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9Health Fair

When you own your health, you are in control.

9Health Fair’s sole mission is to encourage and empower people to own their health and help keep Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. 9Health Fair has served over 2.0 million individuals since inception, saving countless lives. The best part? Thousands of medical professionals volunteer their time to provide professional, easy and affordable health screenings to anyone and everyone. When you donate to 9Health Fair you help your communities own their health.  For more information about us, visit www.9healthfair.org.  To learn more about our Charity or Donations program, contact Brad Brunz at Brad.Brunz@9healthfair.org  or call us at 303-698-4455.

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A Stronger Cord

A Stronger Cord is thrilled to be a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner and encourage you to support us for the big event! You can join our team, or sponsor one of our runners by emailing Mark McIntosh at mark@seekvictory.com. A Stronger Cord’s mission is to reduce the amount of isolated, unfit and stressed people in our community. It starts with the group workout. We sweat, bond and grow. We challenge one another to become more fitness-minded, dependable and productive. ASC participants believe that spirit will help us build a stronger cord – thus the name – to families, jobs and communities.

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Ability Connection Colorado

WE SEE ABILITY.

At Ability Connection Colorado, our vision is to live in a community that includes, accepts, and celebrates the abilities and contributions of all individuals. For 70 years, we have provided innovative and exceptional services by building on the legacy established in 1946 by nine mothers who were determined to help their disabled children lead productive lives. Today, ACCO serves 40,000 Coloradans a year by providing inclusive early childhood education for children of all abilities, pathways to employment for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and statewide family support programs. For more information, please visit www.abilityconnectioncolorado.org. To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Jake Bachman, jbachman@abilityconnectioncolorado.org.

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Academy of Urban Learning

Academy of Urban Learning is a high school alternative education campus located in the Highlands of Denver. We serve students who’ve had difficult life circumstances or have been unsuccessful in traditional schools. We provide extensive wraparound services to connect our students with community resources so they can focus on their goal of receiving a high school diploma in spite their obstacles. AUL gives students a stable and caring community and supports students while they work to achieve their goal. Learn more by visiting auldenver.org or calling Michelle Kennard at 303-282-0900 ext. 306.

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Access Gallery

VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is an inclusive organization that works to increase economic opportunities for young people with disabilities. Through our innovative and collaborative programming we are taking a bite out of a 70% unemployment rate for people with disabilities in this country. VSAC is constantly creating new programs and earned income ventures that increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities to thrive in a supportive environment where they are empowered to learn new art and business skills while cultivating their inherent talents.  From creating artwork to sell in a retired cigarette vending machine, to painting portraits of pets to creating work for boardrooms across the metro area. The gallery host rotating exhibits and is staffed by the young people in our programs. If you are ever in the area (909 Santa Fe) stop by.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Damon McLeese, damon@accessgallery.org

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ACE Scholarships

EVERY CHILD DESERVES ACCESS TO A QUALITY EDUCATION.

Every child deserves access to a quality education, but too many students are without that opportunity. ACE Scholarships provides K-12 scholarships to low-income families, giving their children access to quality schools. In Colorado, more than 15,000 scholarships have been awarded to children in need. Our scholars have consistently attained high graduation rates, ACT scores and college matriculation rates, providing evidence that once empowered to choose the educational setting that is best for them, any child can succeed. For more information please visit www.acescholarships.org. If you would like to run for ACE Scholarships or support our race efforts, please contact Jeannine DiCarlantonio at jdicarlantonio@acescholarships.org.

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ACT Foundation

Providing scholarships for beautifully unique students

The Alexander C. Teves ‘ACT Foundation’ provides funding for scholarships, mentor programs and opportunities to students with unique academic, social, and/or emotional needs. This helps to provide them with necessary skills to become confidant, productive individuals. Alex’s precious life was taken in the Aurora, CO theater massacre on 7/20/2012. The ACT Foundation continues to honor Alex’s selfless commitment and dedication toward helping others. Thank you for choosing to honor Alex’s life while providing at risk students with a chance to succeed. For more information, please visit us at www.alexanderctevesfoundation.org or contact Amanda Teves at amteves3@gmail.com.

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Action for Healthy Kids

Because Healthy Kids Learn Better

Colorado Action for Healthy Kids addresses childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. In Colorado, we partner with hundreds of dedicated volunteers – teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more – to create these healthy schools. Working together, we’re giving kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground with fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and programs. Join Team Healthy Kids to help us reverse the childhood obesity epidemic! Contact Stephanie Ekoniak, sekoniak@actionforhealthykids.org.  For more information about us, visit www.actionforhealthykids.org.

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Adoption Options

Embracing Choices. Enriching Lives.

Since 1981, Adoption Options has placed over 1,550 infants and children in safe, loving homes. We have supported thousands of birth parents in selecting the best choice for their children and themselves. Adoption Options supports adoptive and foster families and adoption professionals through our training and education program. There are over 700 children in the Colorado foster care system that need loving homes. Every child deserves a family. These children belong to us all and we need your support to recruit loving adoptive families. Learn more about Adoption Options. Please help by joining our Charity Partner Team by contacting Erin Groce at 303-695-1601. Thank you and happy running!

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Advocates for Children – Metro CASA Programs

Advocates for ChildrenI am for the Child.

Advocates for Children has advocated for abused and neglected children for over 30 years.  Our vision is that all children dream, thrive and grow with a sense of belonging and empowerment to build a successful future.  We are able to support these children from the help of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).  CASAs are trained volunteers from the community who give children a voice.  Are you ready to be that voice?  For more about us, visit us at www.ad4children.org or www.metrocasaprograms.org.    To learn more about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partner team, contact Jamie Weibel, jaime_weibel@adv4children.org.

 

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ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter

Fighting on Every Front to Improve Living with ALS

Our Chapter was founded in 1996 when a group of ALS patients, families and friends formed an organization to provide support to people in Colorado and Wyoming afflicted with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). We have a variety of services available to help improve the quality of life for those living with ALS and their families. All services are free of charge and include: a durable medical equipment loan program, respite care fund, support groups, educational information, referrals, in-home consultations, and personalized.

For more information about our Charity Partners program, email events@alsaco.org. To learn more about us, visit www.alsaco.org.

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Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is the premier source of information and support for the more than 65,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease, and the 266,000 people who care for them. Through our statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education classes and support groups as well as safety services including, Medic Alert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return and Comfort Zone and a 24-hour Helpline, all at no cost. We also fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease. The end of Alzheimer’s starts with you! To learn more, email Michelle Nelson or visit the Alzheimer’s Association web site, www.alz.org/co.

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America SCORES Denver

America SCORES Denver provides over 320 Denver youth with soccer, creative writing and service learning opportunities each year. Through their participation in SCORES, Denver’s poet-athletes learn to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities. SCORES combines team sports – increased physical activity, self-esteem, pride, teamwork and good sportsmanship – with an onsite academic program that builds critical literacy skills. SCORES helps students to build skills and values that will last a lifetime.

To join the SCORES running team, please visit www.americascoresdenver.kintera.org/marathon.

American Cancer Society

For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with our millions of supporters, ACS saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.  ACS is excited to be a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner – help support us by running to fight cancer. Begin your fundraising efforts by contacting Janelle Schultz at Janelle.Schultz@cancer.org or 720-524-5453

American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation strives to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease

Did you know that there are over 100 different kinds of liver disease that affect all age groups and all nationalities? Did you know that liver disease and cirrhosis are the 9th leading cause of death in Denver County and the 10th leading cause of death in Colorado? Research is improving daily, and new methods to manage these diseases are being developed all the time, but there is much more that still needs to be done. The American Liver Foundation is working hard but we need your support too! Let’s work together to make liver disease something that’s only written about in history books. To join our charity partner team, contact Juliane Swan, JSwan@liverfoundation.org, 303-988-4388. To learn more about us, visit www.liverfoundation.org.

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American Lung Association

Fighting for Air

As the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S., the American Lung Association in Colorado works to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Program areas include asthma, smoking cessation and prevention, lung disease, air quality and research. Whether educating youth at our summer camp; helping teens quit their tobacco habit; providing support and education for adults living with lung disease; or researching cures for everything from lung disease to lung cancer; the work of the American Lung Association in Colorado truly does impact everyone.

For more information about our Charity Partners program, contact Lisa Behan, LBehan@lungcolorado.org, 303-847-0280. For more information about us, go to www.lungcolorado.org.

Animal Rescue of the Rockies

Every Pet Deserves a Home

Animal Rescue of the Rockies rescues “last chance” homeless dogs and cats from overcrowded municipal shelters and under-served rural shelters, placing them in loving foster homes until permanent adoptive homes are found. Many need emergency veterinary care or surgery that shelters can’t provide. All of our pets are spayed or neutered before adoption to reduce pet overpopulation. We encourage quality relationships between pets and their people through behavior resources and training – because every orphaned dog and cat deserves a loving forever home! Please visit our website at www.animalrescueoftherockies.org or email us at arrcolorado@gmail.com. To join our charity partner team, contact Karen Martiny, karen@animalrescueoftherockies.org.

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Art District on Santa Fe

Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe is a unique, nationally known art and cultural district with over 90 galleries, restaurants and shops located a few blocks from downtown Denver. One of Colorado’s first designated art districts due its long standing corridor of galleries and shops, the district continues to grow and sustain businesses attracting start-up and established artists. The rise in creative activity in the Art District makes it a vital “Gateway to Denver” commercial corridor and has become a national model of success in community revitalization led by the creative industries. For more information please visit our website at www.ArtDistrictonSantaFe.com.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Kara Basinger, karabasinger@gmail.com.

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Ascend Performing Arts

Elevating Life Performance.

The Ascend Performing Arts mission is to further the education and growth of young people through participation in high-caliber performiAscendng arts programs that promote teamwork and discipline, develop leadership skills, and enhance self-esteem. Ascend Performing Arts proudly produces the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, the Broncos Stampede Drum Line and Broncos Brass ensembles. We also host major events such as Drums Along the Rockies and Corps Encore drum and bugle corps shows during the summer. Run for Ascend Performing Arts at Info@AscendPerformingArts.org or visit AscendPerformingArts.org to learn more about our charity partner team.

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Assuring Better Child Health & Development

Every Child in Colorado Deserves an Equal Opportunity to Succeed!

ABCD works with communities, child and health care providers, and families in 27 countries across Colorado to help identify children who may have developmental delays or disorders and connect them with intervention services as early as possible.  An estimated 10-13% of U.S. children under age 3 are affected by developmental delays, and yet only 2-3% receive the developmental services they need.  Those children are not connected to early intervention are at higher risk for low achievement in school, poor health and limited economic success later on in life.  We at ABCD are working to close that gap, but we can’t do it alone.  To join our team or learn how to sponsor one of our runners, please contact Melissa Chananie at Melissa@coloradoabcd.org.  To learn more about ABCD, visit us online at ColoradoABCD.org.

Athletes in Tandem

Athletes in Tandem embraces and accepts every athlete as they are and treat them as an equal. We share in the joy of movement, the freedom of expression and the fulfillment of life in the moment.  We do this by providing the athletic skills, equipment and knowledge to support people with disabilities to compete in triathlons, swimming, cycling or running events from 5k’s to marathons. Join us in Sharing the Feat!  Check us out at: athletesintandem.org. To join our charity partners program, contact Vienna Brown, vrbrown@rams.colostate.edu.

 

Aurora Warms the Night

Preserving the life, health and stability of Aurora’s men, women and children facing homelessness.

Aurora Warms the Night (AWTN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides shelter and comprehensive services for Aurora’s homeless.  We operate these services to ensure that families and individuals meet their most basic needs through shelter, food, clothing, health care clinic, mental health services, counseling and access to a variety of resources to transition out of homelessness.  AWTN has consistently been ranked a top non-profit by Great Nonprofits, ranked the highest status of Gold on GuideStar, and has partnered with local and state governments.  AWTN has proven itself a trustworthy charity.  Join us, along with our former clients who are now advocates for the Colfax Marathon.  Whether it is the 5K, 10-mile, half or full marathon, our team will be there for this fun weekend.  For more about us, visit www.AuroraWarmstheNight.org. To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Sarah Hamilton, info@aurorawarmsthenight.org

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Bags of Fun

Bringing joy, laughter and relief to every child fighting a life threatening disease or condition. 

Bags of Fun is thrilled to be a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner.  The signature project of The Gabby Krause Foundation is Bags of Fun.  Gabby Krause was an amazing six-year-old who died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer.  It was Gabby’s wish that every child at the hospital could have their own Bag of Fun. Our mission is to deliver a custom Bag of Fun to every sick child in Colorado whose health and happiness is both compromised and threatened.  We exist to bring joy, laughter and relief to every child fighting a life-threatening disease.  You can join our team by emailing Windy Zucher, windyz@bagsoffun.org.  To learn more about us, visit www.bagsoffun.org.

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Bessie’s Hope

BRINGING GENERATIONS TOGETHER IN MUTUALLY REWARDING RELATIONSHIPS.

Bessie’s Hope transforms the lives of forgotten nursing home elders and “Bessie's Hopeat-risk” youth.  Mutually rewarding relationships are cultivated; elders share their wisdom and wonderful life stories; youth discover compassion and respect;  both age groups feel valued and needed.  Families, individuals and adult groups also participate in our life-changing volunteer opportunities.  We provide training to approximately 2,000 youth and hundreds of adults each year and serve approximately 2,000 elders.  60% of nursing home elders receive NO personal visitors.  Volunteers are given education and communication skills to have meaningful interaction with elders of all levels of cognitive functioning, including advanced Alzheimer’s Disease.  For more about us, visit  www.bessieshope.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Linda Holloway at 303-830-9037 or linda@bessieshope.org.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is excited to participate as a Charity Partner for the Colfax Marathon again in 2016! Since 1918, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has been providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters will support nearly 1,700 one-to-one mentoring relationships between youth and volunteer mentors in the metro Denver and Colorado Springs areas. For more information about our Charity Partners program and how to run for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Team, contact Shannon at   Shannon.Lowe@biglittlecolorado.org.

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Bonfils Blood Center

It takes more than blood to save a life.

Bonfils Blood Center is a cornerstone of the healthcare community, both across the Front Range and Colorado as a whole. Since 1943, we have quietly assured patients in every community that if they arrive at the hospital for scheduled surgery or through the emergency room, blood or blood products will be on the shelves. We’re proud to have become a trusted community resource and source of hope for those in their time of need as well as an outlet for our neighbors wanting to give back through blood, marrow and financial donations. To learn more about Bonfils Blood Center, please visit www.bonfils.org. To run with us and join the fun, please contact Lindsay Reinert at Lindsay_Reinert@bonfils.org or 303-363-2377.

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Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council

Prepared for Life.

For the past 100 years, it has been in the heart of every Scout who ever overcame one of life’s challenges. It is the value of being prepared. The core of Scouting and a statement that inspires a lifetime of character and service. As we look to a new century of Scouting achievements, we light a new fire in the next generation of Scouts. We shall instill in them the honor and integrity that comes with being a Scout. We will build their character and ensure they are prepared for something more.  We will prepare them for life.  To learn more, visit our web  site. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lindsay Gerlach.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Helping Kids.  Building Communities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) is thrilled to join the 2016 Charity Partners program for the Colfax Marathon! Serving 2,000 kids per day in 15 different sites across metro Denver, we provide young people with opportunities to engage in programs that help them achieve academic success, take charge of their health by building good habits and Boys and Girls Clubfoster the skills they need to become community leaders. Boys & Girls Clubs’ dynamic model allows us to respond to each child’s unique needs. It’s a warm meal, a safe place to study, and positive relationships. It’s a chance for parents to work a few more hours knowing their children are safe and sound. Visit www.GreatFuturesDenver.org to learn more! For more information about our Charity Partners program, email JessieR@bgcmd.org.

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Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

By the time you’re done reading this, at least five people will have sustained a brain injury. It may have been a kid tumbling on a playground; a soldier standing near a bomb; a grandmother suffering a stroke; a husband in a car accident. Do you know what happens to them afterward? Life often changes dramatically. Personalities may be altered, relationships may fail, jobs may be lost, school performance may decline. Brain injuries can cause conditions such as epilepsy and increase the risk for Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s. Almost 2 million Americans sustained a brain injury in 2014. The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC) has a vision that all persons with brain injuries thrive in their community. Through support, education, recreation, and resources, BIAC seeks to make a difference. If you would like to join our charity partner team, contact Liz Gerdeman.

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Breakthrough Kent Denver

Learn. Teach. Achieve.

Breakthrough Kent Denver launches motivated, under-resourced Denver Public Middle School students on the path to college and inspires high school and college students to pursue careers in education. We are a tuition free, educational non-profit program that provides our students and teachers with the tools necessary to facilitate their highest level of achievement. In 2013, 100% of Breakthrough alumni graduated from high school and 91% went on to pursue a college degree. Run with us to ensure our students have the opportunity and choice to succeed in high school and college. To learn more about us, visit www.breakthroughdenver.org. To run with us, contact Jaclyn Schaffner, jaclynschaffner@gmail.com or 303.770.7660 x180.

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Brent’s Place

Making a difference in the lives of children with cancer….one day at a time.

There is a place where families are offered hope and healing when facing the most demanding time of their lives. There is a place where kids being treated for life threatening cancer can still be kids. This place is Brent’s Place. Since its inception, Brent’s Place has remained the only hospital approved “Safe-Clean” housing facility for immune compromised patients and their families, providing a living environment that is essential to healing and recovery. Conveniently located near the Anschutz Medical Campus, Brent’s Place is designed to offer families “Safe-Clean” individualized housing in an environment virtually free from dander, dust, mold and other infectious agents. Brent’s Place, a program and facility created by the Brent Eley Foundation, bridges the gap between the hospital and going home.

To learn more about Brent’s Place, please visit www.brentsplace.org. To run with us and join the fun, please contact Brittany Loan, bloan@brentsplace.org or 720-343-2803.

Cafe Cultura

Our Culture Heals Us

Café Cultura promotes unity and healing among Indigenous peoples through creative expression while empowering youth to find their voice, reclaim traditions, and become leaders in their communities. We organize an open mic night, conduct spoken word/poetry workshops for youth, and perform at community events throughout the state. We showcase the work of Chicana/o, Native American, Latina/o and other underserved communities while providing a safe space for young people to speak their truths, build community, and learn about issues affecting our communities. Run with us to help fund support our young people in telling their stories. Contact Ara at ara@cafecultura.org to do so. For more information about our work, please visit www.cafecultura.org.

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Celebrating Women’s Health

If Momma’s Not Healthy – Nobody is Happy

Celebrating Women’s Health provides critical information on health topics such as breast cancer including early detection and self breast exams, well-women exams, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health, nutrition, and massage therapy and fun exercises for integrating health and faith. Our mission is to reach all women, regardless of race, economics or church affiliation and encourage them to come together to build personal strength through information, education and social networking. We host a one-day event that is free and open to all; it typically draws 300 people. We are a young and growing nonprofit that wants your support. Join our Charity Partner team and help us reach out to more women who need this critical information.

For more information, please contact Sherry Delaney at celebratingwomenshealth@yahoo.com.

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Center for African American Health

Live Well.

The Center for African-American Health is a community-based organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of the African American community. The Center partners with a variety of health-education and health-delivery organizations to develop and provide culturally appropriate disease prevention and disease management programs to thousands of African Americans each year.  Evidence-based programs include: Diabetes prevention and self-management classes; cardiovascular disease education and management programs; fall prevention education programs for older adults and a range of other initiatives aimed at improving health literacy and encouraging active and healthy lifestyle behavior. To learn more, visit www.caahealth.org.  For more about our involvement with the charity partner program, contract Grant Jones.

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Center for Trauma & Resilience

(Formerly, The Denver Center for Crime Victims)

The Center for Trauma & Resilience provides culturally and linguistically responsive programs, health promotion and crime prevention education. Our services are  broad, supporting survivors of simple theft, domestic and sexual violence, to suicide/homicide survivors. We provide crisis intervention, case management, financial assistance, client relocation, integrated physical and mental health programs and more, all without financial cost to our clients.  To learn more about us, please visit www.traumahealth.org.  For more information about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners “team”, contact Daiga Keller, dkeller@traumahealth.org.

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Cherry Blossom Festival

The Cherry Blossom Festival is Colorado’s celebration of Japanese American culture. Held each year since 1972, the festival celebrates the Japanese American heritage through live entertainment, food and drink, arts and crafts, informative exhibits and demonstrations.  Entertainment includes: Denver Taiko, Japanese dance, koto and shamisen, and martial arts. Attendees will also find exhibits of ikebana (flower arrangement) and bonsai, and informative lectures on Buddhism. There will be a variety of food and drink, booths including arts and crafts vendors, and more. Festival dates are June 18th -19th, 2016. For more information about the Festival, please visit  www.cherryblossomdenver.org.  To learn more about our charity partner “team”, contact Randy J. Sasaki, rsasaki@troutco.us.

Children’s Diabetes Foundation

The Children’s Diabetes Foundation is excited to partner with Colfax Marathon to continue our mission of supporting diabetes clinics, education, and research at the Barbara Davis Center (BDC). The BDC is a world-class center, caring for thousands of children and adults while leading 81 research studies, including the Artificial Pancreas, a Hispanic/Latino program to overcome cultural barriers, virtual appointments to reach young adults, and many more. BDC patients also benefit from the Helping Hand Program, which supports families who cannot afford diabetes supplies or doctors’ appointments. Learn more about our events and programs: www.ChildrensDiabetesFoundation.org.  To join our team, contact mattie@childrensdiabetesfoundation.org or (303) 863-1200.

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Children’s Treehouse Foundation

Inspiring emotional support for children of parents with cancer.

Founded in 2001, The Children’s Treehouse Foundation has a unique mission: To ensure that every child whose parent is diagnosed with cancer is given the early tools and emotional support to cope. Sadly, this year alone, some 749,000 children will hear this dreadful news: “Your mom/dad has cancer.” Without sufficient support, these children will struggle with their emotions: anger, sadness, isolation and more. But by participation in our supportive program, CLIMB® —Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery, children are better able to cope with their feelings, and normalize communications with their parent(s). We work with major cancer centers and train their professional staff to provide CLIMB to their cancer families and children. Currently, the program is provided at 91 cancer centers in 33 states in the USA and in seven foreign countries. For more information about us, click here.

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Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Founded in 1908, Children’s Hospital Colorado is dedicated to the belief that all children should have the opportunity for a bright and healthy future. Consistently ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in America, Children’s Colorado combines world-class pediatric medicine with a uniquely family-friendly environment. In 1978, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation was established to advance the Hospital’s mission. Community leaders support Children’s Colorado in a variety of ways such as volunteering, donating gifts, corporate partnerships, or foundation grants. For more information about our Charity Partners program, contact Jacqueline Owens Lindley at jlindley@childrenscoloradofoundation.org. To learn more about our Foundation, visit www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org.

CityWILD

Wilderness Institute of Leadership Development

The mission of cityWILD is to engage youth who are marginalized in experiential learning opportunities that boldly address issues of inequity in the areas of education, economic opportunity, and access to the outdoors.  Since 1998, cityWILD has provided tuition-free programs for youth in northeast Denver. Through cityWILD’s comprehensive programs, participates have the opportunity to camp, hike, mountain bike, rock climb, and raft world-class rapids while exploring the developmental themes of personal empowerment, leadership and community participation. To learn more about cityWILD, visit our website at www.citywild.org. For more information about our Colfax Marathon team, please contact Jes Ward – jes@citywild.org

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Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation

Everyone deserves to play sports

The Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation assists in providing the funding necessary and awareness of programs that allow for people of all ages with a physical disability the opportunity to increase independence, improve self-confidence, and to socially integrate themselves through participation in structured team sports and competition. Through collaborations with local school districts and hospitals, we reach out to families that have children born with a disability and help inspire people that suffer a disabling accident to get out and enjoy the energy that participation in sports can bring. Visit www.coloradoadaptivesports.org and help us help hundreds of people live fuller lives.

Colorado Adult Education Professional Ass’n

Adult education programs throughout Colorado serve individuals who are improving their literacy, mathematics, and English proficiency to achieve their goals: obtain or advance in a job; exit public assistance and achieve a sustaining income; complete high school; transfer to a community college or training program; help their children succeed; manage their family’s healthcare; and/or learn English, and be an informed citizen. The Colorado Adult Education Professional Association (CAEPA) provides leadership to its members by offering opportunities for professional development, advocacy, and resource sharing to improve the quality of life for every Coloradan. Altogether, CAEPA affiliates account for nearly 15,000 of Colorado’s learners annually. Visit www.caepa.org to learn more. George Oclair, georgeoclair@yahoo.com, is managing its charity partners’ initiative.

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Colorado Beagle Rescue

The Colorado Beagle Rescue, Inc. (CBR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization operated 100% by volunteers who are dedicated to preserving the welfare of the Beagle breed. CBR relies completely upon tax-deductible donations to support itself. Donations help cover the cost of spaying/neutering, veterinary care, food, foster placement, transportation of dogs, identification tags, and basic administrative expenses, etc. The average fee to adopt a dog is $175, but the average cost to save a dog and pay for necessary medical expenses before adoption is $545. In 2015 alone, the Colorado Beagle Rescue placed 130 Beagle and Beagle mixes in their forever homes.  To join our Charity Partner running team or to register a relay team, contact Angela, angcli@lakewood.org.To learn more about the Colorado Beagle Rescue, please visit www.coloradobeaglerescue.org

Colorado Black Arts Festival

The Colorado Black Arts Festival (CBAF) is celebrating its 28th year of African diaspora arts and culture. CBAF is committed to educate and stimulate cultural awareness, cultivate harmony, pride, self-esteem and unity. Run for team CBAF to help provide a medium for local Black talent in the visual and performing arts. Be sure to visit us race day to enjoy treats and live music. Visit colbaf.org or email us at info@colbaf.org to learn more about our charity partner team.

Colorado Brewers Guild

COLORADO, THE STATE OF CRAFT BEER

The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is a non-profit trade association promoting the Colorado craft brewing industry. With the majority of the 305 licensed Colorado breweries as members, CBG provides information for Colorado beer lovers, and promotes Colorado craft breweries by advocating for Colorado craft beer with policymakers. For more information, visit www.coloradobeer.org.  Contact.  Steve Kurowski manager@coloradobeer.org

Colorado Canine Rescue

There’s no place like home.

Colorado Canine Rescue, CCR, was incorporated in 2008 and received its 501c3 tax exempt status in January 2009. We are a small group run entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to rescue dogs from shelters that have been overlooked and have run out of time. We place these dogs in our foster homes and provide any necessary medical or behavioral care. Our goal is to find an adoptive family whose needs and lifestyle perfectly match those of our dog’s so that it is a permanent, loving home.

If you’d like more information about our group or running for our dogs, please contact Amy Taylor at rescue@coloradocaninerescue.org or visit our website, www.coloradocaninerescue.org.

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Freedom from sexual violence

Was there ever a time in your life when you wish someone had stood up for you?  The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) provides an important voice on behalf of survivors and the advocates and agencies that support them.  Our mission is to promote safety, justice, and healing for survivors and work toward the elimination of sexual violence.  You can help make our vision of a Colorado that believes and supports survivors, holds perpetrators accountable and takes action to end sexual violence a reality.  Visit us at www.ccasa.org.  To join CCASA’s charity partner team, email Rosa Molina at rosa@ccasa.org.

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Colorado Firefighter Calendar

Colorado Firefighter Calendar is a non-profit organization that produces the official Colorado Firefighter Calendar to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Burn Center. Firefighters from around the state contribute many hours to help raise funds, educate and increase awareness for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Center and the Burn Camp Programs. These men and women represent one of the noblest professions and the calendars serve as a tribute to all firefighters and the people they help every day. Net proceeds received from the sale of calendars and special events directly benefit the Burn Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado and burn centers across the state. For more information about us, visit www.cofirefightercalendar.org.

Colorado Nonprofit Association

Serving Nonprofits. Strengthening Communities.

Colorado Nonprofit Association was founded in 1986 (as the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations) to create purchasing efficiencies and programs to help to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the state’s nonprofit agencies. As the nonprofit sector has grown, the Association has expanded its scope. The Association is an important convener, stimulating collaboration among nonprofits, businesses, public agencies, educational institutions and individuals. Through its research, publications and educational programs, the Association has become the pre-eminent resource for nonprofit information and best practices. Visit www.coloradononprofits.org to learn more about us.  Learn more about our charity partner program, contact Gerry Rasel, grasel@coloradononprofits.org.

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Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA)

Providing support and promoting Awareness of Ovarian Cancer through Advocacy and Education

Founded in 2005, COCA provides SUPPORT to survivors through Nicki’s Circle Support Groups, our one-of-a-kind Ovarian Cancer Resource Guide, as well as COCACares Financial Assistance and Comfort Kit programs. COCA also ADVOCATES for excellence in health care for women with ovarian cancer, EDUCATING about early detection through statewide health fairs and via programs such as Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives®. Run Colfax for COCA then join us for “Jodi’s Race for Awareness” June 7th in City Park.

For more information about COCA and the Charity Partners program, or to register for Jodi’s Race, visit our website at www.colo-ovariancancer.org. You can also contact Jeanene Smith at Jeanene@colo-ovariancancer.org.

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Colorado Preservation

Since 1984, Colorado Preservation, Inc. has worked to honor and protect our local heritage. We promote historic preservation statewide by providing advocacy, education, outreach and preservation services to communities and individuals. Our vision is to build a sustainable future with historic places. The staff of Colorado Preservation, Inc. is excited to be a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner and to race as a team in this year’s event! Learn more about Colorado Preservation and how to support our work by contacting Megan Concannon at mconcannon@coloradopreservation.org or 303-893-4260 ext. 230.

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Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club

OUR CLUB BELIEVES IN THE POWER OF SOCCER TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF YOUTH.

At the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, we are proud of our outreach work, ensuring that youth of all backgrounds have access to quality soccer programs. The core of programming is Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s free afterschool program that uses soccer as a tool to promote healthy lifestyles in urban underserved communities.  Through a multi-year grant from the Alfred Zarlengo estate, we complement Soccer for Success with soccer clinics, leagues, and scholarship opportunities specifically designed for disadvantaged Latino youth.  With both programs, it makes our outreach work unique, robust, and impactful. For more information about us, visit www.rapidsyouthsoccer.org

Colorado Running Club

Run with Endurance.

The Colorado Running Club is dedicated to building each athlete to seek a greater vision for their lives and to be of service to others.  The Racing Team are likeminded athletes committed to excellence and taking their race results to the next level.  In addition to the Racing Team, runners of all ages and abilities are invited to become Colorado Running Club members and take advantage of the training runs, social events, racing singlets, and coaching.  The Colorado Running Club also hosts the annual El Grito 5K on September 13, 2015 in Denver.  Contact John Perez (303) 912-6401, coloradorunningclub@gmail.com, www.coloradorunningclub.org.

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Companions on the Journey

The Colorado Vincentian Volunteers is a community of faith and action. Twenty men and women ages 22-30 are recruited annually to accompany the poor, live in community, grow spiritually, and develop a deeper understanding of social justice and change. The volunteers serve homeless youth and adults, children in inner-city schools, the medically indigent, and economically disadvantaged people in need of emergency assistance. In the past 21 years, 295 volunteers have completed the program, and 60 non-profit agencies have received over 500,000 hours of volunteer service. To learn more or run with us, contact Bill and Mary Frances Jaster, cvv@covivo.org, 303-863-8141.

 

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Colorado Youth for a Change

Solving Colorado’s Dropout Crisis

The mission of Colorado Youth for a Change is to solve the dropout crisis in Colorado. CYC is an evidence-based, data-driven organization dedicated to reengaging disengaged high school students with positive educational pathways and changing their lives for the better, while saving school district communities future costs of lost potential. Because even one dropout is too many, we are committed to continuing this work through thoughtful partnerships, dropout outreach and recovery, early educational intervention, and an expansion of school options. To learn more about CYC, please go to www.youthforachange.org. If you are interested in running for CYC, please contact  Leia Welsh at leiaw@youthforachange.org.

