In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Denver Human Services (DHS), Denver’s Road Home and community partners are spotlighting all the ways to give to those less fortunate this holiday season.
“Denver is a compassionate and generous community and we want to encourage people to donate not just during the holidays, but year-round,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “The gift of time, money or items in need may cost a donor very little but the impact of that gift can be priceless for those struggling to afford their basic needs.”
Denver’s Donation Guide highlights all the ways to give by volunteering your time or donating goods, food, clothing or dollars to area service providers. The quick reference guide outlines partners throughout Denver who serve people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of losing their housing. Some of the most needed items this winter include: jeans and warm pants, all-weather boots, gloves, hats, scarves, and hand-warmers.
Hats, scarves, gloves and mittens can also be donated to Giving Tree sites at the seven regional recreation centers, the atrium of the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, and Denver Police Department headquarters as well as the annual Light the Lights event at Civic Center Park.
For those wishing to get in the giving spirit earlier, on Monday, November 20, city officials including DHS Executive Director Don Mares will join Mayor Hancock in supporting Denver Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.
Donors can also connect with a family, teen or senior served by DHS programs through the annual GIVE Denver Adopt-A-Family, Teen or Senior Holiday Gift Drive. There are three easy ways to donate to the drive:
1. Adopt a family, teen or senior: Team up or register as an individual atdenvergov.org/GIVE to “adopt,” or sponsor, a Denver family, teen, or senior. You’ll receive an individualized shopping list to use when shopping especially for your recipient. Register to sponsor by December 1.
2. Donate holiday gifts: Drop off a holiday gift at one of the designated sites by December 13, 2017 and GIVE Denver will deliver it to a DHS client. For a list of commonly requested gifts, head to denvergov.org/GIVE. Designated sites include all Denver Human Services locations and the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building.
3. Make a monetary donation: Let GIVE Denver do the shopping by making a credit card donation or sending a check to GIVE Denver, 1200 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO, 80204 with “Adopt-a-Family” in the memo line. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
To adopt a family, teen or senior, make a donation, or for more information, please call 720-944-GIVE or head to http://www.denvergov.org/GIVE.
Denver Environmental Health and the Sierra Club Colorado Chapter are hosting Denver on Climate: Film, Food & Conversation on Nov. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 3rd floor (144 W Colfax Ave). The free event will include a screening of the documentary “From the Ashes,” followed by an expert panel that will discuss the local impacts of climate change and actions being taken in Denver.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to provide public input on the city’s 80x50 Climate Goal Stakeholder Report, and to help shape Denver’s efforts to address climate change. Based on the Stakeholder Report and public input, Denver’s 2018 Climate Action Plan will be released in early 2018.
“From the Ashes” is a compassionate documentary presenting compelling stories from coal communities, and what is at stake for our economies, public health and climate. It features the voices and perspectives of environmentalists, coal miners, climate scientists, law makers, ranchers, elected officials and residents of coal communities.
The event is free, and those interested can RSVP at DenverOnClimate.eventbrite.com.
For more information about Denver’s efforts to address climate change and to provide feedback on the 80x50 Climate Goal Stakeholder Report via survey, visit www.denvergov.org/80x50.
The next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. November 8, 2017 at the District 4 Commander's Meeting, 2100 South Clay Street. All are welcome.
Denver Parks & Recreation invites you to attend the latest series of open houses for the Game Plan. The Game Plan is Denveright’s community planning effort that creates a prioritized roadmap for adapting our parks system and recreational programming and amenities to meet the changing needs of our city over the next 20 years. Now is the time to review the preliminary action strategies and recommendations for draft plan.
Each meeting is identical, so we look forward to seeing you at the meeting most convenient for you. Stop by any time between 5:00pm and 7:00pm to provide input! Learn more about the Gameplan and other Denveright planning efforts at www.denveright.com.
Denver Water’s Citizens Advisory Committee, the 10-member volunteer committee that facilitates public involvement for Denver Water policies and programs, is seeking a new Denver citizen representative.
The position carries a three-year term that will start in January 2018 and run through December 2020.
The CAC typically meets the third Thursday of each month, 5–7 p.m., at Denver Water, 1600 W. 12th Ave., Denver, CO 80204.
To qualify, an applicant must be each of the following:
Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. More information about the CAC and application forms are available at https://www.denverwater.org/about-us/citizens-advisory-committee/openings.
