ThanksGIVING: How You Can Give Back This Holiday Season

November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving is a time when we all come together and eat. Right? Well, that’s what most of us do, but it’s also a time when we can give back to our communities by volunteering for various charities and non-profit organizations. Here are some of the best ways to give back, both in the Denver metro area, and all across the state.

Mile High United Way Turkey Trot

This year marks the 41st annual running of the race, which raises money for the Mile High United Way. Over 10,000 runners—both competitive runners and those running to benefit a good cause—will participate, so they need plenty of volunteers. The money raised directly benefits kids in the Denver area. Find out how you can help by visiting the Turkey Trot Volunteer sign-up page.

Denver Rescue Mission—A Turkey on Every Table

Every year, the Denver Rescue Mission works to provide a thanksgiving turkey to families in need across the metro area. You can either drop off a frozen turkey at the main mission shelter on Lawrence Street, or give cash contributions of $15-$20. Of course, you can donate online. Visit the program’s page on the Denver Rescue Mission website to find out more information.

Pueblo West Community Food Basket Drive

The city of Pueblo West holds an annual holiday food basket drive. Non-perishable food items (meaning canned and dry goods) for Thanksgiving baskets can be dropped off November 10-14 from 8:00am-2:00pm. For more information, visit the Pueblo West Metropolitan District website or call 719-547-7400.

Marian House Soup Kitchen

Located in downtown Colorado Springs, the soup kitchen operates with Catholic Charities of Central Colorado to provide food and other services to the homeless, poor, veterans, and others. They put together food boxes for needy families. Visit their website to find out their hours, and how you can help by filling those boxes.

Larimer County Food Bank Can Jam

The Can Jam is a 30-hour marathon sorting event to sort food for needy families in the Fort Collins and Loveland areas. They’re running it in honor of the 30th anniversary of the food bank opening, so it’s going to a special and exciting event. Check out the Food Bank website for more details.

HomewardBound of the Grand Valley

The homeless shelter located in Grand Junction has served the community for nearly two decades. What originally began as a partnership between various faith and non-profit organizations to provide a winter night shelter to Mesa County’s homeless population has grown into a much larger coalition providing more than 39,000 bed nights to those in need of a temporary roof over their heads. Every November and December they need extra help putting together holiday food boxes for veterans and transitional families. Check out other ways to get involved year-round on their website.

This post was written by Elliot Goldbaum, an Ambassador Field Manager at Colorado PERA. Would you like to submit a guest post for The Dime? Email us at