COVID-19 Economic Assistance

In addition to the many public health and community efforts underway to address the direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the City of Golden and Golden community are working to help identify and facilitate access to many programs to benefit individuals and businesses impacted by the pandemic. This page is intended to connect the community to a variety of resources. Some will be programs and projects with direct assistance. Others may be opportunities to donate or volunteer to help others. Check back often for updates and new information, and follow the page to be emailed when important updates are added.

For specific information, write to EDComm@cityofgolden.net.

Food Assistance Resources

BGoldN Food Assistance

If you are in need of food assistance, meal pick-up is available at Bell Middle School, 1001 Ulysses St. Prepackaged take and go breakfasts & lunches from local restaurants are distributed at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday - Friday (no weekends). Just show up. First come, first-served in drive-up fashion in front of the school.

For those unable to leave the home and in financial stress, email BGoldNcity@gmail.com or call 720-432-5048 with your name, phone number and address. The delivery service is ONLY for those who are UNABLE to leave their homes. Anyone who is underserved and IS ABLE to leave the house will receive their meals at Bell Middle School.

If you are able, please donate to the BGoldN Fund and help families and individuals who need food assistance. 100% of donations will cover local restaurant costs for BGoldN and purchasing food for our local food banks.

Read more about this innovative program in the press release at the bottom of this page.

Golden Backpack Program Fresh Food Pantry

The Fresh Food Co-op is a small market stocked with rescue food from Whole Foods, Sprouts and Trader Joe’s. For a small fee or a donation of time, families can shop for fresh produce, fruit, dairy, prepared items, and shelf-stable food.

This program also offers Free Fridays where anyone from the community can shop for free from 11am-1pm.

Jefferson County Schools Grab and Go Meals

Jeffco Schools are providing Grab and Go meals (breakfast and lunch) for all children, 18 years and younger, at the locations listed below. These meals are available at no cost to help mitigate the community impact of missing food services in schools.

Jeffco Schools are providing Grab and Go meals (breakfast and lunch) for all children, 18 years and younger, at the locations listed below. These meals are available at no cost to help mitigate the community impact of missing food services in schools.

Each MWF, 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts will be provided. Meals will be provided at the curbside location through car trunk, car window or by walk-up. Parents or another caregiver may pick up meals for children at home.

Reminder: Under Stay-at-Home order, picking up meals is permitted.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Arvada K-8
  • Alameda High
  • Columbine High
  • Edgewater Elementary
  • Foothills Elementary
  • Lasley Elementary
  • Parr Elementary
  • Wayne Carle Middle
  • Welchester Elementary
  • West Jefferson Elementary
  • Wheat Ridge High

Please do not come to locations if you are sick. In case of severe weather, locations will not operate.

Christian Action Guild Food Pantry

The CAG Food Pantry provides canned goods and non-perishable foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, baked goods, meat, an assortment of beverages, as well as personal care items, laundry detergent, baby products, and pet care items.

The Action Center Food Assistance

The Action Center can provide a five-day food supply, a clothing bank, household items, rental and utility assistance, and other types of assistance. All services require an appointment, however, so visit the Action Center online or call 720-215-4850.

Calvary Church Food Shelf

The Calvary Food Shelf, supported by the Golden Rescue fund, provides shelf stable food and a variety of fresh food items.

Housing Assistance Resources

Calvary Church Golden Rescue Fund

The Golden Rescue Fund (GRF) offers referrals for assistance with prescriptions, gas cards, bus tickets, food, and grocery gift cards.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Golden Service Extension Unit, housed at Calvary church, offers assistance to Golden residents needing help with rent, utilities, medical bills, prescriptions and other needs. To see if you qualify and to schedule an appointment, call 303-279-2188.

Christian Action Guild Crisis Fund

The Christian Action Guild Crisis Fund can offer some assistance to those experiencing homelessness.

The Action Center

The Action Center offers rent and utility assistance.

FLEX Fund

The Metro Mayors Caucus and Metro Denver Homeless Initiative FLEX Fund provides flexible, one-time assistance to help people experiencing homelessness secure permanent housing and, in some cases, remain in housing.

Jefferson County Homelessness Resources

Jefferson County Human Resources maintains a list of helpful resources for people experiencing homelessness.

Economic Assistance Resources

City of Golden

Sales Tax Help available for Local Businesses

Business sales taxes were due on Friday, March 20, 2020. However, if you reach out to the City's Finance Department before March 31, 2020 we will offer additional options for businesses to file sales tax payments to assist businesses struggling with cash flow: 1) businesses can set up payment plans for sales tax payments due, and 2) waive any penalties associated with failure to pay on time. Businesses should contact the Finance Department sales tax at 303-384-8024.

Downtown Business Rent/Mortgage Assistance Program for COVID-19 Impacts

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is established by, but not specifically part of, City government. The DDA has its own funding sources and is authorized to work to ensure the economic vitality of a specific portion of downtown Golden within adopted boundaries. The DDA has taken an initial step to provide one-time rent or mortgage assistance grants for April 2020 for downtown businesses most impacted by COVID-19. If you have a downtown business directly impacted by the pandemic and need assistance, please fill out and submit the following online application. PLEASE BE SURE TO ATTACH YOUR LEASE OR MORTGAGE DOCUMENTS AS REQUESTED IN THE APPLICATION.

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Set up by the Golden Civic Foundation, the Relief Fund will award grants to local front-line non-profit organizations for rapid deployment to support the most critically impacted members of the Golden Community.

Your much-needed donations to the Community Response Fund will assist community members struggling with access to food, housing, and other financial burdens during the pandemic, as well as economic recovery following the crisis.

Visit Golden/Good to Be Golden

Does your restaurant offer carryout? Update your free listing on Visit Golden/Takeout Takeover Golden.

Questions? Email visitgolden@cityofgolden.net

Volunteer in your community!

Volunteers of all kinds are needed, from food pantry help to delivering food to administrative help. The Neighborhood Rehab Project is helping organize the assistance, matching volunteer skills to community need. Please sign-up to volunteer and make a difference in our community.

Jefferson County

Look under “What’s New” at jeffco.us/coronavirus for the latest county updates.

State of Colorado

The State of Colorado is offering emergency programs and guidance for individuals and businesses and guidance aimed at combating the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic. These include unemployment insurance, a special healthcare enrollment period, economic disaster loans for small businesses, and more. Check the Colorado Covid-19 Business Resource Center for information and updates.

For health updates, closures and other information, check with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Colorado Restaurant Association

The Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) offers information for businesses and employees, including takeout/delivery guidance, and how to file for unemployment benefits.

Federal Resources

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Small Business Association

Centers for Disease Control

In addition to the many public health and community efforts underway to address the direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the City of Golden and Golden community are working to help identify and facilitate access to many programs to benefit individuals and businesses impacted by the pandemic. This page is intended to connect the community to a variety of resources. Some will be programs and projects with direct assistance. Others may be opportunities to donate or volunteer to help others. Check back often for updates and new information, and follow the page to be emailed when important updates are added.

For specific information, write to EDComm@cityofgolden.net.

Food Assistance Resources

BGoldN Food Assistance

If you are in need of food assistance, meal pick-up is available at Bell Middle School, 1001 Ulysses St. Prepackaged take and go breakfasts & lunches from local restaurants are distributed at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday - Friday (no weekends). Just show up. First come, first-served in drive-up fashion in front of the school.

For those unable to leave the home and in financial stress, email BGoldNcity@gmail.com or call 720-432-5048 with your name, phone number and address. The delivery service is ONLY for those who are UNABLE to leave their homes. Anyone who is underserved and IS ABLE to leave the house will receive their meals at Bell Middle School.

If you are able, please donate to the BGoldN Fund and help families and individuals who need food assistance. 100% of donations will cover local restaurant costs for BGoldN and purchasing food for our local food banks.

Read more about this innovative program in the press release at the bottom of this page.

Golden Backpack Program Fresh Food Pantry

The Fresh Food Co-op is a small market stocked with rescue food from Whole Foods, Sprouts and Trader Joe’s. For a small fee or a donation of time, families can shop for fresh produce, fruit, dairy, prepared items, and shelf-stable food.

This program also offers Free Fridays where anyone from the community can shop for free from 11am-1pm.

Jefferson County Schools Grab and Go Meals

Jeffco Schools are providing Grab and Go meals (breakfast and lunch) for all children, 18 years and younger, at the locations listed below. These meals are available at no cost to help mitigate the community impact of missing food services in schools.

Jeffco Schools are providing Grab and Go meals (breakfast and lunch) for all children, 18 years and younger, at the locations listed below. These meals are available at no cost to help mitigate the community impact of missing food services in schools.

Each MWF, 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts will be provided. Meals will be provided at the curbside location through car trunk, car window or by walk-up. Parents or another caregiver may pick up meals for children at home.

Reminder: Under Stay-at-Home order, picking up meals is permitted.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Arvada K-8
  • Alameda High
  • Columbine High
  • Edgewater Elementary
  • Foothills Elementary
  • Lasley Elementary
  • Parr Elementary
  • Wayne Carle Middle
  • Welchester Elementary
  • West Jefferson Elementary
  • Wheat Ridge High

Please do not come to locations if you are sick. In case of severe weather, locations will not operate.

