To assist victims of the devastating recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean, volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), joined with The Salvation Army to sort and pack donations items at The Salvation Army’s Emergency Services Center in Aurora.

Through well-established existing ties between The Salvation Army and the LDS Church in Denver, LDS volunteers were able to quickly fill service needs. In the past, members of the LDS Church and The Salvation Army have worked together on a variety of service projects. Given the familiarity between organizations, volunteer coordinators utilized clear pathways to quickly respond to hurricane disaster relief efforts from Denver.

Recognizing the timely service response of LDS Church volunteers, Ana Turner, Director of Volunteer Services for The Salvation Army’s Intermountain Division shared: “[The] LDS [response] is amazing! They did such a terrific job! In just 3 hours, they helped pack and sort over 4,200 donations. [The day before], we had over 10,500 donations packed and sorted.”

In the spirit of unity, the LDS Church is thankful to The Salvation Army and all other supporters of the Denver hurricane donation drive for the opportunity to provide needed service to hurricane victims living across the country.

Full-time missionaries from the Denver North Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) enjoyed packing and sorting items to help hurricane victims.

Thousands of donated items were prepared for shipment to hurricane victims in Texas and across the country.

 

 


Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 8.41.02 AM For the fourth consecutive Easter season, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging Mormons and others around the world to share hopeful messages about Jesus Christ. This year’s focus comes from the Bible’s teaching that Christ is the Prince of Peace.

“And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” —Isaiah 9:6

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Using the hashtag #PrinceofPeace the new campaign encourages everyone to share with others how Christ brings peace to your life. To watch the videos and follow the campaign go to www.mormon.org. On the website you’ll find numerous interactive ways to share and learn about Christ and his final days and resurrection.

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The Colorado Mormon Chorale is excited to announce four upcoming performances of the Lamb of God in 2017. Visit the website: http://www.lambofgodco.org/buy-tickets/ to buy tickets and reserve your seats today.

Written and composed by Rob Gardner, Lamb of God is an oratorio based on New Testament accounts of the final days of the life of Jesus Christ, and the events following His resurrection. We invite you to join us for this captivating event as seen through the eyes of those who knew and loved Him best.

“I have always known of Jesus Christ and believed him to be my Savior, but each time I listen to this sacred work I come to feel it more deeply. The music of Lamb of God is not only beautiful to hear but also to experience and feel. When I heard it for the first time in Salt Lake City, I knew that it must be presented here in Denver.”

James A. Miller — Cornerstone Productions

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2017 LAMB OF GOD PERFORMANCE DATES

DU Newman Center for the Performing Arts: Denver, CO

Tuesday, March 21st

Wednesday, March 22nd

Thursday, March 23rd

CU Macky Auditorium Concert Hall: Boulder, CO

Saturday, April 8th

Visit the website for more information: www.lambofgodco.org


Wondering what you can do to #Lighttheworld? – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a plan to Light the World starting on December 1st. Download an advent calendar of small acts of service you can do at home and read what the Mormon.org website says about this exciting new effort to #Lighttheworld.

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Since a new star first appeared above Bethlehem, Christmas has been a season of light, reminding us that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. Share that light starting with a Worldwide Day of Service on December 1. Then, watch for daily videos and Christlike service suggestions to make your Christmas season more meaningful. Whether you’re serving or being served, share it on social media, using the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD

 

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Visit the website to watch videos and get inspired about how you can #Lighttheworld

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You will be able to download the Advent Calendar soon on the Mormon.org website.


 ccd_turkeydrive_nl_11-18-2016-108Today (Nov.18th, 2016) – On a crisp Friday morning, just after Denver’s first snow, dozens of Mormon missionaries serving around the Denver area gathered at The Samaritan House and unloaded a truck full of nearly 3,000 turkeys.

The turkeys will be sent to Catholic parishes throughout Colorado and used to serve dinners at The Samaritan House.

Kathy Mathison, from Denver and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, worked with Mark Hahn, Volunteer and Parish Relations Coordinator at Catholic Charities.

Kathy called Mark asking what help they needed for the upcoming holiday season.  The answer?  They needed 3,000 turkeys by the end of the week.

