Community Matters

Featured Author

Cindy Lempke


Community Matters highlights upcoming charitable events organized by local nonprofits. To have your fundraiser considered for inclusion, please send your material to communitymatters@ by the 20th of the month prior to the month in which you would like coverage of your event. Cindy Lempke is an Evergreen resident, community volunteer and communications professional with experience in the educational, governmental and corporate arenas. She owns Lempke Communications, LLC


Uplifting Spirits in the New Year

I will admit that it is not so easy to stop bashing 2020 for all the turmoil, fear and uncertainty it laid upon our doorsteps. Letting go takes longer when the impact has been so severe. I believe, however, that letting go can come more naturally when we open our...

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Calling All Angels

There is no lack of work for angels this year. The good news is that we all qualify, even in our human form. The job requires a heart of service, a spirit of generosity and a desire to lighten the burdens of others through compassion and good works. These qualities...

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Navigating the Holidays Together

“Community Matters” is taking a bit of a different approach this month. While this column would typically be listing seasonal activities and fundraisers, the pandemic and our need to follow public health orders means most of our beloved traditions have been...

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Uplifting the Spirit of Our Community

Inundated with nasty political ads, discouraging headlines, natural disasters and predictions of a “second wave” of COVID-19, it is not that difficult to adopt a mindset of fear and negativity. It is all too easy to lose sight of the many forces for good that are...

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Supporting Self-Sufficiency, Special Needs and Scholarships

Organizers of upcoming fall fundraisers have been working hard to create fun, impactful events that respect the current health and safety guidelines for larger gatherings. Let’s applaud this ingenuity and support the nonprofits benefiting from these refashioned,...

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Art, Gourmet Food and Even a Fox

As COVID-19 continues to shape the way we live our lives, our mountain area nonprofits and small businesses are finding new opportunities to help the community stay involved with their activities and fundraisers. Their ingenuity continues to amaze! Find the Fox and...

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Discovering New Ways to Support Nonprofits

Cindy Lempke  Our mountain area nonprofits are hosting creative alternatives to their traditional fundraisers. In the wake of COVID-19, they have risen to the challenge of redesigning their events to make them accessible, safe and engaging. Won’t you take part?...

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Reentering and Reconnecting

Reentering and Reconnecting While the safety protocols around the pandemic have curtailed social and community activities, there are still opportunities to support our local nonprofits as they face the challenge of making ends meet during difficult economic times....

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