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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




    Child of the Week: Avery


    Star Wars Fans! Avery needs your help! 

    Described as warm and loving, this imaginative 5th grader is a huge Star Wars, Spiderman and baseball fan. We need your force to find him a loving family. To learn more about adopting, call 720.944.4000 or visit The Adoption Exchange.




    Cooking Classes for Parents and Teens

    Learn to cook healthy food on a budget! Class is free. You will receive free groceries, prepare and enjoy food as a class, tour local grocery store and receive information and advice on food stamp benefits.

    When: Wednesdays, Apr. 10 – May 15, 6 – 8 p.m.

    Where: Manual High School, room 136

    More info: To register call Andrea Silva, 303-292-2281

    Please note: Parents/guardians and their teens need to attend together.


    Apr. 27: Got Drugs?

    Turn in your unused or expired household prescription/over-the-counter medication for safe disposal.

    When: Apr. 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Where: For the disposal location closest to you visit  or call: CO Help at 1-877-462-2911

    More info: The following items WILL NOT be accepted: Needles & Sharps, Mercury (thermometers), Oxygen Containers, Chemotherapy/ Radioactive Substances, Pressurized Canisters, Illicit Drugs.


    Apr. 27: Announcing the 4th Annual Colorado Youth at Risk  

    Career Exploration Day!

    The Colorado Youth at Risk Career Exploration Day is a chance for youth to meet professionals in a variety of different career fields and learn about what it takes to do what they do! 

    When: Apr. 27th, 1 – 4 p.m. 

    Where: Auraria Campus, North Classroom Building, 1200 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80217

    More info: Please contact Sarah McGill or Marisol Rodriguez for additional information at 303-623-9140 or or

    Apr. 27: RTD W Line Opening 

    Come to the grand opening of the RTD W Line. There will be free light rail rides, information on city and community resources, and lots of fun activities to help families build strong connections with our community and with each other.

    When: Apr. 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

    Where: Federal Decatur Station.


    May 4: Cultivating Community!

    We’ll be discussing Education; Aging in Place; Gentrification/ Affordable; Housing; Walkability/Bikeability; and impacts from the Colorado voters’ Legalization of Marijuana. We’ll bring you live music and great food while you engage in hearty discussion on the topics that matter most to Northwest Denver.

    When: May 4, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Where: North High School, 2960 N. Speer

    More info: RSVP to OR 720-337-7701

    More detail: Click here


    May 6: Join us for a day of celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and May as Mental Health Month.

    This is a statewide effort to set the world record for most people certified in Mental Health First Aid in one day. Come be a part of history! You’ll learn how to respond to someone with a mental health challenge. Our Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone ages 16+. You’ll learn the signs, symptoms, and evidence-based actions to help connect those in need to support systems that can help them recover.

    When: May 6, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Where: Sheriff’s Training Academy

    Classroom #1, 2nd Floor

    5440 Roslyn Street, Denver, CO 80216

    More info: Click here


    May 18: Wesley Woodyard Youth Football Camp

    “Changing Lives One Play at a Time” is a one day youth football camp for kids 8-14 years old. The camp will feature basic offensive and defensive skills taught by professional football players, high school and little league coaches, and collegiate athletes. The camp will consist of Q & A session with NFL players and certified fitness trainers; the camp will also highlight the importance of working together and also taking a pledge against bullying. 

    When: May 18, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Where: Aurora Public School Stadium, 1250 Chambers Rd., Aurora, CO

    More info: This camp is free and all campers will receive a t-shirt, gym bag, water bottle, camp certificate, and an autographed picture from Denver Broncos’ Wesley Woodyard. Visit for more info and to register. 


    11th annual Cool Down & Be Safe, Colorado!

    If you are 60 or older, on a limited income and have not participated in previous years, you are eligible for One Free Fan and Home Safety Item. Volunteers will be delivering the fans in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Je_erson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties. The supply of fans is limited and clients need to call to reserve a fan,

    When: The fans will be distributed between June 3rd and June 14th. 

    More info: To reserve your fan call Amelia at (303) 297-0408


    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).

    Where: Maxwell Elementary School in Northeast Denver, 14390 E. Bolling Dr.

    When: Monday through Friday from July 15-August 2, 2013, from 8:15 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

    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.




    Job Opening: BikeDenver Executive Director

    BikeDenver, the city’s bike advocacy group, is searching for a passionate and qualified individual to lead them into their next level of success.  

    When: Applications are due Friday, April 26

    More info: For more details and to apply visit 


    Call for Speakersfor the 2013 Colorado Conference on Poverty

    The 2013 Colorado Conference on Poverty (CCOP) is a statewide, private and publicly funded event that engages policy makers, government employees, social service agencies, nonprofits, advocates, volunteers and people with low-income in intensive learning, training and planning around poverty issues.  We are looking for presentations, workshops, sessions, panels, tracks and keynote speakers. Please submit by Mon. April 30

    When: Tues., Aug. 13 through Fri., Aug. 16

    Where: Two Rivers Convention Center, Grand Junction, CO

    More info: Visit 



    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



     Human Services Network

    Upcoming Trainings


    Community Resource Center



    CO Nonprofit Assn.
    Member Trainings 


    Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships

    Training Calendar


    JVA Consulting Trainings

    Information Page


    JVA Consulting Weekly Grant Announcements

    Week of Apr. 25


    Nonprofit Blog Exchange

    Blogroll of Nonprofit Best Practices


    Nonprofit Tech 2.0

    Social media tips and resources



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     Denver Human Services desires to broaden and deepen our partnerships with the greater Denver community.  This newsletter is an opportunity for members of the community to network with others who desire to effectively support and serve Denver’s families.

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