Connecting Neighbors to
Help Seniors Thrive
GROWING SEEDS AND LEARNING HOW TO
cultivate THROUGHOUT Colorado
For nearly 15 years, A Little Help has been an advocate for an evolution in
how communities come together to support older adults navigating aging
in Colorado. We are proud to foster interdependence among older adults
and neighbors of diverse ages and backgrounds.
2019 NUMBERS AT-A-GLANCE 2019 GROWTH NUMBERS
Denver 986 3,813
Northern Colorado 199 1,102
Roaring Fork Valley 45 46
Chaffee County through FEB* 229 318
North Fork Valley through AUG* 163 350
Total 1,622 5,629
308 • New Volunteers
1,200 • Volunteers
234 • New Members
3,000+ SERVICES COMPLETED
Rides = 40%
Visits = 22%
Yard Work = 20%
Inside Home Help = 8%
Office Work = 7%
Technology = 2%
Pet Care = 1%
2019 VOLUNTEER STARS
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
*2019 was a year of growth and cultivation. This year, we celebrated the launch of a new location in the Roaring Fork
Valley. We also embraced change as the seeds we planted in the North Fork Valley and Chaffee County became
independent operations to serve their communities. We updated our tracking model for new “ongoing” and “episodic”
volunteers to better reflect the number of neighbors actively engaged in our mission.
LETTER FROM OUR
As I reflect on 2019, it is easy to be humbled by the
incredible generosity displayed.
In the fall of 2019 A Little Help was granted our first
large government grants to reimburse our costs
for providing rides in Metro Denver by the Denver
Regional Council of Governments; we moved forward
in significant partnership conversations with healthy
nonprofits in Colorado and beyond; and we had the
largest donation period in our organization’s history.
All of these events and others made the fourth
quarter of 2019 an amazing one.
I love A Little Help.
I love our mission, our members, our volunteers, our
donors, and our staff. Most of all, I love the impact
A Little Help has on the communities we serve.
We are growing seeds in the Roaring Fork Valley
and A Little Help roots are spreading in Northern
Colorado. It is also
amazing to see how
the impact of A Little
Help continues to grow
Denver. Each older adult
donor, or cheerleader is
creating something that
wasn’t happening just a
few years ago in their town or neighborhood. The
generosity and commitment to A Little Help are the
reasons we are connecting with older adults in your
neck of the woods. The time
spent giving rides, sharing
stories about A Little Help,
raking leaves, planning
get-togethers, and making
friendly visits to isolated
older adult neighbors is the
way A Little Help happens.
Thank you and let’s keep
growing and cultivating those little seeds.
2019 will be Paul’s last year as our Executive
Director. We are grateful for his leadership and
look forward to welcoming Hilary Lenz!
“We cannot thank Paul enough for leading
A Little Help for the past eight and a half years.
We wouldn’t be where we are today without
Paul’s compassionate and
I’m so proud of the impact
A Little Help has today and
am incredibly honored to
pick up the torch and serve
as the Executive Director in
2020.” – Hilary Lenz
2019 Board of Directors
Alan Walker – Board Chair
Hilary Lenz – Treasurer
Lori Tolle, Esq. – Secretary
John Chase, Esq.
Sean McBride, CPA
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WHO WE ARE
A Little Help is a grassroots organization continually seeking to expand to
meet the needs of Colorado’s rapidly aging population. Since our inception,
we have grown through great neighbors who want to help the older adults in
their own communities thrive.
We help older adults age well in their homes
by connecting them to an important resource
plentiful in every community: good neighbors.
Many tasks around the house and yard chip away
at independence, but through A Little Help, good
neighbors can help with transportation, yard
work, handiwork, home organization, and social
engagement, empowering older adults to thrive
where they have lived for decades and put
Our small staff supports our volunteers, who lead
the charge in their communities and are the key to
our service model.
“Thanks for always providing for my
needs, things I cannot manage by
myself, so I need not worry about
staying in my home.”
“I want to send kudos
to the group that was
at my house. They did
a great job!”
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MOVING FORWARD together
Village to Village Network – A Little Help
is a proud member of the Village to Village
Network. This national nonprofit connects
villages throughout the country and
provides resources among organizations.
A Little Help has been a member for over
a decade and provides mentorship to
DRCOG (Denver Regional Council of
Governments) – Partnering with DRCOG enabled
us to expand services in the Metro Denver region.
