Community Resources Inc. (CRI) has evolved from a project begun in 1972 by two mothers of DPS students. These women believed that classroom learning in Denver Public Schools could be enriched by an organized effort to bring community volunteers into the schools. Those presenters enhanced education by sharing their expertise and passion in a wide variety of areas – Arts, Science, Geography, History, Reading/Writing and Math.
In the 40+ years since then, Community Resources Inc has expanded its programming in response to the needs of the students, staff and families in the district. Currently, our organization engages more than 400 volunteers who enhance learning through our four primary program areas: Academic Mentors, Classroom Speakers, Family Involvement Nights and Special Events. These volunteers are the true “resource” in Community Resources!
CRI also calls upon the programmatic and financial resources of the community to make its educational programs possible. Partnerships with organizations such as the Denver Zoo, the Denver Public Library, the USGS, Denver Botanic Garden and many, many others enable us to bring high quality programming to the schools of Denver. Funding provided by local foundations, businesses and individuals, combined with financial and in-kind support provided by Denver Public Schools, are essential for CRI’s continued success.
Through our four program areas, Community Resources Inc. reaches over 90,000 students each year, effectively engaging our community in the education of the children of the city of Denver.