Join Us at The Little Man Ice Cream Factory on April 27th!

Join Us at The Little Man Ice Cream Factory on April 27th!

Looking for a way to get involved with Illuminate Colorado’s work of supporting children and families?

We have a special opportunity for you!

Image: Jonathan Phillips, Eater Denver

Join us on Saturday, April 27th from 12pm – 3pm at The Little Man Ice Cream Factory. 15% of the proceeds will be donated to Illuminate, our staff will be there to chat about Illuminate’s programs, and we will have fun giveaways to participate in!

If you have been looking for a way to get involved in Illuminate’s work, but haven’t been sure how get started, this is the perfect event for you. Come get to know us over a sweet treat!

Staff members from Illuminate’s Circle of Parents program will be in attendance all afternoon, excited to share about the program and answer any questions you may have.

Other Illuminate team members from the Executive Team, the Grants & Events Team, and across the organization will also be available chat about any area of our work that interests you.

 

Toni Miner, Circle of Parents Recovery Program Manager, speaking with Circle participants.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about Illuminate’s work, wants to support our mission, or is just looking for a sweet treat and and activity for little ones on a Saturday afternoon!

The Details:

  • Where?

    The Little Man Ice Cream Factory, 4411 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

  • When?

    Saturday, April 27th from 12pm to 3pm

  • What?

    Frozen treats for a good cause, an opportunity to get to know Illuminate staff, and fun giveaways!

RSVP to receive a reminder to join us morning of!

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As we near the end of 2023, it can be difficult to think about adding something else to your plate–even good things. Holiday events, family gatherings, get-togethers with friends, company festivities and more crowd our calendars.

We have good news–an easy way to become a Point of Light this holiday season is to join our list of volunteers, and you won’t have to add anything to your calendar during this often hectic time of the year. 

A Point of Light is someone who actively supports our mission to strengthen families, communities, and organizations to prevent child maltreatment

Why volunteer? Your gift of time and energy as an Illuminate volunteer makes an immediate and direct impact in our communities. 

Here are some ways our volunteers helped us strengthen families in 2023:

In April, we partnered with Colorado State University’s Kappa Delta Phi Epsilon chapter to pack 200 summer kits for families in our Circle of Parents program. The kits included items for kids–things like coloring books and sidewalk chalk–and for adults–things like affirmation cards and a journal. 

More recently, a group of staff and volunteers got together to deep clean and sanitize Acorn, one of our Illuminating Child Care classrooms. The classrooms are renovated RVs that provide high quality, drop-in and on-site child care for parents and caregivers navigating complex life situations, like mental health concerns, substance use disorders, or employment challenges, as they seek to strengthen their families. 

Deep cleaning and sanitizing our child care classrooms is one of the ways we can do our part to keep the families that depend on Illuminating Child Care healthy. That’s what this volunteer opportunity was all about–making sure kids have the safe and healthy environments they need to grow and thrive. 

The easiest way to learn about our future volunteer opportunities is to join our volunteer list!

We hope that you’ll join us as we continue to build brighter childhoods for all children across Colorado.

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Similarly, each one of us has a responsibility to be a point of light in the lives of the children in our communities. No matter where they live, children need high-quality experiences and loving relationships to support healthy development. Colorado prospers when our children thrive–and they need light in order to thrive.

It takes all of us working together.

If you ask us, one of the best ways to celebrate the holiday season is by becoming a Point of Light–someone who actively supports our mission to strengthen families, organizations, and communities to prevent child maltreatment. 

Between now and December 31, our goal is to raise $25,000 for children and families in Colorado, and we can’t do it without you!

It’s a win-win situation.

Your monetary gift to us is 100% tax deductible and qualifies for the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.

Thanks to the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit, monetary donations made to Illuminate Colorado are eligible for a 50% tax credit. This means that when you donate, you can receive a substantial portion of your contribution back as a credit against your Colorado state income taxes.

Now is the best time to give!

Plus, when you make a monetary gift on our Points of Light webpage between now and December 5, you will become one of our Points of Light AND help us earn extra money from the $1+ Million Colorado Gives Day Incentive Fund. All participating Colorado Gives Day nonprofits earn a percentage of the fund, so the more we raise, the more we get!

