Our Charity Partners
We match disabled runners & walkers with volunteer guides!
Our mission is to enable people with disabilities to participate in mainstream running in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life. Join us for runs/walks in Denver’s Washington Park every Monday at 6pm. For more info and to Rsvp go to http://www.meetup.com/coloradoruns or visit our web site at www.achillescolorado.org. To join our charity partners team, contact Michael Oliva, email@example.com or 720-588-7217.
Providing scholarships for beautifully unique students
The Alexander C. Teves ‘ACT Foundation’ provides funding for scholarships, mentor programs and opportunities to students with unique academic, social, and/or emotional needs. This helps to provide them with necessary skills to become confidant, productive individuals. Alex’s precious life was taken in the Aurora, CO theater massacre on 7/20/2012. The ACT Foundation continues to honor Alex’s selfless commitment and dedication toward helping others. Thank you for choosing to honor Alex’s life while providing at risk students with a chance to succeed. For more information, please visit us at www.alexanderctevesfoundation.org or contact Amanda Teves at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because Healthy Kids Learn Better
Colorado Action for Healthy Kids addresses childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. In Colorado, we partner with hundreds of dedicated volunteers – teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more – to create these healthy schools. Working together, we’re giving kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground with fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and programs. Join Team Healthy Kids to help us reverse the childhood obesity epidemic! Contact Stephanie Ekoniak, email@example.com. For more information about us, visit www.actionforhealthykids.org.
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 Adoptions Options. Please help by joining our Charity Partner Team by contacting Janelle Schultz at 303-695-1601. Thank you and happy running!
Fighting on Every Front to Improve Living with ALS
Our Chapter was founded in 1991 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 medical equipment loan program, the Doris Lackner Respite Care Fund, support groups, educational information, referrals and one-on-one support.
The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is the premier source of information and support for the more than 72,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease, and the 230,000 people who care for them. Through our statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education classes and support groups as well as safety services including, Medic Alert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return and Comfort Zone and a 24-hour Helpline, all at no cost. We also fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease. Do it for a cause and go the distance with ALZ Stars! Members of ALZ Stars raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s while inspiring others to support you! To learn more about ALZ Stars email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org/co.
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.
The American Liver Foundation strives to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease
Did you know that there are over 100 different kinds of liver disease that affect all age groups and all nationalities? Did you know that liver disease and cirrhosis are the 9th leading cause of death in Denver County and the 10th leading cause of death in Colorado? Research is improving daily, and new methods to manage these diseases are being developed all the time, but there is much more that still needs to be done. The American Liver Foundation is working hard but we need your support too! Let’s work together to make liver disease something that’s only written about in history books. To join our charity partner team, contact Lindsey McGee, email@example.com, 303-988-4388. To learn more about us, visit www.liverfoundation.org.
Fighting for Air
As the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S., the American Lung Association in Colorado works to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Program areas include asthma, smoking cessation and prevention, lung disease, air quality and research. Whether educating youth at our summer camp; helping teens quit their tobacco habit; providing support and education for adults living with lung disease; or researching cures for everything from lung disease to lung cancer; the work of the American Lung Association in Colorado truly does impact everyone.
Join us to help ensure that the American Red Cross can provide compassionate services to Coloradans for another 100 years.
In 1914, just as WWI began, local visionaries saw the need for a local chapter of the American Red Cross to be located in Colorado. Since then, Red Cross volunteers from Colorado have touched the lives of countless people down the street, across the country and around the world. Join us as we celebrate the legacy of these original visionaries, honor the contribution of local Red Cross volunteers, and ensure that the American Red Cross can continue to deliver needed services and compassion in Colorado for another 100 years. Visit our website for more information about our Century Celebrations: www.redcross.org/colorado-100. To learn more about our participation as a charity partner, contact MaryBeth Riopel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. To join our charity partner team, contact Kathie Gorham, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation providing professional, comprehensive health care specializing in mental health and substance abuse services, for the communities of Arapahoe & Douglas Counties. We offer programs for adults, seniors, families, couples and children. These services include counselling, psychiatry, crisis services, substance abuse treatment, victim services, an adult acute treatment unit, services to the criminal justice system, vocational and social rehabilitation, and school-based services. Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network has an on-site pharmacy. We offer community education, wellness programs and a Speakers Bureau. For more information, visit www.admhn.org or contact Alyson Fetherolf at email@example.com.
Running for H.O.P.E.
Arapahoe County H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Excel) is a non-profit program created by employees of the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in Colorado that fills the needs of local individuals and families that can’t be met by formal welfare programs. HOPE provides goods and services to children who are victims of abuse or neglect, vulnerable seniors in the adult protection system, and struggling families and individuals in crisis. Learn more about out our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Julie Schilling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-636-1851. For more information about us, visit www.arapahoegov.com/HOPE.
Athletes in Tandem, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Fort Collins, Colorado for athletes who have disabilities by partnering with them to compete in triathlons, running, biking and swimming events. We provide a unique experience for individuals who typically do not have the opportunity to enjoy the thrill and excitement of competitive sports. Participation by athletes helps to build self esteem and improve their quality of life. Athletes in Tandem competes throughout the year inspiring athletes, caregivers and family members by providing a safe and stimulating environment to experience the thrill of crossing the finish line. Check us out at: athletesintandem.org. To join our charity partners program, contact Vienna Brown, email@example.com.
Preserving the life, health and stability of Aurora’s men, women and children facing homelessness.
Since 2006, Aurora Warms the Night has provided emergency cold weather assistance through food, clothing, toiletries, and motel vouchers when evening temperatures are forecasted 20 degrees or below. We also offer a year-round program in collaboration with Aurora Mental Health Center, local agencies and congregations. Our mission is to preserve the life, health and stability of Aurora’s men, women, and children facing homelessness. For more information about us, visit www.AuroraWarmstheNight.org. To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Sarah Hamilton, firstname.lastname@example.org
AYO works with middle and high school aged youth and their families to navigate, connect and provide positive, individualized resources that help youth thrive.
Aurora Youth Options, a program of Aurora Mental Health Center, works with middle and high school-aged youth and their families to navigate, connect, and provide positive, individualized resources to help youth thrive. AYO goals are to enhance the lives of Aurora’s at risk youth and increase their ability to succeed. AYO utilizes existing resources and programs in Aurora and the metro area. Youth may also receive one- on- one mentoring with adult volunteers. Also, AYO provides free drop-in homework help and tutoring services at two Aurora library locations as well as youth and family leadership sessions. To learn more about AYO visit www.aurorayouthoptions.org. To join our charity partner team contact Natalie Kaiser at email@example.com or 303-617-2613.
Improving the lives of all affected by autism … share the journey! All money raised here, stays here!
ASC’s goal is to advocate, inform, and share the journey with thousands of Coloradans through our main program areas of policy, education, and community connections. ASC is locally based and serves individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families, providers, educators, and policy makers throughout the state of Colorado by providing the most current and accurate information, training and referrals. We work to implement programs that promote quality of life, advance legislation to increase funding for treatment and support and heighten community awareness. Check us out at autismcolorado.org. To join our charity partners program, contact Mikayla Houser at 720-214-0794 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bayaud Enterprises provides job services for individuals facing physical, mental, emotional and economic barriers to competitive employment. We have been providing job coaching, training, and placement for Denver’s most vulnerable populations since 1969. Visit www.bayaudenterprises.org to learn more about us. For information about our charity partners program, contact Danielle Travis, email@example.com.
Be a Big. Give Big.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is excited to participate as a Charity Partner for the Colfax Marathon again in 2014! Please consider supporting our team or one of our runners as we train and prepare for this awesome event taking place May 17th and 18th. You can join the BBBSC team or support one of our runner, click here. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. As the state’s top mentoring organization, for almost 100 years Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has provided children in need with mentors to guide them. The one-to-one volunteer mentoring program has helped tens of thousands of children reach their full potential, and mentors discover a profound sense of satisfaction. The positive results of the program are measurable and significant. To learn more about how you can support our programs click here. To join our charities partner team contact Dustin. Now is the time to do something BIG!
