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Amp the Cause: Supporting Colorado’s Children and Families

Dedicated to amplifying the impact of Colorado’s most important causes, Amp the Cause hosts events, raises money, and raises awareness of what Coloradan children and families need most.

About Amp the Cause
Founded in 2004 by Christie and Walter Isenberg, Amp the Cause has to-date donated over $9,173,205 in monetary and in-kind donations. In addition to these donations, we also provide educational programs for children to participate in, free of cost, which provides a safe and healthy environment and the chance to explore their curiosities. We also have raised for educational and health funds, and focus a great portion of our efforts on children within Colorado who have life-threatening illnesses.

The Organizations We Serve
We support 55 community partners each year. There are so many organizations and nonprofits in Colorado that are doing important work — it is our honor to serve them, raise awareness about them, and donate to them. The following is a list of all our community partners.

  • Access Gallery, which opens educational and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the arts
  • Anchor Center for Blind Children, which offers intervention and educational services for children with blindness or visual impairment
  • Arrupe Jesuit High School, a high school, focused on bringing its student’s endless opportunities, such as through their Corporate Work-Study Program.
  • Clothes to Kids of Denver, which provides children in Denver with clothing and coats throughout the cold weather
  • Confluence Ministries, a Christian outreach program that brings families together and offers educational programs and events
  • Denver Children’s Advocacy Center specializes in assisting traumatized children from situations of abuse by immediately supporting victims and keeping children safe
  • Doctors Care provides affordable and often free healthcare services to the greater community
  • EarthLinks is a work program that employs those who are low income or experiencing homelessness to create Earth-friendly products and further their skills
  • The Empowerment Program Inc. specializes in supporting women who need help due to incarceration, HIV/AIDS infection, challenges with criminal justice, poverty, or homelessness by providing case management, basic skills education, and help in finding a home
  • Families First focuses on preventing abuse and neglect of children
  • Family Star Montessori educates children of all backgrounds and abilities using the Montessori method
  • FamilyTree helps those impacted by domestic violence, child abuse, or homelessness.
  • Firefly Autism diagnoses and offers educational programs to children up to the age of 21 who have Autism
  • Florence Crittenton Services educates and prepares teen mothers for success in their communities
  • Gateway Domestic Violence Services offers counseling, residential care, and court advocacy services for families who have been victims of domestic violence
  • Girls Inc. of Metro Denver features educational and empowering programming for the “whole girl,” to help girls of Colorado lead fulfilling lives and break the circle of poverty
  • GrowHaus produces and distributes freshly grown food year round, and also offers nutrition, gardening, and cooking education
  • Hope House of Colorado provides self-sufficiency programs such as the GED to Colorado’s teen moms
  • Hope Center helps those in emotional crisis with crisis intervention, individual counseling, a 24-hour hopeline, and school programs around mental health
  • Jefferson Hills serves Colorado’s at-risk children with mental health, welfare, and juvenile justice troubles through programs and resources
  • Joshua Station – A Program of Mile High Ministries develops communities and works to eradicate poverty through Christianity
  • Laradon offers educational programs, community living, adult day programs, and employment programs to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Mile High Early Learning provides Montessori-inspired quality education and care to Colorado’s most vulnerable children
  • Mount Saint Vincent offers mental health treatment, foster care services, traumatic care services, and individualized education to children of Colorado
  • PlatteForum is a youth development arts program that fosters creative learning environments alongside expert artists
  • A Precious Child offers support to children and families going through difficulties such as abuse and neglect, crisis situations, and poverty
  • Raft Colorado educates through recycling attribute rich-materials to offer hands-on learning for kids and professional learning opportunities for educators
  • Richard T. Castro Elementary School is one of Colorado’s esteemed elementary schools with the mission to be at the forefront of academic exemplary
  • Rocky Mountain Communities invests in affordable housing across Colorado
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities offers a home close to hospitals for families whose children are being treated for serious illnesses or injuries.
  • Roundup Fellowship serves children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Sacred Heart House provides temporary housing, food, clothing, and other services to families, in addition to childcare and health care
  • Savio strengthens families when difficult issues, such as abuse, neglect, and mental health arise
  • Sewall Child Development Center supports children of all abilities, including special needs, through five programs
  • Smith Agency / Serenity Education serves children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • STEM Launch School features a STEM-driven education for students K-12
  • Sun Valley Kitchen and Community Center offers food access, mentorship, educational resources, employment opportunities, and a place to find connection
  • Tennyson Center for Children gives day treatment, residential treatment, and community-based services for children struggling in situations of abuse and neglect
  • The Conflict Center is a center of nonviolence with skill-building classes, after school programs, restorative practices, and professional development
  • The Gathering Place is metropolitan Denver’s only daytime drop-in center that supports women, transgender individuals, and their children in situations of poverty and homelessness
  • Third Way Center has adapted innovative science with mental health services to serve youth in need
  • There With Care provides support to families struggling with a critical phase of medical crisis
  • Urban Peak helps youth experiencing homelessness in Denver
  • Warren Village empowers families through safe and affordable housing, parental services, and childcare.

Our Sponsors
With so many worthwhile causes and so many individuals across Colorado in need of help and support, we are so thankful for our generous sponsors who help us support all of these causes:

  • Cigna
  • Davis Graham & Stubbs
  • The Denver Post
  • Hensel Phelps
  • Hodges Ward Elliott
  • Lime Tree Hospitality
  • Lockton
  • Milender White
  • Oakwood Homes
  • Plante Moran
  • RK Foundation
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Walmart

How You Can Get Involved
We are always hoping to engage more of our Colorado community to serve these causes. You can donate on our website through the form below to contribute financially to our 51 partners or assist with one of our events. We feature several hit events each year, with one of the most popular being “Holidays for Kids,” which offers a once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience for 1,900 children, including lunchtime with Santa, crafts, face painters, and of course, presents.

We also have “Celebrity Waiter” coming up in 2020 as anther one of our most popular fundraisers. Celebrities volunteer to be waiters (past examples have included Walt DeHaven, Kristin Johnson, Willie B., and Denise Plante), and you can pay your Celebrity Waiter to do anything for you… Down to serenading you with a song!

Volunteers are always welcome and needed to make each event as successful as it can be. We hope to have your support as we continue to amp Colorado’s most important causes.