4 Unique Ways To Give Back During National Volunteer Month 2018

April is National Volunteer Month! Whether you venture out on your own or get together with your friends, family, or coworkers, Madison & Company encourages you to spend some time giving back to your community at one of these Denver area organizations—this month and on an ongoing basis!

If you love gardening and the outdoors… 

Get outdoors and help restore a natural place! 

Restoration volunteers with the Bluff Lake Nature Center work throughout the year to plant trees, restore trails, and remove invasive species throughout Bluff Lake’s 123 acres.  Activities include restoring and preserving habitat, planting native plants, maintaining the short-grass prairie gardens, removing noxious plant species, trail construction and trash pick-up. To become a restoration volunteer, or to schedule a time slot, you can contact Chris Story at cstory@blufflake.org or 303-945-6717.

For other outdoor volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, check out Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

If you like talking as much as you love books…

Use your radio voice and help record audiobooks for the Colorado Talking Book Library! 

For people who can’t read standard print, the Colorado Talking Book Library provides audio, Braille, and large print books. You can join the studio team to help review, record, or narrate audiobooks for those who are hearing impaired. To learn more about the requirements, time commitment, and skills needed, you can visit their website.

If you have a knack for organizing and sorting…

As a creative reuse store, Recreative Denver gets an average of 100 lbs of donated materials daily. Become a volunteer inventory coordinator and help sort through new donations, price things, and place them in the storefront. It can be a fascinating treasure hunt but it is also overwhelming for their (very) small staff and they can use all the assistance they can get. To volunteer, you can fill out the form on their website!

If you want to help knock out hunger

Metro Caring is Denver’s leading hunger relief organization. Become a warehouse or market volunteer and help end hunger at its root!

Warehouse volunteers help inspect, clean, sort, and organize food donation deliverers. This is great for those seeking a volunteer community or those who want to volunteer with friends.

Market volunteers help to restock shelves and keep the produce cooler full, help participants shop our market and find foods that work for their family, and help participants out to their cars. These roles involve participant interaction and working in pairs to accomplish volunteer tasks.

There are plenty of other ways to offer help….

These are only a few ways you can help! To explore more opportunities, head to volunteermatch.org and find exciting volunteer opportunities near you. You can filter the results to find opportunities that fit your schedule and your talents so that you can support causes you are passionate about in your community. Get to work!

 

#MadisonGivesBack – 2017 Holiday Season

In the spirit of giving, Madison & Company Properties has selected two charities – one local and one global—to donate to this holiday season.

BAGS OF FUN  (nominated by Larina McClain)

logo-353Their Story: Gabby Krause was an amazing six-year old who died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer.

Gabby had the original Bag of Fun filled with toys and fun activities when she was battling her brain cancer. Her bag helped keep her busy and happy during long hospital visits. To the delight of other patients, she always shared her games and toys.

It was Gabby’s wish that every child at the hospital could have their very own “bag of fun“, so the charity was founded in her name.

The Bags of Fun program is a journey that began when Gabby’s mother needed to help her focus on the joy of being a little girl and playing with My Little Pony dolls instead of needle pokes. This journey has grown into a movement to harness the power of play to instigate happiness when the thought of sickness and dying is at the forefront of families’ hearts and heads.

How you can donate: Bags of Fun prefers monetary donations accepted through their website. They do understand that some people like to purchase gifts, so they’ve provided an approved list of the exact items needed.

HELLO GHANA (nominated by Allison Sliwinski)

static1.squarespaceTheir Story: Hello Ghana believes in giving sustainable opportunity rather than simple charity–this is achieved through their apprenticeship program. Their program pairs a Good Shepherd child between the ages of 13-18 with a local business owner in Ofaakor, Ghana. They currently are partnered with 7 different Ghanaian businesses ranging from welding and carpentry to beauty and hair care. They allow each child to choose which realm of work they would like to study, then actively pair them with the business in question.

During their apprenticeship, students will not only learn responsibility in time and financial management, but also marketable skills which often result in paid jobs.

The average cost to put one child through our apprenticeship program is $2,000 USD. To see how they are budgeting and their financial needs for apprenticeships for 2017/2018, check out their finances here and donate:

 

 

How you can donate: Monetary donations are most appreciated on their website.

