Non-profit & Community Organizations – Durango, Colorado

San Juan Citizens Alliance

San Juan Citizens Alliance advocates for clean air, pure water, and healthy lands – the foundations of resilient communities, ecosystems and economies in the San Juan Basin. Read more…

1309 East 3rd Ave., Suite 5 Durango, CO 81302

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A.B.A.T.E. of Colorado District 6
Meets at 6:30pm the second Thursday of every month at the VFW, 1550 main Ave.. A non-profit, charitable, educational and safety-oriented motorcyclist rights organization.
Call Gary Parsons at 259-5686.

The Adaptive Sports Association
A non-profit organization that assists the disabled community through sports and recreation. To volunteer or make reservations call 259-0374.

Adult Education Center
Provides one-on-one small group tutoring in adult education. GED preparation, workplace skills development, English as a second language, family literacy and conversational Spanish classes.
Call 385-4354.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Recovery program which helps people get and stay sober. Call 247-1706.

Alternative Horizons
24-hour crisis line for survivors of domestic violence. Legal project, court advocacy, support group and outreach program. Call 247-4374.
HOTLINE: 970-247-9619.

Alzheimer Association Rocky Mountain Chapter
Offers information, programs and support services. Call 259-0122.

The American Cancer Society, La Plata County
Meets the third Thursday of every month at 6pm at the Durango Cancer Center, 3801 Main Ave. Call Jean at 247-0278.

American Legion
A non-profit veteran’s organization. All proceeds from events go to charity, sports, youth programs, etc. Call 247-1590.

The American Red Cross
1911 Main Ave., Suite 240. Provides health and safety classes, disaster services and training, and emergency communications between families and military personnel. Volunteer opportunities available. Call 259-5383.

Animas Conservancy
Durango-based non-profit land trust, dedicated to helping landowners preserve the natural, scenic, agricultural, recreational and historic value of the Animas region.
(970) 259-0522

Animas Events
Organizer of the Rocky Mountain Festival for Runners; which includes the Durango Marathon and Telegraph Trail 50K trail run as well as other runs ranging from 5 to 25K. Contact Matt Kelly, mkelly@durangomarathon.com or call 375-2413.

Arts and Crafts Fair Productions
Promotes Arts and Crafts shows and events throughout the four corners. Call 247-2117.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Non-profit dedicated to finding mentors for youth. Located at 1079 Main Ave. in Durango. Call 247-3720.

The Cadence Center for Therapeutic Riding
Offers equestrian therapeutic riding at the fairgrounds for children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. For rider information and volunteer opportunities call 749-RIDE.

Durango Discovery Museum
Located at 1333 Camino Del Rio.
Durango, Colorado’s hands-on, interactive science center for all ages. A great new place for family adventure, school field trips, early childhood learning, special events, birthday parties, and getting your geek on.(970) 259-9234

Civil Air Patrol San Juan Composite Squadron
Cadets (12-18) meet from 6:30 to 8:30pm the first, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Seniors (18+) meet the first and third Tuesdays starting at 6:30pm. Both groups meet at the National Guard Armory, on Girard Street in Bodo Park. Visitors and prospective members are welcome.

Colorado Heart Cycle
A bicycle touring organization that offers local training rides, bike tours and weekend tours. Call 385-4388.

Colorado Mounted Rangers
Mounted search and rescue. Assist civil authorities with crowd control and large parking details. Call 247-4036.

Colorado Restaurant Association, Durango Chapter
Membership trade association serving as the advocate for the Colorado food service industry. A government lobbying association at the State Capitol. Call Jeff @ Steamworks (970) 259-9200

Colorado Retired School Employees Association
A meeting of all retired school employees from any school in the nation. To learn of legislative actions, health and medical concerns, to socialize and to promote education of our youth. Call 247-1943.

The Columbine Homemaker’s Club of La Plata County
Meets at 1:00pm the first Monday of the month, September through May at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building and presents programs throughout the year.
Call Vice President
Alberta Dobbins (970) 247-0658.

