Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

Community Connections plans for its vision of future in S.W. Colo.

In the environment of an uncertain economy, there is no such thing as a sure thing. What is certain is that we will have people in our communities who require our support. As governmental funding...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

The spider web approach: Striving for thriving youths

Nicole Schnee believes that the best way for youths to survive is to actually thrive. As a community prevention organizer at San Juan Basin Health, she is joined in this effort by a local coalition...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

It’s fundraising season for S.W. Colo.’s United Way

As the weather starts to turn a bit cooler, United Way of Southwest Colorado is kicking into high gear. We have several big projects coming up in the next month.One of our best fundraising events...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Bouncing back from tragedy requires courage, hope

I am a resilience enthusiast. Watching how we bounce back from adversity is something that really steeps my tea, so to speak. For me, feelings associated with bouncing back are comparable to skiing...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

People with disabilities design services with self-determination

Over the last couple of decades, there have been two main streams of thought about disabilities. One, often termed a medical model, focuses on the physical condition of the person with a disability...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Public health-care programs lend a helping hand

Jake was jumping on the living room chair. A second later, his mom found her 5-year-old son on the floor with a broken arm. With no insurance, she figured they’d pay for it themselves. She didn’t...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Regional Housing Alliance makes homeownership real

It is a great time to buy a home in La Plata County, and the Regional Housing Alliance of La Plata County can be an important partner throughout the process. Condos and homes are now affordable for...

DATE: July 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Mental-health problems require more than Band-Aid approach

Imagine you’re at the office and your co-worker gets a paper cut, a really nasty one. How long until he or she gets a bandage out of a first-aid kit and stops the bleeding? Not too long. Now image...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Local nonprofit gains new leadership

Community Connections Inc. is one of the largest nonprofits in Southwest Colorado, both in terms of employees (averages more than 150) and budget (about $4.5 million per year.) Steering its course...

DATE: July 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way working around Colorado

United Way organizations exist in nearly every community in the United States, with 1,200 United Ways operating in the country. Forty-six nations have a United Way presence, so the work is...

DATE: June 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

The only constant is change

In 1943, W. Somerset Maugham said: “Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have...

DATE: June 14, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Nonprofit engages in strategic planning process

In Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland, Alice encounters the Cheshire Cat and asks which way she should go. The Cheshire Cat, in typical Cheshire Cat fashion, responds simply, “That depends...

DATE: June 7, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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