It takes more than blood to save a life.
Bonfils Blood Center is a cornerstone of the healthcare community, both across the Front Range and Colorado as a whole. Since 1943, we have quietly assured patients in every community that if they arrive at the hospital for scheduled surgery or through the emergency room, blood or blood products will be on the shelves. We’re proud to have become a trusted community resource and source of hope for those in their time of need as well as an outlet for our neighbors wanting to give back through blood, marrow and financial donations. To learn more about Bonfils Blood Center, please visit www.bonfils.org. To run with us and join the fun, please contact Julie Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.739.4000.
By the time you’re done reading this, at least five people will have sustained a brain injury. It may have been a kid tumbling on a playground; a soldier standing near a bomb; a grandmother suffering a stroke; a husband in a car accident. Do you know what happens to them afterward? Life often changes dramatically. Personalities may change, relationships may fail, jobs may be lost, school performance may dwindle. Brain injuries can cause conditions such as epilepsy and increase the risk for Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s. Almost 2 million Americans sustained a brain injury in 2013, including one in five soldiers serving in current conflicts. The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC) strives to improve the quality of life for people with brain injuries, including hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. Through support, education, recreation, and resources, BIAC seeks to make a difference. If you would like to join our charity partner team, contact Liz Gerdeman.
Learn. Teach. Achieve.
Breakthrough Kent Denver launches motivated, under-resourced Denver Public Middle School students on the path to college and inspires high school and college students to pursue careers in education. We are a tuition free, educational non-profit program that provides our students and teachers with the tools necessary to facilitate their highest level of achievement. In 2011, 97% of Breakthrough alumni graduated from high school and 94% went on to pursue a college degree. Run with us to ensure our students have the opportunity and choice to succeed in high school and college. To learn more about us, visit www.breakthroughdenver.org. To run with us, contact Jaclyn Schaffner, email@example.com or 303.770.7660 x180.
Making a difference in the lives of children with cancer….one day at a time.
There is a place where families are offered hope and healing when facing the most demanding time of their lives. There is a place where kids being treated for life threatening cancer can still be kids. This place is Brent’s Place. Since its inception, Brent’s Place has remained the only hospital approved “Safe-Clean” housing facility for immune compromised patients and their families, providing a living environment that is essential to healing and recovery. Conveniently located near the Anschutz Medical Campus, Brent’s Place is designed to offer families “Safe-Clean” individualized housing in an environment virtually free from dander, dust, mold and other infectious agents. Brent’s Place, a program and facility created by the Brent Eley Foundation, bridges the gap between the hospital and going home.
More than one million people die each year from kidney failure, most in countries without life-saving dialysis or transplant services. Bridge of Life is working to change that reality by expanding access to safe, effective, and affordable dialysis treatment in the world’s most underserved communities. Working in concert with a network of volunteers and partners, we are able to bring life-saving medical treatment to those who need it most, giving mothers, fathers, and children a second chance at life. Learn more at www.bridgeoflifemm.org or contact Jason Newcomer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-876-2956 to join our race team!
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 email@example.com to do so. For more information about our work, please visit www.cafecultura.org.
Dedicated to the Ones We Love, 100% Volunteer – 100% Colorado
Cancer League of Colorado was formed in 1969 to raise money for cancer research and related patient care and family programs in Colorado. Cancer League is comprised entirely of volunteers, currently numbering more than 400, with no paid staff and no offices. All money raised goes to cancer research and service programs in Colorado. The research funded by Cancer League allows researchers to do the initial testing required to qualify for major grants from the National Cancer Institute and other large grantors which have averaged more than 20 times the amount of the original Cancer League grant, establishing Cancer League as a major asset to the cancer centers and research facilities in Colorado.
If Momma’s Not Healthy – Nobody is Happy
Celebrating Women’s Health provides critical information on health topics such as breast cancer including early detection and self breast exams, well-women exams, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health, nutrition, and massage therapy and fun exercises for integrating health and faith. Our mission is to reach all women, regardless of race, economics or church affiliation and encourage them to come together to build personal strength through information, education and social networking. We host a one-day event that is free and open to all; it typically draws 300 people. We are a young and growing nonprofit that wants your support. Join our Charity Partner team and help us reach out to more women who need this critical information.
For more information, please contact Sherry Delaney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. To learn more about our Foundation, visit www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org.
Building Self-Esteem and Life Skills Through Board Sports
The Chill Foundation provides at-risk and underserved youth the opportunity to learn to snowboard completely free of charge as a vehicle to deliver life lessons in patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, respect, and pride. Since 2005 Chill Denver has been serving youth aged 10 to 18 from a variety of local youth agencies including low-income schools, residential treatment centers, group homes, and a children’s law center. Chill gives these youth the chance to see beyond the challenges of today and focus on positive alternatives for the future. For more information visit www.chill.org or contact Randy George at firstname.lastname@example.org. To join us as a Community Partner, visit www.chilldenver.kintera.org/marathon.
Across the country, one million students drop out of school each year. Half of these dropouts come from just 12% of schools. City Year is deeply committed to addressing these alarming circumstances head on. City Year recruits and trains young people, who dedicate a year of their lives to full-time service, to work in the most under-resourced schools to ensure that students reach graduation on-track and on-time. City Year Denver deploys 70 corps members in 8 schools to serve over 4,700 children. Your support makes the work of our corps members possible – we can’t thank you enough! For more information, visit www.cityyear.org/denver. To run with us, contact Alissa Smith at email@example.com.
Everyone deserves to play sports
The Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation assists in providing the funding necessary and awareness of programs that allow for people of all ages with a physical disability the opportunity to increase independence, improve self-confidence, and to socially integrate themselves through participation in structured team sports and competition. Through collaborations with local school districts and hospitals, we reach out to families that have children born with a disability and help inspire people that suffer a disabling accident to get out and enjoy the energy that participation in sports can bring. Visit www.coloradoadaptivesports.org and help us help hundreds of people live fuller lives.
Adult education programs throughout Colorado serve individuals who are improving their literacy, mathematics, and English proficiency to achieve their goals: obtain or advance in a job; exit public assistance and achieve a sustaining income; complete high school; transfer to a community college or training program; help their children succeed; manage their family’s healthcare; and/or learn English, and be an informed citizen. The Colorado Adult Education Professional Association (CAEPA) provides leadership to its members by offering opportunities for professional development, advocacy, and resource sharing to improve the quality of life for every Coloradan. Altogether, CAEPA affiliates account for nearly 15,000 of Colorado’s learners annually. Visit www.caepa.org to learn more. George Oclair, firstname.lastname@example.org, is managing its charity partners’ initiative.
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 email@example.com to learn more about our charity partner team.
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.
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.
The mission of the Colorado Hawks is to INSPIRE, UPLIFT and EMPOWER our STUDENT athletes. We do this by supporting each athlete to achieve academic greatness within our year-round, competitive basketball program. Our vision is to create an opportunity and an alternative to gangs for at-risk, disadvantaged youth and provide a culturally diverse experience for youth who are not at-risk. We accomplish this mission through a communal approach and ensure that our doors are open to any and all athletes who aspire to play competitive basketball while achieving academic success.
Justice for Youth.
The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition “CJDC” is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and advocacy and justice for all children and youth in Colorado. CJDC believes all youth should experience adolescence free from over-criminalization in a just society that promotes their well-being and provides second chances. CJDC seeks to improve youth outcomes in the juvenile justice system through coalition building, research, and policy development. CJDC strives to improve the representation of youth through legal education seminars and training manuals. We support Colorado youth and communities through Know Your Rights education and self-help resources. Learn more about us, click here. For more about our charity partners team, contact Jackie Pena.
Serving Nonprofits. Strengthening Communities.
