Broncos speak up about COVID-19 safety, ways to help community
Courtland Sutton, Phillip Lindsay and Todd Davis take part in a Broncos PSA about ways to help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we face a difficult time with the spread of COVID-19, we at the Broncos are committed to continuing to make a positive impact in our community — and we hope you'll join us in that effort, too. We may have to stay isolated from person to person, but we can still stick together in our endeavors as friends, family and neighbors to make sure those who need the most help can receive it.
Please read on to see how you can support organizations in the Denver metro area as they work to help people impacted by COVID-19.
Ways to Help
Aurora Public Schools
During the extended school closure, Aurora Public Schools will be distributing free breakfast, lunch and dinner to students and adults through July 31, 2020. These meals will be provided at 16 locations. All three meals, which include vegetarian options, will be available together for pickup through a grab-and-go system.
The Aurora Public Schools Foundation has launched the Food and Crisis Relief Fund to support the students, families and school communities of APS. This fund will supplement access to food services, health programs and remote learning options.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is adapting to the COVID-19 global pandemic with an unwavering focus on the children, families and communities they serve. With schools closed and basic necessities hard to find, BGCMD is providing access to critical resources – from meals to virtual programming – so Club families have a few less things to worry about during these uncertain times.
By making a gift to the Family Emergency Assistance Fund, you can immediately support kids and families in the Denver community who are being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Donations will help meet the basic needs of low-income Club families by providing essentials like food, diapers, hygiene products, cleaning supplies and take-home educational materials.
Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado's mission is to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy. Children's Hospital Colorado is asking for the help of our community to ensure that they are able to continue to meet the needs of patients, and has compiled a list of the ways you can help the hospital and your local community while still maintaining social distancing.
The Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation is requesting monetary donations to support their work as they continue to respond to this public health emergency. Donations will provide extra support to navigate both daily patient care and the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus outbreak, and resiliency resources to keep caregivers safe and healthy in mind, body and spirit.
Denver Public Schools
Denver Public Schools is offering free weekday breakfast and lunch to students and families in need at Grab-and-Go sites throughout the city until circumstances change. Vegetarian options are available. To prioritize social distancing, families are not allowed to eat on site. DPS is not able to provide transportation to the Grab-and-Go sites.
Denver Public Schools Foundation is requesting donations to the Emerging Needs Fund to ensure that the needs of our community are continuously assessed and that DPS has the ability to support emerging needs as new needs related to the COVID-19 crisis arise.
Denver Rescue Mission
Denver Rescue Mission is committed to serving their guests and participants through this crisis. Denver Rescue Mission, Fort Collins Rescue Mission and Harvest Farm are considered essential services and continue to operate even as stay-at-home orders are in effect across the state. If you are healthy and under 60 years old and do not have respiratory issues or other health issues, please sign up to help serve meals to Denver Rescue Mission guests and participants.
Food Bank of the Rockies
Food Bank of the Rockies continues to provide people and families with food assistance as COVID-19 impacts our communities, and has seen an increase of more than 100% in need since the pandemic's outbreak. More than 1/3 of people seeking food assistance are doing so for the first time, and more than 14,000 children who are no longer receiving school meals are now receiving grocery boxes for their families, meals at childcare centers for essential workers, or grab-n-go meals across Colorado.
Food Bank of the Rockies has an urgent and immediate need for monetary donations and healthy volunteers, so that they can continue providing food assistance.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. While most of us are staying home during the COVID pandemic in an effort to flatten the curve, some families do not have a decent home where they can shelter in place.
Habitat Metro Denver has set up an Emergency Housing Stability Fund and encourages those who are in a position to make a donation to do so during these turbulent times. Donations will help Habitat build housing stability for hardworking families who are struggling right now.
Make-A-Wish Colorado faces a record number of wishes waiting to be granted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While they wait for their wish to come true, help Make-A-Wish do all they can encourage them by sharing a message of hope. Together we can shine a light of hope and joy for children in their darkest days, bringing them strength for tomorrow.
Make-A-Wish also asks for people to consider making a monetary donation or donating airline miles to ensure that every child who has waited for a wish since this health crisis hit receives their wish as soon as possible.
Mile High United Way
Mile High United Way's 2-1-1 Help Center is taking an unprecedented number of calls, to help individuals and families impacted by COVID-19, and has increased 2-1-1 staff in order to reach more people in need of critical resources, like food, shelter, rental assistance, childcare, and more.
Mile High United Way has also compiled a list of ways to help those impacted by COVID-19, including volunteer opportunities with various nonprofits. Mile High United Way is also the fiscal agent for the State of Colorado's relief fund, offering aid to nonprofit organizations supporting Colorado communities, organizations, and individuals affected by the outbreak.
UCHealth's network of nationally-recognized hospitals, clinic locations and health care providers extends throughout Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. UCHealth has set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund, with 100% of donations aiding medical professionals through efforts such as; providing essential medical supplies, constructing emergency care structures, or offering critical support for frontline staff. UCHealth is also asking people to send notes of encouragement and support for all staff and providers who continue to provide high quality care to our community.
Vitalant, one of the nation's largest nonprofit community blood service providers, has an urgent need for blood donors to support local medical facilities. As COVID-19 impacts local hospitals and medical facilities, and mobile blood drives continue to be cancelled, Vitalant currently faces a shortage in its blood supply.
Vitalant strongly recommends that healthy donors schedule an appointment for a donation over the coming days and weeks—instead of donating without an appointment right now—to help them better serve donors and appropriately manage the blood supply.
Volunteers of America: Colorado Branch
Volunteers of America is dedicated to supporting and empowering the hungry, the frail elderly, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, homeless individuals, women in need and veterans and their families. VOA Colorado is in need of volunteers to assist with their outreach and has a list of ways people can help in person or remotely from home. Healthy volunteers are encouraged to sign up to serve meals at the Mission.
VOA Colorado is also accepting monetary donations and the following items: food to make sack lunches, grocery bags, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, personal protective gear, and non-perishable food items.
Personal Protective Equipment drive
Thank you to everyone who supported the Personal Protective Equipment drive on Sunday, March 22 at Empower Field at Mile High. The collection was hosted by State Legislators, Project C.U.R.E., Colorado Concern and the Denver Broncos. All donations benefited Colorado hospitals and medical workers.
COVID Relief Fund Auction
Thank you to everyone who supported the COVID Relief Fund Auction and helped us raise nearly $20,000 for the Colorado COVID Relief Fund hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way.