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To support neighbors experiencing homelessness, Denver is working through existing partnerships with community-based service providers, communicating daily with partners providing overnight shelter, day shelter, street outreach, permanent supportive housing, harm reduction, and caring for other basic needs like food, showers, and laundry.  These partners need volunteers, supplies, and donations – and especially personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. 

No matter how you contribute, the community is grateful for your support.

 

Help Our Community and Volunteer!

To Volunteer Within the City & County of Denver: Mile High United Way

The City and County of Denver has partnered with Mile High United Way to make it easy to help.

At this time, nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness have identified a number of immediate and long-term needs for volunteers in a variety of roles. Learn more at unitedwaydenver.org.

Residents who are  young, healthy and showing no signs or symptoms of the virus can assist providers, both large and small, as volunteers to help prepare meals, distribute supplies , and help keep our shelter facilities clean and safe for our guests and workers.

Help Colorado Now

The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time. Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. Read below for more information.

To Volunteer Within the State of Colorado: Spark The Change Colorado

Welcome to Spark the Change Colorado's Volunteer Database! We partner with member organizations to post hundreds of volunteer opportunities all over the state.  There are many ways to find a volunteer opportunity to fit your needs, just check out the Volunteer Opportunity Menu!

You can search for volunteer opportunities by searching with Key Words like animals or hunger with Explore Volunteer Opportunities, search by Organization Name, or browse our Opportunity Calendar.  
You can also find volunteer opportunities for Groups, Youth, Court Ordered, or even seniors in our new VIP page! 

  • Volunteers: If you'd like to sign up for an opportunity, you'll need to start an account.  It's free for Volunteers to do so.  Apply Online. 
  • Non-Profits: If you're a non-profit organization that would like to post volunteer opportunities on our site, you need to be a member.  Sign up for a membership, or check with Kelly Streck to see if you already are.  
 

'A Little Help' for Older Adults

A Little Help is a local nonprofit connecting neighbors to help older adults thrive. They are looking for older adults who need a little help with grocery shopping and/or prescription pick-up and delivery, as well as phone calls to check-in and for social connection.

Help spread the word to neighbors in need!


Volunteering

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Prescription pick-up and delivery
  • Help with yard work or snow shoveling
  • "Care calls" - Phone calls to older adults who are staying home and might not have anyone to talk to. Phone calls help provide a safety and wellness check and offer a form of safe social engagement.

Must pass background check.


Contact us for questions and help spread the word!

www.alittlehelp.org 
https://www.alittlehelp.org/content/covid-19-updates (COVID-19 updates)
720-242-9032
@alittlehelpco

 

Voluntary Guidelines for Charitable Food Providers in Outdoor or Public Settings

The City of Denver has a vast array of service providers, community groups, and individuals who are critical in addressing food insecurity for our community.  To promote the health of those being served and to prevent issues such as food contamination, litter, rodent activity, and other public health and environmental hazards, Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) and the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) have established voluntary guidelines for charitable food providers (CFPs).  These voluntary guidelines are intended for charitable food operations that prepare or serve food to the public outside a commercial kitchen such as in a park, outside a church, or in any other public setting. 

COVID-19 Controls: Maintain social distance as much as possible during charitable food service operations; restrict ill staff from participating; ensure ample supply of hand sanitizer and is available for use by people distributing food and those consuming, and set up a portable hand washing station if possible.

  • One or more CFP staff should remain on-site for the duration of the event to oversee the proper disposal of litter to the extent possible.
  • No liquids except for clean water shall be discharged on to the ground.
  • If unpackaged foods are handled or served by the CFP, a temporary handwashing station (p. 4 of the link) with hot and cold water under pressure, soap and paper towels and effective greywater collection should be provided and used.  If only prepackaged food is served, CFPs should at a minimum provide a means of hand sanitizing for servers and patrons. 
  • Food handlers must adhere to safe hygiene, hand washing, safe food temperatures, and other food handling practices as described in the Denver Food Establishment Rules & Regulations, Ch. 23 DRMC.
  • No self-service of food by patrons is allowed.
  • Charitable food events must not involve open cooking or food preparation unless operating off a licensed food truck or cart. The food that is served must be prepared in advance offsite at a non-residential kitchen that is maintained in a clean and sanitary manner.
  • Charitable food events are subject to inspection by DDPHE and DPR if in City parks and shall cooperate with city officials during inspections. 
  • CFPs must observe traffic safety laws and motor vehicle parking and stopping rules.CFPs should make efforts to operate on hard surfaces while not restricting the ability to pass through.

Not Able to Volunteer? Donate!

Not everyone is able to volunteer in person, so a donation account is already established to accept donations to help our shelters and other service providers purchase much-needed supplies. The City and County of Denver has partnered with Mile High United Way to make it easy to help. Visit unitedwaydenver/org/COVID-relief.

To Donate to the City and County of Denver:
Mile High United Way

Not everyone is able to volunteer in person, so a donation account is already established to accept donations. These donations will help our shelters and other service providers purchase much-needed supplies.

