March 6, 2018
Below are Imagine!'s most recent new hires and their respective departments.
Imagine! Employee is awarded Direct Service Professional of the Year
March 2, 2018
Jason Kingsbury, of Imagine!'s CORE/Labor Source department in Boulder, takes home the DSP Award of the Year. On February 28, Alliance held it’s annual Awareness Day Luncheon at the McNichols Civic Center in Denver. Service agencies from all over Colorado were in attendance to celebrate their successes in supporting individuals with I/DD. As a grand finale to the event, Alliance handed out a Direct Service Professional (DSP) of the Year award. In the mix of 28 nominations, Jason rose to the top as the employee most deserving of this honor. He works at CORE/Labor Source in Boulder and was initially nominated by his colleagues. Program Coordinator Jeff Rodarti said this about Jason:
“Jason has demonstrated a dogged advocacy for clients with intense and challenging behaviors. He has consistently modeled a sense of determined and graceful patience in those moments, even
going so far as to educate members of the community with regard to how Imagine! supports those with significant behavioral challenges, and how these individuals deserve a space in the community as much as anyone else.”
To read more about Jason and this prestigious honor, click here. Pictured is Jason (left) and Mark Emery (right), CEO of Imagine!, at Awareness Day.
International Visitor Leadership Program
February 6, 2018
Yesterday, Imagine! hosted a group of international visitors from China who are interested in learning more about non-profit management in the United States. We enjoyed their company and appreciate their interest in Imagine!. These visitors were invited to the United States under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, and the visit was arranged by Meridian International Center.
The visitors are spending time going to a variety of non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across the county, following these specific objectives:
Explore the history and evolution of the non profit sector in the U.S. and the tax structure that supports public/private cooperation;
Illustrate the diversity of the non profit sector in the U.S. and the dynamic relationships between business, government, and non governmental organizations;
Examine innovative technology and management strategies used by non governmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S.; and
Review NGO methodologies for strengthening leadership; recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers; fundraising; and advocacy.
This is the second time Imagine! has hosted international visitors as a result of this program, and we are delighted to share our knowledge, to learn from them in return, and to work together on discovering global solutions to challenges facing us all.
Janurary 31, 2018
Last Saturday night’s Annual Imagine! Celebration was a triumph of community coming together to help create a world of opportunity for all abilities. Another record breaking year as the preliminary revenue results indicate that the event brought in $430,226.00 in support of Imagine!’s mission!
On this night, Imagine! debuted a video telling the story of the Gehr Family. Click here to witness this heartwarming story. It demonstrates how far we have come as a society (thanks to organizations such as Imagine!) when it comes to offering opportunities for community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The evening included a silent and live auction, dinner, and guest speakers. Thank you to everyone who allowed this evening to be a great success!
Follow Us On Instagram
January 19, 2018
Imagine! is now on Instagram! Follow us at imagine_colorado or click here.
We strongly believe that photos and videos are one of the best ways to tell Imagine!'s story. With over 4,000 clients and employees in our organization, there is so much going on and we hope to relay the wonderful happenings at Imagine! through Instagram. Come on board and follow us!
Imagine! is Non-Profit Spotlight at Broomfield Chamber of Commerce Event
January 18, 2018
This week, Imagine! was invited to spend time at Broomfield Chamber of Commerce's networking event at the Kachina Southwestern Grill. Broomfield is an ever growing community and we were delighted to meet the business owners and managers a part of this growth spurt. The Broomfield Chamber of Commerce highlights a non-profit at each of their events to build awareness and connections. The Imagine! public relations team traded business cards and handshakes all evening while conveying the importance of integrating people with developmental disabilities into their communities.
Imagine! Gift Giving Drive Results
January 8, 2018
Last month's Gift Giving Drive, spearheaded by Elizabeth Hill of Imagine!'s HR department, was a major success. The drive was open for three weeks and collected nearly 366 gifts for children and adults. The community support was incredible, from volunteers to help sort and gift wrap the items, to business partners who donated gifts to our cause. Below is a list of partners who made donations, as well as photos from all the fun! Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make someone's holiday a little bit brighter.
Nativity of our Lord Church in Broomfield
Re/Max Alliance in Longmont
Louisville Dental Associates
Volunteers from CU’s Leeds Council
"Imagine! Night" at Longmont High School
December 26, 2017
Imagine! employee Jonny Brennan is also an assistant coach for Varsity Men's Wrestling at Longmont High School (LHS). He drummed up the idea to invite Imagine! participants from the CORE/Labor Source (CLS) day program to be honorary coaches at the Men's Wrestling home opener. With the help of LHS Athletic Director and the program coordinator at (CLS), Johnny stood beside three LHS alumni and Imagine! participants during the home opener on December 7th, 2017. Neil, Shawn, and Frank brought their school spirit and supported their Trojan's to victory from the coaches circle. The three participants socialized with spectators and partents in the lobby before and after the wrestling duel, handing out stickers and pens.
Jonny, Intervention Specialist for Imagine!, forsees a future where his wrestling students come to an Imagine! activity to volunteer and learn more about people who face developmental disabilities. "Who knows, some of my wrestlers might be the next crop of Imagine! employees," said Jonny.
Thank you to Longmont High School and CORE/Labor Source for a successful event!
Imagine! Gift Giving Drive 2017 - November 20 to December 11
Help brighten the Holidays for adults and children served by Imagine!. This Holiday season, Imagine! has identified over 400 adults and children in the community who need help with gifts and necessities. Please help us reach our goal to provide support to those most in need by making a gift donation.
Gift Ideas for Children:
Educational toys (Spanish or English), dolls and accessories, board games, books (Spanish or English), craft sets, ball set or Nerf set, car or truck sets, remote control car, Legos, art supplies, warm winter gear, gift cards.
Gift Ideas for Adults:
DVDs, Colorado sports team memorabilia or clothing, art supplies, craft supplies, body lotion, bath sets, warm winter gear, gift cards.
Channel 4 News Denver Visits Imagine!
This year, Imagine! registered to compete in WayToGoTober in October, 2017. This friendly competition encourages all participants to find alternative ways to commute to work, and then log their trips to earn points. Right out of the gate, Imagine! employees soared to the top of the leaderboard and dominated the competition. Halfway through October, Channel 4 News found this newsworthy and spent a morning interviewing a few employees. Click here to watch the video they put together.
Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) hosted this competition in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint. The effort of Imagine! employees in this competition produced the following results: logged 1,657 smart commute trip totaling 18,002 miles, burned 63,128 calories, reduced 4.8 tons of CO2, and saved $5,645. And these numbers are only from Imagine!, organizations all over Denver and Boulder are pitching in as well!