H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel) is a non-profit program created by employees of the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in Colorado that seeks to fill the needs of local individuals and families that can't be met by formal welfare programs.
Established in 1992, H.O.P.E. provides goods and services to children who are victims of abuse or neglect, vulnerable seniors in the adult protection system, and struggling families and individuals in crisis.

How HOPE Helps

All needs are identified by our County caseworkers. For example, H.O.P.E. has provided funds for:
  • Camp, sports and art activities for children in foster care
  • Formal wear for prom, graduation or choir for foster children and at-risk youth
  • Funds to help youth and adults earn their GED
  • Funds to pay for emergency dental care and eye glasses for seniors
  • Rental assistance for a senior whose identity was stolen
  • Birthday presents for children without parents
  • A gravestone for a young mother
H.O.P.E. was established in 1992 and became Linda’s H.O.P.E. in memory of the late Linda Colizzo, a Human Services supervisor who believed in giving families every opportunity to succeed.

Lend a Helping Hand

  • We are always grateful for monetary donations to HOPE. All funds go directly to serve our clients in-need. Donate online or mail a check payable to 'Arapahoe County Foundation - HOPE' to the address shown at right.
  • We also welcome donations of paper products, baked goods, crafts and merchandise to sell at our monthly fundraisers.
  • Attend our fundraisers and contribute by purchasing some of our items.
  • Volunteer your time and help us with our events.
HOPE is a non-profit program of the Arapahoe County Foundation, an exempt organization under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contributions may be tax-deductible.

For more information on how to support H.O.P.E., please call 303-636-1641.