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Confluence Ministries

Run with purpose and partner in the quest to empower families and schools in the West Colfax neighborhood affected by single parent challenges, poverty, violence, and illiteracy.

Confluence Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit outreach organization uniquely positioned to mobilize and empower people and organizations across Denver to pursue the wellbeing of the city. As a catalyst for collaboration we engage, connect and provide holistic service opportunities. Located in an at-risk area in West Colfax, Confluence Ministries offers programs such as English as a Second Language, GED Classes (in Spanish), tutoring for children, and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). For more information about our charity partners team, contact Jeanette DeHerrera, jdeherrera@confluenceministries.org.

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Conservation Colorado

The future is worth the fight

Conservation Colorado is a grassroots, statewide organization working to protect Colorado’s air, land, water, and people. Conservation Colorado works in four core program areas—Energy & Climate Change, Wilderness & Public Lands, Water, and Civic Engagement. In each of these areas, we focus on organizing and outreach based around shared core values that can fundamentally change policy outcomes to advance conservation in our democratic society and preserve the Colorado we love today for future generations.  To learn more about us, visit our web site.  For more information about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, contact Grace Randazzo, grace@conservationco.org.

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Cooking Matters Colorado

Cooking Matters Colorado empowers low-income families with the skills to stretch their food budgets so their children get healthy meals at home. We partner with community organizations and volunteer culinary and nutrition instructors to offer nutrition and cooking courses, child care professionals trainings, and grocery store tours. Through Cooking Matters programming, participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious and affordable meals. We envision a future in which all Colorado children have the nutritious foods they need to grow, learn and thrive and all parents and caregivers have the knowledge and skills to prepare delicious, balanced meals.” Learn more about us, visit our website.  For information about our participation in the Charity Partners program, contact Mayra Ramirez.

Craig Hospital Foundation

Redefining Possible for People with Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries.

Join Team Craig to redefine possible for survivors of spinal cord and brain injuries! Craig Hospital is world renowned as a premier center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Craig Hospital is a 93-bed, private, not-for-profit, free-standing long term acute care and rehabilitation hospital that provides a comprehensive system of inpatient and outpatient medical care, rehabilitation, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, and long-term follow up services. Craig provides housing for out-of-state families and outpatients, including the first 30 days free for families of new inpatients. Craig has a remarkable atmosphere and culture that is casual but professional, active and upbeat. For more information, contact Becky at bplunkett@craighospital.org  or visit www.CraigHospital.org.

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Crisis Center

CREATING A WORLD FREE OF VIOLENCE

The Crisis Center exists to end domestic violence through advocacy, education, and prevention; while helping communities live free of violence. We have helped thousands of clients find the courage to move from victim to survivor. To join our charity partners program, contact Lynn Adams at ladams@thecrisiscenter.org.  Visit us: www.thecrisiscenter.org

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Team Challenge – Take the Challenge

Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program. With Team Challenge, you’ll find new strength inside yourself, and help find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, seldom-discussed and debilitating digestive diseases. With our Half Marathon Training Programs, you’ll train for a rewarding and exciting endurance event at one of our great destination races while raising vital funds for research into these diseases. These dollars will help make new treatments possible and fuel the search for cures. To learn more about joining us to run the Colfax Marathon contact Heidi Dudley or call 303-639-9163 x3 or visit our website.

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Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado

FUREVER SPOTS.

Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado, a designated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a group of volunteers who work with rescued dogs.  All costs associated with the care of our dogs come from adoption donations and from the generosity of donors.   We provide vaccinations, spaying / neutering, socialization and training of these dogs until a permanent home can be found.  Our number one commitment is to the Dalmatians and Dalmatian Wannabes that come our way.  We carefully screen all applicants and do home visits to assure each dog is placed in the best home for him/her and he/she is the best companion for that home. For more information or to join our charity partners run group, please contact Jamie Boening, dal2girl@aol.com.

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DCIS at Fairmont

At DCIS at Fairmont, the neighborhood, the region and the globe come together to create a context for the study of art, languages, social studies, mathematics and science that opens minds, spurs curiosity, creates cultural awareness, encourages communication and inspires leadership and action.  Our goal is to broaden opportunities for our students by broadening their horizons. We want to create a place where children can grow academically and culturally, a place that prepares them to excel in middle school, high school and college, and a place that will empower them to be active citizens, engaged in their communities and the world. For more information about our work with the Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact   Katherine Hoeweler.

Delete Blood Cancer

Delete Blood Cancer.

We work every day to delete blood cancer by inspiring as many people as possible to register as bone marrow donors to provide patients with second chances at life. We are achieving this by celebrating how donors can save lives, dispelling the myths about the donation process and providing our hospital partners with quality donations in a timely manner.  For more information about us, visit www.deletebloodcancer.org.  To learn more about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners team, contact Michele McCaffrey, 212-209-6788, Michele@deletebloodcancer.org.

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Denison Montessori

Denison Montessori is committed:

  • To educate children by meeting their physical, intellectual, social, emotional and academic needs;
  • To inspire children to grow to their fullest potential and become contributing members of society;
  • To meld children’s school, family and community experiences;
  • To serve as an integral part of the larger community in which we operate.

For more about is, visit http://denison.dpsk12.org/

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Denver Center for Intern’l. Studies Foundation

The Denver Center for International Studies Foundation creates a world of opportunity for students by taking them out into it. We enable ECE through 12th grade students in four Denver Public Schools to take their knowledge from the classroom and apply it to real-life – through travel, language immersion, community service and cultural exchanges. These experiences transform students into confident, informed and compassionate individuals, enhancing their own self-image and their image of the world. These opportunities also help students develop into globally competent people who are leaders and problem-solvers and take action in their communities. To learn more about the DCIS Foundation, visit www.dcisfoundation.org.  To learn more about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners team, contact Shannon Clifford, dcisfoundation@gmail.com.

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Denver Children’s Home

Denver Children’s Home restores hope and health to traumatized children and families through a comprehensive array of therapeutic, educational and community-based services. Our services are designed to help children from Colorado and Wyoming, take ownership of their treatment, understand their reactions and responses to life events, accept responsibility for their actions, control their behavior and develop coping mechanisms for difficulties beyond their control. To learn more about us, visit www.denverchildrenshome.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Maria Garces, 720-881-3350, mgarces@denverchildrenshome.org.

 

Denver Children’s Advocacy Center

Prevent Abuse. Strengthen Families. Restore Childhood.

The Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) works to improve the lives of children traumatized by sexual abuse and violence — as well as those who are at high risk — with prevention, education and direct services. We invite you to “Run for the Children” in any of the 2016 races to help us raise funds to restore childhood for victims of abuse and violence. We are pleased to offer materials and information for your web site or to share with friends and family, a speaker for your group or a tour of our campus.  For more information, please visit us at www.denvercac.org or contact  Kristin Walker, kwalker@denvercac.org.

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Denver Fisher House

BECAUSE A FAMILY’S LOVE IS GOOD MEDICINE.

Denver Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for active duty military, veterans, and their families when coming from out of town for extended medical treatment at the Denver VAMC for an illness, disease or injury. Our families never pay to stay at a Fisher House! The Denver Fisher House serves a nine-state area: CO, WY, MT, UT, NM, NV, ND, KS and NE. We are one of sixty-nine Fisher Houses throughout the US, England and Germany. Visit our website:  www.DenverFisherHouse.org.  For information about staying at Fisher House, contact Tessa Levy at 303-364-4616. Other inquiries, contact Melanie Starkman – mstarkman@denverfisherhouse.org

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Denver Food Rescue

Bicycle-powered, just in time food rescue in Denver, Colorado.

Denver Food Rescue is a nonprofit focused on improving health equity outcomes by increasing access to healthy foods in low income neighborhoods in Denver. We do this by redistributing food, which would otherwise go to waste in grocery stores, directly to Free Grocery Programs. Since we accomplish 75% of our deliveries via bicycle, we are able to focus on direct redistribution which allows us to deliver more highly perishable fruits and vegetables to low income areas. Our hyperlocal, resident driven model allows us to reach hard-to-access populations, who might not otherwise take advantage of emergency food assistance.  For more information, check out denverfoodrescue.org.  For more about our charity partner program contact Amy Moore-Shipley, 229-0883.

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Denver Kids, Inc.

Every Student Counts. Every Student Graduates.

Denver Kids, Inc. helps students, grades K-12, who face the personal challenges of higher risk environments, successfully complete high school, explore post-secondary options, and become contributing members of the community.  For more information about Denver Kids, Inc., please visit www.denverkidsinc.org.  To learn more about our Denver Kids, Inc. charity partner program, please contact  Michelle Maldonado, Michelle_Maldonado@dpsk12.org, 720-423-2481.

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Denver Language School

Denver Language School (DLS) is a one-of-a-kind charter school of the Denver Public Schools system. We offer K-8 education like any other school—but kids are taught the core academic classes in either Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.  DLS provides an innovative academic program to reach the highest levels of student achievement through comprehensive language immersion education in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. DLS offers traditional learning activities in the target language, making the language both the medium and the object of instruction.  To learn more about us, visit our web site.   For more information about our Charity Partners Program, contact Valentina Vannoni.

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Denver Public Schools Foundation

Our students are our future!

The DPS Foundation is Denver Public Schools’ fundraising partner. We generate resources, build relationships and champion public education to impact system-wide achievement and help every child succeed. Our vision is to create an environment where outstanding educational achievements are the norm and all children have hope of a great future. With your help, we can ensure every child in Denver Public Schools succeeds, making our community a better place to live, today and long into the future. Thanks to our generous supporters, the DPS Foundation generated over $14 million for DPS in the 2013-14 school year. The DPS Foundation funds innovative and core programs in the areas of literacy, tutoring, STEM and Career & Technical education, afterschool programs and athletics. To learn about our Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact Kristina Bobrowski, (720) 423-3585. For more information visit, www.dpsfoundation.org.

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Denver Scholarship Foundation

Making college possible for thousands of students in our community.

Our program for college success has been nationally recognized for its effectiveness: College Access: We work with Denver Public School seniors inside DPS high schools. Each Future Center is staffed by a DSF College Advisor who guides students through application and financial aid processes. Scholarships: We award need-based scholarships to DPS graduates attending school in Colorado. College Success: We partner with colleges to provide scholarship recipients with extra financial aid and ongoing support. These strategies are working–80% have graduated or are still in school. For more information about us, visit http://www.denverscholarship.org. To join our charity partner program, contact Ashleigh Arnall, Annual Fund Manager, aarnall@denverscholarship.org.

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Denver Urban Gardens

Growing Community – One Urban Garden at a Time

Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) knows that in order to make lasting change, community needs to drive it. That’s why every one of our community gardens and farms were started by and continue to be led by their community. We currently have 150 gardens in five counties in the Metro Denver Area.  DUG gardeners grow food, but more than that, they grow community. We put down deep roots in our communities, providing them with the resources, training, and support they need to establish enduring community gardens and farms that become valuable assets to their neighborhoods. Learn more at www.dug.org. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon , Contact Rebecca Andruszka.

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Denver Urban Ministries

Denver Urban Ministries is an advocate, educator and trusted provider of basic human and employment services to vulnerable families in greater Denver.  We inspire hope, transform lives and work to end poverty.  Every day at DenUM, families receive help with their basic needs of food, infant items, rent, or utility assistance to help provide stability.  Employment Services gives job seekers access to case management, phones, voicemail, hygiene items, clothing referrals and computers to help them move from dependency to self-sufficiency.  For more about us, visit www.denum.org. To learn more about joining us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Angela Frederick, angela@denum.org.

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Disability Law Colorado / The Legal Center

Helping individuals with disabilities!

DisabDisability Lawility Law Colorado is an independent public interest non-profit specializing in civil rights and discrimination issues (specializing in housing, public accommodations, education and employment) through direct legal representation, advocacy, education and legislative analysis. We protect the human, civil and legal rights of people with mental and physical disabilities, and older people throughout Colorado. We strive to both open up the legal system to those who are challenged by the bureaucracy, their disability or are unable to act on their own behalf and, we empower people to advocate for themselves.  For more information about us, visit www.disabilitylawco.org. To join our Charity Partners team, select Disability Law Colorado/The Legal Center from the list of charity partners or contact Julie Busby, 303.862.3507, jbusby@disabilitylawco.org.

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Domus Pacis Family Respite

A nonprofit organization created with the entire Family in mind.

Domus Pacis Family Respite serves nominated individuals (and their families) diagnosed with a wide range of cancer types, regardless of stage and prognosis, from every corner of Colorado. A week of respite may mean time to digest and process information for those who have been newly diagnosed … it may mean time with family to recover from previous treatment and strengthen for treatment to come … or, it may mean time to create final memories or remember and memorialize a loved one. The impact of this week cannot be adequately described though the words comfort, peace and joy are often shared. The organization anticipates hosting 100+ families annually. For more information visit www.domuspacis.org; to join our Charity Partners, contact Duck at runcolfax@domuspacis.org or 970.547.4745.

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Doreen Katz Memorial Cancer Foundation

Making sure Cancer doesn’t Cancel Futures.

Cancer is always a scary diagnosis, even more so when it’s your parent that has received that news.  With schools now charging families directly for most everything like advanced placement classes, field trips, playing sports or musical instruments, children of cancer patients could miss out on a complete education.  That’s where the Doreen Katz Memorial Cancer Foundation comes in.  We are there to make sure that every child can take whatever classes they desire, regardless of their parent’s cancer diagnosis.  In addition, we provide a therapist to work with the child and the family.  For more information about us, please visit http://doreenkatzmemorial.org.  For information about our Colfax Marathon charity partner team, contact Adam Katz, adam@doreenkatzmemorial.org or 720-505-8331.

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Downtown Denver Expeditionary School

The Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES) is the first downtown Denver public elementary school located at 1860 Lincoln. As a member of the national Expeditionary Learning (EL) school network, DDES makes subjects come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. The EL model engages kids in academically rigorous learning expeditions, projects, fieldwork, and service learning.  Children of all backgrounds and ability levels are inspired to think and work as professionals do – creating high-quality work of interest beyond the classroom. For more information about our charity partners program, contact Letia Frandina.

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Early College of Arvada

The Early College of Arvada (ECA) is a free, public charter school serving 300 students, grades 6-12.  Everyday our students accomplish incredible things against incredible odds.  Nearly 60% of our students are on Free or Reduced Lunch and 47% of our students are ELL learners.  ECA CLIMB (Cultivating Leadership and Innovation through Movement and Brainpower) is a program that supports post-secondary student success and engagement in the STEM fields through increased access to college level curriculum and laboratory experiences.  Students and staff are running miles to work towards the development of laboratory spaces where students become engaged in addressing real-world issues through partnerships with local laboratories and engineering firms.   To learn more about our participation as a charity partner, contact Danielle Ladd, dladd@ecarvada.org or Jeremy Collins, jcollins@earvada.org.

EarthLinks

Sustaining People + the Planet

EarthLinks cultivates transformation and self-worth with people experiencing homelessness and poverty.  By creating opportunities through Earth-centered programs, individuals step out of isolation and into community – restoring each other and the planet.  At different times of the year, various programs are ongoing, such as Day Trips into Nature Program, where groups of participants escape the city on rejuvenating trips to the mountains and state parks, and community workshops on various sustainable living stills. To learn more about EarthLinks, visit www.earthlinks-colorado.org. To support our participants by running with Team EarthLinks, contact Dayna Tapp at dayna@earthlinks-colorado.org or 303-389-0085.

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Eating Recovery Center Foundation

30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime—all ages, genders, races, ethnicities and socioeconomic levels. Left untreated, eating disorders are the most lethal of mental illnesses, more deadly than depression or schizophrenia. Eating Recovery Center Foundation was established in 2012 to advance public understanding of eating disorders and expanding access to life-saving care through education, research and charitable care programs. Please join our efforts to achieve lasting recovery for all those affected by eating disorders. You can help by contacting Ben Hoppin (720-258-4043) to join our Charity Partner Team, or for more information or to make a donation, visit www.ercfoundation.org.

