The Participation Project
We believe in the power of the nonprofit vote to build a more inclusive and just Colorado. This work is especially critical as we navigate the impacts of COVID-19 in our most vulnerable communities. The nonprofit sector, and the communities we serve, are facing many challenges yet there has never been more energy and motivation to get involved in the civic engagement arena. Voter engagement is one way to meet this moment and build our power as a sector.
Voter registration and participation allows high-potential voters who are often left out of the process to have a voice on ballot initiatives and policy decisions that affect them directly. The Colorado Participation Project was founded in 2010 and later adopted as a program of Community Resource Center in 2015. The Participation Project provides training, resources, and ongoing support to nonprofits to elevate their nonpartisan civic engagement efforts. Nonprofits can participate in a variety of ways depending on your capacity. We have adapted all aspects of the program to follow current health and safety guidelines.
Want to learn more about our voter engagement program? Watch our informational webinar to learn about what it means to be a partner, benefits, expectations, and how we can support you in creating a thriving and civically engaged community.
Join the Movement
We are always looking for new nonprofit partners in these efforts. If you are interested in learning more, or think your organization is a good fit, please contact Alex McHenry, Senior Program Manager, to learn about next steps.
In 2020, the Participation Project partnered with 45 nonprofits across Colorado to provide guidance, training, and resources to assist them in offering nonpartisan voter engagement efforts to their clients and community. We engaged 11,206 voters across 35 counties including 4,900 new contacts and an additional 6,306 voters through our GOTV efforts. Our team partnered with a diverse group of nonprofits, training 206 staff, volunteers, residents, and constituents on the importance of voting, voter engagement tactics, nonpartisanship, voting rights, and cultural competency. CRC hired, trained, and managed 16 organizers to help supplement the work of our partner organizations.
2020 Partner Organizations
- The Ark Childcare
- Boulder Food Rescue
- Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley
- The Center on Colfax
- Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
- Emergency Family Assistance Association
- Every Child Pediatrics
- Family Resource Center
- Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center
- Harm Reduction Action Center
- History Colorado
- Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
- Manna-Durango Soup Kitchen
- Marillac Health
- Metro Caring
- Mi Casa Resource Center
- Mile High United Way
- Montelores Early Childhood Council
- Mountain Family Health
- North Fork Valley Public Radio
- Peak Vista Community Health Centers
- Salud Family Health Centers
- Salvation Army
- School Community Youth Collaborative
- Sister Carmen Community Center
- Small Town Project
- Stride Community Health Center
- Sunrise Community Health Center
- Warren Village