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    Dear Rebecca, 


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




    Apr. 27: Global Youth Service Day- Celebrate Service!

    Youth and community members will celebrate Global Youth Service Day by recognizing  youth, showcasing reflection activities and hosting mini service projects that include filling bags with beans and pasta for refugee families, writing letters to military service men and women, and hand making and planting pinwheels in observation of Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

    When: Apr. 27, 1-3 p.m.

    Where: Rude Rec Center.

    More info: The event will have food, door prizes, music, games and mini service projects! If you have any questions please direct them to Laura Mulvey


    May 11: 

    SNAP Into Health Kick-Off Event at Southwest Denver Education Forum

    SNAP into Health is a grant funded initiative and joint effort of several community organizations to bring access to nutrition and healthcare to the neighborhoods that need it most. The first major event of the program will be a Kick-Off Resource Fair to be held at the Southwest Denver Education Forum on Saturday, May 11 from 8:30 a.m.  - 2:15 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln High School, 2285 S. Federal Blvd. The Resource Fair will feature information on how to sign up for assistance, cooking demonstrations, farmer’s market and other healthy activities. To attend, please RSVP to 720-423-3350. Visit for more info.


    May 12: Colorado Rockies Home Run for the Homeless

    Join us for the Colorado Rockies Home Run for the Homeless 5k Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run on Sunday, May 12. Racers will receive a t-shirt, two game tickets and access to the post event party. This event benefits the Colorado Rockies Foundation and Denver’s Road Home, our community’s effort to end homelessness. For more information and to register, visit


    Jun. 1: Safe Summer Kickoff: A Great Family-Friendly Event

    Kids and families are invited to attend the Safe Summer Kickoff on June 1 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Kepner Middle School, 911 S. Hazel Ct.  This free, family friendly event will feature lunch, door prizes, an interactive safety village, art, activity stations, face painting, dancers, slam poetry and more.  The Safe Summer Kick Off is a great way to begin a healthy and safe summer.  It is being coordinated by the Southwest Denver Coalition, GRID , Denver Rap and multiple community partners. For more information, visit


    Jun. 14: Become Their Champion:  A Free, Entertaining and Informative Event for All Ages

    Denver Human Services and City Councilwoman Peggy Lehmann are hosting the Become Their Champion event from 9 a.m. – noon on June 14 at the Eisenhower Recreation Center. This free event will feature Age of Champions documentary, hands-on workshops, interactive resource fair and continental breakfast. During the event, Age of Champions will be shown. The documentary features five competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. Along with the film, the event will feature an interactive resource fair with information about services available for caregivers and seniors. Guests also have the opportunity to attend  two free workshops aimed at providing useful tips to help aging adults plan for the future and how to protect assets from the latest scams. This event is free to the public and is being coordinated to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Please RSVP to Denver Human Services at 720-944-2649 or


    Free Love & Logic Workshop for Parents: Teaching Your Kids About Money

    Teach kids how to deal with money including allowance, basic budgeting and financial decision making at our final Love & Logic Workshop on April 30 at 6 p.m. Parents will walk away with tips on how to guide their kids to solve their own problems using critical thinking skills. We’re hosting these sessions for free throughout April in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. RSVP to 720.944.6005!


    Summer Time Child Care Assistance Available

    Child care is a significant expense for many families in our community. A recent report ranked Colorado as the fourth most expensive state for child care with full-time child care costing around $12,000 a year for many families.

    With summer right around the corner, many parents are wondering how they will afford child care. The good news is the Denver Child Care Assistance Program may be able to help.  The program 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 or call 720-944-KIDS(5437)


    Encourage Youth to Join the 85!

    According to the most recent Colorado Healthy Kids Survey, 85% of Denver middle school students, grade 6 through 8 choose not to drink.  Research shows students who participate in positive healthy activities are less likely to abuse alcohol.  

    The Denver Resource for Awareness & Prevention, the First  Lady of Denver’s Bringing Back the Arts initiative and My Denver are teaming up to make sure youth have access to fun and free activities this summer and can create their own music at the Mobile Music Studio. The Mobile Music Studio Tour will be at different Denver Recreation Centers all summer and provide youth with a fun and safe alternative to drinking during a peak time for alcohol use when youth are not in school. 

    Encourage youth to visit or text ’85′ to 67076 to join the 85% of youth who are not drinking and visit the Mobile Music Studio this summer. 


    Denver Safenite Program 

    Denver Public Safety diversion officers and police officers team-up every year from April to September to run the Denver SafeNite Program. The program offers court diversion opportunities for youth 17 years of age and younger, while police actively enforce Denver’s Curfew Ordinance. While the curfew ordinance is enforced year-round, active enforcement will begin Friday, April 5, 2013. 


    Denver’s Curfew Ordinance prohibits youth from being in a public place or on public property from 11 p.m. – 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 12 a.m. – 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, click here 


    Free Access to Recreation Centers for Denver Kids

    Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced that more than 90,000 Denver students now have free, year-round access to the city’s 26 recreation centers and 29 pools with the MY Denver Card. Thanks to Denver voters’ overwhelming support of ballot Measure 2A, the city is able to expand programming at the city’s recreation centers to support all Denver students ages 5 to 18. To get your MyDenver Card, click here.




    Colorado Department of Education now accepting applications for 2013 summer food sponsors and sites

    The Colorado Department of Education, Hunger Free Colorado and hundreds of partners around the state address child hunger during the summer months through a statewide summer food program.


    The Colorado Department of Education will accept applications through April 23 for those interested in serving as a site or sponsor for the 2013 Summer Food Service Program in Colorado. 

    More info: Visit




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