Filling backpacks for Lutheran Family Services – Rocky Mountain’s school supply drive & backpack delivery program. Throughout the month of July, the office collected school supplies – around $800 worth! A team of 10 volunteers then spent a morning sorting school supplies and filling backpacks at LFS headquarters. For the 2017-18 school year, LFS had a goal to provide backpacks to over 100 kids in foster care and over 200 refugee children throughout the Denver Metro area. We helped make that goal possible, meaning 300 needy children will be ready to start the 2017 school year with a backpack filled with all their school supplies!
Paint-a-thon with Brothers Redevelopment to paint the home of a veteran elderly family in West Denver. Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. provides safe, affordable, accessible housing, and housing services for Colorado’s low-income, elderly, and disabled residents. BRI’s Paint-a-Thon program, created in 1978, is a free service to residents who need their homes painted. For the fourth summer, the Foundation supplied funds to purchase painting materials and an enthusiastic team of 10 volunteers worked through the July heat to restore another home.
Denver team participated in two meal service events partnering with Capitol Hill Community Services/Trinity Church in July. The volunteers prepared, served, and cleaned up lunch for the homeless who rely on the soup kitchen program at Trinity Church for their meals. It was a great pleasure to have H&H Foundation co-founders Sam and Jean Guyton join us on July 20th.
Pocket Flag Project: Through the Pocket Flag Project organization, a dedicated Denver office team folded and packaged miniature American flags ceremonially for delivery to front-line troops or deploying troops, in commemoration of their commitment and service. Each U.S. flag includes a card that states: “A flag for your pocket so you can always carry a little piece of home. We are praying for you and we are proud of you. Thank you for defending our country and our freedom.” The Pocket Flag Project will also send a package of flags to friends or loved ones currently serving.
We partnered with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) at Star K Ranch in Aurora to help reduce the spread of noxious Russian Olive trees. Since 1984, VOC has been motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. VOC has implemented numerous projects around the State aimed at removing invasive species and stabilizing and enhancing native vegetation. Star K Ranch includes a large picnic shelter and nature adventure trails, as well as a small wildlife preserve.Our hearty team of 15 volunteers team got into the thick of it learning how to girdle (using hand saws to intentionally damage trunks to kill trees), pruning, raking grass, among other contributions.
Dress for Success clothing drive assists their clientele with transition to securing employment with professional attire. A month-long clothing drive was coordinated across the Denver offices for women’s in-season business attire and accessories to be worn for job interviews. Collections and/or monetary contributions assist Dress for Success clients with their transition to securing employment – with an added confidence in how they present themselves during job interviews – and the program also offers guidance and support for interviewing.
Wish For Wheels Bike Build: Members of the Denver office partnered again this year in a “bike build” event with Wish for Wheels, a local non-profit with a simple mission: to get new bicycles in the hands of disadvantaged kindergarten and first grade kids in Denver and beyond. Through the generosity of more than 150 members of the Denver office, we purchased, constructed, and delivered 100 bikes to 1st grade students at Valverde Elementary School, a Title 1 school. An enthusiastic team of more than 30 builders had the bikes put together in just under an hour. The next day, another team helped Wish for Wheels with the surprise give away to the ecstatic students, many of whom have never had a bike in their family.
Brothers Redevelopment Paint-a-Thon – AUGUST: Brothers Redevelopment provides housing and a variety of housing-related services for the region’s low-income, elderly, and disabled residents.
For our second summer Paint-a-Thon in August, we helped to restore the family home of Ms. Leta Todd. Now 66 years old and struggling with respiratory issues, Ms. Todd was a vocational and health counselor for many years, and a middle school teacher in language arts and social studies. The home where Ms. Todd grew up and now lives after both her mother and step-father passed away was last painted in 2008. Our team of 25 volunteers from the Denver, Boulder, and DTC offices gave Ms. Todd’s house a much-needed spruce-up.
Food for Thought: Eleven volunteers from the Denver office spent a few hours early in the morning in January at Food for Thought to pack power sack lunches for almost 2,000 kids in Denver who might not otherwise have food to eat during the weekend.
Brothers Redevelopment Paint-a-Thon – JUNE: Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. (BRI) provides affordable housing options for more than 700 low-income seniors and families at 14 properties throughout the Denver metro area. BRI also offers a home maintenance and repair program and comprehensive housing counseling. BRI’s Paint-a-Thon program, created in 1978, is a free service for elderly homeowners and people with disabilities who need their homes painted, but cannot afford the cost and are unable to complete the work.
