As our community rebuilds and grows from the unprecedented challenges of 2020, the need for support to those organizations doing front-line work to help has grown as well. To offer this support, RevGen refined its Giving Cycle mission to help programs that empower low-income families and youth, with a focus on historically underserved and discriminated populations especially people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and disabled persons.
To be eligible for consideration, non-profits must be nominated by a current RevGen employee. Applications are then thoughtfully reviewed by a committee of RevGeners who can recommend them for funding of up to $5,000. This process not only supports nonprofits doing important work in our communities, it also helps RevGeners learn more about the needs of the community.
This summer, the following four organizations were selected as our Philanthro-Picks for their ability to empower people in our communities to aspire to be more.
Denver City Lax offers educational and enrichment opportunities for at-risk youth in underserved neighborhoods through the sport of lacrosse. Its youth development program is offered at no cost, providing the opportunity to participate regardless of financial ability. RevGen awarded $5,000 to fund the Little Laxer Program, which offers access to the sport at a young age to those who otherwise would not be able to participate.
Hide In Plain Sight aims to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. This is achieved through education, including raising awareness in our communities, and awarding post-secondary scholarships to Colorado students who may experience homelessness or poverty. RevGen awarded $2,500 for Hide In Plain Sight’s scholars to use on tuition, books, fees as well as remove the barriers to things like technology, housing, food, tools, supplies, transportation, and child care costs.
Dress for Success launched its Denver location in 2006 with a determination to empower low-income women to gain and maintain employment and strive towards achieving a sustainable wage. Today, Dress for Success provides four programs that empower women to transform their lives, including the Women’s Employment Network (WEN). RevGen awarded $1,250 to benefit WEN’s mobile skill-building program offered at partner sites to enhance their workforce development programs. RevGen’s funding will support two cohorts of up to 20 women each throughout this programming.
There With Care provides a range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. They serve families referred by medical agencies by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. RevGen awarded $1,250 to There With Care’s 2021 Relief Fund Project which addresses the issue of critically ill children and their families facing unmet basic needs during a child’s medical crisis, exacerbated by the prolonged and negatively rippling impact of COVID-19.