Our mission is to instill hope and a brighter future to Denver’s underserved community through donations and the assistance of volunteers.
GIVE Denver is a program of Denver Human Services that leverages contributions, volunteers, and community partnerships to bring hope and happiness to foster children, the homeless, and the City’s most vulnerable communities.
The GIVE Denver program has four main components:
- The GIVE Denver Center, located at the Denver Human Services Richard T. Castro building at 1200 Federal Blvd. in Denver, uses volunteer resource navigators to connect underprivileged individuals and families in crisis to necessary essentials like diapers and wipes; shampoo, soap and other hygiene products; and children’s pajamas. To assist our clients we utilize volunteer resource navigators to serve as liaisons between DHS clients and community partners. Our resource navigators also refer GIVE Center clients to community-based service providers, including food pantries, clothing banks, utility assistance, rental assistance and other lifeline resources. Services and donations go to vulnerable children, adults and families including the homeless, foster children, veterans, at-risk and disabled seniors, and those living on the brink of poverty.
- GIVE Denver carries out three annual drives - the Spring Showers Hygiene drive, Adopt-A-Student School Supply drive, and Adopt-A-Family Holiday drives - to provide gifts and supplies to children and families receiving assistance from DHS. While DHS’ caseworkers and family advocates partner with the courts, schools, foster parents and other caretakers to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our clients, GIVE Denver’s drives provide an additional measure of comfort that may be overlooked during times of crisis.\
- GIVE Denver supports events, campaigns and other efforts to prevent the abuse and exploitation of children, the elderly, and other vulnerable populations; and to commemorate milestones of children and families assisted by DHS, including family reunifications, adoptions, and other key moments. GIVE Denver partners with corporate and individual sponsors to make these efforts successful.
- GIVE Denver organizes a Community Network Meeting for service providers in Metro Denver every other month. Contact GIVE@denvergov.org to get dates and topics for our upcoming Community Network Meetings!
How is GIVE Denver funded?
GIVE Denver is supported solely through the use of volunteers and donations, with DHS & the City contributing the 1,280 square foot space and two staff members who oversee operations.
Where is GIVE Denver and when is it open?
The GIVE Denver Center is located at Denver Human Services Richard T. Castro Building at 1200 Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80204. We are open Monday – Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. based on volunteer availability.
What DHS staff members oversee GIVE Denver?
Thomas Meiers, GIVE Denver Coordinator, 720.944.1170, Thomas.Meiers@denvergov.org
Marv Allen, GIVE Denver Director, 720.944.2971, Marvyn.Allen@denvergov.org