Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Thank You, Mile High DJ Supply


Today we’d like to thank Mile High DJ Supply for its support of Imagine!’s Out & About department’s Bike Block Party, held this past Saturday.

Mile High DJ Supply provided Out & About with two speakers with stands and a wireless mic for free. Out & About used the speakers all day to play tunes for dancing and a lively atmosphere. The microphone allowed us to announce safety tips with the bikes, where to go for certain activities, and to direct people to the donation station. The DJ equipment was the perfect addition to an already amazing event that allowed people with all levels of abilities the experience the joy of riding a bike.

Thank you, Mile High DJ Supply, for your support of creating a world of opportunity for all abilities.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Out & About Crowdfunding Success

Thank you! 

Imagine!’s Out & About department’s crowdfunding campaign to raise money to raise funds to increase opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities was a tremendous success.

Out & About set a goal of raising $2,000, and ended up raising close to $2,200 (a few cash donations are not included in the online total. We are so appreciative of the incredible support of our community as we work toward creating a world of opportunity for all abilities.

   
Can’t see the video? Click here. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thank You Thursday

Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
First National Bank - Sponsor of Out & About's Bike Block Party

Supporter ($250-$499)
Dana and Brad Bickham
In honor of Richard Ackerman 
  Andrew Littman

Friend ($1-$249)
Anonymous (2)
Lu Walters and Kent Arnold
Ken Hackbarth
IBM
Nick McDowell
Barbara and Harry Newman

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Andrea Cipoletti – for Early Intervention services
Scott Wendelberger – for Innovations

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wish List Wednesday

For today’s “Wish List Wednesday” we’d like to encourage you to support Imagine!’s Out & About department’s “$20 for 20 Years” crowdfunding campaign, designed to help fulfill their wish list of providing more adaptive equipment and more opportunities for individuals to participate in structured programs designed to support their needs.

The campaign ends this weekend, so if you haven't already, please consider donating today. They are already 70% of the way to their goal of $2,000, and every little bit helps get them to the finish line!

   
Can’t see the video? Click here. 

Click here to donate, and learn more below.

Imagine!’s Out & About department offers community-based therapeutic recreation services for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our program provides opportunities for people to participate in activities designed to improve social skills, community involvement, and skills that enhance overall quality of life.

Why We Need Your Help

Our intention is to continue to enrich the quality of service by providing adaptive equipment and opportunities to participate in structured programs designed to support people’s needs. These items will make a huge difference:
  • Purchasing adaptive equipment so participants can swim, create art, play sports, and communicate their needs 
  • Ticket/admission fees for adaptive programs and events 
  • Partnerships with local organizations that provide therapeutic programs such as the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), Adaptive Adventures, and Medicine Horse Adaptive Riding Program 

Some specific examples of what your donation will fund

$20
  • An afternoon of rock climbing with NSCD for one child 
  • An afternoon of paddling with NSCD for one adult 
  • one life jacket for swimming activities 
  • one adaptive paint brush 
$200
  • A day at Water World for five adults 
  • An adaptive horseback riding session for ten participants 
  • one adult wheelchair 
  • A day of adaptive skiing for one participant 
  • A day of snowshoeing for ten participants 
$2000
  • five adaptive kayak stabilizers 
  • one adaptive tricycle 
  • five adaptive communication devices 
  • A day of snow tubing for up to 50 people 
All donations will go directly to the Out & About’s children and adult programs.

Click here to donate.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thank You Thursday

We’d like to thank you in advance for considering supporting Imagine!’s Out & About department’s “$20 for 20 Years” crowdfunding campaign, designed to help fulfill their wish list of providing more adaptive equipment and more opportunities for individuals to participate in structured programs designed to support their needs.

   
Can’t see the video? Click here. 

Click here to donate, and learn more below.

Imagine!’s Out & About department offers community-based therapeutic recreation services for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our program provides opportunities for people to participate in activities designed to improve social skills, community involvement, and skills that enhance overall quality of life.

