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Thank You Thursday

Published: May 17, 2018


Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Longmont United Hospital
Randy McCall – for CORE/Labor Source

Associate ($500-$999)
Longs Peak United Methodist Church

Friend - $1-$249
Anonymous (2)
Lu Walters and Kent Arnold
In honor of Matthew Wood
  Cheryl Pricone and John Bradin
Connie and Ed Lehman
 Nick McDowell
Barbara and Harry Newman
In honor of Mike Gehr 
  Alice Swift

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.


Wish List Wednesday

Published: May 16, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

This week's Wish List:

For Imagine!’s Out & About Program 

  • Two camping Lanterns for Catalog evening activities 
  • Three fishing poles 
  • Fold-down wheelchair 
  • Strider Bikes 
Out & About provides summer camp, after-school, and school closure day programs for school-aged children with developmental disabilities, as well as weekend activities for adults. All activities are community-based and are designed within a therapeutic framework.


Welcome New Foundation Board Members

Published: May 15, 2018

Today, we’d like to welcome the newest members of the Imagine! Foundation Board of Directors. 


Courtney Gimeno, Business Banking Relationship Manager, Elevations Credit Union


Meg McClellan, Chief Legal Officer, UCAR 


Zoe Polk, Store Manager, Pedestrian Corporation 


Ed Wassom, Sunrise Eagle Ranch, LLC 

The four met this morning with Foundation Board President Don Brown and Foundation Executive Director Patti Micklin for orientation, and they hit the ground running! We are so grateful that they are willing to offer their time, service and efforts toward helping the Imagine! Foundation support Imagine!’s mission.


Thank You Thursday

Published: May 10, 2018


Recent generous donors to Imagine! include:

Associate ($500-$999)
Wiland

Friend - $1-$249
Ken Hackbarth
IBM
In honor of Isabelle Rusk
  Mary Anne and Richard Johnston
Mile High United Way
Jackie and Rick Nelson
In memory of Bette Royce
  Beverly and Gene Shaw
Heather and David Wier

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.


Wish List Wednesday

Published: May 9, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

This week's Wish List:

Furniture and Housing Needs for Imagine! Residential Homes 

Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder

  • New barrier free lifts for assisting individuals from wheelchair to bed or bath (being safer for clients and for staff) 
Garden Place in Longmont

  • New area rug 4 x 3 Small book shelves 
  • Several cushioned chairs for the “Book Nook” 
  • Set of four kitchen chairs 
  • New oven 
  • New carpet for two bedrooms 
  • New set of silverware and a new dish set 
Manhattan Group Home in Boulder

  • Non-fabric couch (6’), loveseat (5’), and chairs 
  • Basketball hoop 
  • Picnic table 
  • Two small raised garden beds (3 ft tall, 4 ft long, and 3 ft wide) for vegetable gardening 
Santa Fe Group Home in Broomfield 

  • Patio chair cushions for four chairs 
  • Storage racks for the basement 
  • Cornhole game 
  • Free standing outdoor basketball hoop and ball 
  • 12 white bath sheets and wash cloths 
  • 2 sets full sheets, gender neutral 
  • 10 sets twin sheets, gender neutral 
  • 2 new office chairs 
  • Stand Mixer 
  • New non-fabric couch 
  • 50" or larger Smart TV 
  • New set of nonstick pots and pans 
  • New set of unbreakable bowls and plates 
  • Cubbies or gym lockers 
All Group Homes

  • American Furniture Warehouse gift certificates for upgrades to furniture in several homes


Celebrating Imagine! Donors

Published: May 7, 2018

On Thursday night, Imagine! hosted an evening designed to celebrate our many amazing donors. Over the last 18 years, 5,286 donors have contributed almost $9 Million to the Imagine! Foundation!

Among the ways we’ve been able to use that funding includes paying off five residences and two SmartHomes ($4,313,687), augmenting and supporting a variety of programs that are not available to the people we serve through traditional funding sources, developing partnerships with local organizations, businesses, and the University of Colorado, and exploring innovative and creative ways to use technology to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The donor recognition event featured various hands on technology stations, where donors could experience first-hand a variety of technologies currently used by Imagine! to create more possibilities for independence among the population we serve.