If now isn’t a good time for you to support us financially, that’s okay!

There are other ways that you can be a Point of Light for children and families in Colorado, and we’ll be highlighting each of them on our blog in the weeks to come.

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Since 2018, Illuminate Colorado has annually honored the contributions of exceptional individuals, groups of individuals, and organizations who have furthered our collective mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment. 

On April 13th, the Illuminating Leadership Awards were held for the 6th year in a row at the celebratory Pinwheel Breakfast. This year, Illuminate staff had the opportunity to nominate those they’ve worked with who deserve recognition. This year, six recipients received awards for their work spanning the spectrum of prevention. Check them out below!

Beverley Toliver, Founder & CEO of the Safe Haven Family Network, LLC provides opening remarks.

The Community Leadership Award was presented to the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families (CPTF) Family & Caregiver Space.

The Community Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group who have dedicated an extraordinary amount of their time and openly share their experiences to further systemic change and strengthen families in Colorado. The Family & Caregiver Space is a lived experience expert-led group within the CPTF, led by Fikile Ryder, Heather Hanson, Kaylie Weese, Kelly Valdez, and Mathilde Dunbar. 

Hattie Landry, Senior Community Initiatives Manager at Illuminate Colorado, nominated the Family & Caregiver Space for their collaborative work with the CPTF, providing insight into various types of lived experiences from across Colorado, helping to create the conditions for strong families and communities where children are healthy, valued, and thriving.

Members of the CPTF Family & Caregiver Space. Left to right: Fikile Ryder, Heather Hanson, Kelly Valdez, Kaylie Weese. Not pictured – Mathilde Dunbar.

The Dynamic Leadership Award was presented to Mile High Behavioral Healthcare. 

The Dynamic Leadership Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization who has dedicated time, expertise, and experiences to collaboratively implement programs and partner on initiatives with Illuminate and their communities to strengthen families in Colorado. Jessica Courtney and Rewa Bailey represented Mile High Behavioral Healthcare at the award ceremony.

Joan Holtz, Director of Family Support at Illuminate Colorado, nominated Mile High Behavioral Healthcare for their partnership with Illuminate on many different projects, including Illuminating Child Care, Circle of Parents, and Bloom Yoga.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard, Jessica Courtney and Rewa Bailey of Mile High Behavioral Healthcare, and Illuminate Colorado Director of Family Support Joan Holtz.

The Courageous Leadership Award was presented to Margaret Ochoa, a Child Abuse Prevention Specialist at the Colorado School Safety Resource Center. 

The Courageous Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group in elected office or public employment for distinguished service prioritizing the prevention of child maltreatment and strengthening families. 

Anne Auld, Deputy Director at Illuminate Colorado, nominated Margaret Ochoa, a Child Abuse Prevention Specialist at the Colorado School Safety Resource Center for her many partnerships with Illuminate, and through her own work, to support and strengthen families and communities through systems-level work with incredible integrity and dedication. Through her time as Co-Chair of the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Coalition, and an active member of the Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference Planning Committee, Ochoa has gone above and beyond in supporting professionals, communities and families in Colorado.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard, Margarget Ochoa, and Illuminate Colorado Deputy Director Anne Auld.

The Catalytic Leadership Award was presented to the Caring for Colorado Foundation.

The Catalytic Leadership Award honors an individual, group, or organization who has invested or inspired philanthropic investment to accelerate the prevention of child maltreatment and strengthen families in Colorado.

Jillian Fabricius, Deputy Director at Illuminate Colorado, nominated the Caring for Colorado Foundation for placing family well-being, with an emphasis on equity, at the center of their philanthropic efforts. Caring for Colorado brings a long-term perspective to their philanthropic work, through which they seek to address root causes, promote prevention, improve systems, and advance policy change.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard, Linda Reiner and Emma Carpenter of Caring for Colorado, and Illuminate Colorado Deputy Director Jillian Fabricius.

The Innovative Leadership Award was presented to Daphne McCabe, a Family Health Division Manager at Boulder County Public Health.

