Ways to help

 

COVid 19 has Impacted MSCH!

We want to thank so many who have helped us this year as we continue to understand this changing new world we are all experiencing.

It is taking some time to adjust to all the changes.  We continue to be flexible and we are adapting to situations that are out of our control.

COVID-19 has brought uncertainty and concern for each of us.

In this uncertainty we have experienced a substantial decrease in our donations.  Food runs have been postponed and events canceled.

We do appreciate YOU, the many caring donors who have stepped up to encourage us in our mission to help children.  If you are able to help, we are in need of ongoing support to provide the care our children need.

Please Consider a Donation!

To Donate by mail please send to; Mountain States Children’s Home, 14780 N. 107th Street, Longmont, CO 80504

OR

DONATE   NOW

Thank you so much for your help!

 

Remember that when you give this year you will help us and you will benefit as a Colorado Resident through the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit

 

Check out the Colorado State Income 35 form to see how to take advantage of this opportunity.  Please check with your tax advisor.

Ways You Can Get Involved

Donors and Volunteers Together Help Mountain States Children’s Home Succeed.  There are many, many ways our donors help our children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Appeal Gifts
  • Automobile Donations
  • Scholarships for children to attend Longmont Christian High School
  • Bequests
  • Cash, Check or use your Credit Card when you click the Donate Now Online button
  • Change Cans (through business, individual, church, etc.)
  • Christmas Gifts – During the months beginning in November through December we make available Christmas ideas for the children
  • Congregational Giving
  • Endowment Funding
  • Fund a Child – Help a child with their program expense and encouragement to success
  • In Kind (landscape material, concrete, house supplies, maintenance, etc.)
  • Items that can be sold for funds (in Benefit Auction, MSCH Thrift Store, etc.) or used in the homes
  • Memorial and Honorariums
  • Monthly Gifts – Donations can be set up through your bank for Direct Deposit
  • Monthly Gifts through the MSCH Calendar – Each month has a reminder envelope for giving
  • Mountain States Children’s Home Thrift Store – Stop, Drop and Role
  • Planned Giving
  • Sponsor a House – Provide some of the needed support for a cottage family through encouragement and funding
  • Wills
  • Wish Lists – There are lists of current needs on the Website under “Wish Lists” for the campus school, each of the houses, the counseling program and the farm

Other – Tell us your idea! 

 Donate to the Deeper Level of Care Capital Campaign.

Campus Wish List

The Campus Wish Lists are excellent ways to help with continuing costs for each of our homes, counseling, school, and farm.

Cottage 1

Cottage 1 Wish List

Paul & Terri McGinty- Houseparents   (Updated October – December 2020)

Small Round Coffee Table for basement

Pergola for back patio (call for dimensions)

Tickets to Sporting Events for 8

Sports Fund (For kids in school sports for equipment/travel)

Street Bikes

Teen Boy/Young Adult Helmets (age 15-17)

Bath Towels

Baking Dishes (various sizes-smaller than 9×13)

Gift Cards:

Kohl’s              Marshalls                Walmart

Sam’s Club      Chick-Fil-A              Papa Murphy’s   

King Soopers        China Gourmet

Cottage 2

Cottage 2 Wish List

Jeff & Shelly Grow- Houseparents

(Updated October – December 2020)

Outdoor Patio Table & Chairs (Seats 6-8)

Outdoor Swing/Glider/Rocking Chairs

Air Fryer

Electric Can Opener

Exercise Bike

Dumbbell Set

Treadmill or Elliptical Machine

Egg Cooker

Couch

Giant Bean Bag Chair

Outdoor String Lights (LED/Remote controlled)

22-quart Roaster Oven

Strong Men’s Mountain Bikes

Play Station PS4 Games (Appropriate Action Games- Not Grand Theft Auto)

Play Station VR

Veken Infrared Laser Tag Game Set (adult size)

Skateboards and Safety Gear (Helmets/Pads/Tools to maintain)

Remote Control Toys (Cars/Trucks/Helicopters)

Bike Helmets (Teen/Adult Male)

