Colorado Change for Children Organizations
Food Bank of The Rockies
FBR’s Nutrition Network includes three youth focused programs (Kid’s Cafe, Afterschool Snacks, and Totes of Hope®) that provide nutritious food to hungry children afterschool, on weekends and holidays when other feeding programs may not be available. During the upcoming year, FBR anticipates distributing 1.9 million meals to children through these three programs.
Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation
Change for Children funds go to the Child’s Life programming to improve the quality of life for hospitalized children. Our funds are specifically going to help put on a prom for hospitalized students.
Children’s Hospital Colorado Prom is a held every spring for teens between the ages of 14-19 who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting or life-threatening illness and have been treated at CHCO within the past year. Their goal for prom is to create a space where teens can be teens. Many teens come to prom because they are unable to attend their own due to hospital admissions, treatment, surgeries, etc. Others have expressed that they feel more comfortable at CHCO Prom, where they do not feel judged or singled out in the crowd.
Care & Share Food Bank
Change for Children funds contribute to Care and Share Food Bank’s Children's Nutrition Initiative (CNI) to identify the communities where hungry children live, and to establish partners to help deliver healthy food to their families. CNI provides healthy snacks and meals to children at risk of hunger when school is not in session. They implement this program at sites where at least 50%-80 of their populations qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program.
Sites include elementary, middle, and high schools, community centers, YMCAs, and Boys and Girls Clubs. Care and Share’s following vital programs connect vulnerable children with the food resources they need to keep pace with their well-nourished peers:
Community Food Share
Change for Children funds go to support Community Food Share’s Children’s Food program. Their goal is to alleviate childhood hunger in local students. Weekly bag contents include healthy food items such as organic brown rice, pasta, organic canned tomatoes, dried pinto beans, healthy snacks, and a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables such as apples, oranges, grapefruit, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, and onions. Bags are also supplied with nutrition education information.
Their mission is to inspire, recruit and resource families to foster and adopt the kids in their own backyard so traumatized children are quickly placed within a family prepared to lovingly meet their needs, work towards family reunification and, when needed, provide a permanent family through adoption.
Colorado needs new certified foster families to meet the needs of this growing population of foster children, while also retaining certified foster families. Currently, there are children waiting to be adopted in Colorado with no identified family. The average age of these children is nine years. Grant funds would be used to recruit, train and support needed foster and adoptive families.
denver rescue Mission
Denver Rescue mission changes lives by meeting people experiencing homelessness at their points of need with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens. Change for Children funds specifically fund the Family Services Department within the mission. A key program within the Family Services Department is the STAR Transitional Program within the Denver Rescue Mission is designed to help individuals and families who are homeless despite having an income transition out of homelessness and into a sustainable, self-sufficient life.