Why We Need Your Help

Our intention is to continue to enrich the quality of service by providing adaptive equipment and opportunities to participate in structured programs designed to support people’s needs. These items will make a huge difference:
  • Purchasing adaptive equipment so participants can swim, create art, play sports, and communicate their needs 
  • Ticket/admission fees for adaptive programs and events 
  • Partnerships with local organizations that provide therapeutic programs such as the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), Adaptive Adventures, and Medicine Horse Adaptive Riding Program 

Some specific examples of what your donation will fund

$20
  • An afternoon of rock climbing with NSCD for one child 
  • An afternoon of paddling with NSCD for one adult 
  • one life jacket for swimming activities 
  • one adaptive paint brush 
$200
  • A day at Water World for five adults 
  • An adaptive horseback riding session for ten participants 
  • one adult wheelchair 
  • A day of adaptive skiing for one participant 
  • A day of snowshoeing for ten participants 
$2000
  • five adaptive kayak stabilizers 
  • one adaptive tricycle 
  • five adaptive communication devices 
  • A day of snow tubing for up to 50 people 
All donations will go directly to the Out & About’s children and adult programs.

Click here to donate.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wish List Wednesday

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

This week's Wish List:

For Imagine!’s Out & About Program 

  • Two camping Lanterns for Catalog evening activities 
  • Three fishing poles 
  • Fold-down wheelchair 
  • Strider Bikes 
Out & About provides summer camp, after-school, and school closure day programs for school-aged children with developmental disabilities, as well as weekend activities for adults. All activities are community-based and are designed within a therapeutic framework.
 
Check out the entire Wish List here

Friday, August 4, 2017

Thank You, Charles Schwab

Today we’d like to thank some very kind volunteers (pictured below) from Charles Schwab, who helped make Imagine!’s Dayspring department’s Splash Bash event a smash.


Splash Bash was Dayspring’s final summer Community Calendar Activity. Dayspring’s Community Calendar Activities introduces families with young children who have developmental disabilities or delays to places in our community that offer great activities and opportunities for children to meet their goals through fun and play. All activities encourage motor, sensory, social-emotional, cognitive, and speech-language development. Each location has activities that are age and developmentally appropriate. Activities are centered around play, because play is the primary vehicle for a child’s mental and physical growth. Play has a vital role in cognitive, speech-language, physical, emotional and social development.

Thank you to the Charles Schwab volunteers who helped make this such a wonderful and wet event!

Enjoy some Splash Bash pictures below.





Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thank You Thursday

Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Gold ($5,000-$9,999)
UPS Foundation - grant for group home furniture and barrier-free lift

Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
Tebo Properties and Tebo Family - Imagine! Celebration Silver Sponsor

Associate ($500-$999)
Wiland

Supporter ($250-$499)
Carolyn Sanders and Eric Boysen
Kathy and Dale King

Friend ($1-$249)
Community Shares of Colorado
MGM & United Artists
Deb and Doug Sandersen

In-Kind Platinum ($10,000+)
Microsoft Philanthropies - Software licenses

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wish List Wednesday

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

This week's Wish List:

For Dayspring







Nuk Brushes
Pop Toobs
Therapressure Brushes
Mr. Juice Bears
Chunky Bare Books
Pop Up Tunnels
Knobby Balls
Kickballs
Bubble Oodles
Blow Up Pools

Imagine!’s Dayspring department has been providing parent education and therapeutic services to children (ages birth to three) for more than 30 years. Dayspring believes that the family is the child’s first teacher, and takes a whole child approach to encourage parents and children to build upon their strengths. Dayspring provides services and supports to children where they live, learn, and play. 

Check out the entire Wish List here

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Thank You, UPS


Imagine! recently received a $7,500 grant from the UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS.

The grant will be used to help furnish various Imagine! Group Homes, including chairs, tables, dining tables, and sofas. The grant will also help fund a barrier-free lift in one of our homes, which makes providing care safer both for the care giver and the individual receiving care.

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety, and the environment.

In 2016, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $116.6 million in charitable giving around the world. Closer to home, UPS employees have become regular volunteers at Imagine! activities.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Imagine! Foundation’s efforts to support individuals with intellectual disabilities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

Thank you, UPS. We greatly appreciate your continued support.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thank You, Microsoft


Today, we’d like to thank Microsoft for their incredibly generous donation of $661,565.00 in Microsoft software to Imagine! in support of increasing our capacity for enterprise improvements. By not having to purchase these software items, Imagine! is able to deliver more services to the 3,500 individuals with intellectual disabilities in Boulder and Broomfield counties.

Microsoft believes technology can do amazing things. That's why they partner with thousands of organizations like Imagine! around the world to help each one achieve its mission. Through Microsoft Philanthropies, they provide technology tools, training and resources that can help create opportunities and transform communities. We are honored to be part of their global community!

Thank you, Microsoft, for your demonstrated commitment to creating a world of opportunity for all abilities.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thank You Thursday

Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Benson Kerrane Storz & Nelson - Imagine! Celebration Table Sponsor
Knights of Columbus Longmont Council - for Dayspring

Supporter ($250-$499)
Cathy Bodine
Janell and Pat Daly

Friend ($1-$249)
IBM
Thelma Whitaker

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wish List Wednesday

For today’s “Wish List Wednesday” we’d like to encourage you to support Imagine!’s Out & About department’s “$20 for 20 Years” crowdfunding campaign, designed to help fulfill their wish list of providing more adaptive equipment and more opportunities for individuals to participate in structured programs designed to support their needs.

   
Can’t see the video? Click here. 

Click here to donate, and learn more below.

Imagine!’s Out & About department offers community-based therapeutic recreation services for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our program provides opportunities for people to participate in activities designed to improve social skills, community involvement, and skills that enhance overall quality of life.

Why We Need Your Help

Our intention is to continue to enrich the quality of service by providing adaptive equipment and opportunities to participate in structured programs designed to support people’s needs. These items will make a huge difference:
  • Purchasing adaptive equipment so participants can swim, create art, play sports, and communicate their needs 
  • Ticket/admission fees for adaptive programs and events 
  • Partnerships with local organizations that provide therapeutic programs such as the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), Adaptive Adventures, and Medicine Horse Adaptive Riding Program 

Some specific examples of what your donation will fund

$20
  • An afternoon of rock climbing with NSCD for one child 
  • An afternoon of paddling with NSCD for one adult 
  • one life jacket for swimming activities 
  • one adaptive paint brush 
$200
  • A day at Water World for five adults 
  • An adaptive horseback riding session for ten participants 
  • one adult wheelchair 
  • A day of adaptive skiing for one participant 
  • A day of snowshoeing for ten participants 
$2000
  • five adaptive kayak stabilizers 
  • one adaptive tricycle 
  • five adaptive communication devices 
  • A day of snow tubing for up to 50 people 
All donations will go directly to the Out & About’s children and adult programs.

Click here to donate.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Join Imagine! At Bands on the Bricks

Imagine! is the featured nonprofit at this coming Wednesday's Bands on the Bricks on Pearl Street in Boulder. Music, food and libations begin at 5:30 p.m. and Imagine! will be there to share info. Thanks to Imagine! Foundation Board of Directors member Richard Ackerman and RE/MAX of Boulder for making this happen!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thank You Thursday


Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Friend ($1-$249)
Ken Hackbarth
IBM
In memory of Bob Boonstra 
  Linda and Mark Loewenstein

As always, we thank all of our generous donors

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wish List Wednesday

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

Furniture and Housing Needs for Imagine! Residential Homes

Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder

New barrier free lifts for moving individuals from wheelchair to bed or bath (being safer for clients and for staff)

Garden Place in Longmont

New area rug 4 x 3
Small book shelves
Several cushioned chairs for the “Book Nook”
Set of four kitchen chairs
New oven
New carpet for two bedrooms
New set of silverware and a new dish set

Manhattan Group Home in Boulder

Non-fabric couch (6’), loveseat (5’), and chairs
Basketball goal
Picnic table
Two small raised garden beds (3 ft tall, 4 ft long, and 3 ft wide) for vegetable gardening

