Charity Partners

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4 Paws 4 Life

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

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

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Action for Healthy Kids

EVERY CHILD DESERVES A HEALTHY LIFE AND A QUALITY EDUCATION.

When students are healthy, academic performance, classroom behavior, and attendance improve. Action for Healthy Kids works with schools, families and community partners across Colorado to help schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives and be more successful in school. Working together, we’re giving kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground with fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and programs. Join Team Healthy Kids to help us create healthier schools and families across Colorado. For information about our work, visit ActionforHealthyKids.org/Colorado. Visit our Colorado Gives page to set up a fundraising page or contact Carol Muller at cmuller@actionforhealthykids.org.

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Adoption Options

Embracing Choices. Enriching Lives.

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

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Africa Development Promise

Building Pathways to Economic Independence

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

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Ainsley’s Angels

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

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

In 2004 when Alex passed away at the age of eight—her stand and inspiration had raised more than $1 million towards finding a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by her parents in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began. Our mission is to change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.  for more information about us, visit www.teamlemon.org.    For more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Selina Poiesz, s.poiesz@alexslemonade.org , 610-517-6729.

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ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter

Fighting on Every Front to Improve Living with ALS

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

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

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Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado

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

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American 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 Matt Stevens, matthew.stevens@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 1-888-2345 or cancer.org. To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Alexis.Vogelin@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 Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We empower people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies and share lifesaving resources and information.  For more about us, visit www.heart.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Nick Piechowski, nick.piechowski@heart.org.

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!

 

Amp the Cause

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

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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 Alyssa Bennett Smith, operations@artfromashes.org, 303-837-1550.

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Ascend Performing Arts

Elevating Life Performance.

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

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Athletes in Tandem

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

 

Back On My Feet

Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization that uses running and community as catalysts to help individuals overcome homelessness. Operating in 12 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.  Learn more by clicking this link:  https://www.backonmyfeet.org/events/colfax-marathon/  Runners can also reach out directly to courtney.totten@backonmyfeet.org for more information.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado

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

 

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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 11 million miles, volunteered over 245,000 hours building affordable homes, and donated over $6.6 million to affordable housing organizations across the country.   We’ve been pedaling for affordable housing for 16 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

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Bloodwise

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

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Boomers Leading Change

Boomers Leading Change supports positive aging and mobilizes older adults for social good. We are go-getters, big-thinkers, and stereotype-changers. Our mission is to channel the skills, energy and experience of Adults aged 50+ toward improving the Denver metro community through our Volunteer Program, Colorado Encore Network and more. Since our founding 9 years ago we have mobilized more than 2,500 older adults in high-impact service and learning opportunities throughout Denver. Our volunteers serve at 40+ Denver metro nonprofits and agencies that provide support to thousands of clients in social service and aging-in-place facilities, food pantries, and healthcare settings. Remember: There is no age-limit to a love of learning or community volunteerism.  To represent us at the Colfax Marathon please contact Austin George at ageorge@BoomersLeadingChange.org Be sure to visit us at www.BoomersLeadingChange.org.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Helping Kids.  Building Communities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) is thrilled to join the 2019 Charity Partners program for the Colfax Marathon! Serving 2,000 kids per day in 16 different sites across metro Denver, we provide young people with opportunities to engage in programs that help them achieve academic success, take charge of their health by building good habits and Boys and Girls Clubfoster the skills they need to become community leaders. Boys & Girls Clubs’ dynamic model allows us to respond to each child’s unique needs. It’s a warm meal, a safe place to study, and positive relationships. It’s a chance for parents to work a few more hours knowing their children are safe and sound. Visit www.GreatFuturesDenver.org to learn more! For more information about our Charity Partners program, email LoniP@bgcmd.org.

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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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Bridges to Prosperity

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

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Canine Companions for Independence

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

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CASA – Metro CASA Programs

Advocates for ChildrenI am for the Child.