Community Connections
Provides community support to individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. Call 259-2464.

Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado
Specialized non-profit organizations designed to serve the local community as the mechanism for establishing endowment funds – a method of ensuring a steady source of income for community support – while offering the benefits of achieving excellent investment yields through pooling of funds. Call 375-5807.
Creepers Jeepers Gang 4WD Club of Durango
Meets at 7:00pm the first Tuesday of every month at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building.
Call 247-1205.

Daughters of the American Revolution
Historic, Educational and patriotic organization. Call 259-4948.

Durango 4-C Council
Community coordinated child care, grantee for tri-county head start program, Lead Agency Colorado Consolidated Child Care pilot demonstration. Call 247-5960.

Durango Area Human Resource Association
To keep people informed about human resource issues, continuing education, and sharing of common business interests in the field of human resources. For more information visit

Durango Association of Realtors
Membership Association for licensed real estate brokers and broker associates. Located at 125 E. 32nd Street. Call 247-9604.

The Durango Arts Center
A 36 year old non-profit serving southwest Colorado. The DAC presents visual arts exhibits, performances, classes for adults and children. Located at 802 East Second Ave.
Call 259-2606.

Durango Arts Force
Enhances the arts and education for teachers and students in Durango. Activities include Creativity Festivity and Arts After School Program.
Call 385-1176.

Durango BMX
A non-profit organization that operates a safe, fun place for children and adults to ride and race on an American Bicycle Association sanctioned bicycle motorcross track. All ages and abilities are welcome. Races are conducted on Sundays at 1:00pm and Wednesdays at 5:30pm. Call 259-6243 or call the track number 749-1393

The Durango Children’s Chorale
Meets from 4:00pm to 5:15pm Mondays, September through May, at Fort Lewis College.
Call 385-5132 or 247-7447.

The Durango Choral Society
Meets from 7:00pm to 9:30pm Tuesdays at St. Marks Church, 910 East Third Ave. Call 247-7251.

Durango Community Access Television
Provides public and educational access to local television. DCAT meets from 8:00am to 9:30am the first and third Wednesdays of the month in its office, upstairs at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave. Use the alley entrance.

Durango Country Cloggers
Clog dancing for exercise and fun. Call 259-5582.

The Durango Cowboy Gathering
Celebrates the culture of the American cowboy by hosting an event that occurs the first week of October. The organizational committee meets at 7:00pm the first Tuesday if every month. Call 382-7494.

Durango Crime Stoppers
Our purpose is to assist law enforcement to solve crimes by receiving phoned-in information on things happening in and around our community of the criminal nature and passing it onto law enforcement to follow up on and make arrests, recover stolen property, make drug arrests, etc. Call (970) 247-1112.

The Durango Duplicate Bridge Club
Meets at 6:30pm Tuesdays and 12:00PM Fridays at the Durango/La Plata Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave. Call 382-0443 or 247-0668.

Durango Fiesta Days
The oldest celebrated event in Durango, organizes the annual parade, street dance and rodeo that takes place the last weekend in July. Meetings are at 6:00pm the second Tuesday of each month at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building. Call 247-8835.

The Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence Alumni Events Committee
Raises funds for Durango School District 9-R to encourage educational improvement for all students.
Call 385-1491.

 

