Passengers at Denver International Airport have donated more than US$250,000 in spare change at the security screening checkpoints to support Denver’s Road Home, a city program that helps homeless individuals move toward self-sufficiency.
Since its launch in February 2013, a total of US$282,722 has been collected among four containers at the airport – one located before the south security screening checkpoint, one before the north security screening checkpoint, and two before the A bridge security screening checkpoint.
“I’m proud to see how the continued generosity of millions of travelers at Denver International Airport can have a meaningful impact for our most vulnerable residents,” said Denver mayor Michael B Hancock.
“Even by donating the spare change in your pockets at the airport, people can help provide services such as job training, sheltering, mental health support and substance abuse treatment, as well as other supportive services throughout the year. It just goes to show how the small things can make a big difference.”
Denver’s Road Home connects the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless to housing, shelter, medical assistance, employment opportunities and case management services through a strong collaboration of network providers.
“Denver International Airport is grateful to and proud of our travelers who take a moment out of their journey to put their spare change to good use,” commented airport CEO Kim Day. “It is so heartwarming to know that simply providing a convenient opportunity to contribute could result in such a substantial impact, largely from very small amounts of change.”
“Each year, the generosity of Denver International Airport travelers in helping those who are homeless through this program is inspirational,” said Bennie Milliner, executive director of Denver’s Road Home. “We appreciate our partnership with the airport and say ‘thank you’ to airport travelers for consistently showing that Denver is a world-class city that truly cares about all of its people.”