Colorado Nonprofit Association was founded in 1986 (as the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations) to create purchasing efficiencies and programs to help to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the state’s nonprofit agencies. As the nonprofit sector has grown, the Association has expanded its scope. The Association is an important convener, stimulating collaboration among nonprofits, businesses, public agencies, educational institutions and individuals. Through its research, publications and educational programs, the Association has become the pre-eminent resource for nonprofit information and best practices. Visit www.coloradononprofits.org to learn more about us. Learn more about our charity partner program, contact Gerry Rasel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providing support and promoting Awareness of Ovarian Cancer through Advocacy and Education
Founded in 2005, COCA provides SUPPORT to survivors through Nicki’s Circle Support Groups, our one-of-a-kind Ovarian Cancer Resource Guide, as well as COCACares Financial Assistance and Comfort Kit programs. COCA also ADVOCATES for excellence in health care for women with ovarian cancer, EDUCATING about early detection through statewide health fairs and via programs such as Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives®. Run Colfax for COCA then join us for “Jodi’s Race for Awareness” June 7th in City Park.
For more information about COCA and the Charity Partners program, or to register for Jodi’s Race, visit our website at www.colo-ovariancancer.org. You can also contact Jeanene Smith at Jeanene@colo-ovariancancer.org.
The Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Foundation supports the activities and programs of the 200 municipal and 1,100 individual members of the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA). CPRA Foundation promotes parks, recreation, and leisure activities for all publics of the State of Colorado. Through its Cancer Fitness Institute, CPRA Foundation supports cancer survivors in individualized exercise and rehabilitation programs at community recreation centers. We also provide grants to Colorado communities for tree planting and community gardens.
Learn more about us and how you can create your own fundraising page to email to your friends and family, so they can join you to support parks and recreation in Colorado! For more information about our Charity Partners program, contact Therese at email@example.com or 303-231-0943.
Companions on the Journey
The Colorado Vincentian Volunteers 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. CVV volunteers serve homeless youth and adults, children in inner- city schools, the medically indigent, low income seniors, economically disadvantaged women and families who are in need of emergency assistance. In the past 18 years, 235 volunteers have completed the annual program, and 60 non-profit agencies have received over 423,000 hours of volunteer service. If you have questions or would like to participate contact Dan Grey firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Frances and Bill Jaster at email@example.com 303-863-8141.
Celebrating 125 Years of Service.
VNA is celebrating our 125th Year of Service! For 125 years, our nurses, therapists, social workers and staff have helped the medically under/uninsured disabled and senior populations stay in their homes with dignity and more optimal outcomes. Our Home Care, Wellness and Hospice divisions help the most vulnerable members of our community every day. Colorado will have more than 1 million people over the age of 60 by 2015 and VNA’s services are needed now more than ever. Please join us and support those in our community coping with the challenges related to aging, illness and disability. Together, we can make a difference! To join our charity partner team, contact Megan Lyda at LydaM@vnacolorado.org or 303-698-6308. To learn more about us, visit www.vnacolorado.org.
Solving America’s Dropout Crisis
The mission of Colorado Youth for a Change is to solve the dropout crisis in Colorado, and we have already seen a promising 29% reduction in the state’s dropout numbers over the past six years. We started as a nonprofit in 2005 when there were 18,031 dropouts across the state of Colorado, and 2010-2011 school year shows that 12,744 youth dropped out of school. Because even one dropout is too many, we are committed to continuing this work through thoughtful partnerships, early intervention, late intervention, and an expansion of school options. To learn more about CYC, please go to www.youthforachange.org. If interested in running for CYC, please contact Sharla Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advancing Adolescent Health and Information.
Colorado Youth Matter is a leader of the movement to improve the sexual health of young people in Colorado. We build capacity for systems-level change and seek to strengthen leadership and advance the movement for youth sexual health by prioritizing youth-adult partnerships. Through training, research, advocacy, comprehensive sexuality education and youth/family partnerships, we help communities across Colorado reach their desired academic and health goals. To learn more about what we do, please visit to http://coloradoyouthmatter.org/. To join our Colfax Marathon Charity Partner team, please contact Becca Bolden, email@example.com.
Colorado’s Community Giving Fund
Want to make a $26 million difference? Join us! Community Shares connects Coloradans to the charities and causes they care about most. We have been broadening charitable choice in Colorado for more than 25 years. One dollar at a time, one donor at a time, we have raised $26 million for local investment in Colorado nonprofits. Community Shares works with a wide variety of nonprofits in areas such as education, human rights, environmental protection, arts and media, healthcare, animal welfare, and community development. When we say every dollar makes a difference™, it’s more than a slogan – it’s our promise. For more information about our charity partners team, contact Cindy Chang, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.cshares.org to learn more about us.
Run with purpose and partner in the quest to empower families and schools in the West Colfax neighborhood affected by single parent challenges, poverty, violence, and illiteracy.
Confluence Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit outreach organization uniquely positioned to mobilize and empower people and organizations across Denver to pursue the wellbeing of the city. As a catalyst for collaboration we engage, connect and provide holistic service opportunities. Located in an at-risk area in West Colfax, Confluence Ministries offers programs such as English as a Second Language, GED Classes (in Spanish), tutoring for children, and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). For more information about our charity partners team, contact Reuben Gonzales, email@example.com.
Protecting America’s Heritage
The Conservation Lands Foundation is the only organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and expanding our National Conservation Lands. In Colorado we’re ensuring local communities have a voice in the management of natural treasures like the Gunnison Gorge & McInnis Canyons. We’re working with veterans and youth to improve wildlife habitat and restore wetlands and rivers in places like Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. We’re fighting to permanently protect place like Browns Canyon so future generations can enjoy our outdoor heritage. By protecting these lands, we protect the best part of our country, our history and ourselves. Contact Julie@conservationlands.org or visit www.conservationlands.org.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Joseph at JBrucker@CraigHospital.org or visit www.CraigHospital.org.
Team Challenge – Take the Challenge
Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program. With Team Challenge, you’ll find new strength inside yourself, and help find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, seldom-discussed and debilitating digestive diseases. With our Half Marathon Training Programs, you’ll train for a rewarding and exciting endurance event at one of our great destination races while raising vital funds for research into these diseases. These dollars will help make new treatments possible and fuel the search for cures. To learn more about joining us to run the Colfax Marathon contact Heidi Dudley or call 303-639-9163 x3 or visit our website.
Join Run CF with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and make a difference! We have an opportunity for those with a passion for running to raise funds to help end cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems. Run CF will help you with training information to get ready for the big day, and provide you with easy to use tools to raise money. By participating in the Colfax Marathon with Run CF you will be helping fund promising scientific research aimed at adding tomorrows for the 30,000 people in the United States. To learn more about us, visit www.cff.org. To learn more about our charity partner program, contact Anne Harris, email@example.com.
Denver Academy of Torah is a premier K-12 Modern Orthodox religious Zionist day school. We offer a vibrant and rigorous educational program which inspires a love of learning and creates an awareness of the larger world. A deep commitment to Jewish observance and a passion for the Jewish people and State of Israel is developed for our students in a warm and nurturing environment. The differentiated curriculum in both general and Torah studies focuses on mastery of skills in all subjects and encourages critical thinking. To learn more about us, visit www.datcampus.org. To join our charity partners team contact Kathy Bashari, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improving Lives of Denver Children, Youth and their Families
DAYS has served the Denver Metro Area for 30 years, providing a continuum of services for 2500 children, youth, and families each year. We help youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and parents to strengthen family relationships. We provide classes on parenting skills, sexual health, and substance abuse. We also provide substance abuse treatment, and support with gang disengagement. Young people learn to make good choices, improve their lives, and become positive role models. Learn more at denveryouth.org. We’d love to have you on our DAYS Marathon Charity Team! To join us, contact Polly at email@example.com or 303-302-3295.
Prevent Abuse. Strengthen Families. Restore Childhood.
The Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) works to improve the lives of children traumatized by sexual abuse and violence — as well as those who are at high risk — with prevention, education and direct services. We invite you to “Run for the Children” in any of the 2014 races to help us raise funds to restore childhood for victims of abuse and violence. We are pleased to offer our runners running groups, running store discounts, training plans, and fun Colfax marathon gear. For more information, please visit us at www.denvercac.org or contact Lauren Mueller at Lauren@DenverCAC.org.
