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Local Schools Raise More Than $11,000 for Homeless Gear through Coins for Change Program


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Homeless Gear’s Caps Second Year of Coins for Change—Six Local Schools Raise Awareness and Collect Over $11,000—OtterCares Foundation to Match Part of Proceeds

Fort Collins, Colorado, May 24, 2016:

Six local elementary, middle and high schools raised more than $11,000 in loose change for Homeless Gear during the 2015/2016 school year, part of a fundraising-and-awareness-building campaign—Coins for Change—that Homeless Gear launched last year.

The one-month program—organized around a newly-developed, proprietary curriculum—provides local students with opportunities to learn about homelessness and volunteer with and raise funds for Homeless Gear. Preston Middle School, Shepardson Elementary, Fort Collins High School, Kinard Middle School, Webber Middle School and Olander Elementary participated in the program in varying months throughout the schoolyear.

OtterCares Foundation matched up to $1,500 per school.

“While we are obviously blown away by and thankful for the funds, Coins for Change is about much more than the money,” said Chelsey Mandell, Homeless Gear’s Development Director. “Students took the program to another level—they created awareness-building videos about homelessness, sold products to collect additional change, held schoolwide assemblies… and just inspired us with their enthusiasm.”

Homeless Gear hopes to increase participation to eight schools during the 2016/2017 schoolyear.

Colorado Musicians Release Music Video to Bring Awareness to Homelessness in Larimer County


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Colorado Musicians, “The Good Time Travelers,” Release Music Video to Bring Awareness to Homelessness in Larimer County—Song Gifted for Video to Murphy Center

Fort Collins, Colorado, May 19, 2016:

Colorado musicians, Michael Kirkpatrick and Pete Kartsounes of ‘The Good Time Travelers’, announced today the release of a new music video for their song, ‘Here For You’. The music video, produced by Jamie Crawford of ‘Crawford Video’, was created to bring awareness to homelessness in Larimer County and to support the work of the ‘Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope’ in Fort Collins.

“Music inspires us, causes us to think, generates emotion, raises awareness and in some cases motivates us to take action and make a difference,” said Ken John, Murphy Center Resource & Marketing Director. “Many thanks to ‘The Good Time Travelers’ for lending the power of their music for a call to action to help the most vulnerable in our community.”

The Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope is a collaborative of agencies that assist people who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless in Larimer County. The Murphy Center operates over 30 services under one roof with a goal to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring.

“It is a huge honor to have our song, ‘Here For You’, selected for a project to support The Sister Alice Murphy Center For Hope,” Pete Kartsounes, Member of The Good Time Travelers. “Music is one of the great healers and with its universal language has the ability to make positive change around the globe; one note, one lyric, and one song at a time. Thank you for involving us in this process.”

Michael Kirkpatrick (of Fort Collins) and Pete Kartsounes (originally from Boulder, living in Portland) make up the acoustic song-writing duo ‘The Good Time Travelers’. In 2014, Michael Kirkpatrick won the prestigious Telluride Troubadour Songwriting Competition and Pete Kartsounes was awarded honorable first-runner-up in both 2011 and 2013 for the same competition. Pete and Michael began writing songs together during the summer of 2014 and ‘The Good Time Travelers’ debut album is now available online at

“The first time I heard Pete and Michael play together, it was like magic. I fell in love with their music, so it was a privilege to work with their music while telling real stories of people experiencing homelessness,” said Jamie Crawford, Owner of Crawford Video.

“My goal with taking on this project is to inspire people to look at homelessness with more compassion and help in whatever capacity they can. Everyone has a story and I am honored to have had the opportunity to tell the stories of these three special people.”

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