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2020 Mom

Closing gaps in maternal mental health care through education, advocacy, and collaboration. Up to 20% of women will experience a maternal mental health (MMH) disorder like postpartum depression or anxiety during pregnancy or after birth, many go untreated. Untreated, MMH disorders wreak havoc on mothers, impact family stability, and affect the physical, emotional and social development of infants and children. We serve as a catalyst for policy and systems change by building nationwide partnerships with dedicated stakeholders, pursuing advocacy opportunities, providing training and tools, and promoting recommendations for hospitals, insurers and providers.  For more information visit 2020 Mom (https://www.2020mom.org).  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, email lyndsychavarria@rippleofhopedenver.com, 303-249-4477.

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4 Paws 4 Life

4 Paws 4 Life Rescue is 501 c3  non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing dogs from overpopulated, high-kill shelters and contributing to achieving a no-kill nation. We work with committed volunteers, local veterinarians, trainers, shelters and other partners to save the lives of thousands of dogs each year. We believe that every dog deserves a long, happy and healthy life. We believe in our community and we believe in a no-kill nation. For more about us, visit www.4p4l.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Melissa Gardner, melissa@4p4l.org.

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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 Jordon Orona,  jorona@abilityconnectioncolorado.org.

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Ability Experience

At The Ability Experience, we are striving to help create a community, one relationship at a time, where the abilities of all people are recognized and valued. We focus on providing shared experiences between people with and without disabilities as a way to promote the abilities of ALL people. Whether it is a group cycling across the country, helping to build accessible amenities at camps, volunteering with a local organization or completing a half marathon or marathon together, each opportunity is one that allows for one’s abilities to truly shine! Come walk, run or roll with us at www.teamabex.org. For more information about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Andrew Matznick, amatznick@abilityexperience.org.

 

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Academy of Urban Learning

The Academy of Urban Learning is a charter school in Denver, for students ages 14-22, who often times come from unstable living conditions, or just aren’t as successful at traditional high schools. Our core values are Community, Academics, Respect, Empowerment and Service. Our goal is to give students a safe, fun environment to learn the skills necessary for success after high school through Project Based Learning and Expeditionary Learning! Visit our website at academyofurbanlearning.org to  catch a glimpse of our students and staff making learning Fun! Our fundraising goal this year is to earn funds to help us purchase a 15 passenger van so that our teachers have the chance to take our students to myriad of amazing places to learn in the Denver and surrounding areas to give them experiences that they may otherwise not have.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Theresa Johnson, TJohnson@auldenver.org.

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ACE Scholarships

ACE Scholarships provides children of low-income families with scholarships to private schools in grades K-12, and to advocate for expanded school choice. ACE aspires that every child will have equal access to a quality education.  ACE recognizes that every child should have access to quality education, no matter what their zip code or family financial situation.  For more about us, visit https://www.acescholarships.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Aidah Clinton, aclinton@acescholarships.org.

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Achieving Cures Together

Achieving Cures Together is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on supporting alternative medical research to find cures for a variety of persistent chronic diseases.  Our main initiative is centered around microbial restoration and involves rebalancing one’s microbiome through direct transplantation of diverse microbial communities. Some of the diseases we are targeting include: Clostridium difficile, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, autism, obesity, diabetes, allergies, recurrent urinary tract infections, and recovery from systematic infection. Please join us as we work to achieve cures together! To learn more, please contact Peter Westerhaus, Founder and President, at info@achievingcurestogether.org or visit the website at www.achievingcures.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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ADHA – Institute for Oral Health

American Dental Hygienists’ Association Institute for Oral Health provides grants to community service projects, students, and researchers in dental hygiene. The Institute’s mission is to support the charitable educational, research and scientific endeavors of ADHA which will improve the public’s total health by increasing the awareness of and access to quality oral healthcare. Along with our runners, respected corporations like Arm & Hammer, Sonicare, and Waterpik support the mission of the Institute for Oral Health. For more detailed information about the Institute, see our web site http://www.adha.org/ioh-about-us To join our team please contact our Colorado liaison, howardrdhedd@gmail.com

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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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Africa Development Promise

Building Pathways to Economic Independence

Women farmers are the backbone of African agriculture.  Africa Development Promise envisions rural communities where women can contribute their knowledge, creativity and hard work to gain economic independence.  With programs in Rwanda and Uganda, Africa Development Promise moves women farmers from food for subsistence to food for business, using the cooperative model of enterprise.  For more about us, visit www.africadevelopmentpromise.org.  For more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Casey White, casey.white@erm.com.

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Ainsley’s Angels

Ainsley’s Angels of America is a group that pairs able bodied runners and riders with disabilities (physical and/or developmental) to compete in races of all distances. In addition to ensuring everyone can experience endurance events, Ainsley’s Angels of America aims to build awareness about America’s special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life. Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, we believe everyone deserves to be included. Contact Law Dickerson at Denver@ainsleysangels.org to join our charity team. Please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/aaindenver/fundraiser/AinsleysAngels to donate today!

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

In 2004 when Alex passed away at the age of eight—her stand and inspiration had raised more than $1 million towards finding a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by her parents in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began. Our mission is to change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.  for more information about us, visit https://www.alexslemonade.org.  For more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Matt Stevens, m.stevens@alexslemonade.org, 610-649-3034.

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All Souls Rescue

Rescuing – Rehabilitating – Restoring

All Souls Rescue, DBA 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 helps youth, families and veterans develop the skills necessary to care for themselves and others… selflessly. Each step for Zuma’s 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 Messenich to join our Charity Partner team, paul@zumasrescueranch.com.

 

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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 of Colorado

The Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado is the premier source of information and support for the more than 67,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease and the 239,000 people who care for them. Through our statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education classes and support groups as well as a 24-hour Helpline (800-272-3900) and safety services including Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, all at no charge to the public. We also fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease.  Be part of making a difference by participating in the The Longest Day  as part of the Colfax Marathon. Together, we can raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.  To learn more, email Kate Dochelli at kdochelli@alz.org or visit the Alzheimer’s Association web site, www.alz.org/co.

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American Diabetes Association

Did you know that every 21 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes? The American Diabetes Association is the global authority on diabetes and has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them.  For more about us, visit www.diabetes.org.  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Maraathon, contact AJ McCulloch, AMcCulloch@diabetes.org.

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Amp the Cause

AMP the Cause is on a mission to fund monetary grants and in-kind resources to over 50 local non-profit organizations that support health, education, and safety of children and their families, specifically the underserved population. Last year, AMP the Cause’s signature fundraiser, Denver Day of Rock, was able to fund its programs such as Community Day and Holidays for Kids which impacted more than 650,000 people in our local community and mobilized over 5,000 volunteers. Visit www.ampthecause.org.  To join our Amp the Cause Colfax Marathon team, contact Megan (Megan@ampthecause.org) or call 303-605-2885.

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Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization

The Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization is a Tai Chi based organization that teaches over 100 youth per year. More importantly we engage youth in the areas of common sense, social responsibility, wellness, and leadership, through the Apprentice of Peace philosophy and principles. They stem from our self-titled book, The Apprentice of Peace: An Uncommon Dialogue.    We invite you to help us fundraise for our trip to China with EF Tours in March of 2019 and joint our team to be part of the Colfax Marathon. For more information contact Pos Ryant at aopyouth@gmail.com or 303-656-9288 and check our the website at www.apprenticeofpeace.com.

Arapahoe County HOPE

Running for H.O.P.E.

Arapahoe County H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel) is a non-profit program created by employees of the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in Colorado that addresses the needs of local individuals and families that can’t be met by formal welfare programs.  H.O.P.E. 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. To learn more about out our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Kimberly Koch, kkoch2@arapahoegov.com, 303-752-8982.  For more information about us, visit  www.arapahoegov.com/HOPE.

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Arapahoe House

Arapahoe House is Colorado’s largest and leading provider of substance use disorder treatment, offering essential and often life-saving care to patients and their families. To learn more about us, visit www.arapahoehouse.org.  For information about running for us in a Colfax Marathon event, contact Josh Pruyn, jpruyn@ahinc.org.

 

Art from Ashes

The Phoenix Rising program combines the articulation of events or circumstances in the lives of young people; the opportunity to release emotion retained from those experiences; and guidance that allows youth to use strong, healthy words that encourage an identity based on choice rather than victimization. Our process is group-based and our curriculum is designed to be transformational rather than therapeutic, but the process of writing has historically proven to have a beneficial effect on the healing process. Youth ages 12-24 are invited to attend and are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop.  For more about us, visit www.artfromashes.org.  For more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Alyssa Bennett Smith, operations@artfromashes.org, 303-837-1550.

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Aruna Project

The Aruna Project was established nearly a decade ago when professionals in healthcare noticed that women who were being rescued from the sex trade continuously kept going back to slavery even after being rescued. They discovered that the women needed to be properly assimilated back into society. Today, the Aruna Project is currently helping these women by supplying them with healthcare, shelter, jobs, and an education. 100% of the money made by the events affiliated with the Aruna Project go directly to the women in order for them to be properly introduced to a world that does not subject them to sexual slavery.  For more about our organization, visit https://www.arunaproject.com.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Elliot Greive, elliot.greive@du.edu.

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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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.

 

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 Juliana at   Julianaw@biglittlecolorado.org.

 

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Bloodwise

Bloodwise is the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity.  We fund world-class research; provide practical and emotional support to patients and their loved ones; and raise awareness of blood cancer.  We were founded by a single family (the Eastwoods) from Teesside, England; who lost their daughter to blood cancer in 1960.  Since then we’ve invested over £500 million in blood cancer research!  Our goal is to get to a point where no family has to lose a loved one to blood cancer and we will not stop until everyone affected survives and survives with the best quality of life.  To learn more about our work visit www.bloodwise.org.uk  To register as a runner please contact Adam at hello@bloodwise.org.uk

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Book Trust

At Book Trust, we imagine a world where literacy removes barriers and provides all children with the tools to navigate life successfully.  The Book Trust program empowers elementary school-aged children from low-income families to choose and own 2-3 books each month of the school year, inspiring a passion for reading and cultivating increased literacy skills and life-long learning. In addition to providing access to books, we offer resources and support to teachers and families. In the 2016-2017 school year, we are reaching 50,000 children in more than 170 schools across 18 states.  “Book Trust has created an environment where our kids LOVE to read. Students celebrate every month when they receive their Book Trust books!” – Book Trust Principal.  For more about us, visit www.booktrust.org.  To learn more about running with us as a Colfax Charity Partner, contact Kristine McAuliff, kmcauliff@booktrust.org.