The Durango Friends of the Arts
Provides annual grants to local artists and artistic groups. Call Kathy at 375-0066, or Susis at 375-7925 for information on membership. Call Marian at 259-0254 for information on grant applications. Call the president Carol Bruno for any other information at 259-0313.
Durango Kennel Club
Dog related activities, training, AKC dog show, agility, problem solving, breed, help and referrals.
Call 247-5531.
Durango – La Plata Senior Center
Recreation facility for senior citizens. Social, education, dance, fitness, noon meals, cards, pool room, van trips, etc. Call 247-1965.
The Durango Latino Education Coalition
Seeks to improve educational achievement of students in local schools and promote Latino culture through educational, recreational and cultural programs and scholarships. Call 759-2609.
Durango Lions Club
Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the Doubletree at Noon
Contact Tom 970-247-3413 for further information
Durango Masonic Lodge No. 46
Meets at 7:30pm the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Masonic Temple, 421 Turner Drive. Call 259-5416 or 884-2608.
Durango National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
An advocacy group that meets at 6:30pm the third Monday of the month at the Columbine center, 281 Sawyer Drive in the conference room. Call 247-9472.
Durango Nature Studies
An educational group dedicated to bringing nature into the lives of people of all ages. Call 382-9244.
Durango Now
Durango National Organization for Women, to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities in equal partnership with men. Call Sinthia Aspen at 375-7822.
Durango Old Car Club
A local club dedicated to the enjoyment and restoration of classic cars, trucks and other unique motor vehicles. Call 247-8761.
Durango Parks and Recreation
Call 375-7300.
The Durango Photography Club
Meets on the third Thursday of the month in the Pine Room of the Fairgrounds. Meetings consist of teaching, learning and competing in a friendly, fun –based environment. Open to all skill levels in digital and film photography. Call 375-7877.
The Durango Practice Duplicate Bridge Club
Meets at 12:30pm Mondays at the Durango/La Plata Senior center. Play is for pairs and all ages are welcome. Call 247-8052.
The Durango Pregnancy center
Offers introductory sessions on the Creighton Model system of fertility care (natural family planning) at 7:00pm the second and fourth Thursday of the month.
Call 560-2027.
The Durango Public Library
The library at 1188 east Second Ave. offers preschool story time at 10:30am on Wednesdays.
The Durango Recreation Center
Community center with pools, gym, games and public use rooms. Call 375-7300.
The Durango Repertory Theatre
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing community theatre in Durango. Call 247-0136.
Durango Sanga Inc
Conference & Seminar Services, Business Services. Call 882-5421
Durango Society of Cultural and Performing Arts
A performance presenting organization dedicated to bringing quality musical performances to the Durango area.
Durango Tennis
A group dedicated to the sport of Tennis in the Durango area. The group helps restore tennis courts and organize tournaments and group play. Call 382-9957.
Durango Wheel Club
USA Cycling Association affiliated road and mountain bike club. Call 259-4621.
EAA Chapter of the Four Corners
Local Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. An educational organization devoted to all aspects of sport aviation and aviation safety. Call 247-2740.
Earthrise Community
A co-housing community in Durango, holds new-member orientations on the first Tuesday of every month. Call 259-7181.
Elks Lodge
A fraternal order since 1899. Building built since 1926. Meetings are held first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at 901 E. Second Ave. Call 247-2290.
The Environmental Center
A student based organization funded by the Associated Students of Fort Lewis College, governed by a student-majority board of directors that includes faculty staff and community representatives. Call 247-7676.
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 997 of the Four Corners
Meets at 7:30pm every third Wednesday at Gregg’s Flying Service at Animas Air Park. Call 247-2740.
The Four Corners Backcountry Horsemen
Assists agencies responsible for public land management and promotes the sustainable use and enjoyment of horses in backcountry and wilderness. Call 247-3231.
The Four Corners Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2611 Junction St. Call 565-7825 or 385-5450.
Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club
People interested in all facets of rocks and minerals, collecting, lapidary arts and jewelry making. Shop facility available for polishing stones from raw materials. Call 247-9648.
Four Corners Gunslingers
A local cowboy action-shooting club that has practice shoots the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month. Call 884-2911.
Four Corners Knitting Guild
Meet at 10:00am the second Saturday of each month at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 495 Florida Road. Call 259-4022.
The Four Corners Motorcycle Club
A social and motorcycle riding group that meets at 6:00pm the first Wednesday of every month at Francisco’s. Call 375-2364 or 884-2765.
Four Corners Rose Society
Educates and promotes the growing of roses, maintains the rose garden in front of the 9-R administration building and sponsors an annual rose show. Call 247-3270.
The Garden Club of Durango
A working club that meets monthly to help maintain several community gardens. Associated with the National Federation of Garden Clubs.
Call 247-0198.
Girl Scouts of Chaparral Council
Provides programs based on ethical values to develop self-esteem and practical skills. Call 247-4850 or 1-866-421-4757.
GLAD
Offers referral services and information for the gay and lesbian community, monthly newsletter and social planning in the Four Corners area. Call 385-7202.

Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County
A non-profit building houses for qualified workforce families. Houses are built entirely by volunteers and are sold at zero-interest loans.
Call 382-9930.

Heartbeat of Durango
Support group for those who have lost a loved one through suicide.

Janna 970-749-1673, schaefer.janna@gmail.com  or Mary Kate at 708-703-2244.  Meetings are 2nd Wednesday of the month at the La Plat Fairgrounds from 6:00-8:00PM.
The Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado
Trade Organization for the construction and development industry. An affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders. For anyone associated with the building industry, meetings are on the third Thursday of every month.
Call 382-0082.
Japan Karate Association of Durango
Meets 5:00pm to 6:30pm Wednesday, 7:00 to 8:30pm Thursday, and 6:00 to 8:30pm Friday at the Durango Sports Club. Call 247-2756.
Kiwanis of the Narrow Gauge
Meets from 6:45 to 7:30am Wednesdays in the back room at Carver’s Brewing Co. Call 375-0079.
Know Your Dough
Bringing financial literacy to youth and young adults across La Plata County through tailored
instruction in schools including elementary, middle, high school and college level programs. .
Visit us online for program information or to volunteer: www.know-your-dough.org
Call Allison Andersen at 779-0607.
Kiwanis of Durango
Meets from 12noon to 1pm, Thursdays at the DoubleTree Hotel. Call 259-4026.
La Plata County 4-H Clubs
There are 22 different clubs serving La Plata County youth.
The La Plata County Council on Aging
Meets at 10:30am the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Durango/La Plata Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave.
The La Plata County Cowbelles
Promotes a positive image of cattle ranchers and their product of beef. Educates the public on beef products, by-products and environmental issues concerning the beef industry. Call 759-1045.
La Plata County Democratic Party
Call 382-9304.
La Plata County Energy Council
The mission of the Energy Council is to promote safe and responsible development, transportation and marketing of natural gas in the northern San Juan Basin. We do that by building community partnerships, increasing public education and understanding and addressing public issues. Call 382-6686.
La Plata County Fair
Board of Directors organizes and directs all fair activities with the support of many additional volunteers. Call 247-4355.
La Plata County Historical Society
Operates the Animas Museum which has exhibits, photo archives and a gift shop. Society’s mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of the San Juan Basin. Call 259-2402.
La Plata County Humane Society
Located at 1111 S. Camino del Rio, it is open 10am to 5:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thurday, Friday and Saturday. Wednesday’s 11:00-5:00pm and Sundays from 12:00-4:00. Call 259-2847.
La Plata County Republican Committee
Call Charlie Buell at 884-4663.
The La Plata Chapter Order of the Eastern Star No. 83
Meets at 7:30pm the first and third Mondays of the month at the Masonic Temple, 421 Turner Drive in Bodo Park. Call 385-6875.
La Plata Family Centers Coalition
Operates five family centers – Pine River Early Learning Center, Bayfield Family Center, Fort Lewis Mesa Family Center, Ignacio Family Center and Durango Family Center, offering parenting education and support, recreation, child care resource and referral. Call 385-4747.
