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December GIVE where you live

Everyone has something to give. How will you share your time, treasure or talent?

December 6th, 2022, is GivingTuesday, a "global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity."  Started in 2010, the movement began as a way to encourage citizens and communities to come together one day a year to do good things for others.

Since then, this grassroots group encourages year-round giving, with ideas as simple as helping a neighbor going through a tough time to organizing a fundraising event to fill the local food pantry. 

Everyone has something to give. Find a cause you care deeply about and join in. Whether you have time to volunteer regularly or can only offer a small monetary gift, every little bit counts.

We would love to hear from our readers about other great charitable organizations! Here is a list to get you started.

To learn more about the GivingTuesday movement, visit givingtuesday.org.

UpRoot Colorado 

UpRoot harvests surplus food from farms, orchards, and backyard fruit trees to reduce agricultural surplus and increase nutrition security throughout Colorado. Their volunteers reconnect with the life-sustaining power of food, moving us toward a food system in which farmers are valued for who they are: a cornerstone of our society. uprootcolorado.org

Roaring Fork Conservancy

Roaring Fork Conservancy brings people together to explore, value, and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed. Through education programs and watershed action projects, they inspire people to protect our rivers, work hard to keep water in local streams, monitor water quality, and preserve riparian habitats! roaringfork.org

The Buddy Program

Through their 4 mentoring programs, they work with 500 youth, families, and mentor volunteers and 11 schools in Aspen - Carbondale and Rifle. In 2019, they received the Gold Badge for quality mentoring from the National Quality Mentoring Service review process, rating the Buddy Program’s program and services among the highest of quality in helping youth achieve positive outcomes and impactful mentoring experiences. buddyprogram.org

Colorado Mountain College Foundation 

Education is transformative. Colorado Mountain College Foundation is in the business of changing lives. Your gift ensures that there will be resources to provide quality, higher education opportunities for students in our communities, today, tomorrow and in the future. coloradomtn.edu/foundation

Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute

Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute empowers parents with knowledge and resources to cultivate their child's brain development during the critical early years by reading books aloud to grow vocabulary, strengthen parent/child bonds, and foster a lifelong love of learning. rar4kids.org

The Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Frontier Museum

The Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Frontier Museum celebrates the colorful history that our area has to offer. They offer walking tours of the town and host an annual 'Ghost Walk' that brings to life the stories of various early settlers of the area. They provide outreach to area school children and provide research assistance to all our community members. glenwoodhistory.com

Third Street Center

The mission of the Third Street Center is to promote community through a multitenant, mixed-use facility that models sustainability in its design and practice. Originally opened in 1961 as the Carbondale Elementary School, the building was renovated, ​repurposed ​and reopened ​in ​June 2010​. As an independent, self-supporting community center and regional hub, they are supported by rental revenue, individual donors, and private grants.

By providing long-term, affordable rental space, the Center brings together a diverse collection of nearly three dozen nonprofit organizations, artists and small businesses under one roof, leveraging their unique strengths. It offers them opportunities to work together more closely, creatively and efficiently to develop solutions for common problems facing the region and their clients. In sharing a home, nonprofits are encouraged to share skills, talents, and resources, enabling them to more effectively pursue their missions. thirdstreetcenter.net

River Center of New Castle

Food for children of low-income families. Financial assistance for those needing a hand-up with rent, medical, and utility expenses. Christmas gifts for children. Winter coats for anyone. These are just a few of the ways River Center and its volunteers meet needs in the Silt & New Castle. rivercenternewcastle.org

Sacred Cycle

Sacred Cycle is a female founded and led organization that aspires to empower sexually abused and assaulted survivors, residing in Colorado, by providing a safe community to support their healing. Through a combination of therapy and wilderness therapy, clients discover and break through barriers to become more confident in their personal recovery journey. Through this community-based healing cycle, survivors become an empowering force to help other survivors heal and advocate for non-clinical paths to finding strength and to re-associate with their bodies.  Community donation impact breakdown: a.) $7,000 - Sends one participant through the entire 2023 programming (May to Oct) b.) $1,000 - Sends all participants through three group therapy sessions c.) $500 - Host one mountain bike skills clinic for the group or a scholarship for one participant d.) $350 - Host one group therapy session for all participants e.) $100 - Send one participant to one month of private mountain bike coaching. thesacredcycle.org

Symphony in the Valley

Symphony in the Valley was established in 1994. Your support will enable them to continue to provide orchestral music and musical inspiration to the Roaring Fork community, symphony members and aspiring young musicians. sitv.org

Mind Springs Health

Mind Springs Health started in 1972 as the not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation 'Colorado West' after a spate of suicides in Grand County spurred local mental health practitioners to join together. They rebuild lives and inspire hope by providing exceptional mental health and addiction recovery care, strengthening the health and vitality of our communities. Their clients need the philanthropic support of our communities and friends to meet the challenges of providing mental health and addiction services throughout our 10 county service areas, ultimately allowing us to achieve the mission: We Save Lives. mindspringshealth.org

CASA of the Ninth

Their mission is to provide well-trained, court-appointed volunteer advocates to abused and neglected children in Colorado's 9th Judicial District. The program's vision is to support a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every child it serves. As a small non-profit, they rely on the support of caring people in our community as they give a voice to children who have been abused, neglected, or witnessed domestic violence in Pitkin, Garfield, and Rio Blanco counties. Monetary donations qualify for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit. casaoftheninth.org

About Colorado Gives Day

Mountain West Gives is a collaboration of Garfield, Pitkin, and western Eagle County nonprofits. They are on a mission to help local nonprofits build fundraising success on Colorado Gives Day, and every day of the year.

Join in on Colorado's statewide movement! On the first Tuesday of December since 2010, Coloradans have come together to support the nonprofits that make a difference in our lives. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be Colorado's largest 24-hour giving event, raising more than $362 million for nonprofits across the state since it began.