Denver Community Ventures’ (DCV) mission is to promote self-sufficiency and independent living for low- and moderate-income families and individuals. DCV supports the programs of the Denver Housing Authority’s Resident and Client Services Department to provide services like school supplies for kids, credit repair and debt reduction for adults, homeownership education, and healthy living programs for senior and disabled residents. For more information, please visit us at www.denvercommunityventures.org. To join our charity partner team, contact Lisa Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Marin Brownell, Marin_Brownell@dpsk12.org, 720-423-8133.
Pioneering Online Learning in Denver
Denver Online High School (DOHS) is a Denver Public Schools high school that supports motivated students in graduating quickly by providing highly flexible online learning. Full-time DOHS students earn a traditional high school diploma and have access to Advanced Placement and tuition-free college courses. Our rigorous courses are recognized by Denver Public Schools and in-state and out-of-state universities. Courses are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – with extra help from teachers online, on the phone or at our learning center. For more information, please visit online.dpsk12.org. To learn more about our charity partner program, contact Julie Capp, JULIE_CAPP@dpsk12.org.
The Friends Foundation provides advocacy and fundraising efforts for the Denver Public Library. But more importantly, we help keep Denver connected. With your support, we: (1) Encourage over 41,000 kids to keep their love for reading alive through the summer, thanks to our Summer of Reading program; (2) Help many grateful adults connect to the world with technology classes and Internet access, and; (3) Put thousands of new books, CDs and DVDs on the shelves. Please run for the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation and help us keep Denver connected. To learn more, visit dplfriends.org, or contact Laurie Romer at 720-865-2050 or email@example.com.
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 14.9 million for Denver Public Schools in the 2012-13 school year. The DPS Foundation funds innovative and core programs in the areas of literacy, tutoring, STEM education, after-school 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.
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 Katrina Tamminga Crook, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our world is better with animals. Help us secure a better world for them.
Wanted! Fast cats to run for Denver Zoo. Spots optional! Home to 4,000 animals and host to 2 million visitors each year, Denver Zoo is teeming with life. Thanks to community giving, we have become one of the nation’s most popular zoos. In return, we’re happy to be part of what makes Denver such a vibrant place to live, learn and grow. Your support helps protect and save animals living here in the zoo, in the Rocky Mountain region, and, all over the world. Run for the Denver Zoo team today and help more people create a lasting connection to wildlife and empower them to take positive action for animals. If you have any questions about joining Team Zoo, contact our development department at email@example.com or call us at 720-337-1460.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.547.4745.
Sustaining People + the Planet
EarthLinks is a micro-economic development project where people who are homeless and low-income work in an organic garden and craft workshop, then create and sell Earth-friendly products from what is harvested. Participants in the Workshop Program gain an income, a closer relationship with nature, and a caring community which provides support on the journey toward positive life changes. At different times of the year various programs are ongoing, such as the Day Trips into Nature Program, where groups of participants escape the city on rejuvenating trips to the mountains and state parks, and community workshops on various sustainable living skills. To learn more about EarthLinks, visit www.earthlinks-colorado.org. To support our participants by running with Team EarthLinks, contact Cody Meinhardt at email@example.com or 303-389-0085.
Creating Solutions, Changing Lives.
For 88 years, Easter Seals Colorado has been providing excellent services to people with disabilities across the state of Colorado. This past year we proudly reached more than 7,000 individuals while touching the lives of 35,000+ family and community members through a variety of services. Our Warm Water Therapy Pool, Employment Services, Adult Day Programs, and Stroke and Rehabilitation Program help individuals gain greater independence, achieve higher self-confidence, and live healthier lifestyles. Visit Easter Seals Colorado to learn more about us. For more information about our charity partner team, contact Taylor Powers via email or phone, 303-233-1666 x243.
Creating a non-violent community, one family at a time
With all of the media coverage about child abuse, have you ever wondered what you could do to make a difference in the life of a child? Well, at FACES, we know that the best way to do that is to help moms and dads be better parents. We give parents the tools they need to learn how to nurture and protect their kids and to strengthen their family. Through our home-based counseling and parenting education program; as well as, our community-based parenting classes, we are changing lives every day. Will you help us? Please join the FACES team today! For more information, visit www.facesonline.org. To join our FACES team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect in Colorado
Since 1986, we have offered a unique combination of prevention and treatment programs: Residential care for young, abused children and stress-relieving Family Support Services including parent support groups/classes, Spanish family support services and a bi-lingual statewide Family Support Line 1.800.CHILDREN. We respond to the needs of all families with an approach that is welcoming and collaborative and believe that protecting and promoting healthy families strengthens the community and society as a whole. We serve more than 5,000 families annually.
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 Jaclyn Wilmot, 303-403-5892.
Leading the Way to Hope
We invite you to join our charity team as part of the 2011 Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon. Fetal Hope Foundation was started by two runners whose identical twin girls were saved during pregnancy when all hope seemed lost. Thanks to in-utero surgery, their daughters were saved. Each day, some 200 babies die from a fetal syndrome and some 800,000 pregnancies are affected each year. Join us in making a difference.
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com or visit our website at www.fetalhope.org.
The Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, Inc. (FABF) was established in 2012 after the untimely and tragic death of firefighter Jason Murphy. The fund is for firefighters and their families to be used in times of need and support due to death or illness.
Inspiring Bright Futures by Changing Can’t to Can.
Firefly Autism is changing can’t to can for hundreds of kids 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 kiddos to make improvements, not in years, but in weeks and months. With the type of intervention our clinicians provide, kids 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, visit www.fireflyautism.org. To learn more about our Charity Partner program, contact Emily Roche, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-759-1192.
Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope since 1978
F1 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 41million 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!
Harvesting for the Hungry
Foraged Feast is a Denver-based non-profit that collects locally grown food that would otherwise go unused or wasted and connects those nutritional food sources with the underserved of our community. This includes gleaning fruit trees in private and public spaces and recovering excess produce from farmer’s markets, local farms and wholesale distributors. Foraged Feast believes that by coming together and sharing resources, we can reach underserved populations and connect local food sources with local needs. We do this because we care and because sharing feels good. Please help by joining our Charity Partners Team by contacting Jannelle Schultz at Janelle@ForagedFeast.org or 720.984.4118. To learn more about us, visit www.foragedfeast.org.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the world’s leading non-governmental source for retinal disease research funding. With 50 chapters across the country, including the Denver chapter, the goal of the Foundation is clear: To drive the research that leads to preventions, treatments, and cures for the entire spectrum of blinding retinal diseases — including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, and Usher syndrome — that together affect more than 10 million Americans and millions more throughout the world. In recent human clinical trials, 40 kids and young adults have had their vision restored through gene therapy. Visit our website for more information: www.FightBlindness.org. To join our charity partner team contact Richard Faubion.
Donate A Bra. Give A Former Slave A Job.
Free The Girls works to provide jobs to women rescued from sex trafficking in developing countries by helping them set up micro enterprises selling bras. (yes, BRAS!) And, through the collection of new and gently used bras in Western countries, we strive to educate people and organizations about the scourge of human trafficking worldwide. We partner with safe houses and aftercare facilities in Mozambique, Uganda, El Salvador and Mexico. To learn more about Free The Girls, please visit www.freethegirls.org. To run with us, volunteer at the races, or join the fun please contact Selah Davenport, email@example.com.
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.
Serving the Victims of Domestic Violence in Aurora and Arapahoe County since 1977.
Gateway Battered Women’s Services works toward the elimination of personal and societal violence against all women and children by empowerment through education, support services, and by actually promoting social change within the community. Gateway provides quality services in a safe and confidential environment for all women, children and family pets who are victims of domestic violence. Gateway strives to promote community awareness through training, education, and networking. Gateway’s goal is to empower women and children in developing violence-free lives through crisis intervention, advocacy, and support services. Gateway endeavors to affect community awareness and ultimately change attitudes on issues of domestic violence. To learn more about us, visit www.gatewayshelter.org. For more information about our charity partner program, contact Jeneen Klippel, JKworden@gatewayshelter.com.
Supporting academic excellence in our schools.