Santa Fe Group Home in Broomfield

Winter holiday decorations: a very large tree, a star or angel to put on top, many lights, boughs of holly, ornaments, statue types of decorations that can be placed on tables or mantles (no candles or candle holders), a wreath
Dart board
Puzzle glue
Bread machine
Clip on umbrellas for wheelchairs
Canisters for storing
Placemats
Electric carving knife
Standing Mixer
Waffle Iron
Bluetooth Speaker (Bose or other)

All

American Furniture Warehouse gift certificates for upgrades to furniture in several homes

Monday, July 17, 2017

Thank You, Boulder Area Alumnae Panhellenic


Today, we’d like to thank Boulder Area Alumnae Panhellenic for its generous grant in support of Imagine!’s Dayspring Community Calendar Activities.

Dayspring’s Community Calendar Activities introduces families with young children who have developmental disabilities or delays to places in our community that offer great activities and opportunities for children to meet their goals through fun and play. All activities encourage motor, sensory, social-emotional, cognitive, and speech-language development.

Each location has activities that are age and developmentally appropriate. Activities are centered around play, because play is the primary vehicle for a child’s mental and physical growth. Play has a vital role in cognitive, speech-language, physical, emotional and social development.

Much of young children’s learning takes place when they direct their own play. Learning occurs as children touch, manipulate, experiment and talk about things, while interacting with people who facilitate without directing. During play, children are provided with sensory experiences and opportunities to move. Young children need to climb, run, jump and challenge themselves motorically. Children are natural explorers and instinctively touch, taste, hear, and observe the world around them.

Boulder Area Alumnae Panhellenic enhances the fraternity system through scholarship awards, annual educational informational functions for prospective college freshman, philanthropic projects, community participation and civic leadership. They are longtime supporters of Imagine! and Dayspring, and host an annual Sensory Friendly day at Santa’s House during the holidays for kids receiving services from Dayspring.

Thank you, Boulder Area Alumnae Panhellenic, for your demonstrated commitment to your community and all of its members.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thank You, April Fund


Today, we’d like to offer our sincere thanks to the April Fund for its recent generous grant to support Imagine!’s Out & About Thank Goodness Its Saturday (TGIS) program.

TGIS recognizes that sometimes parents need a break, too, and offers fun activities for parents and providers while also providing Out & About's usual therapeutic recreational activities for their children - both regular attendees of Out & About and their siblings. The events for adults are free of charge and run the duration of the children's activity. The drop-off and pick-up location for the children's event will be the same location as the parents' event, providing a hassle-free transition and easy access to both activities.

The April Fund exists to impact our local, national and global community by making charitable donations to non-profit organizations in the areas of the environment, health and human services, education, civic responsibility and the arts.

Thank you, April Fund, for supporting Imagine!’s mission of creating a world of opportunity for all abilities.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thank You Thursday



Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Platinum ($10,000+)
AEC Trust - grant for Dayspring Community Calendar Activities

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
April Fund - grant for Out & About TGIS program
Boulder Area Alumnae Panhellenic - Dayspring Community Calendar Activities
Lucky's Market - for Out & About
Lynn and Helen Clark Fund - grant for Longmont Case Management Emergency Fund
Pledge 1% Colorado - for Imaginect App

Supporter ($250-$499)
Heidi Storz and Roque Ramierz

Friend ($1-$249)
Anonymous (2)
Lu Walters and Kent Arnold
Nick McDowell
Barbara and Harry Newman

