The Empty Bowl Project

At Stapp Interstate Toyota we like to highlight and share information about other organizations that working to make this community an even better place to live. For the 2nd year in a Stapp Interstate Toyota is proud to partner with Carbon Valley’s Help Center.



The Carbon Valley Help Center, is an outgrowth of the Carbon Valley Network, a group which has met for five years with the mission to share information and enhance collaboration between human service groups, faith-based organizations, the school district, municipalities, Weld County and non-profits serving the Carbon Valley.  At the Carbon Valley Network the need was identified to develop a center to begin to meet the immediate basic needs of Carbon Valley residents in crisis.

The help center has trained volunteers that meet with clients to come up with that plan of obtaining self-sufficiency. They will work with their clients to properly identify their needs, as well as skills, strengths and weakness. At these meetings, advice and informational referrals are presented to the client to help them regain confidence and start taking steps to their brighter future. If needed The Help Center also offers temporary emergency food assistance as well.


The biggest fundraiser for The Carbon Valley Help Center is the Empty Bowls Project. This event is held to help raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in the Carbon Valley and surrounding areas. All proceeds provide emergency food and assistance to those in needs.

The Empty Bowls Story

 Twenty-five years ago, a Michigan high school art teacher and his students were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to create ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.

By the following year, the concept developed into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. Events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.

The Carbon Valley Help Center’s Empty Bowls Project began in 2014 as a way to raise funds to help those in need throughout the community.


Tickets are still available for this great event. For a $15 donation attendees are able to select a unique hand painted bowl. You will also receive a disposable bowl to enjoy a meal of soup, bread and dessert. This is truly a community event as the food you will be enjoying is donated by area restaurants and caterers.

If you are interested in attending the event it will be Saturday, November 19th 11:00am-2:00pm at Frederick High School. If you want to purchase tickets please call the Carbon Valley Help Center at (303) 833-6626. We hope to see you there!