La Plata Open Space Conservancy
La Plata Open Space Conservancy protects important open lands in southwest Colorado for the benefit of the public, through cooperative agreements with landowners. Call 259-3415.
La Plata Quilters Guild
Meets at 5:30pm the fourth Thursday of the month at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 495 Florida Road. Call 259-7172.
The League of Women Voters
A nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation. Call 247-5190.
Lions Club of Durango
Member of the Lions International with emphasis on eyesight, hearing and health. Performs many local community service projects and some fundraising projects. Call Susannah at 247-8762
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
A national non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Call 970-243-0894.
Marine Corps League
A non-profit organization of active, retired and former Marines involved in veterans affairs, community activities and youth programs. Meetings are at 6:30pm the second Thursday of the month at the Elks Lodge. Call 247-5093.
Mercy Home Health/Hospice
Provides in-home nursing, rehabilitation and personal care. 24-hour hospice service available. Call Michelle and 382-2000.
Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary
Volunteer in hospital at the gift shop, front desk, floor, same day care center, healthy heart check, 9R health fair and prostate screenings. Call 247-4311.
The Military Officers Association of America, Four Corners Chapter
Meets quarterly in Durango, Pagosa Springs and Cortez areas. All members of the seven uniformed services are welcome. Call 382-9058.
MOPS (Mothers Of Pre Schoolers)
Meets from 9am to 11:30am the first and third Tuesday of the month at 419 San Jose Drive, Church of the Nazarene. Call 259-7745.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
To educate and promote awareness of drinking and driving and to assist victims and their families of this violent crime. Call 385-4211.
Music in the Mountains
An annual summer music festival which organizes concerts from July to August throughout the Durango area. Call 385-6820 for more information.
The National Mustang Association – Spring Creek Basin Herd Colorado Operations
A non-profit entity registered in Colorado to benefit wild horses on a public range between Slickrock and Telluride. Call 247-4209 or 382-8086.
Project Merry Christmas
Assists families with food, toys, clothing, utilities and special needs at Christmas. Call 247-2944.
Rape Intervention Team
Provides 24-hour crisis intervention and support to sexual assault victims. Works to end cycles of abuse though the child assault prevention program. Call 259-3074 for information. HOTLINE: 970-247-5400.
Rotary Club of Durango
Service organization to benefit the community. Meets every Tuesday at 5:30pm at the Strater Hotel.
Call Larry at 247-8727.
Rotary Club of Durango Daybreak
We meet at the Durango Recreation Center each Wednesday morning at 6:45. There is no charge for visiting Rotarians as we do not eat. We only have coffee and tea. Contact Jan Williams at 247-5031.
SASCO – Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado
A new organization committed to incorporating the concept of sustainability into all the workings of the local communities of Southwest Colorado, and to do this we need the involvement of everyone in our community.
SASCO
P.O. Box 113,
Durango, CO 81301
SWCRES -Southwest Colorado
Renewable Energy Society

