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It would be virtually impossible to overstate the scope and consequences of child abuse and neglect in the United States today. Sadly, each year in Colorado alone, nearly 11,000 children are substantiated victims of abuse or neglect. On average, 35 Colorado children die each year because of child maltreatment. Children ages birth to 3 years had the highest rates of victimization.
A significant body of research has identified several risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect. They include depression/anxiety, substance abuse, domestic violence, a history of childhood abuse, poor-parent child interaction, and inaccurate knowledge and expectations about child development. Also community and societal factors such as poverty, unemployment, lack of access to medical care, social isolation and community violence have been found to be associated with child maltreatment.
These circumstances combined with the inherent challenges of raising children, can result in otherwise well-intentioned parents causing their children harm or neglecting their needs.
Long-term effects of child abuse and neglect can include:
developmental delays and learning disorders
problems with forming relationships
low academic achievement
criminal behavior that affect not just the child and family, but society as a whole.
The mission of Family Advocacy, Care, Education, Support (FACES) is to prevent child abuse, neglect and family violence. For 40 years, FACES has been serving vulnerable children and families with acute needs who live in the Denver metro area. The agency has two program components provided by masters-level clinicians—Home Visitation Program and Community-based Parenting Classes. These services are provided to families with children 0–12 who are at heightened risk of child abuse and neglect.
FACES believes that prevention programs are effective, programs must focus on the entire family, the welfare of the child is primary, positive parenting skills promote safe and healthy families, and each member of the community shares responsibility for strengthening families and protecting children.
Community Health Charities
Community Health Charities of Colorado is the only Colorado nonprofit dedicated to inclusion of health nonprofits in workplace giving campaigns. For over three decades, Community Health Charities of Colorado has offered the power of efficient payroll deduction fundraising to our workplace partners, encouraging individual employees to designate to the charity of their choice in their workplace giving campaign.
To unite caring donors in the workplace with our nation's most trusted health charities.
Our Health Matters at Work® program provides employers tools for their employees to easily find the most credible health information, programs and services offered by Colorado and America's most trusted health charities.
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. Founded 30 years ago, VOC is a nationally recognized leader in outdoor stewardship volunteerism, having helped more than 96,000 people of all ages get involved in and become inspired to care for Colorado’s outdoors.
Colorado’s outdoors are one of the things that make our state so great and why many of use choose to live here. But the parks, the forest land, the wilderness – these resources all need ongoing care and attention. Especially as our population continues to grow, demand for outdoor recreation is on the rise, and Colorado faces increasing threats of wildfires, floods, and drought. Every one of us can play a part in taking care of these treasured resources, and VOC helps provide opportunities to do so.
Volunteer Opportunities for Everyone
Central to VOC’s mission is our volunteer program, which engages thousands of volunteers of all ages, interests, and backgrounds each year. In 2013, VOC volunteers dedicated more than 36,000 hours of time giving back to Colorado – a value of over $800,000. Working in partnership with land managers and agencies across the state, VOC organizes and manages a wide array of outdoor stewardship volunteer opportunities each year, designed to engage a variety of audiences, while at the same time addressing critical stewardship needs across the state. Under VOC’s leadership, volunteers are able to make a rewarding impact on Colorado’s outdoors through hands-on work in wildfire and flood restoration, trail building and maintenance, tree planting and re-forestation, and much more.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Stewards
Youth are the outdoor stewards of tomorrow. By helping young people connect with the outdoors and understand the importance of caring for our natural resources, we endeavor to instill in them a stewardship ethic that becomes a lifelong commitment. VOC offers a host of youth and family programs designed to inspire these young stewards, from family-friendly volunteer opportunities, to the award-winning Cairn high school program.
Training Outdoor Stewardship Leaders
Skilled and effective leadership is critical both to delivering a rewarding volunteer experience, and to ensuring stewardship work is productive and sustainable. VOC's Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) has been the leading source of training programs that prepare people to be outdoor stewardship leaders since 1986. OSI trains hundreds of leaders every year, not only to lead VOC volunteers, but also for government agencies and stewardship organizations across the U.S.
Expanding Stewardship Capacity Throughout the State
VOC is leading numerous efforts to foster greater engagement of volunteers in outdoor stewardship throughout Colorado - from hosting the statewide Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition, to conducting studies that measure volunteer impact and needs cross-agency, to building volunteer programs around the state in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM.
To find out more about VOC, click here.