AAA Batteries

Gift Cards:

Walmart                      Target                        Regal Movies           McDonalds

Popeyes                       Subway                     Red Robin                 Perkins         

Texas Roadhouse      Chili’s                         Chick-Fil-A                TGI Fridays

Kohl’s                            KFC/A&W                 Smokin’ Daves        Cracker Barrel

Cottage 3

 

Cottage 3 Wish List

 – Houseparents

(Updated October – December 2020)

**Summer Outdoor Playthings/ Yard Games

(Giant bubble wand with solution, badminton set, pogo sticks,

swirl spinning sprinkler)

Beach Towels & Girls Flip Flops (Girls sizes 6, 8, 10)

Brainteasers Games/Puzzles

Outdoor Furniture

Bicycles & Unicycles

Scooters/Skateboards with Elbow/Knee Pads

Bras (sizes 34B & 36C)

Sports Bras (sizes S/M/L- with attached pads that do not come out during wash)

Inspirational Jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, earrings)

Hair products and accessories (bobby pins, head bands, elastic hair bands, etc.)

Gift Cards:

Old Spaghetti Factory       Freddy’s                                            King Soopers

Regal                                      Walmart                                           Papa Murphy’s

Chipotle                                Qdoba                                               Dicks Sporting Goods

Marshalls                              Ulta

Hobby Lobby                       Taco Bell

Chick-Fil-A                            Home Depot/Lowes/Ace

Cottage 4

Cottage 4 Wish List

John & Kathy Oberholzer- Houseparents

(Updated October – December 2020)

* *Immediate home repair needs**

New Counter Top

New Vinyl Flooring for Kitchen

Blu-ray DVD player

Gift Cards:

Ross/Marshalls                    McDonald’s             Wendy’s

Red Robin                             Walmart                   Chili’s

AMC or Regal Theatres     Boondocks               Blackjack Pizza

King Soopers                       Home Depot

Cottage 5

Cottage 5 Wish List

Cliff and Christine Young- Houseparents

(Updated October – December 2020)

Dining Table & Chairs (seating for 8+)

Gas Grill

Smoker

Large towels, wash clothes, hand towels (bright colors- coral, pink, light green, blue)

Longmont Rec Center Passes

Denver Zoo Pass

Longmont Museum Pass

Gift Cards:

Amazon                       Walmart                      King Soopers

Hobby Lobby               Panda Express             Blackjack Pizza

Culvers                        Wendy’s                      Subway

Dairy Queen                Chick-Fil-A                   AMC Regal Movie Theater

 

Counseling Department

Counseling Department Wish List

Dustin Smith- Director of Social Services   (Updated October – December 2020)

Blue Tooth Speaker

Amazon Echo Dot

$25 Amazon Gift Cards for Treatment Guides, Books, Etc.

$25 Gift Cards for Lunches with Teens/Houseparents

(Sonic, Panda Express, McDonalds, Dairy Queen, A&W)

K-Cup Coffee Cups

2 WODFitters Assisted Pull-up Resistance Bands for Cross Training (4 pack)

Books

5 copies of The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens (Lisa Schab)

10 copies of The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively (Gary Chapman)

Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens (Mary Alvord/Anne McGrath)

Parenting Skills Treatment Planner (Jongsma/Knapp)

 

School

School Wish List

(Updated October – December 2020)

Mechanical Pencils

Red Pens

Blue and Black Pens (G-2s are the kids’ favorite if you want to spoil them)

Steno Notebooks – spiral on top

Paper Clips – large and small

Paper Clasps – all sizes

12-20 Inexpensive Basic Calculators

TV Wall Mount (32”)- that will move different directions

Amazon Gift Cards for Textbooks

Wal-Mart Gift Cards for Supplies and miscellaneous items

Gift Cards to area Fast Food and Entertainment Establishments- for Friday celebrations of good behavior and schoolwork!!

