Volunteer of the Month
Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Teresa Felten. Having worked in the nonprofit field for several years, she has been an invaluable asset to A Precious Child. Teresa worked tirelessly on our Fill A Backpack program to ensure that we reached (and surpassed!) our goal of filling over 4,000 backpacks. Fill A Backpack would not have been the enormous success it was without her incredible and dedicated help!
SAVE THESE DATES!
Heroes of A Precious Child Luncheon
Omni Interlocken Resort
A PRECIOUS CHILD VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION
A huge thank you to LANX, Inc. for holding a book and bake sale to raise money for A Precious Child! As a result of their hard work, they will be donating $1,200 to our organization!
Thanks to their tremendous efforts and contribution, we will serve more clients in need!
CHECK US OUT!
A Precious Child will now be giving tours on the fourth Tuesday of every month!
For more information or to sign up for a tour, please contact Aaron Smith at email@example.com
OUR YOUNG HEROES GIVE THEIR TIME AND ENERGY TO A PRECIOUS CHILD
In the spirit of keeping up with their community service enthusiasm, Alexander Dawson School's 6th grade teacher Ms. Schedler encouraged the students from the Helping Hands Club to explore their own passions over the summer. They started "collecting" pledges to raise $500 for A Precious Child's Fill A Backpack Program. After thinking about what they could do in their own way to earn money to support this project, club members Ben Deitsch and Matt Slade came up with an idea: Create their own Hike-a-thon! Together, they drafted a letter to friends and family asking for donations. They hiked up Mt. Sanitas twice and raised $200 each! In total, Alexander Dawson School's Helping Hands Club raised over $900 dollars to help support Fill A Backpack!
The Broomfield Poms came into A Precious Child on Friday, July 20th to give their time to our Fill A Backpack program. They brought over 20 girls to help sort, organize, and fill our backpacks! Thanks to their efforts, we achieved our goal of 4,000 backpacks to distribute to children in need this school year!
Our friends Teens on a Mission from Rockford, Michigan came in and volunteered for an entire week! Not only did they help with our Fill A Backpack Program, they also helped paint our donation intake center as well as our new office space. Be sure to come and check out their hard work and our new look!
We would also like to thank the Broomfield Soccer Club for donating much needed soccer equipment to A Precious Child's Give Sports program, which gives gently used sports equipment to active children in need of balls, bats, clubs, rackets and more!
Project Linus Warms A Precious Child With A Generous Donation!
We would like to give a special thank you to Project Linus for donating more than 100 hand made blankets to A Precious Child!
THANK YOU KIRSTY MARTINEZ AND KELLER WILLIAMS
An enormous thank you to Kirsty Williams of Keller Williams for hosting a Fill A Backpack party that filled over 60 backpacks for our program! Thanks Kirsty for being such an enormous and long-term supporter of A Precious Child!
BellCo Credit Union (3 locations)
Brooke Fleischmann Dentistry
Broomfield City Hall
Broomfield Community Center
Broomfield United Methodist Church
CB Richard Ellis
Community Financial Credit Union
Coors Credit Union
Cornerstone Christian Academy
Denver Transit Partners (2 locations)
Edward Jones (8 locations)
Egg and I
Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter
First Baptist of Broomfield Church
First National Bank (2 locations)
Fleischmann Family Dentistry
Global Sound Studio
Great Western Bank
Higgy's Ice Cream
Key Equipment Systems
Kirsty Martinez Keller Williams
Lake Arbor Automative and Truck
Live Love Dance Studio
Lutheran Church of Hope Church
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library
Mike's Auto Spa (3 locations)
My Kid's Dentist
Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church
Norman Smith Service Center
Paul Derda Recreation Center
Premier Members Credit Union (10 locations)
Risen Savior Lutheran Church
Wells Fargo Bank
As summer slowly wraps up, we are extremely proud of the enormous success of our annual Fill A Backpack drive! With the help of our generous and supportive community, we exceeded our goal! This means that thousands of children in our community will be going to school this year equipped with new supplies and ready to succeed.
