Chipping Fore Charities
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A big fifth grader beamed in his brand-new Columbia jacket. He was overwhelmed with gratitude and he expressed his feelings to the Coats and Boots volunteer who had helped to fit him in style that day. Now, he wouldn’t have to wear his three sweatshirts to school on frigid mornings to stay warm. He was so very proud as he boarded the bus that afternoon for his ride home from school. He had sincerely thanked the volunteer who had helped fit him in his new winter-wear and that is why the office staff was so surprised, the next morning, to see that he had arrived without the prized jacket. He was once again wearing his worn out layer of three stained sweatshirts to stay warm.
“Where’s your nice new Columbia jacket?” was the query from a staff member. “Well, my dad didn’t have a coat of his own and he was so cold each morning as he left for work, I just had to give him mine,” was the young man’s response. Not only was he thankful for the generosity shown toward him but he was paying it forward to someone he felt was more in need than he.
For eleven years now, North Fort Collins Business Association (NFCBA), in conjunction with Jax, has purchased quality coats and boots to distribute to children deemed to be the most impacted by poverty. The goal of Coats and Boots is to provide warm quality winter coats and boots to Poudre School District students living in poverty.
And since the winter-wear is of high quality, it lasts through several seasons and/or multiple siblings. The man who has propelled this project along since its inception, Don Butler, tells an embarrassing story about himself that occurred while fitting kids with boots. One fall day, Don was totally focused on getting as many students as possible fitted with their new boots. His head bent down for hours, he was sizing up foot after foot, grabbing boots out of boxes to place on grateful kids. Toward the end of his shift, to the last child of the day, he asked the same question he’d asked many times before, “Well, how do you like your new boots?” The child simple replied, “Not really.” A surprised Don looked up and saw the face of a perplexed little boy who had just been fitted with the most perfect pink pair of boots. Don suddenly realized the error of his ways and grabbed a pair of black boots, slipping them on the now delighted child.
NFCBA has become well-known for its spirit of giving and unparalleled passion. In 2006, the inaugural year, they set out to make a difference in the health and well-being in the lives of local children. That year, NFCBA collected more than $2,500 and served Irish Elementary School in north Fort Collins, giving out fifty coats and pairs of boots to the students most in need. At that time, Irish Elementary had over 90% of their population living in poverty, so many of the students were definitely in need.
This year, the goal was to meet the needs of all PSD students living in poverty. And they did! They provided coats and boots to 28 elementary schools, 970 kiddos. They raised $58,000 to accomplish this task. Almost a quarter of the goal ($12,750) was raised through the Chipping fore Charities Golf Tournament. Schools selected the students based on their level of need as indicated by parents or staff members.
Their mission is simple: to provide high quality winter coats and boots to Poudre School District’s students living in poverty or in need. And their vision is that all children in PSD will be properly outfitted for our wintry weather and be able to enjoy the pleasures of playing in the snow.
With the help of community partners throughout Fort Collins, this year, Coats and Boots raised $58,000 and purchased coats and boots for 970 children. The number for this year topped all expectations.
Today, Coats and Boots has grown to serve all elementary schools across Poudre School District. Thanks goes out to the astounding continued support of many community partners. Every year, as the donations and support grows, so does the need for coats and boots. Given the difficult economic climate in some parts of town and the persistent rise in homelessness, NFCBA and her community partners hope to collect even more for coats and boots next winter. 100% of your donation will purchase winter apparel for children in need. Our kiddos will thank you from the bottoms of their very warm hearts.
When this school year had only just begun, a PSD teacher noticed a little girl wearing her bright pink Columbia jacket from last year’s distribution. It was a warm afternoon as she boarded the bus for home but it had started out quite cool that morning. That day had reached a high of 82 degrees. But there was this little first grader, her pink Jax jacket zipped all the way up, waiting to board her bus. It wasn’t even remotely cool but there she was, standing tall and proud in her brightly-pattered jacket. It had been unseasonably cool that morning, so, a jacket was appropriate for the early morning bus stop but not for her ride home. This goes to show the value and pride that the children have for their jackets. And that is why NFCBA is determined to keep this program going. It’s needed.
And that fifth grader who generously gave his jacket to his dad? Coats and Boots provided him with another one!
Namaqua Center’s Grandfamily Support Program provides assistance to grandparents and other kin who are raising their grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other family members.
Support services include:
- Support Groups meet three times per month, with a meal and child care provided
- Systems Navigation: Get help navigating school, DHS, housing and more
- Emotional Support
- Community Support/Awareness
- Emergency Aid
At ChildSafe Colorado, Inc., we provide outpatient treatment and advocacy for victims of child abuse, their non-offending family members, and adults abused as children. Our mission is to repair the damage done to victims and their families, reduce the risk of re-victimization, prevent the cycle of abuse from carrying over into future generations. Over 75 percent of our clients are victims of child sexual abuse. We serve the Northern Colorado region, as well as clients from southern Wyoming.
In 2017, ChildSafe served 721 clients ranging from 1-80 years of age. Nearly 85 percent of our clients are low income, and half of our clients are extremely low income. While an overwhelming majority of our clients identify as low income, child abuse and neglect know no socioeconomic boundary.
