Light the Way

 

From November 1 through December 31 Illuminate is lighting the way toward brighter childhoods in Colorado.

 

For 61 days, we are shining a light on ways you can get involved and illuminating ways that you can strengthen your family and the families in your neighborhood.

 

Enter Today's Light the Way Giveaway!

A Special Thanks
to Our Sponsors!

How do I 
Light the Way?

For 61 days, we are shining a light on ways you can get involved building brighter childhoods in Colorado and illuminating ways  you can strengthen your family and the families in your neighborhood.

Want to see some examples of ways to strengthen families?

Find fun activities to do at home, online and in the community to build brighter childhoods.

Unlock the Light the Way Prize Box filled with family-friendly prizes and gift cards by participating in photo contests, scavenger hunts, online trivia games and much more!

Build a sense of community with us this holiday season. Organize your neighborhood luminary lighting on Dec 10th and get more ideas for ways to strengthen families each week!

Get Illuminating stories about people, businesses and organizations strengthening families, featuring ways you can help light the way toward brighter childhoods in 2022.

Featured Light the Way Events & Activities

Pledge to Write a Thank You Note

Pledge to write a thank you note to someone who has been there for you in 2021 to be entered to win a $100 catering gift certificate from Noodles & Company.

Pledge to Read "Building a Fort on a Solid Foundation"

Pledge to read “Building a Fort on a Solid Foundation” to enter today’s giveaway, a 5-day pass to the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum.

Pledge to Schedule Time for an Activity That Can Help You Decompress, Relax and Recharge

Pledge to schedule time for an activity that can help you decompress, relax and recharge to enter to win a $50 gift card to Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar.

Attend a Free Floor Yoga Class

Attend a free floor yoga class on Thursday, December 30, 6-7pm to win a $50 gift card to Potter’s Touch and 2 free drink coupons for Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters.

Pledge to Light the Way in 2022

Pledge to light the way in 2022 to enter to win 1 of 4 2-game laser tag passes at Boondocks Food & Fun.

Pledge to Read "When Parenthood Comes Full Circle"

Pledge to read “When Parenthood Comes Full Circle” to enter today’s giveaway, 1 on 4 passes for 2 free games of Laser Tag at Boondocks Food & Fun.

Take the Pledge to Light the Way

Thanks to all of this year’s sponsors for donating the prizes we’ve been able to give away! Take the Day 54 pledge to do any of the ways to light the way to enter to win a $50 gift card to Potter’s Touch and 2 free drink coupons for Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters (5/5).

Pledge to Contact Someone Who May Be Alone or Feeling Isolated

Pledge to contact someone who may be alone or feeling isolated to enter to win today’s giveaway, 2 tickets to Meow Wolf.

Enter to Win These Prizes!

2 Meow Wolf Tickets

Take the Day 55 pledge (opens Dec. 25) to contact someone who may be alone or feeling isolated.

Deadline to Enter: Friday, Dec. 31 @ 9AM MST

5-Day Pass to the Pikes Peak Children's Museum

Take the Day 50 pledge (opens Dec. 20) to read “No One, in Fact, Is Better Than Ezra” or take the Day 58 pledge (opens Dec. 28) to read “Building a Fort on a Solid Foundation”

Deadline to Enter: Tuesday, Jan. 4 @ 9AM MST

Previous Winners

    • 4 Denver Zoo Lights Tickets: Ambrosia C. from Arvada, CO
    • 4 Denver Museum of Nature & Science Tickets: Kim M. from Adams County, CO
    • $20 Tattered Cover Gift Card & 2 Free Drinks to Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters: Janine W. from Littleton, CO
    • $50 Gift Certificate for Food and Beverages at Dazzle: Kelly B. from Fort Collins, CO
    • $50 Potter’s Touch Gift Card: Anne A. from Aurora, CO
    • $100 Aspen Snowmass Gift Card: Nicole D. from Colorado Springs, CO
    • $500 Nordstrom Gift Card: Ryan W. from Northglenn, CO
    • $50 Potter’s Touch Gift Card & 2 Free Drinks to Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters: Patsy B. from Denver, CO
    • Christmas in Color Tickets: Stephanie H. from Thornton, CO and Nicole D. from Colorado Springs, CO
    • 4 Denver Zoo Tickets: Janine W. from Littleton, CO
$50 Gift Card to Potter's Touch and 2 Free Drinks at Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters

Register for a free Bloom Yoga class during the month of December:

  • Option 1: Chair Yoga, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 12-12:30pm
  • Option 2: Floor Yoga, Thursday, Dec. 30, 6-7pm

Deadline to Enter: Thursday, Dec. 30 @ 6PM MST

$100 Noodles & Company Catering Gift Certificate

Take the Day 47 pledge (opens Dec. 17) to purchase a piece of art from Altamira or take the Day 57 pledge (opens Dec. 27) to write a thank you note to someone who has been there for you in 2021.

Deadline to Enter: Friday, Dec. 31 @ 9AM MST

4 Denver Art Museum Tickets

Attend a Stewards of Children training:

Deadline to RSVP: one hour before each training

$50 Gift Card to Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

Take the Day 51 pledge (opens Dec. 21) to read “Less than half of parents in Colorado aren’t doing this one thing that could protect their children from experiencing sexual abuse.” or take the Day 59 pledge (opens Dec. 29) to schedule time for an activity that can help you decompress, relax and recharge.

Deadline to Enter: Tuesday, Jan. 4 @ 9AM MST

1 of 4 2-Game Passes for Laser Tag at Boondocks Food & Fun

Take the Day 53 pledge (opens Dec. 23) to read “When Parenthood Comes Full Circle” or take the Day 61 pledge (opens Dec. 31) to light the way in 2022.

Deadline to Enter: Tuesday, Jan. 4 @ 9AM MST

$50 Gift Card to Potter's Touch and 2 Free Drinks at Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters

Take the Day 46 pledge (opens Dec. 16) to come to Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Adventure Golf or take the Day 52 pledge (opens Dec. 22) to learn to practice Dragon Breath.

Deadline to Enter: Friday, Dec. 31 @ 9AM MST

$100 Gift Card to Build-A-Bear Workshop

Take the Day 56 pledge (opens Dec. 26) to read “The Positive Impact of Child Care for Parents Is as Sweet as Honey”

Deadline to Enter: Tuesday, Jan. 4 @ 9AM MST

$50 Gift Card to Potter's Touch and 2 Free Drinks at Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters

Take the Day 48 pledge (opens Dec. 18) to read “What good was his diagnosis anyway?” or take the Day 54 pledge (opens Dec. 24) to do one of the ways to light the way.

Deadline to Enter: Tuesday, Jan. 4 @ 9AM MST

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Help us raise money to light the way toward brighter childhoods in 2022!

Everything we do to prevention child maltreatment in Colorado is done in partnership with families with lived experiences, partners in the community and passionate people who prioritize strengthening families in their professional and personal lives. 

Join the Light the Way Campaign

As part of the Light the Way campaign, Illuminate Colorado is raising money to support our work building brighter childhoods in 2022. We are building the Light Way Campaign together with the people, partners and communities that we partner with every day.

Get Started Fundraising With Us!

STEP 1 – Think about why you support our work together and why you support strengthening families.

STEP 2 – Decide what your fundraising goal will be – EVERY $1 MATTERS. Challenge networks to match your gift or simply share your story about why our work together is important to inspire others.

STEP 3 -Set up a Colorado Gives Day fundraising page for Illuminate Colorado under our Light the Way Colorado Gives Day Super Campaign. Click HERE for video instructions or CONTACT US for technical support.

 

  • Fundraising Goal – $30,000 100% 100%
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