Here’s how to support local charities this Founders Day

COLORADO SPRINGS — Founder’s Day charities are asking the community for volunteers and donations to support their cause. Here are some notable mentions:

find hope

Reclaiming Hope cares for survivors of sex trafficking at the point of recovery, during recovery and reintegration by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The organization travels with survivors of sex trafficking to help victims find hope.

When: A special collection of donations will be organized on June 17, where requested donations can be dropped off by the public at any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Volunteers will also fill Hope Bags, age-appropriate packs donated by relief agencies across the country. Hope bags can provide some comfort to victims at the point of rescue. According to Sues Hess, executive director of Reclaiming Hope, Reclaiming Hope has shipped over 400 Hope bags in 2022 and more have been requested by agencies such as the FBI.

Where: 5019 List Drive, Colorado Springs, CO; (719) 425-9405

Donations most needed for the donation drive:

  • Coloring books – preschool to adult (not super thick, please)
  • 3-1 Kids Shampoo/Conditioner/Shower Gel – 2 oz.
  • Toothbrushes and toothpastes for children
  • Small blankets (50″ X 60″)
  • Stuffed animals and toys for toddlers – for use with boys or girls, not very tall
  • Hairbrush, comb, hairpin
  • Fidget toys and playing cards
  • Band-Aid Hydro Seal Blister Heels
  • Baby wipes
  • T-shirts, pants, pajamas, underwear, or socks for toddlers, children, or youth

No homeless dog

A non-profit dog rescue operating out of Camp Bow Wow. The organization is a no-kill animal rescue whose main goal is to provide a second chance for dogs that do not pass initial interviews and temperament tests at other shelters. No Hound UnHomed welcomes these dogs and rehabilitates them through socialization and training so that they can become well-adjusted companion animals in their forever home.

When: They will have two shifts on June 16 — 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The volunteers will clean, exercise and feed the puppies.

Where: 4295 Northpark Drive, Suite E, Colorado Springs, CO 80907; (719) 660-5198

Charity’s Hope Food & Clothing Pantry

The Pantry works with a community network that fights hunger, poverty, unemployment and homelessness. They help everyone in need by providing food, clothing, hygiene, basic necessities, and job opportunities, including resume writing and mock interview training. The organization has implemented a rental and utility assistance program to expand its outreach efforts to prevent homelessness in the era of COVD-19.

When: One shift on June 17— 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will sort/stock shelves, fold and hang clothing donations

Where: 201 North Chelton Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80909; (719) 332-2360