Everybody Welcome Fire Festival

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Basic Information

Address: 730 N. Nevada Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone Number: 719-668-8754
Fax Number: 719-668-5651
Director: Gary Peacock, Executive Committee Chair

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Everybody Welcome Fire Festival
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Additional Information

Causes Served: CSDF acts to identify, cultivate, and convene community-focused stakeholders to connect spheres of influence and promote a shared vision for our community.
Clearances Required: No
Background Check: No
Population Served: Community of Colorado Springs
Ages for Volunteer: 12+
Hours of Service: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Minimum Hours Required: 2+
Days of Service: 1, August 4, 2012
Mission Statement:

To strengthen our community by promoting, recognizing and celebrating diversity and inclusion. connect, include, engage

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

CSDF acts to identify, cultivate, and convene community-focused stakeholders to connect spheres of influence and promote a shared vision for our community. We believe that a healthy community requires an inclusive climate built on a foundation of trust and respect for individual assets, talents, and perspectives. Diversity and inclusion add significant value to our organizations and community by maximizing everyone's contribution to a shared quality of life. We serve both as an information repository and as a communication and education resource.

Program History:

Colorado Springs Diversity Forum was founded in 2005 by a small group of civic leaders who came together to explore the contribution diversity and inclusion can make to our community. Our strategy is to build on the positive work and influence of the diverse cultures that contribute to the social and business structure of our city. We recognize that positive diversity practices enhance economic vitality, promote business success, and improve the quality of life for current and future citizens of Colorado Springs. The membership of CSDF is comprised of representatives from public, private, nonprofit, and education sectors. Members of the Forum actively support the mission of the organization financially, with volunteer hours and in action. Our meetings and events are open to all those interested in participating. CSDF promotes the practice of inclusivity through education programs and networking opportunities. We recognize successful diversity practices with awards and we host an annual celebration of diversity and inclusion. We educate our community on a variety of current diversity and inclusion topics at general membership meetings, quarterly workshops, seminars and speakers and conference. We coordinate roundtables and dialogue with diverse populations to develop a strong membership network of relevant institutional, educational and community organizations with a common purpose surrounding issues of diversity and inclusion. We offer a free Resource Guide for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses. CSDF builds relationships, communicates with, researches and aids in improving and promoting healthy diversity and inclusion practices within and related to our local government. Each August the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, along with a multitude of community partners, hosts Everybody Welcome: a Celebration of Culture and Diversity Week. This celebration connects our community to the area‘s historic champions of diversity and inclusion; includes education on best practices and celebrates businesses and organizations demonstrating and promoting diversity and inclusion in internal operations and civic engagement; and engages the community by showcasing the diversity of area performers, artisans, cultural craftsmen through distinct activities and exhibits, educating the community wherein difference is looked upon as an asset and where curiosity and a desire to engage are the first response to difference.


A Free Family Event featuring diverse performers, artisans, craftsman, activities, experiences, food and fun throughout the day. Enjoy an authentic Japanese Fire Festival with Fujiyoshida Taiko Drummers, Lighting of the Taimatsu pyres, Japanese cultural offerings, and much more

Additional Information:

Event Description:

Everybody Welcome Fire Festival

This international event will feature multicultural performance on two stages, an around the world cultural activity passport for children, ethnic food and booths a series of cultural drumming performances leading to the FujiKaen Taiko group from Fujiyoshida, a presentation by local, and state government officials, and Fujiyoshida’s Mayor and will culminate in the lighting of the Taimatsu fire pyres! In honor of our 50th Anniversary of our Sister City relationship with Fujiyoshida, Japan.

Volunteers are needed in 2 or 4 hour shifts to:

Set-up volunteers: un-load equipment, hang signs, set-up chairs, decorate venue, check-in vendors, inspect vendor booths, direct vendors, set up information booths and sales booths

Event volunteers: staff information booth, staff sales booth, collect trash, inspect restroom areas, direct attendees, usher at performances, emcee,

Tear down volunteers: take down signs and decorations, make sure vendors have cleared their areas, take down information booths, load equipment, inspect area for cleanliness