LS: Support Local Non-profits December 07, 2008

Make nonprofit organizations’ holiday wishes come true

Mesa County nonprofit organizations have holiday wishes, too.

This season, employees at many local agencies had simple suggestions for people searching for ways to help those less fortunate. All of the suggestions cost $100 or less. Some suggestions, such as volunteering, are free.

“No matter where we are economically, institutions that depend on volunteering always need volunteers,” said the United Way of Mesa County’s Amber Pfennig.

Regardless of your talents, interests or skills, chances are there is a nonprofit organization that could use your help this holiday season and into next year.

Here are some of those holiday wishes:

•  Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado (241–2212) needs DVDs or books for children and teenagers to watch when staying at the Hospice Care Center while a loved one receives care and treatment.

•  Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County (242–4191) needs a dollhouse for its visit room. CASA works on behalf of children in foster care because of abuse or neglect by a parent or caregiver.

•  Employees at Mesa County Retired &
Senior Volunteer Program (243-9839) need donations of $25 to help pay for the installation of safety grab bars in the bathrooms of local elderly residents with a disability.

•  Grand Junction Housing Authority’s (245–0388) Supportive Services Program wants people to consider donating $10 grocery cards so the agency can help families make it to their next paycheck.

•  Grocery cards also are a gift Mesa Developmental Services (243–3702) wants to put in Christmas baskets for needy families raising children with disabilities.
Mesa Developmental Services, which works with children identified with or in danger of developing a developmental disability, also needs baby sign language books so toddlers can learn to communicate with their parents.

•  Consider letting volunteers with Mesa County Partners (245–5555) wrap your Christmas presents for you this year. The volunteers will wrap for your donations through Dec. 24 at Mesa Mall. Partners also needs volunteers to sign up to wrap presents.
Partners’ mentoring program, which pairs adults with children, is looking for positive role models and friends.
This month, Partners wants 80 men to sign up to mentor boys. Sometimes, boys wait up to three years to be paired with an adult mentor. Being a mentor means spending about three hours a week with a child. Partners also pairs girls with women.

•  The Tree House Center for Youth (241–8001) is another local agency that helps children and teens. For $25, the Tree House can provide one teenager with a month’s worth of activities to help keep him or her away from drugs and alcohol.

•  The Marillac Clinic (255-1782), which provides physical, mental and dental health care to low-income and uninsured Mesa County residents, has the most expensive wish for this holiday season, but it’s a wish officials believe is needed.
Donations of $100 will enable the Marillac Clinic to give an uninsured Mesa County resident a health care visit.

•  Grand Valley Senior Daybreak (241-7798) needs donations of $25 to help pay for transportation for program participants. Daybreak provides respite for caregivers of elderly parents or a spouse.

•  Grand Valley Catholic Outreach (241-3658) can use donations of any amount to assist people who need help paying their rent or utility bills.


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