A few speeches were given as well, highlighted by Imagine! Foundation Board member Beverly Shaw sharing the story of how her grandson’s life was so much fuller thanks to Imagine!’s support.

We appreciate all of our generous donors and are thankful to live in a community that gives so much to help us create a world of opportunity for all abilities.








Thank You, Imagine! Celebration Donors

Published: May 4, 2018

Transportation is so vital to Imagine!. If we want to provide the individuals we serve opportunities to participate in and contribute to our community, we need to be sure they can travel throughout the community. The RAV4 pictured below, for Out & About children’s program, was made possible by the tremendous generosity of guests attending the 2018 Imagine! Celebration. Guests raised their paddles to support Imagine!’s Out & About children’s therapeutic recreation program, bringing in $175,000 in support. This vehicle is just one of the many ways donors’ gifts are impacting the lives of those we serve.




Thank You Thursday

Published: May 3, 2018


Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Platinum ($10,000+)
Bob Von Eschen

Supporter ($250-$499)
In memory of Bruce Johnson 
  Sakyong Potrang
Peter Schild

Friend - $1-$249
In memory of Mary Martella 
  Barbara and Daniel Disalle

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.


Wish List Wednesday

Published: May 2, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

This week's Wish List:

Personal Items for Those We Serve (Adults) in Our Residential Homes 

Furniture and Housing Needs for Imagine! Residential Homes 

Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder

  • New barrier free lifts for assisting individuals from wheelchair to bed or bath (being safer for clients and for staff) 
Garden Place in Longmont

  • New area rug 4 x 3 Small book shelves 
  • Several cushioned chairs for the “Book Nook” 
  • Set of four kitchen chairs 
  • New oven 
  • New carpet for two bedrooms 
  • New set of silverware and a new dish set 
Manhattan Group Home in Boulder

  • Non-fabric couch (6’), loveseat (5’), and chairs 
  • Basketball hoop 
  • Picnic table 
  • Two small raised garden beds (3 ft tall, 4 ft long, and 3 ft wide) for vegetable gardening 
Santa Fe Group Home in Broomfield 

  • Patio chair cushions for four chairs 
  • Storage racks for the basement 
  • Cornhole game 
  • Free standing outdoor basketball hoop and ball 
  • 12 white bath sheets and wash cloths 
  • 2 sets full sheets, gender neutral 
  • 10 sets twin sheets, gender neutral 
  • 2 new office chairs 
  • Stand Mixer 
  • New non-fabric couch 
  • 50" or larger Smart TV 
  • New set of nonstick pots and pans 
  • New set of unbreakable bowls and plates 
  • Cubbies or gym lockers 
All Group Homes

  • American Furniture Warehouse gift certificates for upgrades to furniture in several homes


Thank You, Longs Peak Jazz Stompers

Published: May 1, 2018

This past Sunday, the Longs Peak Jazz Stompers put on a rousing concert at Longs Peak United Methodist Church. The show was filled with joyful music, and the best part is that donations collected during the event will be used to support Imagine! and Longmont Meals on Wheels.

What a great example of community support!





Thank You, Don and Lorraine Freeberg Foundation

Published: April 30, 2018



The van pictured above was made possible by a grant from the Don and Lorraine Freeberg Foundation for Imagine!’s Out & About department. Thanks to this generous grant, Imagine!’s Out & About program will increase of transportation options and safety by adding a vehicle to support community based activities. Thanks to this addition to our fleet, we will increase the opportunities for children with disabilities to more fully engage in their communities from a very early age into adulthood.


Music To Support A Mission

Published: April 27, 2018

Music lovers: catch a jazz concert and support Imagine! at the same time this coming Sunday at Long’s Peak United Methodist Church. The event is free, but donations will be accepted to support Imagine! and Longmont Meals on Wheels.



Thank You Thursday

Published: April 26, 2018


Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Guaranty Bank & Trust - Imagine! Celebration Table Sponsor

Supporter ($250-$499)
Anonymous - donors to Out & About's children and adult Centre Stage productions
Timberline PK-8 PTO

Friend ($1-$249)
IBM
In honor of Hannah Bozzay
  Deb and Doug Sandersen
Brenda Summers
Thelma Whitaker

In-Kind Associate ($500-$999)
McGuckin Hardware - supplies for therapeutic gardens

In-Kind Supporter ($250-$499)
Kristen and Bill Cassel - toys and clothing for Dayspring clients

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.


