How can you make a difference for children in Denver? There are a lot of outstanding programs in Denver that benefit children, and they need your help! If you are a Denver attorney who wants to enrich your caseload with some pro bono work, here are a few options:
Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center
The Civil Protection Order Program uses volunteer attorneys to investigate domestic violence cases and provide a report to a Denver County Court judge. The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center will provide an eight-hour training session (approved for CLE credit) at no cost to the volunteer. Another option is the Caregiver Advocacy Program. Attorneys represent non-parent caregivers who want legal authority to make decisions on behalf of children in place of their current guardian(s). For additional information, please contact Tommie Evans, the Program Manager.
Colorado Juvenile Defender Center
The Colorado Juvenile Defender Center is a nonprofit organization that represents children who are involved in the juvenile justice system. Attorneys are needed to represent clients in juvenile defense cases and to assist with juvenile record expungement, juvenile sex offender de-registration, school discipline cases and legal clinics. For more information, contact Elisa Logemann, Director of Client and Member Services.
If you are a Denver attorney who wants to make a difference for children in an alternate manner, consider:
Give Denver is a Denver Human Services program that collaborates with corporations and individuals to prevent the abuse and exploitation of children and other vulnerable populations. Give Denver has three annual drives: the Spring Showers Hygiene drive; Adopt-a-Student School Supply Drive; and Adopt-a-Family Holiday drive.
Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap is a program for current and former foster youth (ages 16-24) who need support services as they transition into independent adulthood. Services include housing, mentoring, financial planning, employment and education. For additional information, contact Tori Black at 303-561-2236.
Denver Kids, Inc.
Denver Kids, Inc. is a program designed to help Denver Public Schools students (grades K-12) become successful through education and mentoring programs, such as Diplomas & Dreams. Contact Audrey Reyes at 720-423-2483 to volunteer.
Denver Opportunity Youth Investment Initiative
Denver Opportunity Youth Investment Initiative is a collective impact community collaboration strategy to help children ages 16-24 who are not in school or employed. Volunteers are needed to support a variety of workgroups.
Denver Bar Association Lawyers and Schools Committee
This DBA committee collaborates with Denver Public Schools to engage students in a variety of projects including: Partner Alliance of Lawyer and Schools (PALS); mock trial training and tournaments; Law Day Art Contest (K-5); guest teaching; and Reading Partners. Please contact Meghan Bush at 303-824-5303 for additional information.
Denver Bar Association Community Action Network
This DBA committee has programs throughout the year that benefit children in Denver and encourage attorneys to serve on boards of nonprofit agencies. Please contact Kate Schuster at 303-824-5312 for additional information.
Regardless of how you decide to help Denver children, thank you for making a difference! D