I am an active member of the Aurora Community, have served as a local elected official and served and continue to serve on several boards. I have been exposed to many organizations throughout our community. And - I give the best I can for those organizations that do good work. When I was asked to be a board member of AWTN, I had already contributed to the organization and knew that, not only did they do great work for those in immediate need, they were frugal and worked to ensure that each dollar raised went as far as possible. I was honored to have been selected to serve on the board with fellow dedicated professionals. I continue to serve amongst the best of the best for the benefit of our community through AWTN. This board and the Executive Director are nothing short of being fantastic.
We learned about Aurora Warms the Night at Real Life Book Club (RLBC). One of our members, Sarah was the artist who created "A Picture of Homelessness" An interactive art exhibit to benefit Aurora Warms the Night. Sarah donated her services Portrait Biographies to create exposed fine art portrait of the homeless. I attended the event and it was very moving. To hear the personal story of a woman of how she became homeless made you realize it really could happen to anyone. This organization did a great job of presenting to our group and the event was moving (and affordable), plus had some really great auction prizes. I am so glad to have attended and learned more. This is a great nonprofit that is truly making a difference. You can watch the video of Paquita, the homeless client featured here: Scroll down to Aurora Warms the Night http://www.portraitbiographies.com/special-events/#book-release-party-denver
I interned at AWTN last year. Not only did it help me gain job skills and experience, but helped expand my knowledge of the homeless. I didn't know that over half of the homeless in Aurora are families. AWTN significantly helps those in the community and really makes a difference. I had such a good experience there. I saw the director Sarah treat everyone with respect whether there were a client, donor or volunteer. She took the time to also help me really relate my internship to real life and I felt more prepared for a career. To see whole community coming together to help the homeless was powerful. It was very cool to see such diversity in the people that were helping out. If anyone is looking to be an intern or to help, Aurora Warms the Night is 100 percent the place I would recommend. I am proud to have been part of this AMAZING non profit!
Got to know this great charity at McCarthy's Grill Bike Show Fundraiser. The staff was super friendly, informative, and the cause is great. We bid on items in the silent auction and learned a lot when they spoke during the event. Great band played and we are happy to get to know about this charity. We will for sure be back to support them at the upcoming car show.
Give hope & health with a food or hygiene kit. Get much more back in return. Great organization, positive experience .
Making food and hygiene kits for the homeless is a great way your church can help out. We assemble them as part of our women's group and bring them in. We are a small group. But they never make us feel small. We bring 20 kits at a time and always feel appreciated as if we had give 2,000!
A project for everyone - kids, adults, corporations. Every little bit helps. Aurora Warms the Night made us feel welcomed and appreciated. The director Sarah was kind and took time out to give our group a kid friendly version of homelessness and why it happens. In Aurora, over half of the homeless are families. We walked away with feeling like we learned a lot and made a difference. We will be back to help a drive for SOCKTOBER in October.
5 stars for this non profit. They are small but mighty and check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/aurorawarmsthenight to see photos of their good works and team efforts with the community.
This summer our group provided summer lunches to 100 homeless people. There were children, families, and single men and women and even some dogs. We had the best time. The director Sarah was wonderful to work with. The day was organized and we felt we really made a difference.
AWTN supports families in need in the local community. The men, women and children who walk through the door are in desperate need of shelter and warmth. They leave AWTN with a voucher for a nearby motel, a safe and warm night off the streets, a package of food of several meals, toiletries and a wam coat. The compassion, empathy and warmth shown by the staff would restore anyone's faith in humanity. On a particularly cold Friday, right before a weekend snow storm, a line formed out the door of folks seeking shelter, i was struck by the number of children- between the ages of 9 months and 14-- who joined their moms, dads and families in line. Two particular children stand out. One was a precious little boy who was about to turn eight. His warmest piece of clothing was a tattered fleece jacket. I helped him find a boys' coat that fit him well. Then, we searched for a hat. At the bottom of the pile, a blue hat, with a long scarf and mittens attached brought the biggest grin to his face. For that moment, he was not a homeless boy but an ordinary little boy who wanted to feel special. The last thing we picked out together was a book. We talked about what books he enjoyed reading, what he was reading in school and settled on a Magic Treehouse book that was brand new. By the time we were finished, his mom had secured a voucher and should take her grinning son off the streets for the night. The second child who stands out was 14. I noticed two things- she had the most piercing blue eyes and she looked full of shame. Instead of being at school, she was with her mom and little sister, hoping to avoid sleeping in their car for the night. She wanted to be anywhere but there. She did not want a coat. Her thin denim jacket was enough, she told me. Her defiance was no different than that of my 12 year old. I saw in her my own daughter and wondered how my own daughter would feel. I didn't accept her defiance. Without asking again, I searched thru a pile of coats, looking for one that my own daughter would think was cool, one that my own daughter would pick. Finally, I found two coats that any 8th grade girl who envy. I asked her to pick one. Without saying much, she tried one on and didn't take it off. I asked her if convincing her she should pick out a hat too was too much and, at that, she laughed. There's no way my daughter would wear a hat and mess her hair and this precious girl was no different. In both children, it is very evident that, while folks go to AWTN for shelter and food, they leave feeling the warmth of humanity.