Class Project 2015
The 2015 Leadership Douglas County class selected to work with the Douglas Elbert Task Force this year. The Task Force received a grant in 2014 enabling them to expand the space in which they serve their clients. The new space will allow for additional privacy and a more dignified environment of service. The Leadership class has worked to solicit furnishings for the new reception area and two offices.
In 2013, with the support of 2 full time employees, 9 part time employees and over 230 volunteers, the Task Force provided assistance to 14,740 people who were at risk of homelessness, in serious economic need or in a similar crisis. Services provided begin with:
- Housing assistance
- Utility Assistance
- Emergency overnight lodging
- Clothing and household items
- ID Documentation
- Information and referral services
The DE Task Force also operates a food bank and thrift store to provide additional resources to their clients.
The Project – final report
After reviewing and considering a multitude of ideas for a class project, the class decided that the goals and desires of the Douglas Elbert Taskforce were well aligned with our group goals of serving our community and making a positive impact in the area where we live, work and spend time with our families. After learning more about the issues facing Douglas County, we realized that there are differences that set our county apart from others in the Denver metro area. Because the average income of residents in Douglas County is relatively high, problems of underemployment, unemployment, homelessness and hunger are caused by different factors than that in an inner-city setting and often go unnoticed and unmet. As a class, we believe that we all have a responsibility to pull together and contribute to an organization that benefits our entire community today and long into the future after we have completed our work together as a group.
Our group approached this project by identifying what our goals were, how we would measure our success and how we would divide responsibilities and conquer. Our basic goal for the project was to solicit cash and in-kind donations from businesses operating in Douglas County to allow the class to provide the basic furniture needs of the DE Task Force. Our hope was to exceed that basic goal to provide art work, blinds, a children’s corner and a coffee corner. Success was to meet the basic goal and to be able to say that as a group, every individual contributor worked together to do their part in contributing to the project. Finally, the group easily divided into working teams based on where we each, as individuals, felt that our strengths would allow us to be the most successful.
The breakout teams focused on cash donations, in-kind donations, and decorating. We were able to have a professional decorator work with our team pro-bono. Our decorating group worked to get art work donated by a local photographer and professionally framed free of charge. Our in-kind donations group worked to secure over $8,000 worth of furniture donations from Office Liquidators after tirelessly approaching many vendors. In addition, CCT-Sprint owner, Jim St Louis, donated a 50-inch Samsung smart TV, Sky Ridge Medical Center donated chairs and Douglas County Libraries donated children’s books. We are still working with Home Depot and Hunter Douglas to possibly get the window coverings for this new space either donated or offered at a deep discount.
A final fundraising team has worked together to solicit cash donations to enable the group to raise additional funds for unmet needs. This group has reached out to American Furniture Warehouse, Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, many doctors and dentists offices as well as countless other business in Douglas County. In addition, our class members have personally donated approximately $1,000.
As we approach the end of our project, as a class we are happy to report that we have met our basic goals of raising cash and in-kind donations to furnish the space with the basic furniture needs for the Task Force to work from this space. We are thrilled to announce that we have exceeded our goals in many ways by also providing five computers (donated by the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office) and three printers (donated by Sky Ridge Medical Center) as well as art work and a furnished children’s corner. Additional funds collected will go toward providing toys, literature and a coffee station for the Task Force.
The class has worked together to complete this project on time. Every member of the group has delivered on and propelled this project to success.
The class would like to thank the following partners for helping to us to make this beautiful space a reality:
Office Liquidators Village Idiots Cycling Club Taylor Kohrs General Contractor
LDC Alumni Board Feldhake & Associates, PC Community Housing Development Association, Inc
Diane Leavesley Mark Simms Accessory Warehouse
CCT-Sprint – Jim St. Louis Sky Ridge Medical Center Douglas County Libraries
DC District Attorney’s Office Susan Best
Class Project 2014
Thanks to Royal Crest Dairy, individuals and other corporate sponsors, the class was able to purchase three AED’s!
Patrol Deputies are often the first to arrive on the scene of medical emergencies.
Patrol Deputies travel faster than Fire and Rescue units.
Although all Deputies are trained in CPR, medical journals show an increase in survival rates from
43% to 78% when first responders are equipped with AED devices. (http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/111/24/3336/full).
Lives will be saved when every Patrol Deputy has an AED.
The cost per AED is $2,076. Currently, funding is unavailable.
The DCSO Patrol Division serves the 844 square miles of un-incorporated Douglas County. This includes the areas of Highlands Ranch, Franktown, Larkspur, Deckers, Sedalia, Perry Park, and Castle Pines. The un-incorporated population that the Patrol Division serves is approximately 191,000 people. Total County population in January 2013 was 295,682 people. Your donation is vital to the efforts of LDC purchasing these units. Your donation is tax deductible.
Leadership Douglas County is a program of the Douglas County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. (FEIN 84-1339670).
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree is a group of Leadership Douglas County alumni devoted to continuing the tradition of giving back to the Douglas County community. What started as a small group of alumni in one Douglas County community has now expanded county-wide and become the signature project of the LDC Alumni Association.The Giving Tree conducts an annual food drive in March/April, partnering with local Safeway Stores with the support of American Furniture Warehouse. With the focus of Douglas County residents giving back to those in need in Douglas County, the drive has donated nearly 100,000 pounds of food to the Douglas Elbert Task Force food bank in its first six years. In addition, each summer the Giving Tree holds a school supply drive in conjunction with the Douglas County Education Foundation to make sure all students return to school ready to learn.The activities organized by the Giving Tree provide one of the LDCA’s major objectives to serve as a repository for social service and non-profit needs that have a direct impact on the Douglas County community. The LDCA has supported the Giving Tree with its efforts each year.