As the end of the year approaches, we’re taking a look back at the 11 nonprofits we’ve gotten to spotlight as our High 5 Cares recipients in 2021! Our mission when starting the High 5 Cares program was to give back to the community in an intentional way. We came together in 2021 as a team to support a lot of causes focused on the future and success of those who are most vulnerable in our community. Most of all, we want to thank all of our clients who helped support them through working with us. We could not have given as much as we did without the generous support of our customers. We’ve had the honor to support so many different causes, and we hope that you’ll join us on December 7th for Colorado Gives Day as we give back.

Hope Kids, January

Hope Kids provides events, activities, and community support to families with a child who is dealing with cancer or a life-threatening illness. They create spaces for families who are going through a similar experience to connect and support each other as well as offering a space in which they can think of fun and future rather than what they may be dealing with in the present.

Advancing Warriors, February

Advancing Warriors seeks to reconnect veterans to a supportive community in order to combat isolation, suicide, and post-traumatic stress. Through 8-week groups, monthly meet-ups, peer support mountain retreats, and the opportunity for free psychiatric care based on each individual’s needs, they are supporting emergency responder groups and veteran groups in the Denver area.

Second Wind Fund, March

Second Wind Fund exists to help youth at risk for suicide access professional counseling services by removing financial and social barriers. They help in a variety of ways—from paying for counseling services with licensed, specialized providers to negotiating the complexities of finding a qualified mental health professional.

A Precious Child, April

A Precious Child provides children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. They work with more than 546 Agency Partners throughout eight Denver Metro counties to identify children and families in the most need of their services. They provide disadvantaged and displaced children with “Cradle to Career“ support to break the cycle of poverty by reducing socioeconomic inequalities, connecting them with needed resources, services, opportunities and educational support.

Clothes to Kids of Denver, May

Clothes To Kids of Denver proudly provides new and quality used clothing in a boutique setting to Denver area students from low-income or in-crisis families, free of charge. Their vision is that all students will have the clothing they need to feel comfortable, confident and prepared to thrive.

Morris Animal Foundation, June

The Morris Animal Foundation works every day to improve and protect the health of animals through scientific innovation, education and inspiration. They are committed to fighting animal diseases worldwide in species ranging from cats and dogs to horses and alpacas; amphibians and wildcats to anteaters and elephants.

CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties, July

CASA is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers, CASAs, to represent the best interests of child victims of abuse and neglect that are currently in the judicial system. CASA Volunteers spend time getting to know the child(ren) and family on their case, and help to ensure each child’s physical, mental, educational, and social-emotional needs are being met. They provide invaluable information to the Judge about the child’s life, and speak on behalf of the child in court, advocating for their best interests.

Wish for Wheels, August

Wish for Wheels partners with corporations to give the gift of a brand new bike and helmet to second graders. By encouraging healthy habits at a young age, they have helped increase attendance and create a lifelong love of bikes for students in low income communities.

Hope House Colorado, September

Hope House Colorado serves teen moms in the Denver metro area. Whether it’s academic or personal development, they have classes and resources for the moms to continue their growth while raising a little one.

Maria Droste Counseling Center, October

Maria Droste Counseling Center is a Denver based counseling center providing high quality mental health services to the community regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. By partnering with mental health professionals, they are able to provide counseling for topics ranging from mental illness, to grief, to career counseling.

Food Bank of the Rockies, November
The Food Bank of the Rockies serves the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado as well as the state of Wyoming. They provide food to those in need through a multitude of programs. From providing lunch and weekend food for students to ensuring the elders in a community are receiving nutrition packed boxes, the Food Bank of the Rockies works to fight hunger wherever it rears its head.

What Happens Next?

Vote on your top 3 High 5 Cares Recipients for 2021. Your votes will help us determine our throwback features for 2022, so make your voice heard. We’ll announce the top three on January 3rd!

Donate to your favorite nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day (December 7th). Not only are you helping a good cause, but the nonprofits can receive additional donations that match yours. That’s twice the giving!

Get Involved with a cause you care about. While donations are certainly necessary, some nonprofits need volunteer power to keep serving those in need. Check out our handy resource to get involved with some of our awesome High 5 Cares recipients!

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