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MOD Moms Receives Community Recognition

The 2nd annual Crayons to Calculators Corporate Challenge attracted thirty-one corporations who provided backpacks of school supplies, loose supplies, cash and employee volunteers to help assemble backpacks. These corporate contributions enabled Crayons to Calculators to provide backpacks of school supplies valued at $52,695 to 889 students.

Thanks to substantial support from sponsors like Boulder Rotary Club, Western Disposal Services, Corporate Express, Boulder County Business Report, the Camera, the Times-Call,
MOD Moms North and donations from thousands of community members and corporations, last month Crayons to Calculators provided over 4,812 backpacks of school supplies to economically disadvantaged students in Boulder Valley and St. Vrain school districts.  

Hooray to all of our generous and dedicated Moms who made this possible!! Here is our own Shannon Knobel, picking up the award given to MOD Moms North for our incredible donation of backpacks.




News from Impact on Education


Crayons to Calculators, a collaboration of non-profit organizations that provides school supplies to Boulder Valley students in need, announced the winners for the 2009 Crayons to Calculators Corporate Challenge at a celebration honoring all 38 participants at the Western Disposal Services headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. MOD Moms North and Chavez Calibrations International, Inc. were awarded trophies for providing the most assistance and the most assistance as a percentage of the employee population, respectively.


Corporate Challenge: Each summer Crayons to Calculators engages local businesses to support its mission by participating in a fun contest to raise awareness and school supplies for our public schools. In 2009, nearly 49 businesses donated close to 800 backpacks full of much need school supplies over 5,900 students!

Each business designs its own participation using many creative methods. In October, trophies are presented to the top producing businesses at celebration party.


MOD Moms North President, Shannon Knobel, accepts the trophy

for "Overall Winner" trophy for MOD Moms North. Thanks to all of the MOD Moms that donated to make this happen!





















2010 Corporate Challenge Celebration!

News from Impact on Education


On Thursday, October 14, 2010 Crayons to Calculators proudly hosted their Corporate Challenge Celebration at Western Disposal Services’ corporate headquarters in Boulder, Colorado.  On hand were many of the 2010 Corporate Challenge participants as well as Crayons to Calculators Collaborative Partners and Corporate Sponsors.


MOD Moms North won the "Overall Winner" trophy for the second year in a row! We were the largest contributor with donating over 200 backpacks.


Crayons to Calculators is a community-wide school supply drive created in 2005 by Impact on Education as a collaboration between Boulder and Broomfield county nonprofits to coordinate the efforts of multiple nonprofits in addressing the back-to-school needs of more than thousands of Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) and St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) students from low-income families. The goal of the project is to increase community support of children in need and ensure that all students start school with the supplies they need to succeed. For the 2010-11 school year, the program will call on its partners and communities to fulfill the needs of nearly 7,000 students in need.


Thanks to all of the MOD Moms that donated supplies and their time to make this happen!





















MOD Moms helping those affected by the Superior Fire

We have opened and successfully completed the Superior Fire Store to support the families who lost their home in August, supplying them with furnishings, household items, clothes, and meals.  The amount of outpouring was phenomenal.  Everything we had left over has gone on to help support the Boulder Fire Store in their efforts to support the families affected by the Four Mile Fire.

Check out the Daily Camera article: Residents rally around Superior condo fire victims























MOD Moms Holiday Shopping Extravaganza 2010

We had a very successful 2010 Holiday Shopping Extravaganza! We would like to thank all the vendors for participating! A big thank you to everyone that came out to support this event. Visit the Shopping Extravaganza page for a list of vendors.



Impact on Education Silent Auction 2010

We have received over 100 items for our Silent Auction and raised over $10,000 for Impact for Education! Thanks to the businesses for their generous donations. Check out the Impact for Education Silent Auction page for more information!  Our help was life- changing to the foundation, as well as the over 8,000 students who benefited from our fundraising.  



Crayons to Calculators Corporate Challenge 2010

Mod Moms North does it again! We have won the Overall Winner Trophy for the Corporate Challenge. Check out the slide show from the Celebration party.































