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Update on what The Co-Op has been up to: 
Hello, Co-Op Community! We are really missing having everyone at The Co-Op at 1st! We can not wait to see you all again and to start hosting events and classes. For now, we welcome you all to visit our market, volunteer, and just keep updated on what we have going on around here! Jovial Concepts is in full swing of getting the gardens ready for the upcoming growing season! Our Food Emergency Program has been AMAZING! Thank you to our amazing volunteers we have handed out over 4,000 meals since the start of COVID-19. This program will be continuing through the summer and we could always use more volunteers and donations! Donate below or visit Jovial Concepts website to donate. 
Donate for Food Program Here
Volunteering for the Food Program: 

Volunteering for our Emergency Food Program is a great way to get through this time, get out of the house, and help your community. We are always accepting new volunteers. However, we ask that if you have ANY symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19 that you stay home. We also ask if you live or are in contact with any high-risk individuals that you stay home. We appreciate your willingness to help but we will have more volunteer opportunities throughout the year. You can also help by donating on our website. 

To volunteer for the Emergency Food Program email
Market Update: 

The market is still open regular hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am-7:00 pm. If you currently have any needs from the Market but are reluctant to leave your house, please email Katrina at She can set you up with a contactless pick-up or delivery order on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays! We also accepts SNAP and Double Bucks. We are able to take that over the phone if you would like to do contactless pick-up/deliveries! 
We are excited to announce Jovial Concepts was featured in the Rocky Mountain Human Services News!! You can read part of the article below:

Like so many businesses and programs, Jovial Concepts found itself faced with some difficult challenges when the COVID-19 crisis emerged in Colorado.

Jovial, which cultivates life and work skills through garden-based programming, quickly pivoted to keep participants safe by ensuring they were socially distant and took other precautions, including sanitizing tools. Jovial is one of the many programs funded through RMHS with Denver mill levy dollars that is finding ways to continue to deliver services during these challenging times.

Jovial aims to provide job training while cultivating life and work skills for transitioning students through gardening and cooking. The nonprofit manages 67 gardens across metro Denver.

Before the stay-at-home order, Jovial hosted a program for students to learn life skills and gardening through experience in the residential gardens that help feed underserved communities. Students with IDD were taught gardening along with valuable life skills such as cooking their own lunch.

“We have an awesome community center. Our volunteers come here to learn rather than learning online,” said Kristina Welch Executive Director at Jovial Concepts. The student gardeners rely on the lunch section in the program to keep them active and learn basic life skills like cooking. The classes are done in mainly in person but have changed during the stay-at-home orders.

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We ask during this time if you have any symptoms to please stay away from The Co-Op Market and Food assistance program. You are welcomed to send a friend/family member to pick up food from our emergency food program or curbside grocery pick up from The Market. 

According to the CDC symptoms of COVID-19 include:

Shortness of Breath

We care about you and we are in this together. If you have any questions feel free to email

The Co-Op at 1st and Jovial Concept's main missions is to help out the community in various ways, especially during these hard times. Your donations go a long way and we appreciate it more than you know. If you are able to please donate to the link below. If you are unable to donate we could also always use more volunteers. If you would like to volunteer email
Donate Here
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