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​Community Connections           Enlaces Comunitarios                           


Our Mission: Enhancing lives through connection.

Our Vision: Building a foundation of community empowerment where all in Thornton reach their maximum potential.

If you need assistance, please contact us at 720-977-5800 or Connections@ThorntonCO.gov. ¡Se habla español! If you would prefer to self-serve, please visit ThorntonCares.com for resources. Thank you!

Thornton Community Connections has NEW modified hours.  We are happy to serve you during drop-in hours Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach us by phone at 720-977-5800 or by email at Connections@ThorntonCO.gov.

What's new?

Adams County Public Assistance Available in Community Connections

On the 2nd Tuesday of every Month from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM, come learn about all the assistance programs and get answers to your questions about SNAP, Medicaid, and cash assistance. Click here to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information, contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800. Next date: Tues. May 14, 2024

2024 Healthy Farmers Markets

The annual Healthy Farmers Markets have  operated annually since 2018 with the goal of addressing food insecurity in our community. Markets will be held from June 25th- October 3rd, 2024 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will be held at two sites: Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center on Tuesdays, 9 AM - 12 PM, and McAllister Park on Thursdays, 2 PM - 5 PM. Tuesday markets will offer fresh produce for purchase and $25 vouchers for SNAP, WIC, Medicaid recipients, and seniors. On Thursdays, the Healthy Farmers Market will distribute fresh produce boxes, replacing the vouchers typically provided. Community and health resources will be provided on both days. Please click here for more information.

 2024 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application

The City of Thornton is currently accepting applications for the 2024 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The application along with supporting documents is due April 12, 2024, at 5:00pm (MST). For more information, please visit: CDBG & HOME Updates and Notifications (thorntonco.gov) 

CodeCap Program Has Started!

The City of Thornton has launched a new Code Compliance Assistance Program (CodeCap) to assist income-eligible Thornton homeowners in fixing city code violations in their yards. The program is federally funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and therefore is free to qualified residents. Eligible projects include: 

  • Removal of hazardous trees
  • Trash and debris removal, including furniture, appliances, and vehicles.
  • Fence repair or replacement
  • Minor restorative front yard WaterWise landscaping
Not all projects are eligible, and funding is limited. CodeCAP is not a lawn mowing or weed removal program, however other resources may be available.  For more information and to get an application, contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800 or Housing@ThorntonCO.gov

Coffee Talk – Peer Group

The Center for People with Disabilities (CPWD) has a new peer group for individuals with any disability that will meet on the 4th Monday of each month at their Thornton location, 10317 Washington St., Thornton, CO 80229.  To register click HERE or for more information contact Natalie Lydon-Eikel with CPWD at 303-442-8662 ext. 236 or email Natalie@CPWD.org

Community Connections Lending Library

Need a laptop or an iPad? We have both available for lending onsite here at 9471 Dorothy Blvd., completely FREE of charge!  We also have books ready for checkout. Our books include topics such as cooking, mental health, maintaining and building credit, English as a second language, and more!  WiFi is available in our building at no cost. To learn more, contact us at 720-977-5800 or connections@thorntonco.gov

Homeless Outreach Team / HOTline

Our Homeless Outreach Team is out and about rain, shine, or snow!

The city of Thornton's Homeless Outreach Team is a group dedicated to investigating encampments, making contact with Thornton's unhoused population, and providing resources to those experiencing homelessness. The team regularly does outreach, taking to the streets and investigating commonly-inhabited areas in order to provide hygiene items and referrals to shelter, food, and any other needed services. The team is an extension of the Community Connections division, which is the one-stop resource shop for people living in Thornton.

If you would like to report an encampment, get resources to individuals you suspect are without homes, or get more information about the Homeless Outreach Team, please contact our HOTline at 720-977-5900 or email us at connections@thorntonco.gov

For more information on HOT, visit www.gocot.net/HOT.

Outreach Events

If you would like Thornton Community Connections to attend a resource fair or event, please send an email to connections@thorntonco.gov or call 720-977-5800.

Community Connections:

Please click on the topics below to learn more about each program or initiative.

 Information and Referral to Community Programs

Information and Referral

Community members can call our main number when in need of resources. Connections to information on programs and services in the community, and the Denver Metro Area, are provided by our team.

Any of the community-based resources or service providers listed on the Thornton Cares website (http://thorntoncares.com), or to which City staff has provided a referral by email, phone or otherwise, should not be seen as an endorsement or recommendation by the City. Nor can the City guarantee the availability of any such resources or service providers.

 People Experiencing Homelessness

Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness

If you are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless, please give the Thornton HOTline a call at 720-977-5900 if you'd like to chat or schedule an appointment to come see us. We believe that asking for help is a sign of strength, and we're here for you.

 Get Involved


The city of Thornton hosts three separate drives:

  • Random Acts of Kindness - This February drive seeks to encourage Thornton community members to embrace the importance of kindness by donating food to local food banks and pet supplies to give to companion pets of local seniors.
  • Food and School Supply Drive - This drive in July and August, just before the start of the back to school season, collects food and school supplies to distribute to local food banks and agencies that distribute school supplies to children and youth in need.
  • Mayor's Holiday Food and Sock Drive - This drive that starts right around Thanksgiving, seeks to distribute food for holiday meals and socks to Thornton's homeless community at a time when they are most needed.
For more information on drives, please contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800.

Perfect Holiday Gift

The Perfect Holiday Gift program pairs generous donors, who donate gifts and meals, with families in need of a little help during the holiday season. Families in need are added by case managers from local agencies. For more information on the Perfect Holiday Gift program, please visit the program website here. If you are interested in volunteering with the Perfect Holiday Gift program, please send an email to Raquel Jimenez at Raquel.Jimenez@ThorntonCO.gov.

Community Gardens

The city of Thornton is home to community gardens! All of the Thornton community gardens accept gardeners of all ages and abilities, and they are all open to Thornton residents. 

If you're looking to start a community garden, you may qualify for a water rebate!

If you have any questions about community gardens or about starting your own garden, contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800 or Connections@thorntonco.gov.

Snowbusters – Volunteers Needed

Thornton is looking for volunteers for the Snowbusters program. Snowbuster volunteers remove snow from the public walkways and driveways of seniors and/or residents with a disability during the snow season. This service is for Thornton residents who cannot otherwise arrange for or afford to have their snow removed. Volunteer today and be matched with a qualified citizen in need. Please call 303-255-7831 to get started.  To learn more, please click here.

 Food Access

If you're hungry in Thornton...

If you're looking for food resources in Thornton please click here for information about local food banks and other food-related resources. Please don't hesitate to give us a call at 720-977-5800 for additional assistance.  We want to help.

 Water Assistance Program

Water Assistance Program

The Thornton Water Assistance Program helps low-income individuals and families struggling to pay their water bills. Thornton Water customers and residents living in apartment complexes, manufactured home parks, houses, condominiums, and townhomes that receive water through the City of Thornton can apply for the program once per calendar year. Those who meet the program qualifications will receive a credit on their water account.

For more information, please click here.

 Home Rehabilitation Program

Paint-a-Thon (PAT)

Code Compliance Assistance Program (CodeCAP)

GRID Alternatives Solar Program

Help for Homes (Accepting applications in mid-2024)

This City program helps low-income homeowners in Thornton with minor home repairs up to $10,000, including accessibility modifications, plumbing repairs, furnace repair/replacements, roofing, or electrical repairs.  There is currently a 1-year waiting list for this program.  For more information or to apply, click here or contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800 or email housing@thorntonco.gov.