Giving Thanks and Giving Back

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It’s the time of year to think about giving, and Colorado recently followed up the Thanksgiving holiday by doubling up on helping nonprofits, with the national Giving Tuesday event on Nov. 26 and Colorado Gives Day a week later on Dec. 4.

With everyone’s minds and hearts pondering which nonprofits to help, we’re taking this opportunity to mention some of those we assist, either through pro bono services or by donating our time. If you’re looking for a nonprofit to share your funds or time with, we’d recommend you consider any of them. If your plate is already full, just consider this a humble brag about our corporate social responsibility.

For starters, Evolution has a longstanding and enjoyable partnership with Dirt Coffee. Dirt serves the autism community with job training, independent living assistance and other services. Its brick-and-mortar location, on Rapp St. in downtown Littleton, employs individuals with autism and the organization extends services through Garden, Inc. to reach even more families and individuals affected by autism. We help them with earned media services as needed, a drop in the bucket compared to the work they do on a daily basis to help the underemployed and the community at large.

As far as individual projects, we’ve got board seats and pet projects all over the place (literally and figuratively):

Katie sits on the board of Every Child Pediatrics, a nonprofit network of 11 free-standing and in-school pediatric clinics with a mission to provide premium healthcare to children across the state, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. Katie and her twins also volunteer their time at Café 180, a pay-as-you-can Denver eatery that serves a side of dignity with every meal.

Anne has been serving on the Servicios de La Raza Board of Directors for years, and was elected as the president of the board just last week. Servicios has been an asset to the Denver metro area and an invaluable provider of employment assistance, food services, housing assistance and access to healthcare services for members of Denver’s Latinx community.

Erich is on the board at Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, a Franktown-based nonprofit that buys horses bound for the slaughterhouse, rehabilitates and trains them, then adopts them out to loving homes (or barns). A parent of a special-needs child himself, Erich also volunteers with Dylan’s Down with the Arts, a group that connects children and adults with special needs to choirs, dance classes, painting and photography workshops, and other meaningful artistic opportunities.

Senior Account Director Barb transitioned her office to the east coast this year, but didn’t waste time finding an outlet for her creativity and spare time. She’ll be helping organize this year’s First Night Sandwich, a community celebration full of music, camaraderie and crazy-looking artwork (if their homepage is any indication). Barb also volunteers on the Colorado Healthcare Communicators Board of Directors and co-chairs their efforts to put on the Gold Leaf Awards ceremony every year.

Our digital diva Ari donated her skills at Meals on Wheels and Girls on the Run in Spokane, WA, before moving to Denver last year, and is looking for some opportunities to put her skills to use here. In the meantime, she’s already training for the next Relay For Life fundraising walk/run to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

When he’s not drafting top-notch press releases, pitches and blog posts, resident writer Tom donates time and money to a handful of grassroots campaigns and candidates he believes in. His phone banking and door-knocking skills are legendary, and his writing and photography helped make a difference with the campaigns he worked with in the mid-term elections.

But enough singing our own praises — we’d love to hear about all the ways you make the world a better place. If you came to this blog via our Twitter feed or Facebook or LinkedIn pages, leave us a reply or comment about the good work you do to make life better for someone else.

If you, like many among us, are too strapped for time or funds to volunteer or donate, take a cue from any of the holiday specials on TV, or the annual deluge of Christmas songs blaring from the overhead speakers at King Soopers, and just try to be a tad nicer to the folks around you. Little things add up to make a big difference, after all.