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Ability Experience

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

 

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Achieving Cures Together

Achieving Cures Together is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to save lives by advancing microbiome research.

Over the past two decades our gut microbes, the bacteria, fungi and viruses that reside in our gastrointestinal tract and break down and digest food, have drastically declined in diversity. This is primarily due to our heavy antibiotic usage, our Western diet, and our clean, sanitized lifestyle. With this decrease in diversity, our society is experiencing rapid growth in many diseases and disorders such as Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Autism, Superbugs, Depression, Obesity, Diabetes, Allergies and more.

Achieving Cures Together exists to advance microbiome research and find cures to these horrific diseases. To do this, we’ve partnered with world-leading researchers at the University of Minnesota where we are studying the benefits of fecal transplants and the restoration of damaged gut microbes. We believe microbial restoration has significant healing potential and this therapy has already proven to be very successful for a number of applications. Notably, ACT has supported treatment for over 590 people suffering from Clostridium difficile, an antibiotic resistant superbug. This is just the beginning and with your support, we will continue to save lives!

www.achievingcures.com/donate

ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter

Fighting on Every Front to Improve Living with ALS

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

For more information about our Charity Partners program, email events@alsaco.org and visit http://web.alsa.org/Colfax.  To learn more about us, visit www.alsaco.org.

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Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado

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

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American Association of Cancer Research

The AACR Foundation supports the groundbreaking work of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) – the first and largest cancer research organization in the world with a membership of more than 42,000 professionals residing in 120 countries and territories working on the front lines of the effort to eradicate cancer. The Foundation backs every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. We invite you to join us in imagining a world without cancer. More important, we invite you to join us in making it happen.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Michael Lynn Sills, michaellynn.sills@aacr.org

American Cancer Society

At the American Cancer Society, we’re on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better. For 24/7 support, please call us at 1-888-227-2345 or cancer.org. To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact chelbye.mcintyre@cancer.org.

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American Diabetes Association

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

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American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation was created in 1976 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). The ALF makes a measurable difference in the fight against liver disease by providing financial support for medical research, education for medical professionals, and advocacy and information for patients and their families by creating public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention. Learn more about The American Liver Foundation. Please help by joining our Charity Partner Team by contacting Cat Evans at CEvans@LiverFoundation.org. Thank you and happy running!

 

Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado

RUN FOR RESCUED ANIMALS AND RESCUED PEOPLE! Choose us as the charity you want to represent. Contact Becki at rtaylor@aatpc.org for more information about our Colfax Marathon hopes and dreams, and our plans for celebration! Help our relay team reach their fundraising goal at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/running-for-rescued-animals-rescuing-people

We live by our motto – ‘RESCUED ANIMALS RESCUING PEOPLE.’ Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado (AATPC) is one of the first counseling centers in the nation that specifically integrates teams of professional therapists and their therapy animals to facilitate the counseling process. Located on an urban ranch in Arvada, AATPC offers adults, children and families the opportunity to improve their mental health through strategic therapy sessions with a trained Animal Assisted Therapy Counseling therapist and the organization’s rescued 30+ domestic and farm therapy animals. Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado was originally founded as an LLC but transitioned to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in order to make the benefits of animal-assisted psychotherapy available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. In addition to offering mental and behavioral health services to the community, Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado also trains mental health professionals in the specialty of Animal Assisted Psychotherapy through top-notch internships, intensives, and certificate training.

Arapahoe County HOPE

Running for H.O.P.E.

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

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Art from Ashes

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

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Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

There’s something special about the arts and humanities. Something transcendent. They can enrich who we are and inspire who we want to become. Ultimately, they appeal to the best in all of us, exciting our senses and enhancing our state of mind. The Arvada Center produces, curates, and creates national-caliber arts, humanities, education, and entertainment that are designed to help you see, hear, feel, and think a little deeper. To provide meaningful arts experiences, we need your support.

As a nonprofit, your donation enables the Center to serve more people, attract the best talent, keep our galleries free, and produce high-quality works on and off the stage. Thank you for supporting the Arvada Center. For more information, please contact Alex Schulze, Associate Director of Philanthropy at aschulze@arvadacenter.org or 720-898-7226.

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Ascend Performing Arts

Elevating Life Performance.

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

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Athletes in Tandem

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

 

Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS

Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS is dedicated to changing the experience of people living with ALS. We raise the funds and awareness urgently needed to drive innovative science and research forward, at an accelerated pace.  ALS is curable; it’s just underfunded. Our quest is to make sure we find a cure for ALS in our lifetimes. Today we have new hope, we’re closer than ever. Join us in our quest to #endALS.

Run Colfax with TeamQuest4ALS: https://www.classy.org/campaign/2020-denver-colfax-team-quest4als/c242609

Learn more about Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS: www.augiesquest.org

Aurora Public Schools Foundation

Possibility becomes reality for EVERY student.

Established in 1987, the APS Foundation cultivates community investment to enrich student opportunities. We accomplish this by providing a robust scholarship program, facilitating support directly to schools and classrooms, and launching College and Career Centers in our high schools. College and Career Centers provide high school students with critical information on post-secondary options, and tools to help them find and pursue their goals after graduation. Aurora Public Schools has nearly 40,000 students almost 5,000 staff, and 65 schools.

Your role as a member of this team is to reach out to your network of friends, family, coworkers, etc to build a community of supporters for you as a runner and the APS Foundation.  Each runner is required to raise a minimum of $250 which can help support the College and Career Centers in Aurora Public Schools high schools. We will provide a Fundraising 101 Guide for your reference and fundraising web page just for you! We are grateful for your support and determination to support the students of Aurora.

Start your own or team fundraiser here: https://give.educateaurora.org/colfax_2020

For more information about our charity partner’s team, contact Katlynn Crine at Kmcrine@aurorak12.org . Learn more about our work at: http://www.educateaurora.org/.

Autistic Minds

Austicminds.org is dedicated to providing therapeutic/holistic group activities, nutritional support, access education opportunities to enhance lives and well-being for a surging number of young adults aged 18+ diagnosed with Autism.

To join our team please email Malissa at Autisticmindsco@gmail.com or visit www.autisticminds.org

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Back On My Feet

Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization that uses running and community as a tool to help individuals overcome homelessness. Operating in 13 major cities coast-to-coast, the program begins with running, three days a week in the early morning, alongside volunteers to restore dignity and hope. Then we provide practical employment, education and housing opportunities to open a path to self-sufficiency. BoMF proves that there is hope, that individuals can achieve things they never thought possible and that there are people who will support them along the way.

Visit backonmyfeet.org to learn more.

Runners can reach out to denver@backonmyfeet.org for more information.

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Bike & Build

Through service-oriented cycling trips, Bike & Build benefits affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement. Founded in 2003, Bike & Build has pedaled over 12 million miles, volunteered over 256,000 hours building affordable homes, and donated over $6.7 million to affordable housing organizations across the country.  We’ve been pedaling for affordable housing for 17 years – now, who wants to join us to run for affordable housing?! If you are interested in joining Team Bike & Build, please contact Lily: lily@bikeandbuild.org   For more about us, visit www.bikeandbuild.org

BraveHoods

BraveHoods gives comfort to kids fighting cancer.  We gift soft hoodie t-shirts with cool inspirational designs to kids fighting cancer and their siblings.  It’s hard to go through cancer treatment when you are a kid, our cool hoodies help make kids feel better by giving them control over who sees their bald heads. We also donate to siblings because we know cancer is a family affair and sometimes siblings feel left out. And, we know that everyone loves a hoodie, so for each BraveHood sold, one is donated.  Want a cool hoodie for yourself or a loved one, visit www.bravehoods.org.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Allison Yacht, allisonyacht@gmail.com

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Brent’s Place

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

There is a place where families are offered hope and healing when facing the most demanding time of their lives. There is a place where kids being treated for life threatening cancer can still be kids. This place is Brent’s Place. Since its inception, Brent’s Place has remained the only hospital approved “Safe-Clean” housing facility for immune compromised patients and their families, providing a living environment that is essential to healing and recovery. Conveniently located near the Anschutz Medical Campus, Brent’s Place is designed to offer families “Safe-Clean” i

ndividualized housing in an environment virtually free from dander, dust, mold and other infectious agents. Brent’s Place, a program and facility created by the Brent Eley Foundation, bridges the gap between the hospital and going home.