the members of SWCRES are local citizens and businesspeople advocating for greater support of energy efficiency and renewable energy in the Four Corners area.
SWCRES
P.O. Box 2281
Durango, CO 81302
The Salvation Army
Provides for emergency needs, such as gasoline, meals or lodging. Serving local residents and the transient community.
San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging
Provides programs under the Older Americans Act. Call Sally Johnson at 259-1967.
San Juan Citizens Alliance

San Juan Citizens Alliance advocates for clean air, pure water, and healthy lands – the foundations of resilient communities, ecosystems and economies in the San Juan Basin.
(970) 259-3583

The San Juan Audubon Society Chapter
Schedules meetings and programs connecting people with nature. Call 247-8419.
The San Juan Basin Health Department
Offers various immunization clinics, children’s nutrition programs and various health care education classes. Call 247-5702.
The San Juan Citizens Alliance
A non-profit organization dedicated to social and environmental justice in the San Juan Basin. Call 259-3583.
San Juan Sledders Club
A non-profit community service organization that promotes safe recreation through family activities, various winter awareness classes and grooming of trails for multiple winter recreation. Call 884-2101.
The San Juan Swingers Square Dance Club
Meets from 7:30 to 9:30pm Fridays at the Durango/La Plata Senior center, 2424 Main Ave. Call 884-1338.
The San Juan Symphony
A regional orchestra uniting the Four Corners area by nurturing the art of music through education and high-quality performances. Call 382-9753.
The Sarah Platt Decker Chapter of the daughters of the American Revolution
A historic, educational and patriotic organization that meets at 10am the third sturday of the month at the senior center. Call 259-4948.
The Sarah Rebekah Lodge No. 20 100F
Meets at 7:30pm the first and third Thursday of the month at the Odd fellows Hall, 934 1/2 Main Ave.
Seniors Outdoors!
A group of young seniors pursuing outdoor adventures, meets at 6:30pm the second Tuesday of each month at the Durango Community recreation Center.
Shared Harvest
An organic community garden three miles north of Elmore’s Corner, provides land and water. Organic produce is grown for donation to nonprofit organizations and for the gardeners. Call 247-7850.
The Single Parent Family Association
Offers a monthly family potluck, local resource referrals, support and friendship for single parents. Call 259-1586.
Snowdown Durango Inc.
Organized to promote fun, commerce and tourism in Durango through this annual winter festival. Call Terry at 382-3737.
The Society for Creative Anachronism
Meets at 1:00pm the first and third Sundays of the month. Fighter practice and archery are available after meetings and by arrangement. Call 259-1825.
The Southwest Center for Independence
An independent living center to enhance the opportunity for persons with disabilities to assure that they are able to maintain independence and participate equally in the community. Call 259-1672.
The Southwest Colorado Multiple Sclerosis Society
Provides services and information for people with multiple sclerosis. Call 385-4744.
Spring Creek Community Association
Local people coming together to strengthen families and provide a facility for community use.
Call 883-2491.
Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition
A group of La Plata County community members committed to staying active in addressing peace and social justice issues on a local, state, national and international levels. Call 375-1344.
Toastmasters
Meets at 7:00am on Fridays at Cristina’s, main Ave. Call 247-4019.
Trails 2000
Trails advocacy group. Design, planning, construction, maintenance, signage, mapping of trails and systems. Call Mary at 259-4682.
Tri County Head Start Early Childhood Program
Group dedicated to childhood assistance and development. Call Charlotte Pirnat at 247-5960.
Trout Unlimited – Five Rivers Chapter
Goal is to protect and maintain the United States trout and salmon cold water fisheries. Call 382-8248.
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United Blood Services
Holds blood drives 2pm to 6pm on Mondays, 1pm to 5pm on Tuesdays, and 2pm to 7pm on Thursday, 10am to 2pm at its offices, 146 Sawyer Drive, Bodo Park. Donor ID is required. Call 385-4601.
United Way of Southwest Colorado
A non-profit organization that helps build healthy communities by raising money to fund viable service programs and educating people to care for one another. Call 247-9444.
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Veterans of Foreign Wars, post #4031
Call 382-6444.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Military Family Support Center
Offers help to families who have a family member or friend in the Armed Forces. Open daily. Call 385-7858 or 749-1673.
Weight Loss Support Group
Meets at 5:00pm the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
Well-Elder Programs of Mercy Home Care Services
Includes the Senior Insurance Advisory Program, the Reminiscence Program and the American Association of Retired Persons Widowed Persons Service. Call 382-2025.
The Weminuche Group of the Sierra Club
Meets at 5:30 the third Wednesday of every month at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave. Contact zwierzycki@frontier.net.
Wild Pac
A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting congressional leaders and electing new champions at the federal, state and local levels who will defend and advocate protection of America’s public lands, particularly wilderness. Call 375-1696.
The Women’s Resource Center
Helps women help themselves by providing education, resources and referrals, mentoring, community building, professional clothing and networking opportunities. Call 247-1242.
Writing Group
A group for committed writers that meets once a month on Sunday afternoons. Call 884-0147 or 375-7111
Writing/Poetry Group
Meets from 6:00pm to 8:00pm every Thursday, 270 Browning Ave. Ignacio. Call 563-4433.
Youth Baseball of La Plata County
Little League. Call Joe at 247-8191
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