Heather Greenwood got up early on Colorado Gives Day to prepare three dozen of her famous glazed cinnamon rolls and pots of piping hot coffee to thank Littleton residents who opened up their wallets to support her cafe.
It’s the last day of class and the students are nervous, but mostly they’re excited. In the course of an hour these adult learners will each practice their English speaking skills with multiple volunteers, one at a time, in a “speed-dating” style conversation practice. They will exchange stories about their children, where they work and what they aspire to do.
Many older adults wish to remain independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. Seniors’ Resource Center helps make this a reality. Operating from five locations, they offer essential services such as transportation, in-home care, enrichment programs and chore support. An endowment at Community First Foundation helps ensure these services will be available to meet the future needs of this growing population.
Pop Culture Classroom inspires a love of learning through comic books, graphic novels and other media. Through the tools of popular culture and the power of self-expression, their programs inspire creativity, increase literacy and bring learning to life for low-income students. They also present Denver Comic Con, an annual, three-day pop culture fan extravaganza. Their endowment fund sustains a lifetime love of learning by supporting a fun, play-based approach to education.
A gang-related gunshot wound lands a teen in the ER. A stray bullet kills a neighborhood friend. According to Metro Denver Partners, it is often crises like these that make youth receptive to leaving gangs and turning their lives around.
Upon entering the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities you are drawn in many directions. A photography exhibit upstairs. An art gallery to the left. Theater productions to the right; and amidst it all a busload of excited schoolchildren reminding you of the joy of learning.
Just before dropping down into Clear Creek Canyon on Interstate 70, you are greeted with a vista of open fields, coniferous forests and snow-capped peaks. This is the wild beauty Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) has fought to preserve from development. For three years, they have been the driving force behind the $1.1 million purchase of 108-acres along the Interstate 70 corridor called North Floyd Hill. Just 25 minutes west of Denver, North Floyd Hill will provide a gateway to public open space for hikers and cyclists.
For nearly a century, the Dominican Home Health Agency has been a safety net for poor, sick, elderly and disabled patients in the metro area, providing in-home nursing care, medical equipment, food, or just a friendly visits – all at no cost to patients. Most of the agency’s patients are homebound and have little or no family support.
For the uninsured or newly insured, the complex health care system can be overwhelming. Doctors Care provides quality, affordable health care to low-income people in Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert counties, and helps them connect to health care and other services.
The Center is Colorado’s oldest LGBT advocacy organization, offering critical resources and support in addition to hosting the annual Denver PrideFest. More than 40,000 people a year visit the Center and more than 300,000 attend PrideFest each year.
For young victims of abuse and neglect, the legal process can be a harrowing experience. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties helps make that process easier for hundreds of children every year.
Students who come to Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado dream of going to college but typically have no idea how to get there. Most will be the first person in their family to graduate from high school.
The Haven is a lifeline for women who are pregnant and addicted to drugs. Women often come to this residential treatment program as an alternative to prison. Many are homeless, jobless, and struggling with mental illness. The Haven and the Baby Haven childcare center offer a chance to get treatment and support, break the cycle of drug abuse and dependency, and give birth to drug-free babies. Ninety percent of the women who finish the two-year program stay drug and crime-free.
On a typical day at Swallow Hill Music, you might find a musician so young he has to sit on the floor to play a tiny piano or an adult picking up a guitar for the first time. Swallow Hill Music instructors might be teaching ukulele and guitar in underserved schools around the metro area or leading a singalong at The Children’s Museum.
The need for living options for adults with developmental disabilities is great and growing. In the United States, over one million individuals live with parents or caregivers over the age of 60. Colorado has 12,000 individuals living with aging parents. Given the staggering wait list for immediate residential services, Glory Community is dedicated to providing a viable solution for 40 adults, offering a faith-based environment for families seeking a safe and caring residential community where their child can thrive.
The Hotel de Paris, built in 1875, is a landmark building which offers visitors an authentic look at the hotel during its heyday when Georgetown was the epicenter of Colorado’s silver mining boom. The museum’s unique collection contains more than 5,000 artifacts and more than 90 percent of the hotel’s original furnishings.
Jewish Family Service of Colorado joined the Foundation’s first Endowment Challenge Grants program in 2004. In just a few years, they have been able to use endowment earnings to fund their mental health services. These services have been in high demand when the recent economic downturn created new stressors for families.
“The earnings from our endowment have been a lifesaver for us during these difficult economic times. It helped us sustain a part-time mental health case manager we couldn’t have supported otherwise,” said Yana Vishnitsky, president of Jewish Family Service of Colorado.
The Mesa Land Trust hoped to raise about $15,000 on Colorado Gives Day this year — a modest increase over last year.
“I was quite surprised when our efforts just about doubled what we did last year!” said Mary Hughes, development officer for the Land Trust. The nonprofit raised more than $26,000 in the 2014 Colorado Gives Day campaign.
Frustrated by the lack of theatrical opportunities for people living with disabilities, five students of the Boettcher School in Denver created a theatre company to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to perform.