Garfield nonprofits collaborate for Colorado Gives Day |

Garfield nonprofits collaborate for Colorado Gives Day

Angelyn Frankenberg
Tavi Simon reads a book to his classmate Isabella Nickamin, both from Carbondale, during morning circle in Miss Itzel's kindergarten class at Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork.
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As the holiday season awakens the spirit of giving and prompts many of us to donate time and money to nonprofit organizations, Colorado Gives Day harnesses the power of community to multiply the effect of individual gifts.

Powered by, a year-round, online giving website, this year’s project on Dec. 8 will boost online donations with an incentive fund created by Community First Foundation and FirstBank.

Community First Foundation, an Arvada-based group dedicated to community-driven positive change, and FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally owned bank, have partnered to present Colorado Gives Day for the past six years.

Those wishing to donate can view nonprofit organizations’ profiles at and make a secure contribution to one or more organizations. Donations made Tuesday will receive additional dollars from the incentive fund.

Although similar projects exist nationwide, Colorado’s is one of the largest because of the Community First Foundation/FirstBank collaboration. Each contributed $500,000 to create a $1 million incentive fund. Colorado Health Foundation recently donated $200,000, increasing the incentive fund to $1.2 million.


Nineteen Garfield County nonprofit organizations have collaborated to raise awareness of area organizations’ needs. With the slogan, “Garfield County GIVES Because Garfield County CARES,” the group encourages people to donate to local nonprofits.

Here are brief introductions to each of the 19 Garfield Gives organizations below, and readers can also find more information at:

ADVOCATE SAFEHOUSE PROJECT helps women escape domestic violence and promotes healthy relationships through education. See the organization’s website for resources, survivor letters and additional information:

ALPINE LEGAL SERVICES a private, nonprofit legal assistance agency providing services in Garfield, Pitkin and western Eagle counties. Its website lists the following provides legal services in the following areas: domestic violence, elder law, family law, housing, legal education, and youth representation.

ASPEN TO PARACHUTE DENTAL HEALTH ALLIANCE seeks to improve the overall oral health in our region by promoting education, prevention, and access to dental care for all residents from Aspen to Parachute.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES promotes individual and family stability by providing needed assistance with food, clothing and housing. The organization also helps people find resources for addiction recovery and job training.

CLEER — Clean Energy Economy for the Region — develops clean energy programs with a focus on energy efficiency, economy and employment, and environment.”

FAMILY VISITOR PROGRAMS provide home visitation services to pregnant women and new parents. The focus is helping children get a good start in life and helping grow healthy families.

GARFIELD COUNTY LIBRARIES FOUNDATION provides financial support to county libraries with grants and donations but also provides community outreach programs such as Books for Babies and the Hospice Program.

HOMECARE & HOSPICE OF THE VALLEY provides in-home services for serious diseases as well as hospice care. The organization works with insurance providers but serves patients regardless of their insurance.

LIFT-UP provides assistance to struggling families during times of temporary hardship. Its food pantries, thrift stores and other programs help people get back on their feet.

LITERACY OUTREACH: Focusing on adult literacy, the organization provides one-on-one tutoring for adults with low reading and writing skills and also provides instruction for English language learners and education in math and financial literacy.

MOUNTAIN FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS offer a full range of medical services. Mountain Family Health Centers provides an integrated approach to medical, behavioral and dental health care regardless of ability to pay.

MOUNTAIN VALLEY DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES provides comprehensive programs, including residential services, to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

RIFLE ANIMAL SHELTER serves western Garfield County, providing temporary care for more than 1,000 homeless and orphaned animals every year. It also provides adoption services and low-cost vaccination, microchipping and spay and neuter programs.

RIVER BRIDGE REGIONAL CENTER is a nonprofit child advocacy center that provides services to abused and neglected children. The center offers hope and healing as well as treatment and investigation services.

TRUE MEDIA FOUNDATION provides opportunities in media production for high school students and also offers quality media services to organizations working for social good.

VALLEY VIEW FOUNDATION supports a whole-person healing environment at Valley View Hospital. One of its primary projects is Rally the Valley, the annual bike ride and walk that raises money for the Calaway-Young Cancer Center.

WALDORF SCHOOL ON THE ROARING FORK: With early childhood through eighth-grade programs, the Waldorf School seeks to “elicit academic excellence through educational artistry.”

YOUTHENTITY provides real-world learning experiences to teach children financial literacy and help prepare them for career and life success.

YOUTHZONE provides services for youth and families, including mentoring partnerships, that help children become confident and responsible members of the community.

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