Our organization thrives on volunteer support. In addition to our incredible volunteer base, last month we received a huge boost from many young volunteers, eager to help us fill backpacks and make a difference in the lives of children and families throughout Colorado. With their help, in addition to the phenomenal people who have been with us for many years, A Precious Child continues to meet the ever-increasing demand for our programs and services!
Fill A Backpack 2012
Goes Over the Top!
Sarah and Kenzie have been through a lot. Their mother has successfully recovered from her addiction to drugs and now has their family on the right path. However, they still need our help and we provided two new backpacks filled with supplies so they can be ready when the bell rings!
We did it!!! A Precious Child is proud to announce that we were able to provide more than 4,600 filled backpacks! We not only filled the orders of our partner agencies that together requested 4,000 backpacks but, through hundreds of generous donations from our community, we were able to fill more than 600 more backpacks for the hundreds of kids on our waitlist as well.
We would like to give a BIG thank you to our sponsors Edward Jones and Hitachi Consulting, all of our volunteers and drop off location sites as well as the companies that came together (see side article) to fill backpacks: Hitachi Consulting, Denver Transit Partners, Oracle, and Key Systems!
A Precious Child One of Seven Nominated Charities in Citywide Banks' Charity Hand-Up Contest!
A Precious Child is honored to have been nominated in Citywide Banks' Charity Hand-Up Contest, taking place on the bank's Facebook page from September 1-14, 2012! If A Precious Child receives the most votes, we will receive a $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks or $1,000 as runner-up. The money would go towards overhauling our in-kind donation receiving center. These improvements will allow us to process donations quicker, allowing us to move more clothing and essentials faster to the floor of the Resource Center so we can keep up with demand!
Your votes are very important and even beneficial, as voters can enter to win 1 of 7 amazing prizes! You can VOTE by simply logging onto your personal Facebook account then going to Facebook.com/citywidebanks. If you don't have an account, signing up is free! The online voting form will ONLY be accessible for Citywide Banks Facebook Fans. To become a Fan, just click on the "Like" button on top of any of the pages on Citywide's Facebook Fan Page . Then, click on the link for the "Charity Contest" tab to access the online voting page. Each Facebook account will permit one vote during the 14-day voting period.
Please vote and help A Precious Child win this amazing contest!
Broomfield Police Department's School Supply Drive Makes Significant Contributions to A Precious Child's Fill A Backpack Program!
On Saturday July 28th, members of the Broomfield Police department in conjunction with our dedicated volunteers and staff gathered in front of Walmart on 120th and Sheridan Blvd. for our annual Fill A Backpack school supply drive. Thanks to generous donations throughout the day, we were able to collect $1,500 as well as load four cargo vans with enough school supplies to fill 300 backpacks! This event greatly helped us reach our goal of filling 4,000 backpacks!
Broomfield Police graciously showed off their squad cars, motorcycles, police dogs and mobile command center and took pictures with children and donors. The Legacy High School Poms danced to music, and Paul Derda was even there to host the event and encourage donations.
Thank you so much to our 40 volunteers and to the Broomfield Police Department for supporting this event for the past three years! You are truly making a difference in the lives of children who will go to school this year with new backpacks full of supplies!
A special thank you to Cub Scout Pack 132 for hosting a drive on Saturday, July 7th and to Cub Scout Pack 321 for hosting a drive on Saturday, July 14th! Both drives yielded one full cargo van of supplies each!
MAKES ENORMOUS IMPACT AT
A PRECIOUS CHILD!
Hitachi Consulting, our 2012 community partner, descended upon A Precious Child last weekend with 35 volunteers in tow! After contributing a total of 105 volunteer hours, they filled nearly 1,000 backpacks in just 5 hours! A new volunteer group record!
Hitachi Consulting also have given us a total of $8,000 towards our Fill A Backpack program plus will be contributing $100,000 in pro bono/in-kind services to help our organization improve our inventory, communications and database processes! Thanks to our heroes at Hitachi Consulting for all you've done to help A Precious Child!
The joy we see in our clients after leaving A Precious Child is amazing, and we love to share some simple moments with you.