 

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BookGive by BookBar

BookBar recently created a non-profit organization, BookGive, in order to expand our book donation outreach. BookBar staff and friends are thrilled to be celebrating 5 years in business on May 26th, by running the Colfax Marathon and raising funds for our Local to Local program. This program, in its second year, donates thousands of select local author’s books to local school children in time for Summer break. Authors are often able to come along, meet the children and sign their books. Children are inspired by learning that authors live in their community.  For more about us, visit http://www.bookbardenver.com.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Nicole Sullivan, info@bookbardenver.com.

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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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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” i

ndividualized 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 Lauren Ellison, lellison@brentsplace.org.

 

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Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity envisions a world where poverty caused by rural isolation no longer exists. Our programs provide access to healthcare, education and markets by teaching communities how to build footbridges over impassable rivers, in partnership with organizations and professionals. We prove the value of our work through a commitment to the community and its bridge that lasts long after the opening celebration.   For more information about us, visit www.bridgestoprosperity.org.  To learn more about how to participate with us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Neave Schmitt, neave@bridgestoprosperity.org. 

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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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Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and a lifetime of support to ensure quality partnerships. Our dogs are worth $50,000 yet there is no charge to those that receive them.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lisa Uhlig, lisauhligcci@gmail.com.

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CASA – Metro CASA Programs

Advocates for ChildrenI am for the Child.

CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) has advocated for abused and neglected children for over 40 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  Jack Cregan at jack_cregan@adv4children.org, 303-328-2348.

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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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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

Since 1908 Children’s Hospital Colorado has been caring for kids at all ages and stages of life. We see more, treat more and heal more children than any hospital in our seven-state region. And since we’re pioneering treatments that are shaping the future of pediatrics, we’re providing the best possible care years before it becomes available at other hospitals. Thank you for your consideration for running the extra miles for Children’s Colorado!  For more information about our Charity Partners program, contact Kelly Hercher,  khercher@childrenscoloradofoundation.org.    To learn more about our Foundation, visit www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org.

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Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation

The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF) was established 11 years ago in Herriman, UT, by family members whose loved ones had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer.  Today, CCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has grown to serve as a global leader in the cholangiocarcinoma community by providing patient and caregiver education/support services, funding research, hosting a patient registry, accelerating collaboration, and organizing the largest multi-disciplinary international conference in the world solely focused on this rare and aggressive cancer.  For more information, contact Katie Glenn katie.glenn@cholangiocarcinoma.org   or Kathi Wagner kathi.wagner@cholangiocarcinoma.org\

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Cimarron Middle School

At Cimarron Middle School we build positive relationships to create a safe environment where all are challenged and empowered to reach their highest potential.  We emphasize respect for one another, strive for excellence, and show determination in all we do.  We challenge students to think for themselves, so they can succeed in their future.  For more information about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, contact Beau Davies, beau.davies@dcsdk12.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.

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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 Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

Colorado, from one generation to the next.

If you love Colorado’s wide open spaces, natural resources, pristine wildlife habitat, sporting a cowboy hat and boots, and Colorado’s western heritage, CCALT is the group to run for. CCALT was formed in 1995 to help ranchers protect their agricultural lands and encourage inter-generational transfers of their ranches. Since then, CCALT has partnered with more than 254 families across the state to protect nearly 500,000 acres of productive agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and open space. Join us in running for the open spaces and healthy places of today AND tomorrow!  To learn more about us, visit www.ccalt.org.  For more about working with us as a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, contact Maggie Hanna, maggie@ccalt.org.

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Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon 5280 is the nonprofit organization that brings you the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, the Colorado Dragon Film Festival, and the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Emerging Leaders Program. Through our organization we strive to build bridges of awareness, knowledge and understanding between the diverse Asian Pacific American communities  and the general public through cultural education, leadership development, cinema, and athletic competition. Our vision is to become Colorado’s premier organization that celebrates and promotes the culture, contributions and accomplishments of Colorado’s Pan-Asian communities. For more about us go to #Dragon5280.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Sara Moore, sara@cdbf.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 Harriers

The Colorado Harriers are, first and foremost, a team. We race together, we suffer together, and we celebrate together. The Harriers are open to all experience levels and paces: from beginners to Boston qualifiers to elite athletes. We offer our runners a supportive team atmosphere, professional quality training with structured plans, and coached workouts to improve distance running performance and minimize injury risk. It’s always free to run and train with us. But, donations are welcomed to help us with administrative costs, coaches’ certifications, carrying costs for uniforms, and team recognition events. Come join us! For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Joe Arencibia,  coloradoharriers@gmail.com.

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Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation

At the Colorado “I Have a Dream”​ Foundation (CIHAD), we believe that every child deserves a quality education and every child has a fundamental right to reach his/hers highest potential. CIHAD offers a long-term academic and social mentorship program for youth who live in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Metro Denver. Over the last 28 years, CIHAD has developed and fine-tuned a comprehensive one-on-one support and advocacy model for our participants who we affectionately call Dreamers. CIHAD sets expectations that all Dreamers will be prepared for college, obtain a degree, and will have a viable path for entry into the workforce. For more information, visit www.cihadf.org and to join our Charity Partners team, contact Stephanie at scostner@cihadf.org.

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Colorado Innocence Center

The Colorado Innocence Center (“CIC”) is a nonprofit law center that works to free innocent people from prison in Colorado.  Through the use of an entirely volunteer staff, CIC is able to investigate and bring legal claims for individuals who are unable to provide access to justice on their own, and provide community support for those affected by wrongful convictions.  CIC covers the costs of investigation, court filing fees, and other expenses associated with finding the truth and justice for their clients.  Accordingly, CIC and their volunteers raise 100% of their own funds.  Through their volunteers, CIC is joining the Colfax Marathon Partnership to help raise funds for CIC and to run for justice for all individuals wrongfully convicted in Colorado.  Without your generous help, CIC is unable to do their work.  For more information about us, visit www.coloradoinnocencecenter.com.  To learn about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact us at info.coloradoinnocencecenter@gmail.com.

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Colorado Japanese Chin Rescue

The Colorado Japanese Chin Rescue is a group of 100% unpaid volunteers dedicated to rehabilitating and re-homing Japanese Chins. We are licensed and in good standing with the Colorado Department of Agriculture (PACFA) and are a 501(c)3 IRS Charitable Organization.   Our dogs are never kept in a kennel or shelter environment. Instead, they are kept in our foster homes and treated like members of our families until we are able to find them their own special people. You can find our adoptable dogs at www. Cjcrescue.com

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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 Sled Hockey

Colorado Sled Hockey (CSH) was formed in 1995 and in 1996 the team joined with the Colorado Avalanche to become the first NHL affiliated sled hockey team in the United States.  Sled Hockey is the adaptive form of ice hockey and is the fastest growing disabled sport in the U.S. and around the world.  It is the mission of Colorado Sled Hockey to bring the excitement of playing hockey to players of all ages and abilities. Sled Hockey is fun and energetic at every level; fast-paced and every bit as physical as traditional hockey. Participating athletes may have leg amputations, spinal cord injuries, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy or other impairments.  Players age from 5 years old through adults.  Join us in bringing the world of hockey to disabled athletes from all over Colorado.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Laurel Engelbert, laurel@skybeam.com.

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Colorado UpLift

Colorado UpLift builds long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth.  We aim to break generational cycles of poverty by cultivating young leaders who in turn transform communities from the inside out. Colorado UpLift employs full-time staff who are committed to the students they serve. As teacher/mentors and life coaches, they develop long-term relationships as early as elementary school. This bond continues through middle and high school, providing relational support, character education, and teaching life skills in order to guide our students on a better career and life path. For more information, please contact Veronica Contreras de Raya- vcderaya@coloradouplift.org, 303-285-4116.

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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 23 years, 230 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 (CYC) is to solve the dropout crisis in Colorado. CYC was founded in 2005 and we have seen a significant decrease in the number of youth dropping out since our inception. The agency has since grown in size and scope, and works to increase the number of students who graduate high school or earn a GED through innovative prevention and re-engagement services. With over 10,000 Colorado students still dropping out each year, we need your help! Research and experience has contributed to CYC’s ongoing strategic expansion of services – from Educational Intervention, attendance work, and most recently, K-3 literacy interventions – aimed at serving the youngest students at risk of dropping out of school. Last school year, CYC served more than 2,000 students and is on track to serve over 3,000 in 2017-18. To learn more about CYC, please go to www.youthforachange.org. If you are interested in running for CYC, please contact  Robert Ham at roberth@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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Consortium for Older Adult Wellness

Wellness Classes, Falls Prevention and Leader Trainings for Healthier Communities

COAW is a national leader in engaging and inspiring adults, communities and health systems in realizing their potential in prevention, wellness and self-management. COAW collaborates with health systems, community health centers, hospitals, primary care providers, health departments and community-based organizations across Colorado to provide evidence-based community health classes, falls prevention screenings, and health and wellness leader trainings. COAW offers Workshop Wizard software as a service, an affordable data management system that allows users to easily track data from workshops, classes and training. To join COAW’s Charity Partner Team, contact Lynnzy McIntosh at lynnzy@coaw.org. For more information on COAW, visit www.coaw.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 Laura Cornwell, lcornwell@strength.org.

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Court Support JeffCo

Accountability in Action

Court Support JeffCo, formerly known as Rewired Colorado, is a charitable organization that provides financial and in-kind donations to the problem solving courts of Jefferson County Colorado for their participants. Because these courts tackle the specific drivers of an individual’s problem behavior and enforce a rigorous protocol with high levels of accountability, there are often basic needs or incentives that are not available through the existing support systems of traditional courts. By providing means beyond the traditional, Court Support JeffCo supports successes beyond the traditional. For more about us, visit www.courtsupportjeffco.org.  For more information about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Graham Peper, graham@peperlawoffice.com.

