Category Archives: All Programs

Welcome Wheat Ridge High School Programs!

WRHS-sealWheat Ridge High School’s Mission: To inspire all students to think critically and creatively to become fearless, self-directed learners, as well as respected, responsible members of the global community.

 Thank you for supporting our long standing commitment to excellence at Wheat Ridge High School. Your tax free donation is greatly appreciated and instrumental in keeping our various sports, arts & culture, STEM, and scholarship programs thriving.

STEM Program

Academic Programs

Art Programs

Athletic Programs

At-Risk Programs/Clubs


Music/Performing Arts


 STEAM Program

Police Programs

The Wheat Ridge Police Department is committed to supporting crime prevention programs that enhance the safety of the community. The Police Department sponsors several programs including:

  • The lockbox program which provides house key lockboxes to citizens who may require periodic welfare checks or emergency assistance by rescue personnel; and
  • The National Night Out celebration sponsored by the City and held at Hayward Park to kick off community-wide block parties to help neighbors become acquainted and unite and to promote crime prevention and drug resistance.
  • Other crime prevention programs

These programs rely on support from the community. Donations can be made payable to the Wheat Ridge Foundation and mailed Attention: Police Programs, 4005 Kipling Street, Wheat Ridge, CO  80033. For questions about how you can help, please call Officer Betsy Sailor at 303-235-2910.

Program Contact: Joyce Manwaring / Dan Brennan

Parks, Forestry and Open Space Program

This program is designed to enhance the community’s open space experience through education.  The kick-off campaign will be to collect environmental education equipment and to make that equipment available to the community for check out or classes.  Equipment needed includes: binoculars, cameras, spotting scopes, books, field guides, microscopes, bug boxes, and back packs.

To support this program, send donations payable to the Wheat Ridge Foundation, Attn: Parks, Forestry and Open Space Program, 7500 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO  80033. In-kind donations are also welcome, please call 303-231-7552 for more information about the types of equipment needed.

Responsible Individuals: Rick Murray

Website Link: Giving and Memorials

Holiday Lighting Celebration

This annual community event held in early December at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center kicks off the illumination of the City’s lighting display and includes entertainment, a visit from Santa, indoor activities and refreshments, and donor-sponsored horse drawn carriage rides.

Sponsorships are available. If you are interested in donating toward this program or in becoming a sponsor, please complete the Holiday Lighting Celebration Sponsorship, include your check made payable to the Wheat Ridge Foundation, and mail to Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, Attention: Susan Anderson, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO  80033. For questions, please call (303) 231-1313.

Arts & Culture Programs

As a community attentive to its cultural life, the City of Wheat Ridge recognizes the importance of art. Art enhances the quality of life in Wheat Ridge and benefits its citizens and the community at-large. The City established the groundwork for an expanded public art program in 2002. This program has enabled the City to implement the acquisition of artwork in interior and exterior locations accessible to the public for city beautification. The funds are administered by the Cultural Commission. The Foundation accepts donations to support this purpose.

Program Contact: Joyce Manwaring

Website Link: Public Art

Donate to Art & Culture General Fund

Performances in the Park

Performances in the Park is a free, open to the public entertainment series that takes place outdoors in an area park during the summer months. The series features evening family-oriented performances and morning programming for children.

Sponsorship donations are used to pay the performers and promotion costs. Generous citizen and business contributions have supported 25 concerts since inception.

To make a donation or become a sponsor, please complete the Performances in the Park Sponsorship Form include your check made payable to the Wheat Ridge Foundation, and mail to Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, Attention: Susan Anderson, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO  80033. For questions, please call (303) 231-1313.

Program Contact: Julie Brisson / Susan Anderson

Website Link: Performances in the Park

Memorial Park Programs (Trees, Benches, & Memorial Gazebo)

The Memorial Park Program allows friends and family to honor a loved one by purchasing a tree or bench for placement in a Wheat Ridge park or by purchasing a memorial brick for placement on the walkway of the Veteran’s Memorial Gazebo located in Hayward Park; one section of the walkway is reserved for bricks honoring non-veterans and one section is for bricks listing the name of a veteran. Contributions may be designated in the person’s name.

Program Contact: Rick Murray

Website Links: Veterans Memorial Gazebo, Memorial Tree Donation Program

Active Adult Center

The Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center (formerly the Senior/Community Center) offers a wide variety of activities for the 50 and up crowd. Participants can choose from numerous exercise classes and a variety of general interest classes. The Active Adult Center also offers an excellent Trip Program and many wonderful Special Events throughout the year.

Donations are used to fund educational programs, furniture and equipment, and a scholarship program for adults 50 and over for Parks and Recreation classes, programs and activities. If you would like to donate to the Senior Fund, please send your check payable to Wheat Ridge Foundation, c/o Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO  80033. For questions, call the Active Adult Center at 303-235-7500.

Program Contact: Justin Lampe

Website Link: Active Adult Center

Wheat Ridge Foundation General Fund

The purpose of the General Fund is to provide support for Programs approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and for operation of the Foundation. This support may be for a one time Project, one time funding for an ongoing Program or ongoing funding to or expand sustain a Program.

Financial resources for the general fund are not allocated to a specific program or use and come from donations, gifts and grants, fundraisers and investment growth and earnings.

Contact the Wheat Ridge Foundation at

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Arvada/Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY)

The Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY) is unique in that it recognizes teens who otherwise have been missed. Yet, these teens have accomplished much more than most people. They have faced adversities and obstacles, ranging from major health issues, to drugs and crime within the family. They have not let these adversities stop them; they overcame these obstacles.

AWRSAY is a ten year old program and each year the number of kids recognized has increased.  The last three years AWRSAY honored 100 kids each year. Of these, 21 seniors are offered $900 scholarships to Red Rocks Community College and 4 seniors will be offered $1200 scholarships to Red Rocks Community College.  These scholarships can be renewed for a second semester as long as certain guidelines are followed. Throughout the year all honorees are provided leadership, recognition and educational opportunities.

Wheat Ridge Foundation Contact: Curt Gilmore

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