A Precious Child strives to assist all families in need, especially those who are unable to seek help as much as they require it. This month, we were happy to help a single mom with three children. Her 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 6, 2012. Due to chemotherapy treatments and balancing her two other children, a 15 year old daughter and a 6 year old son, she revealed that she has not been able to visit A Precious Child as she would like to or needs to. When she was finally able to visit, she spoke for her family saying, "We are so grateful and speechless to know that A Precious Child was able to make our experience a wonderful experience because of everyone's generous donations. Thank you so much!" A Precious Child was able to provide her with kitchen utensils, clothing, and bedroom accessories so that she could spend more time with her kids and less time worrying about necessary household items!
Mariana Cabanas is another lovely single mom that has been a client of ours since the beginning of 2012. The first time we met her she was radiant with excitement, sporting a very protuberant pregnant belly for her very petite figure. While it is hard to be a single mother, Mariana is an exemplary mother and has raised some amazing kids that are all very close to each other. When she came back in to A Precious Child for her appointment last week we were very surprised to see her with her baby girl "little miracle" two months before she was supposed to be born! Her baby's umbilical cord had wrapped around her neck when Marina began to feel the symptoms of labor. It was a close call for "little miracle". She spent 3 long weeks in the hospital before she was released but now she's a happy girl with her loving brothers and her older sister. A Precious Child continues to give this single mom the supplies she needs to take care of her beautiful family!
North Metro Fire Rescue Safety Tip:
SUMMER FIRE HAZARDS REMAIN HIGH
The summer is a time to share the great outdoors with your family, and as high temperatures and dry conditions continue to hit, North Metro Fire Rescue District wants to remind residents that they need to stay informed on the fire risks around them.
One of the first things you should consider when getting ready for a camping trip, family BBQ or recreational outing is to contact your local authorities since these groups will have the most current information on fire dangers and any state-wide laws that should be followed.
Please consider the following safety recommendations from the U.S. Fire Administration when enjoying fire related outdoor activities.
- Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make sure the Venturi tubes - where the air and gas mix - are not blocked.
- Do not overfill the propane tank.
- Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.
- Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flame can flash back up into the container and explode.
- Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. Supervise children around outdoor grills.
- Dispose of hot coals properly - douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers.
- Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas - carbon monoxide could be produced.
- Make sure everyone knows to Stop, Drop and Roll in case a piece of clothing does catch fire. Call 911 if a burn warrants serious medical attention.
- Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves.
- Keep campfires small, and don't let them get out of hand.
- Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the fire when you're done. Stir it and douse it again with water.
- Never leave campfires unattended.
- Lightning associated with thunderstorms generates a variety of fire hazards. The power of lightning's electrical charge and intense heat can electrocute on contact, splitting trees and causing fires
- Pools of water and even appliances can be electrically charged
- Appliances that have been exposed to water can short and become a fire hazard
- Generators are often used during power outages. Generators that are not properly used and maintained can be very hazardous
- If you can hear or see lightning, you are within striking distance of the storm
Remember, no place outside is safe during a thunderstorm. If you are stuck outside when a storm hits, head for shelter indoors or in a vehicle. Also if shelter is not nearby, find a low place without tall trees or objects surrounding you and avoid hilltops and water.
Source: U.S. Fire Administration (www.usfa.fema.gov)
THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS!
We could not operate without the support and confidence of our incredible funders and significant donors. As a nonprofit we rely upon the generosity of our community to financially invest in our mission and program endeavors. A Precious Child would also like to graciously acknowledge the following companies, organizations, foundations and individuals for their belief in what we do for the children we serve.
City of Broomfield - $17,000
Anschutz Family Foundation - $5,000
Hitachi Consulting - $4,000
Hitachi Foundation - $4,000
Joy in Christ - $3,000
City of Thornton - $2,000
Adams 12 Five Star School District - $2,000
JJJ Foundation - $1,000 Walmart Foundation - $1,000
Headwaters Foundation - $300
Steve and Paula Reynolds
Bob and Mary Juszynski
Janan and Robert Alford