Nonprofit: P.E.O.

Nonprofit: P.E.O.

By Leigh Phipps,  P.E.O.
Chapter ES, one of many Colorado-based P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) chapters, has volunteered to work at the Triple Bypass for more than a decade. Our mission is compatible with that of Team Evergreen – to serve our local communities through volunteer activities and financial support. The funds that P.E.O. raises via Team Evergreen and the Triple Bypass have a direct local impact (benefitting individual Colorado women), are specific (tied to specific individuals, or supporting targeted scholarship funds) , and immediate (funds we raise during a calendar year are typically disbursed within the next 12 months).

P.E.O. is one of the first societies for women and was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Today, P.E.O. has grown to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada. P.E.O. is passionate about its mission: promoting educational opportunities for women. We make a difference in women’s lives with six philanthropies that include ownership of a four-year women’s college, Cottey College, and five programs that provide higher educational assistance: P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund; P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund; P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education; P.E.O. Scholar Awards; and P.E.O. STAR Scholarship.

Since beginning our partnership with Team Evergreen and the Triple Bypass, and as a direct result of the funds that we raise by volunteering at the Triple, our P.E.O. chapter has been able to award more than 50 educational scholarships to Colorado women in need. Additionally, the funds that we raise also enable us to provide annual support to the five P.E.O. programs listed above, and contribute to the financial stability of Cottey College, located in Nevada, Missouri.

Chapter ES is grateful every year for the opportunity to work at the Triple Bypass. We love what we do, we love the event, and we think the riders are the absolute BEST!!!
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