To learn more about Brent’s Place, please visit www.brentsplace.org. To run with us and join the fun, please contact Lauren Ellison, lellison@brentsplace.org.

 

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Canine Companions for Independence

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

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CASA – Metro CASA Programs

Advocates for ChildrenI am for the Child.

CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) has advocated for abused and neglected children for over 40 years.  Our vision is that all children dream, thrive and grow with a sense of belonging and empowerment to build a successful future.  We are able to support these children from the help of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).  CASAs are trained volunteers from the community who give children a voice.  Are you ready to be that voice?  For more about us, visit us at www.ad4children.org or www.metrocasaprograms.org.    To learn more about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partner team, contact  Jack Cregan at jack_cregan@adv4children.org, 303-328-2348.

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Casa de Paz

Casa de Paz offers hospitality for families separated by immigrant detention. Our work has always been to host families whose loved ones are detained and provide post-release support for men and women who have been recently released from immigrant detention. Detention is a difficult time that tears families apart and creates a financial burden, so we have always offered our services free of cost. Since we opened our doors in 2012 we’ve hosted over 3,000 immigrants from seventy three countries and the need continues to grow. For more information about our participation in the Charity Partners program, contact  Sarah Jackson, sjackson@casadepazcolorado.org.  For more about us, visit www.casadepazcolorado.org.

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Celebrating Women’s Health

If Momma’s Not Healthy – Nobody is Happy

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

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Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE)

A Denver-based nonprofit, CWEE helps low-income Coloradans prepare for and launch careers so they can support their families and ultimately break the cycle of generational poverty. For over 38 years, CWEE has been a leading force in fighting the root causes of poverty, using confidence building, customized skills training, and career advancement to help over 15,000 low-income parents gain and retain quality employment. CWEE believes that supporting low-income families leads to a stronger workforce and a more vibrant community – for everyone. To run Colfax with CWEE, contact Emma Feitelson at efeitelson@cwee.org. To learn more about CWEE, visit our website at www.cwee.org.

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Chanda Plan Foundation

The Chanda Plan Foundation’s mission is to support the Chanda Center for Health in delivering and advocating for integrative therapy, primary care, and other complementary services to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs for persons with physical disabilities.

Direct services include acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, adaptive exercise, physical therapy, adaptive yoga, dental care, primary care, behavioral health, and care coordination. Provided at the Chanda Center for Health and through providers nationwide, our goal is to promote wellness and healing for acute and chronic conditions caused by physical disabilities.

For more information about our organization, please visit www.iamtheplan.org.

For questions, please call (800) 766-4255 x5 or email emma@iamtheplan.org.

To make a donation, please visit www.iamtheplan.org or mail checks to 1630 Carr Street, Lakewood, CO 80214.

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CHARGE Syndrome Foundation

The CHARGE Syndrome Foundation is a national organization dedicated to serving people who are affected by CHARGE syndrome, a leading cause of congenial deaf-blindness.  We are a donor-funded, 501(c)(3) nonprofit .  Your donation will support research into the cause and treatment of CHARGE syndrome, educational conferences, and outreach initiatives.   For more information about us, visit www.chargesyndrome.org.   To make a donation or to create your own fundraising page on behalf of the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, visit https://www.classy.org/campaign/charge-it-for-charge/c192453.   To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Brian Byrne at byrne280@gmail.com.

 

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Chelsea Hutchison Foundation

The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation CHF is excited to partner with Colfax Marathon and be a part of this amazing event.  CHF grants comfort and hope to those affected by epilepsy through providing tangible monitoring resources, vital information, and a safe haven for conversation and community.  Our main goal is to raise awareness of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) and to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families living with epilepsy.

We raise funds to provide education about SUDEP and to provide seizure response dog grants, (what we believe to be) lifesaving movement monitors that help to protect against SUDEP and grant wish trips to Epilepsy Awareness Education Expo and Day at Disneyland each year.

We stay up-to-date on current trends in medical technology in order to be able to provide the most effective devices as they become available.  We respect the value and quality of life of every person living with epilepsy. We are dedicated to providing opportunities that allow individuals and families greater independence, increased confidence, ability to enjoy social environments, and community understanding.

Are you interested in fundraising for CHF?  Please visit CHFColfaxMarathon.org for information on exciting incentives and prizes for those of you who do.

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

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

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Children’s Treehouse Foundation

Inspiring emotional support for children of parents with cancer.

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

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Children’s Tumor Foundation

The Children’s Tumor Foundation is dedicated to finding effective treatments for neurofibromatosis (or NF) by funding mission-critical research. Affecting 1 in 3000 people worldwide, NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and may lead to blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, disfigurement, learning disabilities, disabling pain, and cancer.  In addition to benefiting those who live with NF, this research is shedding new light on several forms of cancer, brain tumors, bone abnormalities, and learning disabilities, ultimately benefiting the broader community. For more info, please visit www.ctf.org. To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please email nfendurance@ctf.org or visit nfendurance.org/colfax.

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Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation

The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF) was established 12 years ago in Herriman, UT, by family members whose loved ones had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer.  Today, CCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has grown to serve as a global leader in the cholangiocarcinoma community by providing patient and caregiver education/support services, funding research, hosting a patient registry, accelerating collaboration, and organizing the largest multi-disciplinary international conference in the world solely focused on this rare and aggressive cancer.  For more information, contact Meredith McGuffage  meredith.mcguffage@cholangiocarcinoma.org.

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Cimarron Middle School

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

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Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation

Everyone deserves to play sports

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

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Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care

The mission of Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care is to ensure that health and academic outcomes for kids are no longer predicted by circumstance. We work on ensuring that school-based health centers around Colorado are able to care for our children so they can attend school healthy and ready to learn. Support our work by donating today! https://www.casbhc.org/donate

For more information about this organization and our relay teams, contact Executive Director, Aubrey Hill at hill@casbhc.org. You can also visit our website at www.casbhc.org

Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

Colorado, from one generation to the next.

If you love Colorado’s wide open spaces, natural resources, pristine wildlife habitat, and western heritage, CCALT is the group to run for. CCALT partners with landowners across Colorado to conserve family farms and ranches. This conservation ensures that the land remains open, in agricultural production, and can be passed down to the next generation, benefiting all Coloradans. Since 1995, CCALT has partnered with more than 270 families across the state to protect more than 560,000 acres of productive agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and open space. Join us in running for Colorado’s open spaces and healthy places of today AND tomorrow!

To learn more about us, visit www.ccalt.org.

For more about working with us as a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, contact Amber Pougiales, amber@ccalt.org.

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Colorado Firefighter Calendar

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

Colorado Harriers

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

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Colorado Healing Fund

In the aftermath of mass violence, victims need immediate and long-term support. The Colorado Healing Fund provides a secure way for the public to donate to victims of these tragedies. We work with fellow victims service partners to identify victim needs and gill the gaps in financial resources.

To learn more about us, visit www.coloradohealingfund.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Jordan Finegan, 720-235-8638, JordanFinegan@coloradohealingfund.org

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Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation

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

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Colorado Japanese Chin Rescue

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

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Colorado Pet Pantry

Help pets stay with their loving families during hard financial times. The Colorado Pet Pantry temporarily feeds Colorado pets, allowing families to increase their ability to care for pets with the goal of keeping them out of shelters and in their homes. In 2018, our volunteers helped people-in-need to feed 1.8 million meals to hungry pets. The organization hosts 26 monthly pet food banks, as well as provides food and supplies to 70+ animal rescues, Veterans groups, domestic violence shelters, low-cost veterinarian clinics and low-income housing buildings. Due to our partnerships and volunteers, $5 feeds a pet for a month. For more about us, visit www.coloradopetpantry.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Eileen Lambert, eileen@coloradopetpantry.org.

