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Middle school students engage in hands-on learning activities with Junior Achievement. –Photo courtesy of Junior Achievement

Our Top Charitable Picks for March 21-27

Get Involved is a weekly series pointing readers toward community-oriented events, volunteer opportunities, and good causes in Colorado. 

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Events to Attend

One Nation Under Avs Fundraiser: This Colorado Avalanche fan group has teamed up with the Colorado Mammoth to raise money for Jessi’s Message, an organization founded in memory of Jessica Redfield Ghawi, a victim of the Aurora theater shooting. The nonprofit, founded by Ghawi’s mother, supports victims of gun violence and their families through community prevention advocacy. A portion of the ticket sales from the Colorado Mammoth’s March 26 game against the Calgary Roughnecks and the Colorado Avalance’s April 3 game against the St. Louis Blues will benefit Jessi’s Message. Mammoth vs. Roughnecks, Saturday, 7 p.m.; Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir., $16–$25; Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues, Sunday, April 3, 6 p.m., Pepsi Center, $32–$77

Causes to Care About

Junior Achievement: This volunteer-driven organization bridges the gap between classroom learning and its real-world applications. With innovative programming that promotes entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and workplace readiness, 91 percent of JA high school alumni report increased optimism toward their future and potential. JA volunteers lead courses about such topics as globalization and personal finance, and facilitate the popular high school Stock Market Challenge. During the 2014–15 school year, JA boasted 5,600 volunteers who reached more than 125,000 students in the Denver metro area, Northern Colorado, and Southern Wyoming. JA provides everything you need to be a successful classroom volunteer, including extensive training with JA’s curricula. Sign up online to get started. 1445 Market St.

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Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: Denver’s recent controversial “clean up” of homeless camps has added extra work for organizations like the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. The biggest challenge that the Coalition now faces following the clean up is locating clients who are already enrolled in services. The Coalition has been working tirelessly since 1984 to advocate for those who have been affected by poverty, shortages of affordable housing, and for those without access to vital health care services. The Coalition is always seeking volunteers to assist for both short-term and long-term projects. 2111 Champa St.

Freedom Service Dogs of America: This innovative nonprofit has successfully connected more than 350 service dogs with clients with permanent disabilities since its inception in 1987. Every year, the organization rescues more than 100 dogs from shelters in Colorado and surrounding states and then trains them to support everyday tasks like opening doors, pulling wheelchairs, and going for help. The trained dogs also assist in programs for humane animal treatment education, disabilities awareness, rehabilitation therapy, and programming for at-risk youth. The organization does not charge clients for any of the services and also provides lifetime support for each service dog. 2000 W. Union Ave., Englewood

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