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November 20, 2015

Boulder County offers several options for charitable gift giving for the 2015 holiday season

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

Boulder County, Colo. – With the holidays
approaching, Boulder County programs that work with low-income families are
once again reaching out to local residents and businesses to help make the
holidays a little brighter for families in need.

Annual donors to these important holiday giving programs include individuals, families, sports teams, clubs and hobbyist groups, faith-based organizations, neighborhoods, and local corporations and businesses.

"We are so appreciative of the support of those in our community who want to help,” said
Debbie Ramirez, Volunteer Office Program Coordinator for the Boulder County
Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS). “These gift-giving programs
are very special for the people who participate in them, and we invite community
members to join in the effort to brighten the lives of individuals and families
who would otherwise do without over the holiday season.”

The following programs help provide basic needs such as groceries and
household items for families, seniors, and people with disabilities living in
our community, as well as clothing, toys and games for children:

The Family-To-Family
(F2F) Holiday Program

its 41st year, the Family-to-Family Holiday Program serves the county’s low-income and basic needs
families and individuals who are clients of the Child Protection, Foster Care, Adolescent,
and Adult Protection (elderly and disabled adults) programs. Caseworkers refer
their lowest-income, highest-need clients to this program. Last year F2F served over 370 families
(totaling more than 1,200 individuals).

The BCDHHS motto, "hope for the future, help when you need it",
symbolizes efforts to place individual empowerment, family self-sufficiency,
and safety at the forefront of the department’s work. With the understanding
that support combined with empowerment fosters self-sufficiency, BCDHHS
programs work to form partnerships with families by giving them the primary
voice in decisions that affect their lives. Through Family to Family, anyone
can support financially struggling families and individuals by making a
donation so they can receive gift cards for this holiday season. Program
information and online donations are available at For more information, contact
Debbie Ram
írez at 303-441-1430 or

Family Self-Sufficiency’s (FSS) Holiday
Gift Sponsor Program

Serves Boulder County families in the Family
Self-Sufficiency program who are working to gain education and skills to help
them achieve higher-wage jobs and better living situations for their families.
For the holidays, the highest-need FSS families submit a “wish list” from which
sponsors can shop. 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 gratefully accepts cash donations or gift cards (e.g., grocery stores,
Target, Wal-Mart) to help with groceries and basic household needs, as well as
cash donations to assist with basic needs for FSS families throughout the year.
To sponsor or make a donation for an FSS family, contact Katie Frye at
303-441-3923 or

The BCDHHS Senior Services Program

supports for older adults who are tenants in affordable housing units. Many of
these individuals have expensive medications and other high medical costs, and
buying groceries and other basic needs can be difficult. Gift cards to local
grocery or discount retail stores go a long way toward helping them make ends
meet during the holidays. Contact: Kris at or
call 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 neighborhood of south Longmont. These families are 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. If you can help in
any way, please contact Felipe Mosqueda, Program Coordinator at 303-678-6220 or