Give Where You Live on Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day is only two weeks away! On December 9th this annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving will give you the opportunity to help support your local Boys & Girls Clubs in a big way.

To motivate donors to give on Colorado Gives Colorado Gives Day 2014Day, Community First Foundation and FirstBank partnered to create a $1 Million Incentive Fund. The incentive fund, proportionally increases the value of every dollar donated and is 300 percent larger than last year.

Now is the best time of the year to give where you live! 100% of your donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver will help families who rely on their local Club’s support on a daily basis.

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Care 4 Colorado Toy Drive

CHelp Boys & Girls Club members experience all the joy that the holiday season can bring and participate in our annual Care 4 Colorado Toy Drive! CBS4 and King Soopers are teaming up to collect toys and donations for Colorado children served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. You will have the opportunity to donate new and unwrapped toys beginning on Monday, December 1, 2014 through Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

Toy Drop-Off Locations:

  • All local King Soopers in the Metro Denver area.
    • Special Drop-off day: On Wednesday, December 17th from 4:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CBS4 and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver will hold a special collection day event. CBS4 talent will be on hand to collect toy donations, thank donors, and greet CBS4 viewers. Toys can be dropped off at:
      • King Soopers
        2750 S. Colorado Blvd.
        Denver, CO 80222
  • CBS4 Studios throughout the entire month of December:
    • CBS4
      1044 Lincoln Street
      Denver, CO 80203

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A Second Family

Once a year, the Broncos Boys & Girls Club hosts a large family meal for all of the Club members and their parents. With a large stage, projector for video highlights and several guest speakers filling the gym, the night typically attracts over 300 attendees. The sheer act of bringing everyone together comes to mean something much deeper to the families than simply receiving a free meal and family portrait.

The evening provides a reminder that the word Shantia and Her Three Boysfamily refers to a lot more than simply those who share the same blood. For many kids and parents who turn to Boys & Girls Clubs on a daily basis, the BGCMD network has become an extension to their family. Parents find comfort in knowing they can trust the staff to care for their children during the afterschool hours just as they would trust a family member. Club members develop deep friendships with fellow peers often times growing up with them at the Club just as if they were brothers and sisters.

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Mayor Hancock Announces 2014 Mayor’s Design Awards Winners

Nancy P Anschutz CenterThis evening, Mayor Hancock and Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department will honor 15 projects for excellence in architecture, design and place-making during the 2014 Mayor’s Design Awards ceremony tonight at The Studio Loft of the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Among those winning projects is the Nancy P. Anschutz Center featuring the Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver launches the My.Future Technology Initiative

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and Comcast NBCUniversal announced today the launch of My.Future, a new technology initiative designed to teach Club members about our digital world and ignite their passion for technology.

Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of My.Future, which is available to the nearly 4 million youth served by more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, including local students served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. My.Future allows Club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy, including areas of exploring the web, communicating with others digitally and building media. Additional experiences allow members to explore advanced topics, such as robotics, coding and game design.
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Providing a Warm Meal

Jasmin's Winning Drawing

Jasmin’s Winning Drawing

For the 49.1 million Americans, including 15.8 million children, living in food insecure households, something as simple as having a warm meal can mean a lot. We know how important it is to ensure that kids have access to balanced nutritional meals. Through a long-term partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies, more than 1,200 hot meals are served to our Club members each day.

Working to end hunger in our community, last Tuesday, November 4th marked the 21st annual Serving Up Hope Luncheon in which all proceeds and 23,000 pounds of non-perishable foods were given to the Food Bank of the Rockies. In efforts to draw further awareness to hunger issues, Club members participated in the Serving Up Hope art competition. This year Jasmin, a Club member at Owen Boys & Girls Club, won the competition and was honored for her drawing at the luncheon!

Club kids participate in statewide games tournament

games roomOn November 8, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver hosted the statewide Games Room Tournament, giving Club members a chance to compete and showcase their skills. Kids competed in chess, checkers, billiards and other fun activities. The games rooms are popular at the Clubs and not only provide safe, fun activities, but teach our Club members teamwork, sharing, sportsmanship, social skills and encourage physical activity.

The Games Room Tournament was sponsored through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and WellPoint Foundation as part of the national Triple Play program. In addition to the tournament, the grant from WellPoint Foundation will help make improvements to the heavily-used games rooms throughout the Clubs.

Open the Door for America’s Kids

Family Dollar

Family Dollar is kicking off a new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America this year with a national program called, “Open the Door for America’s Kids.” This holiday season from November 1st through November 30th, Family Dollar customers in Denver will be invited to donate $1 at the register to help support Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

“After learning how many children are served by Boys & Girls Clubs across the country each year, we knew we wanted to lend a hand,” said Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar.  He hopes to leverage the beginning of the holiday shopping season to help impact Boys & Girls Clubs in a big way, “We are thrilled to be teaming up with such an incredible organization, and I know that together, we can help provide a happier holiday season to many children and families across the country.”

How can your donation help support BGCMD? Every $1 donation helps provide 20 minutes of after-school programming for a Club Member. Every $15 will help keep a local kid safe after school today.

For more information please contact cause@bgca.org.