Community orgs stepping up during COVID-19 outbreak

Here's a look at how and where to help others — or get help yourself

Paul Albani-Burgio
palbaniburgio@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 3/24/20

With the need to social distance in the wake of the spread of COVID-19 becoming more apparent, Miner's Alley Playhouse joined theaters across the nation earlier in March in announcing it was closing …

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Community orgs stepping up during COVID-19 outbreak

Here's a look at how and where to help others — or get help yourself

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With the need to social distance in the wake of the spread of COVID-19 becoming more apparent, Miner's Alley Playhouse joined theaters across the nation earlier in March in announcing it was closing its doors and canceling shows until the virus has threat has subsided.

Then the Golden-based theater did something else.

“We started an (email) help line, help@minersalley.com, where people can ask for assistance and we will try to help out the community,” said Len Matheo, the Executive Director of Miner's Alley Playhouse.

As of March 18, the theater had not yet received requests for help. However, it had already amassed what Matheo described as a “small army of volunteers,” including many who regularly volunteer as ushers at Miner's Alley shows, that are ready to step up to try and fill any needs that arise.

“Our average patron is 55 to 75,” Matheo said. “I keep thinking there is going to be some elderly person who needs help getting food or walking their dog or something.”

Miner's Alley is one of several local organizations working to help people in need as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Here are some of the other efforts—and some information about how Golden residents can both help others if they are able or seek assistance.

Golden Civic Foundation

On March 20, the Golden Civic Foundation announced the launch of a COVID-19 Community Response Fund that will aim to provide assistance to members of the community that have been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to a press release, the donation-based fund will rapidly deploy flexible grants to Golden community organizations involved in providing relief from the crisis and assisting in economic recovery once it is over.

Initially, grants will be allocated to three existing organizations: the Golden Backpack Program, which provides food to underserved children in Golden; the Christian Action Guild, which operates a food pantry and the Neighborhood Rehab Project, which mobilizes volunteers to respond to community needs.

However, the foundation plans to expand grants to address other unknown needs that may arise as the crisis progresses. All grants will be administered and approved by the foundation.

“As we look to mitigate the economic and very personal effects caused by this pandemic crisis, our intent with this fund is to be nimble in order to quickly meet the greatest needs of the community as they unfold,” said Heather Schneider, the Executive Director of the Golden Civic Foundation.

Tax deductible donations can be made online at www.GoldenCivicFoundation.org. Checks may also be mailed to Golden Civic Foundation, Attn: C-19CRF Fund, P.O. Box 1538, Golden, CO 8040.

BGoldN

BGoldN is a new effort spearheaded by Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg that is aiming to address the needs of both Golden residents financially impacted by the crisis and local restaurants struggling to stay afloat. It will do by giving a rotating selection of Golden restaurants the opportunity to prepare nutritious meals at a break-even cost that will be covered by donations. Those meals will then be distributed daily by volunteers at Bell Middle School in Golden.

Breakfast will be distributed daily at 9 a.m. while lunch will be distributed at 1 p.m. The effort is getting off the ground thanks to donations from several Golden organizations but is seeking additional donations. Those wanting to make a donation can visit HelpGoldenNow.org. The meals will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis starting March 24. People who are underserved and cannot leave the home, can call 720-432-5048 or email BGoldNcity@gmail.com. 

Jeffco Schools Foundation

The Jeffco Schools Foundation is currently raising funds for Jeffco Public Schools students and families who are facing needs due to loss of income, being homebound and other issues related to COVID-19. Donations can be made at jeffcoschoolsfoundation.org.

The Action Center
As a result of COVID-19, The Action Center has reduced the scope of its operations to focus on addressing critical food news and providing rent and utility assistance. Those looking for assistance can call 303-237-7704 to make an appointment. All food is being distributed outside via a drive-thru. According to Executive Director Pam Brier, The Action Center is also dealing with a volunteer shortage. Those who are not part of groups that are considered high risk for COVID-19 can sign up to volunteer at theactioncenter.org. Donations can also be made at that web address.

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