As we’re coming close to an entire year in the throws of a global crisis and hard, unprecedented times for so many, we wanted to highlight several charitable donations that are alleviating some of that hardship.
Keep in mind, donations come in all forms—monetary, volunteered time, and even shares on social media can provide a boost.
These are some of our favorites!
Based on the principles of “lifting up those in need,” LIFT-UP is a local non-profit dedicated to providing humanitarian essentials while creating a bridge to personal empowerment and self-reliance. Their food pantry is a popular point of donation.
The Advocate Safehouse Project is the only non-profit organization providing services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Garfield County. They help and provide resources to women in need.
The tagline for this Roaring Fork Valley homeless organization is “Giving a hand-up, not a hand-out.” They provide food, shelter, showers, community, support, and other invaluable resources to those in need, as the only shelter between Denver and Grand Junction.
High Country RSVP—which stands for Retired Senior Volunteer Program—is a vast network of volunteer opportunities for community members who are 55 years or older. RSVP’s professional Volunteer Manager enrolls and places volunteers with nonprofit agencies that meet identified critical community needs in six focus areas in Garfield County.
There are numerous ways to give back to Habitat for Humanity and the Restore, from donations to hands-on house building. They’ve been a backbone of the community for over 20 years, providing safety and shelter through housing efforts.
There are always ways to work with local animal shelters, from volunteering to adopting pets. Roaring Fork Valley shelters include the Rifle Animal Shelter, Colorado Animal Rescue, and the Aspen Animal Shelter.
There are also opportunities to donate your time in the outdoors. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers inspires stewardship of public lands and waterways from Aspen to Parachute by instilling connections between people and the places they live in. Their programs provide hands-on trail and conservation experiences.
Colorado Gives is an inclusive hub for statewide charities and nonprofit organizations. They list numerous donation opportunities, from Meals on Wheels to COVID relief.
If you’re someone who regularly utilizes their Prime membership, consider using Amazon’s Smile site. It’s the exact same thing, except a percentage of your purchase goes to a charity of your choosing.