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Health and Wellness: Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

The Child Health Clinic is a general pediatric clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado that primarily serves children from uninsured or underinsured families. In 2011, the Clinic served nearly 10,000 children. Since he was born, Norvell has come to the clinic for well child visits, immunizations, hearing and vision screenings and more. His mother, Valencia, attended breastfeeding clinics because she was interested in learning about ways to give her son the healthiest start in life. Valencia likes that the entire staff is so friendly and thinks that  the care her family receives is top-notch professional and compassionate, the kind that all children and their families deserve..

Health and Wellness: Dental Aid

The consequences of oral disease and pain can hold a child back from eating, speaking, sleeping and learning in school. Marcie’s Fund is a program that provides subsidized oral care and education for uninsured children. Families enrolled in the program cannoteven afford reduced fees for dental visits so they often forego visits to the dentist altogether. Nearly 400 children received dental care through Marcie’s fund. Over 80% showed improvement and absence of oral disease. In addition, the program creates a culture of oral health, lessening emergency room visits due to increased access and knowledge of  oral health care for low-income families.

Adult Literacy: Metropolitan State University of Denver

With cuts in government programs, much-needed funding helps the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Family Literacy Program continue to provide services to children and adults from families living below the poverty level. During 2011-12, a total of 86 infants and young children from birth to five years were served by the Parents as Teachers program. By the end of 2011, at least half of those children the program serves were reading at or above their grade level.

Adult Literacy: Intercambio Uniting Communities

Intercambio Uniting Communities empowers adult immigrants with English language and life skills. According to pre- and post-assessments, 45% of students received a better job, promotion or pay increase after completing the program. 56% of students volunteer in the community (an 18% increase after the program). Some 89% of students now feel that Boulder is a welcoming place to live. In 2011, Intercambio Uniting Communities enrolled 1,000 immigrant students in the English language classes and workshops and trained and supported 420 volunteer teachers.

Hunger: Project Angel Heart

Rebecca is 61 and lives with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and a broken leg. Living with COPD causes a strain on the lungs that impairs the ability to stand for long periods of time to cook or shop for groceries. Rebecca received Project Angel Heart meals for a year. She said this about the meals and service, "The meal service surely has helped out. It's easy to tell the truth about Project Angel Heart: The professionalism and courtesy of the agency is outstanding. I have been treated like royalty and I am so grateful to you all." With the help of nearly 9,000 annual volunteers and the immense generosity of the community, the program delivered 293,543 nutritious meals last year.

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