// how to contribute in denver //
pay it forward
Numerous restaurants, breweries, salons and retailers are offering gift cards for purchase and special curbside deals during this shutdown. Gift cards are more than just something to look forward to. They help small businesses survive during the mandatory closures. Consider purchasing a gift card for yourself, a friend who needs a pick-me-up or community members in need.
And while you may not be able to dine out, you can still support your neighborhood restaurants by enjoying some takeout from the comfort of your couch. (Check out #coloradocurbside on social to find restaurants still open for delivery or curbside service.)
pick up a pen pal
Our elderly populations are especially vulnerable and isolated during this time. Picking up a pen pal can be a great way to shower a nursing home with love and foster a feeling of connection. Some of our brokers at milehimodern have been working with the organization Wish of a Lifetime. Their team is organizing a group of volunteers to start a phone tree or letter tree to connect with seniors during this time. Anyone interested in volunteering can email email@example.com.
support our medical heroes
Healthcare workers on the front lines are working longer, harder shifts, leaving them with little or no time for meals, trips to the store, or even just time to go home. Sending coffee and food from a local restaurant to the hospital staff is a great way to not only fuel our doctors and nurses but to also support Denver restaurants. Feeding Colorado Heroes is accepting donations to put towards local restaurants preparing meals for hospital workers across the ER, ICU and dedicated COVID-19 wings.
There is an urgent need for blood donations as the strain increases in our healthcare systems. If you are healthy and eligible, consider donating blood as a vital way to give back. Most blood donation operations have taken “social distancing” measures to ensure their visitors are safe and their facilities are sanitary. Find out more from the Red Cross or Vitalant websites to make an appointment and help save lives.
uplift our kids
The grim reality is that too many of our young kids rely on school-provided meals as their primary source of food. School closures have severely impacted these students’ access to this resource, so that’s where volunteer organizations step in. Food for Thought Denver makes meals for students year-round, so families that don’t have enough to eat can pick up meals at various Denver Public Schools locations. Volunteers are continuing these efforts despite COVID-19, and you can help out through donations or volunteering your time.
donate materials + supplies
Time and money are valuable, but so are resources. If you have unopened items like food, medical supplies, or other necessary goods, there are volunteer organizations out there to make sure your donation goes to the right place. Explore the Denver Department of Health and Environment resource page on how to help out.
// how to contribute in boulder //
feed the frontlines
Boulder non-profit organization Feed the Frontlines has teamed up with Boulder restaurants Salt, Big Red F Restaurant Group, Kitchen Next Door, Japango, Blackbelly, Santo and Community Kitchen Table to provide meals to medical providers at Boulder Community Health. All proceeds go to the restaurants’ staff, so this is a great way to support local businesses and our healthcare heroes at the same time.
The Daily Camera has compiled a list of Boulder County non-profits in need of supplies and financial support. From disinfectant cleaners to non-perishable food donations, there are endless ways to help on the Front Range. Explore more information on how to donate here. If you’re looking to donate blood, the Red Cross has a list of blood drive locations near you.
support from our schools
The Boulder Valley School District has also ramped up efforts to put together resources for students and their families. From classroom aid to bagged lunches and hot meals, the list includes helpful links and information on online education, meal pickup locations and staffing resources for those out of work. Check out more information on their extensive list here.