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

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Casa de Paz

Casa de Paz began in 2012 as a small, one-bedroom apartment offering hospitality to families separated by immigrant detention. Our work has always been to host families whose loved ones are detained and individuals who have been recently released. In 2017 we moved into a larger home with more space so we would not have to turn people away.   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 we’ve hosted over 1,600 immigrants 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 36 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 14,500 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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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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Children’s Diabetes Foundation

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

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Children’s Treehouse Foundation

Inspiring emotional support for children of parents with cancer.

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

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Children’s Tumor Foundation

The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding effective treatments for neurofibromatosis (NF). 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. NF affects 1 in every 3,000 people. CTF funds critical research into NF. 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 or contact: Angela Dumadag, adumadag@ctf.org

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Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

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

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Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation

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

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Cimarron Middle School

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

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Colorado 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 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 Renewable Energy Society

The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) drives environmental, social, and economic benefits for Colorado by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.  CRES and its local chapters provide education, policy advocacy, and community engagement that accelerate the adoption of all forms of renewable energy, energy efficiency, high-performance building, energy storage, and emerging technologies that will help Colorado achieve 100% renewable energy. CRES is a statewide, non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)3 membership organization.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, Contact Aaron, aaron.sc.howell@gmail.com

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 23 years, 230 volunteers have completed the program, and 60 non-profit agencies have received over 500,000 hours of volunteer service. To learn more or run with us, contact Bill and Mary Frances Jaster, cvv@covivo.org, 303-863-8141.

 

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Colorado Youth for a Change

Solving Colorado’s Dropout Crisis

The mission of Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC) is to solve the dropout crisis in Colorado. CYC was founded in 2005 and we have seen a significant decrease in the number of youth dropping out since our inception. The agency has since grown in size and scope, and works to increase the number of students who graduate high school or earn a GED through innovative prevention and re-engagement services. With over 10,000 Colorado students still dropping out each year, we need your help! Research and experience has contributed to CYC’s ongoing strategic expansion of services – from Educational Intervention, attendance work, and most recently, K-3 literacy interventions – aimed at serving the youngest students at risk of dropping out of school. Last school year, CYC served more than 2,800 students and is on track to serve over 3,000 in 2018-19. 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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Confluence Ministries

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

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

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Conservation Colorado

The future is worth the fight

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

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Cooking Matters Colorado

One in six kids in the United States struggles with hunger. Cooking Matters is helping end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy food choices. Our programs help parents and caregivers struggling with limited food budgets learn how to shop for and cook healthy, affordable meals. When kids eat good food, they’re stronger and healthier. But shopping and cooking healthy can be tough, especially for families struggling with limited food budgets and a lack of options.  That’s where Cooking Matters comes in! To help parents and their children, we offer hands-on cooking classes, interactive grocery store tours, digital tools and other resources – all free, and all run through trusted local community partners.  When kids get the food they need, they feel better. They learn more at school. They grow up stronger. They’re more likely to reach their full potential. To learn more and get involved, visit our website or email cmco@strength.org.

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Court Support JeffCo

Accountability in Action

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

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Craig Hospital Foundation

Redefining Possible for People with Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries.

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

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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Team Challenge – Take the Challenge

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

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CrossPurpose

CrossPurpose is a non-profit organization abolishing relational, economic, and spiritual poverty through career and community development. For more about us, visit www.crosspurpose.org.  To learn about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Jenny Footle, jfootle@crosspurpose.org.