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Colorado Professional Fire Fighters

The Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation provides aid and support to Colorado Fire Fighters and their families if they are victims of a tragedy. The CPFF Foundation was founded in 2002 by Colorado Professional Fire Fighters who recognized the tremendous void left in the lives of their Brothers and Sisters in times of suffering. Many of these needs can go overlooked after a tragedy, and from this financial void, the purpose of the CPFF Foundation was forged. If you choose the CPFF Foundation as your charity partner you’ll be giving directly to Fire Fighter families in times of need.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Tyler Hecox, satirepro@gmail.com 

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Colorado Shibu Inu Rescue

Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue (COSIR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of Shiba Inus, and Shiba Inu mixes, in Colorado.   While in rescue, all our dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, given heartworm prevention, and any/all veterinary care necessary to ensure they are healthy and ready for their forever homes.  We also provide post-adoption training for our younger dogs, and maintain a lifelong relationship of support with our alumni. We have an all volunteer staff who donate their free time to saving Shibas because of their love and appreciation for the breed.  For more information about our rescue visit: www.coloradoshibainurescue.org

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Colorado Sled Hockey

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

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Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Companions on the Journey

The Colorado Vincentian Volunteers is a community of faith and action. Twenty men and women ages 22-30 are recruited annually to accompany the poor, live in community, grow spiritually, and develop a deeper understanding of social justice and change. The volunteers serve homeless youth and adults, children in inner-city schools, the medically indigent, and economically disadvantaged people in need of emergency assistance. In the past 24 years, 353 volunteers have completed the program, and 68 non-profit agencies have received over 635,400 hours of volunteer service. To learn more or run with us, contact Bill and Mary Frances Jaster, cvv@covivo.org, 303-863-8141.

 

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Colorado Youth for a Change

Solving Colorado’s Dropout Crisis

The mission of Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC) is to solve the dropout crisis in Colorado. CYC was founded in 2005 and we have seen a significant decrease in the number of youth dropping out since our inception. The agency has since grown in size and scope, and works to increase the number of students who graduate high school or earn a GED through innovative prevention and re-engagement services. With over 10,000 Colorado students still dropping out each year, we need your help! Research and experience have contributed to CYC’s ongoing strategic expansion of services – from Educational Intervention, attendance work, and most recently, K-3 literacy interventions aimed at serving the youngest students to empower a path toward graduation. Last school year, CYC served more than 2,800 students across 12 Colorado school districts. To learn more about CYC, please go to www.youthforachange.org. If you are interested in running for CYC, please contact Julia Hughes at juliah@youthforachange.org.

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Concussion Legacy Foundation

The Concussion Legacy Foundation’s (CLF) mission is to support athletes, Veterans, and all affected by concussions and CTE; achieve smarter sports and safer athletes through education and innovation; and to End CTE through prevention and research. Our vision is a world without CTE, and concussion safety without compromise. CLF is a Boston-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2007. Our founders Chris Nowinski, Ph.D., a former Harvard football player and professional wrestler in the WWE, and Dr. Robert Cantu, a world-renowned concussion expert, met when Dr. Cantu was treating Chris for his post-concussion syndrome. The pair recognized an enormous gap between medical knowledge and public awareness about the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that left vulnerable populations at greater risk. They set a goal to change how brain trauma is understood by the public and how concussions are handled in sports. CLF put the neurodegenerative disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) on the map and has changed our understanding of the long-term effects of brain trauma. CTE was previously known as “punch drunk” syndrome because it was thought to only exist in boxers. CLF partnered with the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University to start the world’s first CTE-focused brain bank, the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank. CLF leads outreach, recruiting, and education for the consortium and is responsible for recruiting over 800 brains, including the first case series of CTE in Veterans and the first CTE cases in rugby, soccer, ice hockey, baseball, college and high school football, and other sports. For more information, contact Stacy Langa, Chief National Advancement Officer, SLanga@concussionfoundation.org or call (857) 244-0810. To make a donation, go to Concussionfoundation.org/give-online.

Confluence Ministries

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

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

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Court Support JeffCo

Accountability in Action

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

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Craig Hospital Foundation

Redefining Possible for People with Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries.

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

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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Team Challenge – Take the Challenge

Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation 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 5k to 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 Emily Tarletsky (etarletsky@crohnscolitisfoundation.org), call/text at 646-632-5363, or visit our website.

 

Cure HHT

The Cornerstone of the HHT Community

Cure HHT is the only 501(c)(3) global advocacy nonprofit organization committed to supporting patients and families who are impacted by an uncommon blood vessel disease called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT). Roughly 1 in 5,000 people have HHT, but 90% of the population goes undiagnosed. This organization supports families, educates doctors, and works with scientists around the world to find a cure for HHT. The 2020 Denver Colfax HHT team is helping to raise awareness change the lives of those affected by HHT, and every dollar matters for this disease. To learn more about HHT and the 2020 Denver Colfax HHT team, visit www.curehht.org and for questions, email events@curehht.org.

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CureSearch for Children’s Cancer

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is a 501(c)3 U.S.-based non-profit foundation that accelerates the search for cures for children’s cancer by driving innovation, overcoming research barriers and solving the field’s most challenging problems. We fight every day to make new, better treatments possible for the 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day. We do this by:

  • Catapulting strong medical research through the research pipeline to advance better, less-toxic children’s cancer treatments
  • Breaking down barriers and convening the right players to focus on our shared goal: saving kids NOW
  • Providing resources and education, so no child faces a cancer diagnosis without a fully-equipped support team

Our website is:  CureSearch.org

For more information contact:  Laura Hancock, laura.hancock@curesearch.org, 240-235-2210

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter

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

Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s

Our mission is to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. We provide essential information, practical tools, and inspiration to people living with Parkinson’s. We fund early-phase, innovative research that focuses on exercise, speech, movement, and other factors that affect quality of life.

Over 35% of the Foundation’s revenue comes from Team DPF – our grassroots fundraising community that is made up of individuals who have a passion for helping improve the quality of life for people affected by Parkinson’s. Join us as part of Team DPF at the Colfax Marathon and help to inspire others to live well today. Team DPF fundraisers run for a cause and can earn awesome team swag like a team tee, BOCO hat, performance tank or tee, hoodie, Apera gym bag, and more! For more information or to join Team DPF, email Rebecca Reifel at rreifel@dpf.org or visit https://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/team-dpf/.

Denver Children’s Home

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

 

Denver Fire Department Foundation

The mission of the Denver Fire Department Foundation (DFDF) is to support Denver’s Fire Department by providing public education, through efforts to improve firefighter safety and quality of life, and with direct resources to meet firefighter needs thereby improving public safety in the City and County of Denver. Most recently, DFDF raised funds to support a dedicated physical/occupational therapist. This program helps injured firefighters return to work within the safest, shortest amount of time possible. Physical therapy also helps firefighters with proactive programs to avoid injury. for more information about us and about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Laura Douglas, laura@denverfirefoundation.org.

Denver Health Foundation

Where Medical Greatness and Human Goodness Connect

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

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Denver Justice and Peace Committee

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

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Denver Kids, Inc.

Every Student Counts. Every Student Graduates.

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

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Denver Public Schools Foundation

The DPS Foundation is the strategic fundraising partner for Denver Public Schools. Powered by the generosity of our donors, we have demonstrated the power of public education and impacted the lives of students across DPS for more than a quarter of a century. We engage our community, educators and DPS to accelerate progress and we help to find the most impactful ways to empower teachers, fuel engaged learning, and support students and their families. Some of our programs include workforce development classes, afterschool programs, A to Z Fund classroom grants for teachers, and middle schools sports. Our goal is to help make sure every student, in every school, has the tools and resources to reach their fullest potential. To learn about our Colfax Marathon nonprofit partners program, contact Libby Hodgin at (720) 423-3585. For more information visit, www.dpsfoundation.org.

