Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact the Aspen Mine Center:
Phone: 719-689-3584
Email: info@aspenminecenter.org

Pioneers in Public Service


Pioneers in Public Service & Philanthropy (formerly EPYCS) & City of Cripple Creek Community Allocation Project

Community of Caring was instrumental in 2001 in building collaboration between El Pomar Youth in Community Service Program and the City of Cripple Creek. This dynamic program allocates $15,000 in funds per year to area non-profits. In the past 16 years, over 280 high school students have participated in this hands-on program that teaches leadership, philanthropy, and civic engagement.

Students learn the process of grant writing start to finish, and determine through conducting interviews with grantees which programs are to be awarded funding. This project has funded over $500,000 in 16 years to 310 programs and non-profits.

Helping other non-profit organizations and students, too – at the same time!

The Pioneers in Public Service Program. Teaching, learning and giving all come together to create a total win-win situation. Now nearly two decades old, this dynamic program allocates funds each year to area non-profit organizations. Here’s how it works, and why it’s so special.

The City of Cripple Creek establishes an amount from its city revenues to be given to non-profits to benefit the community. Community of Caring welcomes other donors or grantors to participate in this wonderful program as well.

Ted Borden, Aspen Mine Center Executive Director, teaches a class each year at CC-V High School. Students sign up to participate in this scholastic extra-credit activity.

RFPs (Requests for Proposals) are sent to all of AMC’s non-profit resource partners in Teller County who desire funding. They respond.

Students learn the grant writing process start to finish, and determine which programs will be awarded funding and in what amounts by conducting interviews with grantees. They then personally present their choices to CC City Council for approval.

The students learn leadership, philanthropy and civic engagement. Local non-profits get funding for their good works. And Ted gets the satisfaction of making it all happen in one of his personal favorite programs.

What We Do

Programs & Services

Everything from food, clothing to financial assistance can be found at the Aspen Mine Center. Whatever your needs come visit us and see if we can help. Click on the image below to go to our services page to see what programs are available.

Donate to the Community of Caring Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek, CO

Partner Resources

The Aspen Mine Center has a number community partners that provide resources for a variety of needs such as mental and physical health, food, transportation, and social services. Click the image below to find out more about our partner agencies.

Emergency Resource Assistance

Depending on what situation you might have, we can often provide a safety net for you and your family’s basic needs. Click on the image below to go to our Client Case Management page to learn more about the types of assistance they can provide.

See Other Programs

Thrift Store & Gift Shoppe

Clothes Closet at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek

Providing a green resource for clothes, shoes, accessories, furniture, and other household items. Visit us to see our selection or shop online!

Food Pantry

Food Pantry in Cripple Creek at Aspen Mine Center

Make sure no one in the community goes hungry this year, by donating to the food pantry. We make sure all bellies are full and happy.

Client Case Management

Mental Health Services in the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek

Our Client Case Management Program is your first stop. Welcome to compassion, commitment and a light at the end of your tunnel.