Days of Thanks / Days of Giving: Week 5
December 17, 2019
December 17, 2019
Our fifth week of thankful giving features three more Colorado organizations! Our team members chose different nonprofits in our home state that are working hard to support our local community in unique ways.
Protect Our Winters
In addition to being supported by some of his favorite backcountry athletes, POW is leading efforts to curb climate change in Colorado and nationwide through political action and community engagement. As an avid skier and lover of snow, Chris is a huge supporter of their work and the way they interact with the community.
Founded by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones in 2007, POW turns passionate outdoor people into effective climate advocates. POW leads a community of athletes, thought pioneers and forward-thinking business leaders to affect systemic solutions to climate change.
Social Venture Partners Boulder County
Project Manager Josh Zuke chose Social Venture Partners Boulder County as his charity of choice this year.
Social Venture Partners (SVP) bridges the gap between for-profits and non-profits through a unique business model. Local professionals donate their time and talent to long-term, pro bono consulting projects with deserving nonprofits. SVP connects nonprofits that are underfunded with professional resources to help them be more efficient, effective and sustainable over time. This strengthens nonprofits from the inside out so they can better deliver on their missions, while simultaneously developing philanthropic engagement in the Boulder corporate community.
Josh worked for SVP Boulder County — he is a passionate advocate for the innovative work they’re doing and the change they’re effecting. By bringing nonprofits and philanthropic changemakers together, SVP is building a more vibrant and thriving Boulder County for everyone to enjoy.
Denver Children’s Home
Executive Assistant Sarah Barrett chose Denver Children’s Home (DCH), one of the oldest non-profits in the state of Colorado. DCH helps kids ages 10-18 who have survived trauma, neglect, and abuse confront serious mental health challenges. They use an array of therapeutic educational services such as music therapy, equine therapy, and art therapy to restore health and hope to kids and their families. They are pioneers in using brain-based research and trauma-informed care to equip these children with skills they can use for the rest of their lives.
The money we donated went specifically to their 6th annual Snowflakes & Smiles party on Friday, December 6. This is Sarah’s favorite day of the year! All of the kids were served a catered spaghetti lunch, an amazing cake, and spent the afternoon working on a fleece blanket craft so that each child has a blanket for themselves or to give as a Christmas gift. The winner of the gingerbread house competition was also announced at the party. Each classroom received a gingerbread house kit the week before Thanksgiving. They brainstormed ideas, narrowed them down to one, and worked together to build their creation. One student was elected to give a speech about their house. Votes were cast for the favorite gingerbread house and the winning class will get a Chick-Fil-A party, while the other classrooms will get a pizza party.