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Denver Scholarship Foundation

Making college possible for thousands of students in our community.

Denver Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2006 to address the wide recognition that many of our community’s students face multiple barriers to enrolling in postsecondary education and completing a certificate or degree. Today, DSF serves 21 Denver Public Schools high schools through 14 on-site Future Centers, and partners with 31 post-secondary institutions in Colorado, including technical and community colleges, and universities. Our nationally recognized, three-part approach to student success intertwines college access, promise based scholarships, and college success. We strive to inspire and empower Denver Public Schools students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success. For more information about us, visit www.denverscholarship.org. To join our charity partner program, contact Caroline Glynn Neal, Communications Manager, cneal@denverscholarship.org.

Denver Urban Scholars

Denver Urban Scholars envisions a life of choice and opportunity for every young person. We provide life-changing opportunities for students to pursue individual pathways to career and college by deeply partnering with school communities. Denver Urban Scholars currently partners with 11 local schools and serves over 550 participants. Our Pathways program serves youth from 6th grade through high school graduation, and our Capstones post-secondary program serves high school graduates through college or post-high school training. For more about us, please visit www.denverurbanscholars.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please reach out to Kirsten Joranlien, kirstenj@denverurbanscholars.org

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Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo is a leader in connecting people to the awe and importance of wild animals while providing unparalleled care, educational experiences, and local and global conservation efforts that help save wild places and wildlife. Our more than 350 employees and 600 volunteers passionately support our mission everyday: Secure a Better World for Animals Through Human Understanding. We invite you to join us for a memorable day with your family exploring our more than 84 beautifully landscaped acres on the north end of Denver’s City Park. Or, if you share our passion and vision, please become a member or donor so our animals and staff can continue their work on behalf of wild animals and wild places around the world. For questions about our participation in the Charity Partner program, please contact Veronica Scofield at AScofield@denverzoo.org.

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Developmental Pathways

Developmental Pathways, formed in 1964, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities/delays and their families. We are one of Colorado’s Community Centered Boards (CCB) connecting people to federal, state, county, and private funding in Arapahoe County, Douglas County, and the City of Aurora. We passionately believe inclusion is for everyone and offer services through Home and Community Based Medicaid Waiver programs, locally funded programs, and partnerships with other community organizations.

We invite individual and corporate donors to join us in supporting the 8,000+ people with developmental disabilities/delays served by Pathways. To learn more, visit www.dpcolo.org.  For more information about joining us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Gill at g.kennedy@nmscolo.org.

 

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Dora Moore E-8 School

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

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empowerHER

empowerHER was founded in 2013 with a very specific mission to empower, support and connect girls of all ages who have experienced the early loss of their mother. Currently we have over 150 girls enrolled in empowerHER from Massachusetts and beyond. We are a non-therapeutic based organization with one mission and two programs: EVENTS for GIRLS and 1:1 MENTOR MATCH PROGRAM. As the only organization of it’s kind in the country, we continue to grow at speeds we never imagined – out of the demand of girls who are in need of our programming. To learn more about us, or if you’d like to refer a girl, please visit our website at www.empoweringher.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Kate McCormack, kate@empoweringher.org.

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Environmental Learning for Kids

Inspire, Educate, Transform.

Environmental Learning for Kids’ (ELK) overarching dream is to remove barriers and provide all youth with influential opportunities. ELK is an inclusive non-profit organization that develops inspired and responsible leaders through science education, outdoor experiences, and lasting mentor relationships for under-represented youth ages 5-25. As a fifth year Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, we would be honored for you to join our awesome team of runners! To join our team, simply select Environmental Learning for Kids as your charity partner during race registration. For questions about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Christina Hoffman at choffman@elkkids.org. To learn more about ELK programs and happenings, please visit our website at www.ELKkids.org.

 

 

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Epic Experience

We have FUN! Epic Experience offers laughter, excitement and friends to adult cancer survivors through an Epic Experience.  Epic Experience offers hope to adult cancer survivors by offering a free week-long outdoor adventure camp in the beautiful state of Colorado.  We bring survivors together and offer them community and a new challenge, such as cross country skiing and white water adventures.  Epic Experience was founded in 2012 and has had an amazing response from Cancer Thrivers and their families when they return home.  To learn more about Epic Experience please visit www.epicexperience.org.  We hope you will run with us and join our fun team.  Please contact Nancy Ferro,  nancyf@epicexperience.org,   720 431 7621.

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Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado

The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado (EFCO) is the primary nonprofit health organization serving the needs of the nearly 60,000 people in Colorado who are living with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that causes seizures which can affect a variety of mental and physical functions. One out of 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime. EFCO offers a wide range of programs for our community including our internationally recognized summer camps for children with epilepsy, adult and teen support groups, Seizure Safety School presentations, advocacy initiatives, first responder training, and our holistic mental health program. To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact allison@epilepsycolorado.org.

For more information visit www.epilepsycolorado.org or https://www.classy.org/campaign/epilepsy-foundation-of-colorado-colfax-marathon-charity-partner/c262088.

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Escuela de Guadalupe

Escuela de Guadalupe is a Pre-K through 8th grade dual-language, Catholic school of excellence. Next academic year we will celebrate 20 years of serving our tight knit multicultural family! The school was founded in North Denver (now known as the Highlands neighborhood) in 1999 to address youth violence, teen pregnancy and high dropout rates through a K-5 school. In 2015, Escuela moved to the Villa Park neighborhood to expand to a pre-kindergarten and a middle school program. This year we celebrate our first-ever 8th grade class! 98 % of our age eligible alumni have graduated high school in comparison to their demographic peers at 61%. Our Graduate Support Program ensures Escuela fulfills their Pre-K through High school commitment to each child. The mission is to make quality, dual-language education financially accessible to families throughout the Denver metro area.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Natalie Tabor, natalie_tabor@escuelaguadalupe.org 

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Extreme Community Makeover

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

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Fetal Health Foundation

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

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Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, Inc.

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

Food Bank of the Rockies

Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope since 1978

One in 10 Coloradans and 1 in 6 Colorado children worry where they’ll find their next meal. Food Bank of the Rockies works to end hunger in our community and help struggling families thrive. More than 134,000 meals a day are share through our programs and partner agencies. Every dollar raised becomes four meals for our neighbors in need. Learn more about us and how you can create your own fundraising page to email to your friends and family, so they can join with you to fight hunger and feed hope!

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Food for Thought

Because they’re all our kids

Food For Thought Denver provides PowerSacks of non-perishable food to low-income students in Metro Denver to take home for the weekend.  Bridging the hunger gap students experience between meals they receive at school during the week, FFT provides bags to more than 10,000 students at 32 different schools.  FFT is a 100% volunteer organization and 100% of your donations will be used to buy food for our program. Learn more about feeding hungry kids at www.foodforthoughtdenver.org.  To make a donation or to create a Crowdrise fundraising page on behalf of FFT to share with family and friends, visit crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/food-for-thought7

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Fort Lewis College Foundation

Fort Lewis College, a public college in Durango, CO, is an active, hands-on, you-have-to-try-this-for-yourself educational experience. We don’t just sit in small classes and look at the mountains. We hold class in those mountains. Or the desert, or the river, or a non-profit in town, or the US-Mexico border. We install solar panels on the Navajo Nation, and water systems in Myanmar. We take trips to the highest peaks on Earth.

Your support will help FLC students on their academic journeys. Funds raised through the Colfax Marathon will directly support FLC students through the Skyhawk Emergency Fund & Persistence Grant.

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Foundation for Douglas County Schools

Expanding Educational Opportunities for Students.