 

 

 

Coffee with a Purpose

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Prodigy Coffee House is one of Denver’s newest coffee shops. Situated off 40th in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, the coffee shop finds its home in an graffiti’d space full of hipster vibes, complete with a conference room, community tables, and six garage doors that welcome natural light and good weather on warm Denver days.

With an operating manager with years of experience in the high-end coffee industry and a founder with a decade of experience in education and community-building, this coffee shop has a unique mission. The excellent service, artisan coffee, and welcoming vibe of Prodigy are made greater by their dedication to serving and bettering the community of northeast Denver.

Inspired and influenced by Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program based in LA. The work of these organizations is based in the inherent value and worth of a human being, apart from anything they do, say, or accomplish. Valuing someone based on their inherent worth the frees them to become their fullest selves, because they’ve already been accepted.

The core of Prodigy’s mission, as stated on their website, is “interconnected with Nouwen’s concept of spiritual hospitality (we create space for people to be authentically and fully themselves) and the Homeboy concept of ‘firme’ (you could not be one bit more perfect).”

The coffee shop employs Denver’s young adults, focusing on at-risk youth often marginalized by an economic and education system that overlooks them. Through Prodigy, these low-income young adults are connected to resources and community through the coffee shop’s mentorship program. Through the job and mentorship program, Denver’s at-risk young adults can begin to “build a basis for lifelong professional and passionate work, experiencing social mobility.”

Founder, Steph Frances says, “We really want to stress that this is much more than just a nonprofit that teaches kids to make a cup of coffee; we are teaching them how to build relationships with people who are different than them. We are creating this space for something we call spiritual hospitality, a space for people to be fully and authentically themselves.”

This coffee shop is bringing life and hope to a part of Denver that most needs it. Next time you’re craving a cuppa joe, head over to Prodigy Coffee House. It’s delicious and it’s purposeful, and with a mission centered on the idea that “you could not be one bit more perfect,” maybe you’ll also leave feeling a little more loved and a little more already-perfect. 

PHOTO COURTESY OF PRODIGY VENTURES

Thanks(for)giving

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time to be grateful for what we do have, but the holidays also often bring to mind those who do not have as much.

Each year, Denver Metro Association of Realtors, Young Professionals Network (DMAR, YPN) holds the Thanks(for)giving Food Drive. Real Estate offices throughout the city are contributing to this great cause, with all donations going to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

We have Thanks(for)giving collection boxes in each of our Madison & Company offices, addresses are listed below. Please contact your real estate agent or drop by the office with donations for the food drive!

We are always thrilled to have an opportunity to give back to the community, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time.

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Our Offices: 

Washington Park

1221 S. Clarkson Street, Suite #400

Denver, CO 80210

Denver Tech Center

5975 S. Quebec Street, Suite #100

Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Lower Highlands

3209 Tejon Street

Denver, CO 80211

Cherry Creek

201 Milwaukee Street

Denver, CO 80206

                                            

 

 

Hope for William – 2nd Annual Birdies for Butterflies Event

“Helping children who are, at the moment, fragile as butterflies.”

Children diagnosed with Epidermolysis Bullos (EB) are often referred to as “butterfly children,” because their skin is as delicate and fragile as butterfly wings. The chronic, painful, genetic skin disorder has no known cure and causes intense pain for those with the condition.

William Vinson is a beautiful five-year-old Butterfly Child. Despite his pain, he is a child full of joy and life. A smile is almost always found on his face as he lights up the lives of those around him. Such intrinsic joy is a true gift.

William’s aunt, Larina McClain is at Madison & Company’s Cherry Creek office. Two years ago she began Butterflies for Birdies, a golf tournament sponsored by Madison & Company Properties, benefiting the Butterfly Fund, which helps children with EB and other life-altering diseases.

This event is exactly one month away, and we are unbelievably excited to be part of contributing to research for a cure to this disease. Please join us! Sponsorship can happen on many different levels, and direct donations can be made at www.hopeforwilliam.com by clicking on the Birdies for Butterflies tab and following the links to the event ticket options or at www.thebutterflyfund.org.

The golf tournament will be held at Blackstone Country Club on September 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. when we will finish the evening with dinner, awards, and a silent auction. The day is sure to be full of fun and in the spirit of joyful William.

To join the tournament, please register at www.hopeforwilliam.com.