Meet the nonprofits: Night of Goodness gives Summit County chance to discover good work in community |

Meet the nonprofits: Night of Goodness gives Summit County chance to discover good work in community

If you go

What: A Night of Goodness

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Residence Inn Marriott, 600 S. Ridge St., in Breckenridge.

Info: The event is designed to help members of the community become more familiar with the work local nonprofits are doing in Summit County. About 10 nonprofits are expected to have tables set up at the free event. For more, go to TheSCY.Com or email Brian Blacklock at

Like speed-dating for nonprofits, people will get an opportunity to discover some of the great work that’s been happening across Summit County on Thursday. Hosted by Summit County Youth, the second annual Night of Goodness will go from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Residence Inn Marriott in Breckenridge.

Following the same format as last year’s inaugural event, Summit County Youth will once again gather about 10 local nonprofits to highlight the work they do and help members of the community plug into those efforts.

“Being the executive director of a small nonprofit in Breckenridge, I think it’s important to connect to a network of people, spread the word about going on in Summit County and show people there are a lot of ways for them to get out there and volunteer,” said Brian Blacklock, who heads Summit County Youth.

Often referred to by its acronym “SCY,” which is pronounced like “sky,” Summit County Youth is a faith-based nonprofit with programs for children and parents alike that are designed to improve children’s lives and give them a safe place where they can form deep friendships with their peers and adult volunteers.

Just like last year, SCY will give each nonprofit organization its own table during the Night of Goodness, where the nonprofits will complete service projects geared toward the demographics they serve. Meanwhile, attendees will rotate from table to table where they will find valuable information about each nonprofit.

Attendance at last year’s event was about 120 people, said Blacklock, who’s hoping for roughly the same turnout this year.

Rattling off a handful of the nonprofits he expects to be there, SCY’s executive director mentioned Building Hope Summit County, Children’s Hospital Colorado, The Cycle Effect, and the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, just to name a few.

Of course, SCY will be there too, he said. And for its service project, the nonprofit will be making a Lego city and donating it to Children’s Hospital Colorado. At another table The Cycle Effect, which helps girls live better lives by exposing them to the benefits of mountain biking, will have about a half-dozen of its girls making key rings out of bicycle chains for the nonprofit’s service project, said program coordinator Carla Decker.

Considering the event coincides with beginning of The Cycle Effect’s season of community service, it couldn’t come at a better time, added Decker, who explained The Cycle Effect requires its girls to perform a minimum of 20 hours of community service projects to remain involved with the group.

In addition to raising awareness about The Cycle Effect’s activities, “it’s like the perfect event that kicks off our girls’ entire season of community service,” Decker said of the Night of Goodness.

And in a fitting end, the night will wrap up with a special message from keynote speaker Kiana Clay, a surfer, Motocross rider and Paralympic snowboarder who trains with Adaptive Action Sports and was featured in a front-page article Feb. 23 in the Summit Daily.

The Adaptive Action Sports team might be in transit after a competition in Spain, but the organization will be another one of the nonprofits featured at Thursday’s event.

Adaptive Action Sports provides para-snowboard competition training, skateboarding and other action sport camps, clinics and events for youth and young adults dealing with physical disabilities. If anyone wants to learn more about this group’s work or any of the others, a Night of Goodness could be just the ticket.

For more about the Night of Goodness or SCY, go to or email Blacklock at

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