On Monday a request was sent to The Church of Jesus Christ’s humanitarian headquarters in Salt Lake City and by Wednesday a truck with 2,912 turkeys was on its way to Catholic Charities.

“This really was a prayer answered.” Said Hahn.  “It’s a way we can reach back to our brothers and sisters and share dignity and compassion.”

Elder and Sister missionaries from the Church unloaded more than half the turkeys before The Samaritan House ran out of room to contain them all.  The remaining turkeys were delivered to the Catholic Charities’ storehouse in Aurora.

“We are happy to serve the community.  It’s awesome to see faiths come together to do something good.” Said missionary, Sister Hudson.

When asked if he minded shuffling turkeys out in the cold, another missionary, Elder Christensen said “It’s always good to come together for a good cause.”

“Thank you for this.  Thank you for allowing this to happen.  We are all working for God.” Hahn said to a group of volunteers.

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See the News clip from Chanel 7 News here: https://mobile.twitter.com/CCDenver_CO/status/800049123143667712/video/1

Learn more about the Samaratin House : www.samhousedenver.org


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The public open house for the newly completed Fort Collins Colorado Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ended Saturday, September 10, after an enthusiastic response from the community and over 105,000 visitors.

Deseret News recently published an article recapping the successful Public Open house of the Fort Collins Colorado temple. Here is the Article from Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865664369/Fort-Collins-Colorado-Temple-open-house.html and a quote from George R. Rhodes about the overall response from visitors during the open house.

“People reported that they enjoyed peaceful feelings as they visited the temple,” said George F. Rhodes. “Day after day people felt peaceful, they felt calm, they noted all of the art that depicts the life and ministry of Christ.”

The Temple Dedication and information for the Media:

The following information outlines three events surrounding the upcoming dedication of the temple. Senior Church leaders from Salt Lake City will be in attendance at these events. Media wishing to attend any of these events may contact Colorado Mormons for more information.

Cultural Celebration  — Saturday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.

Nearly 4,000 teenagers ages 12–18 from northern Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska will be participating in a cultural event on Saturday, October 15, at the Hughes Stadium on the campus of Colorado State University. Through song, dance and narration, the young performers will highlight the rich history and culture of Colorado, including the significant contributions of American Indian tribes and the history of explorers, farmers and ranchers. The celebration will also honor the inspiration of Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the words to “America the Beautiful.”

Attendance at Hughes Stadium is by invitation only, but there will be reserved seating for the media (no RSVP required, though it would be appreciated). The public can view a broadcast of the event at LDS Church meetinghouses throughout the area or via a live stream available at https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/watch/fort-collins-temple-cultural-celebration/2016/10?lang=eng

Cornerstone Ceremony — Sunday, October 16, 9:00 a.m.

It is tradition for the senior Church leaders to participate in a cornerstone ceremony before the dedication of a temple. This 15-minute event, which takes place outside the temple, will feature a choir, brief comments, and the placing of mortar to secure the temple cornerstone.

A special area will be designated for media. Due to security and logistical constraints, please confirm your attendance in advance by contacting Colorado Mormons. We will need the name of the reporter and/or photographer who will be coming. Media members who aren’t on the list will not be permitted in that area.

This is a photo op only, and the Church leaders will not be available for interviews; however, reporters are welcome to interview the Church members who will be gathered on the temple grounds.

Temple Dedication — Sunday, October 16

The temple dedication is a sacred event that is open only to Latter-day Saints. There will be three sessions, at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 3:00 p.m. There will be no photo opportunities for the dedication; however, media wishing to get exterior shots of the temple may make arrangements through Colorado Mormons.

Media Resources

Downloadable video and high-resolution photos of these events will be available on mormonnewsroom.org on Monday, October 17.


Below are a number of frequently asked questions about the new Fort Collins Colorado Temple which will serve Church members in the Wyoming, Nebraska, and Northern Colorado areas. Quickly browse the topics below and click on the questions to read the answers. Check back often for updates or follow the official social media accounts for more information about the temple and public open house.

