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Christmas (Giving) in July

Everyone has a story.  It’s something that unites us.  Earlier in the summer our team at Bucket List Community Cafe fanned out at events across Denver to meet folks and tell our story.  We handed out 1000 refrigerator magnets and shared that we’re an online community journalism site for Denver that builds community by telling our stories.  Over and over we got a similar response.  “I love that!  That’s so cool.”  The best part is that we have built this together.  Because you supported us, Bucket List Community Cafe is on the road to sustainability. 


Together we’re also mentoring the next generation of storytellers and news entrepreneurs.  College students from the University of Colorado’s College of Media, Communications and Information come to Bucket List Community Café for internships.  They serve their community and learn the skills and hard work it takes to report, engage, and be brand ambassadors for a news start up.  It’s a bootcamp for aspiring journalists and when I took a vacation this summer our interns kept the train on track. The articles kept coming and social media stayed lively.  Because you’ve supported us, we didn’t miss a beat.

You were generous with us during the 2021 holiday season when we received a $5000 matching grant from Colorado Media Project.  To continue to grow we need to keep raising money so it’s Christmas in July!  Between July 10 and July 24 are asking you to help support us again.  No contribution is too small.  During our last drive we received a $3 gift.  We were grateful.  No amount is too big.  We also received a $1000 contribution.  It was an eye-popping amount.  We have big plans to make Bucket List Community Cafe an even better experience for you, to reach more of our neighbors in Denver, and to continue being your online home for information, inspiration, and interaction.  Everyone who donates will receive one of our Bucket List Community Café refrigerator magnets.  We all have refrigerators, right?  That’s another thing that unites us.  Let’s see them pop up on refrigerators all over Denver. All you have to do to contribute is go to this link or hover your phone over the scan code in the photo below. 


Bucket List Community Café is unique in the Denver news ecosystem.  We are getting by solely on grants, small business sponsorships, and your contributions.  There are no advertisements, no paywalls, no memberships, and no subscriptions.  It may seem like a crazy business model, but you know what?  It’s working.  You are helping create something that has a unique niche at the intersection of journalism and community.  You are proving that community journalism can be community inspired and supported. I promise you that your contribution will be used wisely to make Bucket List Community Café the best experience possible for you.  Please give generously to Bucket List Community Cafe during this Christmas in July.  

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Vicky Collins is a freelance television producer and journalist based in Denver, Colorado with a diverse portfolio of projects that include network news, cable programming, Olympic sports, corporate and non-profit videos. Some of her most satisfying assignments have been covering disasters, working in the slums of developing countries and telling stories of people who show great courage in the face of adversity. She has been in all 50 states and on six continents and many of her television stories and photos are posted on her website at To contact Vicky Collins directly email or tweet @vickycollins.

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