Make Time For What Matters This Holiday
We make thousands of decisions everyday from where to park on Pearl Street to what we are going to make for dinner. Not every decision we make throughout our day or week can be life changing but there are certain decisions that can leave a lasting effect on people’s lives. During the hustle and bustle of this busy season, we challenge you to do just one thing (or five) to impact our community. To help get you started here are a few nonprofits that would love some extra help this holiday.
01/// Gift Drop Off
Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA)
During the holiday season, EFAA facilitates additional programs to support our families and provide holiday giving opportunities to our generous community. Our holiday programs include our Holiday Food Baskets, Adopt-a-Family Sponsor Program and our Family Holiday Gift Room. EFAA invites participation from the Boulder County community to help support our families during the holiday season.
02/// Let The Kids Help
A Precious Child
Through their “A Precious Gift” program, you and your family can sponsor a child and buy them what’s on their wish list for Christmas. Consider letting your child do chores to earn money so he or she can buy something on your sponsored child’s list.
Contact Courtney@APreciousChild.Org to sponsor a child or for more info go to APreciousChild.org.
03/// Fill the Pantry
Harvest of Hope Pantry
Harvest of Hope Pantry helps relieve the stress of food insecurity and offer a sense of hope for individuals and families in Boulder. They do this by providing an outlet for the re-distribution of food items to those in need within a non-judgmental, safe and caring environment. They provide a grocery store-style, client-choice experience, where individuals and families can shop for supplemental food.
04/// Give Monetarily
Boulder County Housing and Humane Services
Through the Family-to-Family program you can make a donation to support financially struggling families and individuals so they can receive gift cards this holiday season. Parents will relish the opportunity to purchase presents for their own children, and Teens and disabled. As well as giving elderly adult clients an opportunity to shop for themselves.The program helps struggling parents light up their kids’ faces during the holidays. It captures the spirit of hope and help this season.
Please contact RRamirez@BoulderCounty.org or for more information go to BoulderCounty.org.
05/// Get Your Business Involved
Play hooky for a cause. If you own a business or rally your coworkers and consider volunteering as a group.
Community Food Share – Collect donated food from many sources, and store the donated food in their warehouse where it is sorted, packaged, and checked for spoilage. Approximately 45 local human service agencies rely on them for free food to pass on to their clients. They also operate programs like the Feeding Families program which provides free food to families with school children living in poverty. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons typically are the best days to give your time.
*For an extensive list of non-profits, where you can donate here in Colorado and in your community, check out ColoradoGives.org.