Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

AROUND TOWN: Blackbird Outreach moves forward for legal homeless camp

May 2, 2018 Updated: May 2, 2018 at 1:55 pm
0
photo - Blackbird Outreach benefit: Executive Director Trygve "Trig" Bundgaard does an auction item sales pitch for "Fund a Need."  
041818 Photo by Linda Navarro
Blackbird Outreach benefit: Executive Director Trygve "Trig" Bundgaard does an auction item sales pitch for "Fund a Need." 041818 Photo by Linda Navarro 

A Blackbird Outreach fundraiser auction is unlike any other.

Replacing the familiar nonprofit-gala bidding for European trips and formal dinner parties was a "Fund a Need" paddle raising for tarps, tents, sleeping bags, safe Heater Buddy systems, propane tanks, emergency hotel vouchers and outdoor survival packages.

Volunteers and supporters of the Blackbird Outreach team gathered with council officers from homeless camps for a "Without a Roof" event April 18 at Cliff House at Pikes Peak. Providing toe-tapping musical entertainment was Tejon Street Corner Thieves.

In the words of co-Executive Director Trygve "Trig" Bundgaard, the evening was about showing "how best to serve as voices of the voiceless on the streets."

It was also time to celebrate "being on an incredible journey, on the cusp of exciting things" with an emergency village task force and strategic plan in place. "We're pushing for a legal camp," Bundgaard said.

Blackbird Outreach (blackbirdoutreach.org) works "to help our friends outside stabilize," Bundgaard said. This outreach-action effort grew out of the Coalition for Compassion and Action activist/advocacy group.

Attorney Greg Walta was honored as a "Fearless Fighter." He said, "We fill potholes. We deal with stormwater issues. Let's get real about homelessness." When he drives around town, said Walta, the increase in homelessness makes him sad. "It didn't use to be this way."

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Incognito Mode Your browser is in Incognito mode

You vanished!

We welcome you to read all of our stories by signing into your account. If you don't have a subscription, please subscribe today for daily award winning journalism.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

or
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?
 
This is your last FREE article for the month
This is your last FREE article for the month

Subscribe now and enjoy Unlimited Digital Access to Gazette.com

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?

 
You have reached your article limit for the month
You have reached your article limit for the month

We hope that you've enjoyed your complimentary access to Gazette.com

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?
 

Exclusive Subscriber Content

You read The Gazette because you care about your community and the local stories you can't find anywhere else.

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber? Get Access | Already a digital subscriber? Log In
 
articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.