Important Dates

  • Public Open House: August 19 – September 10 (except for Sundays 8/21 & 28, and 9/4)
  • Cultural Celebration: Saturday, 7:00 p.m., October 15th at Hughes Stadium, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. More information will be coming on how to obtain tickets for this event.
  • Dedication: Sunday, October 16, in three sessions, 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The dedication will be broadcast to members of the Church in Colorado and in the Fort Collins Temple district. The three-hour block of meetings will be cancelled for that Sunday. Dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to stake centers.
  • Reservations Link for Public Open House is https://templeopenhouse.lds.org/, which will open on Monday July 11th at 10:00 am.
  • Temple Opening: The temple will open for all temple ordinances for members starting Tuesday, October 18th.

Public Open House:

  • When is the open house?
    • August 19 – September 10 (except for Sundays 8/21 & 28, and 9/4).
  • What are the hours of the open house?
    • Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the last tour starting at 8:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: Closed
  • What is the address of the temple?
    • 2180 Majestic Drive
    • Fort Collins, CO 80528
  • How can I get an invitation (not a reservation ticket) for the people I want to invite?
    • Digital invitations are being distributed through ward email distribution lists. Printed invitations will arrive to each stake the first week of July. They will be distributed by bishops. Members are encouraged to personally invite their friends, neighbors, and colleagues to the open house and to accompany them if possible. Please use these invitations to help invite your guests. The digital version can be emailed or printed. There will be a Spanish version available the first part of July and will be distributed by bishops and ward email distribution lists.
  • How can a guest or I get a reservation ticket?
  • How many tickets can be reserved?
    • 15 reservations total can be made using one email address. Those 15 can be spread out over multiple days and times, but the system tracks the number reserved by email address and it will only allow 15 total per email address. If more are needed, the person reserving will need to use another email address.
    • Large Groups: If the group size is over 10, there will be a phone number to call to set up these large group tours. It should be very easy for members or guests to do.
  • Will everyone need to have a ticket to participate in the Temple open house?
    • We highly encourage everyone to reserve a ticket on-line before they come. This will help the tours to go more smoothly and be a better experience for our guests. However, no one will be turned away.
  • I have heard there are “special” tickets for the public open house. How do I get one?
  • What will the tours be like?
    • The tour will start in the Trilby building with a short video and then guests will be escorted across the street to the temple where they will be taken on a guided tour. Time will not permit asking questions while in the temple. At the end of the tour, guests will end in an air conditioned hospitality tent where there will be displays and additional information about temples. Visitors can ask questions, talk to sister missionaries and take photos in front of a backdrop of the temple. There will also be a display of materials used in the building of the temple. Members accompanying guests can have an impact by being able to talk to their guests about their experience.
  • Can I go on the tour with my guests?
    • Yes. We encourage members to accompany their guests on the tours and they should have a reservation for the same date and time as their guests.
  • What is my role as a member with my guests during the tour?
    • If you are accompanying your guests, you should be there to help your guests feel comfortable and welcome to this unique and wonderful experience.
    • Members should understand that we intend for the temple and the Spirit to guide the experience for our guests. It is not a time to pressure discussions about the gospel.
    • Our role should be to invite our guests, help answer any questions they have before or after the official tour, and to listen to them talk about their experience. Our prayer is that they will deeply feel the Spirit as they tour the temple.
  • How long will the tour take?
