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
Aurora Public Schools will continue to offer free grab-and-go meals at multiple drive-through locations across the city through December, including Thanksgiving and Winter Break. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students 18 and under and due to additional funding and donations, APS will continue to serve free meals to all kids under the age of 18, as well as adults.
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 the Caregiver Emergency Relief Donation Fund, to help provide personal protective equipment, childcare support, and resiliency resources to keep caregivers at Children's Colorado safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colorado Restaurant Foundation's Angel Relief Fund
Denver Broncos Charities made a donation of $20,000 to the Colorado Restaurant Foundation's Angel Relief Fund in conjunction with the team's shift to a virtual Taste of the Broncos format.
The Colorado Restaurant Foundation's Angel Relief Fund assists restaurant and hospitality industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship. In the wake of COVID-19, the Colorado Restaurant Foundation provided "basic needs" grants to 3,400+ restaurant and food and beverage hospitality workers and the need continues.
Denver Public Schools
Denver Public Schools is providing free weekday breakfast and lunch for children at pickup and delivery sites throughout the city with both curbside pickup and meal delivery service options available. Adults may pick up meals for children without them present. Meals can be picked up at any site – students do not have to attend the school at which they pick up their meals.
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.
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.
Colorado COVID Relief Fund
Hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way, the Colorado COVID Relief Fund is overseen by a committee of community leaders and provides aid to support Colorado communities and organizations affected by COVID-19. Including contributions from the Broncos, players, alumni, executives and fans, the Denver Broncos family has collectively contributed nearly $750,000 to the Fund.