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Cure HHT

The Cornerstone of the HHT Community

Cure HHT is the only 501(c)(3) global advocacy nonprofit organization committed to supporting patients and families who are impacted by an uncommon blood vessel disease called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT). Roughly 1 in 5,000 people have HHT, but 90% of the population goes undiagnosed. This organization supports families, educates doctors, and works with scientists around the world to find a cure for HHT. The 2019 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 2019 Denver Colfax HHT team, visit www.curehht.org and for questions, email events@curehht.org.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter

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

DCIS at Fairmont

At DCIS at Fairmont, the neighborhood, the region and the globe come together to create a context for the study of art, languages, social studies, mathematics and science that opens minds, spurs curiosity, creates cultural awareness, encourages communication and inspires leadership and action.  Our goal is to broaden opportunities for our students by broadening their horizons. We want to create a place where children can grow academically and culturally, a place that prepares them to excel in middle school, high school and college, and a place that will empower them to be active citizens, engaged in their communities and the world. For more information about our work with the Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact  Sarah Al-Harj, sarah_al-haj@dpsk12.org .

 

Denver Children’s Home

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

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region’s leading resource for informal science education. Our mission is to be a catalyst and ignite the community’s passion for nature and science. The Museum offers a wide variety of engaging exhibitions, programs, activities, and scientific research to inspire public appreciation and understanding of the wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. Many of the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Sarah Young, sarah.young@dmns.org.

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Denver Public Schools Foundation

The DPS Foundation is Denver Public Schools’ fundraising partner. We generate resources, build relationships and champion public education to impact system-wide achievement and help every child succeed. Our vision is to create an environment where outstanding educational achievements are the norm and all children have hope of a great future. With your help, we can ensure every child in Denver Public Schools succeeds, making our community a better place to live, today and long into the future. Thanks to our generous supporters, the DPS Foundation generated over $6.6 million in total grants for DPS in the 2017-18 school year. The DPS Foundation funds innovative and core programs in the areas of tutoring, STEM and Career & Technical education, after-school programs and athletics. To learn about our Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact Rebecca Reutlinger (720) 423-3897. For more information visit, www.dpsfoundation.org.

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Denver Scholarship Foundation

Making college possible for thousands of students in our community.

Our program for college success has been nationally recognized for its effectiveness. College Access: We work with Denver Public School seniors inside DPS high schools. Each Future Center is staffed by a DSF College Advisor who guides students through application and financial aid processes. Scholarships: We award need-based scholarships to DPS graduates attending school in Colorado. College Success: We partner with colleges to provide scholarship recipients with extra financial aid and ongoing support. These strategies are working–76% have graduated or are still in school. For more information about us, visit www.denverscholarship.org. To join our charity partner program, contact Caroline Glynn, Communications and Alumni Manager, cglynn@denverscholarship.org.

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Denver Urban 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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Disability Law Colorado / The Legal Center

Helping individuals with disabilities!

DisabDisability Lawility Law Colorado is an independent public interest non-profit specializing in civil rights and discrimination issues (specializing in housing, public accommodations, education and employment) through direct legal representation, advocacy, education and legislative analysis. We protect the human, civil and legal rights of people with mental and physical disabilities, and older people throughout Colorado. We strive to both open up the legal system to those who are challenged by the bureaucracy, their disability or are unable to act on their own behalf and, we empower people to advocate for themselves.  For more information about us, visit www.disabilitylawco.org. To join our Charity Partners team, select Disability Law Colorado/The Legal Center from the list of charity partners or contact Mike Robbins, 303-862-3508, mrobbins@disabilitylawco.org.

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DKMS: We Delete Blood Cancer

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

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Door Denver

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

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Dora Moore E-8 School

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

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DSST – Green Valley Ranch High School

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

Duet Design Group Foundation

Duet Design Group Foundation believes that everyone should have access to relaxing, beautiful environments. Through our years in the business, we discovered that if a person is comfortable with where they live and work, they are happier, more productive, and confident in everything they do. That’s why it’s our mission to bridge the gap between interior design and the general public, and why we seek to improve the lives of residents of the Denver area who are unable to take advantage of professional design services by creating healing and soothing environments that would otherwise not be available to such individuals.  For more about us, visit www.duetdesigngroup.com.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lezlie Goldberg, lezlie@duetdesigngroup.com.

