During the next five weeks, employees from Larry H. Miller Dealerships will spread cheer throughout Colorado communities in an effort to make the season a little brighter for those in need. Employees from Boulder, Denver Metro and Colorado Springs will share the spirit of giving by presenting more than $60,000 in donations to numerous charitable programs and conducting collection drives throughout the holidays to support children and families.
“We aim to be good citizens and community partners year-round, but we look forward to the opportunity to impact even more charitable programs, individuals and families during the holiday season,” said Ray Reilly, senior vice president, Larry H. Miller Dealerships.
Local charities and organizations to benefit from the campaign include:
SafeHouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (Boulder) – This donation will support Safehouse’s Emergency Shelter program, which provides immediate crisis intervention and safe shelter to survivors of interpersonal violence and their children. Shelter residents may stay for up to six weeks, and they receive all basic needs, counseling and advocacy services, access to a therapeutic play area and computer stations, and other services to foster self-sufficiency.
Bags of Fun – (Centennial) – This donation will help to fund the Bags of Fun program, which aims to bring joy, laughter and relief to every child fighting a long-term or life-threatening disease or condition. The brightly-colored, cheery backpacks are filled with fun rehabilitative games and toys that are age-specific and custom built for each child.
Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver (Denver) – Funding will support the programs and operations of the newest Boys and Girls Club in Green Valley Ranch. The new club will provide afterschool programs to approximately 150 youths per year.
Firefly Autism (Denver) – Funding will allow the organization to provide scholarships to families in need, who have children enrolled or soon to be enrolled in the autism therapy and behavioral support program. Firefly Autism’s comprehensive services include clinical assessments and the development of individual treatment plans for students up to age 21, including school, home and community-based programs.
The Denver Santa Claus Shop (Denver) – Both monetary and toy donations will support the nonprofit’s intention to give “a toy to every girl and boy,” many of whom might not otherwise have a toy to open at Christmas. The organization sets up a giant, temporary toy shop for four days in December; qualified families (referred by social service agencies) are invited to come and select gifts for their children. Larry H. Miller Dealerships in the Denver Metro area will be collecting new and “gently loved” toys at their locations through November, in an effort to help the organization reach its goal of supplying gifts to 13,000 Denver children.
The Rise School of Denver (Denver) – This donation will support the school’s integrated therapy project to provide music, occupational, physical and speech therapy services to students, including those with developmental disabilities.
Kids Crossing (Colorado Springs) – Kids Crossing is a private, nonprofit child placement agency that provides foster care and group facility care, and has served more than 250 children throughout Colorado. A tree filled with ornaments will be displayed in Larry H. Miller Liberty Toyota, and customers and employees may select an ornament and purchase the items requested on that ornament for a foster child.
Marian House (Colorado Springs) – Catholic Charities of Central Colorado provides help and creates hope for homeless and vulnerable individuals and families in Colorado Springs. Employees of Larry H. Miller Toyota Colorado Springs will “adopt” several families for the holidays and provide gifts and essential items.
All financial donations are via Larry H. Miller Charities, the charitable arm of the dealership group. The nonprofit organization disperses donations through a grant program focused on organizations that serve women and children, with an emphasis on health and education. Funding is primarily made up of employee contributions.