5 Non-profits Making a Difference

Non-profits function as bridges between the public and affordable products and services—things not always readily available to all pockets of the population. By maximizing resources in order to solve pressing issues, non-profits tap into their surplus revenues and use funds to further attain their driving purpose or mission. While the non-profit backdrop is vast and wide, all play imperative roles in our local and global society. One thing is self-evident: non-profits revolve around improving the quality of life, which is a very good thing. Here are five of the lesser known non-profits in our neighborhood.

REALITIES FOR CHILDREN BOULDER COUNTY

Through college scholarships, vocational training, emergency funding and more, Realities for Children Boulder County provides support to at-risk Boulder County youth who have faced abuse and neglect. It’s also a non-profit cause marketing association that offers exclusive marketing exposure for members by bringing businesses together to provide much-needed services to vulnerable children and teens. Businesses that join RFCBC benefit from expanded media exposure, networking events, opportunities to gain new sales leads, and more. Members appreciate the value of serving the community and reap the benefits of being recognized for their ethics. RFCBC.org

THERE WITH CARE

There With Care provides support to hundreds of families being treated at numerous hospitals and medical facilities across the state. Hospitals and social workers refer families for services and There with Care works within the community to take the main stresses off their plate. Its mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis and accomplishes this by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. ThereWithCare.org

THE KITCHEN COMMUNITY

The Kitchen Community (TKC) was established in 2011 by Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk, the owners of The Kitchen family of restaurants. TKC believes in “community through food” by creating a future where every student has the opportunity to play, learn and grow in healthy communities. To build a better world for students, TKC builds Learning Gardens in schoolyards, primarily in high-risk areas, to provide an engaging outdoor classroom; thriving fruit, vegetable and flower gardens; and a gathering place for the whole community. In less than four years since it was founded, TKC has built almost 250 Learning Gardens in schools around the country in four major regions including Colorado, Chicago, Los Angeles and Memphis reaching over 135,000 students everyday. TKC.org

FUTURE ARTS FOUNDATION

Believing that every student has a right to become a well-rounded citizen, Future Arts Foundation is doing everything it can to make it happen by supporting two Colorado public schools each month to ensure they have the music and arts supplies they need. Funds raised go directly toward supplying public schools and after school programs to guarantee that despite significant budget cuts in schools, students get a well-rounded education. FutureArtsFoundation.org

GIRLS INCORPORATED

In 1983, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) was founded by a group of Denver residents intent on changing the number of girls becoming teen mothers, dropping out of high school prior to graduation, and entering youth corrections facilities. GIMD is an affiliate of the national Girls Inc. organization. Since its inception GIMD has served 32,000+ girls with comprehensive programs and services that prepares each participant to reach her full potential. In addition, since 2005 the Helen M. McLoraine Girls Inc. Scholarship Fund has awarded $475,000 to 62 girls pursuing their college education. GirlsIncDenver.org

Contrary to the notion that non-profits are just set up to “save” people, these particular organizations are offering long-term solutions to pertinent issues. And they are making a difference. Whether that’s giving a voice or hand up to someone in need, offering a sliver of a brighter future or showing compassion to someone during a difficult period in life, non-profits are rich resources available in our own backyard.