1970s – 1980s

1970-71 DENVER GENERAL HOSPITAL – Volunteers established a gift shop and conducted tours of the new facility.

1970-72 MUSIC MAGIC – Project initiated in conjunction with Walter Charles of the Colorado Philharmonic to bring music appreciation to Head Start children. $7,265

1971-73 HISTORIC DENVER, INC. – Funds were approved to be used as part of the down payment for the purchase of the Molly Brown House. League volunteers conducted tours, did research, worked on collections. $5,000

1972-75 MAGIC BUS – A mobile book, record and toy service for poverty day care centers. A joint project with AAUW (American Association of University Women) and the National Council of Jewish Women. The bus continues under the auspices of the Denver Public Library. $6,000

1972-77 OPERATION COMMUNITY TALENT – A centralized referral service, housed at Teller School Trailer, later Steele School, providing volunteers from the community to enrich the school curriculum of elementary schools in DPS. Now continued by DPS, with a paid coordinator. $17,050

1972-75 MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY – League volunteers helped set up the National Association of the Denver Museum of Natural History and establish tours and educational programs. Turned over to the Museum Education Department as a very viable volunteer group. $10,500

1972-74 FORUM: CENTER FOR THE ARTS – Core city arts learning center for children to engage in artistic activities after school. $6,000

1972-75 COLORADO TRAILS, INC. – The League gave the first trailway to the State of Colorado. Included mapping, identifying flora and fauna of 1.6-mile section of Hogback Trail west of Denver. System was dedicated in May, 1975. $11,900

1972-76 LITTLETON VIPS (VOLUNTEERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS) – This project was established with the Littleton School District to organize, recruit, train, and place volunteers in the public schools. The school district financed this project.

1973-74 CAREER EDUCATION – Needs Assessment and Career Fair Planning to launch DPS Career Education Center.

1973-76 CAREER EXPLORATION FAIR – Held in Currigan Convention Center in the spring of 1974, 1975, and 1976, the week-long Fairs were attended by 60,000 junior and senior high school students, as well as thousands of other interested persons. It brought industry and education together in demonstrating the relationship of the working world to the school experience. Two million dollars were generated by an original fund of $23,500.

1973-75 VOLUNTEER BUREAU OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES – For the Mile High United Way, the League conducted a recruitment fair for the purpose of placing community volunteers with organizations or agencies. League members also assisted in screening and placing volunteers. $2,230

1974-79 J.O.I.N. (Juvenile Offenders In Need) – A project initiated by the JLD to provide funds, services and volunteers for use by the Probation Department of the Denver Juvenile Court. $15,000 (A portion of the amount was received from an ACTION grant.)

1975-77 A MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN – Volunteers established a resource and recycling center, staffed and maintained Grandmother’s Attic and gift shop; $17,600 toward salary of Museum’s director for 2-year period. From those founding efforts, the Children’s Museum has grown and thrived.

1975-77 LEARNING DISABILITIES – The project was organized to publish a learning disabilities directory for the State of Colorado. Volunteers also worked with CACLD (Colorado Association for Children with Learning Disabilities) to publicize and coordinate its state convention. In addition, the League educated the community in the field of learning disabilities by offering a seminar in the fall of 1975 and 1976. $5,200 · JLD established

1975-77 H.E.A.R.T. – A project with the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Colorado General Hospital. Volunteers collected data and conducted research in the following areas: Heredity screening, Early heart attack, Atherosclerosis in childhood, Research genetics and Teratology. $12,000

1975-77 COLORADO CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS (SPREE) – A three-day arts fair held in City Park and the Museum of Natural History. League volunteers staffed all parts of the project.

1976-89 CHILD ADVOCACY – This committee worked closely with community groups to address the critical issues which affect children in our society. In November, 1988, Child Advocacy helped implement Symposium ’88, a national conference for health professionals, which the JLD co-sponsored with AMI-St. Luke’s Hospitals. Funds allocated for the symposium were $7,000. Child Advocacy continues as a component of Public Affairs.

