WAYS TO HELP

How Can You 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
  • 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
  • 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! 

 The Deeper Level of Care Capital Campaign is underway.

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 July-Sept 2019)

New wood flooring for Kitchen/Dining Area

Refrigerator/Freezer for Garage

Pergola for back patio (call for dimensions)

Outdoor Propane Grill

NBA 2K 19 (Xbox One)

Tickets to Sporting Events for 8

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

Sturdy Weatherproof Large Outdoor Umbrella with Base

Gift Cards:

Ross                            Marshalls                              AMC & Regal Theatres

Five Guys                  Sam’s Club                            Papa Murphy’s

King Soopers            Smashburger                       Walmart

    Cottage 2

    Cottage 2 Wish List

    Paul & Geneva Mondu- Houseparents  (Updated July-Sept 2019)

    Scotsman CU0715MA-1 15” 80lb Ice Machine (15w x 24d x 38h)

    2 Google Thermostats

    Air Conditioning System

    Video Monitoring System

    New Carpet Fund

    Pantry Remodel

    Steps for Big Van (both sides)

    6 New durable Armoires for boys

    (large drawers on bottom, cupboard with shelving on top)

    35-gallon Storage Bins

    60 qrt Wheeled Ice Chest Cooler

    Electric Big Daddy’s Presto Grill

    Turkey Roasters

    Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner/Polish

    Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner/Polish

    Heavy Duty TV trays

    Oxo Softworks Storage System

    Beach Towels

    Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottles (6 different colors)

    C & 9V Batteries

    Veken Infrared Laser Tag Game Set (adult size)

    New Video Camera

    Polaroid Camera and Film

    HP Ink Cartridge 564XL (Black and Color Packs)

    Heavy Duty Hammocks for Lawn (adult- 200lb plus)

    Skateboards and safety gear- helmets, pads, tools to maintain

    Baseball Equipment – bats, helmets, bases, catcher’s equipment

    (right and left handed)

    Football Equipment- balls, kick stands, ball return

    Dodge Balls

    Nerf bullets

    Bike helmets

    Air Hockey Table (Full size)

    Ace (Soft touch) Ice Packs – reusable-/all sizes

    Fun money

    Gift Cards:

    Black Jack Pizza       Walmart                   Sam’s Club                Regal Movies          

    Taco Bell                    Subway                     Red Robin                 Perkins         

    Freddy’s                     Chili’s                        Chick-Fil-A               McDonalds

    Kohl’s                         KFC                            A&W

    Recreation:

    Boondocks                            Batting Cages                                  Wild Animal Sanctuary

    Elitch Gardens                     Water World                                    Denver Museum of N & S

    Denver Mint                         Denver Zoo                                      Carbon Valley Rec Center

    Denver Aquarium               Roller Skating                                  Sunset Swimming Pool

    Driving Range                     Bowling                                             Bandimere Speedway

    Lakeside Amusement Park

    Cottage 3

     

    Cottage 3 Wish List

    Zach & Keri Echols- Houseparents

    (Updated July-Sept 2019)

    2 Portable Oscillating Room Fans

    Cordless handheld vacuum

    Outdoor Play Things (Giant bubble wand with solution, badminton set, pogo sticks, kites, swirl spinning sprinkler, etc)

    Brainteasers games/puzzles

    Large food dehydrator (for beef jerky and dried fruit)

    Large Electric Skillet

    Outdoor porch swing or double rocker

    Bicycles

    Scooters/Skateboards

    Bras and Sports Bras (sizes 34B, 34C, 36C, 34D)

    Inspirational Jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, earrings)

    Hair products and accessories (conditioning spray, bobby pins, etc.)

    Beats or speaker for music (for shared family area)

    Gift Cards:

    Old Spaghetti Factory       Olive Garden                                   Freddy’s

    Regal                                      Walmart                                           Papa Murphy’s

    Chipotle                                Qdoba                                               World Market

    Marshalls                              Ulta                                                    Dicks Sporting Goods

    Hobby Lobby                       Taco Bell                                           King Soopers

    Chick-Fil-A                            Home Depot/Lowes/Ace

      Cottage 4

      Cottage 4 Wish List

      John & Kathy Oberholzer- Houseparents

      (Updated July-Sept 2019)

      * *Immediate home repair needs**

      New Counter Top

      New Carpet for Living Room & Hallways

      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

        Jim & Carren Powell- Houseparents

        (Updated July-Sept 2019)

        1 large stock pot

        *Large towels, wash clothes, hand towels – coral, pink, light green, blue, (bright colors) to match their shower curtains.

