9Cares Colorado Shares
The Notre Dame Club of Denver has made a remarkable presence and tremendous impact in previous years at the 9Cares Colorado Shares Holiday Drive. This event is one of our largest community service events throughout the year.
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 6:30 - 11:30 AM
Inverness Hotel & Conference Center
(I-25 and County Line Road)
Go to our Registration page to RSVP for our 2012 event.
History of 9Cares
9Cares Colorado Shares started back on March 5, 1983. The drive was spurred by a conference on hunger held by then Governor Dick Lam. 9NEWS executives (then KBTV) met with community leaders, including businesses and non-profits to take action. They decided to hold a one-day food drive. The first 9Cares Colorado Shares drive was held in the parking lot of the old station at 11th and Bannock.
Eventually the drive outgrew its home. According to early volunteers, the station had to have police direct traffic to help handle the flow. With the increasing need and a desire to provide viewers throughout the metro area with the opportunity to take part—the drive grew to several sites.
9NEWS began the program 27 years ago in its parking lot. While 9Cares has grown into the largest one-day food, clothing, and toy drive in the region the mission of helping Coloradoans in need still remains at the core of what we do. In 2008, the program collected a record 220 tons of food and $111,300, helping thousands of people.
Who Benefits From 9Cares
FOOD: 9Cares believes that food collected in a community should stay in that community. In all we serve about 135 food banks in Colorado. About 100 of them are in Metro Denver.
Here in Denver, the food collected is sent to our partner COMPA Food Bank Ministry. The help us sort and distribute the food to these agencies.
Outside of the metro area we partner with community food banks and pantries. They organize 9Cares collection sites in their cities and towns and then distribute food to needy families in their communities.
CLOTHING: Clothing donated to 9Cares Colorado Shares will be given to our clothing partners Goodwill Industries and ARC Thrift Stores. In turn these two non-profit groups will provide 9Cares with clothing vouchers. We will give local clothing banks vouchers to be used to support their clients. Vouchers can be used to buy winter coats for children, business clothing for people moving off of welfare into self-sufficiency and other needs.
TOYS: Toys given during 9Cares Colorado Shares benefit the Santa Claus Shops. Founded in 1931, the Shop was the first group in the country to pioneer a toys store for the needy. Operating with a crew of volunteers, the mission is simple: To provide a Christmas toy for every girl and boy.
Hunger and Poverty in Colorado
- With a poverty rate of 10.2%, Colorado has the 38th highest poverty rate in the United States. This is just slightly better than the poverty rates of Wyoming and Utah, and just slightly higher than the poverty rates of Alaska and Nebraska. (2008)
- Almost 45 percent said recent economic changes have threatened their ability to provide enough food for their families. And 56 percent of those making $25,000 or less a year said they are more likely to use a food pantry (2008)
- Nearly 167,000 children (14.5%) in Colorado live in poverty. (Food Research and Action Center, State of the States 2006)
- More than 172,000 children qualified for free or reduced fee school lunches.
(State of the States, Food Research and Action Center, 2003)
- 270,000 - 35% of the children attending public schools have a family income low enough to receive free or reduced priced school breakfasts and lunches (Colorado Anti-Hunger Network)
- Nearly 30,000 seniors (7.4%) ages 65 and over live in poverty. (U.S. Census 2000)
Colorado ranks 5th in States with an increase of 31.4% in food insecurity from 1999 to 2004 (Center on Hunger)
- 12% of households in Colorado are food insecure, or food insecure with hunger (Household Food Security in the United States, USDA - 2006)
- In the past few months, Food Bank of the Rockies has seen an approximate 20-30% increase in the number of people needing food from our partner agencies.
- Studies indicate an annual income of $31,652 - more than twice the federal poverty level - is required for a family of three to live a stable and healthy lifestyle in Colorado. Families who live below twice the poverty level have difficulty meeting basic food, housing, health care and child care needs. (Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, 2004)
- More than 700,000 Coloradoans lack health care coverage. (Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. About 772,000 people in CO had no insurance between 2004 and 2006 (16.6%).
Law Line 9
Denver members of the Notre Dame Law Association participated twice in 2010 in Channel 9’s Law Line 9. Participants for this event provide free legal service to callers and will answer law related questions.
The second date in 2010 was held Wednesday, September 22, 2010. Look for future volunteer opportunities coming in 2011.
Denver Notre Dame Lawyers, under the leadership of Carl Eiberger and Brian Bates from the Executive Advisory Committee of the Notre Dame Law Association, have been participating in Law Line 9 for several years, and are looking forward to participating in this helpful community program again in 2011.
For more information or to participate (you must be a lawyer!), please contact Brian Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org.