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Dumb Friends League

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

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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 Ann Marie Leitao, aleitao@empoweringher.org.

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Englewood Education Foundation

The Englewood Education Foundation believes there is no greater investment you can make than in the education of our children.  The Foundation was founded in May, 1990 to assist students in advancing their learning opportunities after graduating from Englewood Public Schools. We are dedicated to ensuring students in our community achieve academic success by investing in our teachers and students through creativity grants and scholarships. Investing in our students inspires a generation that is prepared to meet the evolving challenges of our community.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Jay Rathbun, jay.rathbun@gmail.com

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Environmental Learning for Kids

Inspire, Educate, Transform.

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

 

 

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Epic Experience

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

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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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Extended Hands of Hope

Extended Hands of Hope (EHH) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer safe housing and supportive services to sex trafficking survivors, empowering them to move forward with hope and dignity. EHH carries out its mission by offering the following programs and services to teen girls and young women and their families: Confidential safe housing, therapy, and other restorative services through its Restoration Program at Avanti House; Academic Education through its licensed facility school, Forward Learning Academy; After care services, therapy, case management, and other services through its Community Based Outreach Program; and Empowerment through Simply Good Cakery.  For more about us, please visit www.extendedhandsofhope.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Samantha Thomas, samantha@extendedhandsofhope.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.

Firefly Autism

Firefly Autism is Colorado’s premier facility for individuals living with autism, helping children reach their highest possible potential, and giving them a much higher chance at living a fulfilling, contributing, and even independent life as an adult. Since its inception 2003, Firefly has grown to become Colorado’s leader in the treatment of children and families living with autism, transforming more than 5,000 lives through a unique variety of programs and services. In 2017, Firefly was selected by the US Dept. of Education as the model treatment center in the USA. Today, Firefly has grown to become one of the most respected treatment centers in the entire nation.  For more information about us, please visit www.fireflyautism.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Erin Keefe, ekeefe@fireflyautism.org.

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First Book

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

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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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Foothills Animal Shelter

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

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

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Friends Colorado

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 Lisa Andersson, lisakatarina3@gmail.com.

 

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Gateway Domestic Violence Services

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

Gateway Domestic Violence Services’ mission is to prevent intimate partner violence through counseling, residential care and promoting social change.   Gateway provides quality services in a safe and confidential environment for all women, children and family pets who are victims of domestic violence. Gateway strives to promote community awareness through training, education, and networking. Gateway’s goal is to empower women and children in developing violence-free lives through crisis intervention, advocacy, and support services. Gateway endeavors to affect community awareness and ultimately change attitudes on issues of domestic violence. To learn more about us, visit www.gatewayshelter.org. For more information about our charity partner program, contact Jeneen Klippel, JKworden@gatewayshelter.com.

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Girls on the Run of the Rockies

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

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

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GO4GRAHAM

Moving for Mental Health

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

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GoodTurn Cycles

GoodTurn Cycles 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 Carie Behounek, carie@onegoodturn.com

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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High Line Canal Conservancy

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

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

 

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Highline Academy NE

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

Himalayan Stove Project

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

HOBY Colorado

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership of Colorado’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. At our annual leadership seminar, high school sophomores from across the state exchange ideas, engage in challenging discussions, participate in diversity and leadership development training and a Leadership in Action community service project. At our 2018 Seminar, we served 232 students – our largest cohort to date! Our 2019 goal is to expand access to the HOBY Colorado Seminar through recruitment and fundraising for student scholarships to be offered to Title I schools.  Find out more at www.hobycolorado.org.  For more information about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Ashley Clevenger, aclevenger@hobycolorado.org.

