Updated: Dec 14, 2021
As Christmas approaches, not everyone is living in the situations they would like.
There are many organizations in Northern Colorado that help make people’s lives better – during the holidays and throughout the year.
Below we have highlighted five of these organizations. We hope you will read about the organizations below and consider supporting them.
1. Food Bank - https://foodbanklarimer.org/
MISSION - To provide food to all in need through community partnerships and hunger-relief programs.
The Food Bank for Larimer County believes no one should be hungry. Their dream is to deliver health, hope, and humanity to stabilize the lives of clients and build a vibrant community.
They are a private non-profit organization and the only Feeding America clearinghouse for donated food in our county.
Each year, they provide food to an estimated 37,500 people in need through community partnerships and hunger-relief programs. They envision a hunger-free Larimer County.
How you can help
The Food Bank always needs your help through your time, money, and food!
Find out more about helping at: https://foodbanklarimer.org/
2. Hearts and Horses
MISSION - Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center's mission to promote the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of people with special needs through equine-assisted services.
They have a long list of programs and services https://www.heartsandhorses.org/home-page/programs/ ) including:
THERAPUTIC RIDING - an equine-assisted activity designed for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with disabilities.
THERAPY SERVICES (HIPPOTHERAPY) - a direct medical treatment provided by a licensed physical therapist or occupational therapist.
CHANGING LEADS - designed to help youth-at-risk find friendship, develop trust, and form a deep connection through partnering with a horse.
RIDING IN THE MOMENT - designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other forms of memory loss.
HEARTS AND HORSES FOR HEROES (for service personnel and Veterans) - an Equine-Facilitated Therapeutic Horsemanship program for service personnel and Veterans of every era.
Hearts and Horses is 100% non-profit and a recipient of a Path International Award. A huge number of participants are on scholarship because of their financial situations. They currently have a large waitlist and would like to grow the program.
How You Can Help
Opportunities to Give: https://www.heartsandhorses.org/home-page/giving/
3. Project Self Sufficiency - https://bringthepower.org/
MISSION: to assist low-income, single parents in their efforts to achieve economic independence and become free from community and government assistance while building and maintaining strong, healthy families.
They help individuals and families break the cycle of poverty from generation to generation by providing pathways to careers that matter.
Their goal is to ensure that every low-income, single parent in Larimer County is self-sufficient. Today, their programs are offered to 126 families.
Every day, Project Self-Sufficiency breaks new ground with single-parent families to achieve educational and career empowerment through 1:1 coaching, goal reinforcement, and significant support helping single parents cut through the stress and barriers to their success to self-power their completely new life.
How You Can Help
You can find information on how to donate money, stocks, vehicles, computers and other tech, etc. here: https://bringthepower.org/donate/
4. Serve 6.8 - https://serve68.org/
Serve 6.8 empowers people to get connected with their community; it is an organic approach of churches, businesses, and neighbors helping neighbors. They are completely privately funded by individuals, businesses, and churches and have a volunteer base of about 7-8k volunteers.
The fundamental goal of Serve 6.8 is to empower people, through community, to be a part of their own solution. They do not believe in handouts but in ownership, and their goal is to help fewer people not more. As such, they do not like viewing poverty as an industry.
SERVE 6.8 is able to create a strong network of churches to meet the needs of the community by maximizing resources and volunteers from local and national businesses and church partners.
This season, they expect to help about 2,000 families across 8 local cities.
How You Can Help
They run several programs, including:
Giving Tree – ( https://serve68.org/giving-tree/ ) Gifts are especially needed for teens since most people typically enjoying shopping for 3-4 year olds.
Year round food and clothing markets.
Disaster relief through an agile mobilization of a large network of resources.
Visit https://serve68.org for details on how to help.
5. Realities for Children - HTTPS://WWW.REALITIESFORCHILDREN.COM/
INSPIRING CHANGE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD
Realities For Children provides for the emergency and ongoing support needs of children in Northern Colorado who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, or are at-risk.
They do this through a healing philosophy that provides emergency funding for children in Larimer County when all other resources are exhausted.
Realities for Children supports the process of recovery through youth activities, critical item distributions, and resources to 39 Partner Youth Agencies.
They work to break the cycle of abuse through special direct grant programs and scholarships for the youth they serve.
How You Can Help
You can help by donating, volunteering, becoming a member, or joining the RFC KindConnect program as a team member.
KindConnect is the connection of kindness in Larimer County between the item needs of children who have been abused, neglected, or are at-risk, with community members who may have the items they need.
This community resource allows caseworkers and staff members of Realities For Children’s 39 Partner Agencies to connect real-time needs to those interested in helping the children and families they provide for.
Find out more at https://www.realitiesforchildren.com/get-involved/kindconnect/