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Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 5!

The ESGBA asks you to strengthen our community by supporting our local non-profits. Colorado Gives Day is this Tuesday, December 5, and if you’re looking for a great organization to support, here are a few to consider:

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Focus Points

Raymunda grew up on a small ranch in Durango, Mexico. Her love for cooking started early. As a girl she cooked whenever she could, eventually developing her own recipes for tamales, enchiladas and gorditas. In 1999, Raymunda moved from Mexico to the Elyria-Swansea-Globeville area. The community, rich in Latino culture and tradition, supported her and she soon found herself cooking for family events, the local school and for anyone that would ask.

Two years ago, Raymunda found Focus Points. She enrolled in the Cooking Matters class and began helping in the organization's community garden. It's here that she met a group of women with the same passion for cooking authentic, Mexican dishes. With the guidance of Focus Points, the women began to organize and discuss how to professionalize their work.       

This month, through Focus Points' new Workforce and Economic Development program, the group has launched Comal, a heritage food lunch restaurant in RiNo. Here, the women are perfecting their recipes in a professional kitchen, under the guidance of a professional chef. They are learning invaluable business skills and gaining confidence in their talents. They are doing what they love, sharing their recipes with an enthusiastic public while earning a living. The project is a springboard for Raymunda, who is working to earn her food license and hoping to one day open her own catering business.

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Focus Points knows that stronger families make stronger communities, and they provide ramps to a better life for over 1,500 people each year, most of whom are Spanish-speaking immigrants. Focus Points offers programs in a variety of areas, including school readiness, family literacy and adult self-sufficiency, healthy living and health access, parent engagement and community leadership, and economic opportunities and workforce training for immigrants and refugees within northeast Denver.

Schedule your tax-deductible donation to Focus Points to leverage the power of Colorado Gives Day this December 5, when every donation will be partially matched by the $1 Million Incentive Fund.

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Project Angel Heart

Roberta doesn’t want to be a burden to her two adult children. But, as a 53-year-old living with stage 4 cancer, she finds herself in the unexpected position of relying on them for almost everything. That’s one of the reasons the medically-tailored meals delivered to her door by Project Angel Heart volunteers mean so much to her. “[The meals] help me feel a little bit independent,” she confided. “I don’t have to rely on my kids for this. It’s one less thing they have to do.”

Roberta was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in 2008. Four years later, her cancer had progressed to stage 4 and moved into her bones, weakening them and making it difficult for her to walk or even stand in the kitchen long enough to cook. Last fall, a social worker suggested that Project Angel Heart might be able to assist with meals. Soon after, Roberta began receiving weekly meal deliveries. Her meals are customized – prepared mild and with no added sauces or seasonings – to help her deal with mouth and throat sores related to cancer treatments.

“I love the meals. I feel like I’m eating healthy. If I was left to my own devices, I wouldn’t be eating like this.” The meals also help with nutritional needs related to Roberta’s treatments. “I had to increase my vitamin D and protein, so this has really helped,” she shared.

Despite the challenges she’s faced, Roberta tries to stay positive. She attends cancer support groups and recently participated in a program that helps women manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments. “I can’t complain,” Roberta said. “At one point, they said I had two-and-a-half years left. I’ve been around eight, and I plan to be around a lot longer!”

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Access to a nutritious meal shouldn’t be a worry for people with cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, and other serious illnesses, but many people who are ill find themselves with little to eat. That’s why, with help from thousands of community members, Project Angel Heart will prepare and deliver delicious, medically-tailored meals, free-of-charge, to more than 2,900 Coloradans living with life-threatening illness next year. The meals are designed to improve their quality of life and the effectiveness of their medical treatments.

Schedule your tax-deductible donation to Project Angel Heart to leverage the power of Colorado Gives Day this December 5, when every donation will be partially matched by the $1 Million Incentive Fund.

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The GrowHaus

Guadalupe is one of five women who make up The GrowHaus’ Promotora team. As a Promotora, she works diligently to understand the needs of her neighbors and meets those needs by delivering packages of healthy food, helping families create raised garden beds, and teaching workshops about healthy eating.

Guadalupe is also thankful that her grandson, Gabriel, is able to participate in Budding Early Experiences, an immersive summer program for kids to learn how to grow and cook fresh and healthy foods. “It gives me comfort that Gabriel will be able to nourish himself in the future and be able to teach others how to do so as well," she shared.  

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The GrowHaus' mission is to ensure residents of Elyria-Swansea-Globeville have lasting access to healthy food. Annually, they serve thousands as a resident-driven, community hub for food distribution, food education, food production, and economic opportunity.

The GrowHaus has a special matching challenge this Colorado Gives Day: if 200 people schedule a donation for December 5, they will unlock $5,000 from one of their foundation partners. A donation of any amount will count toward the goal, and all donations will be automatically doubled by the same funder!

Schedule your tax-deductible donation to The Growhaus to leverage the power of Colorado Gives Day this December 5, when every donation will be partially matched by the $1 Million Incentive Fund.

 

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