As the Spirit of the Holiday season begins its yearly conversion of things ordinary and trivial into things festive and reflective, South Metro Denver Chamber encourages all to consider those who spend the whole year in the service of others in need. The following non-profit groups are but a small sampling of organizations, both large and small who are always in need of support whether it be monetary, goods, services, or simply time. Take a moment and give thought as to how you might share a bit of yourself for the benefit of others not only this time of year, but throughout the year.
FRIENDS FIRST mission educates and mentors teens to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships. Their vision states all teens are empowered with tools, knowledge and positive role models to make choices leading to healthy relationships and successful futures. FRIENDS FIRST provides many opportunities for teens and families to get involved with their programs. For more information visit, www.friendsfirst.org
For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been leading the way to transform cancer from deadly to preventable. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers we have made great advancements in the fight against cancer. Funds raised by ACS support free patient programs and services as well as cancer research. As an example, ACS volunteers give 4,700 rides every year to patients who would otherwise not be able to get to treatment. Currently in Colorado we are funding $6.9 million in life-saving cancer research through the University of Colorado, Boulder and Denver and the University of Northern Colorado. Visit coloradogives.org/acs/overview
Project C.U.R.E. is a humanitarian relief organization that collects medical supplies and equipment and donates it to developing countries. Since 1987, Denver-based Project C.U.R.E. has delivered donated medical supplies and equipment to the most desperately ill and impoverished people living in more than 108 countries around the world. Last fiscal year, Project C.U.R.E. delivered 83 cargo containers valued at more than $26 million worth of medical relief to developing countries. PROJECT C.U.R.E. is currently the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies and equipment. www.projectcure.org
For over 45 years, the Audubon Society of Greater Denver (ASGD) has educated and provided high quality, programs for over 100,000 children and adults, accomplished major conservation efforts to protect birds, other wildlife, and habitats, and funded over 37 research projects for non-game wildlife. SGD provides natural science education programs for elementary, middle, and high school students throughout Greater Denver region, offering activities at schools and at the Audubon Center at Chatfield. These programs meet the new Colorado science standards. Home schools and boy/girl scouts also participate in our programs. Learn more at www.denveraudubon.org
Inter-Faith Community Services provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income people using community resources. Inter-Faith fosters self-sufficiency and respects the dignity of each client. Serving the people of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County, Inter-Faith is the largest non-governmental agency helping individuals, families and seniors who are struggling in the South Metro Denver area. Their goal this year is to “adopt” 550 families and 100 seniors for the holidays. www.ifcs.org
During the year, the Denver Rescue Mission provides shelter, food, clothing, education, Christian teaching, and work discipline to meet individuals at their physical and spiritual points of need. Operating five different facilities, each with a specific mission and clientele, the Denver Rescue Mission is the oldest full-service charity serving the needy in the Rocky Mountain Area. www.denverrescuemission.org
The Centennial Rotary Club works on many community service projects throughout the year both locally, nationally and internationally. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries. www.rotary.org
Developmental Pathways is a Colorado non-profit agency created to serve persons with developmental disabilities and their families. It was established in 1964 as a community-based alternative to institutional care. Since that time, Pathways has developed a broad array of services based on the principle that full inclusion and participation in community life is attainable for every individual with a developmental disability. www.developmentalpathways.org
Goodwill Industries believes in the power of work as a means to self-sufficiency and a transformational element in the lives of the more than 19,000 people served each year. Goodwill promotes sustainable change throughout the community and supports a growing economy through a model that provides education, training and opportunities to help the working poor, people moving from welfare to work, and disabled adults attain true self-sufficiency. www.goodwilldenver.org.
For a complete list of SMDC Nonprofits visit SMDC_Nonprofits