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In-school projects

Newspaper Sleeping Bags

Help the homeless by making sleeping bags. You can find instructions here.

Ronald McDonald Pop Tabs

Ronald McDonald sponsors a pop tab collection fundraiser to support their program.

Letters to Hospital Patients, Active Military, Nursing/Retirement Homes

Denver Children's Hospital sponsors a cheer card program to send cards to patients. Here is an extensive listing of various opportunities to support active military personnel. Also, feel free to contact local hospitals, nursing or retirement homes about opportunities to help, though be aware that various confidentiality laws may restrict your options.

Community projects

Hope Farms Project

Hope Farms Project offers a job skills training program that allows people with disabilities and traumatic brain injuries to specialize in their area of interest as they prepare for community-based employment. Their therapeutic riding program offers instruction in Western or English riding that allows riders the opportunity to develop a relationship with a horse. Their rescue program allows us to help animals when they are most vulnerable and in need of warmth, shelter, sustenance and friendship.

Their Therapeutic Farm is located at 47200 C.R. 29, Elizabeth CO 80107, and their Littleton office can be reached at 720.217.2959.

Aurora Warms the Night

Aurora Warms the Night is a non-profit organization that provides resources for short-term housing and material needs (food, clothing) for Aurora homeless. They are looking for volunteers on an as-needed and long-term basis helping with administrative tasks and assisting the homeless; they also accept donations of non-perishable food, toiletries, and clothing.

They are located at 1555 Dayton Street, Aurora CO 80010, anc can be contacted at 303.366.6806 by phone or by email.

Sam Sandos Christmas Basket Program

The Sam Sandos Christmas Program began in 1978 in the kitchen of Sam and Ethel Sandos, as a means to help out a few families who were down on their luck. They worked with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Presentation Church to provide food baskets to needy families. Designed to “Serve those who would, otherwise, not be served,” the program builds and delivers food baskets complete with a turkey and all of the trimmings for a holiday meal. This is done on the Saturday before Christmas.

They can be contacted at 720.529.0145, or by mail at Sam Sandos Christmas Baskets, P.O. Box 370945 Denver, CO 80237-0945.

Bessie's Hope

Bessie's Hope enhances the quality of life for nursing home and assisted living elders and brings generations together in mutually rewarding relationships by honoring the human spirit and creating life-enriching volunteer opportunities for youth, families, individuals, community organizations and businesses.The work of Bessie’s Hope transforms the lives of the too-often forgotten elders, the misdirected “at-risk” youth and all who participate in the volunteer programs. Because of the training, activities, and structure provided by Bessie’s hope, a fertile space is created for relationships to be cultivated across generations.

They can be contacted by email, or by phone at 303.623.1176, and they are located at 1761 Ogden Street, Denver, CO 80218.

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