 

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Homes for Our Troops

Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Make every mile count by joining Team HFOT in the Colfax Marathon Weekend!  For more about joining our team for the Colfax Marathon, including benefits,  visit https://www.myhfotusa.org/colfax2019/Static/Event-Info

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Hope for Heather Foundation

Focusing on young women diagnosed with breast cancer

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

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

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Hunger Free Colorado

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

Huntington’s Disease Society of America, RMC

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

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I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County

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

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Ignite Adaptive Sports

Located at the base of picturesque Eldora Mountain, just 21 miles outside of Boulder, CO, Ignite Adaptive Sports harnesses the heart and dedication of the Front Range, surrounding mountain, and Northern Colorado communities to provide children and adults with disabilities access to Colorado’s amazing outdoor winter sports. Students join us for alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ski biking, and snowshoeing lessons. Our dedicated team of trained volunteer instructors share their love of outdoor snowsports by providing winter sport lessons that are individualized to each student’s unique needs. Our students inspire us daily with their strength, courage, and zest for life.  For more about us, visit www.igniteadaptivesports.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, reach out to Eileen, marketing@igniteadaptivesports.org.

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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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Infinity Foundation

Infinity Foundation is committed to creating endless opportunities for families and individuals impacted by intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. We raise funds to support year-round quality therapy and community services, help with resources and aid when life presents an emergency, and build up agencies who are providing much needed quality services to those we serve. We envision a community that embraces those impacted by disability in daily life; a community where all people support each other to reach their highest quality of life possible. To find out how you can help, visit infinitycolorado.org and become a part of our community.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please reach out to Tamber Hepner, thepner@infinitycolorado.org.

International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD)

The International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) is a national nonprofit created to help women/AFAB individuals receive accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and social support for reproductive mental health and illness. IAPMD provides free global peer support services and education for clinicians and patients to fill the gaps in the diagnosis and treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). To learn more about how we are raising awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding reproductive mood disorders, depression, and suicidality, find us at IAPMD.org.  For more about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, contact Adrienne Pastula, adrienne@iapmd.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 Rachel LeClere at rleclere@jdrf.org.

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Jeffco Schools Foundation

Big Ideas.  Bright Futures.

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

Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain

Now celebrating its 100th anniversary, Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship. There is no cost for schools to implement JA programming.  JA-Rocky Mountain serves 118,000 students annually in Denver Metro, northern Colorado, mountain communities, and Wyoming. For more information about us, visit www.jacolorado.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Ellie Jordan, E.Jordan@jacolorado.org.

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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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 Stacie at swinslow@colorado.wish.org or call 303-750-9474.

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Meadow Point Elementary School

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

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Mental Health Center of Denver

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

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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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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Mountain Resource Center

Mountain Resource Center is a nonprofit, community-based organization that delivers high quality, integrated health and human services within a 1000+ square mile rural mountain area in the foothills west of Denver. For nearly 30 years, Mountain Resource Center has served a population of over 65,000 in west Jefferson, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Park counties, by provides a single point of entry to connect clients with a range of services. The services include; Early Childhood and Family Education, Workforce and Adult Education, Financial Coaching, Veteran Services, Public Benefits Assistance, Resale Store and Food Pantry. All services free and open to community members. For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lisa Nissley, lisa@mrcco.org.

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Move for Hunger

Move For Hunger is a nonprofit organization that works with the relocation industry to help strengthen the efforts of our nation’s food banks.  By working with movers, Realtors, and corporate housing providers, our partners offer to pick up the unopened, non-perishable food items during the moving process and deliver it to local food banks.  To date, Move For Hunger has successfully delivered over 7 million pounds of food, works with over 650 movers and are in all 50 states.  By delivering this much needed food, Move For Hunger is providing relief for hungry Americans struggling to find their next meal.  For more information about us, visit www.moveforhunger.org.  To join our charity partner team, contact Emily Cebulski, emily@moveforhunger.org.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness – Colorado

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

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National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. NKF exists to eliminate preventable kidney disease and ensure no one dies waiting for a transplant. For more information or to join Team Kidney, visit https://team.kidney.org/event/colfax2019 or contact Annie Olson at 720-748-9991 ext. 451 or Annette.olson@kidney.org.