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Engineers without Borders – Rocky Mountain Professionals

HELP US ENGINEER CHANGE!

Engineers Without Borders – Rocky Mountain Professionals is thrilled to be a part of the 2016 Colfax Marathon Charity Partnership Program! EWB-RMP’s vision is to provide clean drinking water, vital to the health of developing nations by creating sustainable methods of improving the quality of drinking water and the treatment or disposal of wastewater. With your help, we hope to achieve our vision by creating education, economic, and environmental solutions to improve quality of life. Currently, we are working with communities in Nepal and Guatemala.  Please visit our web site, www.ewb-rmp.org. For more information about our charity partners program, contact, John Craven, officers@ewb-rmp.org.

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Environmental Learning for Kids

Inspire, Educate, Transform.

Do you remember the first time that you ever caught a fish, or really looked at the stars on a camping trip – far away from the smog of the city? With an overarching dream to provide all youth these influential opportunities, ELK is an inclusive non-profit organization that develops inspired and responsible leaders through science education and outdoor experiences for underserved, urban youth ages 5-25. As a second year Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, we would be honored for your support, or for you to join our awesome team of runners! To learn more about ELK, visit our website at www.ELKkids.org . To join our team of runners, please contact Kristina Opre at kopre@elkkids.org.

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Epic Experience

We have FUN! Epic Experience offers laughter, excitement and friends to adult cancer survivors through an Epic Experience.  Epic Experience offers hope to adult cancer survivors by offering a free week-long outdoor adventure camp in the beautiful state of Colorado.  We bring survivors together and offer them community and a new challenge such as white water kayaking or cross country skiing.  Epic Experience was founded in 2012 and has had an amazing response from Cancer Thrivers and their families when they return home.  To learn more about Epic Experience please visit www.epicexperience.org.  We hope you will run with us and join our fun team.  Please contact Colin Ferro colinf@epicexperience.org  720 431 7620.

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Excelsior

ELEVATING COMMUNITIES

Excelsior strengthens and educates at-risk youth and families to achieve lasting success. Each child and each family Excelsior helps has a different story, but they have one thing in common – trauma. Excelsior’s youth have experienced too much trauma in their short lives, stemming from any number of things, including abuse and exploitation, gang violence, substance abuse, or mental illness. Through behavioral healthcare and educational services, Excelsior empowers youth and families to rebuild their lives together to find stability and success. For more about us, visit www.excelsiorcares.org. To learn about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Nicole Bennett, NicoleB@excelsiorcares.org

 

 

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FACES–Family Advocacy, Care, Ed., Support

Creating a non-violent community, one family at a time

With all of the media coverage about child abuse, have you ever wondered what you could do to make a difference in the life of a child or family? At FACES, we know that the best way to break the cycle of violence is to help parents strengthen their families, and to nurture and protect their children.  Through our home-based counseling and parenting education programs, we work with families to increase safety and parenting skills, improve relationships, manage mental and emotional wellness and heal from trauma.  Find out information by visiting  www.facesonline.org. By joining the FACES team, you will help change lives for generations to come!  Please join us today by selecting FACES as your charity partner when you register, or email us at marathon@facesonline.org.

Family Tree, Inc.

For over three decades, Family Tree has provided innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. As the only organization in the state to address the interconnectedness among these issues, Family Tree is changing how individuals, families and communities see, respond to and overcome them. In the past year, Family Tree provided services to tens of thousands of people in efforts to empower individuals to discover their own strengths to create lasting, positive change. Visit Family Tree to learn more about us. Our charity partners program contact is Rhonda Sheya.

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Fetal Health Foundation

Make a difference for a family and join our charity team for the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon.  The Fetal Health Foundation was founded by Lonnie Somers (Colfax Marathon Announcer) and his wife whose identical twin girls were saved during pregnancy when all hope seemed lost. Thanks to in-utero surgery, their daughters were saved.  Right now in a doctor’s office, a soon to be mom and dad are being told that there is a complication with their pregnancy. Receiving the news they may never get to meet their child, never get to see that first smile, never get to hear those first words. Today some 4,000 moms and dads to be are learning their baby has a fetal syndrome. In just a few seconds the excitement of the dream of a family is torn away. However there is HOPE. Fetal Health is there to support, educate and work with leading fetal treatment centers around the world to assist families diagnosed and in the research for treatment of fetal syndromes. For more information, please contact us at lonnie@fetalhope.org or visit our website at www.fetalhealthfoundation.org.

Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, Inc.

The Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, Inc. (FABF) was established in 2012 after the untimely and tragic death of firefighter Jason Murphy.  The fund is for firefighters and their families to be used in times of need and support due to death or illness.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Eric Demaria, edemaria@auroragov.org.

Firefly Autism

Inspiring Bright Futures by Changing Can’t to Can.

Firefly Autism is changing can’t to can for hundreds of students ages 18 months to 21 years old in the Rocky Mountain Region. Our intensive, one-of-its-kind program allows us to dramatically grow a child’s “can” list. At Firefly, it’s possible for our students to make improvements in weeks and months. With the type of intervention our clinicians provide, students with autism have the best hope of getting over, around and through many of their personal obstacles. Some will go on to mainstream schools, and all will improve. Please, put, “I can donate to Firefly Autism” on your list. For more information about us or a tour, visit www.fireflyautism.org or contact Cindy Kraybill, ckraybill@fireflyautism.org, 720-399-9249.

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Fitch Foundation

The Fitch Foundation supports our countries veterans who pledged to give there life to defend us, some have been called to do so, and many come home with mental or physical disabilities. The Fitch Foundation provides the opportunity for veterans of all generations to overcome the new challenges of returning to civilian life through adaptive activities and disabled sports. For far too long the word disability has only offered our veterans limits. We believe we can look past disabilities and highlight the abilities veterans do possess. We are a Volunteer organization that supports all generations of Veterans. With your support, these veterans may discover how they too can live without limits.  For more information visit us at www.TFFColorado.org and make a difference.

Food Bank of the Rockies

Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope since 1978

1 in 7 Coloradans and nearly 1 in 4 Colorado children struggle with hunger and worry where they’ll find their next meal. Food Bank of the Rockies works to end hunger in our community. Last year, we distributed more than 53 million pounds of food through our programs and agency partners. 96 cents of every dollar we receive goes towards food distribution and each dollar becomes four meals for our neighbors in need. Learn more about us and how you can create your own fundraising page to email to your friends and family, so they can join with you to fight hunger and feed hope!

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Foothills Animal Shelter

Foothills Animal Shelter cares for more than 9,500 orphaned cats, dogs, puppies, kittens and critters each year for the community. As an open-admission facility, never turning away an animal, the Shelter is committed to its important mission and life-saving work. In addition to pet adoption, a variety of services are also offered including pet licensing, affordable spaying and neutering, vaccinations, micro-chipping and lost and found pets. If you have questions about joining Team Foothills Animal Shelter, email Amanda Plank, aplank@fas4pets.org or call 720-407-5222. For more information about the Shelter, please visit www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org.

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For the Love of Grace

HELPING FAMILIES SMILE.

For the Love of Grace is a Colorado based 501(c)3 nonprofit Christian Organization that strives to better the lives of families experiencing financial and emotional difficulties due to a hospitalized child or a child with an ongoing illness.  For The Love Of Grace assist families by providing financial, emotional and spiritual support. They provide outreaches such as painting days at the hospital and Christmas family adoptions. They host an annual Celebration of Life that honors the lives of the children they have been blessed with being able to help and serve.   For more info: http://loveofgrace.org/ or email info@loveofgrace.org.  For information about our participation in the charity partners program, contact Benina Pierce, beninampierce@yahoo.com.

Free the Girls

Donate A Bra.  Give A Former Slave A Job.

Free The Girls works to provide jobs to women rescued from sex trafficking in developing countries by helping them set up micro enterprises selling bras. (yes, BRAS!) And, through the collection of new and gently used bras globally, we strive to educate people and organizations about the scourge of human trafficking worldwide. We partner with safe houses and aftercare facilities in Mozambique, Uganda, and El Salvador. To learn more about Free The Girls, please visit www.freethegirls.org. To run with us, volunteer at the races, or join the fun please contact Selah Davenport, selah@freethegirls.org.

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Friends of ENCA Farm

Helping Filipino Farmers Access the Seeds to their Future

Friends of ENCA Farm serves as the educational and advocacy entity supporting organic farmers and environmental education throughout the Philippines. The rising threats of global climate change, extractive economies, and big developers continue to threaten environmental sustainability, food security, and cultural heritage throughout the Philippines. Our education and advocacy programs ensure that Filipino farmers have access to organic seeds, local youth participate in environmental education camps, and Ibaloi cultural practices are documented, taught, and preserved throughout the Philippines and world.  To learn more, visit www.encaorganicfarm.com.  Want to join our charity partner “team”?  Contact Sherry Manning, sherry@encaorganicfarm.com.

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Friends of the Denver Fire Department

Friends of the Denver Fire Department supports the Denver’s Fire Department by providing public education, through efforts to improve firefighter safety and quality of life, and with direct resources to meet firefighter needs thereby improving public safety in the City and County of Denver. Our most important ongoing initiative is to build public awareness about the needs of the Denver Fire Department and Denver Firefighters – particularly those needs that are not met through the City budget. This year the Friends of the Denver Fire Department is focused on campaigns to support projects in three major areas: Firefighter Safety: Protective Gear & Promethian Boards Fire Safety: Prevention and Escape, and Citizen Disaster Response Training. For more information about us, visit www.fdfd.org.

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Gateway Battered Women’s Services

Serving the Victims of Domestic Violence in Aurora and Arapahoe County since 1977.

Gateway Battered Women’s Services works toward the elimination of personal and societal violence against all women and children by empowerment through education, support services, and by actually promoting social change within the community. Gateway provides quality services in a safe and confidential environment for all women, children and family pets who are victims of domestic violence. Gateway strives to promote community awareness through training, education, and networking. Gateway’s goal is to empower women and children in developing violence-free lives through crisis intervention, advocacy, and support services. Gateway endeavors to affect community awareness and ultimately change attitudes on issues of domestic violence. To learn more about us, visit www.gatewayshelter.org. For more information about our charity partner program, contact Jeneen Klippel, JKworden@gatewayshelter.com.

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German Shepherd Rescue of the Rockies

German Shepherd Rescue of the Rockies (GSROR)  serves the public as a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned German Shepherd Dogs (GSD).  We are a group of foster home where our dogs receive veterinary care, nutritional support and lots of belly rubs until they find their forever homes. Happy Tails. Visit us at:  http://www.gsror.com/happy-tails/  For more about our charity partners team, contact Mickey McNeil, 970-420-6296. spirit1980@aol.com.

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Girls Inc. of Metro Denver

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.  Programs are research-based and delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment. To learn more about Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, please visit www.girlsincdenver.org. To run with us, volunteer at the races, or join the fun please contact Jeslin Shahrezaei, jshahrezaei@gidenver.org.

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Girls on the Run of the Rockies

AT GIRLS ON THE RUN, THE FINISH LINE IS JUST THE BEGINNING. 

Girls on the Run is an after school empowerment program for girls in 3rd-8th grade – giving them skills and experiences to navigate their world confidently and to unleash thgo teameir limitless potential!  We teach girls life skills through a curriculum of engaging lessons and fun running activities. At each season’s conclusion, the girls complete a celebratory 5k run that gives them a lifelong memory of accomplishment. Visit www.girlsontherunrockies.org to learn more! To run with us, contact Ali Holstein at ali.holstein@girlsontherun.org.

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Global Dental Relief

Volunteers Serving Children in Need Around the World

Our mission is to bring free dental care to children throughout the world. Volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants and non-dental volunteers deliver treatment and preventive care in dental clinics that serve children in schools, orphanages and remote villages. With a vision to transform lives and cultivate community through volunteerism, GDR provides opportunities for diverse groups of volunteers to explore the world and bring free dental care and oral hygiene education to thousands of impoverished children in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Vietnam, Kenya and Cambodia. Learn more by visiting www.globaldentalrelief.org. Interested in volunteering overseas or joining our Charity Partner Team? Please contact Katy Troyer at katytroyer@globaldentalrelief.org

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Golden Schools Foundation

Supporting academic excellence in our schools.

Golden Schools Foundation works in partnership with Golden area schools and public education stakeholders to promote an educational environment where students can reach maximum potential. We provide enrichment grants for school programs, bestow teacher recognition awards, and encourage community collaboration to support improvements in student achievements. Our mission is to ensure Golden articulation schools offer our children an outstanding education. To join our Charity Partner running team or to register a relay team, contact Kimberly, chair@goldenschoolsfoundation.org. To learn more about the Golden Schools Foundation, please visit www.goldenschoolsfoundation.org.

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Grand County Advocates for a Violence-Free Community

Be the Change – Break the Cycle. 

Advocates for a Violence-Free Community is the only agency in Grand County that serves victims of domestic and sexual violence. We operate the Sprout House Safe House, which gives victims and their children a place to grow and heal away from danger. We provide extensive victim services and support, provide a 24-hour confidential crisis line and share prevention education in our schools and with the community. Thank you for your considered support in joining the fight to end domestic and sexual violence! YOU are making a difference!  To join our charity team, please contact Kristen Rybij at 970-725-3442 or krybij@gcadvocates.org. To learn more about the Advocates please visit www.gcadvocates.org.

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GreenLeaf

Powerful youth leaders growing together – cultivating community and food justice through urban agriculture

GreenLeaf engages powerful youth leaders in urban agriculture, farming on available lots in neighborhoods that don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. At GreenLeaf, young people earn a fair wage while working year-round on our farm, growing food for their communities and exploring issues of health, nutrition, and justice. GreenLeaf is building a new, bigger farm in 2016, and we’re excited to grow more healthy food and work with more youth leaders. And we want YOU to get involved! To learn more please visit www.GreenLeafDenver.org. To run or walk with us, or to sponsor our runners, email Cody at Cody@GreenLeafDenver.org.

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Griffith Centers for Children

Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up offers a range of services to at-risk children, youth, and family throughout the state of Colorado. Our mission is to provide children and their families the environment and opportunities to become educated, healthy, participating and productive members of society. Services include family preservation, visitations, foster care, residential care for boys, and education services. Since 1927 we have helped over 32,000 children in this state. Contact information: Caitlyn Beans, 719-327-2026, caitlyn.beans@griffithcenters.org.  To learn more about Griffith Centers visit www.griffithcenters.org and find us on Facebook.

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Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus 2

The Depression Center’s mission is to improve the lives of people with depression and mood disorders through clinical excellence, innovative research, community programs, and education.  www.coloradodepressioncenter.org  For more about our participation the Colfax Marathon, contact Tessa Carlson, tessa.carlson@ucdenver.edu.

 

Helping Veterans

From Service to Community.

In 2013 there was approximately 1.4 million veterans considered to be at­‐risk for homelessness. In combination with poverty, an overall lack of social support networks, dismal housing conditions and living in isolation, veterans are 50% more likely to become homeless.  At Helping Veterans it’s our mission to strengthen our communities by serving Veterans and their families. We accomplish this by working to create and support innovative programs that serve the increasing needs of returning Veterans. Join US and build a home in the Colorado community that provides Veterans and their families a place to stay, thrive and get back on their feet! For more information visit: www.helpingveterans.org.  To join our charity partners team, contact Joel Cinnamon, joel@helpingveterans.org.

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Highlands Church

RUNNING FOR HONDURAS

Highlands Church seeks to

– Come alongside a community for a minimum of 3-5 years, investing in projects that are owned by the local community and shared with Highlands Church.

– Integrate love and service so that Highlands Church and our international partner can work together in a whole person approach to meeting needs together.

Use knowledge, experience and education gained from our international partnership to teach and broaden perspectives enabling Highlands Church to become a more global thinking community.