    • The entire experience will be approximately 1 hour.
  • Can pictures be taken?
    • Pictures can be taken outside of the temple and on the grounds.
    • No pictures are allowed inside the temple.
    • There will be photo booths set up in the hospitality tent after the tour for nice pictures to be taken for our guests.
  • Can a guest come more than once to the open house?
    • Yes.
  • Is there an age limit for tours?
    • No. Everyone is welcome.
  • Is there a dress code for the tours?
    • No. If asked, and there is a polite way to indicate modest dress, that would be fine; but we welcome anyone who wants to come into the temple.
  • Will there be wheelchairs for those in need?
    • Yes, we will have wheelchairs available for guests that need them but we are requesting those who have wheelchairs to bring them if possible.
  • Will there be Spanish speaking tours?
    • Yes. There will be 2 per day (11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.) Walk-ins will be able to be accommodated as well during any tour.
  • Will there be ASL Tours?
    • Yes.   There will be two per week (Weds at 2:00 p.m. and Sat at noon.) Walk-ins will be able to be accommodated as well during any tour.
  • Will there be tours for the blind?
    • Yes. These will be set up by special requests through local priesthood leaders who will contact the Temple Committee.
  • Will there be places for guests to sit and rest while on the Temple open house tour?
    • Yes.  If necessary, a guest can sit and rest briefly during the tour.
  • Will strollers be allowed on the Temple open house tour?
    • When guests reserve their tickets there will be a statement asking them to leave unnecessary strollers, packages, and similar items in their vehicles.
  • What if the date I want to go to the temple no longer has openings on the reservation system?
    • The open house reservation system is under the control of the Temple Department and functioning according to their guidelines. There are currently many open times during the day on weekdays. Attending the open house during those potentially quieter times may enhance the experience, especially for families. We encourage families and friends to counsel together and be creative in getting to the Open House during the quieter times and enjoying the experience together. We believe families and guests will enjoy working together to rearrange their schedules to make the most of this opportunity that will likely come only once for many.  There will be a standby line but the wait time is unpredictable.  When there is a no-show with reservations they will put guests in the standby line into the tour.  There is also a call-in number on the website, www.templeopenhouse.lds.org for group reservations.
  • I’ve heard that there are no reservations left for the open house.  Should I not invite more guests?
    • There are many reservations left for the open house.  Please check the reservation site, www.templeopenhouse.lds.org .  You will see that there are days and times left. Also, please check the website regularly for any reservations that may open up due to others canceling reservations. Please continue to invite your friends and guests and work with them to find a day and time that will work.  What a blessing for any visitors to have this unique opportunity to tour an LDS temple.
  • Will more days or hours be added for the open house?
    • The Temple Department determines if any additional hours will be added during the open house between August 19 – September 10.  Our understanding is that no additional days will be added.  Please keep checking the website for openings that occur.  If someone cancels a reservation or part of a reservation, those openings will show back up on the website.  If more hours are added, they will show up on the website immediately.
  • I have reservations that I know I will not be able to use all or part of. What should I do with those that I am not going to be able to use?
    • Go to www.templeopenhouse.lds.org  and on the right hand side of the page there is “Look up existing reservations.”  Click on that.  You will need your reservation number and the email address that it was made under.  You can edit or cancel your reservation.  Or you can call 855-537-2000 and they will help you cancel or modify your reservation.  We encourage everyone that has reservations they will not use to please cancel them so others can have the blessing of coming to the temple.

