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COSILoveYou

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Uniting and igniting churches throughout Colorado Springs so that every woman, man, and child experiences the tangible love of God.

Results: In less than 5 years, COSILoveYou has deployed over 10,000 volunteers to serve at parks, schools, community centers, and nonprofits around COS, providing nearly $1M worth of service to our community. In addition, we have rallied churches, businesses, and nonprofits to provide collaborative solutions on pressing local issues including homelessness, at-risk youth, and food insecurity.

Target demographics: unite and ignite the local church so that every woman, man, and child experiences the tangible love of God.

Direct beneficiaries per year: provide over 12,000 volunteer hours worth over $320,000 to our community through meaningful acts of service.

Geographic areas served: Colorado Springs and the surrounding Pikes Peak region

Programs: COSILoveSchools, CityServe Day, and an array of initiatives to bring the resources of the local church to bear on some of our city's most pressing issues.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Joe A.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

COSiloveyou is an incredible organization unifying so many different churches in our community under a common mission to love our city in practical. As the founding pastor of a new church (2.5 years), I have found COSiloveyou to be an invaluable resource to connect pastors, churches, and communities. They are doing a great job connecting local churches to the needs of the city. We love partnering with COSiloveyou!!

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COSILoveYou Thanks Joe for the support! We love championing our local churches to serve the needs of the city and we are so glad you have found it so useful!

1 Ann S.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for the past three years. My experiences were great and it’s a wonderful way to be involved in the local community. Will definitely continue to volunteer in as many opportunities as I can.

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COSILoveYou 12/03/2020

Hi Ann, thank you for sharing your experience! Wow! We are so grateful. Sharing your perspective is such an encouragement.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered with this organization for the last two years and have really enjoyed it. COSILoveYou is very organized and user friendly, we are looking forward to volunteering with them again.

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COSILoveYou 12/03/2020

Thank you so much for your review. We really appreciate it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The organization cares about the city of Colorado Springs. COSILoveYou provides an environment to help the city in many different ways, through meaningful actions.
The staff has great integrity and they are fun to be around with.

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COSILoveYou 12/07/2020

Thank you so much for your review. We really appreciate it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Committed to improving the city! A reliable and creative organization.

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COSILoveYou 12/07/2020

Thank you for sharing! This is so kind of you. We appreciate your support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I don't live in Colorado Springs (I'm from Portland Oregon) but I've been so inspired by the way COS I Love You unites and mobilizes churches and people from so many different backgrounds to work together to improve people's lives! We are doing something similar here in our community and it's encouraging to see similar movements sprouting up all over.

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COSILoveYou 12/07/2020

Wow Kevin that is incredible! Thank you for sharing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

We served at Mary's House - a home for unwed mothers and their children. It was a lovely facility. We were able to help work in the garden and clean it out to prepare for winter. The staff there seemed very friendly. It was a wonderful way to serve as a family, we were able to bring our sons along and work with a friend from church!

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COSILoveYou 12/07/2020

Mary's Home is so near and dear to our heart! We are so glad you had the opportunity to serve there. Thank you for sharing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As someone who works for the City of Colorado Springs, COSILoveYou has found many ways to positively impact our local government, partnering with many of our departments to clean storm water channels, clean up parks, and beautify our city with flowerbeds. COSILoveYou has helped to unite the different faith communities in Colorado Springs to do more together than they could ever do apart. They have been exceptional to work with, maintaining a level of professionalism that is refreshing. Few organizations have the level of thoughtfulness and care they have, and they have been a wonderful non-profit partner for the entire city - whether that is in city services, supporting our school systems, or simply bringing neighbors together through a common cause. I would highly recommend the people of COSILoveYou for any project or work that might fit their scope.

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COSILoveYou 12/07/2020

Wow Joe thank you so much for this thoughtful post! We greatly appreciate your support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

COSILoveYou is one of the most vibrant and impactful organizations in the city of Colorado Springs! I have spent time volunteering with this organization for over 3 years now and every year I am more amazed at the numbers of volunteers that are willing to commit each year.

I really do believe that it is attributed to serving the entire city in so many practical ways. I have heard and witnessed the countless stories of this organization inspiring people to volunteer and thinking differently about their contribution to our city.

I must also say that this organization is very instrumental in bringing diverse people together across the city and creating opportunities for people to not just serve for one day but build partnerships that are lasting.

I absolutely love this organization and the people who lead it. I don’t normally take a lot of time to write reviews for organizations but COSILove You has brought some strategic friendships and opportunities in the city for me personally. I plan to continue to volunteer with this organization - it’s worth my time.

