With an average donation of less than $1 a day, Community Shares annually invests $1.5 million in Colorado nonprofits. A paycheck contribution of $1 a day - $5 a week - adds up to a $260 annual donation to the nonprofits and causes you care about most.
Take a few minutes to learn about a few of our member nonprofits and the impact you can make with an easy donation of a $1 a day.
GRID Alternatives Colorado
Using a unique, people-first model, GRID develops and implements solar projects that serve qualifying households and affordable housing providers, and offers solar education and hands-on job training to help people jump start their solar careers.
Michelle Martinez is a determined young woman finding her way in the solar industry. She was thrilled to accept one of the two DURA-funded 3-month internship positions with GRID. While in the Solar Training Academy, Michelle asked if women were allowed to be installers, because she really loved it, but hadn’t been exposed to any women in the construction field prior to her time at GRID. Let’s just say she heard an enthusiastic “YES!” While she continues to sharpen her soft skills, she has been an integral part of our installation crews. Since beginning with GRID, Michelle has a new sense of empowerment and pride. She loves to share photos of the installation work with her friends. GRID also helps to give her a sense of stability as she is raising her 18-month-old daughter. Michelle was ecstatic when she was able to help install Colorado’s first floating solar array in Walden, CO. She has become a part of something she never thought possible before attending STA (Solar Training Academy).
$1 a day offers income-eligible residents in Colorado the opportunity to attend, for free, GRID’s premier in-depth 65-hour (2 week “bootcamp”) workforce development training program known as the Solar Training Academy (STA) to help low-income individuals launch into new careers in the solar industry!
Managing HIV is a lifelong challenge. Many people living with HIV encounter additional hardships such as homelessness, lack of medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare and resources to maintain a healthy quality of life. Colorado Health Network (CHN) provides comprehensive HIV support services to combat these issues along with prevention tools and resources for those at risk of acquiring HIV.
A client recently said to us, “I never heard much about HIV growing up, until a friend told me he was HIV positive. That is when I was introduced to CHN. I decided it was time to get tested. My test result was negative, but CHN told me about a medication I can take called PrEP. They connected me to a doctor to prescribe PrEP, helped me with forms for reimbursement, and enrolled me on insurance. I control my health and I appreciate the people that helped me make decisions about how to be proactive in taking care of myself.” – Anonymous
Your $1 a day helps provide clients with access to nutrition, housing, behavioral health counseling, free and confidential HIV/STI testing, PrEP, PEP and so much more! www.coloradohealthnetwork.org
The Bicycle Colorado Bike School teaches children and adults in small classes, giving each student the personal attention they need to master riding in a single lesson. Their adult classes have taught people how to ride a bicycle for the first time, or helped them to re-master their balance and confidence after a long hiatus from riding. Learning this skill empowers them with the freedom to travel where and as they wish. We have also had great success teaching kids to ride in our small class settings. No need for parents to end up frustrated and with their child in tears; let the Bicycle Colorado instructors step in and make it fun for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re 7 or 70, Bike School is the place to learn to ride! $1 a day helps Bicycle Colorado to get more people riding through our Bike School, teaching both adults and children how to learn to ride a bike!
"My parents were not what I wanted. My mother was an alcoholic; I never knew my father. I was abused. I was hurt. No one loved me. When I thought things couldn’t get worse, my brother came along. I loved him, but I got less and less attention. Then we got taken away to a foster home. I was terrified, but as long as I had my brother, I was fine. But then he got adopted. My heart was smashed, so I went seven years in the system: Seven years of pain, suffering and crying myself to sleep. Everyone was telling me I was never going to get adopted, so I gave up. Then the most amazing couple met me. They put up with every fight, every meltdown. Then I ran out of ideas! So I got adopted. Don’t you ever let anyone tell you your future. Let me tell you something: You will find someone to call your mom and dad. You will have a great future. Some of your futures are going to take you far. Everybody has their pros and cons. Once you find those people, piece by piece your heart comes back together." - Lizzy, adopted from foster care
The Adoption Exchange's goal is to connect youth waiting in foster care with the adults who become stable forces in their lives, and to support those relationships so that they last for a lifetime by providing wraparound services to families before, during, and after adoption.
$1 a day honors the 355 children that The Adoption Exchange helped connect with a loving family last year. www.adoptex.org
The Denver Hospice
To The Denver Hospice, hospice is not a place, but a program of personalized care that supports mind, body and spirit. They always seek to give our patients and their families control over their lives with dignity, joy, compassion and unparalleled expertise and support. Just like the loved ones they care for, family members also need support and attention to maintain their own health and well-being. Respite care for loved ones provides short-term breaks for this vulnerable population that can relieve their stress, renew their energy and restore a sense of balance to their lives.
$1 a day helps provide respite care to a local family dealing with the physically and emotionally draining reality of caring for loved ones with life-limiting illnesses.
On a sunny autumn day in southwest Denver, teams of volunteers, residents, and youth joined together to plant 245 trees and 570 hardy perennial flowers at homes in the Westwood neighborhood. Westwood is one of Denver’s low-canopy neighborhoods, also challenged with high poverty and high-school drop-out rates. However, Westwood is also a place of strong cultural identity and home to vibrant community organizing. After a summer of partnership building and community organizing, the neighborhood is greener and healthier. Westwood’s new trees will grow to provide more than $250,000 in community benefits. They will beautify the neighborhood, improve walkability, build neighborhood pride, and foster a sense of safety. These trees will also grow to increase the neighborhood’s climate resilience. They will intercept precipitation and slow the movement of water through the impermeable urban landscape, reducing flooding during storm events. The trees will help cool individual homes and the neighborhood at large, helping to moderate temperatures and counter the urban heat island effect – critical to reducing heat-related illness and death among the most vulnerable in our communities. Ultimately, these trees will stand to represent the power of partnership and the power of community.
$1 a day provides 2 free trees from The Park People's Denver Digs Trees program to families in need in Denver's low tree canopy neighborhoods.
LGBTQ youth are over four times as likely as their heterosexual peers to attempt suicide. Living in a world where families, churches, and politicians are constantly devaluing and attacking who they are is profoundly detrimental to LGBTQ kids’ mental health. Out Boulder County provides support groups and resources, social opportunities, and advocates on behalf of this especially vulnerable population in our community. In 2018, Out Boulder County served nearly 200 youth ages 12-18.
$1 a day provides bus tickets for youth to attend crucial support groups and be connected with all of the resources offered by Out Boulder County.