This time of year is traditionally tied to cheer and joy during the holidays, but it is not that easy for everybody. Sometimes the holidays will bring anxiety and frustration for those who may not be able to afford to give their family a Thanksgiving dinner, or for those who can’t buy their children Christmas presents.
Tackling hunger in Colorado is no simple task. According to the US Department of Agriculture, almost one in ten people in Colorado struggle with hunger, or do not always have enough money to buy food. The Colorado Children’s Campaign found that almost one in six children in Colorado don’t know when, or where they will get their next meal.
There are a number of opportunities to feed those who suffer from Colorado all throughout the state. Organizations like Hunger Free Colorado are always accepting money donations and those who wish to help can donate at
Food Bank of the Rockies is also always looking for volunteers to help feed others. It is searching for volunteers who are available Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to noon and 12:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers can build orders from warehouse inventory, sort items from food drives, and help prepare meals for the organization’s Kid’s Café program. If you wish to help you can learn more information at foodbankrockies.org/volunteer.
The Boys & Girls Club is also prepping for its annual Together 4 Colorado Toy Drive. It begins the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) and lasts until Christmas Eve. Those who wish to donate should try to do it as early as possible so that the Boys & Girls Club can distribute the items. The organizations are asking for new and unwrapped toys for children ages six to 18 years old. There are more than 130 King Soopers throughout the state where you can drop off items and you can also make donations at the Boys & Girls Club’s main office.
If you wish to make a difference in a senior’s life you can by volunteering for the organization A Little Help. Volunteers can help by driving seniors to and from appointments, raking leaves at senior’s homes, washing dishes and other things. If you wish to help A Little Help you can learn more information about volunteer opportunities at alittlehelp.org.
Taking time to volunteer is a commitment, but sometimes it can be difficult choosing an organization to volunteer at. However, there are resources to help you make a decision like volunteermatch.com. The website is easy to navigate and it has a huge database of organizations looking for help.