1976-77 ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY – A survey of Denver buildings of architectural and/or historical importance done in conjunction with the Denver Planning Office and Historic Denver, Inc. Volunteers were involved in surveying and researching these buildings; $1,050 provided for the survey and publication of individual neighborhood surveys for libraries and neighborhood groups.

1976-79 ST. LUKE’S SENIOR CITIZENS’ HEALTH CENTER – Establishment of a volunteer corps trained in supportive services to aid the professional staff of St. Luke’s Hospital in a geriatric clinic to meet the medical and social needs of patients 65 years of age and older.

1977-78 CAREER EDUCATION MEDIA – Established a comprehensive media presentation for the purpose of educating the general public about career education and its implementation into the state school system; $4,000 for research and development.

1977-78 AURARIA COMMUNICATION DISORDERS CLINIC – Volunteers worked at a centrally-located clinic serving the learning disabled. The clinic also served as a training center for learning disabilities teachers.

1977- COLORADO FOUNDATION DIRECTORY – The JLD researches and publishes a comprehensive directory of charitable foundations in the State of Colorado; the first such reference source of most facets of Colorado philanthropy. The directory has been published in cooperation with the Office of the Attorney General with first-year seed money from The Denver Foundation. The 9th edition was published in the summer of 1994. The 10th edition was published in 1998 in partnership with Community Resource Center.

1977-81 HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROJECT – Researched the history and ownership of the proposed extension of the Curtis Park National Historic District; prepared a slide presentation; in 1980, published a self-guided walking tour booklet, Heyday on Quality Hill; and conducted tours with Historic Denver, Inc. 1978-81BIG BROTHERS – Provided support to the Big Brothers program, using League volunteers for fundraising, office work and as para-professional caseworkers. $7,500

1978-82 CARDIO-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) – A project to facilitate the goal of the Colorado Heart Association to educate 10% of the metropolitan population in CPR techniques. Since 1979 Porter Memorial Hospital cooperated with this project, providing space and mannequins for the training classes. Assisted with establishment of Colorado CPR Association. Porter Hospital took over project at termination. $6,500

1978-84 PALMER DRUG ABUSE PROGRAM (PDAP) – Project to facilitate the establishment of a program for the youth of Denver, demonstrating the advantages of a drug-free peer group. The League provided a total of $83,500 to support this program. The League also developed and implemented a Drug Awareness Conference in 1980-81 for the metro Denver community.

1978-81 POISON PREVENTION – A program to reduce the number of childhood poisonings and increase public awareness of the Rocky Mountain Poison Center through the use of puppet shows for children in pre-school and day-care centers. $1,600

1978-80 VOLUNTEER S.E.T. – Development of a program to train volunteers to work in public and private special education classrooms. $2,300

1978-88 FOUR MILE HOUSE – A project to restore the oldest house in Denver and to reconstruct the 12-acre park site to the period 1859-1885. League volunteers worked on research, restoration, preparing and conducting an education program for school children, and staffing a living history summer day camp.

1979-86 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER – The Technical Assistance Center (TAC), established by the JLD, Colorado Foundation and the corporate funding community, provides management training and technical expertise to non-profit agencies. The Junior League assisted TAC in expanding its services to the non-profit sector, marketing its existing services, and as consultants and course presenters. $25,000

1979-86 BETTER AIR (formerly Ride Share Advocacy Coalition and Project Clean Air) – League volunteers worked with civic groups and organizations to help businesses develop and implement specific programs promoting the city-wide Better Air campaign.

1979-80 KELLOGG HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT – A project to establish a course on voluntarism as part of the regular curriculum of Denver area public and private schools. $2,425


1980-83 ARTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION – A project designed to integrate the arts into the general education of students through the school curriculum, to be accomplished by bringing cultural arts to the schools and related curriculum materials to the teachers. $10,000

1980-81 ELDERLY HOUSING PROJECT – A joint project with Brothers Redevelopment, Inc., to develop a feasibility study of low cost rental housing for the elderly in the inner city. JLD established a network in 1982 to gather information relating to issues affecting the elderly in the Denver area. $15,000

1980-85 PARENT SUPPORT PROJECT – Working with Inter-Faith Task Force, Junior League members helped provide high risk parents with a support system through group activities and education.