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National M.S. Society

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

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

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

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National 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 Sports Center for the Disabled

Enabling the Spirit Through Sport

The National Sports Center for the Disabled is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world. Each year, thousands of children and adults with disabilities take to the ski slopes, mountain trails and golf courses to learn more about sports – and themselves. With specially trained staff and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral diagnosis. To learn more about our involvements with the Colfax Marathon, contact Emily Jurenka, ejurenka@nscd.org or 303-633-5806. To learn more about the NSCD please visit www.nscd.org.

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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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North Arvada Middle School

North Arvada Middle School is a Jeffco neighborhood school with a commitment to providing a quality public education to our students. We serve approximately 620 students in grades sixth, seventh, and eighth who come from a variety of backgrounds and speak a number of native languages. We offer a wide range of elective classes, house a center program for gifted and talented students, and provide a variety of extracurricular activities. We offer classes in special education, English as a second language, gifted and talented education, and remedial/support classes in language arts, math, and science. For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lisa Cook, drlisacook@gmail.com

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OpenWorld Learning

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

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PawsCo

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

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

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

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PCs for People

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, 303-961-8340.  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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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Care. No matter what.

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

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Project Angel Heart

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

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Project COPE

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

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

 

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Project Inti

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

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

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Project PAVE

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

Project 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 Safeguard

Project Safeguard has been assisting the Denver Metro community for nearly 40 years. Our organization pursues safety and justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking through direct court support, advocacy services, and legal system reforms. Our vision is a fair, just, supportive system that brings safety, healing and peace to victims of domestic violence and their families and decreases the prevalence of domestic violence within our communities.  We hope that you join our team. For more information on Project Safeguard visit www.psghelps.org or email info@psghelps.org

Project V.E.T.S.

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

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Project Worthmore

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

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Prostate Conditions Education Council

As the leading innovative organization, saving and improving the lives of men and their loved ones, we set the pace in early detection, research & awareness for prostate health conditions. To learn more about us, visit www.prostateconditions.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lindsay McBride, lindsay.mcbride@prostateconditions.org.

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Providence Network

Providence Network is an urban, transformational housing organization that helps impoverished men, women and families heal from addictions, abuse and homelessness to become self-sufficient, productive members of the community. We help people achieve self-sufficiency through a living-in-community model that includes our two-year “FirstStep” transitional program of individual counseling, group therapy, vocational assistance, life skills development, spiritual growth and accountability with 24/7 live-in staff. Graduates are able to continue their growth in our “NextStep” substance-free, affordable apartment communities.  For more about us, please visit www.providencenetwork.org.  For more about out participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Nick Conner, nickconner@providencenetwork.org.

Ralston House

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

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Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation

Assisting Coloradans in Cancer Treatment.

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

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Reach Out And Read Colorado

Reach Out and Read Colorado gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. By building on the unique relationship between parents and health care providers, Reach Out and Read Colorado helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills, so children enter school prepared for success. To learn more, visit www.reachoutandreadco.org or connect with Reach Out and Read Colorado on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReachOutandReadColorado.

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Respect Academy at Abraham Lincoln HS

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

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Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation

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

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Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue

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

Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue

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

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Rocky Mountain Prep

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

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Rocky Mountain Wild

Rocky Mountain Wild works to protect, connect, and restore wildlife and wild lands in the Southern Rocky Mountain region. We envision a biologically healthy future for our region – one that includes a diversity of species and ecosystems, thriving populations of wildlife, and a sustainable coexistence between people and nature. Protecting biodiversity is a BIG job, and we know that we can’t do it alone. We are actively building a diverse community of educators, students, activists, philanthropists, and citizen scientists to help us make our vision a reality. Won’t you join us? For more information email francesca@rockymountainwild.org.

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Ronald McDonald House

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

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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 Stephanie Hearn, shearn@roundupriverranch.org.