For more information about our project, visit http://highlandschurchdenver.org/helping-others/honduras/  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Becky Girmann, 858-761-8372, becky.girmann@gmail.com.

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Highline Academy Charter School

Highline Academy Charter School was founded in 2003 by parents in Southeast Denver who wanted a different educational choice and experience for their children. The Southeast campus is now in its 13th year of operation and is a top performing Denver Public School. Our Northeast campus opened its doors in August of 2014.  Highline Academy is a tuition-free, DPS Charter School with a custom liberal arts curriculum focused on inclusive excellence and rigorous academics. Highline Academy Charter School exists to foster a diverse and equitable community of youth and adults striving together for academic, personal, and civic excellence.  For more information about us, visit http://www.highlineacademy.org/northeast-campus/  or contact Yvette Edmunds, Director of Community Support at yedmunds@highlineacademy.org

Home Builders Foundation

BRINGING INDEPENDENCE HOME.

The Home Builders Foundation (HBF) is a Denver-based nonprofit that provides accessible home modifications for individuals with a disability and financial need. Typical project requests range from widening a doorway so that a wheelchair can pass through to building ramps and making bathrooms barrier-free. Recipients come to the HBF for a variety of reasons. Some live with degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. Others had a life-changing accident or are looking to age in place. Thanks to support from the building industry and beyond, all projects are completed at no cost the recipients. For more information about running with us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Bridgid Dunlap.

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HOPE Arapahoe County

Running for H.O.P.E.

H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel) Arapahoe County is a non-profit program created by employees of the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in Colorado that fills the needs of local individuals and families that can’t be met by formal welfare programs.  HOPE provides goods and services to children who are victims of abuse or neglect, vulnerable seniors in the adult protection system, and struggling families and individuals in crisis. Learn more about out our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Nicki Watson, nwatson@arapahoegov.com, 303-738-8051.  For more information about us, visit  www.arapahoegov.com/HOPE.

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Hope for Heather Foundation

Focusing on young women diagnosed with breast cancer

The Hope for Heather Foundation was established in 2010 committed to helping young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Heather Taylor was just 25 when she was diagnosed with stage 3b, HER2 positive, breast cancer. As family, friends, and Heather embarked on the cancer journey, we started learning about all the organizations devoted to helping women. Some were committed to research, for others it was awareness and prevention, but we couldn’t find an organization to help with the everyday costs of living with, fighting, and surviving. It became clear that we could use her experience to help other women.

To learn more about us, please visit www.hopeforheatherfoundation.com. For more information about joining our Charity Partner team, contact Renee Roberts at hopeforheatherfoundation@gmail.com. Donate to the cause here.

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Hope Shines

A Small Group of People Making a BIG Impact.

We are small but we act BIG! Hope Shines is an international nonprofit focused on enhancing and improving the lives of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Rwanda, Africa. We create unique and tailored programs in education and health care that organically empower these youth to rise up out of poverty. A holistic approach to breaking down barriers to success is our goal. We do this through strong partnerships and aligning with government standards in education and health. To learn more about us, visit www.hopeshines.org. For information about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners “team”, contact Dan Gladden, dan@hopeshines.org.

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Huntington’s Disease Society of America, RMC

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s Disease. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families.  Huntington’s Disease is an inherited brain disorder that results in the progressive loss of both mental faculties and physical control.  Presently, there is no cure. Although medications can relieve some symptoms, research has yet to find a means of slowing the deadly progression of HD.  For more about us, visit our web site.  Want to join us in the Colfax Marathon?  Contact Marcella DeVargas, mmdevargas@q.com.

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Illuminate Colorado

BUILDING BRIGHTER CHILDHOODS

Illuminate Colorado is a united network of three established organizations: Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Prevent Child Abuse Colorado and the Colorado Chapter of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Together, we work across the state of Colorado to build brighter childhoods through education, advocacy, and family support. Through a single voice, we implement powerful programs to keep kids safe, prevent child maltreatment, and help foster healthy families. To learn more about us, visit illuminatecolorado.org, and to join our Charity Partners team, contact Anna at aneal@illuminatecolorado.org.

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Impact 360

Creating pathways to college.

At Impact 360, we understand the significance of a post-secondary education.  It is a journey dependent on access to opportunities.  A journey about complex interactions between what happens at home, in the classrooms, in the neighborhood, and during the summer months.  It is about advantages embedded in culture and demographic profiles; it is about language patterns, family expectations and values, extended learning opportunities, how parents advocate for their children and how children learn to advocate for themselves.  It is about access to and the mobilization of resources that support, foster and encourage a positive identity as a learner who is college bound.  For more information, visit www.impact360.org.  To learn how to join our Colfax Charity Partners runners, contact Sabrina Sanchez, sabrina.sanchez@impact-360.org.

International Hearing Dog, Inc.

From Shelter to Service Dog.

International Hearing Dog, Inc. (IHDI) is a 501c3 nonprofit, that was formed in 1979 as the first dog training program in the United States for people with hearing loss.  Since that time, IHDI has trained more than 1,200 professionally certified hearing dogs throughout the US and Canada.  We pull dogs from local Colorado animal shelters and train them to be Hearing Dogs for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  All of these services are free and personalized for each recipient.  If you’d like more information about receiving a Hearing Dog or have general questions about our organization, please contact Roxy Riely at info@hearingdog.org or visit our website, www.hearingdog.org.

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iYouth Unite

Training rescued ears to hear free of charge

Young people come from European and African nations to attend iYouth camp (international youth camp for cross cultural kids) The youth range from ages 12 to 19 and include missionary, military, and ex-pat kids as well as English speaking European youth. iYouth camp attracts youth living outside their home countries. These youth are often overlooked by the society in which they live. The common product we have seen from over a decade of youth camps is joy, freedom and hope! The camp provides daily team building, recreation, and mentoring facilitated by a US team of counselors. Many lifelong friendships are made and many are restored and motivated to return to their lives with a passion and focus for life. For more information about us, contact Donnelle Johnson, info@iyouthcamp.org.

JDRF Rocky Mountain Chapter

Improving Lives – Curing Type 1 Diabetes

Did you know as many as 3 million Americans are living with type 1 diabetes (T1D)? This includes kids, teens and adults; all dependent on insulin to survive. Unrelated to diet or lifestyle, T1D is an autoimmune disease that carries the constant danger of life-threatening complications. There are no days off, and there is no cure. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers, JDRF has grown to become the largest charitable funder of T1D research. JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion to diabetes research since our founding. Our goal is simple: we want to create a world without T1D. Will you run for a cure? For more information, visit www.jdrfrockymountain.org, call 303-770-2873 or email rockymountain@jdrf.org. To join the JDRF Rocky Mountain team, contact Ruth Hendren at 303-209-7718 or rhendren@jdrf.org.

Jeffco Schools Foundation

Big Ideas.  Bright Futures.

The Jeffco Schools Foundation has provided innovative resources to the 86,000 students and 12,000 employees of Jeffco Public Schools since 1983. Last year, the Foundation partnered with more than 200 schools and community organizations to make sure all students have access to a world-class education, including programs that expand after school and summer opportunities, improve student career and college readiness, promote early literacy, recognize outstanding students and employees and much, much more. To join our Charity Partner running group or to register a Jeffco team, contact Emily O’Winter at eowinter@jeffco.k12.co.us. To learn more about the Jeffco Schools Foundation, please visit www.jeffcoschoolsfoundation.org.

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Inspiring Hope, Improving Lives and Strengthening Our Community

At Jefferson Center for Mental Health we envision a community where mental health matters and care is accessible to all. We are the not-for-profit community mental health center serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties since 1958. Our mission is to inspire hope, improve lives and strengthen our community by providing mental health and related solutions for individuals and families. We are partners with our community, working together to create a place that fosters mental health and supports those with mental health challenges. To learn more visit us at www.jcmh.org or contact Jeanne Oliver at Jeanne@jcmh.org.

Judi’s House

Hope and Healing for Grieving Children and Families

Judi’s House was founded on the belief that all bereaved children and families should have access to effective and compassionate care. Judi’s House is the only free-standing organization in the Metro Denver area dedicated specifically to helping grieving children. Our mission is to help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing. Since inception, Judi’s House has provided care to more than 7,700 children and caregivers—completely free of charge—toward our vision that no child should be alone in grief. We believe that investing in these vulnerable children will help them build resilience and the coping skills they need to adjust to their loss, and handle future challenges. To learn more about Judi’s House, please visit www.judishouse.org. To learn about our participation in the Colfax Marathon contact Christina Mickle at ChristinaM@judishouse.org or 720-941-0331 x216.

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Junior League of Denver

The Junior League of Denver is a women’s training organization that develops civic leaders committed to improving our community. We are currently working to improve literacy rates in the Denver metro area for children birth through third grade. Founded in 1918, the League started many well-known Denver institutions including the Children’s Museum of Denver, the Mile High Transplant Bank and the Red Rocks Concert Series. Learn more at www.jld.org. Questions? Email info@jld.org or call 303-692-0270.

KIPP Colorado Schools

KIPP Colorado is a network of three open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools in Denver. Our mission is to equip students with the academic skills and character traits necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. KIPP builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. With an extended school day and year, and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP is proving what is possible in public education. We understand that it takes the support of our community to best support our students. Thank you for being part of our Team & Family. For more information about us, visit www.kippcolorado.org. To run with us, contact Evan Fairmont, efairmont@kippcolorado.org.

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Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking

The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking works to combat human trafficking in Colorado and the United States through community-based research, training and education, and leadership development. Since the organizations inception, LCHT has trained over 20,000 first responders and community members, supported 68 interns, and implemented three major research projects to better understand the problem of human trafficking and help to create a coordinated response. In 2013, LCHT also began managing the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking (CoNEHT) Hotline. This hotline, operated by trained staff and volunteers, is  available 24/7 to provide emergency counseling to victims/survivors and connect them to other social, legal and housing services, as well as to accept tips and information. To run with us, please contact Len Lingo, len@avenuelarchitects.com and for more information visit our website at www.combathumantrafficking.org.

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Latino Leadership Institute

Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. and one fifth of Colorado’s population.  The Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) at the University of Denver is the nation’s premier professional development program built to advance an elite network of Latino leaders.  We would love to have your support in maximizing the economic, civil and political potential of the growing Latino community for generations to come!  Visit us at www.latinoslead.org to learn more and contact Stella Peterson at stella@stellaprmarketing.com to join us at the Colfax Marathon.

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Learning Ally

TOGETHER IT’S POSSIBLE.

EMPOWERING DYSLEXIC, BLIND, AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED STUDENTS TO SUCCEED.  Learning allows us to transform the way we live in the world around us and set our path for the future. For blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students, and those with related learning      disabilities, the educational journey is rife with challenges. Getting the information, access to materials that students need can often be frustrating — or at times impossible. For nearly 70 years, Learning Ally has been an innovator of new programs, tools, and resources designed to empower students. Join us in supporting students to reach their full potential. To learn more, visit www.learningally.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Jhara Navalo, jnavalo@learningally.org.  If you would like to create your own fundraising page, click here.

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Lily Grace Foundation

Helping each child challenged by ASD (or any neurological disorder) to reach their fullest potential!

The Lily Grace Foundation believes each child challenged by a neurological disorder has the fundamental right to reach their fullest potential.  To help achieve this, we offer educational programs for students and educators, individual scholarships for alternative therapies (which insurance carriers typically will not cover), resources and much needed respite care for overwrought caregivers.  Currently, we are running a pilot program in an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) classroom to help integrate ASD students into general ed classrooms by teaching them self-regulating and calming skills.  With these education programs along with medical scholarships and caregiver support, we hope to make an impact in the lives of many children who otherwise would not have this type of opportunity for personal growth and expansion.  Visit www.lilygracefoundation.org for more about us.   Contact:  Amanda Shannon, amanda@proactivewellness.com or 720-524-7747.

 

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Lutheran Family Services – Rocky Mountains

Heal. Strengthen. Hope.

Founded as an adoption agency in 1948, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains now includes foster care, older adult services, child abuse prevention programs, immigration services, disaster response and resettlement service to refugees and asylees. You can help promote refugee and asylee success through services that strengthen, heal and provide hope. Through the program, refugees find housing, employment support and case management services. Refugees bring with them more than just a few belongings when they resettle to the U.S.; they bring their passions, hope and determination. Run with us! Contact David Cornish, david.cornish@lfsrm.org for details and for more information visit: www.lfsrm.org/Events.

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Make-A-Wish® Colorado

Share the Power of a Wish®

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The mission and message of the Make-A-Wish Foundation are about the life-affirming, hope-giving aspect of the wish experience. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado was founded in 1983 by Joan Mazak, the current CEO and president. 30 years later, Make-A-Wish is proud to have been able to grant every eligible referred child’s wish, totaling nearly 4,000 wishes in total, an average of 250 wishes a year to eligible Colorado children. For more information visit www.colorado.wish.org and to join out Charity Partners team, contact Patti at pforsythe@colorado.wish.org or 303-750-9474.

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March of Dimes

March of Dimes is working to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant death. Help us find scientific answers to medical problems associated with babies that are born sick or too small; support families in crises when their baby needs intensive hospital care; provide pregnancy-related education to future moms and dads; and advocate to change laws and regulations that impact the health of women and children. Give to the March of Dimes and help give every baby a healthy start.  For more information about us, please visit www.marchofdimes.org/colorado.  For more information about out Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact Sarah, SLajoie@marchofdimes.org.

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McGlone Elementary School

McGlone Elementary, located in Montbello, is a proud Denver Public School, serving student population that is 94% low-income, 98% minority, 62% English Language Learners, 9% Special Education and 100% college bound. School enrollment is now at full capacity due to consistent improvement; we have almost 750 students.  We are an innovation school with extended day and extended year.  McGlone is incredible, catapulting ourselves from one of the lowest-performing schools to 8th in the State.  Four years ago we were a red school on the school performance framework; now we are a green school.  Hear from our amazing kids.  We would love for you to visit if you are interested.  Contact Lauren Fine, Lauren_Fine@dpsk12.org.  Run with us and raise funds for Denver students. We are Montbello PROUD.

Meet the Middle East

Fostering relationships between the US and the Middle East through education and travel for students, adults, and businesses.

Take a Step for Peace! Meet the Middle East is a Denver-based non-profit dedicated to building better relations between the people of the United States and the Middle East. We offer classes, cultural events, speakers, workshops and immersion travel to the Middle East. If you want to expand your knowledge and understanding beyond what the media provides, let us broaden your horizons!  The most important function we serve is bringing people together. Whether it’s taking a group on a trip of a lifetime to explore the Middle East, or bringing speakers, dancers, professors, religious leaders and a host of others from the Middle East to Denver, it our greatest joy. Please visit our web site, www.meetthemiddleeast.org. For more information about our charity partners program, contact Deborah Schlueter, 720-608-1882.

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Mental Health Center of Denver

The Mental Health Center of Denver improves the lives of children, adults and families through its diverse and innovative community-based programs and partnerships. As a private, not-for-profit community mental health center, we provide mental health, integrated primary care, substance abuse, housing, educational and employment services in an environment that respects the individual. The Mental Health Center of Denver is building stronger and healthier communities by giving people the chance to live richer, more meaningful lives. For more information about how to join our charity partner team, contact Eric Brody, Eric.Brody@MHCD.org.

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Mercy Housing

Because home is just the beginning.

Mercy Housing provides homes for families, seniors, veterans and people with special needs who struggle to find quality, safe housing that is affordable. For more than 152,600 residents across the U.S. that we serve on any given day, home is just the beginning. Mercy Housing residents have a full spectrum of affordable housing options and supportive programs, reinforcing that home is where stable, successful lives begin. To learn more, visit mercyhousing.org. To learn more about our charity partner program, contact Jennifer Reed, jreed@mercyhousing.org.

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Metro Caring

Metro Caring fights hunger in the Denver area. We operate a free grocery market that sees over 40,000 shoppers each year and we stock our market with fresh foods rescued from grocery stores, food that would otherwise go to a landfill. Beyond providing people with food, we offer classes in nutrition, gardening, and financial literacy, and have a job-training program to help people move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Visit www.metrocaring.org to learn more about how you can help fight hunger in Denver. To learn more about joining us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Alicia Houser at ahouser@metrocaring.org.

