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November 18, 2016

Boulder County Holiday Giving Programs Provide Donors with a Range of Choices to Help Others

Boulder County Holiday Giving Programs Provide Donors with a Range of Choices to Help Others

Programs support families, children, seniors, seasonal workers, and others in need


Boulder
County residents who want to help low-income neighbors celebrate the holidays
this year have several easy options at their fingertips. Four programs within
the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services are offering
opportunities to donate gifts, gift cards, or cash to families and individuals
who could use a boost this holiday season.

  • The Family to Family Holiday Program connects
    families in need with gift cards so they can purchase presents for their
    children, and it’s easy to give through the program.

“There
are many families in our community who are having a very hard time this year,
and for them the holiday season can be especially rough,” said Family to Family
Program Coordinator Deborah Ramirez. “Through Family to Family, anyone can help
parents in these families put a big smile on their children’s faces and give
them some much-needed hope and warmth.”

Now in
its 42nd year, the Family to Family Holiday Program serves the
county’s low-income families and individuals who are clients of the Child
Protection, Foster Care, Adolescent, and Adult Protection (elderly and disabled
adults) programs. Through empowering parents to shop for and purchase their
children’s gifts, Family to Family is helping strengthen Boulder County’s
approach to supporting the community by giving people in need a primary voice
in decisions that affect their lives. Last year, Family to Family served about
400 families totaling more than 1,300 people.

“These
are the only presents I can afford to get my children,” said one recipient of a
Family to Family donation in 2015. Another wrote in a note of thanks, “if you
could know the bright shower of relief and joy your generosity has graced us
with, and see my daughter’s laughter when she receives this gift, then you
would know why I smile after too many tears.”

Family
to Family information is available at www.BoulderCountyFamilyToFamily.org, and online donations can be
made there as well. For more information contact Debbie Ramirez at
dramirez@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-1340.

  • Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) serves families who are
    working to gain education and skills to help them achieve higher wage jobs and
    better living situations. Participants submit a holiday “wish list” for their
    families. Donors spend a minimum of $30 and a maximum of $100 for each person
    in the family. Sponsors purchase items on the list – or for donors who find
    that a full family sponsorship is more than they can manage, the program also
    accepts cash donations or gift cards to help with groceries and basic household
    needs, as well as cash donations to help with basic needs for FSS families
    throughout the year. Contact Katie at
    kfrye@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-3923.

  • The Senior Services Program provides
    supports for older adults who are tenants in Boulder County Housing and Human
    Services’ affordable housing units. Many of these individuals have expensive
    medications and other high medical costs, and buying groceries and meeting
    other basic needs can be difficult. Gift cards to local grocery or discount
    retail stores can go a long way toward helping seniors make ends meet during
    the holidays. Contact Kris at kdurso@bouldercounty.org or 303-519-7152.

  • The Casa de la Esperanza Learning Center
    provides academic support and enrichment opportunities for 32 families on-site
    plus another dozen families in a nearby south Longmont neighborhood. These
    families are made up of seasonal workers employed in the local dairies, farms,
    and greenhouses. As the growing season comes to a close in the cold months just
    before the holidays, Casa de la Esperanza families face economic difficulties
    and must endure winter on a very tight budget. Donations of school supplies, winter
    clothing, grocery gift cards, and presents for children are greatly
    appreciated. Contact Vanessa at vescarcega@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6220.


Boulder
County Housing and Human Services’ vision is to build a healthy, connected
community that empowers people and strengthens families by confronting the root
causes of crisis and instability.