The Foundation for Douglas County Schools works to enrich student experience and promote innovation by engaging our community in supporting students. The Foundation makes targeted investments in Douglas County schools and programs to accelerate student achievement and skill development, encourage and develop great teachers, and expand community involvement in our schools. Thanks to the support of our donors and community, we have succeeded in raising over $40 million dollars since 2010, supporting over 85 parent-driven, volunteer-based chapters, and engaging more than 7250 children and teachers in educational events and programs. To learn about our Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact Stacey Briggs at stacey.briggs@dcsdk12.org. For more information, visit www.foundationdcs.org

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Fr. Woody’s Haven of Hope

Father Woody’s Haven of Hope is a day shelter serving Denver’s homeless population and those less fortunate.  For over twenty years Fr. Woody’s has been providing the necessities to survive the elements of being homeless including hot meals, showers, clothing and laundry services. Additionally, we provide eye and dental clinics along with case workers to help our friends get back on their feet- while encouraging a safe and positive environment. In 2019 through the generosity of donors we provided over 125,000 hot meals, served approximately 45,000 guests, provided 15,000 showers and thousands of loads of laundry. Our mission at Fr. Woody’s Haven of Hope – “We are here to Serve not to Judge”.

Below is a testament how Fr. Woody’s has impacted one of our guests!

Dustin 38, originally from Florida, had been experiencing homelessness since his teen years. He graduated high school in 2004 living under a bridge and had been travelling the country until he found Father Woody’s Haven of Hope. Dustin had one goal, to have a place to call home! Through his tenacity and faith in the process Dustin is now in an apartment and works the front desk at Father Woody’s! He says it is great to call my apartment home. He continues by thanking Father Woody’s, saying, “Y’all gave me the opportunity to help others by giving me a job. I believe in karma, and through this job of helping others, I was able to help myself.” For additional information please contact: pvecchiarelli@frwoodyshavenofhope.org

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Friends of Paha

A nonprofit board building awareness for Camp Paha, inspiring compassion in the community to support campers with disabilities and their families.

Friends of Paha raises money to support Camp Paha, a summer camp for children and young adults with disabilities run by the City of Lakewood. Without this camp, many of these campers would be stuck at home for the summer. This camp is life changing for campers and their families because it provides the opportunity for campers to build life skills, independence, friendships and fun in a safe and nurturing environment. Camp Paha provides an opportunity to participate in aquatics, sports, nature & science, music & drama, outdoor activities, and arts & crafts along with field trips into the community. This is the only camp of its kind in the Denver metro area. Programs are provided for campers with all disability types: developmental, physical, emotional, behavioral, and learning.

Email us at info@friendsofpaha.org or visit friendsofpaha.org.

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Gateway Domestic Violence Services

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

Gateway Domestic Violence Services’ mission is to prevent intimate partner violence through counseling, residential care and promoting social change.   Gateway provides quality services in a safe and confidential environment for all adults, 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 adults 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.org.

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Girls on the Run of the Rockies

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

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

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GO4GRAHAM

Moving for Mental Health

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

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GoodTurn Cycles

GoodTurn Cycles is a full service electric bike shop located in Littleton. Through our product selection we help people become reacquainted with the joys and health benefits of bicycling. 

GoodTurn Cycles is much more than the products that we sell. GoodTurn Cycles is a nonprofit enterprise that provides paid work experience to young people who have barriers to employment. Our interns receive direct job skills training in our electric bike shop, learning how to service and repair traditional and e-bikes. They also receive coaching on employability traits that are valuable in any job setting. The youth we work with have a number of barriers to gaining traditional employment, including homelessness, refugee status, mental health conditions, as well as students on the autism spectrum. 

Learn more at goodturncycles.org or visit our store in Aspen Grove for e-bike sales, rentals, service, and tours. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Adam Taylor, adam@goodturncycles.org

Guided by Humanity

Guided By Humanity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering accessible, inclusive and compassionate mindfulness programming to Colorado residents who traditionally lack access to health and wellness resources.

We thrive to create environments that are trauma-sensitive providing a safer space for the participants to engage in yoga and mindfulness practices.  Our approach is trauma-sensitive which means we consider details such as the environment, language and historical context to best accommodate our students.

Our endeavor is to reach students who typically have limited access by providing services from affordable to zero cost programming throughout the Denver Metro.

Come walk, run or roll with us at guidedbyhumanity.org.

For more information about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Mary Medellin Sims, Mary@guidedbyhumanity.org

Help Autism

When Help Autism Center was founded in 2005, the word “autism” was usually met with blank stares.  …So we decided to put our boots on and Stomp Out the Silence!

The idea for Stomp Out the Silence of Autism & Disabilities, Inc. (DBA: Help Autism Center) came to Brian Thomas’s grandparents, Brian and Marti Hall, and their friend Gregg Whelen. Brian Thomas and others like him, the future is uncertain. Together, they started, Help Autism Center. Helping families find the resources for services and therapies.

Help Autism Center Ranch:  Help Autism Center, in concert with other service providers, will open living facility for adults with special needs, as well as multiple therapies and respite care for children and adults with special needs.

Help Autism Center mission:  Raise awareness; Assist public, private organizations, and companies, coordinate services and therapies; Refer resources to families.

Goals and objectives: Advocacy; Create, plan, host and attend events. To benefit families with autism and special needs; Open Help Autism Center Ranch.

For more about us, visit www.helpautism.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Brian Hall, brian@helpautism.org.

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Herren Project

Herren Project’s daily mission is to support, inspire and empower those affected by addiction. Team Herren Project supports that transformational work. We are a community of individuals who help each other, and others, live stronger, healthier lives while we work to promote the power of recovery and help others. https://herrenproject.org/upcoming-events/ ; Pam Rickard at pam@herrenproject.org

High Line Canal Conservancy

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

At 71 miles long, the High Line Canal is one of the longest continuous urban trails in the country, twisting through the most populated area of Colorado while crossing a diverse mosaic of communities and nature. Originally built to deliver irrigation water to fields and farms, today it serves as a unique ecological and recreational corridor connecting communities to one another and to nature. The High Line Canal Conservancy is a nonprofit representing the passionate community dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the historic 71-mile Canal in partnership with the public. To support our mission, select High Line Canal Conservancy as your charity partner during race registration. For questions about our participation in the Colfax Marathon please contact Michelle Freeman at michelle@highlinecanal.org. To learn more about the Conservancy, ways to get involved or make a donation, visit our website at www.highlinecanal.org

 

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Home Builders Foundation

The mission of the Home Builders Foundation is to build independence, provide opportunities and elevate lives for individuals and families with disabilities in our community. The HBF enhances the quality of life for its recipients and helps them remain in their own home with dignity and independence. While each modification is different for every recipient, the results are the same – each individual has the opportunity to live their life to the fullest. The HBF completes the changes at no cost to recipients in the 8-county Denver metro area and relies on its network of volunteers and supporters for in-kind contributions and donations.

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Houses for Warriors

Houses for Warriors is a tax-exempt 501©(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting our nation’s military veterans who are in need. We offer real estate solutions and resources to homeless and injured veterans to include: transitional housing and life skills programs, affordable housing options, we rebuild homes for disabled veterans and help connect our Warriors to the resources available to them. It is our honor to serve our Warriors that have sacrificed so much for our country.

We are currently in Stage 1 of fundraising for its flagship project in the Denver, Colorado area – The Warrior House Program. The Program is designed to provide stable housing for transitioning homeless and at-risk veterans. Not only will the Warrior House give veterans the opportunity to live with dignity and independence, the house will be a hub for veteran resources – providing everything from job training to help accessing VA benefits to those who live there.

If you’d like to get the word out about your race and support our mission by fundraising, please contact Andrew at andrew@housesforwarriors.org for more information. The funds you raise help us to put our program into action, and we are so grateful you’ve chosen our organization as your charity partner.