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Metro Community Provider Network

Providing excellent health-related services focusing on the underserved

Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) is a non-profit healthcare organization that provides medical, dental, and mental healthcare and community-based services to underserved and uninsured populations who cannot afford basic healthcare; no one is turned away because of their inability to pay. Our mission is to partner with the community to provide excellent, culturally-sensitive health services to meet the needs of each individual…every touch, every time. MCPN will have twenty locations throughout the metropolitan Denver area by the end of 2013. To participate in the Colfax Marathon events in support of MCPN, contact Carrie Fieger at 303-761-1977 X1128, 303-229-3492, or carrie.fieger@mcpn.org.

Mi Casa Resource Center

Advancing Family Prosperity.

Mi Casa Resource Center works toward its mission of advancing the economic success of Latino and working families through an integrated program strategy of Career, Business, and Youth & Family Development services. To meet this mission Mi Casa to offers these programs: (1) Career Development: a practical pathway for workers who face barriers to employment to launch a promising career; (2) Business Development: programs to help entrepreneurs and emerging businesses find success through self-employment; (3) Youth & Family Development: out-of-school time enrichment for middle and high school youth focused on academic success, leadership development, technology learning, and career exploration. To join our charity partners team, contact Carol Giblin. To learn more about us, visit www.MiCasaResourceCenter.org.

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Mile High Behavioral Healthcare / Comitis

Mile High Behavioral Healthcare (formerly the Mile High Council) is a long-time provider serving the Denver metro community, specializing in mental health treatment and substance use recovery services for people of all ages and backgrounds. We also run Comitis—a 24/7, all-season homeless shelter and transitional housing center in Aurora. Both sides of our organization are especially adept at connecting with harder-to-reach populations, such as youth living on the streets with drug addictions, persons experiencing homelessness (chronic and/or the working poor), as well as many programs that advocate and educate for the health and safety of our community. For a full list of our services, please visit www.milehighbehavioralhealthcare.org.  For more participation about our organization, please contact Yen Nguyen, ynguyen@mhbhc.org or Danielle Spratt, dspratt@mhbhc.org.

 

Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers (MHM)

Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers (MHM) is the largest and oldest provider of subsidized quality early care and education in Denver.  They work to ensure that our most vulnerable children have an opportunity to succeed in school and in life.  MHM operates 5 early learning centers across Denver that can serve more than 500 children each day.  Additionally, they manage two drop-in centers, health services for its students, and programming for parents and caregivers that is focused on supporting children’s growth and development.  Using a Montessori inspired approach, MHM helps the children it serves by fostering them in a life-long joy of learning.  For information about MHM or about joining our Colfax charity partners group, please contact Lauren Prigge, laurenp@milehighmontessori.org.

Mile High Squash

Creating pathways to college.

At Mile High Squash we believe creating meaningful and positive long-term relationships with our students is critical to increasing engagement in school and their community. Mile High Squash delivers longitudinal academic enrichment and personal development programs that create pathways to college for underserved youth in Denver. We use squash to promote fitness and sportsmanship that will help mold the scholar-athletes into successful citizens.  Our approach to providing comprehensive opportunities is deeply rooted in self-empowerment and community well being. Visit http://milehighsquash.org/ to learn more! If interested in running with MHS or sponsoring one of our students, please contact Sabrina Sanchez, Sabrina@milehighsquash.org.

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Mile High United Way

Give. Advocate. Change Lives.

When you donate or volunteer for Mile High United Way, your gift is invested in the community through programs, services, and impact partners that show proven results. We envision a community where people can thrive, and believe great things happen when you LIVE UNITED. By supporting Mile High United Way through the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners Program, you help create opportunities for everyone to thrive:

Children – In Metro Denver, 1 in 3 third graders is not yet reading at grade level.  Your gift helps change the odds. Because of you, 47,000 kids are now strong readers and more likely to be successful in school.

 Youth – In Metro Denver, 1 in 4 high schoolers is not graduating on time.Your gift helps improve their chances. Because of you, more than 90,000 students are on the path to high school graduation.

Adults – In Metro Denver, 1 in 4 people live in poverty. Your gift helps make lives more stable. Because of you, more than 90,000 adults are equipped to enter the workforce and provide stability for their families.

AND OUR WORK IS NOT YET DONEFor more information, please contact events@unitedwaydenver.org.

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Mile High Vineyard Church

Transforming Lives:  Transforming Everything.

We believe that following Jesus with our entire lives means that we are transforming from the inside out and as a result of that transformation, everything around us is transformed as well. As we are fully committed serving our local neighbors, community, city, and world. To that end, we are engaged in a variety of projects and ministries around our city and the world. We have 4 neighborhood churches in the metro Denver area. To learn more, visit www.milehighvineyard.org.  To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Amy Druck amy@milehighvineyard.org.

 

Mirror Image Arts

Empowering youth to use their voice for change.

Mirror Image Arts is dedicated to using theatre as a language to inspire dialogue, encourage awareness and promote action in order to build a strong, compassionate and empowered community.  Our current programs are geared toward helping 4th-8th grade students engage in open dialogue about preventing bullying in their schools. In our first two years alone, we’ve reached more than 650 students in schools across Colorado, encouraging them to “Use your voice because your voice matters!” To learn more about us, visit  www.MirrorImageArts.org. For info on joining our Charity Partners team, contact Joe at j.vonbokern@mirrorimagearts.org.”

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Mountain Pet Rescue

Rescue, Foster, Adopt!

Mountain Pet Rescue is a CO nonprofit organization dedicated to finding forever homes for pets in need by providing rescue, foster care, education, training support & adoption into safe, loving homes.  MPR focuses on active, thick-coated, energetic mountain dog breeds who are in danger in out of state overcrowded shelters, but in high demand & quickly adopted in Colorado.  Every donation helps save another life!  Visit www.mountainpetrescue.org for more details.  To learn more about our charity partner team, contact Lauren Antonoff, laurenantonoff@gmail.com

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Move for Hunger

Move For Hunger is a nonprofit organization that works with the relocation industry to help strengthen the efforts of our nation’s food banks.  By working with movers, Realtors, and corporate housing providers, our partners offer to pick up the unopened, non-perishable food items during the moving process and deliver it to local food banks.  To date, Move For Hunger has successfully delivered over 5.4 million pounds of food, works with over 600 movers and are in all 50 states.  By delivering this much needed food, Move For Hunger is providing relief for hungry Americans struggling to find their next meal.  For more information about us, visit www.moveforhunger.org.  To join our charity partner team, contact Emily Cebulski, emily@moveforhunger.org.

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

Move your muscles, strengthen theirs. Together we are progress.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. MDA Team Momentum is the brand new, endurance fundraising program giving individuals the opportunity to participate in world renowned Marathons & Half-Marathons, while fundraising to support  the MDA and the families we serve. Join MDA Team Momentum to receive guaranteed race entry, world class coaching, team events and comradery, fundraising tools, and the opportunity to dedicate your participation to the fight against muscle disease! Learn more, or join the team at   http://www2.mda.org/site/TR?fr_id=21242&pg=entry   or contact Emily Gual: egaul@mdausa.org 303-390-3785.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness – Colorado

National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado (NAMI) is dedicated to building communities of recovery and hope by educating, supporting and advocating for individuals affected by mental illness and their families. NAMI Colorado provides: free education classes about mental illness to the community; support groups for those with mental illness and their families; and political advocacy for all concerned. For more information on how NAMI helps visit www.namicolorado.org and to learn more about our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Elsa Erickson at 303-321-3104.

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National Psoriasis Foundation

For a life free of psoriatic disease.

National Psoriasis Foundation (NSF) is a non-profit, voluntary health agency dedicated to finding a cure for psoriasis and psoriastic arthritis and eliminating their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education.  Founded in 1968, the Psoriasis Foundation has evolved to become the leading patient advocacy group for the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.  As emerging research continues to demonstrate, the serious, systemic effects of these chronic autoimmune diseases, our highest priority is to find a cure.  For more information about running for us in the Colfax Marathon, visit www.teamnpf.org/run.

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National Sports Center for the Disabled

Enabling the Spirit Through Sport

The National Sports Center for the Disabled is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world. Each year, thousands of children and adults with disabilities take to the ski slopes, mountain trails and golf courses to learn more about sports – and themselves. With specially trained staff and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral diagnosis. To join our charity team, contact Cody Galloway at 303.633.5802 or cgalloway@nscd.org. To learn more about the NSCD please visit www.nscd.org.

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National Stroke Association

Since 1984, we have become the trusted source for free resources and education for the entire stroke community. By joining our 2015 Colfax Marathon Stroke Challenge team, you support our efforts to promote life-saving stroke information; provide objective and credible information; impact survivor empowerment and improve stroke community quality of life, and; give voice to those denied their rights because of stroke.  For more information, contact Betsy Hailstone at bhailstone@stroke.org or 303-754-0931. To donate to National Stroke Association visit www.stroke.org/ways-give/donate.

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No Kill Colorado

Save Homeless Pet Lives!

No Kill Colorado is a grassroots movement that works with communities, rescues and shelters to increase the number of homeless pets saved in shelters to more than 90%. We have saved lives through such efforts as Just One Day, 100 dogs of Antonito and our campaign to restructure/improve the Fremont Animal Shelter. Our volunteers coordinated a spay/neuter event for feral/community dogs and cats as well as adoptathons and letter campaigns to improve shelter conditions and eliminate breed specific legislation. Please consider joining us to help save shelter pets. Visit www.nokilldenver.org for more information. To learn about our charity partner team, contact Joan Ogner at jogner@mindspring.com.

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One Colorado Education Fund

One Colorado Education Fund’s mission is to secure and protect equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans and their families. Through the Education Fund, we provide educational programming on LGBT issues, conduct research to understand public opinions, mobilize a community of LGBT people and straight allies, and develop campaigns to build public support for fairness and equality. For more information about our charity partners program, contact Becca Moser, beccam@one-colorado.org, 303-396-6170 x 109 or 949-291-1990.

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One Spirit

ONE SPIRIT supports the efforts of the Oglala Lakota on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota (the poorest place in the Western Hemisphere outside of Haiti and home to 40,000 Lakota) to eliminate hunger and lower the drop out and suicide rates among youth.   In this year, 241 Lakota youth attempted suicide.  11 were successful. TEAM ONE SPIRIT (15 Lakota athletes) runs to raise funds for youth programs.  They have helped to build a Youth Center in Allen that opened on March 28th 2015. It will provide mentoring, tutoring, counseling, computer skills, music lessons and equipment, art and art supplies, cultural immersion and, food.  The goal is to put similar centers within reach of all the youth.   You can help change the future for Lakota Youth.   Support Team ONE SPIRIT.

Learn more about us, visit http://www.nativeprogress.org.  To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Jeri Baker, 570-460-6567, jbaker@nativeprogress.org.

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OpenWorld Learning

Founded in 2000, Open World Learning (OWL) supports children’s school success by tapping the power of digital technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning. We provide free, fun, and challenging after-school educational programs centered on teaching advanced computer technology to at-risk Denver area students. To learn more, please visit us at www.openworldlearning.org or contact us at 303-832-0066.

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Overture

Orchestrating a medley of possibilities for people with intellectual and development disabilities.

Overture supports and respects the wants and desires of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through Person-Centered programs defined by self-direction, choice, and meaningful opportunities. We strive to be a leader in our field, as well as a partner to our local community, through education, communication, and mindful, Person-Centered supports. Our current programs include Residential Services, Day Services, Behavioral Services, Supported Living Services, and Children’s Extended Services. At Overture, all persons have the right to make choices and pursue opportunities to be the person they want to be: your life, your choice.  For more information about us, visit www.overturecolorado.com. To learn more about running to represent Overture at any of the Colfax Marathon events, contact Crystal Porter at 720-496-2605 or cporter@overturecolorado.com.

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PawsCo

Do what you can, when you can. Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate. Save Lives.

PawsCo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation with a comprehensive approach.  PawsCo includes three divisions:  Spay/Neuter, Pet Food Drive and Adoptions.  PawsCo’s Spay/Neuter division provides spay and neuter services to Colorado communities.  PawCo’s Pet Food Drive division aims to keep pets with their families by providing food through local food banks.  The PawsCo Adoptions division is an all-breed rescue, pulling dogs and cats from underserved shelters, with a focus on helping Colorado pets in need.  All pets live in foster homes until adopted.  PawsCo is a volunteer run organization committed to collaboration, education and efficient operation.

Visit www.pawscoadoptions.org for more information about us.  To learn more about our charity partner team, contact Tiana Nelson, tiana@pawscoadoptions.org.

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PCs for People

PCs for People is a local nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable computers and internet service to the low income community in Colorado, as well as, other local nonprofit agencies in the area. In partnership with Blue Star Recyclers we provide free pickup, recycling and refurbishing of your retired electronics. Once refurbished, the equipment helps us to further fulfill our mission to provide affordable personal computers, internet service, and education to people with limited technological experience due to social, physical, or economic circumstances.

We need your help! PCs for People is looking to form partnerships with local businesses and organizations today. Put your end-of-life computer assets back to use through this innovative program – help us bridge the digital divide! Visit www.PCsforPeople.org for details. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact David Little, dlittle@pcsforpeople.com.

 

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PDCD Research Fund

The Elizabeth Watt PDCD Research Fund was established in honor of an amazing young Colorado girl who has PDCD.  Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex Deficiency is a rare
metabolic disorder that prevents the body from breaking down food into energy.  Children with PDCD suffer from poor muscle tone, neurological damage (brain damage, cognitive delays, seizures), and other problems like poor feeding, decreased muscle tone, lethargy, and organ damage. The funds that we raise go directly to research to better understand PDCD and improve the life expectancy and quality of life of children with this disorder. Visit our website for more information: www.pdcdresearchfund.com.

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Peter Knuti Memorial Foundation

Peter Knuti Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit created in memory of Peter Knuti, who died of cancer at age 16.  Peter lived his life with humor, character, and compassion and consistently put others before himself.  Continuing the work that Peter started, we provide financial assistance to individuals facing medical crises, support local and global humanitarian projects, and award the Peter Knuti Humanitarian Scholarship annually to the graduating Wheat Ridge High School senior who most exemplifies the qualities Peter embodied during his short life.  For more information, email info@peterknuti.org or visit https://www.facebook.com/PeterKnutiMemorialFoundation/?fref=ts.

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Phamaly Theatre Company

Theatre with possability.

Phamaly Theatre ComPhamaly Friendspany is a leader in inclusive arts and one of the few professional theatre companies worldwide to feature actors with disabilities onstage.  Based in Denver, Phamaly produces plays and musicals year-round, provides free acting workshops for any adult with a disability, and tours a children’s show to bring theatre and disability education to elementary schools and community venues across the region.  Phamaly’s mission is to inspire people to re-envision disability through professional theatre.  To learn more and check out upcoming productions, visit www.phamaly.org.  To join our Charity Partners team, select Phamaly Theatre Company from the list of charity partners or contact Tamara Arredondo, 303-365-0005 x 2, or tarredondo@phamaly.org.

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Philippine American Society of Colorado

The Philippine American Society of Colorado, also known as PASCO has been serving the Metro Denver area for over 31 years.  We pride ourselves in our inclusiveness to serve our community as we promote cultural diversity!  We are dedicated to preserving the Philippine culture for our youth and for future generations.  PASCO cultivates and shares the Philippine culture and heritage through music, arts, dance, and a variety of community based programs, including language learning classes, lantern workshops, and more!  Join us for our upcoming events and help us share our Philippine culture with you.  Help us promote cultural diversity!  Visit our website at www.coloradopasco.org or look for us on Facebook.  We want you to join our Charity Partner “team”!   Contact Marelyne Chung for details at marelyne@coloradopasco.org.  See you at the finish line!