$250 for new Classroom Bulletin Boards, Posters, etc.  (I have been using some of the same things for the last 20+ years)

Wish List

Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker (Walmart)

Keurig Coffee Pods (regular and decaf)

 

Farm

Farm Wish List

Roy Rush- Farm Manager   (Updated October – December 2020)

  • URGENT NEEDS-**3 Ton Floor Jack for Shop**

**Air Impact Wrench**

  • Pickup Bed Toolbox
  • Post Hole Digger (Hooks on tractor/skid steer)
  • Stock tanks for water
  • Cattle Panels and Gates or Pipe 1” to 1 ½” to build feeder or gates
  • 15” pipe for irrigation underground from highway to irrigation ditch

Volunteers Help MSCH Go!

There are over 300 volunteers that contribute their time and talent to this unique and special work.  Check out our Volunteer page for more information.  There are many opportunities to help around the MSCH campus or at the Mountain States Children’s Home Thrift Store.

Sign Up to Volunteer

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TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM

Transitional Living Program Need: $2,750,000 – Critical components such as housing, a loving family, a safe and secure environment, education, counseling, and emotional support work together to complete the comprehensive and deeper level of care we provide. However, due to state licensing regulations, these components abruptly stop once teens graduate from high school. They still need our guidance and support. Due to the lack of thorough family support, our children step out into an adult world without job skills, few of life’s daily maintenance proficiencies, no effective adult mentor-ship, and little emotional support. The Transitional Living Program is the solution. Our goal is to design a program that provides a system of support and service to young adults to help them achieve self-sufficiency. Whether they choose college, trade school, or enter the workforce, this program will continue to provide financial assistance along with other critical needs essential to achieving their career goals. This program is voluntary and requires participants to actively engage in the adult living preparation process. Our system of support will help the participant in the following areas: Tuition, Housing Allowance, Transportation, Living Expenses, Health Insurance, and Life-Skills Coaching. We will provide a goal-driven, structured environment for young adults (18-23) that will include ongoing involvement, accountability, and periodic evaluations. The vast majority of children are not ready to enter the world just because they have turned 18. The Transitional Living Program will allow MSCH to assist children beyond graduation.

SAVE A HOME

Save a Home Need: $1,280,000 – House #3 has been home to numerous children since it was built in 1974.Over the years, due to expansive soils common along the Colorado Front Range, the foundation will soon need to be replaced. Additionally, the basement walls are beginning to shift inward, causing other structural issues. Many other repairs are necessary including a kitchen renovation, roof replacement, sewer line repairs, and window replacements. Professionals have advised us that it is more cost-effective to replace the entire house rather than repair every issue.

SAFE & AFFORDABLE TRANSPORTATION

Safe & Affordable Transportation Need: $170,000 – Wouldn’t it be great if vehicles could run forever? Unfortunately, they don’t, and our vehicles are growing less reliable. With good stewardship, we have been able to drive our passenger vans up to the point of nearly 200,000 miles. However, at this point, it is more cost-effective to replace these vehicles rather than continue maintenance. Still, more importantly, we always seek to prioritize the safety of our children. When transporting children to church, events, and appointments, we need to ensure that we can depend on our transportation to get them and our staff there safely. The Suburbans in need of replacement are used for thrift store pick-ups, pulling trailers, food collections, and transporting children. The Suburbans we currently use have more than 200,000 miles and it would be more worthwhile to replace them rather than to continue repairs.

EXPANSION OF OFFICE SPACE

Expansion of Office Space Need: $300,000 – Therapeutic services at MSCH continue to be a critical component in our work with children and families and is part of the comprehensive and deeper level of care we provide. This program helps children work through their emotional trauma and heal from their wounds. On average, areas of therapeutic concern are reduced by more than 50% in the child’s first year at MSCH. With the increased number of children in our care and the necessary support staff, the size of our counseling center and office need to be increased. The solution is to add on to our existing building which will accommodate more room for our counseling staff, conference room, and workspace.

Other Important Ways to Give

Donations

Online Funding Opportunities

There are many ways you can help support our kids.