Parking:

  • Where will we be allowed to park?
    • Parking will be at the Trilby building or otherwise as directed. There should be no parking on neighborhood streets or in the field south of the temple. We want to ensure we are good neighbors for those living around the temple. There will be overflow parking at Goddard Preschool and Bacon Elementary on Friday evening and Saturdays.
  • Will there be signs and people helping to direct traffic for parking?
    • Yes, there will be parking volunteers on all days at all times to help visitors park, as well as signage to direct parking.

Volunteers:

  • How can I become a volunteer?
    • Requests for volunteers for parking, ushers/tour guides, security, etc. have gone to stake and ward leaders. Stake and ward leaders are identifying individuals to assign as volunteers and you will be contacted if you are being asked to help in this way.
  • What special training will guides and other volunteers have?
    • All volunteers will be trained prior to the open house. Volunteers will be notified when their training will be.

Cultural Celebration:

  • Where will the cultural celebration be held?
    • The Cultural Celebration will be held at Colorado State University’s Hughes Stadium.
  • Who will be permitted to attend the Cultural Celebration?
    • This is still being determined. Tickets will be required and mostly likely will be available through stake leaders. We will provide more information as the ticket distribution process is determined.
  • How do I get tickets?
    • To be announced.
  • How is communication coming to the youth and their parents about the celebration?
    • This event is being coordinated through the Cultural Celebration Committee and communication is through stake leaders to the youth and their families.
  • Will the Cultural Celebration be broadcast to the stake centers for others to see the event?
    • Yes, the cultural celebration is an open broadcast and will be broadcast to stake centers.  We will also be provided with a URL that can be made available to members.  We will communicate that URL when we have it. There is a limited number of people that can use the URL so the stake center is the best option.  There is no age limit on watching the cultural celebration.
  • How old do the youth have to be to participate in the cultural celebration…and by when?
    • The Cultural Celebration performers will be youth between the ages of 12 and 18. Stake presidents and bishops can use their discretion for special circumstances.
  • Can members invite friends to watch the Cultural Celebration at the stake centers where it will be broadcast?
    • It would be a wonderful event to bring friends to as they will hear from a member of the First Presidency and see and hear from the youth something truly special (see Matthew 21:16). Stake presidents will decide if they will broadcast the Cultural Celebration at their stake centers.
    • It will be especially powerful if the friends are first introduced to the temple through a visit during the open house, August 19 – Sept 10. www.templeopenhouse.lds.org

Dedication:

  • When is the dedication?
    • Sunday, October 16, in three sessions, 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The dedication will be broadcast to members of the Church in Colorado and in the Fort Collins Temple district at stake centers. The three-hour block of meetings will be cancelled for that Sunday.
  • How do you get invited to one of the dedication sessions?
    • Most members will attend the dedication in their stake centers. Temple dedication recommends will be required; standard temple recommends will not be honored. Temple dedication recommends will be distributed to Stake Presidents and Bishops from the Temple Department at the appropriate time in advance of the dedication.
    • Recommends to attend dedication session in the Temple will be by invitation from priesthood leaders in accordance with Temple Department policy.
  • How old does a child need to be to attend the dedication?
    • Anyone attending the dedication must be baptized and temple worthy.

Miscellaneous:

  • What are the stakes in the temple district?
    • The following stakes are in the Fort Collins Colorado Temple district:  Boulder, Brighton, Casper, Cheyenne, Cheyenne East, Denver North, Fort Collins, Greeley, Laramie, Longmont, Loveland, Westminster, and Windsor.

  • Who is the Fort Collins Colorado Temple Presidency?
    • President and Matron:  Steve and Sandra Garrett (Loveland Colorado Stake)
    • 1st counselor: Max Lehman, wife Jan (Longmont Colorado Stake)
    • 2nd counselor: Wallace (Wally) Stock, wife Jan ( Cheyenne Wyoming Stake)
  • Will the temple need or accept any donations such as covers for alters?
    • We cannot approve or accept any temple donations locally. Any donations need to go through the Temple Department and, in general, the Temple Department is not set up for donations.  There are altar cloths that can be made and there are specific instructions for those.  Please call the Temple Department at 801-240-3801 and ask for altar cloth guidelines.
  • What are the Temple open house participants to do if there are protesters?
    • We encourage members and guests to avoid interacting with protestors or antagonists and to treat everyone in a respectful, Christ-like manner. Additional information on what to do regarding protesters will come to each ward through their stake and ward leadership.  This will come closer to the open house dates.
  • Can I stay at the Temple with my guests after the tour?
    • We expect many visitors during the open house and adequate parking may become a significant issue during busy times. With that in mind, please DO NOT linger for a significant amount of time after you and/or your guest have left the reception tent. Additionally, do not plan on picnicking or remaining on the grass areas around the Temple or the Trilby chapel before or after your tour. Due to the volume of people visiting and safety issues, these activities will not be allowed during the open house. There are parks close by that would be convenient and suited for a picnic or longer visits after the tour.
  • What can we tell our friends about the ceremony when they ask questions?
    • There are wonderful resources on lds.org about temples that should give you information and comfort about what to say to your guests. There are several links in “A Members Guide: Preparing for the Temple Opening” that is listed below.
  • When and how can I schedule weddings and live ordinances?
    • Weddings and living ordinances can be scheduled starting July 25, 2016. They can be scheduled to take place after the temple dedication on October 16, 2016. The phone number to call to schedule a time is 970-797-4630. There should be someone to receive calls from 8am to 5pm.
  • Why am I not seeing anything in the media about the open house?
    • Our media plan employs a balanced approach between social-media publicity (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) and traditional media (newspapers, radio, and television). The primary target audience for our media-publicity campaigns is non-members who will not be receiving a personal invitation from a member friend. Members receive ample publicity regarding the open house through their local wards and stakes, friends, and family.  The social media campaign was implemented before the reservation site went live on July 11thand will continue, with increased focus, as we approach the open house date of August 19th.  Most of our traditional-media publicity will be concentrated close to the commencement of the public open house on August 19th.  We believe this will get the best response from the public without having our media outlets tire of the open house topic for their coverage.
  • Are there other links that might be helpful for members?

