Special Events and Calendar

“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.” ~Norman B. Rice


Children in Need Service Events

Once per quarter, we host supply distribution and service events for children and families at the Matthews House Community Life Center (220 N. Grant Avenue in Fort Collins).  We distribute gear, outerwear, hygiene items and other supplies, and numerous partner organizations join us to provide attendees with a wide range of services and support: eye exams, health screenings, children’s books, art supplies, haircuts, resource information and pet food, among others. Attendees are referred to the events through the McKinney-Vento program in the local school district and/or through agencies that serve homeless children and families in Larimer County.

Events run from 9 AM to 11:30 AM. Upcoming dates are:

  1. September 19, 2015
  2. December 12, 2015
  3. February 20, 2016
  4. May 14, 2016

Volunteers are the driving force behind our Children in Need events. As many as 150 volunteers participate in each event, serving as “personal shoppers” for attending families, distributing supplies and managing event logistics, among other tasks. We ask volunteers to sign up for “shifts” (8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and  11:45 AM to 1:00 PM). The first shift participates in the event and the second shift cleans up after the event. Bilingual volunteers needed!

Please know that you can still just drop in if you didn’t get a chance to sign up.  We will never turn away volunteers.  To sign up for a shift, please contact Chelsey Mandell at Chelsey@HomelessGear.org or by phone at 970-587-3556.

Sam’s Club Collection Events

Fort Collins

One Saturday per month (11 AM to 4 PM), we collect donations, fire up a BBQ and interact with customers outside of the Sam’s Club in South Fort Collins. This is a fun and effective way for us to collect much-needed food-and-drink items, engage with the community and recruit new volunteers.

Events run from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. There are two volunteer shifts: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Upcoming dates:

  • August 8
  • August 22
  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 7
  • November 14
  • December 12

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Chelsey by phone at (970) 587-3556 or by email at Chelsey@HomelessGear.org.

Loveland

Once per month, volunteers stand in front of the Loveland Sam’s Club (1200 E. Eisenhower Blvd.) and collect food/drink items from customers. Everything that we collect is distributed to children and families in the Thompson School District via (a) the McKinney-Vento program for homeless children and (b) the Loveland Rotary Kids Pak (a hunger relief  program that sends food bags home each weekend to families-in-need in the Thompson School District).

Events run from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. There are two volunteer shifts: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Upcoming dates:

  • August 8
  • August 29
  • September 12
  • September 26
  • October 24
  • November 21
  • December 5
  • December 19

To sign up for a shift, contact Chelsey by phone at 970-587-3556 or by email at Chelsey@HomelessGear.org