You have a lot of choices for where you invest your donation dollars, why SPAN?
At SPAN, we want you to know that your donation has real impact. So we thought we would share some of our most important reasons for donating to SPAN.
#10 – Domestic violence is a serious problem in our community, one that led to the deaths of two women and a four-year-old child right here in Boulder County in 2017.
#9 – If you want to do something about homelessness in our community, a good place to start is supporting victims of domestic violence! The Denver Metro Homelessness Initiative reports that women and children are among the fastest growing populations of homeless people and that domestic violence is the leading cause of them becoming homeless.
#6 – SPAN has been around for nearly 40 years. We have strong leadership and sound fiscal management. Your donation dollars will be put to good use, with 87 cents of every dollar going to support direct services for clients!
#4 – SPAN is working on primary prevention. Peers Building Justice (PBJ) is a youth group that explores how dating and sexual violence are sustained by power and control in our communities. This exciting program is building the change-makers of tomorrow!
#3 – SPAN’s services are a great investment in the community. Studies show that domestic violence costs the community more than $8 billion a year in the U.S.. The State of Colorado estimates that each victim of domestic violence who does not get help, costs an average of $9,000 a year in trips to the emergency room, police interaction, lost wages, etc. By comparison, a family of three can stay at SPAN’s Shelter and receive a year of counseling, case management and transitional services for a mere $3,000 a year.
#2 – We are the best. OK, maybe not literally The Best. There are lots of good non-profits out there doing great work. But SPAN is doing high-quality, research driven, evidence-based work. We have a Silver Rating from Guidestar. We are an Accredited Charity with the Better Business Bureau. These ratings are a testament to SPAN’s impact in the community, good management and high standards of transparency.
And, the #1 reason to donate to SPAN – Now more than ever SPAN’s work for justice, for peace, for the dignity and safety and liberty of all people is as urgent as ever. Our determination and commitment is too. Join us in this work.
SPAN is proud to be a recipient of the City of Boulder 2017 Gift Card Drive! In conjunction with the 2017 National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the city will again host a community Gift Card Drive. The 2017 drive runs now through Sunday, Dec. 10. Gift cards will be given to local nonprofits like SPAN that help families and individuals in our community get food and basic necessities. More information on where to drop off donations can be found on the city’s website: https://bouldercolorado.gov/giving
SPAN has a special category of sponsorship, called the Super Hero Sponsors, specially designed for local businesses that step up in extraordinary ways to help support survivors and their children. Locally owned and operated Two Men & A Truck moving company has been a SPAN Super Hero Sponsor for several years now, organizing gift drives for SPAN clients over the holidays, and donating free moving services for SPAN clients.
This October, Two Men & A Truck stepped up once again, donating more than $6,300 to support SPAN’s Emergency Shelter with a much needed re-do. SPAN’s Shelter is 10-years old next year, and more than 3,000 adults and children have found refuge from violence there, so it was due for some new beds, furniture, paint and carpeting.
SPAN’s Emergency Shelter provides safe haven to more than 375 adults and children each year, and it takes a whole lot of basic supplies to make that happen. Please help us restock our pantry! Donations may be dropped off at SPAN’s Boulder Outreach Center, 835 North Street, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Our most urgent needs are for:
Economists say that ending DACA and putting its 800,000 participants at risk of deportation could cost the U.S. economy $200 billion, with Medicare/Medicaid contributions dropping $24 billion a year by denying the Dreamers the right to work legally.
The social impact is just as profound, with young people driven out of school, out of legal work, families disrupted, lives, dreams and ambitions put on hold.
What is one life worth?
Whether Boulder’s Latinx youth are DACA kids or not, we are failing them. At SPAN we know how these young people are hurting, we see it every day. In this most privileged of places, these young people struggle, isolated by poverty, racism, classism, sparse resources. The recent death by suicide of a young Latinx resident of the San Juan el Centro community sheds a stark light on this isolation, and the hopelessness and despair that can prosper in it.
According to the most recent Community Trends Report, 39% of Latinx children and youth in Boulder County are growing up in poverty. The most recent Boulder County Healthy Kids Colorado survey tells us that Latinx youth in Boulder County have higher rates of depression and suicidal ideation than non-Latinx kids.
Every one of these children is our child, a part of all of us. We can and must do better in supporting them, through creating a just and equitable system that addresses immigration issues fairly but also by committing ourselves to building a truly multicultural, multiracial community that embraces every one of our children as they dream, strive and create.
Bonnie Aona passed away on February 28, 2017 at 68. In her will she left a incredibly generous bequest to SPAN of more than $272,000.
Ms. Aona was born in California and did graduate studies at UC Davis in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She had a long and successful career in Boulder, working for Precision Visuals, StorageTek, McKesson and finally Intel. Bonnie made many significant contributions in her work, becoming known for her dedication, process improvement and training/documentation skills. Bonnie was also an accomplished writer, outdoor enthusiast and avid cat lover.
We are humbled and inspired by this amazing woman’s generosity to SPAN, and her legacy will make SPAN a stronger, better non-profit now and for years to come.
Now through November 30, 2017, just by getting a quote on your auto insurance from Liberty Mutual Insurance Agent Adam Finocchio, SPAN will receive a donation of $10. Add your home insurance to the quote and SPAN will receive an additional $5. This is a free, no-obligation quote, and you never know, you may end up saving hundreds of dollars on your insurance premiums!
Did you know that there are strategic ways to show your long term financial support for SPAN that also offer tax benefits for the donor? Called Planned Giving, these are fundraising mechanisms that involve specific donations funded with cash, equity or property. The most common form of Planned Giving are bequests, but other strategies involve transfers of property or equity that have experienced a loss (not uncommon in today’s down markets!)
For details about Planned Giving, consult your tax professionals or accountant, contact SPAN’s Development Director at 303.449.8623, 112, or visit these websites for general information:
These days more of us are looking for ways to be a part of something positive, something that can make a difference.
Consider becoming a SPAN Program Volunteer. SPAN volunteers are a part of the solution as we all work together to end all forms of violence in our community. Volunteers receive 33-hour paraprofessional anti-violence training, where you will learn about the dynamics of abuse, how to provide support in a nonjudgmental way, and how to use your time to advance positive social change. You may find that in the process you will be changed as well!
Program Volunteers provide support in the following areas of SPAN’s work:
• Crisis Line: provide professional support to crisis line callers, shelter residents and SPAN staff.
• DART Victim Advocates: emotional support and safety planning for survivors involved in a domestic violence incident to which the police have been called.
• Court Advocates: support survivors in the process of obtaining a protective order at the Boulder County and Broomfield Combined Courts.
• Children’s Volunteers: interact with children and create a safe space for emotional healing.
• Peers Building Justice: support SPAN’s youth-based violence prevention program and help give presentations, mentor high school youth in an arts-based after school program.
Apply online, or call 303.449.8623, ext.118 for more information. Interviews for the October training begin September 3.