Christopher Shade, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Quicksilver Scientific, delivered a check for $10,000 and 159 pounds of food and supplies to Sister Carmen Community Center (SCCC) in Lafayette, CO.

These contributions will help underwrite SCCC’s programs that provide assistance and empower low-income East Boulder County residents. 

“When I was starting out and times were tough, Sister Carmen was there for me,” Shade said. “Being able to give back to support the critical work SCCC is doing is deeply personal. This gift was especially significant, however, because our employees also really stepped up and were very generous in donating food and supplies. In doing so, they learned about this phenomenal organization, which further disseminates SCCC’s mission and empowering message.”

SCCC Director of Development Kristen Bohanon received the gift, which will help hundreds of families. 

“We serve anyone. We do not discriminate,” Bohanon said. SCCC collects and distributes approximately 200,000 pounds of food each month to Lafayette families, and demand has been more acute given widespread unemployment and layoffs during the pandemic. According to Bohanon, Sister Carmen has distributed about $350,000 in rental assistance in the past three months, representing nearly a 550 percent increase over pre-pandemic needs. Quicksilver’s donation will support the food pantry along with programs that provide rental, mortgage and utility assistance.

“I shared with our staff members the Quicksilver donation, and people here are so excited when we hear that a former participant or thrift store shopper has come full circle,” Bohanon said. “When we know that we’ve touched someone’s life enough that we were able to help them out and now they're able to give back to others, that just makes a gift more meaningful to us.”

Shade likened SCCC’s work to promote community health to his company’s focus on individual health and wellbeing. 

“Quicksilver Scientific dedicates its scientific research and product line to serve individual health, and we believe corporate philanthropy is fundamental to the health of our communities,” he said. 

Shade founded Quicksilver Scientific in Lafayette in 2005 and in 2019 relocated to nearby Louisville to accommodate expansion. He retains deep ties to the Lafayette community. 

Community philanthropy is integral to Quicksilver Scientific’s DNA. Most recently, Quicksilver donated Immune Support Bundles to Intensive Care Unit nurses at Swedish Medical Center in Denver during National Nurses Week in May and to their local firehouse in April.

A non-religious agency, Lafayette’s SCCC is a Family Resource Center named for Sister Carmen Ptacnik, a Catholic nun who in the 1970s started her work to help low-income Lafayette families meet basic needs. Over four decades later, Sister Carmen’s humanitarian vision endures on a much larger scale, as SCCC offers family-centered programs and services including food and referrals to medical resources, mental health counseling, educational programs, parenting and digital literacy classes, a thrift store, and mortgage, rent and utility assistance. 

Quicksilver Scientific provides consumers with a range of nutritional supplements as well as testing kits to determine an individual’s level of heavy metals and mercury. Quicksilver also designs protocols designed to detoxify as well as address allergies and microbial imbalances.

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