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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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Acesco Foundation in Association with 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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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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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 Michelle Nelson or visit the Alzheimer’s Association web site, www.alz.org/co.

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America SCORES Denver

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

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

American Liver Foundation

THE AMERICAN LIVER FOUNDATION STRIVES TO FACILITATE, ADVOCATE AND PROMOTE EDUCATION, SUPPORT AND RESEARCH FOR THE PREVENTION, TREATMENT AND CURE OF LIVER DISEASE

Did you know that there are over 100 different kinds of liver disease that affect all age groups and all nationalities? Did you know that liver disease and cirrhosis are the 9th leading cause of death in Denver County and the 10th leading cause of death in Colorado? Research is improving daily, and new methods to manage these diseases are being developed all the time, but there is much more that still needs to be done. The American Liver Foundation is working hard but we need your support too! Let’s work together to make liver disease something that’s only written about in history books.  To join our charity partner team, please go to www.liverfoundation.org/colfaxmarathon to register with our team once you have registered and paid at www.runcolfax.org/races/register/ for the race Don’t forget to choose the American Liver Foundation as your benefactor when you register for your race(s).

By going to www.liverfoundation.org/colfaxmarathon our Team Captain, Jennifer Durso will be able to communicate with you, as well as you’ll be able to fundraise for the American Liver Foundation through here. Please contact Juliane Swan, JSwan@liverfoundation.org, 303-988-4388 if you have any questions or problems. To learn more about us, visit http://www.liverfoundation.org/chapters/rockymountain/

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Animal Rescue of the Rockies

Every Pet Deserves a Home

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

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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.

 

Aurora Warms the Night

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

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

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Autism Society of Colorado

To improve the lives of all affected by autism.

“You guys are amazing for all the things you do for the autism community! Thank you guys for all the amazing opportunities you give to us,” said a family affected by autism. Our vision is for ALL Coloradans affected by autism have ready access to services and supports needed to be safe, educated, healthy, productive, and lead fulfilling lives. We serve individuals with autism, families, providers, and educators throughout the state of Colorado. In the United States, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. For more information about us, visit www.autismcolorado.org. To learn more about our Charity or Donations Program, contact Kelsey Kohut at kelsey@autismcolorado.org or 720-214-0794 Ext 5.

 

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Bags of Fun

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

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

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado

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

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

 

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Children’s Treehouse Foundation

Inspiring emotional support for children of parents with cancer.

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

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Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

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

Colorado Beagle Rescue

The Colorado Beagle Rescue, Inc. (CBR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization operated 100% by volunteers who are dedicated to preserving the welfare of the Beagle breed. CBR relies completely upon tax-deductible donations to support itself. Donations help cover the cost of spaying/neutering, veterinary care, food, foster placement, transportation of dogs, identification tags, and basic administrative expenses, etc. The average fee to adopt a dog is $175, but the average cost to save a dog and pay for necessary medical expenses before adoption is $545. In 2016 alone, the Colorado Beagle Rescue placed 110 Beagle and Beagle mixes in their forever homes.  To join our Charity Partner running team or to register a relay team, contact Angela, angcli@lakewood.org.  To learn more about the Colorado Beagle Rescue, please visit www.coloradobeaglerescue.org

Colorado Black Arts Festival

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

Colorado 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 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 Running Club

Run with Endurance.

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

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Companions on the Journey

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

 

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Colorado Youth for a Change

Solving Colorado’s Dropout Crisis

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

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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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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 information about our program, please contact Kristina Garcia, ct.spt.jeffco@gmail.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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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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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 Fisher House

BECAUSE A FAMILY’S LOVE IS GOOD MEDICINE.

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

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Denver Kids, Inc.

Every Student Counts. Every Student Graduates.

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

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Denver Public Schools Foundation

Our students are our future!

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

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Denver Scholarship Foundation

Making college possible for thousands of students in our community.

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

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Denver Urban Gardens

Growing Community – One Urban Garden at a Time

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

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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 Julie Busby, 303.862.3507, jbusby@disabilitylawco.org.

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Domus Pacis Family Respite

A nonprofit organization created with the entire Family in mind.

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

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Early College of Arvada

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

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 is thrilled to be a part of the 2016 Colfax Marathon Charity Partnership Program! EWB-RMP’s vision is to provide clean drinking water, vital to the health of developing nations by creating sustainable methods of improving the quality of drinking water and the treatment or disposal of wastewater. With your help, we hope to achieve our vision by creating education, economic, and environmental solutions to improve quality of life. Currently, we are working with communities in Nepal and Guatemala.  Please visit our web site, www.ewb-rmp.org. For more information about our charity partners program, contact, John Craven, officers@ewb-rmp.org.

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Family Tree, Inc.

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

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Fetal Health Foundation

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

Firefly Autism

Inspiring Bright Futures by Changing Can’t to Can.

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

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Fitch Foundation

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

Food Bank of the Rockies

Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope since 1978

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

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Foothills Animal Shelter

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

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Friends of the Denver Fire Department

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

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Gateway 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 Ali Holstein at ali.holstein@girlsontherun.org.

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Global Dental Relief

Volunteers Serving Children in Need Around the World

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

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Helping Veterans

From Service to Community.

Founded on the belief that service does not end at the conclusion of military service, Helping Veterans recognizes the highly underutilized potential for leadership that exists within the veteran community and seeks to build upon the natural abilities and potential that already resides within veterans. Our mission at Helping Veterans is to strengthen our communities by serving veterans and their families. This is accomplished by providing access to a strong, active network of supporters that offers opportunities for work programs, small-business advice and consultation, resource management/navigation for post-military life and housing options for those that find themselves at-risk for homelessness. For more information visit us at www.helpingveterans.org and help us strengthen our communities

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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

Hope Shines

A Small Group of People Making a BIG Impact.

