A Little Help
A Little Help is a volunteer based nonprofit organization in Denver, Colorado. We started in 2005 as Washington Park Cares when a group of retirees recognized the desire of many seniors in the area to stay in their own homes and contribute to their respective communities. These neighbors based their model on the national village movement, where neighbors coordinate and deliver essential services within their community to allow elders to remain in their homes. In 2007, we incorporated as a 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing older adults with non-medical services essential to maintaining active, productive lives in their own homes within community. In 2011, we became A Little Help and hired the organization’s first full-time, professional Executive Director, Dr. Paul Leon Ramsey, who has led us to many great successes to date including growth in member and volunteer numbers, throughout Colorado. Along with the Greater Denver area, we have members and volunteers in Jefferson County, Chaffee County and most recently North Fork Valley. With this growth we found an even greater need for the CiviCRM in keeping track of all our members and volunteers and the number of events and services we provide.
A Little Help reached out to Cividesk to discuss our growth and how with just a 3 person full-time staff infrastructure we could grow without turning our budget upside down. Cividesk told us about their Giving Back program. Tanya Mathias, Volunteer Coordinator, says: “Since we have received generous support from Cividesk, we are now able to manage our members and our volunteers more efficiently. We are still in the process of working with Cividesk and upgrading our WordPress website to Drupal, so we will soon not only be using our website as a better tool to reach out to our volunteers and provide them with important information about events and services, our website will soon be “talking” to CiviCRM so information that was taking hours and hours of staff and volunteer time is taking no time to input. These extra hours given back to both staff and volunteers means more time focusing on our elderly members and ensuring we are providing them the services and attention they deserve”.