Christian Action Guild Food Pantry

The CAG Food Pantry provides canned goods and non-perishable foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, baked goods, meat, an assortment of beverages, as well as personal care items, laundry detergent, baby products, and pet care items.

The Action Center Food Assistance

The Action Center can provide a five-day food supply, a clothing bank, household items, rental and utility assistance, and other types of assistance. All services require an appointment, however, so visit the Action Center online or call 720-215-4850.

Calvary Church Food Shelf

The Calvary Food Shelf, supported by the Golden Rescue fund, provides shelf stable food and a variety of fresh food items.

Housing Assistance Resources

Calvary Church Golden Rescue Fund

The Golden Rescue Fund (GRF) offers referrals for assistance with prescriptions, gas cards, bus tickets, food, and grocery gift cards.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Golden Service Extension Unit, housed at Calvary church, offers assistance to Golden residents needing help with rent, utilities, medical bills, prescriptions and other needs. To see if you qualify and to schedule an appointment, call 303-279-2188.

Christian Action Guild Crisis Fund

The Christian Action Guild Crisis Fund can offer some assistance to those experiencing homelessness.

The Action Center

The Action Center offers rent and utility assistance.

FLEX Fund

The Metro Mayors Caucus and Metro Denver Homeless Initiative FLEX Fund provides flexible, one-time assistance to help people experiencing homelessness secure permanent housing and, in some cases, remain in housing.

Jefferson County Homelessness Resources

Jefferson County Human Resources maintains a list of helpful resources for people experiencing homelessness.

Economic Assistance Resources

City of Golden

Sales Tax Help available for Local Businesses

Business sales taxes were due on Friday, March 20, 2020. However, if you reach out to the City's Finance Department before March 31, 2020 we will offer additional options for businesses to file sales tax payments to assist businesses struggling with cash flow: 1) businesses can set up payment plans for sales tax payments due, and 2) waive any penalties associated with failure to pay on time. Businesses should contact the Finance Department sales tax at 303-384-8024.

Downtown Business Rent/Mortgage Assistance Program for COVID-19 Impacts

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is established by, but not specifically part of, City government. The DDA has its own funding sources and is authorized to work to ensure the economic vitality of a specific portion of downtown Golden within adopted boundaries. The DDA has taken an initial step to provide one-time rent or mortgage assistance grants for April 2020 for downtown businesses most impacted by COVID-19. If you have a downtown business directly impacted by the pandemic and need assistance, please fill out and submit the following online application. PLEASE BE SURE TO ATTACH YOUR LEASE OR MORTGAGE DOCUMENTS AS REQUESTED IN THE APPLICATION.

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Set up by the Golden Civic Foundation, the Relief Fund will award grants to local front-line non-profit organizations for rapid deployment to support the most critically impacted members of the Golden Community.

Your much-needed donations to the Community Response Fund will assist community members struggling with access to food, housing, and other financial burdens during the pandemic, as well as economic recovery following the crisis.

Visit Golden/Good to Be Golden

Does your restaurant offer carryout? Update your free listing on Visit Golden/Takeout Takeover Golden.

Questions? Email visitgolden@cityofgolden.net

Volunteer in your community!

Volunteers of all kinds are needed, from food pantry help to delivering food to administrative help. The Neighborhood Rehab Project is helping organize the assistance, matching volunteer skills to community need. Please sign-up to volunteer and make a difference in our community.

Jefferson County

Look under “What’s New” at jeffco.us/coronavirus for the latest county updates.

State of Colorado

The State of Colorado is offering emergency programs and guidance for individuals and businesses and guidance aimed at combating the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic. These include unemployment insurance, a special healthcare enrollment period, economic disaster loans for small businesses, and more. Check the Colorado Covid-19 Business Resource Center for information and updates.

For health updates, closures and other information, check with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Colorado Restaurant Association

The Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) offers information for businesses and employees, including takeout/delivery guidance, and how to file for unemployment benefits.

Federal Resources

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Small Business Association

Centers for Disease Control

  • 2 Months of Free Internet from Comcast

    2 days ago
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    Internet Essentials from Comcast brings you affordable, high-speed Internet. We want to make it easier for low-income households to get connected so they can more easily work from home, access educational resources, and stay in contact with friends and family. You may be eligible for 2 months of free Internet Essentials service. Available for new Internet Essentials customers only. Apply by April 30, 2020.