Golden Schools Foundation works in partnership with Golden area schools and public education stakeholders to promote an educational environment where students can reach maximum potential. We provide enrichment grants for school programs, bestow teacher recognition awards, and encourage community collaboration to support improvements in student achievements. Our mission is to ensure Golden articulation schools offer our children an outstanding education. To join our Charity Partner running team or to register a relay team, contact Suzie.Lucken@gmail.com. To learn more about the Golden Schools Foundation, please visit www.goldenschoolsfoundation.org.
Havern School provides an education program for elementary and middle school students with diagnosed learning disabilities. With a 4:1 student-to-staff ratio, master teachers, occupational therapists, and speech/language pathologists provide a comprehensive program of intervention services. Our mission is to create confident learners who will leave Havern with the skills to continue to succeed far beyond our walls. Havern School is a nationally recognized community of professionals, parents, families, and friends working together to address the individual academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. For more information about us, visit www.havernschool.org. To participate with us as a charity partner, contact Sue Powell, Spowell@havernschool.org, 303-986-4587×104.
From Service to Community.
‘Helping Veterans was established to raise AWARENESS and SUPPORT the increasing need for safe, secure, affordable housing for veterans in transition that are living with disabilities and looking for re‐entry back into the workforce. In 2013 there was approximately 1.4 million veterans considered to be at‐risk for homelessness. In combination with poverty, an overall lack of social-‐support networks, dismal housing conditions and living in isolation, veterans are 50% more likely to become homeless. To effect change in a meaningful way, HVwill make an impact on the veteran community locally and create opportunities for employment nationally. To join our charity partners team, contact Joel Cinnamon, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit: www.helpingveterans.org.
Focusing on young women diagnosed with breast cancer
The Hope for Heather Foundation was established in 2010 committed to helping young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Heather Taylor was just 25 when she was diagnosed with stage 3b, HER2 positive, breast cancer. As family, friends, and Heather embarked on the cancer journey, we started learning about all the organizations devoted to helping women. Some were committed to research, for others it was awareness and prevention, but we couldn’t find an organization to help with the everyday costs of living with, fighting, and surviving. It became clear that we could use her experience to help other women.
To learn more about us, please visit www.hopeforheatherfoundation.com. For more information about joining our Charity Partner team, contact Renee Roberts at email@example.com. Donate to the cause here.
Your Doctor. Your Dignity.
Inner City Health Center is a low-income health clinic providing comprehensive, high-quality Medical, Dental, and Counseling services to Colorado’s neediest individuals and families. Since opening its doors 30 years ago in 1983, Inner City Health Center has been a place where patients are treated with dignity, respect, and compassion. In order to keep prices affordable for our patients and maintain high standards of care, we rely on financial support from the community, including runners! For more information about us, visit www.innercityhealth.org. For our Colfax Marathon fundraising page, visit www.coloradogives.org/ICHmarathon. For other information, contact Stacia Rabith, StaciaR@innercityhealth.org 720-833-5092
Training rescued ears to hear free of charge
International Hearing Dog, Inc. creates a new “leash” on life by rescuing dogs from local animal shelters and training them to become Hearing Dogs. Each dog is selected from a Denver area shelter, trained in sound response, general socialization and obedience then placed with a hearing impaired recipient in the United States or Canada free of charge. In 32 years, IHDI has placed more than 1,100 Hearing Dogs and continues serving the hearing impaired community. IHDI has been and continues to be funded by private foundations and donations. For more information visit www.hearingdog.org. To join our charity partners team, contact Kelly Hennegan, firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-287-3277.
Training rescued ears to hear free of charge
Young people come from European and African nations to attend iYouth camp (international youth camp for cross cultural kids) The youth range from ages 12 to 19 and include missionary, military, and ex-pat kids as well as English speaking European youth. iYouth camp attracts youth living outside their home countries. These youth are often overlooked by the society in which they live. The common product we have seen from over a decade of youth camps is joy, freedom and hope! The camp provides daily team building, recreation, and mentoring facilitated by a US team of counselors. Many lifelong friendships are made and many are restored and motivated to return to their lives with a passion and focus for life. For more information about us, contact Donnelle Johnson, email@example.com.
Improving Lives – Curing Type 1 Diabetes
Did you know as many as 3 million Americans are living with type 1 diabetes (T1D)? This includes kids, teens and adults; all dependent on insulin to survive. Unrelated to diet or lifestyle, T1D is an autoimmune disease that carries the constant danger of life-threatening complications. There are no days off, and there is no cure. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers, JDRF has grown to become the largest charitable funder of T1D research. JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion to diabetes research since our founding. Our goal is simple: we want to create a world without T1D. Will you run for a cure? For more information, visit www.jdrfrockymountain.org, call 303-770-2873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To join our Colfax Marathon Charity Partner team, contact Amanda O’Neill, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Jeffco Schools Foundation, please visit www.jeffcoschoolsfoundation.org.
Building Hope, Changing Lives, Strengthening Community
Jefferson Center for Mental Health is the community mental health center serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin Counties. Our mission is to promote mental health and provide quality mental health services to persons with emotional problems and/or serious mental illness. Our vision for the future is a community in which there is no stigma, no lack of resources and no barriers to mental health care, where recovery from mental illnesses is not only possible but probable and individuals with mental health problems live satisfying, contributing, and hopeful lives. To learn more visit us at www.jcmh.org or contact Rebecca Hansen at RebeccaHa@jcmh.org.
Respect, Integrity, Fun, Collaboration and Perseverance
At Johnson Elementary, our vision and mission is this. Student Performance: All students will exceed standards, be engaged in their learning and take an active role in their education. Equity and Access: We hold ourselves accountable to each and every child’s success; present and future. Student, Family and Community: We honor student, family and community partnerships: nurturing the relationships to accelerate success in an environment of safety, care and joy. Effective Teaching and Learning: We teach effectively and passionately. To join our Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact Sara Farmer. To learn more about us, visit http://johnson.dpsk12.org/about/
Hope and Healing for Grieving Children and Families
Judi’s House was founded in 2002 by former NFL quarterback Brian Griese in honor of his mother who died when he was 12. The mission of Judi’s House is to help children and families grieving a death find hope and healing within themselves. Our vision is a community in which no child feels alone in grief. As the only comprehensive center in the Denver area dedicated to serving this population, Judi’s House believes that every individual deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive, understanding environment and extends our services to the larger community by partnering with Colorado public schools and other community groups. To date, Judi’s House has served over 6,000 children and caregivers. Visit www.judishouse.org for more information. To join our Charity Partners program, contact Ali Mabardi email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking works to combat human trafficking in Colorado and the United States through community-based research, training and education, and leadership development. Since the organizations inception LCHT has trained over 13,000 first responders and community members, supported 68 interns, and implemented three major research projects to better understand the problem of human trafficking and help to create a coordinated response in our communities. To run with us, please contact Len Lingo, email@example.com and for more information visit our website at www.combathumantrafficking.org.
Heal. Strengthen. Hope.
Founded as an adoption agency in 1948, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains now includes foster care, older adult services, child abuse prevention programs, immigration services, disaster response and resettlement service to refugees and asylees. You can help promote refugee and asylee success through services that strengthen, heal and provide hope. Through the program, refugees find housing, employment support and case management services. Refugees bring with them more than just a few belongings when they resettle to the U.S.; they bring their passions, hope and determination. Run with us! Contact Kristen Damron, firstname.lastname@example.org for details and for more information visit: www.lfsrm.org.
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 email@example.com or 303-750-9474.
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.
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 Beth Dunham, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providing excellent health-related services focusing on the underserved
Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) is a non-profit healthcare organization that provides medical, dental, and mental healthcare and community-based services to underserved and uninsured populations who cannot afford basic healthcare; no one is turned away because of their inability to pay. Our mission is to partner with the community to provide excellent, culturally-sensitive health services to meet the needs of each individual…every touch, every time. MCPN will have twenty locations throughout the metropolitan Denver area by the end of 2013. To participate in the Colfax Marathon events in support of MCPN, contact Carrie Fieger at 303-761-1977 X1128, 303-229-3492, or email@example.com.
Advancing Family Prosperity.
