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How to Give Back to the Denver Community

Peyton Garcia
Peyton Garcia
Posted on August 22
A Denver Dumb Friends League employee snuggles a rescued Papillon

A Denver Dumb Friends League employee snuggles a rescued Papillon. (Helen H. Richardson / The Denver Post / Getty Images)

Looking for a way to give back to the community? Denver is home to SO many wonderful nonprofits and charitable organizations that are seeking your skills and knowledge. Here are just a few worth checking out:

🐾 Aid Our City’s Animals

The influx of strays and surrenders at local animal shelters is critical this time of year, and shelter staff is often overworked. Consider spending time somewhere like the Denver Dumb Friends League, walking the dogs or distributing medications.

👪 Get Struggling Families on their Feet

Mile High United Way works to connect struggling families to resources like childcare, secure housing, food assistance, and more. There are a number of ways you can contribute financially or with hands-on services.

📚 Become a Book-Reading Superhero

Denver Public Library is currently accepting signups for the Read Aloud Program in which volunteers read aloud to low-income preschool classes once a week.

🤝 Mentor a budding entrepreneur

If you have business savvy to share, sign up to offer advice to aspiring business owners in your local community through SCORE, a nonprofit with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

💚 Continue to Support Maui

The community of Maui still needs support as it picks up the pieces from the devastating Aug. 8 wildfire that has quickly become one of the most catastrophic fires in the country’s history. At last count, more than 100 people were confirmed dead, and thousands displaced, with those numbers expected to increase. There are local organizations holding fundraisers, as well as large-scale disaster relief organizations accepting donations.

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