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During the last General Conference in Salt Lake City – a bi annual meeting where members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meet to hear from their Prophet and current Church Leaders, the General Relief Society President, Sister Linda K. Burton and Elder Patrick Kearon of the Seventy issued an invitation to the members of the church to serve the flood of international refuges and introduced the “I was a Stranger” Initiative. This is outlined on LDS.org at https://www.lds.org/refugees.

Recognizing National Refugee day – the church has emphasized this effort again to help those who have been cast out.

In response to this invitation, Mormons across the state of Colorado have also reached out to various local organizations and non-profits that are helping in refugee efforts. Volunteers are planning projects to serve these organizations with donations, service hours, and other resources these groups stand in need of.

One project in particular being organized through the website www.JustServe.org is to assemble backpack(s) with school supplies for the Lutheran Family Services 2016 School Supply Drive.  These backpacks of school supplies will go to refugee and foster children in Colorado. See the list or local area resources and organizations that service refugees and need your help below:

“We each have the invitation to open our eyes and our hearts to see those among us who may feel alone, afraid, or uncertain so that we are no longer strangers. We are invited to share our love, our confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ, and our hands to strengthen others and love them as the Savior would have us do. This is not a program; it is who we are.”

 

 

Lutheran Family Services, Refugee and Asyles Program:

Faith-based, human services non-profit dedicated to helping refugees/asylees rebuild their lives by equipping them to achieve self-sufficiency within their first year in the United States and fostering integration into their new communities.

Location: 1600 Downing Street Suite 600, Denver 80218. Additional locations in Colorado Springs, Ft. Morgan and Greeley.
Resettle 850 individuals annually

Opportunities for Volunteers:  Serve as Cultural Mentor to help families assimilate into the community. LFS matches volunteers with a family and they provide mentoring for 6 months. Form your own group or join as an individual.

Opportunities for Donations: Baby Baskets and Family Welcome Baskets, Household items, sheets cleaning supplies, toiletries.

African Community Center: Helping refugees build safe, sustainable lives in Denver.

Resettle 600 individuals annually.  Location:  5250 Leetsdale Drive, Suite 200, Denver, CO

Community Alliance Program:  Organized Congregations volunteer programs OR Individuals Volunteers: Donations: Welcome baskets, school and household supplies, Volunteer Opportunities:  orientation, background check, and application required.  Thrift Store Volunteer – help with merchandising, sorting, etc. at Safari Thrift at ACC furnishes apartments and provides clothing and household items to refugees through this thrift store).  Good for individuals and groups.  Volunteer times available Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:00.  738 Peoria Street

International City Youth Program – homework help/tutoring, assistance with life skills classes, artistic and athletic enrichment activities.  Volunteer times available Monday-Thursday 4-7:00, Friday field trips 4-10:00.  1532 Galena Street  Resettlement and Training Program Support – Volunteer opportunities with ACC’s resettlement, employment, training, finance, and volunteer/outreach departments are available Monday-Friday 9-5:00 pm.  5250 Leetsdale Drive.  First Friends – Volunteers provide cultural exchange and support to newly-arrived refugees. Minimum requirement: 3 hrs biweekly for 3 months.  Good fit for families.

Refugee Housing Organizations
These two low-income housing services serve the majority of the refugee population which arrive into Colorado. They provide direct services for their refugee communities.

Hope Community Housing
Mercy Housing

Project Worth More: a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of Denver-area refugees by providing cultural mentorship and community supports. 1532 Galena St., Aurora 80010.  Volunteer: welcome baskets, tutoring, family mentors  (teams of 4-6 volunteers spend 4 hrs/ month with one family)

Emily Griffith Technical College:  Colorado Refugee ESL Volunteer Programs: Serves adult refugees who have recently resettled in the Denver metro area. They provide English and literacy instruction, as well as job-readiness education and acculturation lessons.
1860 Lincoln Street, Denver 80203.  Volunteer: 1:1 In-Home Tutoring or Classroom Tutor.  Requirements: 8 hours of training and a commitment of 2 hours/week for 4 months.