For the third summer, Holland & Hart participated in a Paint-a-Thon event, this year as an Adopt-a-Home plus donor, supplying funds to purchase painting materials and volunteers. A team of 25 volunteers from the Denver and DTC offices, including eight Denver summer clerks, toiled on a hot June day to paint the home of an elderly, disabled homeowner in the Denver University neighborhood. Along with a fresh coat of paint, the team reconstructed and painted a wheel chair ramp so the homeowner can now safely exit the back of her house.
Wish for Wheels: The Denver office worked with Wish for Wheels to provide bicycles to underprivileged kids in Denver. Wish for Wheels is a local non-profit with a simple mission: to get new bicycles in the hands of disadvantaged kindergarten and first grade kids in Denver and beyond. The office raised money to purchase 100 bicycles and then had a party at the office to build the bikes.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Thirteen employees, family members, and friends from the Denver office of Holland & Hart participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on Sept. 21, 2014.
4th Annual Cherrity Pie Festival: The Denver Committee of the Holland & Hart Foundation sponsored and volunteered at the 4th Annual Cherrity Pie Fall Festival Sept. 13, 2014, to benefit the Anchor Center for Blind Children.
Presented by Pie Consulting & Engineering, a global forensic and building sciences engineering firm and by Holland & Hart, this year’s festival featured music, face painting and balloon art, a pie-eating contest, children’s games, a mini train, as well as a silent auction.
All proceeds benefitted Anchor Center, which provides visually impaired infants, young children and their families with hope and a nurturing learning environment where they can reach their highest potential.
“Anchor Center is the light in the forest for many Colorado families with a visually impaired child,” said Pie president Paul Duncan. “The early intervention and professional support provided by the center empowers these kids to not only succeed but thrive in life.”
Founded in 1982, Anchor Center for Blind Children is a nationally recognized, private, non-profit agency providing services for blind and visually impaired children. The only organization in Colorado providing early intervention and education services for children from birth to five years old, Anchor Center currently serves about 400 children a year.
“The financial support we have received in sponsorships from our community partners including both local and national companies has been a catalyst to generating more than $70,000 in direct donations to Anchor Center for the three years we have held the Festival,” Duncan added. “We thank all of the sponsors and partners for their support of the Festival and are excited to meet or exceed last year’s proceeds.”
“We are so appreciative of the continued support and awareness Anchor Center receives from Cherrity Pie Festival,” said Anchor Center’s special events coordinator Dawn Schipper.
Capitol Hill Community Services/Trinity Soup Kitchen: Members of the Denver office committee of the Holland & Hart Foundation selected Capitol Hill Community Services Trinity Soup Kitchen as the recipient of the Holland & Hart Foundation’s 15th anniversary project. Capitol Hill Community Services fulfills its mission by serving hot lunches at different locations in central Denver during the week. Hot meals are based on donated community food and are prepared with the appreciation that this may be someone’s only meal of the day. Throughout the spring and summer, the committee organized opportunities for people at Holland & Hart’s Denver office to serve lunch to homeless individuals at the Trinity Soup Kitchen. Approximately 100 people participated over the course of five months.
Rebuilding Together Metro Denver: Twenty volunteers from the Denver office committee of the Holland & Hart Foundation gathered on a Saturday in September to help Rebuilding Together Metro Denver
(RTMD) perform much-needed maintenance on several homes in Denver’s Cole neighborhood. RTMD offers home repairs to veterans, older adults and people with disabilities living on minimal incomes, so these homeowners can continue to live in safe and healthy homes. The volunteers performed a variety of renovations including outdoor maintenance, such as rebuilding fences, landscaping, making exterior and roof repairs and tuck-pointing, to interior projects ranging from laying floors, fixing plumbing, painting and much more.
- 15-15 Project/Trinity Soup Kitchen
- Annual Firm-wide Food Drive
- Alzheimer’s Association Presentation and Walk
- Bring Your Children to Work Day
- Holiday Giving Tree
- Lawyers in the Classroom
- Lennox Guest Home
- Nonprofit Fair
- Rebuilding Together Metro Denver
- Stern Family Summer Project
- Hope Center Halloween (click to view slideshow)