Old Town Hot Springs is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is not tax-supported like so many other community recreation and fitness facilities. Given the nature and age of our building, systems, and pools, upkeep and maintenance costs alone are substantial. The revenue we generate is critical for funding our extensive operating costs. In order to move beyond everyday operations, essential repairs, and much-needed updates, fundraising is the critical component that will help us meet the highest standards for our facility and organization.
Capital Campaign – Facility Expansion
Old Town Hot Springs is planning an expansion and remodel to better serve members, guests, and community. The overall goal is to meet the growing demands of both residents and tourists so that we can provide meaningful health and wellness experiences at our facility for years to come in this community.
The expansion will add 15,000 square feet to the existing building allowing room to expand the facility’s fitness and education programs including:
Plans to renovate the lap pool are part of a second phase but will come later. The tennis courts will be converted to additional parking starting in June 2017. Old Town Hot Spring hopes to break ground in the spring of 2018. The total project costs for both phases is approximately $9 million – savings will supply $3 million. The goal is to raise the other $6 million through donations through a Capital Campaign. A campaign committee is leading the fundraising efforts and includes staff, board members and community members. We do not plan to raise membership fees or admission prices beyond normal increases for this project.
The campaign committee is co-chaired by Mary Brown and Eileen Allen and consists of other community volunteers Penny Fletcher, Barb Shipley, Dave Franzel, Becky Lamb, Holly Williams and Kari Nelson. OTHS board members Rich Lowe and Jill Leary are also part of the group which is rounded out by OTHS Executive Director, Stephanie Orozco, and Project Manager Pat Carney.
Colorado Enterprise Zone Contribution Project
As of January 19, 2017, Old Town Hot Springs (OTHS) is a Colorado Enterprise Zone Contribution Project. This means that a member/donor who makes a contribution to OTHS of $250 or more, may claim a Colorado income tax credit of up to 25 percent of the amount of his or her donation. This dollar-for-dollar credit against Colorado state income taxes can be claimed by the donor in addition to any federal or state income tax deduction.
About Enterprise Zone
In 1986, the Colorado legislature created enterprise zones as a way to assist businesses and non-profit organizations located in economically depressed areas throughout the state. This legislation makes it possible for Old Town Hot Springs to offer its donors a 25% Colorado state income tax credit on cash contributions of $250 or more.
Please consult with your professional tax advisor to be sure the Enterprise Zone tax credit program will be of benefit to your specific tax situation.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR EZ GIFT TO OLD TOWN HOT SPRINGS:
OTHS supports Horizons NWC.
Adults enrolled in Horizons’ Residential Services, Supported Living Services, and Day Programs have happily benefitted from the in-kind use of the hot pools. During Day Program hours, a Swim Club visits OTHS. Accompanied by trained counselors, the men and women in Swim Club visit once a week for 90 minutes, walking laps and kick-boarding for exercise. After the workout, they soak and socialize. Swim Club provides the opportunity for conversation about jobs, vacations, and relationships. For some, it’s their only unstructured time.
Horizons’ Maple Street group home also relishes a visit to the pools with staff, peers, and longtime volunteers Bob and Jane Stein. Adults who live independently within the community enjoy dropping in to see people they know—it’s a communal hub reminiscent of the gathering place it used to be.
For the full article open the Horizons Summer Newsletter at: http://horizonsnwc.org/newsletters.html.
Old Town Hot Springs is pleased to announce our 2017 Scholarship Grant Program. We partner with the Department of Human Services to allocate grants for pool admissions, memberships and swim lessons to underprivileged, economically disadvantaged or disabled youth in our community. These funds come from OTHS operating budget and are replenished by our community during the Colorado Gives Campaign in December each year.
You can make a difference in our community by donating to our Scholarship Fund. Your generous donations provide immediate funds to keep this program active for another year.
By Daphne Butas - Personal Trainer
Lifting Weights Does Not Mean Bulking Up:
“I don’t want to get bulky,” or “I don’t have time to workout” are both common excuses for avoiding weight training, but did you also know that there are numerous benefits to weight training?
And with the vast selection of ways to weight train available in Steamboat Springs, (Personal Trainers, Barre, Yoga Sculpt, Group Exercise Classes, CrossFit, Resistance Bands, etc.), it is clear that you don’t want to wait to weight train.
According to Ronnie Goff, Principal of Awaken Health and Fitness, a wellness expert, ACSM Health Fitness Specialist and Yoga teacher of 25 years, research points to a variety of benefits to weight training, including:
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