How To Help During The COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
Join the Nuggets in helping the community
Join the Denver Nuggets in helping the Colorado community during the COVID-19 public health crisis. There are many ways to get involved during this time from monetary donations to contributing food and supplies to those in need. Please remember to practice safe social distancing and wash your hands frequently.
The below agencies have a long-standing relationship with the Nuggets and Kroenke Sports Charities and could use your support. The following groups are also considered essential businesses and are exempt from the Stay-At-Home mandate.
HELP COLORADO NOW
This is the Colorado Governor's designated fund, which is administered in partnership with Mile High United Way.
- Website has information about volunteering, contributions, blood donation, child care for first responders and item donations
- Volunteer profile sign-up: https://coloradoresponds.communityos.org/volunteer-registration
- Non-profit agencies in need of volunteers can access this site
- Provides donation opportunity for a variety of non-profit agencies
- Funding distributed via a governing panel
FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES
Stay-at-home and workforce reduction orders do not apply to Food Bank of the Rockies and critical emergency food distribution services.
Critical service providers, such as Food Bank of the Rockies, are exempt from these orders as these services are needed now, more than ever before. Food Bank of the Rockies' volunteers are exempt from this order as they are a critical part of our operations.
Food Bank of the Rockies has an immediate need for volunteers so that they can continue providing food assistance to our community and partners. Nearly 1 in 10 Coloradans face food insecurity now, and with uncertainty around work and pay during this pandemic, volunteers are more critical than ever in our ability to respond.
They need healthy individuals and groups to continue helping them provide food to those facing hunger in the community. Increased safety measures have been put into place to protect volunteers, and they are limiting volunteer groups to fewer than 30 people per shift. Volunteers will be split into small workgroups throughout the warehouse to increase social distancing. Additionally, the Food Bank has CDC recommended protocols in place to ensure a safe and sanitary environment. There is no higher priority to the Food Bank of the Rockies family than the safety of the staff, partners, volunteers, and clients.
Food Bank of the Rockies prefers that volunteers be overly cautious. If you suspect you may be ill or display symptoms, please stay home. Symptoms can include a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Please visit the website or email our volunteer team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help in the coming days and weeks. Donations of funds and time are critical to our ongoing COVID-19 response.
The Nuggets and Kroenke Sports Charities have a long-standing relationship with Food Bank of the Rockies. The organization is the beneficiary of the annual Joe Sakic Charity Golf Tournament, as well as Kroenke Sports' annual Days of Service.
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA / MEALS ON WHEELS
Volunteers of American are considered essential during the stay-at-home order, and so are its volunteers. Volunteers are being given travel authorization forms to prove they are exempt from the stay-at-home order.
VOA's Meals on Wheels program delivers hot and frozen meals to homebound seniors. Volunteers are vital to the program as they are the ones delivering the meals and checking in on our seniors.
To ensure the safety of clients, VOA does require an application and background check on all volunteers. There is a $25 background check fee that volunteers are asked to cover to help VOA serve more clients. This process can take some time to complete but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, VOA are prioritizing making the process as quick as possible.
Volunteers of America is hosting several upcoming volunteer orientations within the next couple of weeks. To sign up, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084bacab22a1f49-mowvolunteer.
Due to the high volume of interested of volunteers, if all the slots are full keep checking the website as more slots will be updated
Kroenke Sports has had bi-monthly Meals on Wheels route (1st and 3rd Thursdays) for more than 10 years. In addition to being a Day of Service agency, Avs players have also helped out as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and holiday gift-giving.
PROJECT ANGEL HEART
Services – Needs
Project Angel Heart mission is to improve health and well-being for the people who receive our meals. And because our focus is on health, we’re closely monitoring developments related to coronavirus in Colorado. Our clients, all of whom are already facing life-threatening health conditions, are among the most vulnerable people in our state, so we are taking extra precautions to keep them, our volunteers, and our staff safe and healthy. We are closely monitoring guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and we are taking actions to limit the risk of the virus affecting anyone associated with our program.
• There has been an outpouring of volunteer applications – PAH is temporarily closing their application process for food delivery as they screen and schedule volunteers.
• At-home project – requesting help, and instructions, for making facemasks for volunteers and clients
There is a critical need for blood donations, as Colorado's normal blood supply is at half its normal level due to the cancellation of community and corporate blood drives and a downturn in walk-in volunteers.
- More than half of all blood drives in March have been canceled. Blood drives typically account for 60% of all blood donations.
- A single blood donation can help up to three patients.
- A single-car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.
- Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- Type O is the most needed blood type.