This is our first large government grant and
reimburses our costs for providing rides in
Colorado Gives Day – This
event is one of the BIGGEST
fundraisers each year for our
important work. Including the
‘halo effect’ of giving around
CGD, more than 200 donors
contributed over$140,000 to
support older adults!
Xcel Energy’s Day of Service – We are a proud
part of Xcel Energy’s Day of Service in September.
In 2019, we were thrilled to be highlighted by
Channel 4 News while we engaged 40 volunteers
to serve 14 homes.
The Latino Age Wave
– In 2019, we began
working with The Latino
Age wave to serve older
adults in Montbello with
NextFifty Initiative – We received a $60,000
second round of funding in 2019. These funds
allowed us to invest in the launch of our Northern
Colorado office and has created a tremendous
impact in that area.
Community Foundation of Northern CO –
A number of Donor Advised
funds of the Community
Foundation of Northern
Colorado have allowed a
Berthoud Office to be staffed
and launch this year! We
specifically thank the Doyle and
Luvesta Jones Fund and the
Daniels Fund – We proudly accepted a $50,000
Daniels Fund grant this year.
The Daniels Fund, established by cable television
pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable
foundation dedicated to making life better for
the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and
Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship
program, and ethics initiative.
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PROGRAMS AND FUNDRAISING
Summer Picnics – Each
year, these events bring
neighbors, volunteers, and members of A Little
Help. We continued to add dates and activities in
2019, including at great public venues and people’s
homes. If you’re interested in hosting an event, let
Service Saturday! –
2019’s events were BIG!
Across our four locations
statewide, 282 households received got help with
seasonal yard work from over 1,000 volunteers.
As more and more people became part
of this project, we expanded to organize
14 Service Saturday events statewide!
Tough Talks – Sometimes
“tough,” often light, and always
relevant, expert panelists share
their knowledge and create
space for questions and answers about topics that
may be difficult to talk about.
T O U G H T A L K S
A Little Help Support Group – Thanks to a
devoted volunteer who is a psychotherapist, a
group of members are able to gather once a month
to visit and discuss the challenges of loss, grief
A Little Community –
We continue to work with
companies and groups to
find engaging ways to meet
their service and social connection needs. Our
team built 27 custom days for 14 groups in 2019,
including work projects with older members and
social activities after the events.
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A Little Soiree &
A Little Fest – Our
The Soiree in Metro
A Little Soiree
A Little Fest
Denver and Little Fest in Northern Colorado brought
together over 100 donors and supporters. Silent
auctions, delicious food and drinks, and great music
highlighted two evenings of interactive fun.
A Little Breakfast
A Little Breakfast – Through A Little Breakfast,
A Little Help shares our mission with businesses and
professionals. We encourage our corporate partners
to engage with the older adults in their community,
as well as host keynote speakers to provide relevant
information about the aging workplace.
■ Individual Donation = 46%
■ Foundation Grants = 22%
■ Government Grants = 4%
■ Fundraising = 18%
■ Business = 4%
■ Programing = 80%
■ Membership = 6%
■ Fundraisers = 11%
■ Administrative = 9%
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SOMETIMES WE DO OUR BEST WORK WHEN WE AREN’T ACTUALLY AT WORK
If you have a group interested in offering A Little Community help and can set a day or
half-day aside, we’d love to hear from you. We are connecting with leaders in the business
community because “a little help” goes a long way, especially when an entire office is
involved. We connect those who need help with real people in the community — people
like you and your group — who not only want to help, but also want to make a difference.
Our A Little Community help days are a win-win
for everyone involved. Older adults feel valued and
important, while volunteers leave feeling energized
and more connected to their volunteer team after
helping others improve their quality of life.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact
Jake Dresden, Outreach and Development Director
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-242-9032.
OUR 2020 IMPACT GOAL
As we continue to develop and grow relationships
and programming throughout the state, A Little
Help is especially grateful to our supporters. Your
impactful contributions have allowed us to cultivate
our model and continue to meet the needs of a
rapidly aging Colorado population. Our model of
connecting neighbors, and your willingness to
play a part, has us poised to make a significant
impact in 2020.
2755 S. Locust St., Suite 220, Denver, CO 80222
Metro Denver • 720-242-9032
Northern Colorado • 970-412-9396
Roaring Fork Valley • 970-404-1923