The Innovative Leadership Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization who has made significant contributions to the field of child maltreatment prevention. 

Angelica Fox, Director of Home Visitation at Illuminate Colorado, nominated Daphne McCabe for the demonstration of Illuminate’s values through her work implementing Family Connects in Boulder County. Through her leadership, Boulder has a diverse and inclusive Family Connects implementation team, which launched in Boulder County in October 2022 after just seven months of dedication and perseverance.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard, Daphne McCabe of Boulder County Public Health, and Illuminate Colorado Director of Home Visitation Angelica Fox.

The Lori Moriarty Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Deb Daro, a Senior Research Fellow at Chapin Hall and one of the nation’s leading experts in child abuse prevention policy and early home visiting research. 

The Lori Moriarty Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated lifetime achievements in their career that exemplify the dedication and character displayed by the late Commander Lori Moriarty.

Jade Woodard, Executive Director at Illuminate Colorado, nominated Dr. Daro for her work on Colorado’s Home Visiting Investment Task Force, specifically advocating strongly for the adoption of mechanisms that provide all new parents opportunities to discuss their concerns and learn about the resources available in their communities. This research-informed recommendation was very supportive of the launch of Family Connects in Colorado.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard and Dr. Deb Daro.

We are honored to do this work with such passionate leaders! 

We can’t do this work alone. It takes all of us to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment. 

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As we head into the end of the year, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. And, now that we’re safely post-Thanksgiving, many folks are putting up lights and holiday decorations.

Holiday lights are a lovely metaphor for community. If only one house put up one single strand of lights, the night would still be exceptionally dark. But, when an entire street turns on their lights, we can feel the joy and closeness to each other. While each home may only constitute a single point of light, the collective effect of thousands of points of light is one of solidarity and hope.

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Between now and the end of the year, we are looking for 1,000 Points of Light for children and families in Colorado. Each Point of Light represents someone who financially supports our mission to strengthen families, communities and organizations to prevent child maltreatment. One hundred percent of funds raised will support effective programs that keep Colorado kids safe and strengthen families throughout the year.

This year, we’re asking you to become a Point of Light by giving $10. $10 might not seem like much, but if 1,000 people give $10, we’ll raise $10,000 to build brighter childhoods in 2023–and that can make a big difference in the lives of kids and families. It takes all of us working together to build brighter childhoods in Colorado.

Give $10, Get $5 Back

Whenever you give to Illuminate Colorado, your donation is tax deductible AND qualifies for a 50% tax credit. That means, when you give $10, you get $5 back on your Colorado state taxes through the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.

Tax credit-eligible donations support programs like Illuminating Child Care, which provides safe, loving, and high quality care to infants and toddlers where parents are getting the support that they need to strengthen their families.

To claim the credit, simply submit your copy of the completed Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Certification (Form DR 1317) with your tax return. We’ll provide you with the completed form once we process your donation.

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If you live in Colorado, you might have already heard about Colorado Gives Day. On the first Tuesday of December since 2010, Coloradans have come together to support the nonprofits that make a difference in our lives. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be Colorado’s largest 24-hour giving event, raising more than $362 million for nonprofits across the state since it began.

Colorado Gives Day is a powerful day of giving, but the support doesn’t stop with your donation. Thanks to the Community First Foundation, FirstBank, and other community partners from across the state, when you make a gift on our 1,000 Points of Light webpage between now and December 6, you will help us earn extra money from the $1.4 Million+ Incentive Fund. All participating Colorado Gives Day nonprofits earn a percentage of the fund, so the more we raise, the more we get!

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“Prevention happens in partnership” is a phrase often repeated by the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), Dr. Melissa Merrick. As the Colorado chapter of PCAA these words rang especially true for us at Illuminate Colorado in 2021. As we began to emerge from the pandemic and find our new normal, only to experience resurgences and continued restrictions, the power of connection and innovation was continually underscored.

Despite the ever-changing environment around us, 2021 brought more partnerships, opportunities and successes to Illuminate than ever before, and your partnership and financial contributions to our work helped make 2021 a year of significant growth.

