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2018 Giving

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

The City Council of the City of Boulder, Colorado, declares November 10 through 18, 2018 as National Hunder and Homelessness Awareness Week and urges all residents to speak up in support of efforts to end homelessness and hunger and take actions such as volunteering, donating needed items, and supporting efforts by public leaders to increase affordable housing opportunities and food security with the goal of making homelessness and hunger history within our community, within our state and within our lifetime.

Opportunities to Help in Your Community

The City of Boulder supports many organizations that help people in need in our community. If you’re looking for opportunities to lend a helping hand this holiday season, please see this list for planned events and needs of local organizations.

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

The Boulder Shelter for the Homeless provides opportunities for housing solutions, safe shelter, food and support services for up to 160 individuals year around. Founded in 1982, the Boulder Shelter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Boulder, Colorado. We provide homeless services for adults in Boulder County.

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless website:

The Shelter will be preparing a special breakfast and dinner for the 160 individuals who access our services on Thanksgiving. Without your support we would not be able to provide the special touches to celebrate the holiday.

Thanksgiving :

With your support the Shelter will be providing residents who stay on Christmas Eve with a small gift and a special holiday meal. We sincerely appreciate your support in ensuring everyone feels included this holiday season!


Colorado Gives Day donation page :

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless website:

Bridge House

At Bridge House we provide a range of programs and services to help adults experiencing homelessness have access to the resources they need for a better future. Our programs are arranged across our Bridge of Opportunity spanning from basic needs to employment and housing.

Nov. 4-18: Miss A Meal…Make a Difference: Show your support for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Just $10 can provide 5 nutritious meals for our clients. Post a picture of an empty plate or bowl on social media to show you completed the challenge, and then challenge 10 friends to join you in missing a meal and sending $10 to Bridge House to feed others.  Bridge House serves 80,000 meals a year to those experiencing homelessness and those in our transition programs. To participate, email: [email protected]

Nov. 18: Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich drive: Get the whole family involved in raising awareness about Hunger and Homelessness by making peanut butter & jelly sandwiches with us! Appropriate for all ages, this event happens at our Community Table Kitchen, 5345 Arapahoe, from 1pm - 2pm. Optional distribution of sandwiches immediately afterwards to local population, or we will distribute the sandwiches to our clients through our programs. All supplies will be provided, but a $10 donation or more is suggested. Must RSVP with number (and ages) of people attending to: [email protected]

Bridge House website:

Community Food Share

Community Food Share’s mission is to eliminate hunger
in Boulder and Broomfield Counties through engagement, collaboration, and leadership.

Let’s Bag Hunger Fund & Food Drive
Friday, Nov. 9th through Sunday, Nov. 11th Help Community Food Share collect 60,000 meals for Boulder and Broomfield Counties! Donate funds and food at select King Soopers stores in Boulder and Louisville. Just $5 provides 30 meals thanks to our dollar-for-dollar match provided by King Soopers and private donors.

Details at:

Community Food Share website :

Foothills United Way

At Foothills United Way we are leading collaborative programs for Boulder and Broomfield counties. We bring together thought leaders and organizations across our community who provide the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. We create the newest and most innovative solutions for our community based in proven and accountable research. Our core focus areas are dedicated to long term achievement within early childhood success, attainable housing, and community resilience.

The Foothills United Way Volunteer Connection produced a 2018 Holiday Volunteer Guide: that provides a comprehensive list of opportunities.

Foothills United Way website:

Harvest of Hope Pantry

Our mission is to live the Catholic faith by providing healthy supplemental food to Boulder families and individuals in need of food assistance within a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

Holiday Giving Opportunities

The Candemonium! 2018 competition is designed to be a creative way to help the clients of Harvest of Hope Pantry in Boulder, CO and Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette, CO obtain much needed supplemental food. The organization that creates the most impressive sculpture out of non-perishable food will go on a $1,000 shopping spree at Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe in Boulder to purchase toys for the 2018 “Share-A-Gift” Holiday Toy Drive benefiting children of low-income families in the Boulder Valley School District area.

Candemonium! 2018 is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Visit to let the community know you’re participating and helping feed those in need. 
  2. Create your Candemonium work of art.
  3. Submit a photo of your art and let us know where to pick it up at 

Candemonium! 2018 runs from Nov. 01 to Dec. 9, 2018.


Online Silent Auction for Holiday gifts

Fundraiser for Harvest of Hope, Now through November 24th, purchase your holiday gifts while also helping to feed those in need,

Harvest of Hope Pantry:

I Have a Dream Foundation

At the "I Have A Dream" Foundation, we provide individualized social, emotional, and academic support to young people from low-income communities from kindergarten all the way through college, along with guaranteed tuition support. We believe that when given equal access to the resources they need to succeed, all children can ignite their innate potential and achieve their dreams. Since "I Have A Dream" was founded by Eugene Lang in 1981, we have served nearly 18,000 young people ("Dreamers") in over 200 programs nationally. 

You can make holiday dreams come true this year with Holiday Dreams (formerly Adopt-A-Family), a 15-year tradition that matches gift-givers with children and families participating in the "I Have A Dream" program at the holidays. You can ensure that Dreamer Scholars and their siblings receive gifts for the holidays! Or you can become a holiday dream giver and be paired with Dreamer Scholars and their siblings throughout Boulder County.

Support Holiday Dreams:

Become a Holiday Dreams Giver:

I Have a Dream Foundation website:

Out Boulder County

Out Boulder County Youth Giving Tree - - to find holiday gifts for LGBTQ youth that attend our groups that are financially unable to otherwise.

Nov. 12 to Dec. 4, 2018

Community members can help by stopping by our Pridehouse in Boulder or office in Longmont to grab a wish list from one of our trees and find whatever gifts they can for youth.

For more information please contact Jenna Howerton (they, them, theirs) at [email protected].

Out Boulder County website: