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Paying kindness forward begins with one spark

One Spark Denver’s mission is to inspire people to help others by “paying it forward”. Helping others creates positive change within ourselves, within our communities, and within our world.

Our lives are made up of blessings and challenges. Some of us just need a little support to help us recover from the challenges that life throws at us. That little bit of help can change the way we see ourselves and the world around us. For those who are struggling, just knowing that someone cares enough to really see and recognize our struggles can set us on a path toward positive change and inspire us to help others who may be struggling. It only takes ONE SPARK to start a fire, and each one of us has the power to be that spark and to make a difference in another person’s life.

One Spark Denver is spreading the power of kindness and positive action by “paying it forward”. This pro-active concept hopes to inspire, motivate, and spark the human compassion in each one of us.

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher

So, What Sparked One Spark Denver?

We all could use a little help from time to time. This is our true story and what inspired OUR spark.

Troy Bergman, the founder of One Spark Denver, was raised in the small farming community of Rantoul, in Central Illinois. It was here that Troy went to school and worked and would one day suffer a terrible car accident.  The accident left him unable to work and ultimately result in his becoming an amputee. Although Troy had always felt fortunate to live in such a friendly and generous community, he never fully realized how friendly and generous this blue-collar community was until it rallied behind him in his time of need. Family, friends, and even strangers who had little to give donated whatever they could which enabled Troy to pay his bills and keep his home while he recovered from his injuries. Troy was unbelievably touched by the idea that these individuals, groups, and companies from his community would come together on his behalf.

Troy accepted the $12,000 his hometown had raised and set forth with a new determination to do everything he could to get back to work and be productive. He has since gotten married and built a successful construction business. He has two sweet dogs, and still loves to play golf. Troy has neither forgotten nor taken for granted the efforts and generosity of the people who helped and supported him back in 1997. It is that experience that inspires him to seek new ways to help and support others to get back on their feet.

Following the example of The One Spark Foundation in Kansas, Troy founded One Spark Denver to continue the mission to pay it forward.

The proceeds donated and raised at the annual Denver Bender Golf Tournament will go to the One Spark Denver recipients nominated by local community members, (nominate a recipient).

It only takes One Spark to start a fire.

How you can get involved

Start a Spark - Donate to One Spark Denver and/or Purchase a Bracelet
Send a Spark - Nominate someone to receive a Spark
Share your Spark - Tell your story of how you helped someone, or were helped by someone
Follow the Sparks - read our Spark Stories

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