Today, in Denver, Colo., Gifts In Kind International distributed product donations collected from Denver businesses and sorted by attendees at a National League of Cities (NLC) service project held during the 2010 Congress of Cities & Exposition to local Denver nonprofit Mile High Youth Corps.
Gifts In Kind International partnered with the NLC to bring product donations to Denver-based nonprofits. Numerous local businesses in the surrounding Denver area provided products ranging from clothes to housing materials for sorting and distribution to local qualified nonprofits. Local elected officials from across the country sorted the items during the 2010 Congress of Cities & Exposition this past week in Denver, Colorado.
?Gifts In Kind is excited to partner with NLC to help connect local resources with Denver community nonprofits,? said Cindy Hallberlin, CEO and president of Gifts In Kind International. ?Most cities are not aware that there are valuable local resources going unused every day, and in some cases are destroyed. Product giving can offer timely solutions to help alleviate the carrying costs of inventory and allow a business to help the communities where they do business.?
?The work done by Gifts In Kind, creating synergy between private companies and the nonprofit sector to help people in need, is true corporate citizenship,? said Mayor John Hickenlooper. ?We very much appreciate the many local businesses in the Denver area for their contributions, as well as the NLC attendees who helped to sort the products for distribution. Their dedication helps fuel the success of programs like Gifts In Kind.?
Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC), one of the recipients of these donations, received a pallet of requested building and renovation products to use in their young adult programs. These programs help youth develop valuable job skills while giving back to metro Denver and Southern Front Range communities. MHYC is a member of the Neighborhood Energy Action Partnership (NEAP) and employs and educates over 300 young people each year.
?We empower young people to improve their lives and our communities through service,? said Dr. Kelly Causey, the Executive Director of the 18-year-old organization. ?They earn a paycheck, an AmeriCorps Education award, and job experience while helping others. It?s definitely a win-win for everyone involved. Support from Gifts In Kind International goes a long way in helping nonprofits like Mile High Youth Corps stretch our dollars so that more resources can go directly to the youth.?
Youth Mentoring Collaborative, NEAP, and Denver?s Road Home, three collaborative nonprofit groups, will each receive a pallet of donated products. All other collected product donations from the service project will be available for free to registered Denver nonprofit organizations to pick up at a designated Denver warehouse. More than 120 Denver nonprofits registered with Gifts In Kind for this event to receive donations. They will be able to choose and receive the products starting next week.
?We are proud to be partnering with Gifts in Kind to repurpose these items so instead of potentially being wasted they will help Denver-area nonprofits," said Ronald O. Loveridge, mayor of Riverside, CA and president of the National League of Cities. He continued, "We hope that this will spark our members to replicate this activity in their own cities and towns across the country.?
Mike Roque, 720.913.8851, email@example.com Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships
Gregory Minchak, 202.626.3003, firstname.lastname@example.org National League of Cities
Kara Kozimor, 703.299.7575, email@example.com Gifts In Kind International
Kelly Causey, 303.903.3431, firstname.lastname@example.org Mile High Youth Corps
About Gifts In Kind International
Ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the nation?s best-managed charities in America, Gifts In Kind International (www.giftsinkind.org) is dedicated to helping people and communities by distributing new corporate product donations?including books, toys, personal care products and clothing, building supplies, computers and other technology products, and much more?to qualified nonprofit organizations. The charitable organization works with more than half of the Fortune 100 consumer, retail and technology companies.
About National League of Cities
The National League of Cities (www.nlc.org) is the nation?s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
About Mile High Youth Corps
Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) (www.milehighyouthcorps.org) helps youth make a difference in themselves and their community through meaningful service opportunities and educational experiences. The Corps employs young adults on projects in neighborhoods, public lands and open spaces throughout Metro Denver and the Southern Front Range. We have an 18-year track record of engaging youth in jobs that help the planet and provide pathways to a promising future. By integrating paid work experience on community projects with career exploration, education and lifeskills training, MHYC helps youth gain the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to make positive changes in their community, their own lives and the world.
About Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships
The Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP) was created in January 2004 by Mayor Hickenlooper to serve as a liaison between the City of Denver and the nonprofit sector. DOSP believes that by working collectively, the public and nonprofit sectors can be even more efficient and effective in strengthening Denver's communities.
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HVHA Transportation, Inc.
Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CACA)
Bass Pro Shops
The Home Depot
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