Help Fulfill Holiday Wishes!
by Tara Miller
Compiled by Tara Miller
The Docket Committee and the Denver Bar Association believe it is important to do community service and to volunteer. What better time than during the holiday season to get involved in a number of charitable groups that are in need of assistance. Think about what you can do to help during the holidays. Below is a guide to make it easy to find an organization that needs help this winter and all year long.
Colorado Legal Services
Colorado Legal Services is an organization that helps low-income individuals get assistance with civil legal issues. Monetary donations are extremely important to keep this nonprofit afloat. Volunteers for legal clinics and other programs also are in high demand. Gently used office equipment (no computers) are needed, as long as transportation of items can be organized by the donor. If you would like to volunteer or donate, or for more information, call (303) 866-9306.
Colorado CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Colorado CASA is the statewide coordinating agency for Court Appointed Special Advocates in Colorado. Nationwide, the CASA program, created in 1977, has more than 900 member agencies that train volunteers to speak up for abused, neglected or abandoned children in the courts. CASA volunteers are appointed to gather information in child abuse and neglect cases, and speak to the court on behalf of the needs of the children. CASA, serving more than 206,000 children in the United States each year, was instituted in Colorado in 1985. Currently, there are 14 CASA programs in Colorado. This program is in desperate need of cash donations and volunteers to keep the organization afloat and help children who can’t help themselves. If you are interested in donating or volunteering, call Colorado CASA at (303) 623-5380.
Metro Volunteer Lawyers
Metro Volunteer Lawyers works with volunteer lawyers who perform free and low-cost legal services for poor and near-poor persons who live and work in the following metropolitan Denver-area counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin and Jefferson. MVL is in need of more volunteer attorneys to give legal services to clients, bilingual volunteer attorneys and pro bono certified court interpreters. In addition, cash donations always are helpful, and gifts to reward volunteer lawyers for their hard work are something MVL needs all year around. For more information, contact MVL at (303) 830-8210.
Community Action Network (CAN)
Wheels of Justice
The Wheels of Justice is looking for motivated cyclists to join its leadership council. The Wheels of Justice is a cycling team that participates in the Children’s Hospital Courage Classic Bicycle Tour. Contact Heather Purcell for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.wheelsofjusticecycling.org.
Donors may participate in any of these holiday programs by calling (720) 944-2485. Individual or group donors are needed to match with clients in the "Be Santa to an Adult" and "Holidays for the Teens" programs. Toy drives are most in need of board games, items for teenagers, dolls and sporting goods. Also needed are grocery store certificates for seniors and the disabled. Cash donations are extremely important for these groups, and donations should be in the form of checks made payable to the Sara Brown Fund and mailed to: Chrisanne Wilhelmi, Denver Human Services, 1200 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80204. Donations may be dropped off at the first floor security desk. For further information, contact Chrisanne Wilhelmi at (720) 944-2485.
SafeHouse Denver is seeking donations of gift cards to help clients buy necessities and gifts for the holiday season. Gift cards are especially needed for discount retailers and grocery stores, as well as for entertainment (for example, movie passes, pizza, etc.). SafeHouse Denver provides shelter, counseling and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and their children. Gift cards can be delivered to SafeHouse Denver’s offices at 1649 Downing St., Denver, CO 80218. For more information, call (303) 318-9959, or visit http://www.safehouse-denver.org.
Family Tree’s mission is to help people overcome child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness to become safe, strong and self-reliant. The agency’s programs include a domestic violence shelter for women and their children, a shelter for homeless women and their children, a residential treatment center for runaway and at-risk youth, a counseling and education center for families in domestic violence situations, and a transitional and permanent housing program for homeless individuals and families.
For more information, contact Family Tree at (303) 422-2133.