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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 Amy McCandless, amccandless@thecrisiscenter.org.  For more about us, please visit  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 Kate Park (kpark@ccfa.org) or call 303-639-9163 x3 or visit our website.

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Cure HHT

The Cornerstone of the HHT Community

Cure HHT is the only 501(c)(3) global advocacy nonprofit organization committed to supporting patients and families who are impacted by an uncommon blood vessel disease called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT). Roughly 1 in 5,000 people have HHT, but 90% of the population goes undiagnosed. This organization supports families, educates doctors, and works with scientists around the world to find a cure for HHT. The 2018 Denver Colfax HHT team is helping to raise awareness change the lives of those affected by HHT, and every dollar matters for this disease. To learn more about HHT and the 2018 Denver Colfax HHT team, visit www.curehht.org. For more information, contact Allyson Clancy at allyson.clancy@curehht.org.

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CureSearch for Children’s Cancer

Go the extra mile for children with cancer! Every day 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. Today’s treatments leave 60% of survivors with devastating side effects that could prevent them from running races, and one in eight children diagnosed don’t survive at all. With your help, CureSearch can fund more cures and safer treatments so every child diagnosed with cancer can survive and THRIVE! Learn more about our lifesaving research at www.curesearch.org/seetheimpact.
For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Brecka Putnam, challenge@curesearch.org or 240-235-2281.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter

The CF Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, and nearly every CF-specific drug available today was made possible with our financial support. We are a donor-funded, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).  Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. For more about us, visit www.cff.org/rockymountain.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Molly Smith, mmsmith@cff.org.

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  Sarah Al-Harj, sarah_al-haj@dpsk12.org .

 

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 Fire Department Foundation

The mission of the Denver Fire Department Foundation (DFDF) is to support 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. Most recently, DFDF raised funds to support a dedicated physical/occupational therapist. This program helps injured firefighters return to work within the safest, shortest amount of time possible. Physical therapy also helps firefighters with proactive programs to avoid injury. for more information about us and about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Laura Douglas, laura@denverfirefoundation.org.

Denver Health Foundation

Where Medical Greatness and Human Goodness Connect

The Denver Health Foundation is dedicated to support Denver Health in its role to sustain and advance the health and well-being of Denver, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain region. An independent nonprofit, we raise funds from our community to support diverse programs at Denver Health including but not limited to Newborns In Need, Reach Out and Read, Substance Abuse Treatment and Education in our School Based Health Centers, Palliative Care, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, and a safety net program that helps many patients in need.  Money raised by Denver Health Paramedics running in the Colfax Marathon will be used to purchase car seats for low-income patients at Denver Health. For more information contact Robin Engleberg at Robin.Engleberg@dhha.org or visit www.DenverHealthFoundation.org.

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Denver Justice and Peace Committee

The Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) is a grassroots organization, that has been promoting human rights, economic, and environmental justice through education and nonviolent activism for four decades in the Denver area. Standing in solidarity with communities seeking justice in  Latin America, supporting the struggles of indigenous people to maintain their cultural integrity while interacting with the broader world. To learn more about DJPC visit our website www.denjustpeace.org  To learn more about our participation in the Marathon contact Rebeca Zuniga at djpc@denjustpeace.org or call 303-623.1463.

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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  Kelsey Jacobs Grayson,  Kelsey_Grayson@dpsk12.org.

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Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation

Our mission at the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation is to educate and inspire people who want to make a difference as leaders in their community.  The Foundation has built strong, diverse leaders for more than 40 years. The values that guide us are the same ones we see in our community every day. It takes leadership to rally a community, solve tough challenges and create positive change. We need passionate leaders with the right passion and skills to make Colorado a better place for all.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Anthony Aragon,  Anthony.Aragon@denvergov.org.

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Support the artifacts, exhibits, and experiences you love by running the Colfax Marathon in support of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! When you run for the Museum, you help catalyze a passion for nature and science in our community.    For more about us, visit www.dmns.org.  For information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Laurel Anderson, laurel.anderson@dmns.org, 303-370-8251.

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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–76% have graduated or are still in school. For more information about us, visit www.denverscholarship.org. To join our charity partner program, contact Caroline Glynn, Communications and Alumni Manager, cglynn@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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Developmental Pathways / SUN Foundation

The SUN Foundation was established in 2013 to support our affiliate, Developmental Pathways. Our role in the Pathways family is to raise additional funds that provide vital assistance to thousands of individuals waiting for state and federal funding. Out of this great need, our name and mission were coined-to Serve the Unmet Needs in our community with the aim of providing solutions for people needing support now. We invite individual and corporate donors to join us in supporting the 7,000+ people with developmental disabilities/delays served by Pathways in Douglas County, Arapahoe County, and the City of Aurora. To learn more, visit www.suncolo.org.  For more information about joining us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Marcia, m.pearce@suncolo.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 Mike Robbins, 303-862-3508, mrobbins@disabilitylawco.org.

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DKMS: We Delete Blood Cancer

DKMS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. Every year, over 140,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancers, such as leukemia or lymphoma.  Many can be saved with a bone marrow transplant.  DKMS recruits and registers potential bone marrow donors and facilitates bone marrow donations to provide patients with a second chance at life. For more information, contact Michelle McCaffrey, michele@dkms.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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Door Denver

DOOR is a faith-based network of cities that provides opportunities for service, learning, and leadership development within the urban context. DOOR seeks to offer opportunities to encounter the city through the eyes, ears, and heart of God. We are dedicated to providing high quality, life-changing experiences for our participants, staff, board members, and the people in the communities where we are established. Our programming is rooted in the strength of local churches and communities, mutual respect, a culture of welcome and hospitality, and thoughtful reflection.  For more about use, visit http://www.doornetwork.org.  For more about joining us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Heather Gordon, heather@doornetwork.org.

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Dora Moore E-8 School

Dora Moore has been a neighborhood school for 128 years and is the oldest school in Denver. Serving the Capitol Hill neighborhood, we service 350 students in grades ECE-8th.  Our community is just as diverse the neighborhood we serve. Our students are engaged, focused, and love their learning. We focus on the whole child and work hard to develop both academic and social emotional needs. With this diversity comes a diverse need in our school for support. We know we can’t do it alone.  The support from our community is essential for our success. Thank you for being apart of our community and supporting our students!!  For more information please visit doramoore.dpsk12.org, or email: Lara Wiant @ lara_wiant@dpsk12.org.  Tours of our school are available every Friday at 10am or by appointment.

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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 720-530-9482.

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Dorothy Murray Foundation

The Joy of Giving Creates a Great Life.

Each year, the Dorothy Murray Foundation recognizes academic excellence and lifelong learning through the Dorothy Murray Academic Award.  The Dorothy Murray Academic Award provides financial aid and educational resources for students to acquire a secondary education.  Our foundation was established to help preserve the Jamaican culture and heritage by investing in human and community development.  We are a nonprofit organization that supports academic excellence, self-directed learning, and lifelong learning. We also participate in community projects and youth programs. For more information about our foundation, visit http://www.dorothymurrayfoundation.com.  To join us in the Colfax Marathon, contact HenryCraig Murray, henrycraig@dorothymurrayfoundation.com

DSST – Green Valley Ranch High School

DSST Public Schools transforms urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century. To learn more about DSST Public Schools, please visit http://www.dsstpublicschools.org/  For information about participating with us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Madeline Jensen, maddy.jensen@scienceandtech.org

Dumb Friends League

The Dumb Friends League is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region—providing a strong and steadfast voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, serving over 21,000 homeless pets and horses each year. The Dumb Friends League provides programs and services including adoptions, lost and found, behavior training, foster care, spay/neuter services for pets in underserved areas, cruelty investigations, and humane education.  The mission of the Dumb Friends League is, working with our compassionate community, we will end pet homelessness and animal suffering. For more information about us, visit www.ddfl.org.  For more about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, contact Natalie Cutter, ncutter@ddfl.org.

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Energy Outreach Colorado

Seniors on fixed incomes, families facing sudden job loss or medical emergencies, individuals with life-altering disabilities…these types of low-income Coloradans can be so devastated by unaffordable energy costs. Energy Outreach Colorado’s mission is to help Coloradans afford home energy so they can remain warm and safe in their homes. We provide energy bill assistance payments directly to the customer’s utility provider, as well as education about energy consumption and conservation. All Colorado families need affordable, reliable energy in their homes. To learn more, visit energyoutreach.org. To learn more about Energy Outreach as a charity partner, contact Tess Richey, trichey@energyoutreach.org.

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Engineers without Borders – Rocky Mountain Professionals

HELP US ENGINEER CHANGE!

Engineers Without Borders – Rocky Mountain Professionals mission is to build a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.  Currently, EWB-RMP is working with indigenous communities is the remote mountainous Ixil region of Guatemala to ensure consistent and sufficient access to clean drinking water.  To learn more about our projects visit us at www.ewb-rmp.org.  For more information about our participation as a Colfax Marathon charity partner, contact Leah Pope, 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 third 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 Christina Hoffman at choffman@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 cross country skiing and white water adventures.  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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Extreme Community Makeover

Extreme Community Makeover coordinates volunteer teams to partner with underserved people to improve their own homes and neighborhoods.  These projects build safer environments; cultivate community among residents, neighborhoods, and networks of local resource providers; and connect residents to a permanent path towards healthy, hopeful, and stable lives. For more about us, visit www.extremecommunitymakeover.org.  For more information about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Angela Bomgaars, angela@extremecommunitymakeover.org, 720.235.8847

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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

Fetal Health Foundation supports families receiving a fetal syndrome diagnosis, funds life-saving research, increases fetal syndrome awareness, and shares leading medical information on fetal syndromes.  Over 800,000 pregnancies in the United States yearly are affected by a fetal syndromatic issue. Sadly, over 200 babies a day die from complications due to these conditions.  The Fetal Health Foundation is the only organization to provide support, awareness, and fund research on all fetal syndromes.  We work to provide the HOPE so many families need during a diagnosis.  For more information about us, visit www.fetalhealthfoundation.org.  To learn more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Lonnie Somers, lonnie@fetalhope.org.

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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 Tony Tousley, atousley@aurora.gov.

First Book

First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book creates equal access to quality education by making critical classroom resources affordable to its member network of more than 370,000 educators. Since 1992, First Book has distributed over 170 million books and resources to programs and schools in over 30 countries. First Book reaches 3 million children annually and supports one in four of the 1.3 million classrooms serving low-come families. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators exclusively serving kids in need.  If you want to learn more about our work with the Colfax Marathon, contact Whitney Alves, walves@firstbook.org.

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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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Food for Thought

Because they’re all our kids

Food For Thought Denver provides PowerSacks of non-perishable food to low-income students at Denver Public Schools to take home for the weekend.  Bridging the hunger gap students experience between meals they receive at school during the week, FFT provides bags to more than 7,000 students at 20 different schools.  FFT is a 100% volunteer organization and 100% of your donations will be used to buy food for our program. Learn more about feeding hungry kids at www.foodforthoughtdenver.org.  To make a donation or to create a Crowdrise fundraising page on behalf of FFT to share with family and friends, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/foodforthoughtdenver-colfax.

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Foothills Animal Shelter

Foothills Animal Shelter provides life-saving care to thousands of pets annually and offers adoption, lost and found, pet licensing and affordable medical services to the community. As an open admissions shelter, we never turn away an animal and it’s our mission to provide the best possible care for every animal that enters our doors. If you have questions about joining Team Foothills Animal Shelter, email Candace Lopez, clopez@fas4pets.org or call 720-407-5249. For more information about the Shelter, please visit http://www.foothillsanimalshelter.org.

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Fr. Woody’s Haven of Hope

Father Woody’s recently completed a building expansion project and is now able to serve up to 800 meals a day! Our meals are served in a restaurant-style setting and each client is treated as a restaurant patron, restoring dignity and hope. Along with providing food, Father Woody’s offers other services that meet tangible needs such as providing clothing, showers, toiletries, over the counter medication, etc. In the very near future Father Woody’s will be equipped to offer even more services such as a dental clinic, eye clinic, pet clinic, mental health services, an on-site dietitian, nurse and VA representative, legal assistance, and NA/AA meetings. Father Woody’s is also expanding the employment readiness program to include services such as a computer lab and computer training, money management classes, dress for success and a semi-annual job fair. The hunger relief program provides for the immediate needs of Denver’s homeless population, but also serves as an entry point for clients to receive other necessary services such as those mentioned above. Tom Kearin is an example of the profound individual impact Father Woody’s has had in empowering the homeless to attain self-sufficiency. Once homeless, Tom now works in the Haven of Hope kitchen five days a week, helping prepare 800 meals a day for the homeless in Denver.  For more information about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Ann Potarf, apotarf@frwoodyshavenofhope.org.

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FRIENDS of Broomfield

Run with FRIENDS!

Consider supporting FRIENDS of Broomfield in our commitment to enhancing communities by creating opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities through an innovative and person centered approach.  We currently serve over 100 FRIENDS through our Day, Residential, Social and Supported Employment programs. Within our programs, we strive to increase our FRIENDS social networks, assist with their retention or improvement in skills for independence, and support them in obtaining competitive work in the community.  With your support we look forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary this year.  For more information, contact: Rabin Walters rwalters@friendsofbroomfield.org (303) 404 – 0123

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Front Row Foundation

Front Row Foundation was born in a community of close-knit family and friends who wanted to make a difference for those braving critical health challenges. It is our belief that a group of people united in passion and common purpose can have the power to provide life changing moments for others in need, and transform the quality of their life.  For those who are facing critical health issues, any positive experience, especially those that involve their favorite team or musician, can be a life-changing experience. Our dream is to provide a Front Row experience that will allow individuals to set aside any physical or emotional challenges while they celebrate the beauty and emotional energy of life.  For more about us, visit http://www.frontrowfoundation.org.  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Kirsten Froman, kirsten@frontrowfoundation.org.

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Fund the Fight

Fund the Fight is a local 501(c) 3.  Our mission is to help Colorado Cancer patients with financial assistance to ease the burden and stress of their battle with this disease.  We will help pay for mortgage/rent payments, utility payments, insurance premiums, medical bills, car payments and travel costs.  We understand the struggle and we want to help make a difference at a time when people need it the most.  You can go to www.fundthefight.com to learn more.   For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Bailey Dillon, baileydillon23@gmail.com.

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Gateway Domestic Violence Services

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

Gateway Domestic Violence Services’ mission is to prevent intimate partner violence through counseling, residential care and promoting social change.   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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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 Karen MacFarquhar, karen.macfarquhar@girlsontherun.org

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GO4GRAHAM

Moving for Mental Health

GO4GRAHAM is a movement for mental health. It is a group of runners, bikers, and activists who are raising awareness and fighting the stigma of depression. GO4GRAHAM supports the University of Colorado Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center and their groundbreaking work. It was created to honor our brother, friend, and son, Graham Stingley, who suffered from depression throughout his short yet profound life. Graham died at the age of 23 from a drug interaction with his depression medication. To learn more about us, visit www.go4graham.org. For more information about our participation with the Colfax marathon, contact Will Stingley, wstingley@gmail.com.

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Heart & Hand Center

Nurturing the heart of a child to become the hand of a community.

At Heart & Hand we envision a world with no opportunity gap and strive to create a nurturing community where all young people can realize their potential. We provide after-school and summer programming to 3rd to 12th grade youth in northeast Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, utilizing a whole child approach to inspire our young people to discover their passions and build vibrant futures. We provide academic enrichment, and curriculum in health & wellness, family support, creative expression and social emotional skills. And we support our families by providing emergency assistance funding,  fresh food, and gift programs over the holidays. Please join our community at  www.heartandhandcenter.org.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Natasha Ballard,  natashaballard@heartandhandcenter.org

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High Line Canal Conservancy

Connecting Communities – Connecting Nature  – from the foothills to the plains

The High Line Canal Conservancy’s mission is to preserve, protect and enhance the 71-mile Canal — in partnership with the public. Along with Denver Water and all eleven jurisdictions, the Conservancy is connecting stakeholders in support of comprehensive planning to ensure that the Canal is protected and enhanced for future generations. Join us to help our treasured Canal trail reach its greatest potential along not just some, but all of its 71 miles. For more information about our efforts, visit highlinecanal.org. To learn about our donation program, contact Lindsay Moery at Lindsay@highlinecanal.org or call us at (720) 767-2452.

 

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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

Himalayan Stove Project

The Himalayan Stove Project is a humanitarian & philanthropic program. It is dedicated to preserving the Himalayan environment and improving the health of the people living in the trans-Himalayan region.  We donate and distribute, free, clean-burning, fuel-efficient Envirofit cook stoves, transforming the lives of individuals and families who now cook with traditional, rudimentary stoves or over open fire pits inside their homes, consuming excessive amounts of precious fuel and polluting the indoor air to dangerously unhealthy levels. for more information about us, visit www.himalayanstoveproject.org.  For more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Pam Johnston, pam@himalayanstoveproject.org.

HOBY Colorado

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership of Colorado’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. At our annual leadership seminar, high school sophomores from across Colorado exchange ideas, engage in challenging discussions, participate in diversity and leadership development training and a Leadership in Action service project. At our 2017 Seminar, we served 210 students – our largest cohort to date! Our 2018 goal is to expand access to the HOBY Colorado Seminar through recruitment and fundraising for student scholarships, as the seminar is offered at no cost. Find out more at hobycolorado.org.  For more information about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Elena Kalahar, ekalahar@hobycolorado.org

 

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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 Liz Williams, lwilliams@hbfdenver.org.

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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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HopeKids

HopeKids Colorado serves families who have a child with cancer or another life-threatening medical condition. We create an ongoing calendar of local events and activities that allow these families to come together as a unit and be with other families who understand what they are going through. HopeKids creates a powerful and unique support community. We believe that HOPE is a powerful medicine.  For more information about us, visit www.hopekids.org.  For more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Howie Hutchinson, howie@hopekids.org.

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Hunger Free Colorado

Hunger Free Colorado, a nonprofit organization launched in 2009, connects families and individuals to food resources and fuels change in systems, policies and social views, so no Coloradan goes hungry. It brings a unified, statewide voice to the issue and solutions surrounding hunger, with a goal to ensure all Coloradans have access to affordable, nutritious food. Programs focus on child and senior nutrition, community engagement, political advocacy, and the Food Resource Hotline, a toll-free, bilingual hotline that connects Coloradans to geographically-based food and nutrition resources. Find out more at HungerFreeColorado.org.  For more information about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Kaitlyn McGee, kaitlyn@hungerfreecolorado.org

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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I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation’s mission is to empower children from low-income communities to succeed in school, college, and career by providing academic, social and emotional support from elementary school through college, along with postsecondary tuition assistance. Since we began in 1990, we have served over 1,000 in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School districts. Learn more about how you can help youth in your community succeed at www.IHaveADreamBoulder.org or contact Kasia Szewczyk at kasia@ihaveadreamboulder.org or 303-444-3636 x 15.

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IASLC Foundation

The IASLC Foundation was established in 2014 is to facilitate educational and scientific purposes within the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, notably to fund fellowships and young investigator awards for researchers around the globe working to find new ways to conquer thoracic malignancies. For more information about joining our Charity Partners runners, contact John Skadow, john.skadow@iaslc.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 Maggie Lowenberg, maggie.lowenberg@impact-360.org.

