Work in Progress: Fall Edition

Thank you to all of the generous sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests who made Harvesting Opportunities CWEE's most successful fundraiser to date!

Inspiration Station:
Congratulations to CWEE's Manager of Employment Services, Elizabeth Robertson, on her selection to the  Governor's Coaching Corps! 
Elizabeth is also celebrating 4 years of making a difference each and every day at CWEE. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

CWEE alumna Denise recently gained employment with Arapahoe County! She is thrilled with her new, family-friendly schedule. We wish you continued personal and professional success, Denise!

CWEE CEO Laurie Harvey is a finalist for the Stevie Awards' 2017 Female Innovator of the Year! Congratulations, Laurie!

CWEE's Director of Operations and Administration, Jeannie Moffett, celebrated ten years at CWEE last month! Jeannie wears many hats and works tirelessly behind the scenes to keep CWEE running smoothly. Thank you, Jeannie, for lending us your considerable talents!
Many thanks to the OppenheimerFunds Women's Network for putting CWEE's boutique back in order after some recent construction and water damage!  

Congratulations to Amira, CWEE's latest Wheels to Work recipient! CWEE is proud to partner with the Denver Rescue Mission to provide a refurbished vehicle to one participant a month. The Wheels to Work program has been proven to reduce commute time by up to 3-4 hours daily.

Meet Rhondda & Peter Grant

Some people have an immediate and lasting impact no matter where they go. Luckily for CWEE, Peter and Rhondda Grant are those people.

In 1982, I was newly married with a degree in Psychology and my whole career ahead of me.  Rhondda Grant was a passionate advocate for women's rights, and one of the founding Board members of Colorado Women's Employment and Education, a brand-new nonprofit dedicated to empowering women to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Her husband Peter was the President of Colorado National Bank, one of CWEE's first corporate supporters.

I first met Rhondda years earlier through our mutual association with another women's organization. It was at her urging that I applied to be CWEE's first - and, at the time, only - job counselor. Little did I realize what was in store for me, for the organization, or for Denver's workforce.

35 years and 14,000 families later, Rhondda & Peter remain CWEE's most dedicated champions. Their legacy is continuously celebrated in the aptly-named Grant Room, CWEE's largest and most versatile classroom space, where participants assemble daily to hone their soft skills, engage with employer partners, and acknowledge one another's successes.  The Grants never hesitate to lend a hand whether it's opening up their lovely home and garden to host a CWEE function or introducing us to a new donor.

Fittingly, the Grants were Presenting Sponsors at CWEE's 35th anniversary event. The celebration of CWEE's milestone was, in many ways, a celebration of the Grants' commitment to CWEE and Metro Denver. 

As we enter the season of giving, I want to express my sincere gratitude not only to Peter and Rhondda Grant, but also to wonderful CWEE champions like you who have helped us create self-supporting families and improve our community.

CEO/President Laurie Harvey

Lately at CWEE...

Colorado Gives Day 2017 is on December 5th! Help CWEE take advantage of a generous $10,000 matching fund by  pre-registering your gift  now, and get your name entered in a drawing for some great local restaurant g ift cards.

"I came to CWEE with a patient-doctor mentality. I thought they would diagnose my problem, give me a prescription, and send me out the door....[but instead] I went through a self-discovery journey." 
For a powerful testimonial about your support in action, 

Alumna Julia Doria (left) was living in her car with her son when she first arrived at CWEE. The Women's Foundation of Colorado captured her transformation in a powerful video demonstrating CWEE's impact. 

Did you know that the Governor of Colorado and the Mayor of Denver both proclaimed October 5, 2017, CWEE Day? This was a touching tribute to Laurie Harvey's decades of service at CWEE's helm. Harvesting Opportunities emcee TaRhonda Thomas displays the proclamations above.

Sabrina was among the first participants to receive a baby box through CWEE's partnership with the
Rocky Mountain Children's Health FoundationIn addition to providing a safe and convenient sleeping space for infants, the baby box also comes packed full of products and resources.  Learn more  about how the baby box can help reduce infant mortality!

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