Westside Briefs:
Rock Ledge up to $21,000

       In the latest update on fundraising to keep the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site open, Living History Association (LHA) President Ron Wright reported this week that $21,000 in donations have been received.
       The overall goal is to bring in $136,000 by the end of March. That's the amount needed to keep the city-owned ranch operating through the rest of the year, Wright said. The city had to eliminate its Rock Ledge subsidy from April to December because of financial difficulties in its 2010 budget.
       The Gospel Music Workshop of America (Colorado Springs Chapter) will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Day Celebration Sunday, Jan. 17 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1 S. Walnut St.
       The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the theme of “Unity in the Community.”
       For more information, call Rev. Dennis Mose at 217-6152.
       The El Paso County Board of Commissioners recently approved two contracts to Westside non-profit agencies to support programs intended to help Department of Human Services (DHS) clients achieve self-sufficiency.
       Goodwill Industries received the contract to administer Colorado Works/Employment First Services for DHS. The program provides case management for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families clients, including career counseling, vocational training, and employment services. The estimated cost of the contract is $3,081,375, of which all but the county's $185,362 is federally funded.
       The Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD) received a $45,893 contract (all of it federally funded) through which CPCD will provide an early childhood advocate to work with DHS child welfare clients.
       “Both of these contracts are examples of how a public-private partnership can greatly benefit the citizens of El Paso County,” said Commissioner Sallie Clark who also serves as the liaison Commissioner to DHS. “We strive to utilize our community partners making every dollar count to efficiently provide these vital services to our most vulnerable citizens.”
       City Councilmember Randy Purvis, a Westside resident, was elected to the 2010 Board of Directors of the National League of Cities during its Congress of Cities and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, in November.
       Purvis was one of 23 new board members elected at the meeting.

Westside Pioneer/press releases