Mi Casa Resource Center works toward its mission of advancing the economic success of Latino and working families through an integrated program strategy of Career, Business, and Youth & Family Development services. To meet this mission Mi Casa to offers these programs: (1) Career Development: a practical pathway for workers who face barriers to employment to launch a promising career; (2) Business Development: programs to help entrepreneurs and emerging businesses find success through self-employment; (3) Youth & Family Development: out-of-school time enrichment for middle and high school youth focused on academic success, leadership development, technology learning, and career exploration. To join our charity partners team, contact Jennifer Johnson. To learn more about us, visit www.MiCasaResourceCenter.org.
Give. Advocate. Volunteer.
Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the country, is a catalyst for social change. Our mission is uniting people, ideas, and resources to advance the common good. We work with hundreds of local nonprofit partners, government agencies, policymakers and businesses to create change in three key areas: School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self-Sufficiency. Learn more at www.UnitedWayDenver.org. Contact Ben Lusz for more information about us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-561-2259.
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 Diane Eustace at 303.633.5802 or email@example.com. To learn more about the NSCD please visit www.nscd.org.
Save Homeless Pet Lives!
No Kill Colorado is a grassroots movement that works with communities, rescues and shelters to increase the number of homeless pets saved in shelters to more than 90%. We have saved lives through such efforts as Just One Day, 100 dogs of Antonito and our campaign to restructure/improve the Fremont Animal Shelter. Our volunteers coordinated a spay/neuter event for feral/community dogs and cats as well as adoptathons and letter campaigns to improve shelter conditions and eliminate breed specific legislation. Please consider joining us to help save shelter pets. Visit www.nokilldenver.org for more information. To learn about our charity partner team, contact Joan Ogner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Nina Esch, email@example.com, 303-396-6170 ext. 101 or Preston Dickey, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-693-6173.
ONE SPIRIT, a Native American organization, supports the efforts of the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota to eliminate hunger, lower the drop out and suicide rates among youth, and provide protection from winter cold. The mission is to strengthen families, promote education and economic development, and provide programs that bring hope to Lakota Youth. TEAM ONE SPIRIT, 15 Lakota youth, is running to raise funds to build the Allen Youth Center. Allen, one of nine districts on the Pine Ridge Reservation, holds the distinction of being the poorest place in America. Help Team ONE SPIRIT and Lakota Youth reach their goal. Learn more about us, visit http://www.nativeprogress.org. To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Jeri Baker, 570-460-6567, email@example.com.
Serving Our Wounded Heroes
Operation TBI Freedom (OTF) is a statewide program that provides resources and counseling for soldiers and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI causes a wide range of problems like memory loss, anxiety, painful headaches, and depression that prevent these wounded heroes from living normal lives. OTF ensures soldiers and veterans with TBI and their families receive the support they deserve to access medical care, maintain stable housing, get back to work, and build and strengthen healthy relationships.
Run For Our Sons – Going the Distance to End Duchenne.
Run For Our Sons is a fundraising program of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the leading nonprofit in the fight to end Duchenne. Duchenne is fatal and has no cure. PPMD funds programs that help people with Duchenne live stronger, longer lives. Since 2005, Run For Our Sons team members have raised millions of dollars in endurance events across the country. To join Run For Our Sons’ Colfax Marathon team, contact Nicole Herring, Nicole@parentproject.org. Visit our web site to learn more about Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.
Care that Counts on the Way to A Cure.
Over one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease. Seventeen thousand of them live in Colorado. Parkinson’s is diagnosed six times more often than Multiple Sclerosis and is one of the most common neurological diseases; second only to Alzheimer’s. Parkinson’s is a progressive and debilitating disease that has significant social and financial effects throughout Colorado. More importantly, the Parkinson Association of the Rockies is providing critical services which have meaningful impacts on the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s disease. The Parkinson Association of the Rockies supports, strengthens and empowers the Parkinson’s community in Colorado. We do this through education, promoting research, creating awareness, serving as an advocate and providing support services for the Parkinson’s community. Sign up today and visit www.parkinsonrockies.org for more information about PAR.
Do what you can, when you can. Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate. Save Lives.
Paws & Co. Adoptions believes that it is fun to save lives and that anyone can do it! As a Denver-based animal rescue, Paws & Co. pulls animals from shelters across Colorado and places them in loving foster homes, provides all necessary vet care, and finds them perfect forever families! Paws & Co. is completely volunteer-run and is run like a business with the mission of saving lives. An addition, each energetic volunteer has an area of oversight, allowing Paws & Co. to be responsive to the needs of our animals and to the public. Join us in saving lives! Visit www.pawscoadoptions.org for more information about us. To learn more about our charity partner team, contact Tiana Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restoring Worth to Refugees from Burma through the Heart of our Community
Since 2011, Project Worthmore (PWM) has focused on the needs of Denver-area refugees from Burma. By implementing a mentorship program, teaching use of public transportation, registering children for school, helping with grocery shopping, and teaching English and art, we have formed deep connections with an otherwise isolated community. In several contexts, Project Worthmore has created safe spaces for refugees to thrive and become integrated into our community. As PWM’s work continues to grow, it is our hope that more and more people will become an active part of this movement that has bettered the life’s of all those involved. Learn more about us, visit www.projectworthmore.org. For more information about our charity partner program, contact Frank Anello, email@example.com.
Empowering 21st Century Learners
Ralston Elementary School in Golden, CO, is fortunate to have a team of hard-working, involved, passionate parents who raise thousands of dollars each year and volunteer for dozens of programs and services. Our goal is to raise the bar on education for our children and advocate for the best scholastic experience possible. We know our hard work is enhancing our children’s experience: Ralston was awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award for 2013! Our newest endeavor is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Laboratory in the school! It is actively running on a minimal scale and teachers are participating on a daily basis, but we still are in need of thousands of dollars to help pay for equipment and personnel. Please join our team or donate! firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you? Could you? Read a book? Would you? Could you? Take a look? To help a child learn to read? And run, so quickly at incredible speed! Help spread the joy of literacy by running with Reading Partners! Reading Partners is a non-profit focused on early literacy intervention throughout the Denver-metro area. With the help of community volunteers we provide children with one-on-one tutoring, giving them the attention and care they need to succeed. To learn more about Reading Partners visit our website at http://readingpartners.org or contact Emily Brown at email@example.com
Rocky Mountain CARES offers a safe, non-judgmental, drama free, client focused place for those living with HIV/AIDS. RMC provides Medical Case Management, support services, support networks and much more. RMC’s goal is to let every person living with HIV know that there is life after diagnosis and we help with developing the path towards thriving with HIV. RMC also opened in December 2013, Cares Pharmacy. A full retail pharmacy and all of the revenue is streamlined back into RMC. Anyone can use this pharmacy. Just by having your prescription filled you are making a donation to the community. To learn more about Rocky Mountain CARES or Cares Pharmacy, please visit www.rockymountaincares.org. To run with us and join the fun, please contact Shannon Southall, firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-289-4846.
The Rocky Mountain MS Center is a patient centered organization dedicated to changing the way we think about and treat multiple sclerosis (MS) in order to protect the futures of those living with the disease. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with MS and their families through care, support, education and research. Through our comprehensive and integrated wellness approach, cutting-edge research and life-changing support services we promote quality of life and serve as a leader in the MS community. Together we are stronger than MS! Visit www.mscenter.org to learn more about us. Contact Katie Mills, email@example.com, for more information about our plans as a Charity Partner.
Rocky Mountain Service Employment & Redevelopment (RMSER) has a rich tradition of satisfying Colorado’s educational, employment, and work forces development for the past 34 years. RMSER’s Head Start & Migrant Head Start Programs provide early child education to 2,456 children and their families statewide. RMSER provides youth and community service programs, funded solely by private grants and donations, which give our children more opportunities for overall enrichment and educational success. RMSER’s National Farmworker Jobs Program proudly provides assistance and services to migrant and seasonal farm workers through the US Department of Labor. To learn more about us, click here. For more about our charity partner program, email Jan Miller.
Pediatric Care for our Community.