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Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

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

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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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Scholars Unlimited

We’re celebrating 25 years of creating brighter futures for children! After more than 2 decades of work in Denver communities, Scholars Unlimited remains committed to supporting low-income, academically struggling young learners by providing rigorous literacy instruction and enrichment programs in order to help students make measurable academic gains – and to inspire lifelong learning.  Scholars Unlimited’s programs combine tutoring and other academic supports, enrichment programming, and recreation – all provided by highly qualified staff and community partners. The result? Summer and after school learning programs that are educational, engaging, and effective.  For more about us visit www.scholarsunlimited.org.  To learn more about our participation, contact Monica Colbert, mcolbert@scholarsunlimited.org.

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Scleroderma Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter

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

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Second Wind Fund

Your Community.  Your Kids.

Since 2002, Second Wind Fund has connected children and teens at risk of suicide with professional, specialized mental health counselors and paid for their treatment! It is truly a life-saving program, available to children and teens who have no other access to care. In recent studies, more than 6% of high school and middle school students reported having seriously considered suicide. Second Wind Fund brings hope and healing to these young people by helping them discover positive ways to overcome the problems they encounter. Since 2002, more than 4,300 children and teens have benefited from Second Wind Fund’s unique and highly effective program.  Visit www.thesecondwindfund.org to learn more about us.  For information about our work with the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners program, contact Chris Weiss, cweiss@thesecondwindfund.org

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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.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing hand-made bunk beds to children who don’t have beds of their own.  Our motto is No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town! All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads each night. Too many go without a bed—or even a pillow—to sleep on.  Every bed we deliver provides a child with something of their own and provides safety, security and even dignity to the grow up with better lives.  For more about us, click www.shpbeds.org.  Contact Denny Butts at denny.butts@shpbeds.org to learn how to get involved.

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Soles4Souls

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

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Special Olympics Colorado

Improving Lives Through Sports

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

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a rare genetic disorder that occurs in approximately one in 15,000 births and is recognized as the leading cause of life-threatening childhood obesity. PWS is characterized by low-muscle tone, slowed metabolism and most notably, the constant feeling of insatiable hunger.  Stanley Harvesting Hope was created by two local Denver moms, both with young children fighting PWS, as a way to raise awareness and put an end to the challenges of this life-threatening disorder. All funds raised by Stanley Harvesting Hope go directly to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research to propel their mission of finding treatments.  To learn more, visit harvestinghope5k.com or contact harvestinghope5k@gmail.com.

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Stepping Stone Communities

A HOME OF THEIR OWN.

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

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Street’s Hope

DID YOU KNOW? Human Trafficking is a 150 billion dollar per year world wide criminal enterprise driven by market demand for cheap labor and commercial sex.

DID YOU KNOW? Human trafficking is a crime involving the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud or coercion.

DID YOU KNOW? PEOPLE RIGHT HERE IN COLORADO ARE BEING TRAFFICKED EVERY DAY, OFTEN IN PLAIN SIGHT.

Since 2004, Street’s Hope has been one of the only direct service providers to survivors of human trafficking n the Rocky Mountain Region.  In 2018, we served over 300 people through crisis intervention, groups at community agencies, street outreach, and our on-site program. We provide access to resources, safety planning services, love and support to our clients, and the community outreach, education and awareness needed to engage in the fight against the human trafficking that is occurring right here in Colorado.  For more about us, visit www.streetshope.org.  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contack Kaylee Kowalski, admin@streetshope.org.

