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Autism center finds new way to involve community for annual fundraiser

There are only two autism centers in Colorado who offer the types of services SECA does
Posted at 3:39 PM, Jun 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-11 20:05:59-04

PUEBLO — The Soaring Eagles Center for Autism in Pueblo West is in the final stretch of fundraising. Their birdhouse auction ends on Sunday, June 13.

Volunteer Tamala Sammons said she saw the idea and thought "Gosh that would be really neat for us and involve the local artists, and everybody just rallied!”

44 birdhouses are now up for auction here, and every one of them was painted by a Pueblo-local artist.

“Seeing how everybody has come together, and how the building has grown, and how the programs have grown, we just want to keep it going, we want to be an essential part of this community and we want to offer a service that is just limited right now!”

Lisa Bailey is just one of the artists, but she has been donating her art to the center for the past six years.

“You can paint. What are you going to do with it? So giving a piece of my art into the community is like being remembered!”

The center has a backlog of people in need of their services, so they are hoping to use this money to expand. Soaring Eagles says they are one of only two centers in Southern Colorado who offer the specific services they do.

“There is a need in the area, I see it’s more prevalent than ever before,” said Bailey.

Soaring Eagles says you do not have to bid on a birdhouse to donate, they also accept monetary donations, supplies, or more volunteer help.

There is also a list of their other fundraisers on the website under the tab "The Nest".