    Internet Essentials from Comcast brings you affordable, high-speed Internet. We want to make it easier for low-income households to get connected so they can more easily work from home, access educational resources, and stay in contact with friends and family. You may be eligible for 2 months of free Internet Essentials service. Available for new Internet Essentials customers only. Apply by April 30, 2020.


  • Golden Restaurants and Civic Organizations Work Together To Feed People in Need & Support Businesses

    6 days ago
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    BGoldN, an unprecedented public-private-non-profit partnership, launches March 24, 2020, in Golden, Colorado. The program, initiated by Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg, is an innovative, two-pronged approach to stymie the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on local restaurants and help feed residents in need.

    First, to aid residents who are financially impacted by the crisis, BGoldN, will provide free nutritious meals for pick-up, twice daily, Monday – Friday. BGoldN will also offer free meals and grocery delivery to people under quarantine and in financial stress.

    Second, to support restaurants that are scrambling to keep afloat, BGoldN meals will be prepared by...

    BGoldN, an unprecedented public-private-non-profit partnership, launches March 24, 2020, in Golden, Colorado. The program, initiated by Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg, is an innovative, two-pronged approach to stymie the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on local restaurants and help feed residents in need.

    First, to aid residents who are financially impacted by the crisis, BGoldN, will provide free nutritious meals for pick-up, twice daily, Monday – Friday. BGoldN will also offer free meals and grocery delivery to people under quarantine and in financial stress.

    Second, to support restaurants that are scrambling to keep afloat, BGoldN meals will be prepared by a rotating schedule of Golden restaurants that agree to make the meals at a break-even cost, helping them to keep their doors open and staff employed while under current restrictions that only allow for take-out/delivery.

    “Our most immediate need is for people to donate to help support BGoldN. Any financial contribution is a one-two punch because BGoldN offers families in need nutritious foods, and also helps fuel our local restaurants that have a long history of supporting Golden with giveaways and community support. Now, it’s our turn to show them how invaluable they are,” said Weinberg.

    The program, which needs more funding from community donations, is getting off the ground thanks to initial financial and logistical support from the City of Golden’s Disaster Relief Fund, the Golden Civic Foundation, the Golden Backpack Program, the Neighborhood Rehab Project, students at the Colorado School of Mines, individual donors, a volunteer committee led by Tyson Noeth, executive director of the Golden Backpack Program, and Golden restaurants led by Café 13/Connects Workspace owner Jen Thoemke.

    HOW IT WORKS

    The BGoldN program will offer free, pre-packaged, made-fresh breakfasts and lunches, Monday – Friday for pick-up at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Bell Middle School, 1001 Ulysses St, Golden, CO 80401. The first come, first served meals will be prepared by a rotating schedule of Golden restaurants, picked up by trained volunteers who will then distribute the meals in drive-up fashion in front of the school. Meals are intended for people whose livelihoods have been impacted by the crisis and need help.

    “The initial outpouring of community support in this very difficult season has been astonishing,” said Noeth. “We have received hundreds of requests to volunteer and thousands of dollars in monetary and food donations, all in a few days' time. We are hopeful this will continue so BGoldN can support our community as long as there’s a need."

    To make a donation, volunteer your time and learn more about BGoldN, visit HelpGoldenNow.org. People who are underserved and cannot leave home can call 720-432-5048 or email BGoldNcity@gmail.com.

    “The challenges we face can only be overcome by working together,” said Weinberg, who spearheaded the effort to create BGoldN. “I am so proud that our Golden community has come together so quickly to create a lifeline to help us through these uncertain times.”

    Participating restaurants include: Cafe 13, Windy Saddle Cafe, D’Deli, Nosu Ramen, Buffalo Rose, Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse, Launch Espresso . Food . Spirits, Mr. Miners Meats &Cheese, Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza and BonfiBonfire Burritosre Burritos.

    Noted Thoemke, “All participating BGoldN restaurants also offer standard pick-up, curbside and/or delivery. It is vital the Golden community supports their favorite restaurants by continuing to patronize them during these next few months.” A list of restaurants offering take-out in Golden is available on VisitGolden.com.

  • Golden Civic Foundation announces COVID-19 Community Response Fund

    8 days ago
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    Relief Fund will Award Grants to Local Front-Line Non-Profit Organizations for Rapid Deployment to Support Most Critically Impacted Members of the Golden Community

    GOLDEN, CO -- In this challenging time of economic distress and uncertainty, the Golden Civic Foundation (Foundation) has formed the COVID-19 Community Response Fund (Fund) to provide relief to City of Golden community members that have been the most drastically impacted by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

    The Fund will be sustained by private and public donations and grants and will be used to rapidly deploy flexible grants to community-based relief organizations in the City of Golden for...