Would you like to help the children of Colorado get the medical care they need and deserve? For 18 years, The Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (The RMYC) has provided accessible, affordable, high-quality healthcare to children and adolescents in Colorado regardless of their insurance status or family’s ability to pay. Our services are prioritized for the under-served and at-risk youth, including those who are from low-income and/or homeless families. Last year we gave over $1.2 million in uncompensated care, and had over 57,000 patient visits. Our main goal is simple: make sure kids get the healthcare they deserve, no matter what. Visit Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics to learn more about us. Contact Dalia Garfinkel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-861-4772 to join our charity partner team
One Place. Immeasurable Hope.
The Rose Andom Center creates a new vision for providing services to domestic violence victims by creating a “wraparound” service delivery model to provide victims with one central location for coordinated services involving 25 distinct agencies, including services from both community organizations and the criminal justice system. The Rose Andom Center will open in the fall of 2014, providing a broad range of services to domestic violence victims and their children including safety planning, confidential advocacy, counseling, children’s services, legal assistance, shelter and job referrals. Services will be available to all victims, regardless of their decision to involve the police. For more information, go to www.roseandomcenter.org. For more information about our charity partners program, contact Andrea Quast, email@example.com.
We Are There Across the Rockies.
For 125 years, The Salvation Army has been there for those in need across the Denver Metro area. Each year, we give hope and help to 132,000 families and individuals in our city, providing shelter from the cold, food for the hungry and emergency assistance when families see more month than paycheck. When the weather grows cold, we are there to ensure that no family has to about having a warm meal and presents on Christmas. Our doors are open to all who knock 365 days per year. For more information, visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or email Jennifer Pepper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 14% of high 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 3,500 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 Jenny Nikaido, email@example.com
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 just finished celebrating our 15th year of helping low-income families. Since our inception in 1996, we have served more than 12,000 students with $20 million.
ShelterBox 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.
A Smart-Girl Makes Smart Choices.
There’s no question about it: middle school is the worst. Smart-Girl is a Colorado nonprofit organization that empowers adolescent girls and boys with the tools and skills they need to thrive in middle school and beyond. Groups work through challenging issues like bullying, peer pressure, body image and conflict resolution. Additionally, Smart-Girl trains high school and college students to serve as near-peer program mentors who provide the direct service. Many of these extraordinary young students receive college credit for their efforts, as well as an invaluable experience and leadership development. To run with us, please contact Katie Flamand, and for more information visit our website.
Joyful Learners. Impassioned Educators. Complete People.
Talk about health and wellness…. How about supporting the only vegetarian schools in the state! SOAR Schools is a group of two public charter elementary schools serving nearly 1000 children in Far Northeast Denver. SOAR ensures success of our students by providing children of all backgrounds and ability levels with access to rigorous academic instruction and expanded opportunities. SOAR empowers children to make informed, deliberate decisions so that they may lead socially responsible, productive lives. For more information or to join our team, please contact Leah Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.soardenver.org.
Drink to their future
Socially Conscious Coffee creates sustainable prosperity with coffee harvesters, their families, and communities through education, health care, and environmental stewardship. Coffee harvesters are the poorest people in the coffee industry. By building a school on a coffee farm in Bahia, Brazil, SCC educates children and provides community education on health, hygiene, disease prevention, water safety, and environmental stewardship. This successful model breaks the cycle of harvester illiteracy, poor health, and poverty. Our vision is to create sustainable prosperity with harvesters, their families, and communities around the world.
Improving Lives Through Sports
Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports to over 13,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 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 Megan Toohey at email@example.com or visit http://specialolympicsco.org/give/colfax-marathon-team/ for more information.
Committed to the help and rescue of homeless and street kids.
Stand Up for Kids advocates against youth homelessness across America, helping the homeless and ending the cycle of homelessness among the youth. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets to find, stabilize and help homeless and street kids improve their lives. We teach the youth the basic “life skills” so that they can survive off the streets, helping to build a foundation away from street life. Visit http://www.standupforkids.org/default.aspx. For Denver chapter, contact Maureen McPadden at 521-225-2233 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Standley Lake PTSA is a national association, with state and county affiliations. It is a forum of parents, students, staff and community members who meet monthly, August through May, to discuss and implement school activities such as fund raising and promotions, community awareness, students and other administration, teacher appreciation and after prom. While we depend on donations from charitable organizations, we also are very active in the fund raising community raising the funds needed for events such as the senior BBQ, teacher appreciation and after prom. Our organization looks forward to working with Davita Charity Partners in their support of the 2014 Colfax 5k. To learn more about us, click here. To learn more about our charity partners initiative, contact Leah Martinez, email@example.com
Stride – The Pathway to Self-Sufficiency
Stride is a community-based organization devoted to supporting low-income families in the Denver Metro Area. Stride’s focus is on helping families to enhance their strengths and capabilities that will lead to family stability and success. Stride accomplishes this through life skills and employment training, and connecting families to educational and community resources that are tailored to meet each family’s unique needs and abilities. Stride is the provider of opportunities for families to gain self-sufficiency. For more information, visit our website www.stride-co.org. To learn more about our charity partner program, contact Sarah Maxwell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Strive for College
STRIVE Prep is a successful tuition-free open-enrollment or boundary public charter school network and currently operates six middle schools and two high schools serving high-need neighborhoods in Denver Public Schools (DPS). We will open our first elementary school in August 2014. Of the 2,300 students enrolled in the 2013-2014 school year, 92% qualify for free/reduced price lunch, 98% are students of color, 39% are English Language Learners, and 11% qualify for special education services. To learn more about our charity partner program, contact Sara Spanier, email@example.com.
Where learning is always in season!
Summer Scholars’ mission is to narrow the educational achievement gap by providing comprehensive after-school and summer learning programs to help students increase their academic achievement and develop stronger developmental assets, then translate these gains into ongoing success in school. For nearly 20 years, Summer Scholars has provided a safe environment for out-of-school-time learning for thousands of at-risk elementary students. At select partner schools, Summer Scholars also offers a family literacy program that emphasizes adult English language acquisition, provides instruction for effective parenting, and includes an early childhood education program. For more information, please visit our website at www.summerscholars.org. To learn more about our participation in the charity partners program, contact Katey Trauth, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-381-3743.
At Sweat Equity, our team members support the causes that inspire them. So, whether you’re crazy about kids or fanatical about forests, join Sweat Equity to raise funds for any nonprofit that speaks to you. As a member of our team, you’ll receive a personal webpage to securely raise funds, sample solicitation email, custom Sweat Equity gear, training plans, and discounts on clothing, training and event registrations. Not to mention, there’s no fundraising minimums and you’ll join a group of 300+ alumni that have raised $650,000+ for their favorite causes. Learn more at teamsweatequity.com or by emailing email@example.com.
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.
The Proven Solution for Life-controlling Problems
Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains offers hope for life transformation to adult men (180 Ministries), women with preschool children (House of Promise), and teen girls (New Hope House). With a 40-year history as part of the Teen Challenge USA network of 240 programs, we offer an effective program for individuals serious about overcoming addiction. For each graduate, our goal is a productive life that is physically well, emotionally balanced, mentally sound, socially adjusted and spiritually alive.
Visit www.TeenChallengeRockyMountains.com to learn more and to meet some of our graduates! You will also learn how to join our Charity Partner team!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that Colorado ranks 49th in public education funding and has the fifth highest dropout rate in the nation? Against all odds, Bridge Project participants are thriving – increasing their reading scores, graduating from high school and pursuing higher education. The mission of the Bridge Project is to provide educational opportunities for children living in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods so they graduate from high school and attend college or learn a trade. For two decades, the Bridge Project has provided academic, social and emotional outreach for children and families in some of Denver’s toughest neighborhoods. One child at a time – we provide opportunity and support for every individual who walks through our doors.
A Refuge for Rebuilding Lives
The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime, drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty. The organization exists to provide a safe daytime refuge and resources for self-sufficiency for those who seek its services. In 2010, The Gathering Place welcomed over 12,000 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.