- Donated blood is needed for people in accidents, people who need emergency surgery and people with ongoing blood conditions such as hemophilia.
- One-third of donated blood is used by patients with hemophilia.
It is safe for individuals to donate blood at any community blood center. To find a center near you, click here. Please call ahead of time to ensure the center is accepting donations.
Donors age 18 and older who are healthy can donate blood (some centers accept donors age 16 and 17 with parental permission). Donors must undergo usual screenings, and in addition, they will be asked the following:
- If they recently traveled to any high-risk areas with COVID-19 outbreaks
- If they or anyone close to them has been diagnosed with or is suspected of having a COVID-19 infection
- If they have had a fever or any symptoms within the past four weeks
Metro Caring meets people's immediate food needs while addressing the root cause of hunger: poverty. They provide nutritious groceries to our community and also offer comprehensive anti-hunger resources so that families can break the cycle of poverty.
Their fresh food market is at the heart of Metro Caring. Shoppers choose from an array of nutritious foods based on their dietary needs and preferences and leave with a week's supply of groceries, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and lean protein.
Metro Caring is committed to remaining open and providing nutritious food to families and older adults. The health and safety recommendations and citywide mandates for preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are changing daily. During this challenging time, they see an opportunity for compassion and resiliency. They can positively impact our community, even during social distancing.
Your financial contribution will allow them to:
- Acquire additional food and essential household items as they stretch to meet the increased need;
- Purchase adequate cleaning supplies such as gloves, bleach, hand sanitizer, and masks;
- Set up stanchions and signage for social distancing during food distribution; and
- Cover stipends and increased personnel expenses to maintain their operations while many of their volunteers choose to stay home and (rightly so) prioritize their self-care.
- Sturdy, unused or washed reusable grocery bags
Metro Caring needs volunteers that can spend 3-4 shifts per week with them. Their goal is to have fewer volunteers who can work multiple shifts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 resulting from group gatherings. If you're:
- Under 60 and don't have a medical condition that places you in a high-risk category, or
- Over 60 and healthy, with permission from your medical provider
Make a Wish Colorado
Services – Needs
- During this time, Make A Wish is not able to grant wishes in the “normal” way. They are, however, asking for the public to participate via sharing a Message of Hope.
- Now more than ever, wish kids need hope. You can join us & share a Message of Hope by posting an encouraging message to wish kids who are waiting, and tagging Make-A-Wish America (@makeawish on Instagram), #WishesAreWaiting, + 2 friends to join in. Learn more at wish.org/messages-of-hope
Needs / Services
- Several families have been displaced during this time. They were scheduled to move to another base but once the shelter in place order happened they became stuck in transition with none of their belongings. USO support helps them with food and activities.
- During this pandemic, both Buckley Airforce base and FE Warren in Cheyenne have asked USO s to create virtual programming to help families remain active both mentally and physically. Our goal is to create interactive, fun, and sometimes learning activities. We have created the following programs:
- Trivia Program
- Sports and Libations
- Month of Military Child
- Book Club
- Military service members and families can learn more about USO Denver and the programs we offer by visiting our website and social media platforms.
- They can also email us at usodenver.uso.org
- Facebook: USO Denver
NBA Math Hoops, presented by UBS Financial - http://www.nbamathhoops.org
- Learn Fresh Education Company distributes the NBA Math Hoops board game and curriculum in association with NBA Cares.
- NBA Math Hoops, presented by UBS Financial, is a fast-paced basketball board game and mobile app that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players.
- During this time, families can request a free board game below.
- Students nationwide can participate in a virtual Math Hoops learning course using the following Zoom link below.
- Request a game set - http://bit.ly/MHFamilyGame
- Download the app - http://nbamathhoops.org/app.php
- Donate - https://www.classy.org/campaign/learn-fresh-champions/c251844
- Learn to play every Wed. via Zoom at - http://bit.ly/MHLearntoPlay
Visit Denver - https://www.denver.org/
- Visit Denver is encouraging people to support local restaurants. As statewide mandated dine-in closures have left Colorado restaurants scrambling to stay afloat and keep their staff employed, ToGoDenver.com offers restaurants free registration to list their current home or curbside delivery and takeout services available. Restaurant seekers can search listings by restaurant name, by neighborhood or by cuisine.
- Visit Denver is providing online tours of unique Denver facilities via Virtually Denver
Explore The Mile High City’s rich cultural and performing arts scenes and attractions from the safety of their homes with a new online resource called Virtually Denver. The new web page and event calendar provide easy access to dozens of Denver’s top virtual museum experiences, art galleries and installations, performing arts, concerts, culinary demonstrations and even educational tools for families.
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