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Since November 1, Illuminate has been shining a light on ways you can get involved and illuminating ways that you can strengthen your family and the families in your neighborhood this holiday season. If you feel strongly about supporting your community, protecting the kids in your neighborhood and would like to make it a better place for your family, your neighbors, and generations to come, here are some small but effective suggestions from Illuminate Colorado you can implement right now:

Get to know your neighbors 

The first step to assisting your community is to get to know the people that are a part of it. If you don’t already know your neighbors, invite them over to share a cup of coffee or a home-cooked meal. Check for local groups on social media or visit in-person community meetings to build up connections. Organize a fun activity to bring people together.

Last year, we started a new tradition –  luminary lighting at home – to build a sense of togetherness in the community at a time when we needed to stay a part, to stay safe.  It’s something that we don’t want to let go off and hope more people will join us in organizing a luminary lighting for your neighborhood to build those social connections and friendships we know to be so important when trying to prevent child maltreatment. Post your neighborhood pictures on Dec. 10 #LighttheWayCO to inspire others.

Create a Crisis Plan for Your Family

If the unthinkable happened tomorrow, what would your family do? If for some reason, you lost all of the resources and support that you rely on everyday to provide for your family, where would you turn? One way you can help strengthen your family and your community in the process is to make a list of resources, before you’re in a panic and overwhelmed with stress. Becoming more familiar with the resources and programs available to strengthen your family will help prepare you to be a better neighbor if someone you know should need some advice on where to turn to for support. 

Start a fundraiser

Charity begins at home, they say. Start a fundraiser for someone you know, your local school or an organization on your family crisis plan. It can be a great way to bring your community closer together and potentially turn someone’s life around at the same time. Set up a donation jar at your holiday party, collect what you can and give an unexpected gift to a nonprofit or family this holiday season. 

Volunteer your time 

In every community, there are countless organizations like food banks, youth groups, domestic violence shelters, CASA organizations and family resource centers. They always need a helping hand. Volunteering your time at one of these places is an excellent way to help many people. If you prefer something less official, you can always offer to help a parent who has their hands full with babysitting.

Inform new parents or a family in need in the neighborhood you are going to help

Let’s face it, asking for help is a really hard thing for most people to do. Offer it up. Don’t ask parents “what can I do to help?” Instead, take steps to get the neighborhood meal train set up, ask if they have any allergies and what days they would like dinner dropped off. The comfort in knowing there are people around you who support and care about you is a gift unto itself.    

Taking care of yourself is an important part of parenthood. 

Schedule time for an activity that can help you decompress, relax and recharge. Resilience is built by learning healthy coping skills and strategies to manage stress and function well when faced with challenges, adversity and trauma.​ Take care of yourself, to take care of your kids.  

Incorporate charitable Giving into your business model. 

According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, corporate social responsibility leads consumers to believe products are better quality. Consider donating a % of sales or proceeds as part of your business model. 

Pick an organization you’ve never given to before and give $5 on Colorado Gives Day 

If you live in Colorado, you likely know that nonprofits are trying so hard to let everyone know to schedule a gift for next Tuesday, Colorado Gives Day. Five dollars is close to the price of a cup of coffee, but we promise you, every little bit helps. Of course, if you have never given to Illuminate before, we hope you’ll think of us, but given that our mission is to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment, you can also help by giving to anyone of the thousands of other organizations strengthening families throughout Colorado. We build brighter childhoods, together.

Today is DAY 32.  

These are just a few of the 61 ways we are encouraging people to light the way toward brighter childhoods before the year is done. Today is DAY 32.  

If you took inspiration from one or more of these ideas, complete the pledge form to let us know that you promise to do one or more of these ways to make a difference and Enter to WIN the Light the Way Prize:

4 general admission entries to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. (does not include surcharged temporary exhibits, IMAX, or Planetarium). All 4 entries must be used at time of admission. Entries expire 10/28/22.

Thank you to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for donating this Light the Way Prize to help build brighter childhoods in Colorado. A winner for this prize will be selected at random at 9 AM (MTN) on Tuesday, December 7 and notified at the contact information provided.

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