Donate directly to Mountain States Children’s Home 

Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Program

Thank you for helping the children of Mountain States Children’s Horne. The Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Program provides a state tax credit  for contributions made to a qualifying child care organization or fund. Mountain States Children’s Home qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax  Credit, so you may be able to claim an income tax credit of 50% of your total contribution.  Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Certification (DR 1317) certifying your child care contribution will be sent for qualifying donations.

For more information please review Colorado Dept. of Revenue FYI Publications – Income Tax, Income 35: Child Care Contribution Tax Credit

Check with your tax advisor about this opportunity to help children and also receive this special tax break.

Mountain States Children’s Home Thrift Store 

Mountain States Children’s Home Thrift Store accepts donated items to be sold to raise money for MSCH. You can also come shop or volunteer to help this special home.

For more Thrift Store information call. 303-834-9510.

AmazonSmile 

After you select MSCH 0.5% of all or your Smile.Amazon.com purchases will go to Mountain States Children’s Home.

Colorado Gives

Held in December of each year, Colorado Gives Day is an all-day event to help nonprofits raise funding. You can also donate through this site all year long.  Below are other ways to give through the Colorado Gives website.

General Gifts 

Appeal Gifts

We have created opportunities and reminders through Direct Mail to help our children.

  • First Gift – February
  • Phone Campaign – March-April
  • Spring Appeal – May
  • School Appeal -August
  • End of Year – November

Special Funding Opportunities 

General Fund 

The General Fund is a non-restricted reserve fund to be used for cash emergencies and other needs to offset or reimburse operations for unexpected business expenses such as capital projects or special needs as authorized by the board.

Education Fund

The Education Fund is used to offset our graduating resident’s educational expenses who desire a post-secondary education at any school, college, or trade school. All earnings are re-invested with withdrawals to be taken at the end of each year, only if needed, and approved by the board. to offset resident educational expenses which have not been budgeted.

Medical Fund

The Medical Fund is used to offset those unplanned resident medical expenses that happen with our children. Earnings are reinvested for fund growth and withdrawals are taken at the end of each year, only if needed, to offset these unexpected resident medical expenses.

MONETARY GIFT (MONTHLY PLEDGE)

Monetary Gift (Monthly Pledge)

The simplest and most common way to make a gift to Mountain States Children’s Home is by giving a monetary gift.  Not only are these gifts the simplest, but they are also among the most important.  You may want to specify which project you would like to support or your gift can be undesignated.  If you would like to designate a specific purpose for your gift or honor a loved one or friend, please indicate this on your check or on the form provided.

PLANNED GIFTS

Planned Gifts

Planned giving can generate current income tax benefits and future estate tax savings, as well as a current income stream.  At maturity, such a gift passes to Mountain States Children’s Home either to fund the endowment or to be applied to one of the other ongoing projects.  Types of planned giving include Gift Annuities, Bequests, and gifts of IRA’s or other retirement plans.

CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES

Charitable Gift Annuities

A gift annuity is a transfer of cash, marketable securities, or other assets to MSCH.  In return, MSCH agrees to pay a fixed amount of money to one or two individuals for their lifetime.  Based on a predetermined formula, a gift annuity agreement with Mountain States Children’s Home is established as part gift and part annuity.  This formula, combined with the donor’s age, determines an annual income payment or annuity.  The higher the donor’s age, the higher the rate of annuity.

GIFTS OF SECURITIES

Gifts of Securities

Giving stocks and bonds that have increased in value after you have owned them for more than one year may provide greater tax benefits than giving cash.  Your charitable income tax deduction is equal to the fair market value of the securities.  You also avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the fair market value over the original cost of the asset.

GIFTS OF REAL ESTATE

Gift of Real Estate

A gift of real estate held longer than one year provides a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the gift.  You are not liable for capital gains tax on the appreciated value of the property.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

The simplest and most common way to make a gift to Mountain States Children’s Home is by giving a monetary gift.  Not only are these gifts the simplest, but they are also among the most important. You may want to specify which project you would like to support or your gift can be undesignated.

DONATE

Don’t have the funds to give financially but still want to support the work of MSCH?

There are many other ways you can play a part in impacting these children’s lives.