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City of Thornton Community Outreach

The City of Thornton’s Community Services Department is reaching out to
local schools to make sure they’re aware of all our great programs, and to
get a feel for your school’s programs so we can work together to better the
lives of Thornton youth! We would like to meet with you to discuss some of
our year round programming. For now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s
going on for the rest of the year!

Trunk or Treat
Trunk or Treat is a very popular event where parents can take their kids to
trick or treat from volunteers who have decorated their cars for the event!
There are also some spooky activities and something for kids of all ages!

Art for the Heart
In partnership with Anythink Libraries, we are also hosting Art for the
Heart. This four workshop series includes materials as well as spiritual and
artistic guidance as we explore, through art, spirituality imagination,
intellect, and creativity.
Relatives Raising Children
One of our focuses is on kinship families—those who are raising children in
their family that are not biologically their own. We hold the Relatives
Raising Children conference, which is a one-day conference for these kinship
families, providing resources and support. Support groups for families in
these difficult situations are also available and are always welcoming new

Join us for a weekend of Winter fun! Visit our miniature Santa’s Village,
our ice skating pond, or the Holiday Marketplace. Compete in the tree
decorating contest and stay for the grand finale fireworks show! Everyone is

Snowbusters Volunteer Opportunity
If you have students, parents, or staff looking for ways to help their
community, check out our Snowbusters program! Snowbusters help out senior and
disabled Thornton citizens who need a hand clearing ice and snow from their
sidewalks and pathways.

Santa’s Calling
Santa’s Calling gives kids a chance to talk to Santa Claus or one of his
elves over the phone!

Holiday Food and Sock Drive
In support of Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, we are working across
departments and with community partners to coordinate a holiday food and sock
drive, accepting food (especially food that makes for great holiday meals!)
and socks for those who are without homes.  If you would like to help collect
items, please reach out.

Perfect Holiday Gift
One of our most popular programs is the Perfect Holiday Gift program, which
allows members of the community to “adopt” families in need, generously
providing gifts and meals to those who otherwise could not have these things
during the holidays. Every family that receives donations must be referred by
a case manager, and our donors absolutely love to help out families with
kiddos in particular. If you know of a family in need or would like to adopt
a Thornton family, let us know.

Youth & Teen Center
Year-round, the Youth & Teen Center, located within the Thornton Community
Center, welcomes 5th - 12th graders (10-17 year olds). Visitors can play
pool, air hockey, ping-pong, foosball and video games. Also available are a
computer lab and big screen TVs. A Youth & Teen Center ID ($3 per year for
Thornton residents and $5 per year for non-residents) and a signed permission
form are required to attend. You are welcome to visit the center before
paying the annual fee.

Water Assistance Program
For low-income families, Thornton has a water assistance program, which
provides short-term assistance to families going through financial hardship.
Help is available to fill out the forms and verify eligibility for the

Random Acts of Kindness
In February, we host a drive called Random Acts of Kindness, which promotes
generosity and togetherness in the community. For 2018, we are collecting
books in addition to food and pet supplies, in partnership with an
organization called Reach Out and Read, which helps clinics use literacy as a
tool for healing. Since this is our first year collecting books, we don’t
know how many books we will receive. If your school is interested in
receiving any possible surplus books after the drive, please let us know!