Charity of the Month – Snowboard Outreach Society

Odell Outreach and Charitable Giving Program

Charity of the Month: Snowboard Outreach Society

I woke up Monday and it was February already! I  think I have finally stopped writing 2015 for the date and am beginning to realize that I might just have let winter slip by EXCEPT, we are going to have the Snowboard Outreach Society in our tap room this month! These folks are amazing and doing the best work to help under-served youth not just get out on the mountain and get some exercise and fresh air, but gain a quiver of life-skills that translate into every choice they will make. They turn the world of preachy, black and white rules into relatable, attainable success outside. Since there is no better teacher than experience, we are going to take this pportunity to get out on the hill with this incredible group of inspiring folks and help them to engage some young people that may not have a whole lot of depth in their bull-pen. I cannot wait for the opportunity to learn alongside these kids on the slopes of Keystone in March. If you happen to be up there making some turns, keep your eyes peeled for our Denver and Mountain sales teams getting schooled by high-risk kids doing what they know best~ mastering high-risk activities! SOS is no longer just about winter mountain activities and has graduated into an integrated, year-long program that supports its members without break. They work with local agencies for referrals and our tip jar this month just happens to be one of their partners!

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(Photo Credit: SOS Outreach)

To learn more about SOS, please visit their website at 

To make a donation, please visit their Colorado Gives page:

Tip Jar: The Matthew’s House

The Executive Director of the Matthew’s House, Jerri Schmitz sums it up best in her welcome statement: “Welcome to The Matthews House. We invite you to join us to help cultivate hope and build resiliency in the lives of others. When we work together as a community children and families will attain what they need to learn, improve, and become stronger—and in turn, make our whole community stronger.” Jerri started the organization when she realized that there was a very large, under-served population of young people in our community that seemed to live in a vacuum between adolescence and adulthood around the ages of 16-20. These were young people poised on the spring board of becoming adults with little to no skills for success. Some of the kids Jerri was talking to didn’t know how to write a check or make a box of macaroni and cheese, things that I undeniably took for granted. Jerri created the Matthew’s House, a home where kids without that sense of place could come and do homework, learn how to make a meal, talk to a therapist and tap into a deep list of other services that they may not have found otherwise. We are thrilled to have the Matthew’s House in our tap room this month and encourage you to learn more about what they are doing here:

Matthew's House

Please visit our tap room in support of these two organizations! Our Charity of the Month recipients receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests, the opportunity to host an event in our space after-hours, access to our volunteer base for approved projects and a donation from our charitable fund housed at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Our tip jar recipients also receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests and a donation at the end of the month based on the generosity of our tap room guests. Both are conscientiously chosen by our in-house charitable committee comprised of co-workers from our diverse departments.

Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator

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