The Greenway Foundation is a 40-years strong Denver-based non-profit all about the South Platte River and the Cherry Creek. Since 1974 we have been working our tails off to reclaim our Rivers and make them the safest and most beautiful part of our City. Today we facilitate riverside enhancement projects, engage adults through volunteer and cultural events, and bring over 7,000 local students to the River each year through environmental education programs. To learn more about us, visit www.greenwayfoundation.org. If you love Denver’s walking and biking trails, come run them with Team Greenway so we can make sure they’re here for years to come! For more information, contact Marilyn Mead, email@example.com.
The Joshua School is committed to helping each individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities attain the highest quality of life, valuing each unique mind, body, and spirit.
Did you know that Autism affects 1 in 88 children? The Joshua School exists to affect change in the lives of children and families challenged with Autism. We do this as a non-profit educational and therapeutic day treatment center. We have built a community that offers the highest level of care for students, the most comprehensive array of services, and the strongest level of outreach and education. In this structured, challenging, and encouraging environment, students discover themselves and the world around them. Join our charity partner team! DeAnna Marler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-258-8558. To learn more, please visit www.joshuaschool.org.
Sharing Knowledge – Furthering Opportunity – Creating Promise
Partnering with the community for almost 50 years, The Learning Source gives the promise of education to motivated adults who wish to further their learning and opportunities. With over twenty sites in ABE/GED preparation, ESL and Family Literacy, The Learning Source continues to strive to give hope and opportunity to individuals, their families and the many communities of the Denver Metro Area. The Learning Source teams with the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon Charity Partner Program to hold the “Race for Literacy” in support of adult education and the mission of The Learning Source. To join the Race contact Josh Evans, email@example.com. To learn more about us, visit www.coloradoliteracy.org.
Helping individuals with disabilities!
The Legal Center 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, people with HIV, 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.
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 Carson at Carson.Maczuzak@lls.org or visit us at www.teamintraining.org/rm.
Where All Kids Shine
The Rise School’s unique program serves typically-developing children and children with developmental delays. We have therapists (OT, PT, speech, and music) on staff, who embed therapy regularly into the curriculum. Because we maintain a 3:1 student/teacher ratio and all of our Lead Teachers have earned a Masters’ degree, we are able to meet each child at his/her developmental level and maintain an inclusive environment. To learn more about our wonderful school, please visit www.risedenver.org. To join our charity partner runners (or pledge for one of our runners), please contact LaNelle Owens, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.756.7473.
Doing the Most Good
For 125 years, The Salvation Army in Denver has provided food, shelter, and hope to those in need. In 2011 alone, 204,325 meals were provided to families and individuals, 41,563 individuals received emergency services, and 19,908 toys were distributed at Christmas. As the economy continues to struggle in the Rockies we, at The Salvation Army, continue to provide much needed services to the community and in order to provide these services, we must look to you for support. We have never been surprised by the generosity of this community, and we are grateful for the ongoing support we receive. Please consider joining The Salvation Army Charity Partner team.
Practicing Everyday Gratitude and Compassion
The Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple belongs to the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism founded in Japan over 750 years ago by the Buddhist monk Shinran Shonin. Jodo Shinshu emphasizes everyday Buddhism for ordinary lay people. Every year we host the Cherry Blossom Festival and invite the Denver metro community to learn about our temple and celebrate our Japanese American heritage. This year’s festival will be held June 28-29 at 1947 Lawrence Street. We welcome everyone to share in the festivities. Please visit our website: TSDBT to learn more about the temple or Cherry Blossom Festival for more about the festival. For information about our charity partners teams, contact Joni Sakaguchi, email@example.com.
The Two Angels Foundation was formed in 2005 in memory of Allyson and Rachel Mohatt. Allyson and Rachel were sisters that were both diagnosed with Nemaline Myopathy, a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy; both girls passed away at the age of five. Our mission is to help children with physical disabilities lead the most active and fun lives possible. We purchases recreational adaptive equipment, such as, tricycles, swings and special walkers that gives these children the opportunities that will allow them to join in and participate in recreational activities with their friends and family.
For more information about joining our charity partners program, please contact Dawn Mohatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-940-6078. To learn more about Two Angels Foundation, please visit www.twoangelsfoundation.org.
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 email@example.com.
Real life. Real change.
Urban Peak provides a full convergence of services for youth experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Our goal is to provide youth with the assistance and support they need to become self-sufficient or obtain the necessary services they need to maintain a safe existence. Urban Peak provides numerous programs and services that assist youth in reaching their potential and living a successful life off of the streets. Services include street outreach, a 40-bed shelter, daytime drop-in center, transitional housing, education & employment services, case management, life skills courses, mental health evaluations, meals and more. Contact information: Sydney Park, Sydney.firstname.lastname@example.org, 303.974.2958
To learn more about Urban Peak, visit www.urbanpeak.org.
Everyone | Forever
Water For People works in 10 developing countries to bring together local entrepreneurs, civil society, governments, and communities to establish creative, collaborative solutions that allow people to build and maintain their own reliable safe water systems. Empowering everyone transforms people’s lives by improving health and economic productivity to end the cycle of poverty. To learn more about us, visit www.waterforpeople.org. To learn more about our charity partner team, contact Dawn Merriott, email@example.com.
The West Metro Fire Rescue Foundation was incorporated in 1995 as a public, nonprofit foundation in order to promote life safety through community leadership, education and financial assistance in support of fire safety education programs. The Foundation funds programs led by West Metro Fire Fighters and employees to create a safe and fire free community. Our current funding efforts provide counseling to reduce Juvenile Fire Setter activity, and funds to build a fire station museum at Lakewood’s Heritage Center, a permanent home for fire and life safety education. For more information or to make a charitable contribution please visit www.wmfrf.org.
Having fun, helping kids!
Whiz Kids Tutoring is a faith-based, after-school, one-to-one tutoring program for disadvantaged students throughout the Denver Metro area. Whiz Kids has matched 760 trained volunteer tutors with 760 elementary and middle school youth at 41 tutoring sites throughout the Denver Metro area. We work with kids who are most at-risk for failing out of school. We help them improve academically, provide them with the weekly support of a caring adult, and bolster their spirits. Whiz Kids volunteers are running to help promote reading and expand the program to areas where we are most needed.
Wish of a Lifetime fosters respect and appreciation for seniors by granting life-enriching Wishes. We envision a world in which society embraces aging and the wisdom that accompanies it; where seniors are celebrated for their accomplishments and sacrifices; and where inter-generational connections are part of our daily life. By granting seniors’ lifelong wishes and sharing their inspirational stories, we aim to change the way society views and values aging. To join our charity team, please contact Steven Glaser, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Wish of a Lifetime, please visit www.seniorwish.org.
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.
You were made for this.
Young Life is dedicated to reaching out to every kid, everywhere, for eternity. We believe in building relationships with kids and sharing God’s love with them. Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose. We are raising money specifically to send kids to Young Life camp this summer, where they will experience the BEST week of their lives! For more information click Young Life To learn more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Eli Boone, email@example.com,
Reaching every young person, one at a time
Denver Area Youth for Christ reaches out to young people, working together with churches and other partners to develop lifelong followers of Christ. We have two ministries; Juvenile Justice works with teens in correctional institutions to teach a balanced life approach, and Campus Life works with teens on and off high schools campuses through weekly meetings which include fun games and lively discussions on issues relevant to teens. We invite runners that feel passionate about reaching kids for Christ to join us in this race to raise funds to support our ministries. To join our Charity Partners Program, contact Ken Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org, also available at 303-843-3813; to learn more about us visit www.yfcdenver.org.
Creating Entrepreneurial Leaders
YouthBiz advances the social and economic prosperity of Denver urban youth. We do that through programs that support entrepreneurial skill development, venture ownership, and the pursuit of business-focused, leadership-level careers. The Youth that attend the YouthBiz program want to create the solutions to the social challenges facing them and their peers, instead of allowing themselves to be defined by stereotypes and statistics. Over the past twenty years YouthBiz has served over 5,000 youth and distributed $1.5 million through performance based stipends. With your generous support, we look forward to training and developing the next generation of entrepreneurs. For more information about our charity partner program, contact Jon Wong, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.