We are pleased to share the list of 12 charities that our team members selected for gifting during this past year. Every month, our employee giving plan contributes $1,000 to a charitable organization of the selected team members’ choice. That team member then gets to pick the next person who will decide on a gift the following month.
We feel it is very important to allow each team member here at Origin to have regular opportunities to weigh in and to share their strengths. In that spirit, we want each person to have a deciding voice in giving back to the communities that support us. Clients: you have helped make these gifts possible. Thank you!
These local charities are ones that our employees have volunteered with, been helped by and focus on causes near and dear to our hearts. The values and missions mirror our own and the connection brings added meaning to our work. Please take a few moments to look through the variety of stories below and check out these wonderful organizations!
Always Choose Adventures (selected by Brittany Olsen)
Always Choose Adventures is a great organization here in Colorado! Their mission is: To help people of all ages, backgrounds, skill levels, and physical abilities to access the outdoors, get off the couch and connect with others while doing so. I’m a big advocate of adventures and getting out in the world, so it was an easy pick because I believe everyone deserves new experiences!
Colorado Healing Fund (selected by Joseph Brice)
I chose the Colorado Healing Fund as the recipient for April’s charitable contribution. The tragic events that occurred at the end of March have really impacted everyone in the Boulder community and beyond. I thought the Colorado Healing Fund would be a great choice in light of the events, and provide much needed support to those affected.
Food Bank of the Rockies (selected by Christine Prins)
I choose Food Bank of the Rockies to donate for the month of November. Unbelievably, 1 in 8 people in our Colorado communities are affected by hunger. Food Bank of the Rockies is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Rocky Mountain region, distributing more than 1.5 million meals every week and bringing help to those that need it the most. An important cause always, but one that sticks especially close to my heart during this season when we come together more frequently, gathering around food and family in joy and celebration.
Impact on Education (selected by Montana Guegan)
I have chosen Impact on Education as this month’s recipient. Impact on Education is “committed to an equitable future for public education across Boulder Valley’s public schools. We equalize opportunity, bolster academic success, and galvanize community engagement to create lasting change. Through our investments, we address systemic barriers that impact students based on socioeconomic status, race, gender, class and other marginalized identities.” Thank you to the shareholders for making this happen.
International Midwife Assistance (selected by Max Hamilton)
I chose International Midwife Assistance as our charity to donate to this month. Infant mortality rates are still unconscionably high in many parts of the world and women still do not have equal, if any, access to healthcare as well.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (selected by Kaylee Keeth)
I chose the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – this nonprofit has made a big difference in my own life. When I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 7, the JDRF offered a number of classes and programs that helped me and my family learn how to manage diabetes. Along with education they offer so much more to the community, such as supplies for those who can’t afford it, research for a cure, and research on diabetic medical advancements to make life easier as a kid with diabetes. Since I was 7, I have participated in the Walk to Cure Diabetes hosted by the JDRF every year and it is a really great organization. I was so happy to be able to have our firm donate. Thanks so much to the shareholders for making this happen once again!
Mental Health America (selected by Jade Arndt)
I selected Mental Health America to donate to for the month of December. Mental health, as we all know, is a crucial part of overall health and affects everyone. When those who are struggling are given the right tools and support, it makes a world of difference. Their mission: Mental Health America’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal.
Mother House (selected by Emily Hellwig)
For our October donation I’ve chosen Mother House. They house and care for struggling and at-risk moms and their babies. They help moms get back on their feet by providing support and resources to set them up for success once they leave!
Safe Shelter of St Vrain Valley (selected by Ashley Schumann)
For our June donation I chose Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley. This amazing organization is located in Longmont. They provide a comprehensive system of programs and services to help individuals affected by domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking and teen dating violence. Safe Shelter says “All of our services are free, confidential, bilingual (English/Spanish), bicultural, open and affirming, and available 24/7. We provide a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, case management, legal advocacy, community and peer education, information and referrals.”
The Wild Animal Sanctuary (selected by Emily Rivers)
The monthly donation for July is going to The Wild Animal Sanctuary. The sanctuary was established in 1980 and now has over 600 residents including tigers, African lions, black bears, wolves and more. The sanctuary section that is open to visitors sits on 789 acres, where some of the animals live. The Wild Animal Refuge is not open to the public, but is located on over 9,000 acres and hosts animals in natural habitats. The sanctuary has been rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores living in people’s homes, yards, and other areas not fit for such animals. The goal of their program is to place animals in large acreage habitats where they can live out their lives as nature intended.
There With Care (selected by Bonnie Drake)
I picked There With Care to donate to because it’s a local nonprofit that I’ve been volunteering with since I was 12. They provide services to families with critically ill children: groceries, transportation to doctor’s appointments, professional cleaning services so kiddos with compromised immune systems can safely go home, etc. These services are sometimes provided for years on end while kids are sick. They’re a really wonderful organization, and I was so excited to be able to provide them with funds from our firm – thank you shareholders for making this happen!
Western Resource Advocates (selected by John Dicken)
For our September donation I’ve chosen Western Resource Advocates. Their main office is located here in Boulder, but they work across most of the Mountain West. They primarily work to advance solutions to climate change in the region and to protect our air, land, water, and wildlife. The fall is such a great time of year here in Colorado, and for me it’s a reminder on the importance of environmental conservation.