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Pirate Youth Sports

BUILDING COMMUNITY, TRADITION AND EXCELLENCE

Pirate Youth Sports (PYS) is an Englewood foundation that is dedicated to bringing sports to the Englewood, and surrounding, communities. A few years ago, very dedicated parents, teachers and community members were heartbroken to learn that the current youth sports programs were being phased out of Englewood Rec Center due to budget cuts. These individuals created Pirate Youth Sports, an organization ran completely by volunteers, so that way all of the local children still had access to quality sports programs year round.  There are different sports offered each season.  This way athletes can try out several different sports during their youth career.   Please visit our website at www.pirateyouthsports.com to see our current sports offerings and contact us if you are interested in volunteering!

Playworks

Playworks for every kid.

At Playworks, we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. Over 18 years, we’ve learned that when kids are able to to play in a safe and inclusive environment, school climate and student experience are significantly impacted. When kids have access to physical activity and meaningful play, bullying is decreased and physical activity and classroom focus are increased. By placing full-time, dedicated coaches at low-income schools, we are able to improve the health and well-being of Colorado’s children. To learn more, visit  www.colorado.playworks.org or contact Eva: eva.mcmullen@playworks.org.

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Project C.U.R.E.

Delivering Health and Hope to the World.

Project C.U.R.E. has been delivering health and hope to the world since 1987.  We are the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies and work in more than 130 countries around the globe.  Project C.U.R.E. supports global health improvement efforts through the provision of customized containers full of medical supplies to clinics and hospitals in developing nations that are in need of healthcare infrastructure strengthening.  Additionally, Project C.U.R.E. offers travel clinics and child and maternal health programs. For more information about us, visit www.projectcure.org.  To learn more about our charity partners team, contact Laurie Porter, LauriePorter@projectcure.org.

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Project COPE

Shed a ray of hope on our neighbors in need by donating to Project COPE.

Project COPE provides utilities payment assistance to families and individuals struggling financially due to a personal crisis or emergency. Project COPE is the only local organization that dedicates its entire funding to utilities payment assistance year-round.  Project COPE funds bridge household utilities from a time of crisis to a chance for stability for Colorado Springs Utilities Customers.  Individuals and families receive a onetime grant to help move their utilities bill from past-due to current.  Grants generally average less than $400 per household.  Project COPE is entirely funded by donations and  matching funds from Colorado Springs Utilities.  To learn more about us, visit http://www.projectcopecs.org/  For information about our charity partner program, contact Johnna Chapman, jchapman@csu.org.

Project Inti

We provide aid and education to families living in poverty in the high Andes of Peru.

Despite the growth in tourism to Machu Picchu, there remains widespread poverty in the rural regions. There is no emergency medical system and it can take 4-5 hours to walk to the first available medical clinic. We are raising funds to put together basic first aid kits and teach basic first aid and CPR to these families. Contact Angie Parris-Raney, angie@projectinti.org. More information, visit www.projectinti.org.

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RAFT Colorado

GREAT FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS!  GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT!

RAFT Colorado celebrates and supports great teaching! We provide Colorado’s teachers with affordable tools, materials, ideas, and learning experiences to inspire the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers, and creators. By upcycling material donations from over 200 Colorado businesses and individuals into unique, hands-on learning activities RAFT brings the magic of hands-on learning to classrooms across our state every day while also keeping tens of thousands of cubic feet of materials out of landfills.  Want to support Colorado teachers? Race with RAFT! Contact: Chris DeKay at chris@raftcolorado.org. www.raftcolorado.org

Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation

Assisting Coloradans in Cancer Treatment.

Across Colorado, people in cancer treatment struggle to meet their basic needs: food, housing, prescriptions, and transportation. Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation responds to the urgent needs of Coloradans with cancer by providing financial assistance with dignity and humanity. Our applicants are in dire financial straits, many with no income due to loss of work as a result of treatment. The unrestricted financial assistance we provide is unique and personal, respecting grantees’ need to manage their own funds and expense priorities. Learn more about our story at www.rayofhopecolorado.org and join us to Run for Ray by contacting Erica at eschafer@rayofhopecolorado.org.

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Reading Partners Colorado

Would you? Could you? Read a book? Would you? Could you? Take a look? To help a child learn to read? And run, so quickly at incredible speed! Help spread the joy of literacy by running with Reading Partners! Reading Partners is a non-profit focused on early literacy intervention throughout the Denver-metro area. With the help of community volunteers we provide children with one-on-one tutoring, giving them the attention and care they need to succeed. To learn more about Reading Partners visit our website at http://readingpartners.org or contact Jessica Morse at jessica.morse@readingpartners.org.

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Realize Your Beauty

PROMOTING POSITIVE BODY IMAGE TO CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS THROUGH THEATRE ARTS!

Realize Your Beauty, Inc., is a 501c3 organization that promotes positive body image to children & adolescents through theatre arts. Realize Your Beauty (RYB) has programs for all age groups less than 18yrs, for both males & females. For older students, RYB’s presentations also include Eating Disorder awareness & prevention. Realize Your Beauty’s Colorado offices are based in Salida, CO, with headquarters in Harlem, NYC. This summer RYB is holding their first ever summer camps in Granby, Colorado! Please visit our website for more info: www.realizeyourbeauty.org To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Stacey Lorin Merkl, info@realizeyourbeauty.org.

Rebuilding Together Metro Denver

Everyone deserves a safe and healthy home.

Rebuilding Together Metro Denver (RTMD) transforms the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing communities. Since 1999, RTMD has provided free critical home repairs to over 3,600 families across the Denver Metro.  Running for Team RTMD helps longtime metro residents stay safe and independent in their homes. Join us and help more people regain pride in their homes and communities. If you have any questions about joining Team RTMD, contact Samantha at ssmith@rebuildingdenver.org or call us at 720-524-0840.

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Restoration Project International

Enhancing Resilience and Building Capacity for Restoration.

Restoration Project International (RPI) was established in 2013 in Colorado. In collaboration with like-minded organizations, we expend resources to fight the global surge of sex trafficking (ST).  Despite evidence of the growing global scourge, very few perpetrators are convicted, while majority of its victims may never get help to be restored to normal life.  This problem requires our immediate attention; the more we turn deaf ears and blind eyes, the closer to home we may find its victims. Our Mission is to create an education platform for building resilience in female survivors of sex trafficking for economic empowerment; and to establish a framework for sustainability by engaging all stakeholders in restoration process.  Join us in this race to RAISE AWARENESS of the scourge of sex trafficking and RAISE FUNDS to help survivors regain their dignity, hope for a brighter future and restored into healthy communal life.  For more information about running please contact: William McNulty at info@restorationpi.org. Interested in our work? Check us out at www.restorationpi.org.

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Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance

Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance helps Coloradans in cancer treatment meet their household expenses while they seek treatment for their cancer diagnosis.  RMCA provides grants for food, housing, utilities, medical co-pays, and transportation.  All of our recipients are struggling to meet their basic needs.  Since RMCA was created we have helped over 6,300 individuals and given over $3.3 million in total assistance.  No qualified applicant has been turned down for assistance from our foundation.  Learn more about our work at www.rockymountaincancerassistance.org and join us to Run for RMCA by contacting Grace at grace@rockymountaincancerassistance.org.

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Rocky Mountain Communities

At the center of Rocky Mountain Communities are our residents.  We have over 1,132 units in communities across Colorado that are filled with working families trying to make ends meet, refugees who have fled war-torn countries, and elderly individuals trying to maintain their independence.  Since 1992, Rocky Mountain Communities has put the needs of our residents front and center.  We understand that it is important for individuals to not only have safe and well-maintained properties, but housing that is close to bus lines, employment opportunities and beyond.  We encourage you to learn more at www.RockyMountainCommunities.org.  For more information about our charity partner program, contact Kate, KWieland@rmcommunities.org.

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Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue

LOVE DOGS? COME RUN WITH US!

ROCKY MOUNTAIN PUPPY RESCUE is an all-breed, 501c3 foster based dog rescue non profit.  Since 2010 we have successfully vetted, rescued and re-homed 4700 dogs. RMPR services all ages including pregnant mothers and mothers that are still nursing, the elderly, sick and those dogs in need of more time and a solid routine before finding their loving fur-ever homes For RMPR, no case is turned away due to medical needs. We pick up where the shelters leave off.  Since 2012 RMPR has sponsored the SPAY IT FORWARD program which has provided over 600 lifesaving spay neuter surgeries, vaccines and microchips to families in need.  RMPR practices social responsibility through our careful adoption placement and we practice financial visibility. Visit us at rmpuppyrescue.org. To learn more about running with us, contact Emma at: rmpuppyrescue@gmail.com  because TOGETHER WE CAN SAVE MORE!

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Ronald McDonald House

Being alone in the hospital can be a traumatic experience, especially for children. And more than ever before, children in need of emergency treatment are being brought to Denver from rural Colorado and bordering states for expert medical care.  For the past 37 years, Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Denver has offered a loving home away from home to families needing to be near their seriously ill or injured children while they’re being treated at metropolitan area hospitals.  To learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver, please visit our website, www.ronaldhouse.org. For more information about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Jonna Busack, jbusack@ronaldhouse.org.

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Ruff

RUFF is an all-volunteer Flyball 501(c)3 club whose focus is to encourage responsible dog ownership, boost the dog/owner bond, and support dog related organizations.  Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring-loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball.  For more information, please visit www.coloradoflyball.org.  For more information about our involvement as a charity partner, contact Laura at mslsmail-2@yahoo.com.

Second Wind Fund

Your Community.  Your Kids.

Since 2002, Second Wind Fund has connected children and youth at risk of suicide with professional, specialized mental health counselors and paid for their treatment! It is truly a life-saving program, available to children and youth who have no other access to care. In recent studies, more than 6% of high school and middle school students reported having seriously considered suicide. Second Wind Fund brings hope and healing to these young people by helping them discover positive ways to overcome the problems they encounter. Since 2002, more than 4,000 children and youth have benefited from Second Wind Fund’s unique and highly effective program.  Visit www.thesecondwindfund.org to learn more about us.  For information about our work with the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners program, contact Richard Eveleigh, reveleigh@thesecondwindfund.org.

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Seeds of Hope

Strengthening our community through education

The mission of Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust is to make the tremendous benefits of a Catholic education available to economically disadvantaged children of all faiths. Through tuition assistance grants and scholarships, Seeds of Hope supports Catholic elementary and high schools serving a low-income, high minority population concentrated in the inner city of Denver. Seeds of Hope serve not only Catholics, but children and families of all faith traditions. We are celebrating our 20th year anniversary of helping low-income families. Since our inception in 1996, we have served more than 16,000 students with more than$26 million in financial assistance.

For more information, visit our website at www.seedsofhopedenver.org or email Kristen Caudle at Kristen.Caudle@tcfalliance.org.

ShelterBox USA

Shelter Box - cropShelterBox is the premier international aid organization that provides shelter and life-saving equipment to survivors of natural and other disasters. The organizations instantly respond to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict and have helped over 140 disasters in more than 70 countries. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. Each box bears its own unique number so donors can track their box all the way to its recipient country. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.

To learn about our mission to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors around the world, please visit www.shelterboxusa.org.

Shiloh House

Shiloh House provides residential care, educational programming, and therapeutic services to empower Colorado youth and families to overcome the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma. At Shiloh House we strongly believe in building a circle of support around each youth in our care. Our approach is based on over 30 years of experience creating an environment where wounds begin to heal, relationships are built or restored, and new possibilities are created. If you are interested in joining our Charity Partner running group please contact Anna Miller at amiller@shilohhouse.net. For more information about Shiloh House please visit www.shilohhouse.org

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Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, Colorado Professional Chapter

SASE’s mission is to prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success in the global business world. We celebrate diversity in the workplace and on campuses, provide support for members to develop professionally and provide opportunities to members to make contributions to their local communities.  For more information about us, visit or website.   To learn more about how to engage with us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Ricky Nguyen.

 

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Spay Today, Neuter Now!

Here at SpayToday, we work everyday to address pet overpopulation in Colorado by offering high-quality, accessible and affordable sterilization services so that unwanted and unplanned litters are prevented. Every pet born deserves the opportunity to find a loving home and until each one does, spaying and neutering is the best way to stop the suffering and death of thousands of animals a year that end up in shelters and on the streets. SpayToday,NeuterNow! offers traditional spay/neuter, as well as newer options such as vasectomy, hysterectomy (ovary sparing), and chemical neutering (Zeuterin).Support no birth as the first step to no death! Join our team and help us make sure every pet born has the life they deserve!  For more about us, visit www.spay2day.org. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Cassie Stenstrom, cstenstrom@spay2day.org.

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Special Olympics Colorado

Improving Lives Through Sports

Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 sports for 19,800+ athletes living in the state of Colorado.  With the support of more than 9,000 volunteers and the generosity of Colorado citizens, corporations, local businesses and runners like you, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer more than 100 events annually to individuals with intellectual disabilities, age 2 1/2 and up.  Participation with other athletes, Unified partners (typically developing peers), coaches, sponsors and volunteers builds confidence and creates opportunities to participate as productive and respected members of society by increasing public awareness of the athletes’ capabilities.  We invite you to join our running team in order to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Colorado. If you are interested in participating contact Kaley Hattrup at khattrup@specialolympicsco.org.

 

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Sprout City Farms

Sprout City Farms (SCF) is an urban agriculture non-profit working to cultivate educational urban farms that engage and strengthen communities.  We envision a thriving local food system supported by a network of city farms that nourish, and are nourished by, their surrounding community. SCF currently manages two farm sites: The Denver Green School Community Farm is a one-acre vegetable farm established in 2011 on the grounds of the Denver Green School in partnership with Denver Public Schools. The Mountair Park Community Farm is a one-acre vegetable farm established in 2014 on the grounds of Mountair Park in partnership with the City of Lakewood.  To learn more about us, visit www.sproutcityfarms.org.  For more about joining us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Laura Lavid, laura@sproutcityfarms.org.

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Steve’s Club Denver

Forging Resilient Youth.

Sport-specific charities are widely available and important.  There are also many kids and teens who want to train with weights and high intensity workouts.  The physical and mental health benefits of doing so are well founded, but access to safe and effective training is expensive.  That’s where we come in.  Steve’s Club Denver provides fitness, nutrition and mentorship to youth who need it most.  We partner with residential treatment centers, schools, and community groups to improve fitness and change lives.  Steve’s Club members benefit from regular contact with coaches, mentors, and like-minded youth.  Visit www.stevesclub.org or www.facebook.com/stevesclubdenver. To learn more about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners Program, contact Duncan.

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STRIVE Preparatory Schools

Where a revolutionary education is commonplace and attending college is expected.

STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, high-quality, college-preparatory education.  STRIVE Prep was founded nearly 10 years ago under the belief that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.  Of the 3,200 students enrolled at nine schools in the 2015 – 2016 school year, 90% qualify for free/reduced price lunch, 97% are students of color, 45% are English Language Learners and 15% qualify for special education services.  To learn more about us, go to www.striveprep.org or contact Samantha Tobia, Manager of Development and Events at stobia@striveprep.org.

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Susan G. Komen Colorado

In Colorado, one woman dies every day from breast cancer. At Susan G. Komen® Colorado, we believe that all Coloradans deserve equal access to quality breast cancer care to reduce their risk of dying from this disease.  The money that is donated to our organization is dispersed throughout Komen Colorado’s 22-county service area. Each year, 75% of the net funds raised are invested locally and 25% are invested in national breast cancer research.

For more information about Komen Colorado, contact Kathy McCall, kmccall@komencolorado.org, 303-744-2088 ext. 308. For more information about us, go to www.komencolorado.org.

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Team RWB

It’s Our Turn

Over the next four years, 1.2 million service members will leave Active Duty and become Veterans. Though there are many Veterans’ service organizations, most focus on supporting Veterans from the point of injury to their release from Active Duty. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s Veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team Red, White & Blue is rooted in the belief that the best way to support veterans is by spending time with them and supporting them in personal and meaningful ways. Ultimately, the aim of Team RWB’s community-building program is to bring Veterans together with citizens in a way that enables them to establish authentic friendships. For more information visit: www.teamrwb.org.