MOD Moms and Santa’s House 2011

MOD Moms North partnered with Santa’s House this year to lead the Baked Goods and Craft Sale.  We were extremely successful and provided over 100 craft items and 2000 baked good items to sell at the event. We raised over $445 dollars for local Boulder charities. Thank you to everyone who helped with this event!














Crayons to Calculators Silent Auction 2011

MOD Moms held a Charity Auction on September 24th, 2011 and raised over $7000! All money raised went to Crayons to Calculators to purchase school supplies and classrooms supplies throughout the St. Vrain and Boulder Valley School Districts. Thank you for all those that secured donations, gave donations and attended the auction. Over 100 people attended!



Crayons to Calculators Campaign 2011

Once again, generous communities across the Front Range have come together to provide backpacks filled with basic school supplies for 8,000 students of the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts.  Take a few minutes to view this video clip that shows why we do what we do for the students.  You can see some of our very own MOD Moms stuffing back packs!














Mod Moms of Denver North collect funds for Superior family who lost home

By Kimberli Turner

Colorado Hometown Weekly

Posted:   10/02/2012


Late last month, the Ullman family was met with a blanket of smoke when a fire started in their Rock Creek home at 3929 South Torrey's Peak Drive in Superior.


Weeks later, Mod Moms of Denver North -- an organization founded by mothers for mothers -- has wrapped "a warm blanket" around Cindy Ullman's family, she said Tuesday, Oct. 2, and she's grateful for it.


Ullman and her husband Jeff moved to Superior last July with two teenage sons from southern California. The Ullmans have four adult children as well.


"We've loved it (here) since then. And it's not just the weather, it's the people," Jeff Ullman said. "The people have been really, really nice. And really has about eight Ls in it."


Cindy joined Mod Moms as a means to meet people when her daughter Lexi McDermott, a Mod Mom and Superior resident, encouraged Ullman to join.


The organization is 476-strong and is a mothers' club serving Superior, Louisville, Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette and Erie. The club is for women on varying paths of motherhood -- from the woman trying to get pregnant to women with children of all ages.


Cindy said she had only been a member of Mod Moms since this past summer and participated in some of the group activities before the fire took her home, Sunday, Sept. 23.


"It was a case where only one smoke detector went off out of three stories," she said, adding that her husband told her to get out of the house while he woke his son. The Ullman's other boy was in the mountain at the time of the fire. "I couldn't see. It was like a blanket of fog. I just held on to the banister and stumbled out. You really don't have time to do anything, just flee."


After the fire started, four other Mod Mom families were evacuated from their homes on Torrey's Peak Drive as a precautionary measure, said Mod Moms of Denver North founder Shannon Knobel.


Since then, the organization has stepped up to collect funds for the Ullman family, to replace immediate needs.


"So far, we've collected cash and gift card donations. At this point, that's where the need is. It's literally an envelope at a time," Knobel said.


Cindy said another Mod Mom let her sons -- freshman and sophomore at Monarch High School -- borrow laptops and the school's administration has been understanding and helpful, too.


The Ullmans have renters insurance, but it will unlikely cover everything they lost. Cindy said her family will move into an apartment at the Horizons at Rock Creek complex Wednesday, Oct. 3, until they can find a rental home in Superior.


"We're all thrown fast balls and we need to swing fast," Cindy said.


The Ullmans are in immediate need of a car because theirs was destroyed in the fire and they are renting one for now.


The organization has also provided the family with dinners through its "Sunshine for Mod Moms" meal delivery service, which the organization offers to new Mod Mom mothers and also to families experiencing a crisis.


This is certainly not the first time Mod Moms has stepped up to lend a hand.


They reached out when a Superior condominium complex caught fire in August 2010 at 2855 Rock Creek Circle.


Knobel's living room doubles as a donation center to house the items the group has collected for school drives supporting Impact on Education. The organization also hosts donation drives quarterly to collect food for area food banks and supports local philanthropic efforts.


Coincidentally, Mod Moms was hosting one of its largest fundraisers of the year in Superior on the night the Ullmans' house caught fire. The group raised $6,000 for Impact on Education, Knobel said.


"Obviously, when something happens in our community, we try to jump up and help," Knobel said.


Those interested in donating should email or Facebook the group at "modmomsnorth."