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Golden has a number of organizations that exist to help others in the community.
Golden has many organizations that provide help to community members, including churches, food pantries, the Salvation Army, local service club, and others. They have worked together to describe the services available on the Golden Cares 3C website.
The Christian Action Guild has run Golden’s food bank for many decades. They also provide short-term financial assistance when needed. Learn more about their organization at www.christianactionguild.org.
The Golden Optimists Club collects bicycles, refurbishes them, and gives them to people who need bikes. They raise money, in part, through their annual Christmas tree sale at the corner of Ford and 13th streets. If you need a bike, contact the Optimists!
The Golden Civic Foundation was formed in 1970, to provide private funding for worthy causes that didn’t fall within the city’s budget. Over the years, the Foundation has contributed to most of the city’s parks, paid for a new sprinkler system in the Golden cemetery, and given lots of money to the local schools and scout troops. In recent years, they have contributed a great deal of support to the public art program that has resulted in so many bronze statues around town. They also provided financial support to the downtown revitalization movement that began in the early 1990s. They have purchased several vacant properties and found people to redevelop them, including the former Holland House (now the Table Mountain Inn) and the former Golden High School (now the American Mountaineering Center).
The Civic Foundation makes the money that it redistributes through their annual auction, generally held in early November. Local businesses and individuals donate some fascinating merchandise, trips, restaurant meals, nights in local hotels, etc., and auction attendees bid for them.
The foundation board then responds to grant requests from the local non-profits. Grant requests are due in September and the grants are distributed at an annual breakfast in December. See the Civic Foundation’s web site for a grant request form and the list of local museums, schools, cultural organizations, and other groups that received financial assistance from the Foundation this past December. If you are affiliated with a Golden-based non-profit, please consider submitting a grant application next September.
The Rotary Club makes significant contributions each year to the Golden Christian Action Guild, including food that is collected each week at club meetings. The club also gives several merit-based college scholarships to graduating Golden High School students. They occasionally receive requests for other types of special assistance, such as students who have the opportunity to participate in a special study project, but need help with travel expenses. When their budget allows, the Golden Rotary will often contribute some financial support to such endeavors. If you have a special need, contact the Rotary Club through their web site.
The Lions Club supports local projects for civic improvements. As an example, they constructed the public restrooms in Parfet and Lions Park, as well as the ones downtown, near Meyer Hardware. When they can, they also support local individuals who come to them with worthy causes. Contact the Lions through their web site if you have a special need.
The Kiwanis Club sponsors several youth activities, including a service club at Golden High School and a local Boy Scout troop. They are also responsible for the hundreds of flags that decorate the city on several national holidays, the annual Easter Egg hunt in Parfet Park, and serving breakfast to the participants in the Relay for Life cancer fund raiser. Like the other service clubs, they are sometimes able to help with special needs and projects. Contact them through their web site if you have a proposal for the Kiwanis.