Making a Difference

In loving memory of Aaron Matthew Tuneberg

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Aaron's Fund

Aaron Matthew Tuneberg died at the age of 30 on April 8, 2014 as the result of a senseless and violent crime. Because of the developmental disability he was born with his life was often difficult and with the support of many people he worked hard to deal with his problems and succeeded in becoming independent, living in his own apartment, caring for his beloved cat Jack, following his passion for low rider bicycles, and surrounding himself with a community of loyal and loving friends. Aaron was a sweet young man who, in spite of his disabilities, was trying to live his life well and in peace. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and proud citizen of Boulder, Colorado.

The motivating dreams behind this memorial fund are to honor Aaron’s spirt and soul, and in the process to make the lives of other adults with disabilities more meaningful and safer. We hope you will be inspired to join us in working toward these goals.

May his memory always be a blessing.

Help us make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Donate to the Aaron Matthew Tuneberg Fund.


Donations can also be made by mail to:
Aaron's Fund, C/O The Community Foundation
1123 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302

Our Current Projects

The goal of Aaron's Fund is to help at-risk adults lead full and safe lives. We strongly believe in these projects. Your donation will help us achieve our goals.

The Tuneberg Residential Safety Technology Program

Thanks to the generosity of Aaron's Fund, Imagine! has created a technology demonstration project to improve and support the safety needs for adults with disabilities. The project is currently supporting five individuals in Boulder County. Because of the initial success, five more individuals have indicated their interest and are being added. The Tuneberg Project has developed a specific tool to assess individual support needs and identify the technologies that will best help meet those needs. The technology that has been purchased is individualized to the identified needs. It includes door and window sensors, heat and stove detectors, medication reminders, visual doorbells, and prompting systems for daily tasks. All of these are integrated into a notification system that provides alerts to caregivers or 911.

This technology allows people to be monitored remotely and notifies loved ones or caregivers when people are home and what area of the apartment or living space they are accessing. All systems allow the individuals to remain independent while still promoting their safety by remotely locking doors, monitoring when someone comes to their doors, and providing alerts when a door or window is opened at an unusual time. In one case the system was able to alert us that one of the individuals was wandering in the middle of the night and it notified a nearby caregiver to help and address the support needs.

The Tuneberg Project is helping to fill a huge gap that currently exists in services for adults with intellectual disabilities who are mostly independent but need some assistance to remain safe and self-reliant. Throughout this three-year project, Imagine! will share the results with state and local leaders to encourage the adoption of technology into the service system.

Vocational training in bicycle repair

Since January 2015, Aaron's fund has been supporting a project at Community Cycles in partnership with Boulder Valley's Transitions Program. We have successfully worked with over 15 students to date, providing bicycles and training in bicycle mechanics to young adults with developmental disabilities. In early 2016, our program was approved as a vendor for Colorado Vocational Rehabilitation. In June, we received additional funding as well as important recognition from the Millennium Trust of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.

With this additional funding, we've hired a project-dedicated part-time staff person at Community Cycles, Glenn Francis, who's working with local bicycle shops to develop job placement for the gradates of our program, teaching classes, and developing new outreach with local organizations such as Imagine!, the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Attention Homes and the St. Vrain School District's Transitions Program. Our goal in the next year is to focus on getting our students post-training employment as well as to leverage our experience in order to grow the program within Aaron’s community as well as to share our concept with others. We continue to fund raise for this project in order to ensure its long term success.

Media

  • Daily Camera

    Aaron Tuneberg fund provides technology to keep disabled adults safe in Boulder

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  • Imagine!

    Aaron's Fund Tribute Video

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  • Imagine! Voices

    Remebering Aaron Tuneberg

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  • 9 News

    A tragic death gives disabled people an opportunity

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  • Daily Camera

    Judge sentences Luke Pelham to 30 years for Boulder murder, calls him a 'weakling and a coward'

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  • Daily Camera

    Austin Holford sentenced to 56 years for murder of Aaron Tuneberg

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  • 9 News

    Mom helps others after son's murder

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  • Daily Camera

    Fund honors Aaron Tuneberg through Boulder bike-repair classes

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  • Mark Emery

    Finding Opportunity in Tragedy

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  • Daily Camera

    Aaron Tuneberg 'was just a nice guy enjoying life,' friends say

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  • Daily Camera

    Boulder cruisers, a 'second family' to Aaron Tuneberg, celebrate lost friend

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  • Daily Camera

    Aaron Tuneberg's family hopes some good can come from tragedy

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  • Daily Camera

    Boulder DA files first-degree murder charges following death of Aaron Tuneberg

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  • Daily Camera

    Remebering a special son — and making a difference

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ABOUT US

Aaron's Fund is dedicated to honoring the spirit of Aaron Tuneberg by helping adults with disabilities have safe and healthy lives full of joy and meaning.
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DONATIONS

By Mail
Aaron's Fund, C/O The Community Foundation
1123 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302