1981-86 DIABETES COALITION – The Diabetes Coalition comprised of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Department of Health/Diabetes Control Project, and the Junior League of Denver, provided ongoing education about diabetes to school nurses and the broader community.

1981-83 DISPLACED HOMEMAKERS PROJECT – Worked with Passages, Inc. and the National Council of Women, to assist the displaced homemaker in achieving economic security and to provide scholarships to the displaced homemaker. $24,000

1982-85 GUARDIAN AD LITEM/DENVER – A project which teamed a Guardian Ad Litem (court appointed attorney) with a League volunteer in order to improve the representation of abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court. League volunteers provided non-legal services. $70,000

1982-86 MILE HIGH TRANSPLANT BANK – Founded by JLD members in collaboration with two doctors, the project reached its goal of establishing a full service transplant bank serving the Rocky Mountain region. League volunteers assisted in marketing, public relations and education, and worked toward the implementation of a Mother’s Milk Bank in conjunction with the Mile High Transplant Bank. $130,100

1983/1985 VOLUNTEER FAIRS – A joint project of the Denver Business Challenge, Junior League of Denver, and the Volunteer Center of the Mile High United Way. The Volunteer Fairs were held September 13, 1983, and September 11, 1985, on the 16th Street Mall for the purpose of promoting voluntarism to the downtown population and to provide an opportunity for individuals to volunteer. Approximately 100 agencies participated in each Fair.

1983-85 EVENING PERFORMING TROUPE – Junior League volunteers provided live ensemble theater to senior citizens in centers in the Denver area.

1983-86 RONALD McDONALD HOUSE – League volunteers assisted in all areas of the House operation and were instrumental in founding Friends of Ronald McDonald House, the volunteer/funding organization for this low cost home-away-from-home for families with children undergoing treatment for life threatening diseases at Denver area hospitals. $10,000

1983-85 PEDIATRIC RECREATION PROJECT – This project provided an attractive playground for recreation for pediatric patients at University Hospital of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Volunteers also planned an adolescent recreation room and helped speed the children’s recovery by providing recreational activities. $18,900

1983-88 DENVER COALITION ON EDUCATIONAL PRIORITIES – A coalition of parent and civic groups. The major goal of this group was to ensure that Denver Public School funds were used in the most effective manner for the benefit of all its students.

1983-86 HISTORIC PARAMOUNT THEATRE – Junior League members aided in the revitalization and renovation of the theater during 1983-84. The League organized and sponsored a series of special events, marketed the theater as a multi-use facility, and provided historical and architectural information through its oral histories. The archives project including oral histories was concluded in 1986.

1984-87 SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME (SIDS) – Volunteers provided community education by maintaining a speakers bureau, as well as by contributing public relations and marketing skills. JLD volunteers produced newsletters, brochures, and brochure inserts, as well as a slide show for the Colorado SIDS Program. $27,300

1984-88 GUARDIAN AD LITEM-BOULDER – This project provided assistance to abused and neglected children requiring court protection in Boulder County. In cooperation with court-appointed legal counsel, JLD volunteers acted as independent representatives of the child’s best interests during litigation. Committee members assisted the Project Director and the Board of Directors in administrative and management areas; i.e., fundraising and marketing.

1984-85 YWCA SCHOOL AGE PROJECT – The purpose of this project was to establish a model before- and after-school child care program in the Aurora area to serve as a prototype for other neighborhoods and cities. League members developed and marketed this concept, and a day-care program was established in an Aurora elementary school.

1984-87 LEGAL AID SOCIETY SENIOR CITIZENS ADVOCACY PROJECT – This project involved assisting senior citizens with legal problems which can be handled through simple negotiation. Each committee member had a case load of seniors and worked with an attorney to resolve problems.

