Community Catch

April 2021
Honoring Jan Kardatzke
Broomfield FISH would like to honor the late Jan Kardatzke, an incredible woman who helped shape FISH into the organization that it is today. Jan volunteered at FISH for more than 12 years, and during that time she served on the board, helped develop programs, and was the first volunteer coordinator (as a volunteer herself!). She also helped grow our Adopt A Shelf program and coordinated the holiday boxes that we distributed from our old building. Jan spent her life making a difference. She was a beloved teacher at Emerald Elementary School for 26 years, winning Teacher of the Year in 2005. She also helped coach tennis at Broomfield High, was a Girl Scout leader, served on the Broomfield Library board, actively participated in the Broomfield Bird Club, and played with the Eagle Trace Ladies Golf Group. Jan was truly an inspiring member of our community. Her presence will be deeply missed by all of us, but her legacy of giving back will continue!
What Happened in 2020?
Did you know that FISH served 1 in 7 Broomfield residents in 2020 and distributed 45% more food? We are excited to share our 2020 annual report full of stories of strength, data from the past year, and wonderful photos of our FISH Family. Click the button below to view the full report, and the play button to the right to watch our video highlights!
Volunteer Appreciation Week
All of us here at FISH would like to give a heartfelt thank you to our volunteers for the incredible work they do. We could not exist without them, and we are forever grateful for their time and energy helping neighbors in need. We also recognize that this year has been a unique and challenging one, and we want to thank those who have not been able to physically join us since the start of the pandemic. Please enjoy the video we created as small way to celebrate our wonderful volunteers.
Two NEW Projects at FISH
FISH will be embarking on two new initiatives this spring. The first is a No Kid Hungry grant project in partnership with BECC that seeks to reduce hunger among children ages birth to 5. The other is a grant project through "Together We Protect--Colorado's COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Fund." Look for more news with details about these projects in May!

Pinwheels for Prevention
This month is Child abuse prevention month is observed with blue pinwheels. They are a reminder that we all play a role in children's lives. Child abuse awareness prevention helps communities as a whole to recognize the importance of family support and where to turn in times of need. For more information or how to get involve click here.
FISH Wins "Ed's Bets"
We offer a big thank you to Tim Osbourn and Metrohm USA, Inc. for their generous donation to FISH. Every year, the CEO, Edward Colihan, runs a program called “Ed’s Bets” where he challenges his sales teams to reach and exceed their annual goals. When employees do this, they get matching funds to use however they choose. Tim blew his goals out of the water, achieving over 130% of his expected sales. He asked that his "winnings" be used as a company donation to FISH. On top of that, he doubled his gift to FISH by adding his own bonus to it. Thank you, Tim!
Dawson's Birdhouses Are Back!
Dawson, one of our amazing youth volunteers, has combined his passions for birds and helping those in need by building handmade birdhouses and selling them to raise money for FISH! Some of you may know that he started this project last March and raised $1,000. Now, he is ramping up production for the 2021 spring season! He offers cedar and redwood stained birdhouses that are designed for Louisville’s House Finch birds, as well as bluebirds and many other species in the area. They cost $30 each with either porch pick-up or free delivery (in the Boulder Metro Area). 100% of the profits will be donated to FISH. Click HERE to learn more.
Up and Coming

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month- Whether you need new coping skills, resources to support others, or someone to talk to, Community Reach and Mental Health Partners may be able to help. Click here for Community Reach or call (303)853-3500. For Mental Health Partners click here or call (303)443-8500. There are many FREE workshops through MHP in May, so click here to learn more.
  • Want to Stretch Your $$? Broomfield FISH, in conjunction with the City and County of Broomfield and CSU Extension, will be offering short workshops on money management in 2021. These will be held online (in both English & Spanish) from 1:30 to 3 pm on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. If you are interested in learning more, please click here to sign up.
  • FISH is looking for volunteers! Please click HERE if you would like to help. All of our staff have had the COVID-19 vaccination and we continue to follow all CDC guidelines for safety.
  • COVID Vaccines are becoming more widely available across the state this month. To learn about vaccine opportunities in Broomfield, please click here.
  • If you are a parent looking for resources, you can find the latest offerings from Broomfield Early Childhood Council here.
  • Looking Back to Look Forward-In partnership with the Broomfield Community Services Provider Network, storyteller Brandon Stepter will share how to reconcile with the difficult past and seek to understand how racism and housing discrimination impact our lives today. Interwoven with archival information and images from Front Range-area museums, this engaging program will combine historic photos with storytelling to create a unique experience with an opportunity for mediated questions and conversations. Click here to learn more.
  • Looking for fun things to do with your children? Check out resources from BackStoryTheatre, our Broomfield LibraryINVENT HQand the Broomfield Museums.
Feeding Families and Fueling Hope
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