Colorado Gives Day Is Here. Learn About 5 Great Colorado Nonprofits

Rebekah Romberg
Walking Mountains in Avon offers natural science and sustainability education for students.

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Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, Dec. 10. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual event when Coloradans financially support nonprofits they’re passionate about.

Colorado Public Radio is proud to be a part of the Colorado nonprofit community. And we're in good company -- so we're highlighting five Colorado nonprofit organizations doing great work in 2019.

Read more and listen to profiles about each organization below. And if you're interested, head to the Colorado Gives Day website to donate.

Denver Indian Center

Rebekah Romberg
From left, Rose Ann Garcia, Celo Douville, Wetahanna Martinez, Twilla Garcia, Betty Coccaccio and Delilah Martinez pose after an Elder's Potluck at the Denver Indian Center.

Mission: "To empower American Indian, youth, elders, families, and community by promoting self-determination and economic, mental, and physical health through education, advocacy, and cultural enrichment, since 1983."

The Center's Native Workforce Program helps Colorado residents with Native backgrounds find employment. It also provides programs for fathers, lectures with elders and a weekly drum group.

Denver Indian Center profile

Dream Catcher Therapy Center

courtesy of Dream Catcher Therapy Center

Mission: “To foster an environment to effectively empower people with physical and mental health challenges through interaction with rescue horses in a unique, clinical setting."

Hippotherapy, anyone? The Center -- based just outside Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park -- offers horse-assisted physical therapy, particularly for patients of dementia and other issues affecting seniors. And its "New Beginnings" program gives prison inmates a chance to rejoin the workforce.

Thanks to KVNF Community Radio in Paonia for sharing their story about Dream Catcher Therapy Center with us.

Dream Catcher Therapy Center profile

Walking Mountains Science Center

Rebekah Romberg
A class from Edwards Elementary School in the field at the Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.

Mission: “To awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education.

It's all about getting outside with this Avon-based science center. Coloradans of all ages can get to know the abundant natural beauty of our state and the science behind it with Walking Mountains' classes, internship programs and guided hiking trips.

Walking Mountains Science Center profile

Prairie Family Center

Rebekah Romberg
From left, Stephanie Williams with her 2-year-old Austin, Susan Sandoval and Deena Ziegler pose for a photo at the Prairie Family Center in Burlington. 

Mission: “Providing our community with education and resources needed to build and support healthy and functional families.

Located in the small town of Burlington, Prairie Family Center hosts cooking classes and education courses for young mothers and support groups for domestic violence victims.

Prairie Family Center profile

Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado

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Community Navigator Shakur Manav with Executive Director Lisa Taylor at the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado.

Mission: “Empowering refugees and immigrants, connecting communities, and advocating for successful social integration.

This nonprofit provides a wide variety of services for immigrants, including translation, transportation, English classes and citizenship preparation courses. But anyone in the community can benefit from its free lectures, which aim to debunk myths and misinformation about immigrants and refugees.

Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado profile