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A chapter of volunteers is comprised of a group of people who all share common interests or goals. The chapter members work together as a team to raise funds and/or provide services/resources and to take Children’s Hospital Colorado message to the community.
The Boulder Chapter was established as a circle of friends dedicated to meeting the needs of patients and families at Children’s Colorado. Currently the chapter hosts the Teddy Bear Tea at the Boulderado Hotel the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and gift wrapping the first weekend of December at the Boulder Barnes & Noble. This group meets the first Tuesday of every month, with the exception of July and August, at 7 p.m. at a member’s home in Boulder.
The Breathing Institute Chapter works to raise funds for a variety of breathing issues in children. The official start of this chapter was in 2012, however their signature event, the “Christmas Sweater Party,” began a few years earlier. This year they also look forward to a summer fundraiser. Additional members welcome! Meetings are held on an as-needed basis.
The Cancer Center Chapter began as an effort to celebrate the artistic talents of patients in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD). With the financial support of area businesses, the patients’ art pieces are transformed into holiday cards that are then sold to the community. The resulting proceeds of the cards are used to support patients, families and the staff of the Center for CCBD. This group meets on an as-needed basis. Visit us at the Holiday Card Project.
The mission of the Cardiac Kids Chapter, a group composed primarily of parents of cardiac patients, is to provide support and education for the families of children with heart disorders who are patients of the Heart Institute. The group also educates the public about heart disease, heart transplantation and organ donation for children. The educational component includes the Cardiac Kids Journal, a manual just for parents, and the Cardiac Physician Seminar.
Each year the Cardiac Kids Chapter hosts a reunion picnic in July. Other events planned for this year are a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament in April, the Pumpkin Patch in October and Breakfast with Santa in December. This chapter meets monthly at varying locations throughout the Denver metro area.
This chapter is composed of students at Colorado Academy. They host special craft parties for patients and their families at the Anschutz Medical Campus, make hand-tied fleece blankets, and collect magazines and books. They meet regularly at Colorado Academy.
ECCOS consists of Children’s Colorado employees who go above and beyond their normal duties of care at Children’s Colorado in the Southern Region. The ECCOS chapter supports the annual Teddy Bear Day, Boo at the Zoo, and many other special events held in the Colorado Springs and the Southern Region. They volunteer their time, help raise funds and support the other chapters when needed.
The Employees as Volunteers Chapter is made up of employees at Children’s Colorado. In addition to hosting special events at the hospital for patients and their families, the members lend their support at various events both in the community and at the hospital. The chapter meets on an as needed basis at the hospital’s Anschutz Medical Campus.
The Friends of the Hospital Sports Program was developed to be a fundraising arm of The Hospital Sports Program. The program’s goal is to provide sporting activities for disabled patients. This chapter was instrumental in the creation of the Courage Classic, a 3-day bike ride through the Colorado Rockies, and remains a crucial asset for the bike tour’s success every July.
In partnership with the Denver Roundtable, a car cruise is hosted each fall. Revenues from their fundraising efforts allow children to participate in the sports program. The chapter meets the second Wednesday of every month with the exception of February, July and December. The chapter meets quarterly at the hospital’s Anschutz Medical Campus.
The Gift of Gracie Chapter was founded by Tiffany Peterson following her daughter Gracie’s experience as a patient at Children’s Colorado. The mission of this chapter is to raise funds to supply the hospital with books and bedside activities for patients. This group hosts a birthday celebration featuring reading and crafts in honor of Dr. Seuss. Meetings are held monthly. Please visit Gift of Gracie for more information.
The GIVe Chapter (GI Volunteers) was founded in 2012 to support the Digestive Health Institute at Children’s Colorado. The members are passionate about helping other families and patients facing similar diagnoses by providing awareness about activities and different resources. Additional members welcome! GIVe meets at the Anschutz Medical Campus
on the second Monday of each month.
The Highlands Ranch Youth Chapter is comprised of students from the four Highlands Ranch high schools. This group enjoys hosting blood drives to raise awareness for the hospital and craft parties for patients and their families.
The Hydrocephalus Information Network was developed by mothers of children who are diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a syndrome known as “water on the brain.” This chapter’s mission is dedicated to raising awareness about this neurological condition and to provide support to families. The support includes but is not limited to hosting a summer weekend camp in Estes Park.
The Morning Glories Chapter is a group of ladies that provide hand-sewn goods to the Children’s Colorado Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation Department. The chapter members sew eye patches, blankets and hats for oncology patients and tiny hospital gowns for the dolls that are used to teach the patients about upcoming procedures. This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month at various locations throughout the Denver metro area.
The Pikes Chapter was organized to support Children’s Hospital Colorado Southern Region through fundraising events and support in the Community. The Chapter consists of a diverse group of business leaders, young professionals, volunteers and community members. The chapter held their first celebrity auction and golf tournament in 2015 (Chip in for Children) and have had dog washes to support the unmet needs of our patients.
The award-winning Prescription Pet Program (also known as RxPets) is a dog-assisted therapy and visitation program which began in 1984 as a cooperative effort of Children’s Colorado and the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society (DAVMS). Volunteer dog owners take their dogs, which have passed physical and psychological exams by volunteer veterinarians, to visit with patients during their hospitalization. The dogs also assist the physical and occupational therapists in their sessions with patients. Meetings are held quarterly at the hospital’s Anschutz Medical Campus.
The South Metro Chapter supports various departments and causes at Children’s Colorado and will assume an even more active role in supporting the South Campus when it opens in December 2013. The group is comprised of members from the Highlands Ranch/Castle Rock areas. Meetings are held monthly in the vicinity of the South Campus, which is located at C470 and Lucent Boulevard.
The Windsor Gardens Chapter is based at Windsor Gardens in east Denver. This chapter raises funds through a summer ice cream and music social and a fall craft fair, and makes handmade items for patients. Meetings are held at Windsor Gardens on the third Monday of each month, with the exception of July and December, at 9:30 a.m.
The Young Professionals is composed of young professionals who generously give their time and talents as service volunteers. Their mission is to provide social opportunities for this key segment of our volunteer population while supporting and hosting various special and fundraising events. Meetings are held monthly at various locations.