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

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Huntington’s Disease Society of America, RMC

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

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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.

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Inspiring Hope, Improving Lives and Strengthening Our Community

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

Judi’s House

Hope and Healing for Grieving Children and Families

Judi’s House was founded on the belief that all bereaved children and families should have access to effective and compassionate care. Judi’s House is the only free-standing organization in the Metro Denver area dedicated specifically to helping grieving children. Our mission is to help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing. Since inception, Judi’s House has provided care to more than 7,700 children and caregivers—completely free of charge—toward our vision that no child should be alone in grief. We believe that investing in these vulnerable children will help them build resilience and the coping skills they need to adjust to their loss, and handle future challenges. To learn more about Judi’s House, please visit www.judishouse.org. To learn about our participation in the Colfax Marathon contact Allison Smith at AllisonS@judishouse.org or 720-941-0331 x219.

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KIPP Colorado Schools

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

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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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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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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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McGlone Academy

McGlone Academy, located in Montbello, is a proud Denver Public School, serving a student population that is 94% low-income, 98% minority, 62% English Language Learners, 9% Special Education and 100% college bound. School enrollment is now at full capacity due to consistent improvement; we have 800 students!  We are an innovation school and have seen incredible success, catapulting ourselves from one of the lowest-performing schools to 8th in the State.  Four years ago we were a red school on the school performance framework; now we are a green school. Run with us and raise funds for Denver students! We are Montbello PROUD!  Hear from our amazing kids.  For more information about running for us, contact Theresa Murphy, Theresa_Murphy@dpsk12.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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Metro Community Provider Network

Providing excellent health-related services focusing on the underserved

Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) is a non-profit healthcare organization that provides medical, dental, and mental healthcare and community-based services to underserved and uninsured populations who cannot afford basic healthcare; no one is turned away because of their inability to pay. Our mission is to partner with the community to provide excellent, culturally-sensitive health services to meet the needs of each individual…every touch, every time. MCPN will have twenty locations throughout the metropolitan Denver area by the end of 2013. To participate in the Colfax Marathon events in support of MCPN, contact Laura Larson at 303-761-1977 x1132, Laura.Larson@mcpn.org.

 

Mile High Behavioral Healthcare / Comitis

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

 

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 Joe at j.vonbokern@mirrorimagearts.org.”

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Mountain Pet Rescue

Rescue, Foster, Adopt!

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

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Move for Hunger

Move For Hunger is a nonprofit organization that works with the relocation industry to help strengthen the efforts of our nation’s food banks.  By working with movers, Realtors, and corporate housing providers, our partners offer to pick up the unopened, non-perishable food items during the moving process and deliver it to local food banks.  To date, Move For Hunger has successfully delivered over 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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Muscular Dystrophy Association

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

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

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National Alliance on Mental Illness – Colorado

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

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National Sports Center for the Disabled

Enabling the Spirit Through Sport

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

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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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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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PDCD Research Fund

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

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Peter Knuti Memorial Foundation

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

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Phamaly Theatre Company

Theatre with possability.

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

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Playworks

Playworks for every kid.

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

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Project C.U.R.E.

Delivering Health and Hope to the World.

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

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Project COPE

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

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

Assisting Coloradans in Cancer Treatment.

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

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Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL)

Developing and Connecting People

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 training and other professional development experiences for health and environment professionals in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. With over 850 graduates of its comprehensive leadership programs, RIHEL is also an association of vibrant, forward-looking health and environment professionals in the region.  To learn more about us, visit www.rihel.org.  For more information about running/walking for RIHEL, contact rihel.colfax@gmail.com, or call 303-871-3550.

Restoration Project International

Enhancing Resilience and Building Capacity for Restoration.

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

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Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance

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

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Second Wind Fund

Your Community.  Your Kids.

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

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Seeds of Hope

Strengthening our community through education

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

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

ShelterBox USA

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

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

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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STRIVE Preparatory Schools

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

STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, high-quality, college-preparatory education.  STRIVE Prep was founded 10 years ago under the belief that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.  This year, 3,500 students are enrolled at 11 schools. Roughly 97% of students are students of color, 87% qualify for free/reduced price lunch, 42% are English Language Learners and 12% qualify for special education services.  To learn more about us, go to www.striveprep.org or contact Samantha Tobia, Manager of Development and Events at stobia@striveprep.org.

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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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The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin

Achieve with Us

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

The Gathering Place

A Refuge for Rebuilding Lives

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

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

The 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 Senior Hub

Caring & Connecting

The Senior Hub, Inc. is a non-profit resource center that has served seniors and their families for over 30 years.  Our mission is to advance the quality of life for older adults through advocacy, community partnerships and a variety of direct services planned to sustain an independent, healthy aging experience.  We provide In-Homecare, Adult Day Services, Meals on Wheels, Information & Referral, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and a multitude of services that help elders age safely and comfortably in their own homes with a little help from our staff. To learn more about our participation as a  charity partner, contact Kasi Bowker, kbowker@seniorhub.org

 

TransformAsia USA

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

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University Prep

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

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Urban Outreach Denver

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

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WalkDenver

PEOPLE ARE PEDESTRIANS BY DESIGN.

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

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Wish for Our Heroes – Colorado Chapter

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

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

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Wish for Wheels

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

 

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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 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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Young Life

GOING ALL OUT FOR KIDS.

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

Youth for Christ Denver

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

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Zimbabwe Kidz

Quench the Thirst for Health and Learning in Zimbabwe.

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

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

 

Zuma’s Rescue Ranch

Rescuing – Rehabilitating – Restoring

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

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

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