It's difficult to avoid the holiday hype with carols, gifts, greeting cards, Christmas tree and menorah lighting ceremonies and the other hullabaloo that fills our calendars. Black Friday arrives, kicking off your shopping spree for friends and family. But what about the less fortunate? Who’s lifting their spirits during the holidays?
That’s where you step in. There’s no better way to support your community than supporting your neighbors in need, especially during the holiday season. Here’s a list of local charities that you can donate to.
Attention Homes — This nonprofit provides residential treatment, counseling and safe shelter to at-risk youth. Attention Homes helps about 100 abused, neglected, recovering and homeless teens with more than 5,000 days of care. Donate online at www.attentionhomes.org, or send donations to 3080 Broadway St., Suite C, Boulder, CO 80304. Call 303-447-1206 for more information.
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence — The Safehouse provides shelter, support and advocacy to battered and threatened women and their children. Safehouse also works to end domestic violence through outreach and education.
Donate online at www.safehousealliance. org or send donations to Boulder County Safehouse Outreach, 835 North St., Boulder, CO 80304. Call 303-449-8623 for information.
Boulder Shelter for the Homeless —
Each year the Shelter provides about 35,000 bed nights and serves about
75,000 hot meals to 1,000 people within Boulder County. Donations can
be made online at www.bouldershelter.org or mailed to the Shelter at 4869 Broadway St., Boulder, CO 80304. Call 303-442- 4646 for more information.
Table — The Carriage House provides meals, medical and mental health services, employment services and an emergency warming center to the homeless in Boulder. Donate online at www.bouldercarriagehouse.org, or mail donation to P.O. Box 626, Boulder, CO 80306. Supplies can be dropped off at 1120-1/2 Pine St. (behind the First Congregational Church) in Boulder. Call 303-468-4326 for more information.
Community Food Share — Community Food Share collected and distributed more than five million pounds of food last year to hungry families in Boulder County. Donate money online at www.communityfoodshare.org. Donations of money and non-perishable foods like canned meat, peanut butter and 100-percent fruit juice can be mailed or brought to Community Food Share at 6363 Horizon Lane, Longmont, CO 80503. For information, call 303-652-3663.
Emergency Family Assistance Association — A community-based safety net, EFAA has provided emergency housing, food, help with rent and utilities to needy families with children for more than 90 years. EFAA houses 43 families within Boulder County, providing shelter to those who would otherwise face homelessness. Send donations to Broomfield Basic Needs Program, 12 Garden Center, Suite 110, Broomfield, CO 80038, or donate online at www.efaa.org. Call 303- 442-3042 for information.
Flatirons Habitat for Humanity — This nonprofit is dedicated to building homes to eliminate homelessness in the area. Donate online at www.flatironshabitat.org, or mail donations to 2540 Frontier Ave., Suite 109, Boulder, CO 80301. Call 303-447-3787 for more information.
International Midwife Assistance — Started by Boulder County midwives, International Midwife Assistance (IMA) is a charitable, nonprofit, humanitarian organization that works to raise the standard of maternal/infant care in developing nations and areas experiencing crises in maternal/infant care. Go to www.midwifeassist.org for more information or to make a donation. Or mail checks to P.O. Box 916 Boulder, CO 80306-0916.
Humane Society of Boulder Valley — This no-kill shelter cares for more than 8,000 animals a year and finds families or reunites 89 percent of animals that pass through the shelter. Donate online at www.boulderhumane.org, or mail donations and drop wish-list items off at 2323 55th Street, Boulder, CO 80301. Call 303-442-4030 for more information.
Moving to End Sexual Assault — Formerly the Rape Crisis Team, MESA provides crisis counseling, advocacy and support to victims of sexual assault and their families. MESA also works to end sexual assault and harassment through education and outreach. Always in need of volunteers, MESA is also grateful for donations. Donate online at www.movingtoendsexualassualt.org, or mail your check to 1333 Iris Ave., Boulder, CO 80304. Call 303-443-0400 for more information.
RSVP of Boulder County — The Retired Senior Volunteer Program promotes the security, comfort and independence of seniors and adults with disabilities by providing a range of vital services to those in need. Volunteers provide help with home repair, transportation, grocery shopping and companionship, and even help seniors and disabled adults make their homes more energy efficient to help them lower their utility bills. Go to www. rsvpboulder.org for more information about volunteering or to make a donation online.