What We've Accomplished So Far!
NOCOShares is pleased and proud to have been able to benefit our northern Colorado community through quarterly projects since 2002.
The Garden at Redeemer Lutheran Church
- 2nd Quarter 2014 -
We really got things rolling in April to ready The Garden for its 2nd year of production. The final tally for last year's garden was 2,592 pounds of produce donated to the Food Bank of Larimer County! We can hardly wait to watch our garden grow this year.
Follow the activities in the Community Garden 2014 Photo Gallery.
The Gift of a Green Christmas Tree
- 4th Quarter Project 2012 -
This was our 10th year of providing Christmas trees and all of the trimmings to northern Colorado families who otherwise would not be able to afford one. This year we were blessed to partner with the Colorado State Forest Service and harvest trees for a forest management project in the Pingree Park area. We worked closely with other agencies such as United Way of Larimer County and Weld County, Project Self Sufficiency, House of Neighborly Service, NCAP, The Boys and Girls Club, Crossroads and Realities for Children to put together lists of families in need. This year we also worked with the Long Term Recovery Group helping the victims of the High Park fire, which was literally in our backyard. Every aspect of this project requires hundreds of hours and dozens of volunteers, from compiling the recipient lists, to harvesting trees, to collecting and sorting donations, to purchasing additional lights, decorations and trees, to organizing the volunteers for tree deliveries. We had approximately 30 teams of volunteers that helped us deliver 317 Christmas trees on Dec 1st and Dec 8th, including a group of Airmen from Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY. This year we were also blessed with a lot of media coverage for this project, which is very near and dear to our hearts. Denver 7 News followed along with us as we harvested trees and as we delivered them. They put together a wonderful video segment which aired on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Day. The Gift of a Green Christmas Tree was also featured on the front page of local newspapers - The Ft. Collins Coloradoan, The Loveland Reporter Herald and The North Weld Herald Voice.
NOCOShares board members and volunteers collected and donated approximately 2,500 new and gently used books for this annual event. Pack2School, a program orchestrated by the OtterCares Foundation, provides backpacks and school supplies, free of charge, to more than 1,800 qualifying Poudre School District students each year.
Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity 50th Home Build
- 2nd Quarter Project 2012 -
We were proud to be able to sponsor Habitat’s 50th home build in Ft. Collins. Our team organized and provided lunch for several build days, including a red carpet event for The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, a build day for Otterbox and Otter Cares, a Father’s Day build with a BBQ lunch, and a team build with a mobile Asian cuisine lunch. We also sponsored the celebration and dedication of both the 49th and 50th homes, which included coffee and donuts and a bouncy house for the kids and pumpkins to decorate and take home.
G3 & TEAMBuild with Brinkman Partners
In 2012, NOCOShares had the opportunity to support the G3 Challenge, sponsored by OtterBox and the OtterCares Foundation. OtterCares granted each OtterBox employee a grant certificate to "Get it, Grow it, Give it Challenge" or "G3 Challenge." NOCOShares had the opportunity to support a group of Otter employees who raised money for Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity with a gift of $1,000 and a two-day build sponsorship for the team and their supporters, including staff from Brinkman Partners.
Learn more about the impact of the G3 Project and the OtterCares Foundation.
Red Carpet Reception with the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
The NOCOShares team proudly became members of the Fort Collins Chamber and celebrated with a build day at the Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity job site. The day included a ribbon cutting ceremony, a sponsored lunch and an opportunity to work next to members of the business community to help build a home for the Loughrey family.
Irish Elementary School
- 1st Quarter Project 2012 -
We were approached about putting together a project supporting the teachers at Irish Elementary School in north Ft. Collins. Irish is a very high poverty school with its teachers and staff facing rigorous demands. The teachers often purchase school supplies and other basic student needs out of their own pockets. For this project we had each teacher create a ‘wish list’ of items they needed in their classrooms. We then gave people the opportunity to sponsor a teacher by making a donation to purchase the supplies on their ‘wish lists’. Items requested ranged from headphones for listening centers to pencil sharpeners and pencils and even thermometers for the school nurse. We also purchased 6 large magnetic whiteboards for classrooms that didn’t have one. We were invited to present the teachers with the gift wrapped items during their after school meeting on April 4th and also presented each teacher and staff member, 67 in all, with a $25 gift card to a restaurant of their choice in appreciation for all they do to teach our future generations.
Crossroads Safe House
- 2nd Quarter Project 2011 -
Crossroads is a safe house for victims of domestic violence in Ft. Collins. They were in the process of remodeling a much larger building for the safe house with a scheduled opening for late summer of 2011. The new facility would be divided into 4 ‘neighborhoods’, each with their own kitchen and our goal was to furnish these 4 kitchens with all of the basic items needed. Working with Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and Peace with Christ Lutheran Church, we compiled a ‘shopping list’ of the items that were needed. People were then able to ’shop’ from the list to purchase the item(s) of their choice at a 50% off retail price. This way we were able to simplify the process of purchasing items and stay consistent for all 4 kitchens, as requested by Crossroads, and also avoid duplicating purchases. We had an amazing response and we were able to not only supply all 4 kitchens with everything from pots and pans to oven mitts and highchairs, but we were also able to present Crossroads with a check for $1,208.16. On August 10th, we hosted a ‘kitchen party’ and invited everyone who had helped with the project to come and set up the kitchens with the items they had purchased and get a first look at the new safe house. We had a great turnout of 25-30 people, including the pastors of Saint John’s Lutheran Church and of Trinity Lutheran church, joining in on the fun and fellowship.