Community Relations

The Community Relations Division is home to various events, programs, and services that promote diversity, build healthy neighborhoods, and create opportunities for partnership with the City of Aurora between residents, community organizations, and area businesses.

The Community Relations Division also manages four committees and two commissions in their ongoing efforts to serve all members of the community.

For information on the Community Relations Division, contact Claudine McDonald, 303.739.7653 or crmcdona@auroragov.org.


EVENTS PRESENTED BY THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIVISION:

Commitment to Care 2020: A Food Access Collaborative

The city of Aurora’s Community Relations Division will launch its new Commitment to Care initiative in September to provide food and resources to community members through the end of 2020. The initiative, which is comprised of seven food assistance programs, will support seniors, school children and their families, immigrants and refugees, victims of crime, and others in the community who have been impacted by COVID-19. The Commitment to Care initiative will also include a monthly mobile food distribution event, a food delivery program for those who are medically compromised or without transportation, as well as a holiday event to support local families.

Community partners participating in the Commitment to Care initiative include Aurora Interfaith Community Services, Dayton Street Opportunity Center, Salvation Army, SECOR Cares, and Village Exchange.

The Commitment to Care initiative is part of the city’s continuous efforts to provide needed services to the community in response to the COVID-19 crisis. To learn more or to inquire about volunteer opportunities associated with this community-wide effort, contact CommunityRel@auroragov.org

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration: Aurora’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration celebrates its 35th year in 2021. Go to the Commemoration page for more information.

 Aurora Health Jam: From food and economic stability to education and housing, the Aurora HealthJam brings together not only your traditional health fair attractions of dental, physical and behavioral health exhibitors but also a wide-range of community partners who are dedicated to helping residents live well. This event is free and open to the public.

 Aurora Youth Expo: The goals of the Expo are to educate families on resources available in our community and offer multiple opportunities to Aurora youth to get/keep them involved with healthy, productive, and safe activities while eliminating youth violence in our community. Activities at the Expo include:
  • 3-on-3 basketball tournament
  • Youth talent stage
  • Career opportunities
  • Summer resources
  • Information sessions on mental health, first aid, and much more

 Veteran Stand Down: To help address the needs of homeless Veterans, the city of Aurora Veterans’ Affairs Commission hosts an annual Stand Down. The event is free and open to all veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the community, as well as their families and pets.


COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSIONS

Human Relations Commission (HRC): Members promote a mutual understanding and respect among all people, and disseminate information and educational materials to eliminate prejudice, promote human relations and investigate complaints of this nature.

 A member must be a resident and registered voter, and members should be representative of the city wards and be of racial, ethnic and social economic classes of the community. Twelve of 15 members are voting, and one must be a youth; the other three members—a city manager designee, adult alternate and youth alternate—are non-voting. The commission meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. The term of service is three years.

 Veterans’ Affairs Commission (VAC): Members advise the Aurora City Council as to the concerns of veterans relating to transportation, housing, employment and other areas affecting veterans in the city, and recommend solutions to these issues and concerns. Members also serve as a source of information regarding resources and services available to veterans, and exercise other powers and duties as assigned by the city council.

A member must be an Aurora resident, registered voter and honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Space Force, or hold veteran status for service as a Merchant Mariner. The committee meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The term of service is three years.


COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEES

Aurora Community of Faith (ACOF):
Open to all communities of faith and meets every third Thursday of the month. For more information, call 303 739-7580.

Aurora Key Community Response Team (AKCRT): AKCRT members work alongside the city of Aurora to engage with community members and partner organizations in times of civil unrest. AKCRT meets monthly to address community safety and critical community events. Meetings are open to the public and held the first Tuesday of every month at 8 a.m. For more information, contact CommunityRel@auroragov.org.

The International Cross Cultural Network of Aurora (ICCNA): Since its inception more than 30 years ago, ICCNA has provided interpreters, translators, and cultural consultants for various projects in the city of Aurora and surrounding areas. Monthly ICCNA meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 11 a.m. For more information, contact CommunityRel@auroragov.org.

Responding to Aurora’s Critical Topics (ReACT):  From health and education, to affordable housing and transportation, ReACT volunteers help bring valuable resources to community members in times of need. ReACT meets the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. For more information, contact CommunityRel@auroragov.org.

 

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