Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thank You, Safeway Foundation!

Today, we’d like to send a great big “thank you” to the Safeway Foundation for a donation of $10,000 to the Imagine! Foundation to help support services for individuals with one or more developmental disabilities.

Safeway hosted a check presentation yesterday at the their store located at 28th and Iris in Boulder. The presentation ceremony was attended by members of Imagine!’s Board of Directors, members of the Imagine! Foundation Board of Directors, Safeway employees, and, perhaps most importantly, Joe Hansen.

Joe receives services from Imagine!, is on the Imagine! Board of Directors, and is a longtime Safeway employee (he’s worked there since 2001). In 2010, Joe and his mother wrote letters of support to the Safeway Foundation for a grant to Imagine!. Since that time, the Safeway Foundation has given three donations of $10,000 each to the Imagine! Foundation! Wow!

We are so very grateful for Safeway’s continued support of our community. Please enjoy the photos below from yesterday’s check presentation ceremony.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thank You Thursday

This week’s roundup of generous donations to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

In-Kind Gifts

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Athena West – Ride-on-Toy

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thank You, Herbert Parker Trust

Today, we’d like to say “thank you” to the Herbert Parker Trust for its recent grant of $3,000 to support Imagine!’s Dayspring Community Calendar Activities Program.

The Herbert Parker Trust provides funding for many programs, including program dedicated to the care and education of children with intellectual disabilities. The Trust is administered by Wells Fargo.

Imagine!’s Dayspring Community Calendar Activities Program introduces local families 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.

This is the fourth time the Herbert Parker Trust has provided a grant to Imagine! for the Community Calendar Activities Program, providing a total of $7,000 to support this vital program.

Thank you, Herbert Parker Trust, for your continued and generous support!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

Welcome to this week’s roundup of donors to the Imagine! Foundation.

Cash Donations
Friend ($1-$249)
Dan & Sandra Stevens
In Memory of Isabelle Conner from Reed Wahlberg

In-Kind Gifts

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Indulge Bakery – 50% off of cake for retirement of Marianne Nick (34-year Imagine! employee!)

As always, thank you to all of Imagine!’s generous donors.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Imagine! Employees “Transcend $10,000”

Congratulations and many thanks to Imagine! employees for raising $10,492 to help support Imagine! consumers and for reaching the “Transcend $10,000” goal!

Transcend $10,000" is Imagine!’s Employee Donation program. This year’s total is 75% more than what employees contributed last fiscal year. Wow! The gifts include payroll deductions, donations through Colorado Gives Day and the Imagine! Celebration, and individual checks and credit card payments.

The Imagine! Foundation’s overall goal for FY13 is a 10% increase in revenue, so, applying that to employee donations, we are setting a new goal of $11,500. Considering the generosity and dedication of our employees, we think we will reach that goal.

Thanks to all of the Imagine! employees who participated.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

Welcome to this week’s roundup of donors to the Imagine! Foundation.

Cash Donations This Week 

Gold ($5,000-$9,999)
Longs Peak Arches, Inc. (McDonald’s Longmont) – for Charles Family SmartHome

Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
Herbert Parker Trust/Wells Fargo – grant of $3000 for Dayspring’s Community Calendar Activities program

Friend ($1-$249)
In Honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Mike Gehr
  from David & Rachel Gehr
  from Keith & Judith Josephson
Mark Zentner

As always, thank you to all of Imagine!’s generous donors.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Dayspring’s Messy Play Day A Hit!

Imagine!’s Dayspring department hosts Community Calendar Activities throughout the year designed to introduce families of 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 Community Calendar activities encourage motor, sensory, social-emotional, and cognitive and speech-language development.

On June 27th, Dayspring held its annual Messy Play Day at the playground behind Imagine!’s Dixon St. office. It’s one of the most fun Community Calendar Activities, and definitely the most messy! This year, there was painting on a large vinyl sheet, sand, bubbles, water to play in and to “paint” cement with, Jell-O to squish hands in, oobleck (cornstarch & water mixture), and a swimming pool with 20 cans of shaving cream sprayed into it that kids could either just touch or climb into.

Some kids were covered in shaving cream, others were more tentative about the variety of textures and sensations – but everyone seemed to have a good time. In all, 25 children who receive services from Imagine!’s Dayspring department along with 13 of their siblings and their families attended.  

Words can’t truly describe this event. Thanks to the Dayspring crew for creating such a fun and valuable learning experience.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

Welcome to this week’s roundup of donors to the Imagine! Foundation.

This week’s roundup includes the end of the year totals of Imagine! employee gifts through the Payroll Deduction portion of Imagine!’s Employee Donation Program “Transcend $10,000.” A special thanks is needed for all of the Imagine! employees who gave through this program, going above and beyond to demonstrate their commitment to Imagine! and the people we serve.  
Cash Donations This Week

Bronze ($1000-$2,499)
Holland/Ladd Family Foundation

Associate ($500-$999)
Susan LaHoda
John Mehaffy
Mia Sanchez-O’Dell
Jodi Walters
Chuck Wellman

Supporter ($250-$499)
Mark Emery
Erin Fleming
Martha Heimbaugh
Eva Klemens
Caroline Siegfried
Greg Wellems
Sterling Wind

Friend ($1-$249)
Alex Andrews
Rick Brown
Helen Calvo
Carol Chesser
Sandra Crowell
James Faulstich
Lisa Fiero
Susan Gabriel
Trent Gustafson
Fred Hobbs
Kimberly Kane
Maureen Kelly
Bill & Laura Koch
Patrick Krause
Colette Marie
Kevin Nelson
Rebecca Novinger
Elizabeth Reed
Heather Sabo
Gail Scott
Liz Smokowski
Chantelle Tweten
Phyllis Villar

As always, thank you to all of Imagine!’s generous donors.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Thank You, Qualcomm Foundation and QCares Experience

Today we’d like to send a big “thank you” to the Qualcomm Foundation for a recent grant, and more importantly, for supporting Qualcomm employee volunteers who donated their time to Imagine! as part of the QCares Experience.

According to the Qualcomm website:

“Qualcomm's corporate volunteerism program encourages employee involvement in the community, and is our way of connecting our diverse employee base to local volunteer opportunities.

QCares creates many opportunities for its employees, friends and families to participate in charitable events. Serving a wide range of needs, our employees are helping people with disabilities, improving the environment, feeding and clothing the homeless, and caring for animals. QCares organizes volunteer team building projects as special opportunities for internal departments to foster teamwork and celebrate accomplishments, while simultaneously contributing to the improvement of our communities.”

The nine Qualcomm volunteers who visited Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source Boulder headquarters on May 17 certainly contributed to the improvement of our community. The volunteers helped clean some of Imagine!’s vehicles and did some general maintenance around the CORE/Labor Source building. More importantly, they interacted with participants in various CORE programs, meeting their obligation to community in a very tangible way.

By all reports, the volunteers were a gregarious and fun loving bunch, and their enthusiasm was infectious. We sure appreciated having them around. To make things even better, we recently received a letter from the Qualcomm Foundation informing us that they would be providing us a generous grant of $550 “in honor of our participation in the QCares Experience.” We really appreciate their additional support, especially because we already benefitted so much from the volunteers.

From all of us at Imagine!, thank you Qualcomm to your demonstrated commitment to being a good community partner.