Wish List Wednesday

Published: April 25, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

This week's Wish List:



For Dayspring 

  • Kid friendly paint 
  • Blow up swimming pools/blow up pool toys 
  • Chalk 
  • All different kinds of balls (blow up balls or soft balls) 
  • Books 
  • Toys for children 0-3 years old 
  • Pens/markers/crayons 
  • Color paper 
  • Binders 
  • Folders 
  • Swimming towels 
  • Bubbles


Thank You, Empowerment Center of East County Volunteers

Published: April 24, 2018

Volunteers from the Empowerment Center of East County braved freezing temps and snow showers last Saturday with smiles as they cleaned Imagine!’s Out & About department vehicle fleet.

The event was planned in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day. Imagine! thanks you for your service!






Thank You, Girl Scout Troop 3302

Published: April 23, 2018

Last week, Girl Scout Troop 3302 honored the Imagine! SmartHome as their “Hometown Heroes” and brought boxes and boxes of scrumptious Girl Scout cookies. They also enjoyed a tour of the home. Thank you girls and your leaders!




Thank You Thursday

Published: April 19, 2018


Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

CASH DONATIONS

Associate ($500-$999)
Sterling-Rice Group

Friend ($1-$249)
Christine and Larry Haak

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.


Wish List Wendesday

Published: April 18, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

This week's Wish List:

For Imagine!’s Out & About Program 

  • Two camping Lanterns for Catalog evening activities 
  • Three fishing poles 
  • Fold-down wheelchair 
  • Strider Bikes 
Out & About provides summer camp, after-school, and school closure day programs for school-aged children with developmental disabilities, as well as weekend activities for adults. All activities are community-based and are designed within a therapeutic framework.


Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Published: April 17, 2018

The week of April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week.

To celebrate, we’d like to share a short video featuring a family that has volunteered at Imagine!’s Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome for the past several years.



Interested in volunteering yourself? Click here to get started!


Shop At McGuckin Hardware and Support Imagine!

Published: April 13, 2018


Our generous friends at McGuckin Hardware have set aside the dates of May 18 – May 27 to help support the Imagine! Foundation and our mission of creating a world of opportunities for all abilities.

During that time period, shoppers are encouraged to round up their bill at the cash registers, with the extra portion going to the Imagine! Foundation.

We thank McGuckin Hardware for their commitment to their community, and we invite you all to visit the most amazing hardware store you’ll ever see and help local citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the same time.


Thank You Thursday

Published: April 12, 2018


Recent generous donations to the Imagine! Foundation include:

CASH DONATIONS

Includes Imagine! Employee Donations through payroll in Q3 

Silver - $2,500-$4,999 
Longmont Community Foundation - CORE/Labor Source Grant

Bronze - $1,000-$2,499
blue Federal Credit Union - Imagine! Celebration Table Sponsor

Supporter ($250-$499)
Gail and Jerry Sloat

Friend - $1-$249
Anonymous (2)
Lu Walters and Kent Arnold
Rachel Audette
Laura and Garret Ball
Matthew Benz-Whittington
Jeremy Bergener
Kaitlyn Bergeron
Erica Berridge
Christopher Black
Rachel Bowles
Cheryl Pricone and John Bradin
Wendy Breitenfeld
Virginia Brown
Susan Burd
Alicia Burdick
Catherine Camacho
Jennifer Carr
Zachary Cassidy
Carol Chesser
Elena Ciaravino
Karen Collins
Michelle Conkey-Sajban
Marissa Daniel
Nancy Deklyn
Mark Emery
Tina Fisbeck
Dan Fox
Susan Gabriel
Jessica Gaylord
Megan Grimm
Ken Hackbarth
Kelly Halverson
Kevin Harding
Martha Heimbaugh
Elizabeth Hill
Fred Hobbs
IBM Corporation
Karen Kalis
Andrea Kintop
Eva Klemens
Maria Klickna
Violet Lehman
Julie Locke
Richard Lowe
Stephanie MacAlpine
Colette Marie
Nick McDowell
Patti Micklin
Julie Morrandez
Lucy Mwangi
Cynthia Navarrette
John Nevins
Cindy Newell
Barbara and Harry Newman
Gabrielle Norton
Rebecca Novinger
Robin Phillips
Carla Rapp
Laurel Rochester
Dale Rose
So Rosenblum
Chad Russell
Heather Sabo
Jenna Sallee
Erin Schram
Janna Schwind
Patrick Scott
Patti Showman
Caroline Siegfried
Mary Simonson
Danielle Stack
Erica Stamm
Casey Sterrett
Judith Sutter
Alice Swift
Julie Tu
Andorra Turner
Chantelle Tweten-Crumbliss
Kent Vogel
Victoria Warren
Greg Wellems
Scott Wendelberger
Tim West-Heiss
Megan Wieck
Sterling Wind
Jamie Zimenoff