To Donate to the State of Colorado:
Spark The Change Colorado

If you can't volunteer then spark change with your monetary donation to Spark the Change Colorado.

Donate Blood

The nation's blood banks are urging healthy individuals to donate blood.

Blood drives are critical to ensuring an adequate supply of blood to treat trauma patients and people in hospitals who need emergency surgery; however, blood drives at workplaces and college campuses across the country have been canceled in recent weeks, limiting the nation's blood supply.

Social distancing guidelines allow people to leave home for the necessities -- donating blood is a necessity.

If you are a healthy individual, it’s important to donate blood if you can. Volunteer blood donors are the only source of blood for those in need. (One donation can help save the lives of up to 3 people.)

Individuals donating blood should be in good health and should not donate if they are sick, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Blood collection processes follow policies established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to keep donors and patients safe.

Schedule an appointment or find a local blood donation center:

denverdelivered.com

Lost City has partnered with Denver Food RescueFocus Points Family Resource Center, Bondadosa (a food delivery service) and Friends and Family to cook and deliver free meals to low-income folks impacted by COVID-19 in the Denver metro area. 


DenverDelivered.com is a collective of 501c3's and for-profits.

For information, please contact:

Kevin Galaba, volunteer
720-838-3980
kevin.galaba@gmail.com

 

Donate Supplies to the City and County of Denver

Do you have food, medical supplies non-medical supplies, or other supplies you want to donate to the city? Fill out our online form to tell us what you'd like to donate and how you want to get it to us.


Have a Product or Service to Sell Us?

If you have a product or service to help us with COVID-19, please fill out the form below:

Denver Small Business Emergency Relief Fund

Support Denver’s Small Businesses Effected by COVID-19.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Drop-off Location

Businesses and residents that would like to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning materials can drop off donations at the location below. PPE includes surgical masks, N-95 masks, hospital gowns, gloves, goggles, and homemade masks and hand sanitizer. 

Denver Parks and Maintenance Building
4495 Jason Street
Denver, Colorado 80211

Monday – Friday 
8 a.m.–4 p.m.

The City and County of Denver is accepting donations of locally produced face masks and hand sanitizer from citizens and commercial businesses in an effort to aid with current and anticipated supply shortages of these items. For this guidance:

  • “Homemade” is defined as crafted in the home by residents
  • “Commercial” is defined as fabricated by local businesses who have re-tooled their normal equipment and processes to make a face mask or hand sanitizer.
  • Approved donated items will be distributed through the City and County of Denver to partner agencies.
  • Organizations needing donations: Submit a request here

The following guidelines list conditions that the City and County of Denver will deem as acceptable for donation at this time:

Face Masks or Surgical Masks (commercially produced or homemade)

  • These items will be accepted and based on assessment, will be used and/or distributed through the City and County of Denver.
  • Multiple websites provide guidance and videos on how to make a facemask
    • Search on “how to make a face mask with fabric”
  • Donations must be in an unused condition.
  • Donations must not appear soiled.
  • Donations must be delivered in clean packaging.
  • The best mask material, as determined through recent quantitative studies, are:
    • Constructed of two layers of heavyweight "quilters cotton" with a thread count of at least 180, with a thick and tight weave.
    • Lesser quality fabrics with an internal layer of flannel.

Commercially produced hand sanitizer is being accepted, and based on assessment, will be used and/or distributed through the City and County of Denver.

  • Hand sanitizer made in large batches at local facilities will be accepted. An example would be a bar or a brewery that is now making hand sanitizer.
  • Facilities may refer to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidance for how to make hand sanitizer, located at https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Guide_to_Local_Production.pdf
  • The addition of fragrances is not recommended due to allergy risks.
  • The following information must be included on the containers:
    • Name of business/institution who made the product
    • Date of production and batch number
    • Composition of formula (ethanol or isopropanol, glycerol, and hydrogen peroxide (% v/v can also be indicated)
    • Notice indicating “For external use only”
    • Notice indicating “Avoid contact with eyes”
    • Notice indicating “Keep out of reach of children”

Homemade hand sanitizer is being accepted and based on assessment, will be used and/or distributed through the City and County of Denver.

  • Production must follow the World Health Organization guidelines which can be found at the following links:
  • Donations must be packaged in a clean, clear plastic container (no glass).
    • The following information must be included on the containers:
    • Name of who made the product
    • Date of production and batch number
    • Composition of formula (ethanol or isopropanol, glycerol, and hydrogen peroxide (% v/v can also be indicated)
    • Notice indicating “For external use only”
    • Notice indicating “Avoid contact with eyes”
    • Notice indicating “Keep out of reach of children”
  • Addition of fragrances is not recommended due to allergy risks.
  • Donations must be in an unused condition (containers must be full).
  • Donations must not appear soiled.

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment inspectors will evaluate donations of hand sanitizer and face masks for suitability for use and distribution to hospitals, healthcare facilities, and first responders.

You do NOT need to be present during evaluation of your donation.

Donated items that are not approved for distribution will be disposed of or managed following local, state, and federal guidelines.

 
 

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