According to the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, untreated child abuse and neglect can result in devastating consequences for victims and their families. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the time they reach 18, and suicide attempts, substance abuse issues, behavioral issues, teen pregnancy, and health problems are just a few of the issues associated with untreated child abuse and neglect. These issues result in a far greater social and financial burden in the long term than early crisis intervention. For our clients, the enduring change they experience is the ability to function as a productive and healthy members of our community without the burden of living with untreated trauma. In Larimer County, data shows that between April 2015 and March 2017 the total number of reported allegations of maltreatment of children was 5598, which included physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, as well as cases of neglect. Unfortunately, many cases go unreported because of fear of retribution from their perpetrator and/or accusations of false allegations.
Our staff of experienced trauma therapists—all of whom are experts in childhood sexual abuse therapy--provide crisis intervention, advocacy, and ongoing support for our clients. They utilize trauma-informed therapy tailored to the individual needs of each client. When individuals come to ChildSafe, they meet with our clinical director for an intake regarding presenting issues and concerns they would like to have addressed. In addition to providing personalized therapy to our clients, we coordinate services with other nonprofits, victim advocates, law enforcement, schools, the Department of Human Services, medical professionals, and mental health professionals.
ChildSafe provides a variety of services. We offer our clients individual, group, and play therapy, as well as Neurofeedback, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and other experiential therapies. Our therapists, in conjunction with the client, create individualized treatment plans. In addition to the services we provide, ChildSafe offers parenting classes specific to parenting traumatized children.
While our fees are assessed on a sliding scale based on income and household size, we never turn away clients due to an inability to pay. Grants, donations, and fundraising events like Chipping Fore Charities enable us to cover the cost of treatment for our lower income clients.
The Center for Family Outreach was established in December 2000 as a non-profit organization offering prevention, education and early intervention services for youth ages 8 and 18 and their families. We strive to restore hope and possibilities as we strengthen and inspire youth and families. We provide one-on-one case management, early intervention strategies, and educational programs for youth and families struggling with substance abuse, mental health issues, high family conflict and at-risk adolescent behavior.
Our classes focus on life skills development, drug and alcohol education, building self-esteem, addressing social media technology, bullying/cyber bullying, communication skills, service learning enrichment opportunities and gender-specific classes for girls. We also offer individual and family therapy, art enrichment, and workshops designed to improve parenting and grand-parenting skills increasing healthy communication within families.
Since our opening we have served approximately 25,000 students and families struggling with issues like sobriety, homelessness, anger, out-of-control behavior and diminished life skills. Our referrals come from families, churches, schools, business partners, other non-profit organizations and the legal system.
FRONT RANGE EXCEPTION EQUESTRIANS (F.R.E.E.)
The Front Range Exceptional Equestrians (F.R.E.E.) is a 501©3 nonprofit organization that has been around for 32 years and provides therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges in their lives. For those with physical challenges, riding a horse moves the riders body to improve their flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Therapeutic riding helps those with cognitive issues to plan and process instructions. Individuals with emotional challenges gain confidence, patience and self- esteem.
Over the past 32 years F.R.E.E. has assisted over 700 children and adults. The Therapeutic Riding takes place at both the CSU Adams Arena and Legacy Stables. There are six, 6 week sessions during the year, sessions run for one hour each and not only do the participants ride but they also take part in caring for the horses including grooming and saddling.
For more info on F.R.E.E. you can go to their web site (www.ride.com with free.org).
F.R.E.E. is recognized as a Premiere Accredited Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.)
At Partners Mentoring Youth, our vision is to enrich lives and build community as leaders in youth mentoring.
We are dedicated to Northern Colorado youth who are facing significant challenges in their lives. Since 1978, Partners Mentoring Youth has been pursuing our mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between positive adult role models and youth facing challenges in their personal, social, and academic lives.
Through our mentoring programs, Partners Mentoring Youth serves hundreds of youth in Larimer and Northern Weld counties. In 2016, we worked with nearly 450 youth in our communities; in 2017, our goal is to grow our reach to serve 500 children. Our mentors volunteer thousands of hours each year supporting youth who need it most.
We focus on ensuring we are providing the best possible services for our youth by providing research-based programs that follow best practices in youth mentoring. We collect data from our partnerships for our annual evaluation to ensure our programs make a difference—and they do! After one year in our programs, youth with mentors gain relationship and interpersonal skills, more confidence, improved attitudes about substance use, and hope for the future.
Partners Mentoring Youth currently offers services in both the community and school settings. Senior and Junior Partners spend time one-on-one building a trusting friendship, enjoying activities, and discovering new interests. We also provide opportunities to youth who are waiting for a mentor through our Nexus Program by hosting recreational, life-skill building, and community services activities for groups.
We are proud to be one of eight affiliate agencies of the Partners Mentoring Association, a statewide organization that develops, supports, and promotes mentorship programs across Colorado. As a member of the Partners Mentoring Association, we are connected to resources that help us maintain our high program standards and allow us to be a part of the major impact mentoring has on youth in our state.