25 Nov 2015
2015 marks the 6th annual Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day is on Tuesday December 8, 2015, and is a partnership between Community First Foundation and FirstBank who offer a 1 million dollar incentive fund. Every organization that participates gets a percentage of the 1 million dollars based on the percentage of money they raise during Colorado Gives Day.
Lowry is home several non-profit organizations doing good work right here in our neighborhood. Following the list of Lowry organizations, we’ve included, by category, the organizations you support and volunteer for serving Denver and Colorado.
Provides inclusive programs in education, employment and family support for people with disabilities.
As Colorado’s community blood center since 1943, Bonfils proudly provides a safe and adequate bloodsupply for patients statewide and beyond.
Colorado Veterans Project
Colorado Veterans Project is a charitable Veteran nonprofit organization dedicated to hosting special events that celebrate and honor our nations heroes. (Not located in Lowry, but we have the American Legion and the U.S. Dpt of Veteran’s affairs as non-profits here.
“They do good work for ALL of us. People think Foundations have a ton of money, but much of it is restricted, and this group uses the money well for grants, art installations, etc.” – Sally Kurtzman, Northwest Neighborhood
“I believe they play an important role in the Lowry community.” -Diane Blass, Northwest Neighborhood
Lowry Elementary School
“It’s our kids’ school and strong schools are good for neighborhoods. Oh- and Colorado schools are under funded!” – Jay, Northwest Neighborhood
“My kid attends Lowry Elementary and we desperately need more teachers and staff.” -Vanessa, Central Neighborhood
Logan School for Creative Learning
“Wonderful dedicated staff enhancing education in a non-competitive, balanced setting.” – Anne Farrell, Northwest Neighborhood
“Excellent Lowry school that provide for our students.” – Rachel, Central Neighborhood
Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
The mission of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future.
DENVER / COLORADO
Arts and Cultural
Colorado Honor Band Association
“They are an outstanding organization that teaches kids to love music! It is open to all kids! They have helped my kids learn to love music and have given them an outlet for expressing themselves!” – Jennifer Culhane, Central Neighborhood
Denver Woman’s Press Club
“Founded in 1898, DWPC provides a place for professional communicators to gather and share ideas, thereby advancing individual skills and communications in general. Proceeds of CGD will go the clubhouse, an historic landmark that enriches the Denver cityscape at 1325 Logan Street.” – Buffy Gilfoil, Central Neighborhood
“I believe in their mission of challenging audiences with provocatively innovative, high-quality and diverse theatrical experiences.” – Will Adams, Northwest Neighborhood
“They are the only theatre company focused on producing musical theatre and focusing on unique, rarely produced works and regional premiers. They also give back to the community in many ways such as free and discounted tickets, outreach performances etc. The company is based in Lowry.” – Mike Uhlenkamp, Northwest Neighborhood
“RMCC brings children together from diverse backgrounds, to sing choral music together, to learn to work together as a team, and to build lifelong friendships. RMCC changes children’s lives through music.” -Llana Steinberg, Northwest Neighborhood
Animals and Environment
“To save the lives of pets who need homes. I adopted my cat from DDFL.” -Kim, South Neighborhood
“They provide high quality early education and therapeutic services to 150 low-income preschoolers. If there is an opportunity to give young children the best start in life, they do it! Also, your donation qualifies as a tax credit through Colorado’s child care tax credit. Good deal for donating!” -Gina, South Neighborhood
“It’s a great educational nonprofit working with DPS high poverty school to help students stay on track to graduate.” – Rebecca Bochmann, Northwest Neighborhood
Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation
“We need strong arts programs in our schools!” – Carolyn, Northwest Neighborhood
“My three sons attend the Denver Waldorf School, my husband is an alumni and my Mother-in-Law teaches there (30 years!). The Denver Waldorf School has provided our children with a rigorous and rich academic experience that differentiates itself through play-based pre-school and Kindergartens, a curriculum rich with reading, math, science and history AND music, art and the humanities, less homework and more experiential education, no standardized testing, delayed introduction to technology and, above all, a focus on providing learning experiences appropriate to students’ developmental stages. It’s an extraordinary place!” – Mary Carr, Northwest Neighborhood
The First Tee of Denver
“I am the board president for The First Tee of Denver. It is one of the finest youth development organizations in Colorado. We work with over 4,500 children in the state and are growing quickly. Our values based teaching methods are time tested and have shown great success in participant test scores.” – Josh Rudolf, Northwest Neighborhood
Children’s Hospital Colorado
“They save lives and never turn anyone away.” – Laura, East Park Neighborhood
“Several doctors donate(!) their time to help mostly children of folks who are underserved in south Denver.” – Barbara Schmidt, South Neighborhood
“We believe Easter Seals does amazing work helping children and adults with disabilities live more independently. Easter Seals benefits reach far into the extended family of those they serve.” – Bob Frankmore, Northwest Neighborhood
“One-on-one mentoring is a proven model for making a real difference in the lives of kids facing adversity. I am on its board of directors, and I personally give a lot of time and money to this cause.” – Rob Norris, Northwest Neighborhood.
“Just to the north of our community exists a stretch of Colfax with an extremely high incidence of homelessness. This organization provides families residing in motels with a “home away from homelessness.” It offers kids programs, after school programs, food pantries, emergency services, and more. They aim help strengthen families and community with dignity and resources for long-term stability.” – Carie, Northwest Neighborhood
“They provide healthy food for persons and families who cannot meet their needs with low salaries or loss of work and also provide links and information about services and how to access them.” – Helen, South Neighborhood
by: Lowry Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee
Thank you to the 486 members of the community who completed the October 2015 survey on the walking, biking and driving safety in Lowry! This is an impressive response and shows the community’s interest in these issues. The 40-member committee will use the information to develop some priority recommendations to share with city officials in the coming months. We hope to work in partnership with the city to address many of the issues that individuals have been trying to address now for some time.
Who responded to the survey? Ninety percent of the respondents live in Lowry; 24% work in Lowry; and 5% drive their children to school in Lowry but live elsewhere. Ninety-three percent of respondents think that it is important to address the safety of people walking and biking in Lowry, and 87% think it is important to address driving in Lowry.
People’s perceptions of safety walking, biking and driving in Lowry were mixed. More respondents felt safe driving (65%) than walking (47%) or biking (39%). There were significantly greater concerns about children’s safety walking or biking in Lowry (51%) than about one’s own safety (33%). Finally, 57% of respondents said they had witnessed a “close call” in the past 60 days.
Here are some more interesting findings!
Finally, committee members mapped out the 406 responses to the most difficult or dangerous streets or intersections, and it looked like this!
There are always limitations to administering a survey that deserve to be acknowledged. This was a voluntary survey so participants were self-selected. The survey didn’t ask which neighborhoods people lived in so this limited the understanding of which neighborhoods may have greater concern than others.
The committee will continue to keep you posted on its efforts to improve the safety for everyone walking, biking and driving in the Lowry community. Thank you!