Have A Heart

Westminster, CO 

Serving school age children, their families
and all that are in need

About Us

Have-A-Heart was organized in 1996 by Joan (Jo) Smith along with her family who owned and operated Smith World Travel.  Jo had been on the Adams County School District 50 School Board long enough to know the needs of students who come to school with no coats, having had nothing to eat and their families living below the poverty level.  She started Have-A-Heart with the help of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Adams County School District 50.
In 2005, 67% of the students in District 50 met the federal poverty guidelines and  by 2007 that number rose to 70%.  In 2004, 2,225 families were served and that number continues to increase.  More recently, in 2010 79% were below the poverty level and in that year 12,237 people were served by Have A Heart.
"The mission of Have-A-Heart continues to provide food, clothing, school supplies and personal hygiene items to the children of Westminster Public Schools so they may achieve their academic potential," writes Jo Smith.
To guarantee continuity in the future they organized a board of directors made up of community leaders and volunteers.  Many volunteers provide many hours each week to sort and hang clothing, pick up food from food banks and grocery stores that have surpluses, shop for school supplies and all that it takes to keep H-A-H going.  Many volunteers also do their part on distribution days, which are two Saturdays per month.
It is notable that absolutely all donations made to Have-A-Heart go directly to the recipients.  All work is done on a volunteer basis.
The charity has grown to be a huge operation.  The Smiths are to be congratulated for having the foresight, knowledge, fortitude and compassion to start and build it; and the volunteers, too, are to be congratulated for their seemingly never-ending hard work.