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    Here is theweekly Community Newswork from GIVE Denver, a program of Denver Human Services.

    Denver hosts Tree Planting and Ribbon Tying to Commemorate Elder Abuse Prevention Month
    Denver District 4 Councilwoman Peggy Lehmann and Denver Human Services Manager Penny May dedicated five newly planted trees today, decorated with purple ribbons, at Southmoor Park in honor of Elder Abuse Prevention.
    “This is a wonderful way to bring awareness to a very serious issue in our community,” said Councilwoman Lehman.
    Last year, there were 11,000 reports to Colorado Adult Protective Services regarding suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation. The tree planting and purple ribbons, both symbols of elder abuse awareness, are designed to raise awareness and encourage people to speak up and report suspected elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. To read the full release please click here.

    Summer Time Child Care Assistance Available
    The Denver Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps parents that are working, going to school or looking for a job afford child care for kids up to age 13 and special needs youth up to 18.
    Thanks to the passage of Measure 2A by Denver voters last year, Denver CCAP now is available to help more families. To see if you qualify, visit http://www.denverccap.orgor call 720-944-KIDS(5437).

    Project Homeless Connect 13
    A one day, one-stop shop for individuals and families to receive free services and connect with resources. The event is scheduled for September 17, 2013 from 10:00-2:00 pm at the Colorado Convention Center. Services range from medical care and SNAP assistance to haircuts and hygiene bags. Since 2005, this event has provided assistance to over 15,000 families and individuals with the help of nearly 14,000 volunteers while delivering over $2 Million in free services to our most vulnerable neighbors.
    Denver’s Road Home is currently looking for community members to participate in the following ways:
    • Sign up to provide a service at the event – contact Liz Ochs at (720)944-1203 or
    • Become a sponsor through financial or in kind donations – contact Melanie Lewis Dickerson at
    • Click here to become a Volunteer

    Statewide summer food program to help address child hunger
    Summer should be a fun and enriching time for all Colorado kids, but for many it represents a time when children are at the greatest risk of experiencing hunger, losing access to school meals. Hunger Free Colorado and many partners will address child hunger through a statewide summer food program. During the summer months, more than 450 sites across the state will provide meals to children between the ages of one and 18 years old at no cost.
    Families can find other nearby summer food sites and learn more about the program by calling Hunger Free Colorado’s statewide hotline at (855) 855-4626, texting “FOOD” to (720) 432-3285 or visiting

    Calling all residents in the Five Points, Whittier, Cole and Clayton neighborhoods!
    It’s the Summer to Discover at YMCA Day Camp! Registration is now open for kids ages 5-12.
    YMCA Day Camps offer children a variety of imaginative activities that nurture their spirits, challenge their minds and strengthen their bodies. Children participate in age appropriate activities including enrichment activities, physical fitness and field trips. Our weekly themes provide a basis for activities that help children learn about themselves and the world around them.
    When: Jun. 3 – Aug. 16, 7 a.m. -6 p.m.
    Where: Manual High School
    More info: Full time fee (4-5 days a week) starts at $145/week (Financial assistance is a

    Enroll your child in SEEK Denver
    SEEK Denver is a free, fun, hands-on summer learning program to help students in 3rd – 5th grade develop math and science understanding that will help them in school and in a future career. Students will not be charged any fees or material costs. Breakfast and lunch provided (free).
    When: Mon. through Fri. from Jul. 15-Aug. 2, 8:15 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
    Where: Maxwell Elementary School in Northeast Denver, 14390 E. Bolling Dr.
    More info: Space is limited. Approximately 300 students will be accepted in the program. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through May 31.
    To register visit
    Required: Parents or guardians of the elementary students must attend an orientation session on Saturday, July 13, 2013 (9:00 am to noon at Maxwell Elementary School) in order for your child to participate.

    Save the Date! Raising the Bar 2013: Making the Grade in Adolescent Sexual Health Across Colorado
    Raising the Bar brings together about 200 youth-serving professionals across Colorado to address the state of adolescent sexual health, to learn best practices in preventing unintended teen pregnancy and STIs/HIV as a means to help young people graduate and achieve their short-term and long-term goals, and to develop youth leadership skills through youth-adult partnerships.
    Add yourself to the line-up of distinguished presenters, including our esteemed keynote, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, by submitting a workshop proposal.
    When: Oct. 24 – 25
    Where: American Mountaineering Center, Golden.
    More info: Visit for details.

    Understanding and Assisting Immigrants & Refugees
    Refugees and immigrants come to Colorado from many different countries from around the globe and with an array of talents, skills, backgrounds and life experiences. They share the common aspiration of finding safety, security and opportunities to establish themselves and their families in new communities. This three-hour training explores how we can assist refugees and immigrants in achieving not just legal status and economic self-sufficiency, but in becoming fully active participants in the social and civic life of their communities.
    When: June 26th 9 AM – 12 PM
    For information and online registration. visit: Understanding and Assisting Immigrants & Refugees

    YouthBuild Program Accepting Applications
    The YouthBuild program at MHYC offers young people the opportunity to work in the green construction industry while finishing out their G.E.D. or high school diploma. Spending half of their time in the classroom and half of their time on the job site building affordable housing, individuals will gain a number of life, work, educational and leadership skills during this 9-month program. Corpsmembers will earn a stipend (paid bi-weekly) and will earn an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of their term. The YouthBuild program is scheduled to begin August 12, 2013. This is a highly competitive program so interested applicants should apply soon! To be eligible, candidates must be between 18-24 years of age and must not currently have a G.E.D. or high school diploma. In addition, applicants must have a desire to make changes in themselves and their community.
    To apply visit our website at and click “apply now” or fill out an application in person at one of our offices at 1801 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80204 or 6740 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80220
    Questions? Email or call 720.407.7281 x325

    Useful Phone Numbers

    Child Abuse Hotline

    Adult Protection

    DHS Customer Service

    Child Support Services

    Foster Care

    GIVE Denver Center
    720-944-GIVE (4483)

    Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
    720-944-KIDS (5437)

    Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

    City & County Information

    Colorado Relay / TDD

    Connecting Community Partners

    Mile High United Way
    Referral Line for
    Non-Emergency Human Services

    Hunger Free Hotline

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