May 21, 2019

Strikes for Tykes with the DBA Community Action Network this Saturday

Strikes4TykesThis Saturday, December 6, the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network will host Strikes for Tykes at Elitch Lanes from 11 am to 2 pm. Strikes for Tykes is a bowling event to benefit the Children’s Outreach Project, a nonprofit high quality early childhood education program for typical, accelerated, and developmentally delayed children in the Denver metro area. Adults can participate in Strikes for Tykes for $35 ($15 for children 12 and under) or can rent an entire lane for $150. To register, click here, and for more information, email Alexa Drago at adrago@cobar.org.

Community Action Network School Supply Drive Starts July 21!

School Supply Drive Flyer(1)Each year, the Community Action Network holds a school supply drive to benefit the Denver Public Schools Educational Outreach Program, which provides assistance to homeless children in the Denver Public School System, including school supplies, breakfast and lunch assistance, uniforms, and more.

This year’s school supply drive starts Monday, July 21, 2014 and will run through Friday, August 1, 2014. Barrels for school supply donations have been set up in the lobby of the CBA/DBA and CLE offices at 1900 Grant Street on the 3rd and 9th floors. Donations may be dropped off from Firms may also participate in the drive by collecting school supplies in easy-to-carry boxes at their offices; Ricoh will pick up the boxes the week of August 4.

Items needed for this year’s drive include:

  • Backpacks of all sizes;
  • Pencils, pens, crayons, and markers;
  • Binders, notebooks, folders, and paper;
  • Scissors, rulers, staplers, staples, glue, and glue sticks;
  • Pencil cases;
  • Scientific calculators, compasses, protractors, and geometry sets;
  • Dictionaries and thesauruses;
  • Navy and red polo shirts in all kids’ sizes;
  • And more!

For information on firm donations, click here or contact Alexa Drago or Kate Schuster.

Charitable Bowling Event “Strikes for Tykes” is Back!

Strikes4TykesThe Community Action Network of the Denver Bar Association is pleased to present the Third Annual Strikes for Tykes bowling event. Strikes for Tykes is an event to raise funds for Children’s Outreach Project, a non-profit, therapeutic preschool and child care center serving north Denver and the surrounding communities. The vision of Children’s Outreach Project is to provide young children of all abilities with excellent early childhood education and affordable care.
This year, Strikes for Tykes will be held at Elitch Lanes in Denver on Saturday, November 16,  with all ages (and skill levels!) invited. Click here to register.
The event proceeds will  provide scholarships for kids in need. It costs $1,085 per month to send a child to Children’s Outreach Project full-time and $575 per month to send a child to Children’s Outreach Project part-time. Scholarships to cover these costs are crucial, as 47% of the enrolled students at Children’s Outreach Project come from low-income families with 32% falling below the poverty line. Please help us fund scholarships to send these kids to school!

Volunteers Needed to Help Hand Out School Supplies at DBA-CAN Event

Each year, the Denver Bar Association Community Action Network hosts a school supply drive to benefit the Educational Outreach Program through Denver Public Schools. The school supply drive helps underprivileged kids receive tools to ensure that they are ready for and excited about school.

Today, July 26, 2013, is the last day of the DBA-CAN school supply drive. Donations of school supplies can be dropped off at the CBA and CLE offices during business hours. All standard school supply items are needed, including backpacks, crayons, markers, pencils, erasers, pens, rulers, glue, pocket folders, paper, notebooks, binders, geometry sets, and boxes of tissue. Click here for a complete list of needed supplies.

There are other volunteer opportunities related to the school supply drive. On August 1, volunteers are needed to sort through the donated supplies. On August 3, volunteers are needed to stuff backpacks for donation. Additionally, on Saturday, August 10, at Whittier Elementary School in Denver (25th & Downing), the DBA-CAN and community volunteers will hand out the donated school supplies. This will be a fun carnival-themed day and many volunteers are needed for the carnival booths.

If you can volunteer for any of the activities, click here. For more information, contact Heather Clark (hclark@cobar.org) or Kate Schuster (kschuster@cobar.org). Please feel free to forward this information—DBA-CAN needs many volunteers!

Community Action Network Participates in a Day of Service in Honor of Sarah Rector

By Kate Schuster

On Tuesday, June 18, the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network held a day of service in honor of Sarah Rector, a committee member who passed away suddenly last March. CAN members volunteered at two local non-profit organizations, Project Angel Heart and Metro CareRing, and encouraged the entire DBA community to volunteer during the month of June in Sarah’s honor.

At Project Angel Heart volunteers Kris Reed, Arax Corn, and Sarah Millard, helped prepare meals for individuals facing life threatening illnesses.  At Metro CareRing, the nonprofit that benefits from CAN’s annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive, volunteers Kasi Schuelke and JoAnne Zboyan provided personal shopping services for families and individuals using Metro CareRing’s services and volunteers Molly McNab, Trent Ongert, Patrick Thiessen, and Robin Perkins helped sort and stock donations in the pantry.

We miss Sarah greatly and the CAN committee is dedicated to honoring her memory through service to Denver at large, which Sarah was passionate about.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with CAN please contact Robin Perkins at robineperkins@gmail.com or Kate Schuster at kschuster@cobar.org.

Legal Community Donates More Than $54,000 in Food and Cash for Annual Drive

ROTB2-2Members of the legal community donated food and dollars totaling $54,145 to hunger relief organization Metro CareRing through the Denver Bar Association’s 14th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive, collecting 3,000 pounds more food than in the previous year.

Forty-eight law firms participated in the drive, collecting 10,093 pounds of food and $31,940 in cash donations. This year’s top donating firms are Berenbaum Weinshienk PC, the Castle Law Group, Faegre Baker Daniels, Katz, Look & Onorato PC, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Orten Cavanagh & Holmes LLC. The food drive was sponsored by the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network and ran April 15 to 26.

ROTB1-1“We’re thrilled that the legal community has stepped up this year to provide even more food to Metro CareRing,” said CAN Committee Chair Kris Reed, a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. “Summer months can hard on families because school is out and kids are home for most meals. We’re pleased the Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive can help close the hunger gap in the metro area.”

Metro CareRing operates one of the largest food pantries in Denver. The food and money donated will translate to approximately 15,600 people provided with a five-day supply of food, according to Metro CareRing.

The Community Action Network Committee offers DBA members year-round opportunities to connect with the community and provide valuable legal, social and civic assistance to those in need.

Book Drive This Week to Benefit Denver’s Warm Welcome Childcare Center

The Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and Community Action Network are sponsoring a book drive this week to benefit the Denver Court Warm Welcome Childcare Center. Through Friday, December 7, 2012, the DBA-YLD and CAN are collecting new and used children’s books for kids ages 6 months to 12 years.

The Denver Warm Welcome Childcare Center provides free drop-in child care services for people with business before the district, county, and juvenile courts in Denver County. The Center provides brochures and written materials concerning child care, but it also sends a book or activity home with each child who visits. This book drive will assist the Center in donating books to each child who visits.

For more information about the book drive, contact Heather Clark (hclark@cobar.org) or Blair Bowen (bqbowen@gmail.com), or sign up online by clicking here. Books can also be brought to the CBA/DBA offices at 1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor.