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Give As You Live

You might already be giving back to the community, just by going about your regular day.

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Grab Your Morning Coffee
If you buy your cup of joe from Five Points’ Purple Door Coffee, you’re supporting a nonprofit that employs homeless young adults as part of a 12-month program to help them move toward a more stable lifestyle. Since 2013, 18 employees have transitioned out of homelessness as a result of the project.

On Your Own Car
Rather than advertising just Colorado’s mountain majesty on your license plate, you can choose to promote a nonprofit too: 36 organizations, including the Foundation of Colorado State Parks and Flight for Life Colorado, offer custom plates.

Bike Around Town
Every dollar spent on B-Cycle passes (options range from $9 per day to $135 per year) goes toward funding the nonprofit, which aims to reduce pollution and road congestion.

Take A Field Trip
Visit the 31 Denver museums with 501(c)(3) status, and you’ll support institutions—like the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science—that provide everything from children’s education programs to scientific research.

Get In A Workout
If you’re struggling to decide on a spring race, narrow your options to the 19 within 25 miles of Denver that benefit local charities this month. Our pick for dedicated runners is the Spring Fling Prairie Dog Half, which benefits the Arvada Community Food Bank.

Sip A Beer
Last year, Great Divide Brewing Co. donated 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of flights sold at its two tasting rooms—more than $95,000—to Denver nonprofits. As if you needed another reason to order a brewski.

Catch A Flick
Upgrade your movie night from the plasma screen to the big screen at the Sie FilmCenter, home of the Denver Film Society. Sie screens an average of 10 movies per week, including foreign works, cult classics, and—most important—motion pictures by Colorado filmmakers.

Go Out To Dinner
Chowing down on the Kitchen’s Colorado-caught trout will leave you more than satisfied: Your meal also helps fund gardens at 49 low-income Colorado schools, where staffers from the Boulder-based restaurant chain’s nonprofit teach youngsters about food literacy.

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