Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
This is Denver's oldest and best Santa Claus pub crawl. Over the last 13 years we've donated thousands of new toys to children all over the Denver area. Last year along with the generosity of our bar partners we were able to donate thousands of dollars to help some of the area's children who need it most. After seeing the long term impact that cash can have on the lives of these children, we're raising money as well as toys.
We started with 8 people giving a $10 gift each and now we have over 1,500 participants who help us to donate tens of thousands of dollars to organizations that help families and children.
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
FERN is headquartered at 2830 S. Zuni in Denver, Colorado. FERN is currently feeding a combined 500 families each week. We now have seven participating partners (three new ones since January, 2012), a shared 15,000 sq. ft. warehouse, an industrial size refrigerator and freezer, reliable food transportation vehicles, and the framework for a strategic business plan. Furthermore, all collaborative partners now use the client choice model for an engaging, interactive, and empowering experience that better serves their clients. The client choice model, in addition to reducing waste associated with the traditional food box model, honors diversity based on cultural food preferences, and allows for the power of choice. We have found that moving to client choice has proven to be a critical part of the equation to move people away from dependency and toward self-sufficiency.
Consistent deliveries to the warehouse of nutritious food, expansion of the number of food pantry partners.
Public, Society Benefit
Children ages 5 to 21
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
The Colorado Kids 1st license plate is a specialty plate that promotes the health and safety of Colorado's children.
Every day, we are raising awareness on Colorado roads reminding drivers to ALWAYS put kids first.
The best part? Money raised from the license plate goes directly back into the community.
The Kids 1st Fund awards grants to community organizations and projects dedicated to keeping Colorado's children safe, healthy and HAPPY!
Check out our Colorado Kids 1st video: http://youtu.be/b7Z_OmfSCII
Colorado Kids 1st has been successful program in achieving our short-term goals so far. As an attractive, innovative non-traditional source of revenue for the program, thousands of license plates have already been sold. This has allowed RMRPI to disperse funding to over 50 health and safety organizations throughout Colorado.
Colorado Kids 1st's long-term impact on raising public awareness is evidenced by a variety of factors: the growth of our support among various Colorado communities, the increasing diversity of support received from different stakeholders, the increasing knowledge demonstrated in survey data collected from both member organizations and individual members, and the increasing reach of organizational messaging, as measured by social media analytics, newsletter readers, the increasing demand for the organization to start a daily blog, and more.
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
The program is designed for high-risk high school students enrolled at Aurora Public Schools and the Cherry Creek School District. Participants are offered a varied career-oriented curriculum. High school students can participate in classes such as art, business, cosmetology, drama, and computers. The program also has as one of its goals basic financial education and literacy.
Please check out these videos:
Aurora Youth 4 Success - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3akO_oF6HE&feature=related
Aurora Youth 4 Success - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUqbXPmk8OQ
The programmatic success of AY4S is evidenced by data such as the increasing number of children the program can accommodate. Measurements such as the number of children served are directly related to the program's successful capacity building and fundraising due to increasing community support. Anecdotal evidence collected from past and current participants, their families, teachers, and other stakeholders also provides clear evidence of programmatic success.