This year, the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver have joined efforts to launch a campus-wide food drive competition! Feed the Need: Combating Hunger on the Auraria Campus is designed to bring the campus together by challenging groups to gather food items from January 28th through February 28th to distribute to food pantries on campus. Groups are encouraged to reach out to community resources to collect food items and enhance the amount of food collected. The group to drop off the greatest amount of food (by weight) will be awarded the annual food collection trophy among other prizes for your team!
To register your group for the food drive competition, visit www.feedtheneedauraria.org
Also, we will be offering a series of events and workshops surrounding awareness about hunger and resources for students/faculty/staff. For more information on these events, please visit http://www.feedtheneedauraria.org/#!untitled/cjg9
For more information, please contact the appropriate staff member for your group:
University of Colorado Denver
Nelson Rodriguez: email@example.com
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Braelin Pantel: BPantel@msudenver.edu
Community College of Denver
Ismael Garcia: firstname.lastname@example.org
Food For Thought
MSU Denver has teamed up with the Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club in a major nutrition initiative called Food for Thought that provides "PowerSacks" of food each Friday to students at two Title I elementary schools in Denver.
Students from lower-income households qualify for the federally subsidized school lunch program, which helps meet their nutritional needs during the week. As for the weekends, “several studies have found that some students are unprepared to learn on Monday morning because sometimes the only meal they’ve had was on the last Friday” at school, says Michael Wray, director of restaurant management in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events (HTE) and a Food for Thought organizer.
Food for Thought-Denver aims to bridge the weekend hunger gap for low income students in Denver; helping them to be successful in school by meeting their most basic needs.
Food for Thought Denver is a 100% volunteer effort and all funds raised are used to purchase food and supplies for the program. We rely on donations and volunteers to make our program work.
Reel Rock Film Tour
Join the Center for Urban Connections in partnership with Climbing for Life and The Wildlife Experience Museum for the 7th annual Reel Rock Film Tour. Proceeds from the film will go to support Climbing for Life, a local non-profit that provides rock climbing experiences for at-risk and inner city youth from across the front range. There will also be a silent auction for some amazing outdoor and climbing gear.
Light the Night Walk
Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising walk to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Hundreds of thousands of participants raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services.
One Book One Project
The Center for Urban Connections at MSU Denver developed the recurring series called 1 Book/1 Project/2 Transform to bring together MSU Denver faculty, staff, and students around a particular book. Participants read the book, participated in a book discussion, and volunteered with a service project related to the book's theme. Our first semester's book was The Soloist (about a homeless man in Los Angeles), and all participants volunteered with Project Homeless Connect; last semester we read Breaking Night, Liz Murray's chronicle of her journey from homelessness to Harvard), and participants had a choice of service events at such sites as Urban Peak and the Gathering Place.