4 Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season: Denver

With Thanksgiving just a little over a week away we are reminded to give thanks and help others in need.

Here are a few ideas to motivate you:

1. Donate

Denver Rescue Mission needs 15,000 frozen turkeys, as well as canned goods, for their own use, and to supply to the various organizations that come to them for help. Included in that number is the distribution of over 2,000 turkeys to poor and needy families through the Thanksgiving Banquet-In-A-Box event at Sports Authority Field, and feeding over 1,000 people at their Great Thanksgiving Banquet.

Donations can be dropped off at:

  • The Denver Rescue Mission (Lawrence Street, 1130 Park Ave West)- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week
  • Ministry Outreach Center (3501 E. 46th Ave.) – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • The Crossing (8090 Smith Road) – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

For information on the Denver Rescue Mission and a list of needed supplies/food items, visit DenverRescueMission.org or call 303-297-1815.

2. Reviews

Will you be going out to dinner or stopping by a happy hour any time soon? If so, a great way to give thanks is to write a positive review of the establishment on YELP or Open Table. Many times feedback is only given when something goes wrong, so making a point to commend those that are doing things right is greatly appreciated. Also make sure to let the manager know that your server did a great job and to give your appreciation to the chef.

3. Denver Voice

More than likely you have passed by a fellow citizen selling the weekly edition of the Denver Voice, but have you taken the time to find out what the newspaper is all about? Their mission is to “facilitate dialogue addressing the roots of homelessness by telling stories of people whose lives are impacted by poverty and homelessness and to offer economic, educational and empowerment opportunities for the impoverished community.” With a $2 donation you are helping the Denver Voice to be able to continue this mission and help those in need.  Another way to help would be to ask your company to purchase a monthly subscription, or do so yourself.

  • $50/year for nonprofits
  • $10/month for donors
  • $25/month for businesses

4. Share your skills

Use your professional skills to make a difference via Catchafire. From accounting to event planning, Catchafire provides pro bono opportunities for professionals to help nonprofits in need.  Catchafire is not currently benefitting nonprofits in Denver, but is in the process of branching out to a number of cities within the U.S. With that being said, the more volunteers that we get from this area, the more likely they are to bring the program here.  Until then you are able to work remotely and help nonprofits on the East Coast, or you can always reach out to local nonprofits on your own.

Learn more about how to volunteer via Catchafire.org

Acts of kindness can be done all year long, not just during the holiday season. Make a list of        items that you would like to make happen throughout the year and put in a visible place to       remind yourself (fridge, office, bathroom door, etc).

Take a photo of your list and tag @wanderdenver

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