Colorado African Organization: Founded by Africans for Africans.  They foster education, self-sufficiency, and empowerment for all refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants. 6795 E. Tennessee Ave, Suite 250, Denver 80224,
Volunteer: transportation assitance, ESL or citizenship tutoring, child care, community events, and administrative.  Background check required.

Place Bridge Academy: Over 40 different countries are represented in our student body.  To address the unique needs of our newly arriving refugee and immigrant students, Place Bridge Academy has “Newcomer Centers” alongside our mainstream classrooms in grades K-6 to provide concentrated English language development.
7125 Cherry Creek Drive North, Denver.  Volunteer: in the classroom, after school, in adult programs, or one-time projects.

Spring institute: Provider of intercultural learning programs. 1373 Grant St., Denver 80203, 303-863-0188.  Volunteer: adult education, Colorado welcome back (help foreign-trained healthcare professionals reestablish healthcare careers in Colorado), and Project SHINE (health literacy training and patient navigation services).

Growing Colorado Kids Farm: Works to reduce hunger, improve nutrition, and provide experiential learning opportunities for refugee youth through organic farming.
30141 East 128th Ave, Commerce City 80022.  Thursday Family Dinner Nights, Thursdays 5:00-7:00 pm June-August.  Work with staff to create dinner for 35 from vegetables from the farm.  Prepare in advance or cook with the kids.  All expenses are tax deductible.  Farm Fridays: help garden, plant, weed, trim, mulch, harvest, care for animals, etc.  First 3 Fridays of the month Feb-Oct (except 7/1 and 9/2).  Work at least 2 hours/shift.  Application and $25 background check required.  Can accommodate groups of up to 25.  Growing Great Saturdays: partner with youth in gardening, caring for farm animals, building and constructing, cooking and serving meals, kitchen projects such as preserving, plus, science, art, and journaling activities, and more!  First 3 Saturdays of the month Feb-October (except 7/2 and 9/3).  10:00-2:00 pm.  Application and $25 background check required.  Can accommodate group of up to 10.  Winter Wonders fieldtrip chaperone.  Saturdays September-January.  Application and $25 background check required

Littleton Immigrant Resource Center: This award winning program provides immigrants with services to help them participate in their community.
Bemis Library: 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton, CO 80120.  Volunteer: Language Partners help students improve their spoken and written English. 1:1 tutoring 1-2 hours/week for 6 months.  Volunteers are trained on teaching techniques and the LIRC curriculum. Citizenship Mentors: 1:1 mentoring or small group citizenship classes. General Volunteer: help answer question, phones, data entry or other projects

Asian Pacific Development Center: nonprofit organization supporting the Asian American Pacific Islander community. For 35 years we have been committed to providing culturally appropriate behavioral health, primary medical care, and related services through an integrated system of care.
1537 Alton St, Aurora, CO 80010.  303-923-2920.  Volunteer: Mentor -help Asian and Pacific Islander youth opportunities to grow academically and socially. 1 hour/week or 2 hrs/biweekly for one year.  Background check required.

Colfax Community Network: advocates for and works on behalf of families and children residing in low-income transient housing (primarily residential motels) along Colfax Avenue – not exclusively refugees. 1585 Kingston St., Aurora 80010. Volunteer: tutor, donate food, clothing, and school supplies

City of Denver Immigration and Refugee Commission, Denver Human Rights & Community Partnerships:  This government office supports Lutheran Family Services and African Community Center in resettlement of refugees and focuses on legislative and policy issues of immigration and refugee

Other Resources:
Reach out to refugees in your local schools: ESL/ELL teachers and principals will know families in need.
Support multicultural efforts at your school. In Cherry Creek: Office of Inclusive Excellence.  Other districts have their own diversity and equity programs.
Read books with your family or school about refugees: http://www.colorincolorado.org/booklist/refugee-experience-books-children