Founded in 1968 in Colorado's Jefferson County, The Action Center has been helping individuals and families for over 45 years by providing services to meet immediate human needs and promoting pathways to self-sufficiency. The holidays often place added stress on people already struggling to get by, which is why every year The Action Center holds both a Thanksgiving food drive and a holiday toy drive.
“There are specific times of year that are more costly to be living in the world,” said Nadine Pace, donor cultivation coordinator at The Action Center. “Thanksgiving and Christmas are times of year when people need extra help.”
Page 1 Solutions has been passionatley supporting The Action Center through financial contributions, in-kind donations, and volunteer efforts since 2004. Our team members are currently hard at work gathering items for the Thanksgiving food boxes distributed by The Action Center, with the goal of raising 1,500 pounds of food this year.
In 2014, Pace said The Action Center distributed food boxes to 1,900 households in Jefferson County. Each box contains a voucher for a turkey or ham, as well as a potato dish, a vegetable, gravy, and pie.
“If we're providing a meal to help someone remain self-sufficient, we're meeting the goal of the program,” she said. The Action Center expects to distribute 2,000 boxes of food this Thanksgiving.
'Tis the Season
After Thanksgiving ends, The Action Center will immediately launch another donation drive, this time to gather toys for the non-profit's Santa Shop. An annual tradition since 1972, the Santa Shop makes it possible for parents to pick out holiday toys for kids 12 and under without putting the family in financial jeopardy.
“There is a lot of pressure during the holidays, especially on parents,” Pace said. “With the Santa Shop, families don't have to worry about Christmas presents – we handle that, so they can avoid the extra expense and remain in a self-sufficient state.”
The Santa Shop shelves held a staggering 24,000 toys in 2014, making it possible for 3,700 children to enjoy the holidays. Page 1 Solutions donated nearly $1,000 in toys last year, as well as four bicycles and helmets that the company purchased as part of an incentive program to encourage employee generosity.
How to Take Action
Though the Thanksgiving food drive and Santa Shop toy drive are signature holiday events for The Action Center, Pace said that the nonprofit strives throughout the year to meet basic needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for needy people in Jefferson County. And people looking for ways to get involved in their own community likely won't have to look far to find groups with similar events and goals.
“Doing donation drives is the greatest way to help,” she said. “The need is always there.”
- By Adam Rowan, Content Specialist, Page 1 Solutions