Family Resource Centers

Win Grant to Advocate for Kids



Contact:  Shirley Ritter, Director Kids First, City of Aspen, 970-920-5370 or; Jenny Lindsay, Administrative Director, Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers, 970-384-5697 or; and Christine Rafanelli, Communications Director, Colorado Trust, Office: 303-620-4544, Cell 720-281-8175

Aspen, Colorado – February 6, 2012– The City of Aspen is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $1,986 grant from Colorado Trust for a program called “It’s About Kids”.  The grant is one of 9 awarded throughout Colorado to improve statewide understanding of children’s health care issues along with increased support for improved health access for kids.

Shirley Ritter, Director of Kids First and Co-Chair of the Roaring Fork Valley “It’s About Kids” said, “Having this support from Colorado Children’s Campaign really connects what is happening at the state level for children and families to our grassroots efforts locally.”

Jenny Lindsay, Administrative Director of the Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers states that, “It’s About Kids allows the voices of rural and resort region families to be heard at the Capitol.  We maintain a consistent dialogue with the Children’s Campaign as to the needs of and gaps for families in our communities.”

The Roaring Fork Valley grant is going toward hosting community awareness breakfasts on children’s health and well-being issues.  It will also sponsor local advocates’ participation in a “Day at the Capitol” advocacy event and increase community engagement in child advocacy issues.  Ritter is Co-Chair of the Roaring Fork Valley “It’s About Kids” along with Jenny Lindsay Administrative Director of The Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers.


“The It’s About Kids network plays a critical role in improving the health, education and well-being of kids across Colorado,” said Chris Watney, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign.  “Children should be able to get the care they need to stay healthy and see a doctor when they need it.  With local citizens and communities speaking up and working together on this issue, we can move Colorado closer to that common-sense goal.”

The “It’s About Kids” (IAK) network is the Children’s Campaign’s volunteer, statewide, grassroots advocacy network.  IAK helps advance the mission of the Children’s Campaign by spreading the word about the unique needs of the children in their individual communities, sharing information to help shape and support the Children’s Campaign’s legislative priorities and building relationships with local lawmakers and the media.

The grants announced today were awarded as part of a larger effort, led by The Colorado Trust, to increase Coloradans' understanding of health care issues, and build support for improved health coverage and a more effective, cost-efficient health care system.



The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed for over 25 years to creating hope and opportunity for all of Colorado’s more than 1.2 million kids.  For more information, please visit

The Colorado Trust is a grantmaking foundation dedicated to achieving access to health for all Coloradans.  Visit to learn more.

The Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers

Kids First Aspen

Posted on Monday, February 06, 2012