Dr. MelindaJoy

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COSILoveYou 12/07/2020

Dr. MelindaJoy, thank you! What an honor it is to have you as part of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church has partnered with COS I Love You for several years and is always impressed at the way they have rallied and united the churches of our city to love the people of our city in tangible ways. With multiple, easily accessible ways to serve and a clear, visible passion for ALL people of Colorado Springs, COS I Love You is an outstanding organization.

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COSILoveYou 12/03/2020

Thank you so much for your review! It's an honor for us to support and unite the Churches of Colorado Springs. Thank you for being involved.

2 Josh A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

COSILoveYou really is THE organization leading the way in helping Colorado Springs area churches connect to the most urgent and critical needs of our community, while also providing a space for Church fellowship across denominations, sizes, and ministry philosophies. They are organized, they follow up well with donors and with volunteers, and they take time to offer real prayer and encouragement to those they are organizing and serving alongside of. They have continued to expand their focus of ministry in line with what the changing needs of our local community demand and our local civic and government leaders have requested. Beyond that, their approach to those in need and to those who can help goes beyond simply promoting charity. Instead, they can be described as fostering community in our city and region by helping neighbors connect and care for one another. Many pastors have dreamed of creating organizations in their local community that brought congregations across denominational lines together to serve side-by-side with sacrificial love and humility. In COSILoveYou, we are reminded that that was God's dream for Colorado Springs first and He beat us all to it!

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COSILoveYou 12/03/2020

Thank you so much for sharing your perspective and support! We are so thankful for the time it took to write this all out. Thank you for being a part of the COSILoveYou movement.

2 Katherine K.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Every city has a lot of needs, and every city has a lot of churches. Much of the time churches and other organizations are doing their own thing (which is still great) to help, but what if there was a way to (more effectively) do it together?! With their very real and genuine “no strings attached” attitude, COSILoveYou is doing just that... acting as a bridge and connecting churches, businesses, nonprofits and city officials together to collaborate, share ideas, share resources, and tackle needs TOGETHER! They do it all with excellence and are to me, a key part of seeing our city truly flourish.

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COSILoveYou 12/07/2020

Katherine thank you so much for this sincere post! We love working together with our community to see the city flourish.

2 Lydia L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An inspiring collaborative that rallies to address pressing needs, always working for the good of all involved.

2 Heather W.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my family and I first moved to Colorado Springs four years ago one thing I knew I would miss the most was the mission team I served on with my church back in IL. We were very involved in many ways with our youth groups and community partnerships. The first thing I did, once we settled in the Springs, was search out the local community organizations involved in mission work in the city. Our church at the time was promoting COSILoveYou/City Serve Day. My family jumped at the chance to sign up and serve. We landed at Mary's Home that year and helped rebuild the garden and children's playground area. We felt so blessed to find an organization that made such a huge impact not only all over the city with different projects but by bringing together people from all spiritual backgrounds to work side-by-side making the difference in others' lives and sharing God's love. Since that first year of serving I have since become the lead person bringing City Serve Day to my church, Rocky Mt. Calvary. It is exciting to see this event grow each year with the increased number of people serving in the community. This organization has helped so many people and I am super excited to be a small part of it! Yeah - COSILoveYou!
Heather Walker and Family

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COSILoveYou 12/07/2020

Thank you so much for sharing your perspective and support! We are so thankful for the time it took to write this all out and feel so inspired by your testimony. Thank you for being a part of the COSILoveYou movement.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family was able to connect and help a widow with some of her needs around her house one day. Not only did we get to serve her that day, but we developed a relationship that continues today. COSILoveYou is a great bridge between the needs of our city and those that can help! Colorado Springs is a much better place because of their work!

2 Andrew R.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Serving with COS I Love You has made more impact on me than I have made in serving! It is well organized and the momentum in growth of numbers of people serving over the past years is amazing!

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COSILoveYou 12/07/2020

Andrew, that is so special to hear. We hope you'll continue serving with us for years to come. Thank you for sharing and supporting our organization!

2 Matthew C.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a church leader, I have interacted with a variety of parachurch organizations. None have impressed me as much as COSILoveYou. Rather than trying to replace the church, they serve as a bridge between the church and the community. They have helped us build a relationship with our local school by serving as a facilitator and matchmaker. They provide the framework and resources so that all we have to do is provide the people. Corrie Smith and Stu are servant-hearted, relentlessly optimistic, and tireless in their work. I am so grateful to have them in our city.

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COSILoveYou 12/07/2020

Matthew thank you for this generous post. We are so glad you have been able to benefit from the work of COSILoveYou. Thank you for sharing!