Potential applicants may contact Heather Stauffer for more information at 303-628-6663, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In partnership with the City and County of Denver, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District will hold an open house on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to gather public input on preliminary alternatives currently being evaluated to restore degraded habitat along approximately 2.4 miles of the South Platte River from West Yale Avenue downstream (north) to West Mississippi Avenue in Denver. The meeting will run from 6:00 - 7:30 pm with a formal presentation starting at 6:30 pm. The time before and after the presentation will be an open house style where people will have the opportunity to speak with Corps and City officials about the project.
The meeting will be located at the Harvard Gulch Recreation Center, 550 E. Iliff Avenue in Denver. Information on the study can be viewed at:
Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone who might be interested in attending the public meeting.
We’re not only attending community events all around Denver to hear from residents in person -- we’ve also deployed Denveright kiosks at several public venues across the city. These kiosks help us capture the attention of those who don’t yet know about Denveright or don’t have Internet access at home.
We’ll be rotating them around the city. From now through the winter you can find a Denveright kiosk in the following locations:
Sgt. Stephen Romero, a nearly 22-year veteran of Denver Animal Protection( DAP), will host a community meet and greet session on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Capital One Café located next to Union Station at 1550 Wewatta St. in Denver.
The event will offer community members an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the vital services DAP officers provide to both people and animals every day. It will also give DAP officers an opportunity to better understand the community’s animal protection needs and open a helpful dialogue with residents. Anyone curious about the work DAP officers do to educate and protect people and animals, and especially those interested in pursuing a career in animal protection, are encouraged to attend.
DAP is committed to providing humane care to companion animals; reuniting lost pets with their owners; adopting pets to loving homes; enforcing Denver City and County animal ordinances; and proactively educating the public about animals, their needs and DAP’s critical role as a community resource.
In September 2017 alone, DAP officers responded to 1,734 calls in addition to providing education and materials to community members. These efforts contributed to helping vaccinate 429 animals, spaying or neutering 250 animals, microchipping 36 animals and providing foster care for 44 animals. DAP officers also helped return 36 pets to their homes and families, ensuring these animals never needed to enter the shelter’s care.
Denver Parks and Recreation Student/Teacher Art Show & Sale | Cook Park Rec Center 10/21 | 9am-3pm
Come stop by a fun showcase of artistic pottery, jewelry, watercolors, oil paintings, wearable items and more crafted by the students and instructors of Denver Parks & Recreation. Both youth and adults come together to show and sell their work at this one-day event.
Along with some great door-prize giveaways, refreshments and lots of pottery and great handmade crafts, pick out a special and affordable gift crafted by a local artist (and beat the holiday rush)! This is a FREE family event.
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Cook Park Recreation Center | 7100 Cherry Creek South Drive, Denver, 80224.
Denver Parks and Recreation Haunted House
Please join us for an event the entire family will enjoy! Thrill seekers looking for a scare will love a frightful tour through the Haunted Hotel. Not into being scared? Visit the Halloweentown Carnival and take a walk through our fun-filled Hotel Transylvania.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1945846472406042/
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:00PM-8:00PM
Friday, October 27, 2017 4:00PM-8:00PM
Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:00PM-8:00PM
WHERE: St. Charles Recreation Center, 3777 N Lafayette St, Denver, CO 80205
PRICE: Tickets are $5.00 and sold day of event
How does your neighborhood look on Denver’s future places map? ¿Cómo se ve tu vecindario en el mapa de lugares futuros de Denver?
How should we plan for growth in the citywide Blueprint Denver plan? Attend a workshop near you.
City planners have heard from thousands of Denverites about their priorities for how we grow as a city. Starting today, planners will host five Blueprint Denver workshops where residents can review and provide input on draft maps and potential future growth strategies. Discussion will cover creating new transit corridors, employment and residential hubs, and ensuring all residents have access to amenities, transportation, jobs, trail connections and quality open space. Residents will help identify ways of managing our population growth that are inclusive, equitable and honor the things we love most about our city.
WHEN & WHERE:
Wednesday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Maxwell Elementary School, 14390 Bolling Dr.
Southeast: Thursday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m.
University of Denver: Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 E Evans Ave.
Southwest: Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Doull Elementary, 2520 S. Utica St.
Northwest: Wednesday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Scheitler Rec Center, 5031 W 46th Ave.
Central: Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m.
East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade
Denveright is a community-driven planning process that challenges you to shape how we want to evolve in four key areas: land use, mobility, parks, and recreational resources. Plans included in Denveright are: Blueprint Denver (land use and transportation); the Game Plan (parks and recreation); Denver Moves: Transit; and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails. Visit denvergov.org/denveright.
More than 150 people have signed up to speak before Denver City Council as the result of a monthly General Public Comment Session established last May. Because of the successful participation, Council members have added a second session each month.
Starting Sept. 18, public comment sessions will be held the first and third Mondays of each month. If there is no meeting on the first or third Monday, the session will be cancelled. The General Public Comment Session allows participants to address the Council on a topic not appearing on the agenda or scheduled for a public hearing.
How to sign up to speak:
When to sign up:
What is required:
The public comment sessions will begin at 5 p.m. and last 30 minutes. Council will hear as many speakers as possible during this time. Speakers are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. No sign-up by proxy will be accepted. Each speaker will get 3 minutes to speak.
September is already underway and #BeTheDifference is continuing their focus on mental health at school Whether in the classroom or out, it is critical for students, teachers and caregivers to take care of their mental health, especially during the stress of the school year.
Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference during the month of September:
REMINDER: Only three meetings remaining! Help define the future of Denver's trails and overall walkability
Do you enjoy walking and biking in Denver? Do you have ideas on how it can improve in your area?
As a part of Denveright and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails, the City and County of Denver invites you to attend a second round of public meetings to examine costs, funding options and policies needed to achieve the community’s vision for a walkable Denver and a world-class trail system.
DETAILS: Three meetings remaining – all from 5:30pm-7:00pm ( same time, same information):
A sign language interpreter will be provided upon request with a three business-day notice. Contact email@example.com. Spanish language interpretation provided at all public meetings. Se provee interpretación en español en todas las reuniones públicas. For more information please go to www.denvergov.org/denveright and click on the “Pedestrians & Trails” tab.
Te gusta a caminar y andar en bicicleta? Como parte de Denveright y Denver se Mueve: Peatones y Senderos (Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails), la Ciudad y Condado de Denver realizará una segunda ronda de reuniones públicas para conversar sobre proyectos prioritarios de mejoras peatonales y de senderos. Esta segunda ronda de reuniones públicas será una oportunidad para examinar costos, opciones de financiamiento y pólizas requeridas para lograr la visión de la comunidad de un Denver con mejor acceso peatonal y un sistema de caminos de calidad mundial.
DETAILLES: Hay tres reuniones más – cada uno 5:30pm-7:00pm (mismo tema, misma información)
Zero Waste Nerd Night
Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Beryl’s Beer Co
3120 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
Ever wonder what happens to your recycling once it leaves your curb, or why you should NOT put a plastic bag into the recycling bin? Come grab a beer and ask our Zero Waste Nerds your recycling and composting questions.
Co-hosted by Eco-Cycle, the Sierra Club and Scraps Mile High.
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Be a Denver Eco-Leader! Join us for a Community Organizing Training
Tuesday, September 19, 6 - 8 pm
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
Learn how the power of relationships can be a mechanism for achieving the change you wish to see. Does it bug you that Denver’s recycling rate is well below other peer cities like Fresno, CA, Austin, TX and Salt Lake City, UT? Want to do something about it? We’re organizing a campaign to make Denver a sustainability leader, and we want YOU to be a part of our leadership team! Join us to learn how you can make a direct impact in your community. Training is an hour and a half with a 30-minute happy hour networking session afterward.
Co-hosted by Eco-Cycle and the Sierra Club.
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Seven boards and commissions are listed below along with short descriptions. Each currently has vacancies needing to be filled. More information can be found at www.denvergov.org/boardsandcommissions
Did you know during the month of October, you can win great prizes, save money, and get recognition just for carpooling, taking the light rail/bus, riding a bike or even walking to work? That’s because “Go-Tober” is a month away! The DRCOG program encourages people to commute smarter year-round and find ways to travel to work other than driving alone. Last year, City employees who took the “Go-Tober” challenge saved an average of $45 and logged enough trips to get from Downtown Denver to Frisco almost 900 times! If you’re up for the challenge, register your company at http://waytogotober.org. The winners will be announced on November 1!
Project Homeless Connect is a free resource fair for homeless and at-risk individuals and families. During this one day event, on Tuesday, September 19, clients are able to access an array of services ranging from ID services, housing services, resume workshops, clothing banks, vision check and healthcare to veterans services, childcare, petcare and much more. They are expecting to see 1,000 clients at this year’s event and need nearly as many volunteers to make the day a success.
At the link below you can sign up for one of the shifts available throughout the day.
If you have never volunteered before, they recommend you take one of their trainings, however it is not mandatory. Trainings are listed in the link above.