In-Kind Platinum ($10,000+)
Microsoft - software licenses

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.


Wish List Wednesday

Published: April 11, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.

This week's Wish List:

Furniture and Housing Needs for Imagine! Residential Homes

Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder
New barrier free lifts for moving individuals from wheelchair to bed or bath (being safer for clients and for staff)

Garden Place in Longmont
New area rug 4 x 3
Small book shelves
Several cushioned chairs for the “Book Nook”
Set of four kitchen chairs
New oven
New carpet for two bedrooms
New set of silverware and a new dish set

Manhattan Group Home in Boulder 
Non-fabric couch (6’), loveseat (5’), and chairs
Basketball goal
Picnic table
Two small raised garden beds (3 ft tall, 4 ft long, and 3 ft wide) for vegetable gardening

Santa Fe Group Home in Broomfield
Patio Chair cushions for 4 chairs Storage racks for the basement
Cornhole game
Free standing outdoor Basketball hoop and ball
12 White bath sheets and wash cloths
2 sets full sheets, gender neutral
10 sets twin sheets, gender neutral
2 new office chairs
Stand Mixer
New non-fabric couch
50" or larger Smart TV
New set of nonstick pots and pans
New set of unbreakable bowls and plates
Cubbies or gym lockers


Imagine! Wins “Your Story” Award

Published: April 10, 2018

Imagine! is honored to have been selected winner of The Longmont Community Foundation’s “Your Story” contest.

As winners, we received a $750 award, and will be featured on the Longmont Community Foundation’s website and social media sites. We are honored to be selected, and thank the Longmont Community Foundation for its longtime support of Imagine! and the individuals we serve.

The award winning story and photo are below.


Longmont resident Gillian takes part in Imagine!’s “Horsin’ Around” class, where participants with intellectual disabilities learn how to build relationships with the horses, care for them, and ride them. Like all of Imagine!’s services, “Horsin’ Around” is community-based and designed to enhance the quality of life of people like Gillian. Community-based services enable people with disabilities to be included in society, as well as enriching communities by encouraging acceptance of all.


Thank You, Longmont Community Foundation

Published: April 9, 2018

Today we’d like to thank the Longmont Community Foundation for its generous grant of $1,900 for Imagine! CORE/Labor Source programs based in Longmont.

The Longmont Community Foundation has supported Imagine! in so many ways over the years, and we remain so grateful for all they do to promote the potential of Longmont citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Pictured below are Imagine! Foundation Executive Director Patti Micklin and Imagine! Ambassador Extraordinaire (and former Longmont mayor) Leona Stoecker at the Longmont Community Foundation event where the grant was announced.



Thank You, Timberline PK-8

Published: April 6, 2018

Today we’d like to offer a huge “thank you” to the students, teachers and administrators at Longmont’s Timberline PK-8 school for donating $420.25 to support Imagine!’s mission.

The fundraiser was called “Feed the Pigs.” The kids had to bring coins to feed piggy container (pictured below). Each container was for a different grade level. There was a contest of which grade would earn the most coins. The prize for elementary was extra recess, and the 5th grade won. The prize for middle school was a hat day, and the 6th grade won.


We love it when some of our community’s youngest citizens reach out to help create a world of opportunity for all abilities, and thank the good folks at Timberline for their amazing generosity.

Special thanks also to Belinda Chirinos (pictured below with her son and Imagine! Foundation Executive Director Patti Micklin), a former Imagine! employee who helped to facilitate this wonderful donation!