BHMA was founded more than 40 years ago and has a long history in giving back to the Boulder community. In addition to the nearly $8 million dollars in taxes contributed annually to the city’s General Fund through the collection of the Accommodations Tax, BHMA members provide myriad services, goods, labor, rooms and volunteer hours year-round.

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Recent Projects

Socktober In October 2018, the Boulder hotels participated in an event called Socktober. Large boxes were placed in hotel lobbies, collecting warm socks and other winter supplies for the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. Over 250 items were collected and donated to ensure that vulnerable members of our community had warm clothing for the winter.

There With Care In 2017 and 2018, more than 40 BHMA and Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau volunteers teamed up at Upslope Brewing in Boulder to fill 100 There With Care Cleaning Product Care Bags to be delivered to families with critically ill children. Each bag contained cleaning products donated by BHMA members. The Cleaning Care Bags go on every floor of the families’ homes in order to prepare for the homecoming of a child who has a compromised immune system. At an estimated value of more than $100 per bag, this represented over $1,000 in benefits to There With Care.

Past Giving Events

Pro-Start Program In 2003, BHMA partnered with Boulder High School to bring students the Pro-Start Program, a national hospitality education program that offers junior and senior high school students the opportunity to work in mentored industry internships to receive college credit and scholarships. In Colorado, the program was sponsored by the Colorado Restaurant Association and Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association (CHLA).

In 2004 and 2005, ProStart Program Students honed and practiced their skills at the Millennium Harvest House in a BHMA sponsored “Warm-Up for Statewide Competition” prior to finals at Johnson & Wales in Denver.

9Health Fairs BHMA organized, hosted and staffed 9Health Fairs at Millennium Harvest House in 2005 and at Hotel Boulderado in 2006 and 2007. The program offers public access to free and low-cost comprehensive health screenings and interactive educational centers. An estimated 1,000 Boulder residents took advantage of the offerings.

Donated School Supplies In 2009, in the heart of the recession, BHMA offered to donate school supplies to the families of all hotel housekeeping staff. Individual backpacks were stocked with all supplies required by teachers. In all, 127 backpacks were distributed at a value of over $2,500.

Four Mile Fire Department In 2011, BHMA initiated and organized a silent auction benefit to help Four Mile Fire District replace its fire engine, destroyed in the September 2010 wildfire in the Boulder foothills. Over 140 items were donated for auction, raising more than $15,000. Bret Gibson, fire chief of Four Mile Fire Protection District, noted that by adding the new cash donations to the engine’s initial payment, more than $40,000 would be saved in reduced interest payments over the long term.

RTD Cleanup In 2015, BHMA member associates stepped out of their offices, kitchens and reception desks to clean, cultivate, restore and replant long-neglected flower beds flanking the RTD complex on Canyon and Walnut in downtown Boulder. In collaboration with the City of Boulder, long-dead trees were removed and replaced, irrigation was restored, and scores of shrubs, perennials and annuals were planted to again delight and cheer visitors, commuters and downtown workers who stream daily around this central location.

One Year Later…

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless The Boulder hospitality community is well known as a regular contributor to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. BHMA often organizes collections of blankets, pillows, personal-care products and laundry supplies from members. In 2016, BHMA added an annual drive to deliver socks. Now known as Socktober, the effort was repeated in 2017 and 2018, filling an unmet critical need for winter.

Join Us!

BHMA Community Affairs is always planning the group’s next charitable project. Willing and enthusiastic volunteers are encouraged to join the BHMA Community Affairs Committee. Interested? Let us know