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!

Give the Gift of a Brighter Childhood

Want to help us Light the Way for all children in Colorado? We can’t do it without you. Schedule your gift today and give on December 7th!

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

Organize a Luminary Lighting

Pledge to join together on Friday, December 10 to bruild a sense of togetherness in your community by organizing a luminary lighting for your neighborhood.

Don’t know how to get started? We have easy instructions. Bonus: the whole family can get involved!

Watch the Virtual Fireside Chat with Toni Miner

The Community Leadership Awards recognize individuals who have dedicated an extraordinary amount of their time and openly shared their experiences to further systemic change and strengthen families in Colorado. Join us for a virtual conversation between Jade Woodard, Executive Director of Illuminate Colorado, and Toni Miner, one of the Community Leadership Award recipients.

And, RSVP to join us for future installments of our virtual Fireside Chat series. Each RSVP is an entry to win 4 tickets to the Denver Zoo!

Buy a Piece of Art

Thanks to our sponsor Altamira, buy a piece of art during the last two weeks of December, and 5% of sales will be donated to Illuminate Colorado.

Pledge to do one of today's Light the Way activities.

There are lots of great ideas for ways to light the way in today’s blog. Take the pledge to do one of them this month.

Note: The blog will be published on Thursday, December 2.

Attend a Bloom Yoga Class

Free, virtual Bloom Yoga classes will be offered during December. Choose between chair and floor yoga. No experience necessary!

Register for a free Bloom Yoga class:

Subscribe to Our Blog

Stay in touch with us throughout the year by subscribing to the Illuminate Colorado blog.

 

Attend a Concert

Take the pledge today, 12/5, to let us know you’ll be joining us in person at the Clocktower Cabaret.

Can’t make the in-person concert? Watch the virtual concert on Facebook and take the pledge to let us know!

 

Illuminating Stories Building Brighter Childhoods

Illuminating Leadership Awards

Each year, Illuminate Colorado honors the contributions of exceptional individuals and organizations who have furthered our collective mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment.

Watch Previous Fireside Chats

Five Minutes With My Congressman

Recently, I had a chance to talk with an aide from the 4th district represented by Congressman Ken Buck about the FASD Respect Act (H.R. 4151 and S.2238).  This piece of legislation could change my family’s life and potentially prevent hundreds of thousands of...

Hero’s Health Grant from CHC: Creating Healthier Communities Supports Fathers of Freedom in Colorado Springs

Today Creating Healthier Communities (CHC) announced Illuminate Colorado as one of four awardees of its Hero’s Health grant. The $10,000 grants, awarded to CHC nonprofit partners committed to serving active and retired military communities through program and service...

New Research Provides Insight and Recommendations for Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Denver (Nov. 10, 2021) – New research from Illuminate Colorado (Illuminate) examines data and trends related to child sexual abuse in Colorado and presents recommendations for preventing abuse statewide. The study also highlights known solutions to the problem of...

Illuminating Child Care is Expanding to the San Luis Valley

Over the course of the next couple of months, the Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley is taking Acorn - Illuminate's newest renovated RV providing on-site child care - on a tour of the San Luis Valley, stopping at locations that are helping to strengthen...

Has your family been impacted by substance use during pregnancy?

If the answer to this question is yes, then there is an opportunity waiting for you to channel your experiences into change. Several spots on the Family Advisory Board are opening up in 2022. Your perspective is needed to build a Colorado that equitably serves all...

Circle of Parents Is Not Just for the Parents

Finding community can sometimes be difficult, especially in a rural setting. From getting answers to all your parenting questions to something as simple as finding a babysitter, it’s helpful to have a group of people you can go to for support. For one mother in...

Pivoting During a Pandemic

The year 2020 brought with it unprecedented challenges and opportunities to fulfill our mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment. Monitoring local and national health reports and directives regarding the spread of...

When Parenthood Comes Full Circle

As I kissed her goodbye and blessed her “Dios Te Bendiga” (“God Bless You”), I walked away among the swarm of frantic and emotional parents just like me on moving day at the college dorms. Exiting the dorm building, I found a quiet place on campus, my mind suddenly...

Building a Fort on a Solid Foundation

That fort became the quintessential metaphor for what we were going through as a family and possibly what our society was going through as a whole. The building of that fort is something I will never take for granted and never ever forget in reflecting on the true purpose that it actually served.

Kiowa County Becomes the First County to Reach Child Safety Tipping Point

Illuminate Colorado is excited to announce this week that Kiowa County is the first county in the state of Colorado to reach the tipping point to create a new standard of child safety in the community. In June of last year, llluminate launched the Tip Colorado...

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 33% 33%
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Help Strengthen Families & Communities

We all share a responsibility to ensure that children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

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Learn About Our Work

Our children are our future employees, leaders and neighbors. No matter where they live, children need high-quality experiences and loving relationships to support healthy development.

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Help Strengthen Families & Communities

We all share a responsibility to ensure that children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

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Learn About Our Work

Our children are our future employees, leaders and neighbors. No matter where they live, children need high-quality experiences and loving relationships to support healthy development.

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