As always, we thank all of our generous donors

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wish List Wednesday

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

Personal Items for Those We Serve (Adults) in Our Residential Homes

Books – any kind, but especially books about animals and romance novels
Jigsaw puzzles of all levels of difficulty
Board games: Trouble, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Connect 4, Hi Ho Cherry O, Go Fish, Operation, Guess Who, Quirkie, matching games
Sports gear – especially New York Yankees
Sports posters
Latch hook kits
Music CDs – especially country
Make-up/cosmetics (perfume, light beige foundation, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick)
iPads; heavy duty iPad covers
Rockies tickets for groups
Arts and craft supplies OR gift certificates to Michaels’ or Hobby Lobby
Computer games
Essential Tremor adaptive utensils, clothing, computer aids, writing devices, etc. for individuals with hand tremors (http://essentialtremor.org/treatments/assistive-devices/)
Games/activities made especially for those with Alzheimer’s/dementia
Recreation center passes or punch cards
Gift Cards to educational stores: www.beyondtheblackboard.com; www.lakeshorelearning.com; www.reallygoodstuff.com; www.educatorsoutlet.com; www.banksschoolsupply.com
DVD player
Stationary bike
Wheelchair-Bicycle Tandem: http://www.frankmobility.com/duetfeat.php
SmartLift foldable, packable transport system: https://www.etac.com/products/hoists-and-slings/mobile-hoists/molift-smart-150/

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thank You, First National Bank


Thank you to the good people at First National Bank, who have generously stepped up as the lead sponsor for Imagine!’s Out & About department’s Annual Bike Block Party, set for August 19.

At this amazing event, taking place at Erie Community Park from 11:30 to 2:30, attendees can test drive a variety of adaptive bikes designed to ensure that people of all abilities can enjoy the freedom and excitement that comes from biking. There will be games, food, and since this is the 20th Anniversary of Out & About, a few other surprises as well.

We appreciate First National Bank’s demonstrated commitment to our community, and hope to see you all on August 19 for a day of biking and fun!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Thank You, AEC Trust


Today we’d like to offer our sincere thanks to the AEC Trust, which recently provided the Imagine! Foundation with a $10,000 grant to help support Imagine!’s Dayspring department’s Community Calendar Activities program.

Dayspring’s Community Calendar Activities introduces families with young children who have developmental disabilities or delays to places in our community that offer great activities and opportunities for children to meet their goals through fun and play. All activities encourage motor, sensory, social-emotional, cognitive, and speech-language development.

Each location has activities that are age and developmentally appropriate. Activities are centered around play, because play is the primary vehicle for a child’s mental and physical growth. Play has a vital role in cognitive, speech-language, physical, emotional and social development.

Much of young children’s learning takes place when they direct their own play. Learning occurs as children touch, manipulate, experiment and talk about things, while interacting with people who facilitate without directing. During play, children are provided with sensory experiences and opportunities to move. Young children need to climb, run, jump and challenge themselves motorically. Children are natural explorers and instinctively touch, taste, hear, and observe the world around them.

The AEC Trust is a private foundation established in 1980 as a philanthropic, grantmaking organization. Funding has traditionally focused on arts and culture; education; environment; and health and human services.

Thank you, AEC Trust, for providing opportunities for young children with developmental disabilities and delays to engage with their communities in meaningful and valuable ways!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thank You Thursday


Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Supporter ($250-$499)
Charles Schwab in Boulder and Fort Collins
Jana and Chris Petersen

Friend ($1-$249)
In memory of Hilda Baumgartner
  Lo Anne Zentner

In-Kind Friend ($1-249)
Avery Brewing
Sweet Cow

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wish List Wednesday

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

Personal Items for Those We Serve (Adults) in Our Residential Homes

Books – any kind, but especially books about animals and romance novels
Jigsaw puzzles of all levels of difficulty
Board games: Trouble, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Connect 4, Hi Ho Cherry O, Go Fish, Operation, Guess Who, Quirkie, matching games
Sports gear – especially New York Yankees
Sports posters
Latch hook kits
Music CDs – especially country
Make-up/cosmetics (perfume, light beige foundation, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick)
iPads; heavy duty iPad covers
Rockies tickets for groups
Arts and craft supplies OR gift certificates to Michaels’ or Hobby Lobby
Computer games
Essential Tremor adaptive utensils, clothing, computer aids, writing devices, etc. for individuals with hand tremors (http://essentialtremor.org/treatments/assistive-devices/)
Games/activities made especially for those with Alzheimer’s/dementia
Recreation center passes or punch cards
Gift Cards to educational stores: www.beyondtheblackboard.com; www.lakeshorelearning.com; www.reallygoodstuff.com; www.educatorsoutlet.com; www.banksschoolsupply.com
DVD player
Stationary bike
Wheelchair-Bicycle Tandem: http://www.frankmobility.com/duetfeat.php
SmartLift foldable, packable transport system: https://www.etac.com/products/hoists-and-slings/mobile-hoists/molift-smart-150/

