About Us

The Lauren Project has been in existence since the end of 2009 thanks to the dedication and perseverance of several of Lauren’s friends who went through the brain damage of doing a 501(c)3 application. Since then and up to the present, we have focused on two main goals.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness

Since Lauren died from the effects of this silent killer, we are fanatics about the need for
every home that has any exposure to carbon monoxide be protected with detectors. Recently,
the local fire chief emailed us that they had just been to a carbon monoxide emergency call at a
million dollar home and you guessed it, no C.O. detectors. Luckily, they were not injured. The
Lofgren family was not so fortunate. Just 6 weeks before Lauren died on January 5 th, 2009, the
Caroline and Parker Lofgren family and their 2 beautiful children, died in a multi-million dollar
home in Aspen, Co. they had won for a few days at a silent auction. The death of these 5 gifted
people led to legislative action in Colorado. In March of 2009, then Governor Bill Ritter, signed
into law, the Lofgren Johnson Families Carbon Monoxide Safety Act. (HB 1091) This law
requires C.O. detectors within 15 feet of every sleeping space in all new homes, homes that are
sold, and rentals. Since there are an average of 56,000 homes sold in Colorado every year, if
half of those do not have C.O. detectors but this law now requires them, you can see that many
homes are gaining protection in Colorado every year. However, not all homes will be protected
for many years and that is the group The Lauren Project is focusing on with its Colorado
projects.

Our board recently decided that we want to work toward a national advocacy for
carbon monoxide detector usage. We realize that legislation is a powerful way to rapidly
increase the numbers of people protected. Our latest research indicates that 29 states have
some form of C.O. legislation (some more comprehensive than others). We also were pleased
to learn that the 2012 International Building Code has now added carbon monoxide detectors
to the code. This is a big step but once again, will take many years to trickle down to every
home. If your state does not have C.O. legislation and you want to work on this, let us know
and we will work with you.

An International Impact

Lauren’s goal in life was simple: to make a positive difference in the world. Her passion for
justice for all and human rights and dignity for all consumed her energy, her talent, and her

time. Her perpetual enthusiasm and focus on these issues motivated others to action while
she was alive and it continues to motivate The Lauren Project since her death. Since our
beginning just a little over 2 years ago, we have sent 9 volunteers to places like, Ghana, Costa
Rica, Uganda, Thailand, Peru, and Nicaragua. These volunteers have worked in orphanages,
slums, medical clinics, eco-tourism projects, and with refugees to make a positive difference
in the lives of children and adults. Some were gone for a few days, others were on site for
months at a time. These young people (age 21-35) are having an impact in the lives of the
people they serve and experiences that will shape who they are and how they think for the rest
of their lives. Our board recently decided, hearing some of the stories of volunteers returning
and the impact of their work, that we want to do more. For the next fiscal year, we have set a
goal of 15 grants and hope to continue to grow this number. We are serious about the notion
of building bridges with other nations and people that help elevate the lives and journeys of
people who just need a helping hand, a word of encouragement, and a pathway for a better
life. These are the expectations we have of our volunteers. The volunteers have been an
exceptional group of people who are smart, committed, and on fire for making the world a
better place just as Lauren was. It has been an honor and a privilege to have a small part in
helping them accomplish their goals.