    Relief Fund will Award Grants to Local Front-Line Non-Profit Organizations for Rapid Deployment to Support Most Critically Impacted Members of the Golden Community

    GOLDEN, CO -- In this challenging time of economic distress and uncertainty, the Golden Civic Foundation (Foundation) has formed the COVID-19 Community Response Fund (Fund) to provide relief to City of Golden community members that have been the most drastically impacted by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

    The Fund will be sustained by private and public donations and grants and will be used to rapidly deploy flexible grants to community-based relief organizations in the City of Golden for them to administer to the benefit of the community. The Fund is designed to complement the work of City of Golden leadership and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible including community members struggling with access to food, housing, and other financial burdens during the pandemic, as well as economic recovery following the crisis.

    Initially, grant funding will be allocated to known community-based organizations, including the Golden
    Backpack Program, the Christian Action Guild and the Neighborhood Rehab Project, as these organizations have experience and a reputable history of providing people and families in our Golden community with the most needed services and support. As this crisis continues to unfold, there may be other unknown needs that arise that the Fund will address at that time. Award grants will be administered and approved by the Foundation.

    Tax-deductible donations from both private and public donors are encouraged and can be made online at
    www.GoldenCivicFoundation.org. Donor Advised Funds and checks may also be mailed to: Golden Civic
    Foundation, Attn: C-19CRF Fund, P.O. Box 1538, Golden, CO 80402.

    “As we look to mitigate the economic and very personal effects caused by this pandemic crisis, our intent with this Fund is to be nimble in order to quickly meet the greatest needs of the community as they unfold,” said Heather Schneider, Executive Director of the Golden Civic Foundation. “With our proven, 50-year history, the Golden Civic Foundation has the infrastructure, relationships, and experience to convene community resources to provide immediate relief to our community and also address the longer-term community recovery efforts.”

  • A Message from Xcel Energy

    8 days ago
    Xcel

    Xcel Energy is committed to providing safe, reliable service to our customers across Colorado. We have a strong track record of preparing for emergencies, because our customers and our communities rely on us to power their homes and businesses and to keep the economy moving. Please know we’re focused on preparedness and have solid business continuity plans in place to ensure our operations are not impacted. Teams across our company have enacted response plans to ensure our service to our customers continues.

    To that end, below are several important updates:

    • Xcel Energy will not disconnect residential customers’ electric or...

    Xcel Energy is committed to providing safe, reliable service to our customers across Colorado. We have a strong track record of preparing for emergencies, because our customers and our communities rely on us to power their homes and businesses and to keep the economy moving. Please know we’re focused on preparedness and have solid business continuity plans in place to ensure our operations are not impacted. Teams across our company have enacted response plans to ensure our service to our customers continues.

    To that end, below are several important updates:

    • Xcel Energy will not disconnect residential customers’ electric or natural gas service until further notice. This step will help ensure people have the energy they need to power their homes and keep their families safe. For customers who have difficulty paying their electric or natural gas bill, the company will work with them to arrange payment plans that meet their circumstances. We encourage customers to visit www.xcelenergy.com for updates and online assistance before calling our customer care agents This will help alleviate long wait times for those who need to speak with an agent.
    • The company has enacted a work from home policy and is encouraging our non-critical work employees to stay home and practice social distancing to limit the spread of the virus and the potential impact on our healthcare systems. While we believe all employees are essential, some are simply more directly involved in ensuring the lights stay on and the gas continues to flow. Please know we are well-prepared for this scenario and may replace in-person meetings with a phone call. We look forward to exploring new opportunities to connect with our communities, partners, and customers virtually.
    • We are working with all areas of our company to address the needs of operations and to temporarily adjust business practices as needed. We are closely tracking workforce capabilities and will continue planned work as much as possible. If for some reason we need to adjust, we will make sure you are one of the first to know.
    • We understand state Emergency Operations Center and many local centers have activated their services. The Community Relations team—Kelly, Craig, Preston, Tyler, Lucas, Tom, and Ashley—is here to assist with local needs and support you. In addition, I am also available for any questions or concerns and will be working closely with the state EOC.
    • Xcel Energy also remains committed to supporting our nonprofit partners across the state. We understand many nonprofit organizations, particularly during this time of year, depend on their signature fundraising events for a large portion of their annual revenue. With this in mind, we are committed to continuing our support of these events, regardless of whether the event takes place. We are also evaluating and monitoring additional opportunities to support our communities during these unprecedented times.

    In a time like this, I admire how we as Coloradoans are responding to this situation and our commitment to work together. Please know that we are always here to support our communities and our partners throughout the state.

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