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Hunger Free Colorado

Everyone is at their best when they have enough to eat, but there are many life storms that make it difficult for Coloradans to afford healthy food. Hunger is a serious—and often invisible—problem in Colorado, but it is solvable. Hunger Free Colorado leads efforts to connect families and individuals to food resources and fuel change in systems, policies and social views, so no Coloradan goes hungry.

 

Mission:Hunger Free Colorado connects people to food resources to meet existing needs and drives policy, systems and social change to end hunger.

Vision:Every Coloradan has equitable access to the nutritious food needed to thrive and reach their full potential.

Find out more at HungerFreeColorado.org.  For information contact Tara Ball at tara@hungerfreecolorado.org or 303-228-7975.

Huntington’s Disease Society of America, RMC

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

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Imagination Library of Denver

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a free, high-quality book program for children . Each month, we mail one one age-appropriate book until a child’s fifth birthday. As an early childhood literacy program, Imagination Library want to ensure every child has books in the home, regardless of the family’s income.  Our goal is to expand our service area to all children in Denver and to increase kindergarten readiness.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Sara Randall, sara@imaginationlibrarydenver.org.

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iYouth Unite

Training rescued ears to hear free of charge

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

JDRF Rocky Mountain Chapter

Improving Lives – Curing Type 1 Diabetes

JDRF has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We are leading the fight by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by T1D. T1D is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it, and, at present, there is no cure. Join Team JDRF to fight for a world without type 1 diabetes and help make a cure a reality. For more information, visit www.jdrf.org/rockymountain or contact Robyn Meeks at rmeeks@jdrf.org or 303-209-7723.

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Jeffco Schools Foundation

Big Ideas.  Bright Futures.

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

Judi’s House – JAG Institute

Hope and Healing for Grieving Children and Families

Judi’s House was founded on the belief that all bereaved children and families should have access to effective and compassionate care. Judi’s House is the only free-standing organization in the Metro Denver area dedicated specifically to helping grieving children. Our mission is to help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing. Since inception, Judi’s House has provided care to more than 9,000 children and caregivers—completely free of charge—toward our vision that no child should be alone in grief. We believe that investing in these vulnerable children will help them build resilience and the coping skills they need to adjust to their loss, and handle future challenges. To learn more about Judi’s House, please visit www.judishouse.org. To learn about our participation in the Colfax Marathon contact Ashly Perez de Tejada, ashlyp@judishouse.org,  or 720-941-0331 x218.

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Karis Community

Healing is possible today.

Karis Community is a therapeutic community which offers a residential living program for men and women who are recovering from serious and persistent mental illness, and are in transition to independent living.

Research conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows a strong relationship between poor mental health, chronic disease, lack of access to health care and overall low quality of life. Since 1976, Karis has taken an innovative approach to addressing mental health. Karis utilizes the Empowerment Program to provide a cost-effective, personalized alternative to hospitalization—a residential therapeutic community. Karis is the only such community in the state, and one of few nation-wide. The result has been an exceptionally high number of residents who go on to achieve long-term independence and an improved quality of life.

Visit www.kariscommunity.org or contact Lisa Andersson, Director of Development and Communications for more information.

KIPP Colorado Schools

KIPP Colorado is a network of five open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools in Denver. Our mission is to equip students with the academic skills and character strengths necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. Through collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds. We understand that it takes the support of our community to best support our students. Thank you for being part of our Team & Family. For more information about us, visit www.kippcolorado.org. To run with us, contact Alicia Economos, aeconomos@kippcolorado.org

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Latina SafeHouse

The mission of the Latina SafeHouse is to provide bilingual and culturally sensitive services to Latina victims of domestic violence and their families. Our unique organization incorporates understanding of what Latina domestic abuse victims may be experiencing and how to overcome these circumstances. We are sensitive to the cultural aspects that may influence someone to stay in a situation that is damaging to themselves and/or their family. Our staff is fluent in Spanish and provides compassionate, caring and culturally responsive services.  If you would like to keep in touch, make sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter, “El Pajarito.”  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Angela Cesena, angela@latinasafehouse.org

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Team in Training – Together We Train to Beat Cancer

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

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Lighthouse Writers Workshop

For over 20 years, Lighthouse has nurtured the literary arts in our community because we know that writing and sharing stories makes our culture more enlightened, compassionate, and wise. You can support that mission by running for Lighthouse in the Colfax Marathon. Participating, either on your own or on one of our relay teams, will help us raise funds to make creative writing available to everyone. We accomplish this through our free writing workshops for those experiencing homelessness, recovering from addiction, fighting cancer, transitioning out of incarceration, or living in low-income housing projects. We provide free programming for youth as well, including college application essay and creative writing workshops at public schools. We hope to have several teams from walker-joggers to super-fast runners. If you don’t want to run, but would like to support one of these important programs, you can donate here. Contact Helen Armstrong at helen@lighthousewriters.org for more information or visit our website www.lighthousewriters.org.

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Littleton Public Schools Foundation

Strong Schools; Strong Community

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

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Love Takes Root

Cultivating the future of children worldwide.

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

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Lutheran Family Services – Rocky Mountains

Heal. Strengthen. Hope.

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains has been helping children and families during their most challenging times for 70 years. Every day our services give hope, strength, and healing to the most vulnerable in our communities.   As one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in Colorado, our Refugee & Asylee Programs serve newly resettled refugees living in the Rocky Mountain region. Through this program, refugees find housing, employment support and case management services. Refugees bring with them more than just a few belongings when they resettle to the U.S.; they bring their passions, hope and determination. Run with us! Contact Lizz Mueller, lizz.mueller@lfsrm.org for details and for more information visit: www.lfsrm.org/Events.

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Make-A-Wish® Colorado

Share the Power of a Wish®

Make-A-Wish® Colorado creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Founded as one of the first Make-A-Wish chapters in 1983, Make-A-Wish Colorado has granted over 5,200 wishes to children across the state of Colorado. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit colorado.wish.org or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @wishcolorado. To join our Charity Partners team, contact Patti Forsythe at pforsythe@colorado.wish.org or call 303-750-9474.

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Malas for Tatas

Our Mission: Through the creation and sales of prayer malas, Malas for Tatas helps women with breast cancer afford alternative, holistic treatments that ease uncomfortable symptoms and supplement cancer treatment. Additionally, we aim to provide support, education, and community to our recipients and their family and friends.

Visit www.malasfortatas.org for more information or donate at https://www.malasfortatas.org/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5cef067ad2206c0001f929ef

Meadow Point Elementary School

Meadow Point Elementary is a Cherry Creek public school that serves over 500 kids and their families grades preschool through fifth grade.  Each Spring a group of 15-20 4th and 5th grade students gather after school to train for the Colfax 5k.  The purpose of “Running Club” is to introduce distance running as a low cost and highly accessible lifelong activity that helps build healthy bodies and minds.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon contact Brett Turner at bturner11@cherrycreekschools.org.

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Mental Health Center of Denver

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

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Mercy Housing Colorado

Because home is just the beginning.

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

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Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation

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

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Mile High United Way

Give. Advocate. Change Lives.

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

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

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

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

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

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MindShine Foundation

The MindShine Foundation is committed to raising money to support mental health research, education, and awareness.  Our primary fundraiser is the annual Brain Run 5k and Mental Health Expo at Sloan’s Lake.  The 2020 event will take place on Sept. 19.  We are proud to donate 100% of registration proceeds to leading nonprofits.  The Mental Health Expo features a diverse group of more than twenty nonprofits dedicated to improving mental wellness.  The 2020 theme is Turning Awareness into Action by prioritizing exercise, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness and more.  To learn more and register, visit https://brainrun.org.  To join our charity partner team, contact Kristin Gilchrist at kgilchrist6@gmail.com.

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Mirror Image Arts

Empowering youth to use their voice for change.

