The PACE Center is hosting 14 Parker nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day — Dec. 10 — to showcase the local charities. Parker's second Give Local event will run from 7 to 9 a.m. at the PACE Center, …
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The PACE Center is hosting 14 Parker nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day — Dec. 10 — to showcase the local charities. Parker's second Give Local event will run from 7 to 9 a.m. at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave. The event runs until 9 a.m.
Sara Crowe, development manager for the Town of Parker, started Parker's Give Local event last year to give local charities more exposure.
“I think that being able to be active and collaborative in your community is such a big part of who people want to be,” said Crowe. “Sometimes there's just not enough easy access for people to know what they can do.”
This year, the PACE Center is bringing Give Local back not only to showcase the charities, but also as an opportunity for charities to network and partner with other nonprofits.
Last year, Crowe said, Southeast Community Outreach Cares and Colorado Arts, Science and Culture were able to partner on the 2019 Oktoberfest, hosted by CASC, and the proceeds went to SECOR. CASC also hosted a 1K fun run this year that benefited SECOR as well.
“(Give Local is) about how our community supports one another through connections and relationships,” Crowe said.
The nonprofits that will be present at this year's Give Local are: American Legion; Colorado Arts, Science and Culture; Drifters Hearts of Hope; Dylan's Down With the Arts; Inspire Creative; Parker Lutheran High School; Parker Adventist Hospital; Parker Historical Society; Parker Task Force; Southeast Community Outreach Cares; Valley of Hope; and Aging Resources. The Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Parker will both have tables as well.
In 2018, Douglas County residents gave $3 million to charities on Colorado Gives Day, according to ColoradoGives.org. More than $47 million was donated by 84,000 people to Colorado charities last year.
Colorado Gives Day is an annual event to promote philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. This year is the 10th anniversary of the event. People can schedule donations now at ColoradoGives.org. A Colorado Gives Day rally was set for Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. on the steps of the state capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave., in Denver. The rally coincides with a global day of giving, Colorado Gives' website states.
Almost $300 million has been donated since the inception of Colorado Gives Day.
Diane Roth, spokesperson for the Parker Task Force, said community donations is what has allowed Parker Task Force to operate for 32 years.
“We all live in our local communities and I think it makes a great deal of sense to contribute to your local community as opposed to somewhere else,” Roth said.
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