New community input opportunity: The Denver Moves: Transit team has started to identify, evaluate, and prioritize where major transit capital investments (e.g., rail, bus rapid transit, new transfer facilities, etc.) could be in Denver. We need your input to help inform the final recommendations. Please share with your community the new online survey to tell us where they would like to see major transit investments and services in Denver. The transit plan team will also be back out in the community in August and September offering a number of in-person opportunities to provide input about transit corridors – information about where we’ll be is here and on the Denveright calendar.
Blueprint and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails are hosting workshops/public meetings in August and September – click on the links for more information: Blueprint(PDF), Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails
There will be 5 workshops this September for Denverights’ Blueprint Denver Plan. These workshops are focusing on mapping out the city, identifying the areas of growth and reviewing the feedback with the community that has been received thus far. Visit Denverights’ Blueprint Denver Plan website for more information.
Wednesday, September 13th at 5:30pm.
Maxwell Elementary School, 14390 Bolling Dr
Thursday, September 14th at 5:30pm
University of Denver: Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 E Evans Ave
Wednesday, September 20th at 5:30pm.
Scheitler Rec Center, 5031 W 46th Ave
Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Doull Elementary, 2520 S. Utica St.
Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m.
East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade
We are quickly approaching the end of July, which means our school supply drive is coming to a close. As a reminder, donor drop-off hours for the GIVE Center begin this Friday, July 28 until Saturday, August 12. Please note the highlighted changes in the schedule below.
There will be 2 parking spots reserved for “GIVE Denver Donors,” behind the statue in the parking lot (see image below; look for the GIVE logo signs). If you are unable to drop off during the times listed, please contact me to schedule a time when staff are available to assist you.
For those who registered to “adopt” a student:
When delivering the school supplies to GIVE Denver, please mark the backpack with the student’s first name and case worker name. Call or email me if you would like me to resend your assigned child’s information.
Please note: If you have selected to give your donation directly to the child, it is your responsibility to contact the child’s guardian in order to make arrangements to meet in-person. GIVE Denver will do everything we can to pair a donor who wishes to meet their recipients with recipients who are able to meet their donors. It is not guaranteed that you will be paired with someone who can meet their donor or that your recipient will respond to your calls or emails. If you cannot meet your recipient one-on-one, please know that staff at DHS will ensure your donation goes to the intended recipient for you.
For those who want to make a monetary donation:
Let us do the shopping for you! Click here to donate or mail a check addressed to GIVE Denver (1200 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80204). All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
If you or someone you know would like to assist with stuffing backpacks for our students, please contact me and we can arrange a time during one of our donor drop-off times in the GIVE Center.
For those making a general donation of school supplies:
Feel free to drop by the GIVE Center during any of the times above to drop off your donations, or any of the public drop-off locations listed at denvergov.org/GIVE. Below is a list of suggested donations to fill our general backpacks that will go to children served by Denver Human Services (students not sponsored through this drive). However, you are welcome to get creative!
Applications are now being accepted to fill one vacancy on the Denver County Cultural Council.
The cultural council is a board authorized by the State of Colorado, appointed by Denver City Council and managed by Denver Arts & Venues to distribute Scientific & Cultural Facilities District Tier III revenues to science and cultural organizations in Denver.
Application form and details.
City Council is seeking applicants with active community involvement at the neighborhood level and professional, volunteer or advocatory experience in an art, cultural, scientific or historical organization. Applicants should have a citywide perspective and be willing to commit at least 15 to 20 hours per month to the cultural council during the annual grant application review period, from March through June.
Applications are due by Monday, August 14.
The Denver County Cultural Council is comprised of 11 voting members. Three are ex-officio, representing citywide organizations, and eight are community representatives selected from interested applicants. The vacancy is for a 2-, 3-, or 4-year term, renewable for an additional term, up to a maximum of six years.
The application form and details are available at ArtsandVenues.com. For additional information, contact Denver Arts & Venues Director of Cultural Affairs Tariana Navas-Nieves at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-865-5552.
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Participants will be able to:
Hosted by: Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore and Montbello 20/20
Where: Montbello Recreation Center, 15555 E. 53rd Ave., Denver CO 80239
When: Thursday August 10th, 6-7:30 pm
Download and share the flyer here.
The second public meeting of the Cherry Creek Area Implementation Plan will be held on Thursday, July 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 158 Fillmore Street on Fillmore Plaza, 4th Floor. Download the pdf announcement of the public meeting here.
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