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

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Montbello Children’s Network

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

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Mount Saint Vincent

For more than 135 years, Mount Saint Vincent has cared for Colorado kids. First as an orphanage and now as a child services provider, we help children who have been abused, neglected, or suffer from mental illness. Our innovative service offerings include residential and day treatment, foster care services, K-8 instruction, community training, in-home therapy, short-term stabilization, early childhood education, and clinical assessments. Mount Saint Vincent implements a developmentally sensitive approach that reflects the most up-to-date research about the impact of trauma on young children and what they need to begin to cope and eventually thrive. For more information about our participation in the Colfax marathon, contact Caleigh Isaacks at cisaacks@msvhome.org or visit us at www.msvhome.org.

Move for Hunger

Move For Hunger is a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs.  For more information about us, visit www.moveforhunger.org.  To join our charity partner team, contact Margo Cianchetta,  Margo@moveforhunger.org.

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mpowered

mpowered’s mission is to empower individuals to transform their financial futures.

mpowered provides programs to help individuals make informed financial choices and create financial security. With financial coaching, debt management plans, credit check-ups, and personal finance classes, mpowered leads in financial education and champions financial security as one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle.

Support mpowered and help us move forward with our vision of Financial Security for All.

To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact anais@mpoweredcolorado.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Colorado

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

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National MPS Society

The National MPS Society exists to cure, support and advocate for MPS and ML. Our mission serves individuals, families and friends affected by MPS through research, support, and advocacy. Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and mucolipidosis (ML) are genetic lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzymes. The missing or insufficient enzyme prevents cells from recycling waste, resulting in the storage of materials in cells throughout the body. As the disease progresses, there is widespread damage throughout the body, including the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system and central nervous system, leading to a shortened lifespan. Help us save lives! For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Brian Buechler, brian@mpssociety.org

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National MS Society

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

We offer many programs — including professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives.

Our community support helps to fund our local programs and accelerate worldwide research projects to ensure no opportunity is wasted. Generosity can come from anywhere. We are thankful to our members and their friends, corporate partners and the general public who help us raise the money to move us closer to a world free of MS.

Learn more about starting your own fundraising campaign with us or contact Christina at Christina.carro@nmss.org or 303.698.5433 for more information.

No Kill Colorado

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

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

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PawsCo

Do what you can, when you can.

PawsCo is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization based in Denver, Colorado.

PawsCo is dedicated to reducing pet homelessness by keeping animals in their homes through partnering with the Food Bank of the Rockies for a year round Pet Food Drive, and serving as a partner to shelters and rescues to foster the most in-need animals – those animals not thriving in a shelter setting. PawsCo is a volunteer run organization committed to collaboration, education, and efficient operation.

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

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PCs for People

Through electronic reuse PCs for People provides the opportunity for all low-income individuals and nonprofits to benefit from the life changing impact of computers and mobile internet. Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national leader in digital inclusion. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, every project, program and initiative at PCs for People is centered on getting low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet into the homes of low-income individuals. As a R2 certified recycler, PCs for People has the highest certification for environmental stewardship. We are one of two in Colorado with both the R2 and NAID AAA certifications.   For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Tony Frank, afrank@pcsforpeople.org, 720-278-7725 x847.  For more about us, visit www.pcsforpeople.org.

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Peter Knuti Memorial Foundation

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

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Playworks

Playworks for every kid.

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

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Project COPE

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

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

 

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Project Inti

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

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

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Project PAVE

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

Project Purple

Last year pancreatic cancer surpassed breast cancer and became the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It is more important than ever that we continue to work hard towards reversing this trend.  Our mission at Project Purple is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and to improve the lives of patients through support, hope and compassion. The money raised for Project Purple helps us fulfill our mission statement by funding 2 major programs.   Project Purple provides funding for critical pancreatic cancer research. Thanks to our donors we are helping fund research for an early detection test for pancreatic cancer. There is currently no form of early detection for this deadly form of cancer. The best odds at survival come when the disease is caught in its earliest stages. We also fund studies which seek effective methods to treat this deadly disease. We also recognize there are patients who are fighting pancreatic cancer right now and they need our help. Project Purple assists current patients through our Patient Financial Aid program. We also provide patients with Blankets of Hope care packages. We believe no one should this battle on their own.  Though the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer stands at just 9%, we know that with your help we can make our vision of a world without pancreatic cancer a reality! To learn more here is the link for our Colfax page: http://www.projectpurple.org/event/2019-colfax-marathon/.

Project Worthmore

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

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Ralston House

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

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Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation

Assisting Coloradans in Cancer Treatment

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

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Reintegra

To reintegrate is to make what was broken whole again.

Reintegra is a Colorado-based grassroots organization that helps survivors of human trafficking in Mexico pursue new dreams for their lives as they transition out of restoration homes.  We do this through offering grants for education and vocational training in a caring and supportive environment.  Reintegra women are becoming lawyers, nurses, businesswomen and activists.  To learn more visit reintegra.org or contact andy@reintegra.org.

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (RMFR) was founded in 1982 with the mission to care for, and find loving homes for, homeless, abandoned, abused, and neglected cats. Over the past thirty five years the organization has grown into a limited-intake, free-roaming shelter with indoor and protected outdoor space for 125 cats. In 2018, RMFR provided medical expenses, housing, food, exams, in-house surgeries, and medical treatment for 2,250 cats and kittens. The rescue prioritizes being a safe-space for FIV+, FeLV+, and senior cat populations often underserved by municipal shelter programs.  RMFR does not contract with local governing bodies and receives no government funding. Instead, the rescue relies on individual donations, events, and grant fundraising efforts to support operation expenses.  To learn more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Michelle Watson, mlwatson1720001@gmail.com, 720-341-5267.

Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue

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

Rocky Mountain Medical Reserve Corps of Colorado

Our vision is a prepared and resilient community and our mission is to help our community before, during and after disruptions and disasters.  We do this by building and training teams to support our community Emergency Managers and local Public Health Agencies.

Individuals with access and functional needs are typically the population that is disproportionally affected when emergencies and disasters occur in our communities.  Because of this statistic one of our programs is our Community Inclusion Project.  We provide education, and training about emergency preparedness and response in ways that are accessible to all in our community.  We also offer leadership opportunities to youth and individuals with disabilities.

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Rocky Mountain MS Center

The mission of the Rocky Mountain MS Center is to improve the quality of life of individuals and their families living with MS and related neurological diseases through care, support, education, and research. 100% of the funds we raise stay local, and these funds make our programs and services possible. By participating in one of the Colfax Marathon races as our charity party you are raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and supporting our patients, caregivers, and advocates.

If you’d like to get the word out about your race and support our mission by fundraising, please contact Sarah at skyger@mcenter.org for more information. The funds you raise help us to put our mission into action, and we are so grateful you’ve chosen our organization as your charity partner.