 

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STRIVE Preparatory Schools

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

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Tall Tales Ranch

Tall Tales Ranch is dedicated to providing a life sharing community where both people with and without disabilities can live in a supportive, cooperative environment that honors their individuality, celebrates their uniqueness and helps them to reach their full potential.  We provide an alternative living experience, designed to enhance the lives of adults living with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and to give their loved one’s comfort knowing that they are always well cared for, challenged, productive and appreciated for who they are. By sharing life and work with people who are not living with disabilities, and by connecting with the community, Tall Tales Ranch will be a point of connection and acceptance for the whole community. For more information about our engagement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Susan Mooney, susan@talltalesranch.org

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Temple Grandin School

Temple Grandin School provides a supportive educational community where students with Asperger’s can recognize and realize their potential. Founded in 2011, we provide a place of belonging for bright, quirky future world-changers who don’t quite fit at traditional schools. We’re glad to welcome you to our community of support for these exceptional students, who strive for a personal best every day. Perseverance is one of our core values, and we can’t wait to cheer you on as you run the Colfax race of your choice.  For more information, visit http://templegrandinschool.org. To join our Charity Partners team, contact Jen Wilger, wilger.jen@templegrandinschool.org.

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The Action Center

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

 

 

The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin

Achieve with Us

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

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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 Community at Franklin Park

The Community 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 GLBT Community Center of Colorado

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

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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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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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Trips for Kids

Trips for Kids Denver Metro’s mission is to empower at-risk and underserved youth, using the bicycle as a tool to foster positive life skills, healthy youth development, and a sense of fun and adventure. Since 2004, our programs have connected over 12,000 youth to the natural beauty of Colorado and the wonders of riding a bike! One of our board members, Elysha Lopez, is running the 2019 Colfax Marathon to raise funds for TFKDM.  Her goal is to raise $1,310—$50 per mile!  We hope you consider making a donation to Elysha’s Colfax Marathon Charity Partners campaign.  Thank you!

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Turning Point

The mission of Turning Point Center for Youth and Family Development is to help youth and families struggling with behavior, mental health and/or substance abuse issues, and to provide a high quality, structured and therapeutic environment with growth and change opportunities for everyone involved.  Turning Point serves over 2,000 youth and families each year. Turning Point works with many youth in the juvenile justice system with histories of trauma, mental health and substance use issues. Turning Point offers these youth a place to rehabilitate and acquire the skills necessary to help them break the cycle of substance use and poverty and reach their full potential. For more about us, visit https://www.turningpnt.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Quinn Hutchinson, qhutchinson@turningpnt.org.

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University Prep

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

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UpRoot Colorado

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

 

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Urban Peak

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

 

USO Denver

USO Denver is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. By running Colfax for the USO, you’ll become part of The Force Behind the Forces in the Denver Metro Area. Please consider USO Denver as your race charity of choice and support currently serving military members and their families of all five branches, who are active duty, national guard or reservists!  For more about joining Team USO for the Colfax Marathon, including benefits, visit https://denver.uso.org/ColfaxMarathon or contact Gayle Melges at gmelges@uso.org 

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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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WalkDenver

PEOPLE ARE PEDESTRIANS BY DESIGN.

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

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Water for People

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

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WINGS

WINGS’ mission is to break the cycle and heal the wounds of childhood sexual abuse by providing education, advocacy and support to adult survivors, loved ones, providers and communities. We’re ushering in the day when all survivors and their supporters have the resources they need to speak, heal and thrive. To learn more about us, visit www.wingsfound.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Melissa Haenchen, melissa.haenchen@wingsfound.org

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Women’s Global Empowerment Fund

Creating opportunities, one woman at a time.

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

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

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World Affairs Challenge

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

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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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Youth Celebrate Diversity

YCD is building a grassroots movement of students and educators addressing social problems, celebrating diversity and making schools safe for everyone. Through our innovative, youth-driven outreach, we ask students to identify the challenges they are facing—whether race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability and disability, mental health, stereotypes, and more. We then bring together students and teachers from public and private, large and small, urban and rural schools for eye-opening experiences that spark dialogue, insight, empathy and action. Our vision is that one day, every teen in America will feel safe to achieve in school. For more about us, visit www.ycdiversity.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Caleb Munro, cmunro@ycdiversity.org.

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Zimbabwe Kidz

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

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