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About our give back program
As part of our dedication to the communities we serve, we give back to our community by being a connector, promotor & supporter of the mini-outdoor pantry movement. We help build and set up new outdoor pantries, then support them in whatever community they pop up in (in the Denver Metro).
We want to make food assistance available to people in a way that upholds their dignity. Most people who need help won’t step foot in a food bank because it can trigger feelings of shame. Our outdoor pantries make it possible for people to get the help they need discreetly. Boxes are available 24/7/365 for anyone in the neighborhood.
We want to make donation accessible and easy for everyone. Most people want to contribute to those in need of food but have no idea how. Having a box in your neighborhood makes it possible for anyone to donate, at any time. Our outdoor pantries provide blessings for both contributors and recipients.
We want to inspire creativity. We believe that food pantries can be not only functional but beautiful. Art on the box is what makes our outdoor pantries unique. We encourage the painting—and repainting—of boxes with new art and new symbolism so that they reflect the ever-changing personality of each neighborhood.
Frequently Asked Questions
Something happened to my box, how do I fix it?
Should something happen to your box the following volunteer contractors in Arvada are happy to assist you:
Before placing a box on your property we strongly recommend you talk to your neighbors about the idea of placing one in your neighborhood. Your box is completely community supported, so having the support of your community is important.
Thank you for your interest in joining the outdoor pantry movement! One way of supporting this movement is to help keep boxes filled. You can download the new box locator app and use it to navigate your way to boxes that need filling throughout Arvada.
For easy cleanup, shelves inside each box are removable. New hosts become fully responsible for their box (box name, artwork & occasional-to-frequent cleaning) and how the community supports it. If you don’t have the artistic touch to paint your box, nominate someone who can!
When I moved to Arvada, I joined the Rising Church and saw how much they were doing for the community immediately surrounding them. I loved it and became a member there in late 2014. It felt good to give back through them and I eventually started helping them with their media and websites. In late 2015, I found the Arvada Chamber and hit the ground running by joining the Arvada Young Professionals group and attending Organizations Serving Arvada meetings. Last year, I joined the Leadership Jefferson County program that is currently building a community garden at Foster Elementary.
I love to learn how other people are giving back. From my involvement with churches in Arvada and Northwest Denver, I learned that there were a lot of churches and organizations that wanted the same thing. That’s where I got a passion for helping them communicate their message efficiently through their website. Being able to effectively communicate your “why” and how your business helps the community helps to put others in touch with you and makes your job easier too.
(interview) What’s the most recent way your business has contributed to the local community?
Installing the Blessing Box in Olde Town Arvada. It’s a community-sharing program and prior to moving to Colorado, we opened one lending library at a business in Iowa. But I found out that you could use these Little Lending Libraries either inside a business or outside as their own standing structure—and I took to that idea of having a community-sharing box.
Anything can be put in it, whether it is books or food or whatever it is that people who live there need or want, or choose to give. It’s a great opportunity for people who want to give back, especially to the homeless or a family who might require help with groceries that week. Having this available provides another outlet for individuals to get what they need when they need it. It also gives people in the community a way to give back. It isn’t always easy to know how to do that.