Print Print

Community Commitment | Food Bank of the Rockies

Food Bank of the Rockies

EKS&H’S latest fundraiser helped not only one but two Denver nonprofits: Easter Seals Colorado and Food Bank of the Rockies. The fundraiser, coordinated by Egg Fundraiser, enabled EKS&H staff and others to donate and receive eggs from Hickman Farms just in time for Easter. With a $25 donation, donors received six dozen eggs. With each purchase, $10 was donated to Easter Seals, and Hickman Farms donated one dozen eggs to Food Bank of the Rockies. Donors also had the option to give their eggs to Food Bank of the Rockies instead. A $15 donation option was also available, with provided $5 to Easter Seals and one dozen eggs to Food Bank of the Rockies.

All donations to Easter Seals went toward the purchase of a SureHands lift system, which gives campers of all abilities at Easter Seals Rocky Mountain Village the means to ride a horse. The camp is fully accessible and is used by more than 1,400 children and adults annually with disabilities. In addition to horseback riding, campers enjoy swimming, fishing, overnight camping, outdoor cooking, day trips, arts and crafts, sports and recreation, hiking, dances, music, drama, and zip lining while parents and caregivers get a much needed respite.

“The sense of acceptance and empowerment that campers come away with is really what makes this place so special,” said EKS&H Tax Partner Vonnie Hergett. Hergett serves on the Easter Seals Board of Directors, and EKS&H has been involved with Easter Seals projects in the past. In fall 2016, EKS&H employees participated in a volunteer day to help improve the camp.

Food Bank of the Rockies, the other recipient of the fundraiser, benefits families in the Denver area fighting hunger. EKS&H has contributed to the food bank in various ways, such as participating in the annual Joe Sakic Celebrity Classic at Sanctuary Golf Course and supporting the organization’s annual gala. EKS&H employees have also volunteered at Food Bank of the Rockies to organize food and package it for distribution. The food bank has been an EKS&H tax, audit, and consulting client for eight years, working closely with Audit Partner Ryan Sells.

“We’ve worked with them on some special projects like helping them develop a strategic plan and assisting them with their information security,” Sells said. “The food bank is already a well-run organization and an incredible resources for the community, but providing financial information — such as best practices for internal controls and financial reporting — helps them to be even more effective in their mission to reduce food insecurity in our community.”

Through this and countless other activities and efforts throughout the year, EKS&H seizes the opportunity to be involved in the community, give back, and serve others.