Inner City Health Center

Quality Healthcare for All – Your Doctor, Your Dignity

For 34+ years, Inner City Health Center has provided quality health care for those without insurance, and those who are under-insured.  We treat patients who are covered by Health First Colorado (formerly Medicaid and CHP+) and Medicare.  Many providers in the private sector won’t accept Health First etc. coverage.  We integrate medical, dental, and counseling services to ensure each patient, and his/her family, receive everything they need to establish and maintain a healthy quality of life.  We treat patients from all over the metro Denver area – and from other parts of Colorado.  Patients can access prenatal, pediatrics, men’s, women’s and senior’s health care in the medical clinic.  Dental patients of all ages can receive a wide range of services; the only dental services we don’t provide are implants and orthodontics. We are authorized and honored to treat Veterans.  Patients can always schedule appointments in a timely fashion.  Above all, we are a faith based health care center which means each patient, each family, is embraced and met where they are, and we walk with them on the path toward health, no matter the distance of that path.

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. Our goal is simple: we want to create a world without T1D. Will you join Team JDRF and help turn Type One into Type None? For more information or to join Team JDRF, visit www.jdrf.org or contact Ruth Hendren at 303-209-7718 or rhendren@jdrf.org.

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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.

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 9,000 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 Ashly Perez de Tejada, ashlyp@judishouse.org,  or 720-941-0331 x218.

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KIPP Colorado Schools

KIPP Colorado is a network of five open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools in Denver. Our mission is to equip students with the academic skills and character strengths necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. Through collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds. 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 Stephanie Gordon, sgordon@kippcolorado.org.

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Kipture Primary School

The Kipture Primary School (KPS) is in the western part of Kenya, not far from Kapsabet. The school offers the Kenya Certificate for Primary Education. The KPS Foundation originated from a visit to Kenya by Creigh Kelley in 2003. Creigh traveled to Kapsabet with Peter Tanui to visit his home and fell in love with the people and their culture.  Creigh’s goal was to build a library and kitchen for the school. That dream became a reality by 2008. Through continuing generous cash donations, the Foundation continues to enhance both buildings and to raise funds for a medical clinic and the electrification of the community where the children reside.  For more about us, visit http://www.kiptureschool.org.  For more about our participation, contact Peter Tanui, pete2642@yahoo.com.  Peter is graduate of KPS, and President of the Foundation.

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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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Littleton Public Schools Foundation

Strong Schools; Strong Community

Providing a quality education for every child is at the forefront of our purpose and we are committed to generating financial resources and building community partnerships that enhance student and staff success in all of our 22 neighborhood schools. In existence since 1991, we’ve provided over $5 million in funding to Littleton Public Schools and have made an impact in every school and all subjects, including the areas of the arts, STEM and physical education.  The LPS Foundation is focused on connecting industry, business and community to education and building long-standing partnerships that will benefit all students and inspire future generations. To join our Charity Partner running team or to register a relay team, please contact Beth Best at 303.347.3478.  To learn more about the Littleton Public Schools Foundation, please visit www.LPSFoundation.com

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Love Takes Root

Cultivating the future of children worldwide.

LOVE Takes Root is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating the future of children worldwide. We help children around the world facing dire circumstances by delivering basic aid, education, and the seeds for a sustainable future. In 2011, we were called to Haiti where we relocated and rebuilt an orphanage reduced to rubble by the 2010 earthquake. For sustainability, we also built a primary school, secondary school and medical/dental clinic.  LOVE Takes Root is an Iowa-based, volunteer-led, grassroots organization that embraces the values of hard work, neighborliness, and compassion. We encourage you to join us in our mission by becoming a ROOTS Runner and joining a dedicated group of givers who pound the pavement, raising funds for our mission while training for and racing a half-marathon or marathon. To learn more about us, please visit www.lovetakesroot.org. To learn more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lindsey Lavely, lindseylavely12@gmail.com.

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Lutheran Family Services – Rocky Mountains

Heal. Strengthen. Hope.

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains has been helping children and families during their most challenging times for 70 years. Every day our services give hope, strength, and healing to the most vulnerable in our communities.   As one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in Colorado, our Refugee & Asylee Programs serve newly resettled refugees living in the Rocky Mountain region. Through this 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 Kate Strebe, kate.strebe@lfsrm.org for details and for more information visit: www.lfsrm.org/Events.

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LYRIC (Learn Your Rights in Colorado)

LYRIC (Learn Your Rights in Colorado) is an organization that is founded by Colorado lawyers who are passionate about teaching kids about their Constitutional rights. Our organization started when the founding attorneys realized how many of their juvenile clients did not understand their Constitutional rights during police contacts. We have more than twenty active volunteers who consist of practicing lawyers and law students who are eager to empower children to exercise their Constitutional rights if they are found in a situation involving law enforcement. We have partnered with over twenty Colorado High Schools and several organizations to pursue our mission to make sure that kids across Colorado know their rights and can use them safely and confidently. To learn more about us, visit http://www.lyricolorado.com.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Michael Juba, juba@hardyjuba.com

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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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Meadow Point Elementary School

Meadow Point Elementary is a Cherry Creek public school that serves over 500 kids and their families grades preschool through fifth grade.  Each Spring a group of 20-30 4th and 5th graders gather after school to train for an end of year 5K event.  The purpose of “Running Club” is to introduce distance running as a low cost and highly accessible activity that helps build healthy bodies and minds.  This year, rather than run our own course around school grounds, we are excited to be participating in the Colfax 5K.  We are thankful for the opportunity to join with the Colfax Charity Partners along with the help of our parent teacher organization to raise funds for a much needed new sign for the front our school.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Brett Turner, bturner11@cherrycreekschools.org.

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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 Colorado

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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Metropolitan State University of Denver

Come Run with Us!  MSU Denver is transforming lives, communities and higher education by providing access to high-quality educational opportunities in an inclusive environment that prepares students for lifelong success in the Denver community and beyond.  Your support, paired with the lowest tuition of all Colorado four-year public institutions, provides life-changing experiences for our students as they pursue their educational goals. Because of you, our students continue to benefit from small classroom sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio, increasing student retention and graduation rates. Together, we are transforming lives. Contact Brandi Rideout to join our Charity Partner team, brideout@msudenver.edu.

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Mile High Global Hope Network International (GHNI)

Global Hope Network International (GHNI) is a United Nations Consultative Status charity helping the poorest villages of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. We teach the people of these villages how to lift themselves out of poverty… methodically transforming each location and the entire social dynamic in those parts of the world that need it most. The Front Range volunteer chapter (Mile High GHNI) nurtures the partnerships between villages abroad and the unique local businesses, churches, clubs, schools and individuals across the state of Colorado.  For more information about us and to donate, contact Jeff Power, jeff.power@ghni.org. For more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, please contact Christy Martinez, martinez.christy3@gmail.com 

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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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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 Sabrina at MIAColfax@mirrorimagearts.org.

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Montbello Children’s Network

The Montbello Children’s Network, launched in the 2017-18 school year, is comprised of Montbello community schools, McGlone Academy and John H. Amesse Elementary. Our network coordination and ability to effectively deliver services through aligned practices and priorities is enhanced by both our proximity and our commitment to improving opportunities and outcomes for our shared Montbello students and community.  This network allows families, community members, and educators of Montbello to authentically address the issues and concerns of the neighborhood, while simultaneously improving educational outcomes for kids and strengthening the community as a whole.  We are creating change from within and empowering our own community because these are our kids.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Brittany Bell, Brittany_Bell@dpsk12.org.

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MOPS International

MOPS International encourages and equips moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with the local church. We are passionate proponents of the influence of women and the value of motherhood. With a presence in 48 countries, MOPS aims to build circles of women who love each other like family because we believe in the transformative potential of relationships and mentoring. For information about joining our Colfax running team, please contact Marilee Belote at mbelote@mops.org.

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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 7 million pounds of food, works with over 650 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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My Team Triumph – Rocky Mountain Chapter

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of myTeam Triumph is a nonprofit organization serving the Front Range since 2010. We are an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events. We are dedicated to providing the ultimate experience in road racing and triathlons to athletes with disabilities. These individuals would otherwise never ever dream of entering a race, let alone get to experience the energy of packet pick-up, or the thrill of crossing the finish line. For more information about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Ed Pike, myttrockymountain@gmail.com.  For more about our organization visit http://www.mtt-rockymountain.org.

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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 Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. NKF exists to eliminate preventable kidney disease and ensure no one dies waiting for a transplant. For more information or to join Team Kidney, visit https://team.kidney.org/event/colfaxmarathon or contact Annie Olson at 720-748-9991 ext. 451 or Annette.olson@kidney.org.

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National M.S. Society

The National MS Society helps each person affected by MS in our area address the challenges of living with MS. We help by raising funds for cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward.

  • We offer many programs — including professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives.
  • Our community support helps to fund our local programs and accelerate worldwide research projects to ensure no opportunity is wasted. Generosity can come from anywhere. We are thankful to our members and their friends, corporate partners and the general public who help us raise the money to move us closer to a world free of MS.

Learn more about our work at www.nationalMSociety.org and join us by contacting Christina at Christina.carro@nmss.org or 303.698.5433.

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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 learn more about our involvements with the Colfax Marathon, contact Emily Jurenka, ejurenka@nscd.org or 303-633-5806. To learn more about the NSCD please visit www.nscd.org.

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National Stuttering Association

The National Stuttering Association is a non-profit organization bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, their families, and professionals through support, education, advocacy, and research, with the vision of building on our position as the preeminent organization for supporting people who stutter. The NSA is honored to serve as a leader in shaping the way stuttering is viewed and treated, and continues to provide education and information via local chapters, advocacy, educational training, family programs, and publications, in addition to furthering research into effective treatment for stuttering, while encouraging the search for its cause and cure.  For more information about us, visit www.westutter.org.  For more about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, contacct Emily Figliomeni, emfiglio@gmail.com.

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New Legacy Charter School

New Legacy Charter School offers a two-generational education program to pregnant and parenting teens and their children in northwest Aurora. NLCS currently serves 95 high school students and 72 children through three main programs: college prep high school that pushes students to reach beyond high school diploma or GED; an on-site, high-quality early childhood education center reducing a significant barrier to their parent’s attendance; and a hands-on parenting program to teach positive parenting skills. The school’s vision is to see young families creating a legacy of education leading to compelling careers, financial independence, and positive parenting.  For more information, check out our website: http://www.newlegacycharter.org/  or visit us on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/newlegacycharterhigh.  For more information about our participation as a Colfax Charity Partner, contact Cindy Barajas, cbarajas@newlegacycharter.org.

