Giving Back Reference Guide

How to Direct Your Time, Money and Resources to Nonprofits Making a Difference in Our Community

Article by Linden Butrym

Photography by Illustration by Gina Dodge

Originally published in Boulder Lifestyle


There With Care
Volunteering at There With Care is one of the best ways to impact this nonprofit, which provides basic needs, food, housing stability, transportation assistance and more to Colorado families and children facing critical illness and medical crises. Since launching in 2005, more than 10,000 families have been served and close to 161,000 pounds of food have been provided. Last year, nearly 7,000 care packages were delivered by volunteers. Interested in getting involved? Visit to fill out an application.


Sophie’s Neighborhood
Inspired by the courageous story of Sophie, a Boulder girl diagnosed with Multicentric Carpotarsal Osteolysis (MCTO) at just 15 months old, Sophie’s Neighborhood nonprofit works to raise funds to treat and eventually cure this rare genetic disorder. Sophie’s dad, Hosea Rosenberg—acclaimed executive chef of Boulder restaurants Blackbelly and Santo—often partners with local culinary professionals to host wine-pairing dinners and ice cream socials in support of the cause. Now in first grade, Sophie has made significant strides in her battle with MCTO. To learn more about donating to Sophie’s Neighborhood, visit

A Precious Child
Just outside Boulder in Broomfield, the team behind A Precious Child is dedicated to helping children in need succeed by facilitating access to resources and educational opportunities. In partnering with more than 500 schools, foster care organizations, churches, shelters and other agencies, A Precious Child is able to empower kids throughout our state. Every donation makes a difference, whether it puts a warm coat in a child’s closet or fills a backpack with school supplies. Next month on Colorado Gives Day (December 5), consider contributing to A Precious Child by visiting


Emergency Family Assistance Association
On a mission to help Boulder families in financial crisis, the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) offers services ranging from family housing and direct financial assistance (for rent, transportation, utilities, etc.) to specialized children’s programming and adult educational workshops. EFAA continually accepts personal care items, home goods and food to maintain its food bank and housing programs. Current needs include eggs, pasta, rice and beans, cereal, toilet paper, haircare and bath products, baby wipes and formula. Drop-offs are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the EFAA office in Boulder, 1575 Yarmouth Avenue.

TGTHR Colorado
The youth homeless population is one of the most vulnerable in our society. TGTHR Colorado aims to end this crisis by offering programs like overnight shelters, drop-in centers and other outreach services that help place teens where they feel welcomed, safe and valued. Meals, shelf-stable foods, home products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, activity items (bicycles, headphones, backpacks, journals) and clothing donations are valuable ways to assist TGTHR as they support youth in pursuit of a better future. Visit to learn more about the nonprofit’s work and how to donate.

Eagle Rock School
Boulder-area high school students who haven’t successfully integrated into a traditional academic setting can unlock their potential at Eagle Rock School, an Estes Park nonprofit that strives to re-engage youth in unique learning environments. For 30 years, Eagle Rock has helped students express individual integrity and foster relationships through a curriculum centered on five different expectations they must meet to graduate. The school also has a Professional Development Center that partners with educators to advance the curriculum. Help Eagle Rock raise awareness of its mission by sharing its work on your own social media platforms, and visit for more.

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