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Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains

The Proven Solution for Life-controlling Problems

Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains offers hope for life transformation to adult men (180 Ministries), women with preschool children (House of Promise), and teen girls (New Hope House). With a 40-year history as part of the Teen Challenge USA network of 240 programs, we offer an effective program for individuals serious about overcoming addiction. For each graduate, our goal is a productive life that is physically well, emotionally balanced, mentally sound, socially adjusted and spiritually alive.

Visit www.TeenChallengeRockyMountains.com to learn more and to meet some of our graduates! You will also learn how to join our Charity Partner team!

The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin

Achieve with Us

If you know someone with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome or other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), then you know someone who has been helped by The Arc; either directly through advocacy or indirectly through our community development efforts. The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties is part of the largest national organization of and for people with I/DD and their families, promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community. We foster respect and access, giving people with I/DD the power to achieve their dreams. To learn more, visit www.arcjc.org. To learn more about our charity partners program, contact genni@arcjc.org.

The Blue Bench

Putting an end to sexual assault through prevention & care.

Our hope is to one day live in a world where sexual assault no longer exists; where there are no more victims, friends and families suffering in its wake. Inspired by the courage of one another – as survivors, activists, advocates and community leaders, The Blue Bench has helped thousands of Denver-area women and men find the courage to move from victim to survivor.  Our mission is to eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals through comprehensive issue advocacy, prevention and care.  To join our charity partners program, contact Olivia Moffett, omoffett@thebluebench.org.  Visit us: http://thebluebench.org/.

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The Bridge Project

Did you know that Colorado ranks 49th in public education funding and has the fifth highest dropout rate in the nation? Against all odds, Bridge Project participants are thriving – increasing their reading scores, graduating from high school and pursuing higher education. The mission of the Bridge Project is to provide educational opportunities for children living in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods so they graduate from high school and attend college or learn a trade. For two decades, the Bridge Project has provided academic, social and emotional outreach for children and families in some of Denver’s toughest neighborhoods. One child at a time – we provide opportunity and support for every individual who walks through our doors.

For more information about Bridge please visit our website www.du.edu/bridgeproject To join our Charity Partner team, please contact Megan Miccio at megan.miccio@du.edu
or (303)-931-6076.

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The Gathering Place

A Refuge for Rebuilding Lives

The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime, drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty or homelessness. The organization exists to provide a safe daytime refuge and resources for self-sufficiency for those who seek its services. In 2013, The Gathering Place welcomed over 9,000 different individuals who were able to eat meals served by the kitchen; obtain free food, clothes, and toiletry items from our cupboard and boutique; use the on-site telephones, computer lab, and laundry facilities; and participate in a number of personal growth and learning programs.

If you would like to join our Charity Partner running group, please contact Juliette Lee, juliette@tgpdenver.org. For more information about The Gathering Place, visit www.tgpdenver.org.

The GrowHaus

Healthy food is a right, not a privilege.

The GrowHaus is a nonprofit indoor urban farm, education center, and market place located in one of Denver’s food deserts.  We have a mission to create a community-driven, neighborhood-based food system by serving as a hub for food distribution, food education, and food production.  Our three farms use innovative growing techniques to be a catalyst for sustainable, community revitalization, resulting in economic development and improved public health.  We work with Colorado farmers to improve our food system.  Our goal is to provide healthy, affordable food and raise awareness about issues of food justice, public health, and sustainability.  To learn more, visit www.thegrowhaus.org.  For more about our participation in the charity partners program, contact Allyson Hakala, 720-515-4751.

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The Kitchen Community

The Kitchen Community (TKC) was established in 2011 by Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk, the owners of The Kitchen family of restaurants.  TKC believes in “community through food” by creating a future where every student has the opportunity to play, learn and grow in healthy communities.  To build a better world for students, TKC builds Learning Gardens in schoolyards, primarily in high-risk areas, to provide an engaging outdoor classroom; thriving fruit, vegetable and flower gardens; and a gathering place for the whole community.  In less than four years since it was founded, TKC has built 250 Learning Gardens in schools around the country in four major regions including Colorado, Chicago, Los Angeles and Memphis, reaching over 140,000 students everyday.  For more information, please visit http://tkc.org or follow on Twitter @TheKitchenComm and Instagram @TheKitchenCommunity. To learn about our work as a Charity Partner, contact Lauren Bowie, lauren@thekitchen.com.

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Team in Training – Together We Train to Beat Cancer

If you knew that training for an endurance event could help save someone’s life, would you do it? The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT), the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports charity training program, provides four to five months of certified coaching, a supportive group of teammates and fundraising advice to help you complete a marathon, half marathon, triathlon or cycling event. TNT arranges event entry and weekend logistics to the event of your choice – in locales from right here at home to around the country and across the globe. In exchange, participants raise funds to support blood cancer research and patient services. To learn more about joining us to run the Colfax Marathon contact Molly Smith at Molly.Smith@lls.org or visit us at www.teamintraining.org/rm.

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The Women’s Bakery

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE, BASED ON A LOAF OF BREAD

The Women’s Bakery trains women to open and operate independent bakeries. With a mission to impart transferable business, vocational, and life skills to women, we aim to help them create sustainable livelihoods and improve community nutrition. Currently, TWB has bakeries in both Tanzania and Rwanda. We are excited be a partner for the 2016 Colfax Marathon and can’t wait to spread the #breadpower!   For more about us, visit www.womensbakery.com.  To learn about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Heather Newell, heather@womensbakery.com.

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There with Care

There With Care’s mission is to provide a wide range of meaningful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. We serve families, referred by 15 medical agencies, through building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. The programs we offer support the whole family, helping them get through the medical crisis by identifying and providing some of the unmet daily and basic needs. For more information about us, visit our web site, www.therewithcare.org. For more about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, please contact Katie Hegg, Katie@therewithcare.org.

If you would like to use an on-line fundraising page to support us, please follow the instructions on this link https://runcolfax.everydayhero.com/us/there-with-care/get-started

 

 

TransformAsia USA

Last year we celebrated our 25th anniversary of transforming lives in Cambodia and Southeast Asia!  The goal of TransformAsia is not only to meet the spiritual needs of the people, but to also meet the physical needs.   This year our focus is on a new venture called “Bright Futures” to help us educate older orphans in their future options be it secondary education or learning a vocational trade.  Walk, run or race with us this year to help provide for the young adults we are helping!  If you want to join us, please contact Elizabeth Stifel – info@transformasia.us   To learn more about TransformAsia visit www.transformasia.us.

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University Prep

In a city where only one in ten minority students from low-income families goes on to complete a four-year college degree, University Prep was founded to eliminate the achievement gap between urban students living in poverty and their more affluent peers – placing every child on the path to get to and through college without excuse. Founded in 2011, University Prep is a K-5 tuition free public charter school serving scholars and families in Near Northeast Denver. To learn more visit our website at www.uprepschool.org or contact Olivia Gallegos at ogallegos@uprepschool.org.

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Urban Outreach Denver

Urban Outreach Denver is a volunteer-driven organization that finds and meets needs of inner city Denver.  We do this through hunger relief and hot meals programs, summer kids camps, summer feeding programs, winter warmth, Bible studies and more.  We meet people where they are, bringing them hope through meaningful relationships.  We equip people to serve by utilizing volunteers from schools, churches and other organizations.  As they volunteer with us, they gain insights to take back and make a difference in their own communities.  When you donate to UO Denver, you bring hope to our city.  For more information, visit www.uodenver.org, contact our director, Isaac Olivarez at uodenver@gmail.com or (303) 242-9474.

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Vista Peak Elementary

Vista Peak is a P-20 campus located in the Aurora Public Schools district.  Our campus has two buildings that serve from pre-school all the way up through high school.  This is Vista Peak’s 6th year of operation.  Our vision is to ensure every student who enters the Vista PEAK Campus graduates with a high school diploma, college credits and/or degrees, industry credentials and certifications in order to be successful in postsecondary and workforce experiences.  We’d love for you to run with us to raise money for Aurora students. For more information, contact Will Simpson, wasimpson@aps.k12.co.us.

 

W.O.L.F. Sanctuary

To improve the quality of life for all wolves and wolf dogs.

W.O.L.F. (Wolves Offered Life & Friendship) is a 501(c)3 non-profit sanctuary located in the foothills of Northern Colorado. Founded in 1995, W.O.L.F. networks with rescues and sanctuaries across the country, saving captive born wolves/wolf dogs that are unable to be cared for appropriately by their owners.  W.O.L.F provides life-long, quality care for up to 30 wolves/wolf dogs in large, natural habitat enclosures. W.O.L.F. is also dedicated to educating the public about the issues with keeping wolves (and other wild animals) in captivity as pets and promoting a better understanding of the value of wild wolves in the environment.

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WalkDenver

PEOPLE ARE PEDESTRIANS BY DESIGN.

WalkDenver advocates for policies and practices that lead to a more walkable Denver. We are the go-to resource for creating safe, comfortable and fun places to walk. Our vision is that in 2040, Denver will be the most walkable (and runable!) city in the United States and as a result its residents will be the country’s healthiest and happiest, and its economy will be thriving. Visit www.walkdenver.org to learn about our Denver Deserves Sidewalks Campaign, tactical urbanism projects, Safe Routes to School Coalition, and other programs. For more information about running on behalf of WalkDenver, contact Zach Owens at zachary.owens@gmail.com.

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West Metro Fire Rescue Foundation

The West Metro Fire Rescue Foundation was incorporated in 1995 as a public, nonprofit foundation in order to promote life safety through community leadership, education and financial assistance in support of fire safety education programs. The Foundation funds programs led by West Metro Fire Fighters and employees to create a safe and fire free community. Our current funding efforts provide counseling to reduce Juvenile Fire Setter activity, and funds to build a fire station museum at Lakewood’s Heritage Center, a permanent home for fire and life safety education.  For more information or to make a charitable contribution please visit www.wmfrf.org. 

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Wish for Our Heroes – Colorado Chapter

WISH for OUR HEROES assists soldiers, veterans and their families in times of need all across the country with large bases of support in Indiana, Texas and Florida and now a chapter in Colorado.

WISH for OUR HEROES-Colorado Chapter, is an all volunteer-based charity that maintains less than 5% combined fundraising and administrative costs to ensure donated funds are allocated directly to those in need.  The Colorado Chapter focuses on Colorado soldiers and veterans by improving their lives one wish at a time. Learn more HERE please join our running team and contact our director Garrett Guinivan at 443-504-3357 or at cowishforourheroes@gmail.com. Thank you.

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Wish for Wheels

Wish for Wheels is a Denver based nonprofit whose mission is to transform the lives of kids from low-income families, broadening their scope for personal growth and a healthy lifestyle through the gift of a new bicycle. We have given away over 15,000 new bikes and helmets mainly working with companies to do Team Builds, corporate philanthropy and positive social change. Wish for Wheels also has a kid2kid program and a Bike Team/Club. For more about us, visit www.wishforwheels.org.  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Brad Appel, brad@wishforwheels.org.

 

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Wishbone Foundation

Wishbone Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides training and resources for labor and delivery teams so they have the skills to comfort grieving families in a time of devastating lossNearly one in 200 pregnancies results in a stillbirth. And only a handful of Colorado hospitals are prepared to support grieving families.  Our hands-on program gives teams the training they really need to handle the emotional journey.  We know the pain families feel first-hand. We know what you’re going through and can offer some comforting resources. For more information, please visit www.wishbonefoundation.org or contact Sunni Lisco, sunni@wishbonefoundation.org

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Women’s Global Empowerment Fund

Creating opportunities, one woman at a time.

The mission of the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is to empower women in post conflict northern Uganda, and elsewhere, through microfinance, social and political programs; creating opportunities while addressing inequality, strengthening families and communities.

Our strategy is to provide women with the framework necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Through grassroots strategies, marginalized women are given the tools necessary to alleviate poverty thus facilitating sustainable development and empowerment. Our goal is to work for social justice, increased human security and women’s empowerment. For more information about us, visit www.wgefund.org. To become a fundraiser for us on our Colfax Marathon charity partners team please click here.

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Women’s Wilderness

Women’s Wilderness is the ONLY non-profit in the nation that specializes in helping girls and women develop courage, confidence, and leadership skills through wilderness adventures.  Our girls’ courses focus on providing girls ages 8-18 with vital life skills that lead to greater initiative in school, healthier peer relationships, and more effective self-advocacy in future careers.  Hiking, backpacking and rock climbing provide the ideal environment for girls to practice taking on challenges with the support of professional female instructors.  Over 18 years we have given over $300,000 in scholarships so that girls from any economic background can attend our life-changing programs. For more about us, visit www.womenswilderness.org.  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact  Emily Isaacs, emily@womenswilderness.org.

 

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World Child Cancer USA

No Child Should Suffer.

World Child Cancer USA improves cancer diagnosis, treatment, and care for children in the developing world, where 80% of children with cancer live. We do this by partnering hospitals in high-income countries with those at our projects in developing countries. By providing generic drugs and training local nurses and doctors, we have been successful in raising survival rates from less than 10% to 60% where we work. Join our team to help kids with cancer and save lives. For more information visit www.worldchildcancer.us and to run with us, contact LeAnn Fickes at leann.fickes@worldchildcancer.us.

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YESS Institute

PEER LEADERS TEACHING STUDENTS THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

YESS Institute provides a comprehensive, wrap-around student engagement program in six Metro-Denver secondary schools. The school-based program uses a peer mentoring approach to deliver curriculum focusing on: social-emotional skill building, academics, leadership, and post-secondary readiness. By pairing slightly older students with high-potential lower performing younger students, YESS Institute creates a school leadership pipeline in which students are able to positively impact school culture. The YESS program shows results – YESS students demonstrate an 85% graduation rate, compared to the control group’s 40%. In addition, YESS students show significant improvement in: attendance, academics, behavior, and school connectedness. Learn more at: www.yessinstitute.org.

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Young Life

GOING ALL OUT FOR KIDS.

Young Life in the city of Denver has a rich history of dedicated leaders and staff dating back to the early 70’s. With the diversity that our city offers, we are able to minister to adolescents from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The kids and families we reach are located in communities all over the Denver Metro area.  In Young Life, we believe that “Every Kid, Everywhere” has the right to hear about the amazing person of Jesus Christ.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Lacey Sprague, 303-332-7753,  laceyksprague@gmail.com

Youth for Christ Denver

With a legacy of over sixty years of  youth ministry in Denver, Youth for Christ (YFC) Denver has differentiated itself by its multifaceted approach to meeting the needs of youth. In juvenile justice centers, inner-city neighborhoods, and on school campuses, YFC staff and volunteers see the hope and potential in every young person.  Youth for Christ Denver reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to develop lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their Godly lifestyle, devotion to prayer and to the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. To learn more about us, visit our web site.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Ken Allen, kenallen@yfcdenver.org.

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Zimbabwe Kidz

Quench the Thirst for Health and Learning in Zimbabwe.

Can you imagine your children attending school without access to clean water?

Today, in Zimbabwe there are eight Presbyterian-sponsored schools where students and staff have no clean water.  Zimbabwe Kidz works with those schools to provide on-site, clean water wells.  When clean water is a daily reality for school kids, their health and learning naturally improves.  If you’d like more information about quenching the thirst for health and learning in Zimbabwe or how to join Team Zimbabwe KidZ, contact Sharon Lynch at zimlady1014@outlook.com.

 

Zuma’s Rescue Ranch

Rescuing – Rehabilitating – Restoring

Zuma’s Rescue Ranch provides a place of sanctuary and healing for the voiceless humans and animals in the Metro Denver area. Bonding with horses fills in the missing pieces of a human’s heart. Learning to take responsibility for another living creature at Zuma’s helps both youth and adults develop the skills necessary to care for themselves and others… selflessly. Each step for Zuma creates a legacy. Each step is an expression of joy. Each step can save the life of a human or horse. Will you run like a thoroughbred?

Contact Paul Messenrich to join our Charity Partner team, paul@zumasrescueranch.com.

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