        Heavy Duty Carpet Shampooer

        *Bicycles 26 in for girls (don’t have to be brand new)

        *Bicycle Helmets

        *Long Boards

        Denver Museum/IMAX passes

        A yard badminton/volleyball set – sturdy because of the wind.

        ** Framed cork boards about 3’ x 2’ to put in girl’s room for pictures.

        (Hobby Lobby has a special and Walmart is usually cheap)

        Gift Cards:

        Red Robins               Pizza Hut                   Walmart

        King Soopers           Culvers                      Wendy’s

        McDonalds               Subway                     Dairy Queen

        Chick-Fil-A                AMC Regal Movie Theater

        Counseling Department Wish List

        Dustin Smith- Director of Social Services   (Updated July-Sept 2019)

        Polaroid Camera & Instant Film

        Blue Tooth Speaker

        Amazon Echo Dot

        Amazon Gift Cards

        K-Cup Coffee Cups

        Workout Equipment:

        Dumbbell Sets 2- 15lb, 2- 20lb, 2- 30lb

        Kettle Bells 3- 35lb, 2- 45lb, 2- 53lb

        Counseling Reading:

        20 copies of the book The Blessing (Trent & Smalley)

        10 copies of The Blessing Workbook (Trent & Smalley) Amazon Echo Dot

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

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

        The Adolescent Psychotherapy Treatment Planner (Jongsma/Peterson)

        Parenting Skills Treatment Planner (Jongsma/Knapp)

        Farm Wish List

        Roy Rush- Farm Manager   (Updated July-Sept 2019)

        • **60 horsepower tractor with or without cab ** (front wheel drive assist-optional)
        • **3 Ton Floor Jack**
        • Truck Bed Tool Box
        • Post Hole Digger (Hooks on tractor/skid steer)
        • Backhoe to fit on 3-point hitch for tractor
        • Air Impact Wrench
        • Stock tanks for water
        • Cattle Panels and Gates or Pipe 1” to 1 ½” to build feeder or gates
        • 18” pipe for irrigation underground from highway to irrigation ditch

        Counseling Department

        Counseling Department Wish List

        Dustin Smith- Director of Social Services   (Updated July-Sept 2019)

        Polaroid Camera & Instant Film

        Blue Tooth Speaker

        Amazon Echo Dot

        Amazon Gift Cards

        K-Cup Coffee Cups

        Workout Equipment:

        Dumbbell Sets 2- 15lb, 2- 20lb, 2- 30lb

        Kettle Bells 3- 35lb, 2- 45lb, 2- 53lb

        Counseling Reading:

        20 copies of the book The Blessing (Trent & Smalley)

        10 copies of The Blessing Workbook (Trent & Smalley) Amazon Echo Dot

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

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

        The Adolescent Psychotherapy Treatment Planner (Jongsma/Peterson)

        Parenting Skills Treatment Planner (Jongsma/Knapp)

        School

        School Wish List

        Red pens – we need about 250 – Bic works well

        24 Steno pads  – 6”x9” with spiral at top

        Graph paper – several packages or one large ream

        20 1” or 2” 3 ring notebooks – hardback

        10 Backpacks

        Expo markers – black and strong colors; erasers and cleaners

        Neon colored copy paper – I ream

        Neon colored card stock – 1 ream

        Poster board – white and colored

        10 Individual pencil sharpeners that contain shavings

        20 Pencil bags or boxes

        10 Individual white boards

        Teen Birthday Cards and Birthday Decorations, Plates, Napkins, etc.

        Gift Cards – please specify for school

        WalMart for additional supplies

        Amazon for text books and library books

        Local area fast food places, bowling, movies, Dizzy’s, Gateway, etc., for reward days

        Farm

        Farm Wish List

        Roy Rush- Farm Manager   (Updated July-Sept 2019)

        • **60 horsepower tractor with or without cab ** (front wheel drive assist-optional)
        • **3 Ton Floor Jack**
        • Truck Bed Tool Box
        • Post Hole Digger (Hooks on tractor/skid steer)
        • Backhoe to fit on 3-point hitch for tractor
        • Air Impact Wrench
        • Stock tanks for water
        • Cattle Panels and Gates or Pipe 1” to 1 ½” to build feeder or gates
        • 18” 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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        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 Childrens 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

        Endowment Funding Opportunities 

        General Endowment Fund 

        The General Endowment 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 Endowment Fund

        The Education Endowment 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 Endowment Fund 

        The Medical Endowment 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.

         

        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.

        Ways to Give

        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.

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