Rocky Mountain Prep

Rocky Mountain Prep is a public elementary charter school network in the Denver-metro area. Our mission is for every child to realize their full-potential through a rigorous and loving elementary education. We know potential is everywhere but opportunity is not. We believe all children deserve access to a great public education. Our commitment to equity and academic rigor means that we help every student achieve. Our culture of love and inclusion means that we welcome, support, and challenge everyone with kindness and respect.  Learn more at rockymountainprep.org or contact Abby Worland

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Ronald McDonald House

When families have a seriously ill or injured child, they often need specialized medical care far from their homes, for weeks or even months at a time. For these families, RMHC-Denver becomes the next best thing to being at home. Our Houses (one in Denver, one in Aurora) have 118 private rooms that enable families to stay together, near the medical care they need. At no cost. For as long as treatment takes. And Ronald McDonald Houses provide more than shelter – they provide security and compassion, in a warm and welcoming place where friendships are formed, and hope is nurtured. To learn more, visit www.rmhc-denver.org If you’re interested in in helping RMHC-Denver through your participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact ctruax@rmhc-denver.org

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Roundup River Ranch

Roundup River Ranch provides children with serious illnesses an old-fashioned, pure fun camp experience where they are not defined by their illness or by things they haven’t tried before. Here, campers and their families discover the healing power of love, laughter, friendship and shared experiences. Campers realize they are not alone, find the courage to try new activities and build confidence. With full medical, physical and emotional support from healthcare professionals, staff and volunteers, campers and their families have the peace of mind to relax and experience the joys of childhood. And best of all, no camper or their family ever pays a penny.  For more about us, visit www.roundupriverranch.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Grace Anshutz, ganshutz@roundupriverranch.org

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Savio House

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

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Scleroderma Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter

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

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Second Wind Fund

HelP SAVE A LIFE

Since 2002, Second Wind Fund has connected children and teens at risk for suicide with professional, specialized mental health counselors in their community. Second Wind Fund covers the entire cost of up to 12 sessions of therapy. It is truly a life-saving program, available to children and teens who have no other access to care. Suicide is currently the leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24 years old in Colorado. Second Wind Fund brings hope and healing to these young people by helping them discover positive ways to overcome the challenges in their life. Since 2002, more than 6,000 children and teens have benefited from Second Wind Fund’s unique and highly effective program. Visit www.thesecondwindfund.org to learn more about us. For information about our work with the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners program, contact Josh Kumin, jkumin@thesecondwindfund.org.

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ShelterBox USA

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

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

Special Olympics Colorado

Improving Lives Through Sports

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

 

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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

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Sun Valley Youth Center

For 20 years, The Sun Valley Youth Center has supported the lowest-income housing development in Denver by empowering youth, families and community to greater success.  With a focus on transforming the lives of at-risk youth, the Sun Valley Youth Center is a non-profit before school, after school and summer care program for school age kids. We work to address the needs of the whole child by helping the youth we serve grow into healthy, supported adults.  For more information about Sun Valley Youth Center, please visit https://sunvalleyyouthcenter.org To join our Colfax Marathon charity partner team, please contact Lara Galante, lara@sunvalleyyouthcenter.org

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The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD)

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

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The Center on Colfax

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

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The Health Center at Franklin Park

The Health Center at Franklin Park, where service and caring has been an Upper Colfax District tradition for over 40 years, is a faith based, not-for-profit community. Our community consists of independent living apartments for seniors and disabled adults, rehabilitation services, 24-hour skilled nursing care, and a long term care secured memory care neighborhood. Through our mission and core values we seek to provide environments that nurture self-worth, hope and dignity for all. Our overarching mission is to always “Provide environments that allow people to live to their greatest potential regardless of a medical condition.”  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Annie Lozano, ALozano@abhomes.org.

The Initiative

Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities, DBA The Initiative was founded in 1984 to fill a gap in services for women with disabilities who are survivors of domestic violence. The Initiative is now a statewide organization providing free and confidential advocacy that honors all forms of abuse, genders, and all disabilities. Our direct services are accessible, culturally-responsive, and trauma-informed. All services are mobile, available to monolingual Spanish speakers, survivors in rural areas, and are LGBTQ+ inclusive. The Initiative is also dedicated to creating systemic and cultural shifts to make a community that is safe for everyone. We do this by providing free community awareness education. Through both the Direct Services and Outreach programs, The Initiative strives to create an abuse free culture for all. The Initiative is the only organization in Colorado, and one of a few in the United States, providing these specialized services that are so critical to abuse survivors with disabilities.

Visit https://theinitiativecolorado.org/ to learn more about us.  For information about our work with the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners program, contact Maria Manriquez at maria@theinititiveco.org.

There With Care

There With Care’s mission is to provide a wide range of meaningful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. We serve families, referred by 15 medical agencies, through building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. The programs we offer support the whole family, helping them get through the medical crisis by identifying daily stresses that are heavy on their plate and providing some relief. For more information about us, visit our web site, www.therewithcare.org. For more about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, please contact Katie Hegg, Katie@therewithcare.org.  To get started and to set up your fundraising page, click on the Donate button below.

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Together for Change dba Friends Colorado

Together for Change dba Friends Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to the prevention of bullying. We educate and support youth sports clubs and schools, with the vision to see children and adolescents grow up in a safe, secure, and inclusive environment. Our approach is that it is the adults’ responsibility to create that environment. Bullying, harassment and discrimination are global problems and they require global solutions. There is a need and demand for qualitative, practical methods to prevent bullying. Our education is based on the kids voices, and tailored to each organization’s unique climate and needs, for accuracy, impact and sustainability. In addition to providing education and support to youth sports clubs and schools, we work to increase the public awareness, knowledge and engagement around bullying. Read more about Friends Colorado at https://friendscolorado.org/. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Jennie Scanlan, jennie.scanlan@friends.se.

 

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TransformAsia

Since 1996, TransformAsia has been working throughout Cambodia to improve the lives of those who survived the Killing Fields.  We have many centers throughout the country.  This year we are raising funds to purchase new vehicles for two of our centers-our orphanage and our daycare which brings children who call the city dump their home to a safe place five days a week.  Please help in joining us to bring safe transportation to the children we work with in Cambodia.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Liz Stifel at info@transformasia.us   

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University Prep

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

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UpRoot Colorado

We measurably reduce on-farm surplus agriculture in Colorado, support the economic stability of farmers, and increase the nutritional security of our state’s residents. Our vision is a Colorado foodshed that is more mindful, humane, self sustaining and connected, where everyone has access to healthy, nutrient-dense food, where hunger pangs are in the past, and where markets value farmers for what they are: a cornerstone of society. For more about us, please visit www.uprootcolorado.org. For more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact David Laskarzewski: dave@uprootcolorado.org. Thank you!

 

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Urban Peak

Urban Peak’s mission is to ignite the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined, fulfilled lives. Urban Peak is the only agency in the Denver metro area that offers a complete convergence of services for youth experiencing homelessness (ages 15-24). Urban Peak was established in 1988, and today Urban Peak’s services include a street outreach team, a daytime Drop-In Center, Education and Employment services, supportive housing, a social-enterprise thrift store, and the only licensed emergency shelter in Denver solely serving youth. In Fiscal Year 2018, Urban Peak served 1,039 youth experiencing homelessness. For more about us, visit www.urbanpeak.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Tamar Berner, tamar.berner@urbanpeak.org.

 

Violence Free Colorado

Founded in 1977, Violence Free Colorado is our state’s domestic violence coalition. We work with hundreds of organizations and individuals in local communities across the state to prevent and end relationship violence, and support those affected by relationship abuse. We build the capacity of a diverse network of domestic violence and other community-based programs across Colorado to help them effectively assist survivors of relationship violence and their families. Our goal is to improve individual and community health and well-being through statewide visionary advocacy and social change efforts, supporting our members, and informing the public.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Amy Pohl, apohl@violencefreeco.org 

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Water for People

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

Young Investors Society

Young Investors Society (YIS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that gives high school students a unique opportunity to learn fundamental, long-term investing in an exciting and interactive way. It is traditionally run as an after-school club directed by amazing high school teachers who recognize the importance of financial literacy. The club experience was developed by some of the best investors and university professors in the industry. Together we’ll change the world, one investor at a time.

Visit yis.org for more information.

Young Life

Young Life is a world-class organization that seeks to help disaffected teens thrive as they confront the challenges of adolescence. We pursue kids who pitch their tents in the fields of moral ambivalence. Our leaders treat every teen—from the jock to the outcast, from the wealthy to the least of these—with dignity and significance. Mentors embed themselves among every clique and tier of youth culture, serving as teachers, coaches and counselors. Our homes reside on the same streets and often share the same walls. We shape a setting of distinct quality—one conducive to fun as well as safety, excitement as well as counsel, and adventure as well as reflection. Denver Young Life specifically exists for students in Denver Public Schools and Aurora Public Schools. The schools we reach are on average at least 55% Free and Reduced Lunch and multi-ethnic. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Jill Boyce, jill@denveryl.org.

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