1985-90 MINORU YASUI COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER AWARD COMMITTEE – The Committee honors outstanding volunteers in the community who have received little past recognition. JLD members assisted in the screening of nominations and administration of the program for the Committee. The project is now administered by The Denver Foundation. $36,000

1985-86 THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM – JLD volunteers worked in partnership with the staff of The Children’s Museum to design and test a comprehensive volunteer program. $12,850

1985-88 GIRLS CLUB (Girls Inc.) – This project was designed to enhance the program and membership of the Girls Club of Denver. JLD members provided expertise in the areas of special events, volunteer coordination, public relations, and instruction. In addition JLD volunteers worked to develop a core group of community program and administrative volunteers. $26,250

1985-88 GUARDIAN AD LITEM-ARAPAHOE COUNTY – This project was responsible for establishing a Guardian Ad Litem Project in Arapahoe County to assist abused and neglected children requiring court protection. $73,665

1985-87 OLYMPICS OF THE MIND (OM, Inc.) – Based on the premise that the mind, like the body, can be trained through practice and exercise to reach its fullest potential, this project taught students how to think creatively. League volunteers served as public relations and marketing specialists and analyzed the ways to expand this program, and developed a marketing and fundraising plan for the project. $10,000

1985-90 COMMUNITY CARING PROJECT – JLD volunteers worked with the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect to establish, through area hospitals, a Home Visitor System for new parents. With the success of the pilot program at Rose Medical Center, the project expanded the program into four other area hospitals. $89,684

1985-88 ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADOPTION EXCHANGE – The Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange is a clearing house matching hard-to-place children, social services, and prospective parents. League volunteers helped the agency expand its existing services to include a child advocacy program, development of a training manual, seminars for prospective parents, and adoption parties. $61,667

1985-90 UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL – JLD volunteers worked in the post-partum units, providing a support system for parents and newborns; in the neonatal unit with infants; and with children in the pediatric and pediatric dialysis units of University Hospital. $88,590

1986-92 HALL OF LIFE – This project assisted the Hall of Life in expanding its preventive health education program by marketing the programs and exhibits to schools and other groups. Volunteers participated in the opening of health exhibits, science and book fairs, and a children’s annual fitness fair, Ready–Set–Go. From 1989-91, JLD volunteers worked with Hall of Life staff to support teen pregnancy prevention programs in the Denver Public Schools (DPS). Our members researched and developed two booklets, How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex and How to Talk to Your Kids about Drugs, to be distributed to parents during workshops. $86,916

1986-89 CHOICE-HOUSING OPTIONS FOR SENIORS – This project helped to inform the general public of available housing choices for Denver’s senior citizens. Volunteers developed a video, updated agency’s existing brochure, marketed the educational program to the community, and staffed educational presentations. $45,550

1986-92 ADVOCATES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – JLD volunteers interviewed and provided information to the victims of domestic violence and abuse about the legal services of a Legal Aid Society attorney. A video on the cycle of domestic violence was also completed and led to a speakers’ bureau. $121,900

1987-90 FAMILIES FIRST – Families First is an emergency center for abused and neglected preadolescent children. League volunteers were involved in marketing, children’s entertainment, and coordinating the Families First Speakers Bureau. $57,550

1987-91 METRO DENVER GIVES – JLD and a coalition of other organizations launched this program, whose purpose was to increase giving and volunteering in the Denver metro area. The coalition terminated 12/31/91.

1987-92 WOMEN’S FOUNDATION OF COLORADO – JLD assisted in establishing the foundation which focuses on issues affecting women and girls. JLD volunteers managed the statewide volunteer program, participated in the grant-making process, provided office assistance, and helped with special events. $50,000

1988 EPILEPSY AWARENESS – Working in a concentrated effort, January to April, 1988, League volunteers developed a slide show and a brochure for the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado. $8,600

1988-90 CORPORATE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM – This project provided a corps of trained JLD volunteers who functioned as consultants to corporations to develop and implement in-house volunteer programs. $5,000

1988-92 SAMARITAN HOUSE – The Samaritan House committee planned and implemented creative activities for homeless families residing at the Samaritan House. Grant to the agency totaled $26,700.