Furniture and Housing Needs for Imagine! Residential Homes

Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder

New barrier free lifts for moving individuals from wheelchair to bed or bath (being safer for clients and for staff)

Garden Place in Longmont

New area rug 4 x 3
Small book shelves
Several cushioned chairs for the “Book Nook”
Set of four kitchen chairs
New oven
New carpet for two bedrooms
New set of silverware and a new dish set

Manhattan Group Home in Boulder

Non-fabric couch (6’), loveseat (5’), and chairs
Basketball goal
Picnic table
Two small raised garden beds (3 ft tall, 4 ft long, and 3 ft wide) for vegetable gardening

Santa Fe Group Home in Broomfield

Winter holiday decorations: a very large tree, a star or angel to put on top, many lights, boughs of holly, ornaments, statue types of decorations that can be placed on tables or mantles (no candles or candle holders), a wreath
Dart board
Puzzle glue
Bread machine
Clip on umbrellas for wheelchairs
Canisters for storing
Placemats
Electric carving knife
Standing Mixer
Waffle Iron
Bluetooth Speaker (Bose or other)

All

American Furniture Warehouse gift certificates for upgrades to furniture in several homes

Program Needs

Dayspring 

Nuk Brushes
Pop Toobs
Therapressure Brushes
Mr. Juice Bears
Chunky Bare Books (for goodbye books)
Pop up Tunnels
Knobby Balls
Kickballs
Bubble Oodles
Blow up pools

Out & About 

Two camping Lanterns for Catalog evening activities
Three fishing poles
Fold-down wheelchair
Strider Bikes

Friday, June 30, 2017

Foundation Summer Board Get Together

Earlier this week, members of the Imagine! Foundation Board of Directors and staff joined together to celebrate the end of another successful fiscal year.

There were plenty of reasons to celebrate. Here’s just a few:
  • In 2016-17, The Foundation raised almost $660,000 to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities! 
  • Everyone's hard work allowed us to complete payment on both of Imagine!’s SmartHomes, and reduced the amount left to pay off other Imagine! group homes to only $85,000, meaning those payments should easily be completed in the coming fiscal year. 
  • Thanks to a very generous donor, Imagine! is working on an innovative solution to its biggest challenge -- employees! The Imaginect App is live and the testing phase is complete. Now they are expanding it to more areas of Imagine! and recruiting more on-demand employees. 
The evening was also a chance to welcome two new board members, Steve Bryant and John Creighton, and to thank and honor Rick Nelson, who is stepping down from the Board after six years of service. Rick’s efforts on behalf of the Imagine! Foundation were nothing short of heroic. He brought in several new sponsors to the Imagine! Celebration, brought guests to the Celebration and to tour Imagine!’s SmartHomes, chaired the Marketing committee, and created mission-interaction visits for board members. Rick was thoughtful and committed, and we are so appreciative for all he has done to help create a world of opportunity for all abilities.

Imagine! Foundation Board President Don Brown (l) thanks Rick Nelson for his service.

And finally, the evening served as one more opportunity to recognize Charles Holmes for his two years  as President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and welcome Don Brown into that role.

Charles Holmes looking relaxed after stepping down as Imagine! Foundation Board President.

Thanks to Gale and Tim Boonstra for hosting and offering such a beautiful setting to celebrate another great year with the Imagine! Foundation. And thanks to all of you for reaching out and giving so much back to our community.

Enjoy some pictures from the celebration below.







Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thank You Thursday


Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Friend ($1-$249)
IBM
David Wilson
Michael Zimmerman

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wish List Wednesday

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

This week's Wish List:

For Dayspring







Nuk Brushes
Pop Toobs
Therapressure Brushes
Mr. Juice Bears
Chunky Bare Books
Pop Up Tunnels
Knobby Balls
Kickballs
Bubble Oodles
Blow Up Pools

Imagine!’s Dayspring department has been providing parent education and therapeutic services to children (ages birth to three) for more than 30 years. Dayspring believes that the family is the child’s first teacher, and takes a whole child approach to encourage parents and children to build upon their strengths. Dayspring provides services and supports to children where they live, learn, and play. 

Check out the entire Wish List here

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thank You Thursday

Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Associate ($500-$999)
Qualcomm Foundation

Supporter ($250-$499)
Alice and Pete Madden

Friend ($1-$249)
Anonymous (1)
Lu Walters and Kent Arnold
Jessica and David Gribble
Ken Hackbarth
Nick McDowell
Barbara and Harry Newman
Deb and Doug Sandersen
Lois and Tim Sheahen

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Denver Boulder Couriers
Barb Goldman - office supplies
Susan Rendek - puzzles and kitchen appliances for Innovations

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wish List Wednesday

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

This week's Wish List:

For Imagine!’s Out & About Program 

  • Two camping Lanterns for Catalog evening activities 
  • Three fishing poles 
  • Fold-down wheelchair 
  • Strider Bikes 
Out & About provides summer camp, after-school, and school closure day programs for school-aged children with developmental disabilities, as well as weekend activities for adults. All activities are community-based and are designed within a therapeutic framework.
 
Check out the entire Wish List here

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wish List Wednesday

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

Furniture and Housing Needs for Imagine! Residential Homes

Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder

New barrier free lifts for moving individuals from wheelchair to bed or bath (being safer for clients and for staff)

Garden Place in Longmont

New area rug 4 x 3
Small book shelves
Several cushioned chairs for the “Book Nook”
Set of four kitchen chairs
New oven
New carpet for two bedrooms
New set of silverware and a new dish set

Manhattan Group Home in Boulder

Non-fabric couch (6’), loveseat (5’), and chairs
Basketball goal
Picnic table
Two small raised garden beds (3 ft tall, 4 ft long, and 3 ft wide) for vegetable gardening

Santa Fe Group Home in Broomfield

Winter holiday decorations: a very large tree, a star or angel to put on top, many lights, boughs of holly, ornaments, statue types of decorations that can be placed on tables or mantles (no candles or candle holders), a wreath
Dart board
Puzzle glue
Bread machine
Clip on umbrellas for wheelchairs
Canisters for storing
Placemats
Electric carving knife
Standing Mixer
Waffle Iron
Bluetooth Speaker (Bose or other)

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American Furniture Warehouse gift certificates for upgrades to furniture in several homes

Friday, June 9, 2017

Thank You, UPS

Today, we’d like to say thank you to the good people at UPS. On Tuesday, UPS sent a team of volunteers to help with Imagine!’s Dayspring department’s Messy Play Day. The team arrived early to help set up all of the stations and help Dayspring prepare for the arrival of families later in the morning. Many of the Dayspring staff commented on how helpful and efficient the team of volunteers was. The volunteers helped with the activity from start to finish, and we are grateful to UPS and their volunteers for their support!







If you or your group are interested in volunteering with Imagine!, please contact Elizabeth Hill

What is Messy Play Day? Messy Play Day is one of Imagine!'s Dayspring department's Community Calendar Activities (CCAs). CCAs introduce young children with developmental delays and disabilities to places in our community that offer great activities and opportunities for children to meet their goals through fun and play. All activities encourage motor, sensory, social-emotional, cognitive, and speech-language development.

Messy Play Day is designed to introduce new sensory experiences to the children in a safe and comfortable environment. Learning occurs as children touch, manipulate, experiment, and talk about things, while interacting with people who facilitate without directing.

But the paragraphs above are just words. Take a look at the pictures below of some of the Messy Play Day sensory activities to see what the words look like in action.