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No Kill Colorado

No Kill Colorado wants Colorado to be the safest state for homeless pets.

No Kill Colorado is an advocacy organization that works with shelters and rescues and the public to save all healthy and treatable pets in Colorado. Our mission is to make Colorado the safest place for homeless pets. Please join our No Kill Colorado team to help us spread awareness for homeless animals in need and to raise money in order for us to assist in the facilitation of any programs and services needed to save lives in Colorado!  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Jessi Harris, jessi@nokillcolorado.org.

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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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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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Operation Walk Denver

Restoring the joy of walking.

Operation Walk Denver is a not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization that provides free surgical treatments for patients in developing countries and in the United States. These patients suffer from debilitating bone and joint conditions, such as arthritis, and do not have access to medical care. Operation Walk Denver also educates local orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and other health care professionals on the most advanced treatment of hip and knee joint diseases. Founded in 1994, Operation Walk teams have operated on hundreds of patients in Russia, Cuba, Nepal, China, the Philippines, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico and the United States.  For more information about our participation as a Charity Partner, contact Rachael Fischer, rachael.fischer@centura.org.  For more about us, visit http://www.operationwalkdenver.org.

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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 x101 or cporter@overturecolorado.com.

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Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. We focus on improving care through our global network of Centers of Excellence and Parkinson’s Outcomes Project.. Parkinson’s Champions is the Parkinson’s Foundation’s community fundraising and endurance program that allows people in the community to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease. By joining our team for the Colfax Marathon, you can help us to fulfill our mission of making life better for people living with Parkinson’s and advancing research toward a cure.  For more information, contact Ashley Liebman at champions@parkinson.org or 646-388-7615 or visit http://parkinson.org/get-involved/Parkinsons-Champions

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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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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 http://www.peterknuti.org

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Care. No matter what.

A Century of Care & Compassion.  For 100 years, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) has provided high-quality, nonjudgmental, compassionate care to every person who walks in our door. In 2016, nearly 100,000 patients came to our health centers across Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming, and more than 70,000 right here in Colorado — that’s every seat filled at Sports Authority Field at Mile High! Nationally one in five women will go to a Planned Parenthood health center in her lifetime. At PPRM, we not only provide the care and information people need to live their lives, we also advocate for every person’s access to our lifesaving services. We will continue this important work for the next 100 years. Visit pprm.org for more information, or contact Lauren Archuletta at lauren.archuletta@pprm.org to learn how to get involved.

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Project Angel Heart

Project Angel Heart improves health and well-being for people with life-threatening illnesses by preparing and delivering medically tailored meals and promoting the power of food as medicine. In 2018, the agency will provide more than 385,000 meals, at no cost, to 3,000 Denver and Colorado Springs residents facing cancer, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, and other illnesses. For more information, please visit ProjectAngelHeart.org or call 303.830.0202.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Sarah Mirick, smirick@projectangelheart.org, 303-407-9420.

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Project C.U.R.E.

Delivering Health and Hope to the World.

PROJECT C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world. Today, Project C.U.R.E.’s work and mission are more important than ever, helping to bridge staggering health resource gaps in the developing world by empowering doctors and nurses with the tools they need to treat disease, deliver vaccines, perform life-changing surgeries and ensure safe childbirth. Through the compassion of Project C.U.R.E.’s supporters, hospitals, rural clinics and community health centers all over the world are able to offer quality care and critical medical services to their most vulnerable patients, especially women and young children.  To learn more about us, visit www.projectcure.org.  To learn about our participation as a Colfax Marathon charity partner, contact Karen Rosen, KarenRosen@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 April Conway-Speake, aspeake@csu.org.

 

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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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Project PAVE

For more than 30 years, Project PAVE has worked to end violence in our community.  PAVE is committed to standing up for survivors and promoting healthy relationships. PAVE provides therapy and family support services to youth impacted by violence and violence prevention education and youth leadership programs to the community. PAVE annually reaches over 4,000 people with its therapy and violence prevention programming in Denver-metro area schools and other community organizations. All Project PAVE services are youth-focused and offered for free to the community. We hope you’ll join our team! For more information, www.projectpave.org or email twilliams@projectpave.org

Project V.E.T.S.

Project V.E.T.S.’s mission is to ‘heal the planet one animal at a time”.  Project V.E.T.S. (PV) is dedicated to improving the health and welfare of companion animals, wildlife and working animals by acquiring and distributing veterinary/medical equipment and supplies to veterinarians working in 100 non-profits around the world. With the distribution of these critically necessary items, PV directly affects the lives of thousands of animals and offers a valuable alternative to the disposal of veterinary/medical items that are no longer needed.  The support these organizations receive from PV allows them to provide life-saving services to the animals in their care. For more about us, visit www.projectvets.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Meghan Curtis, info@projectvets.org.

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Project Worthmore

Project Worthmore works to restore worth to our refugee neighbors through the heart of our community.  Every family we serve has a unique story, a steadfast courage and a resilience to survive and rebuild their lives in Colorado.  We provide programs that foster community, self-sufficiency and increase quality of life among Denver-area refugees.  Started as a makeshift response to the unmet needs of our refugee neighbors in 2009, we have grown to offer a variety of programs and services including English language classes, citizenship classes, a community-run food access program, a refugee training farm, a five-chair dental clinic, and access to Community Navigators and Family Partners.  For more about us, visit www.projectworthmore.org.  For more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Susie Lewis, Susie@projectworthmore.org, 727-743-7240.

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Ralston House

Ralston House is a child advocacy center providing forensic interviews to children and youth who have been physically or sexually abused or who have witnessed violent crime.  The interviews are conducted in a warm and welcoming house-like setting.  Ralston House works closely with the District Attorney’s offices, police and social services.  All services are provided free of charge.  Ralston House serves the 1st and 17th Judicial Districts (Jefferson, Gilpin, Adams and Broomfield counties).  To learn more, visit ralstonhouse.net or contact Tara Roesener at troesener@arvada.org.

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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 Luke Contreras at lcontreras@rayofhopecolorado.org.

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Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL)

Grow – Connect – Succeed

There is currently a great need for a new kind of leadership. The challenges to health and the environment have never been greater, and old paradigms of leadership are no longer effective in our very complex social, political and economic milieu. The Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL) exists to develop and connect leaders who work collaboratively in diverse sectors and communities to create and sustain the health and well-being of people and the environment. RIHEL provides leadership and professional development experiences for health and environment professionals in CO, WY and NM. With 950 graduates of our comprehensive leadership programs, RIHEL is also an association of vibrant and forward-looking professionals. Be a source for leadership and run/walk/volunteer with Team RIHEL for the race, or donate to RIHEL today. To learn more about us, visit www.rihel.org.

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ReGroup Foundation

ReGroup Foundation is a non profit with the mission to prevent homelessness and hardships by providing healthy, supportive living environments for our veterans during transition out of military service back in to civilian lives.  ReGroup is a Veteran’s NEXT STEP  For more information about us, visit www.regroup4vets.com.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Joshua Hood, jhood@regroup4vets.com

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Respect Academy at Abraham Lincoln HS

Respect was founded on one simple principal, Success Happens Here! We understand that some individuals learn differently and benefit from a smaller, more customized setting. We work tirelessly to meet students need on an individualized level, and empowering students to change their educational experience.  Respect Academy serves students who are at least 17 years of age and have at least 140 credits.  At Respect, we live by 6 Character Traits that we call our Raven’s Creed. These traits ensure that our students achieve success not just in school, but also in life. The Raven’s Creed traits are: Community, Courage, Grit, Integrity, Optimism, and Responsibility.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Eddie Perez, Physical Education & Parent Liaison, eduardo_perez@dpsk12.org.

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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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Retriever Rescue of the Rockies

At our core, the Retriever Rescue of Colorado believes that all dogs deserve a safe and loving home.  We were formed in 2006 and have rescued almost 2,500 dogs in the years since.  We’re a completely volunteer run organization and that means that 100% of any money we raise goes directly to furthering our mission of rescuing abandoned, abused, neglected and unwanted retrievers as well as promoting public education on animal-related issues. For more information about our participation as a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, contact Lisa Watkins, liwatkin@yahoo.com .

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 Children’s Health Foundation

Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation was established in 2008 to help meet the needs of pediatric patients and their families, as well as provide an avenue for community support within the Rocky Mountain region. We accomplish this by providing direct assistance to meet their most fundamental needs and implement programs that improve their overall health beyond the scope of medical aid or insurance coverage. To learn more about the Foundation visit www.rmchildren.org. For more information about our participation as a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, contact Sarah Schmidt at sarah.schmidt@rmchildren.org.

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Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (RMFR) was founded in 1982 with the mission to care for, and find loving homes for, homeless, abandoned, abused, and neglected cats. Over the past twenty-five years the organization has grown into a limited-intake, free-roaming shelter with indoor and protected outdoor space for 125 cats. In 2017, RMFR provided medical expenses, housing, food, exams, in-house surgeries, and medical treatment for over 1585 cats. The rescue prioritizes being a safe-space for FIV+, FeLV+, and senior cat populations often underserved by municipal shelter programs.  RMFR does not contract with local governing bodies and receives no government funding. Instead, the rescue relies on individual donations, events, and grant fundraising efforts to support operation expenses.  To learn more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Michelle Watson, mlwatson1720001@gmail.com, 720-341-5267.

Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue

Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue finds new “forever homes” for Labrador Retrievers and Lab mixes. Most of our dogs come from out of state “high kill” shelters. These shelters are almost always full and many dogs are only given 4-5 days to find a new home before they are euthanized. We also work with local Lab owners who are unable to continue caring for their dog and have nowhere else to turn. We are a 100% volunteer organization and put every dollar towards these dogs’ well-being. All dogs are placed in foster homes and our biggest expense is veterinary care.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Janet at rockymountainlabrescue@gmail.com

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Rocky Mountain Preemie Foundation

The Rocky Mountain Preemie Foundation (RMPF) is a non-profit organization just launched in the Rocky Mountain region, headquartered in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The mission of the RMPF is to promote the physical, mental and emotional health of premature babies and their families. We will assist the parents/parent in coping with a premature birth, so that they may enjoy the happiness of their newborn and make a difficult time easier. Our organization will achieve this mission by providing basic infant supplies and services, educational material, and referrals to those in the community. For more about our organization, visit http://www.rockymountainpreemie.org.   Thank you for your donation!

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Rocky Mountain Prep

Rocky Mountain Prep is a public elementary charter school network in the Denver-metro area. Our mission is to prepare scholars in prekindergarten through fifth grade for success in a four-year college and life. Our rigorous academic preparation is combined with the character development and personalized support necessary for student success. Scholars and staff approach each day through our PEAK values: Perseverance, Excellence, Adventure, and Kindness.   As a network, 84% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch. On the 2015, 2016, and 2017 PARCC assessments, we were the highest-performing Title 1 elementary school in Denver. We are proud to have been voted by families as the #1 school in DPS on the DPS Parent Satisfaction Survey, and by staff as a 2016 and 2017 Denver Post Top Workplace! Learn more at rockymountainprep.org or contact Rachel Van Brocklin

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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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Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation solicits contributions for Saint Joseph Hospital to assist in effectively carrying out their mission to reveal and foster God’s healing love by improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.  The Foundation takes inspiration from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, the founders and owners of Saint Joseph Hospital. Since 1873 the Sisters have been committed to providing for the health care needs of the greater Denver community through the services of Saint Joseph Hospital.  For more information about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Cristina Gonzales, cristina.gonzales@sclhs.net.  For more about us, visit https://www.sclhealth.org/locations/saint-joseph-hospital-foundation/

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Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership

Sand Creek Greenway trail runs 14 miles through the northeast metro Denver area—providing a quiet respite from the city; a place to experience nature; a place to hike, bike and run; and a traffic-less transportation route. Since 2000, the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership nonprofit has worked to improve, preserve and promote the natural, recreational and cultural resources of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway corridor, including priority trail connections, linking communities (Aurora, Denver and Commerce City) throughout the watershed. For information about our programming, including environmental education for kids, contact Beth Nobles at bnobles@sandcreekgreenway.org or call 303-468-3263.

Savio House

Savio House is dedicated to eliminating violence, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse and neglect, and other destructive behaviors in families through care, support and education.  Savio House will be the preeminent child and family treatment center where the most caring, culturally appropriate and effective strategies enable families to resolve conflicts and live harmoniously in the community. For more about us visit https://www.saviohouse.org.  For more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Suzie Schuckman, sschuckman@saviohouse.org, 303-225-4022

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Science Fair Fun

Science Fair Fun takes the stress and guesswork out of Science Fair and helps students develop essential STEM skills. We provide resources to students and their grownups that foster student’s creativity and problem-solving skills throughout their Science & Engineering Fair experience. We have a foundation of values based on (1) Fostering education equity, (2) Emphasizing STEM and 21st Century skills development, not perfection, and (3) Promoting authentic & experiential learning. STEM Generation Inc DBA Science Fair Fun is a nonprofit organization (EIN 82-2360707) on a mission to narrow the mentorship gap that STEM underrepresented students experience during Science Fairs. www.ScienceFairFun.org. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Wendy Wempe, info@sciencefairfun.org.

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Scleroderma Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter

“Sclero” means hard and “derma” means skin. A hard word and an even harder disease to be diagnosed with because internal organs can be affected as well. The Scleroderma Foundation Rocky Mountain Chapter (SFRMC) provides educational and emotional support for scleroderma patients and their families; promotes awareness and provides education within the medical community to improve upon earlier diagnosis; and funds research to find a cure for scleroderma and related autoimmune diseases. For more information about SFRMC visit www.scleroderma.org/colorado. To learn more about our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Cyndy Besselievre at 303-806-6686 or cochapter@scleroderma.org.

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Second Wind Fund

Your Community.  Your Kids.

Since 2002, Second Wind Fund has connected children and teens 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 teens 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 4,300 children and teens 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 Chris Weiss, cweiss@thesecondwindfund.org

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Sewall Child Development Center

Sewall Child Development Center is dedicated to helping Denver’s children. Each year, Sewall provides over 600 children with high-quality early education and therapeutic supports. Sewall’s programs provide inclusive preschool and toddler classrooms, a home visitation program for young children with special needs, disability services through Head Start, a Diagnostic Clinic, family support programs, and so much more. Our focus on quality, families, community, and inclusion is at the heart of all we do. To learn more about Sewall and the difference we make for Denver’s children every day, visit www.sewall.org. Questions about the marathon or how to help Sewall as a Charity Partner? Call or email Maribeth Waldrep at mwaldrep@sewallchild.org, or 303-399-1800. Thank you for supporting Sewall!

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Shadhika

Culturally, girls in India have low value and face discrimination based on gender, economics, religion, and migrant status. In fact, gender discrimination is so widespread that India was deemed the most dangerous place to be born female (UN, 2016). Meaning ‘a girl with aspirations’ in Bengali, Shadhika addresses gender inequality in India by investing in the education, empowerment and economic self-sufficiency of young women and by teaching young men to respect women and girls. By providing funding and support to women-led non-profits in India, Shadhika empowers at-risk young women to realize their aspirations for a better future.  For more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Farrah Salisbury, fsalisbury@shadhika.org.

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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.

Sobriety House

Treatment within reach.

Sobriety House is the oldest residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Colorado.  We’ve been in the community for 50 years!  We are a state-licensed nonprofit organization offering the most affordable care for those seeking treatment for addiction.  The staff are experienced and passionate about helping our clients achieve lifelong sobriety!  Your support will allow us to continue and expand our work.  We would be honored to have you run for us!  For more information on our program, please visit our website at www.sobrietyhouse.org.  If you are interested in running for us, please contact Megan Farabaugh at meganf@sobrietyhouse.org or 720-446-6770.

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Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls is a non-profit social enterprise based in Nashville, TN with a Regional Donation Center in Colorado. Our mission is to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Since Soles4Souls began in 2006, we’ve distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and all 50 US states. But EVERY SINGLE ONE of those pairs makes a difference in people’s lives! To learn more about donating shoes, fundraising, traveling, or our work with the Colfax Marathon, visit our website www.soles4souls.org  or contact Emory Dinner at Emoryd@Soles4Souls.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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Spina Bifida Association

Team Spina Bifida is the Spina Bifida Association’s athletic program for friends of SBA to train for and complete a marathon, half-marathon, or other endurance event (triathlon, cycling, mountain biking, etc.) or participate in a team sporting event. Team Spina Bifida seeks to RAISE FUNDS and AWARENESS for the Spina Bifida Association (SBA). By participating in Team Spina Bifida, you are helping support programs and services for the 166,000 people living with Spina Bifida across the country. For more information, please visit: www.teamspinabifida.org/denver or www.spinabifidaassociation.org.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

As a St. Jude Hero, you’ll raise funds for the kids of St. Jude while you train for your race. The dollars that St. Jude Heroes raise help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.  Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.  Do more with your race. Be a St. Jude Hero, and run for the kids of St. Jude.  If you have questions, please contact Paty Sands at paty.sands@stjude.org or 720-440-6400.

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Stepping Stone Communities

A HOME OF THEIR OWN.

Adults with developmental disabilities desire and deserve to live independently in a place of their own. However, safe and appropriate options are rare and financially out of reach for many of these adults.  Stepping Stone Communities is a group of parents, Stepping Stone staff and other friends of Stepping Stone who came together to create a nonprofit corporation called Stepping Stone Communities. Our mission is to provide adults with developmental disabilities with affordable, safe and integrated living opportunities. For more information please see steppingstonecommunities.org or contact info@steppingstonecommunities.com.

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Street’s Hope

Street’s Hope offers a broad range of holistic services for women escaping sex trafficking.  We are a place to regain one’s humanity and a place to start over. Street’s Hope restores dignity by facilitating the transition for each woman to cultivate a balanced life (physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually), to become self-supporting apart from the sex industry, and to be an active community participant.  As the only residential program serving adult women across the Rocky Mountain region, we nurture women trapped in the sex industry and help them transform and thrive.  For more about us, visit www.streetshope.org.  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contack Kaylee Kowalski, admin@streetshope.org.

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STRIVE Preparatory Schools

At STRIVE Prep, we believe that every child deserves a great school, right where they live. Through the generous support of partners, funders, and donors, we’re expanding to reach more kids in the neighborhoods that need us most. And together, we’re creating a safe place where every student can discover and develop the skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. With STRIVE Prep, you can help every child in Denver’s high-need communities access a quality education, so they can strive for college and thrive throughout life.  To learn more, visit www.striveprep.org or contact Lauren Lindgren, Director of Development at development@striveprep.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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Temple Micah

Since the 1950s, Temple Micah has been a pillar of Denver’s Jewish community, a homegrown Reform synagogue built by members who were searching for flexibility and creativity in their religious experiences. Our intimate congregation is known for its inclusiveness and acceptance of individuals from all walks of life.  Temple Micah is committed to: To learn and teach Torah and the traditions that bind the generations; To uphold the values of tolerance, respect, and compassion for all people, and; To practice tikkun olam, heal the ills and injustices of the world through tzedakah and acts of loving kindness.  For more about us visit www.micahdenver.org.  For more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Becky Hensley, becky.hensley@micahdenver.org.

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The Action Center

The Action Center is a human-service non-profit organization that changes the lives of more than 25,000 struggling residents of Jefferson County and the homeless each year by offering the single-most comprehensive range of services. We meet the immediate needs for our participants through crisis intervention and stabilization. Then, we provide participants with the resources needed to develop pathways to self-sufficiency, breaking the cycle of poverty and opening the door to a network of support. We do all of this while making sure to treat all of our participants with respect and dignity.  Learn more about our services, visit www.theactioncenterco.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Liz Matthews, lizm@theactioncenterco.org.

 

 

The Arc – Arapahoe & Douglas Counties

The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties uses advocacy and education to include all children and adults with disabilities in their communities. The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing advocacy, information, and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. We believe in what Congress stated in the Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act: …”disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the rights of individuals to live independently, enjoy self-determination, make choices, contribute to society, pursue meaningful careers, and enjoy full inclusion and integration in the economic, political social, cultural and educational mainstream of American society. For more about us, visit www.arc-ad.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Luke Wheeland, luke@arc-ad.org.

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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 Eryn Hoerig, eryn@arcjc.org.

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD)

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is a national nonprofit working to improve the quality of life of people affected by Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) and drive research for a cure. FTD is the most common dementia for people under 60: bringing progressive changes in behavior and personality, language and/or movement, and loss of function. Currently, there are no treatments and there is no cure. Join us to show people in the Denver-area they aren’t alone facing FTD. Together we can spread awareness, raise funds to support AFTD’s mission and ultimately #EndFTD. For more information, email Bridget Graham (bgraham@theaftd.org)  or visit www.theaftd.org 

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The Denver Foundation

As the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest and largest community foundation, The Denver Foundation is proud to support our many partners who are participating in the Colfax Marathon as Charity Partners.  The Denver Foundation has been working since 1925 to make sure that our region is a place for everyone who calls Metro Denver home.  We work hand-in-hand, shoulder-to-shoulder with philanthropists, community members, residents, nonprofit organizations, and our colleagues to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community.  And 26 of our staff members are running in the Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, and Urban 10 Miler this year!

The Denver Foundation is not seeking donations through its participation as a Charity Partner in the Colfax Marathon.  If you’d like to learn more about The Denver Foundation, please visit http://www.denverfoundation.org and you will be directed to our website

For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Patrick Horvath, phorvath@denverfoundation.org.

The Elevation Project

It’s never a waste of time to invest in human potential.

The Elevation Project is redefining service learning as a transformative, equitable program, while building an environmental platform for the voices of our future leaders.  Students develop new ideas to better their own local communities, while learning the importance of why and how to make eco-friendly and sustainable choices. As globalization continues to break down barriers between individual economies, political systems and cultures, we are faced with an increasing need for strong leaders.  TEP lays the foundation for students to become global citizens by encouraging them to get involved both locally and internationally while providing them with necessary skills to do so through service.  For more information visit: www.TEPGlobal.org  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Maria Burke, info@TEPGlobal.org or 303-325-4707.

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The GLBT Community Center of Colorado

The Center opened in 1976 and has since grown to become the largest community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s LGBT community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today, we are focused on fulfilling our mission – To engage, empower, enrich, and advance the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of Colorado – by ensuring that every member of the LGBT community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Please visit our website to learn more about the services we offer: https://www.glbtcolorado.org/  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Tim Murphy, tmurphy@glbtcolorado.org, 303-951-5220.

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The Herren Project

The Herren Project provides assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs, and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow.  It’s areas of focus are:

  • Treatment Navigation for individuals and families, including after care and sober living options (many of the families we’ve helped even run with us).
  • Support Groups; Young Adult Recovery Group, Relapse Prevention Recovery Group, Wellness Recovery Action Plan Group (WRAP), Grief Recovery Group, Family Support Group
  • Mentoring and Recovery Coaching after treatment is completed; scholarships to clinics and camps for kids.
  • Preventative Education, and support of more than 500 student-led THP Project Purple Initiative sites across the country.
  • Scholarships for treatment and sober living when a need is demonstrated.

For more information, visit our web site.  http://www.theherrenproject.org/

The Learning Source

Sharing Knowledge – Furthering Opportunity – Creating Promise

The Learning Source’s mission is to promote and provide educational opportunities through collaborative partnerships for adults and families to support their future achievements. We support non-traditional adult learners in Colorado including those pursuing their GED, english language learners, prisoners, those wishing to transition to another industry, and Colorado families interested in improving their family’s literacy. To learn more about us, visit www.thelearningsource.org.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact  Jelena Subotic, jelena@thelearningsource.org

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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 Freedom Fund

The Women’s Freedom Fund is an entity of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, a 501c3 organization in Colorado.  Our mission is to support and protect, as a fundamental right and value, a woman’s freedom to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices through education, training, organizing, legal action, and public policy. The Freedom Fund was established in 1984 when Colorado voters ended Medicaid funding for abortions, disproportionately affecting low income people seeking healthcare options.  Through the Women’s Freedom Fund, we are committed to serving the people of Colorado who are seeking abortion care and acknowledge that reproductive freedom is directly tied to economic opportunity.  For more about us, visit https://www.womensfreedomfund.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Amanda Carlson, Amanda@prochoicecolorado.org.

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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 daily stresses that are heavy on their plate and providing some relief. 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.  To get started and to set up your fundraising page, click on the Donate button below.

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Think Arts 360 for Learning

Think 360 Arts for Learning leads Colorado in cultivating and sustaining the arts as essential to all learning through creative experiences for students and teachers. As the Colorado affiliate of Young Audiences for Learning, we are celebrating our 55th year delivering quality arts education programs to K-12 students, teachers, families, and communities across the state. We envision a community that embraces the arts as a fundamental tool to enhance learning. Join us as we work to provide enriched and accessible arts experiences for all! For more information, contact Juliana Fajardo, juliana@think360arts.org or 720-904-8890 x103 and visit our website at www.think360arts.org.

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Uncharted

Uncharted’s mission is to scale and connect organizations to tackle social problems. We do this in three ways:  (1)  Accelerate. We take entrepreneurs and resource them with mentors, funders, and customized training to tackle a problem and scale their work.  (2)  Connect. We bring together ventures, partners, policy makers, and companies, who are all invested in tackling the same problem—so they can collaborate and we can better measure impact outcomes.  (3)  Empower. We also give power away and empower others to change the world, whether through specialized trainings or licensing our world-class curriculum used to accelerate ventures around the globe.  For more information about us, visit https://www.uncharted.org.  For more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Laura Schwecherl, laura@uncharted.org.

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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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UpRoot Colorado

We work to measurably reduce food loss in Colorado through gleaning, experiential education, and nonpartisan legislation. Our goal is to co-create a Colorado foodshed that is more mindful, humane, self-sustaining and connected, where everyone has access to healthy, nutrient-dense food, where hunger pangs are in the past, and where markets value farmers for what they are: a cornerstone of society. For more about us, please visit www.uprootcolorado.org. For more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact David Laskarzewski: dave@uprootcolorado.org. Thank you!

 

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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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Urban Peak

Urban Peak’s mission is to ignite the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined, fulfilled lives. Urban Peak is the only agency in the Denver metro area that offers a complete convergence of services for youth experiencing homelessness (ages 15-24). Urban Peak was established in 1988, and today Urban Peak’s services include a street outreach team, a daytime Drop-In Center, Education and Employment services, supportive housing, a social-enterprise thrift store, and the only licensed emergency shelter in Denver solely serving youth. In 2017, Urban Peak Denver served 1,339 youth experiencing homelessness.  For more about us, visit www.urbanpeak.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Shane Wyenn, shane.wyenn@gmail.com.

Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF) is an international charitable organization that networks families affected by a vascular birthmark, tumor, or syndrome to the appropriate medical professionals for evaluation and/or treatment, provides informational resources as well as sponsors physician education, mobilizes medical mission trips, and supports research and programs that promote acceptance for individuals with birthmarks.  For more about us, visit https://birthmark.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Kristin Herrick, kristin.vbf@gmail.com.

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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 Gosia Kung, gosia.kung@walkdenver.org

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Water for People

Water For People is global nonprofit dedicated to providing access to improved water and sanitation systems and services to nine countries. Water For People empowers local governments, community members, and service providers to invest in the long-term solutions and systems that are right for them. This means listening to them and establishing trust from the very beginning. We want every community, household, school, and clinic to have lasting access to safe water and sanitation for generations to come – we call this impact model Everyone Forever. Learn more at www.waterforpeople.org.  For more information about our engagement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Vicky Andersen, volunteers@waterforpeople.org

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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 of a Lifetime

Wish of a Lifetime was founded right here in Denver in 2008! Our team of 13 grants experiential wishes for members of our oldest generations in the U.S. and Canada. Right here in Denver, and all across North America, many of our elders are living in some form of isolation. These are the people we serve as part of our goal to form a society in which we all want to age. Aging is one of the few truly universal experiences – let’s make it a purposeful experience for all.

To learn more about us, visit https://www.wishofalifetime.org. We specialize in wish-granting, but running is our side-hustle. Support our team and our cause at the Colfax Marathon on May 20th, 2018! For interest in our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Taylor Andrews, taylor@wishofalifetime.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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World Affairs Challenge

The World Affairs Challenge (WAC) is dedicated to developing tomorrow’s global leaders. With mentoring, education and competition, WAC ignites middle-school and high-school students’ passions about world affairs. WAC engages youth to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. WAC students move from awareness to action while learning to think critically, collaborate, communicate and grow human capacity.  To learn more about us, visit http://www.worldaffairschallenge.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Patty Guimaraes, info@worldaffairschallenge.org.

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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WorldDenver

WorldDenver is an organization dedicated to strengthening and expanding the community of global citizens and organizations in Colorado through education, cross-cultural exchange, and personal interaction with international leaders, professionals and students.  Supported by individuals, businesses and foundations, we provide opportunities for Coloradans to engage in a direct, personal dialogue with each other and with elected officials, civic leaders and professionals from around the world. For more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Lauarel Anderson, laurel.anderson13@gmail.com.

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Zimbabwe Kidz

Would you send your child to a school that did not have clean water?

CLEAN WATER—-So necessary to life and health. So unavailable to some school children and communities in Zimbabwe, Africa.  There is a solution!!!!!!  ZIMBABWE KIDZ is committed to funding the drilling of wells at schools or churches that want to offer a preschool.  These wells will also serve the surrounding community so many benefit from the clean water.  The overall health impact of this endeavor is enormous.  For information, please contact Sharon at zimlady1014@outlook.com