1988-90 BOULDER VALLEY STUDENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM – In partnership with Volunteer Boulder County and the Boulder County Schools, the JLD volunteers researched and published a directory of volunteer opportunities available to youth, arranged volunteer fairs and assisted school counselors in the placement and evaluation of student volunteers. They also marketed the use of a motivational video documentary, entitled Make a Splash. $5,445

1988 PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY – JLD volunteers provided community agencies with one-on-one assistance in the areas of marketing, volunteer development, organizational management, fundraising, facilitating, grantsmanship, board development and finance. This program became a part of the JLD Training Consultants Committee.

1988-91 ADULT LEARNING SOURCE – League members tutored illiterate adults and initiated activities for a children’s enrichment program to stimulate and encourage reading and language development. Expanding the Family Literacy concept into additional centers as a goal. $71,500

1988-92 DENVER EMERGENCY HOUSING COALITION (DEHC) – The JLD volunteers worked on the JLD-sponsored housing to make them comfortable and homelike. They also worked with homeless families to help them reintegrate into the community. $64,250

1988-91 WARREN VILLAGE – This project responded to the feminization of poverty issue. Residents of Warren Village were educated and supported toward their goal of economic independence. Volunteers provided classes in parenting, career readiness, self esteem, and budgeting. $26,450

1988-92 WOMAN TO WOMAN PROGRAM – The purpose of this program is to reduce and prevent the incidence of female alcoholism. JLD volunteers worked with Mile High Child Care Association and the Denver Family Opportunity Program. The volunteers assisted in testing and screening children and coordinated substance abuse training modules. League members formed a collaboration with Denver professionals involved with alcohol education in the first year of the project to increase awareness of the problem. The second year of the project saw JLD volunteers, with the Denver Dept. of Social Services, preparing and equipping a day care room for children of women taking part in education offered them at DFO. $16,800

The following Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs (z) were funded through a partnership among the Governor’s Office, The Colorado Trust, The Piton Foundation, Colorado Action for Healthy People, the Ford Foundation and the JLD. Total amount allocated from all sources was $200,000.

1988-90 ADAMS COUNTY EFFORT TO PREVENT TEEN PREGNANCY provided preventive health education, one-on-one counseling and identification and referral of teens in need of family planning services. A second component focused on a male advocate social worker or health educator who offered classes to male teens in high schools.

1988 *BIG SISTERS – LIFE CHOICES educates pre-adolescent girls on self esteem and decision-making issues. The target population consists of girls, 11-13, with the potential to serve more than 3700 girls per year in metro Denver.

1988-90 FENIX/MI CASA-DENVER INNER CITY PARISH PROJECT used youth counselors for outreach and advocacy for high-risk teens. The primary intent of this program was for selected teens to inform their peers of the services available in the community with a goal of reducing the alarming number of Hispanic teen pregnancies in north and west Denver.

1988-95 FLORENCE CRITTENTON COMMUNITY PRIDE PROGRAM focuses on high risk families and provides education about health issues with an emphasis on preventing teen pregnancy. JLD volunteers created mentoring teams comprised of teen mothers and creative committee members and planned and implemented joint activities that were informative and fun. Volunteers also planned and executed health and career fairs targeting the unique needs of teen parents. $59,000

1988-90 TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN was a cooperative effort conducted by the Colorado Initiative on Teen Pregnancy and JLD. The campaign marketed the prevention of teen pregnancy to parents, teens, and the entire statewide community with emphasis on high risk target populations.

1989-93 CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT was a joint project with the Denver Bar Association. The JLD developed and distributed a handbook entitled, You Can Collect Child Support. Volunteers also publicized and conducted monthly child support enforcement clinics under the supervision of an attorney. The free clinics were presented through the Gove Community School registration process. $56,500