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Moving the Meter on Issues that Matter Outside of the Office

Colorado Gives Day 2015
December 4, 2015
Several SE2ers lead or serve on boards focusing on a range of issues that affect Coloradans. We bring our varied and diverse backgrounds in and around policy, journalism, government, foundations and nonprofits to extend and enhance the work of these important organizations.
The time we donate to these organizations is important, but financial support from the broader community is critically important. It ensures that these amazing organizations can continue improving the lives of the people of Colorado.
And since today is Colorado Gives Day, we’d like to ask our friends and readers to donate to the organizations that SE2ers support outside of their day jobs. Read more about these organizations and please follow the links to make a donation.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
Eric Anderson, SE2 co-owner and CEO
Board Chair, Bright by Three
“I chair the board of Bright by Three, which gives parents and other caregivers tips and tools to help children birth to three get a great start in life. It’s based on research showing that 85 percent of a person’s intellect, personality, and social skills are developed in the first three years of life. Recently, we launched Bright by Text, which supplements caregiver visits with helpful information via mobile phone. It demonstrates how the 20-year-old organization continues to innovate to support its important mission.” 
Katie Groke Ellis, senior associate
Board Member, Women’s Lobby of Colorado
Board Member, Arvada West High School Foundation
“I support the Women’s Lobby of Colorado because I believe there needs to be a strong voice representing Colorado women at the capitol. The Women’s Lobby of Colorado seeks to provide better opportunities for women in our state by ensuring that public policies reflect gender equity and justice. By consistently maintaining a daily lobbying presence at Colorado’s capitol, the Women’s Lobby of Colorado has kept the needs of women front and center in our state’s public policy debates for more than a decade. 
“I am also a third-generation alumni of Arvada West High School and I feel it is important to stay involved in your community and make a difference. The mission of the Arvada West High School Foundation is to provide scholarships and alumni, faculty, and student support. The Foundation raises money to fund scholarships for deserving Arvada West seniors.” 
Susan Morrisey, SE2 co-owner and president
Board Member, Arapahoe House 
“I am on the board of Arapahoe House, which is the largest and leading provider of substance use disorder treatment in Colorado. Substance use is a serious and growing issue for Colorado, with the state ranking in the top 10 states nationwide for its rate of drug and alcohol use. Arapahoe House provides a full continuum of services for individuals and families, from walk-in detox centers, to clinic-based treatment, to residential rehab and transitional housing. Through its 11 locations around the metro Denver area, Arapahoe House provides treatment to more than 15,000 Colorado youth and adults each year.”
Rachel Schiller, senior associate
Board Secretary, Montessori del Mundo
“I serve as the secretary of the board for Montessori del Mundo, a dual-language Montessori charter school in Aurora. Before joining the team at SE2, I taught third and fourth grade through Teach For America, and I am passionate about ensuring all families not only have access to exceptional schools, but also have the opportunity to select the school that best fits their child. A student of Montessori myself, I believe the curriculum is incredibly powerful at providing students with a rigorous, developmentally focused and individualized education.” 
Brandon Zelasko, principal 
Board Member, Colorado Youth Matter
“Colorado Youth Matter is important to me because all Colorado youth deserve to have accurate and evidence-based sexual health education, free from educators’ and school leaders’ personal views on what should or shouldn’t be taught. They deserve to receive education that reflects their unique circumstances and offers smart options, which is what is most important to me. The sex education I received when I was a kid was awful and not at all relevant to the issues I was dealing with. That’s why I believe in, support and serve on Colorado Youth Matter’s board.” 
Please support these important organizations that are making Colorado a better place to live, work and play! 

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