Two Upcoming Events this Month

Sunday, January 12, 2020
SVGD NEWSLETTER
January 12, 2020  

SVGD Volunteers:
     I've just put another event on the SVGD web site for which you can register!  The Delores Project Women's Shelter has opened their new facility so we are, once again, going to be able to serve dinner at the shelter.  Our volunteers have been requesting this event for quite some time so I'm glad we are finally able to help again!
     Also, WE STILL NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP NEXT SATURDAY AT THE DENVER HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE!  Please sign up soon if you can help as we don't want to let them down!  We have been filling all of our events but it does get stressful when it gets down to the last week.  The confirmed Future Events are listed below our January events.  I will let you know when you can register on the web site for those.
     Below our events I have given you the bios for the 6 individuals who are running for the 2020 SVGD Board.  The election will be held at our Annual Meeting.  We have now confirmed the date and location for our Annual Membership Meeting.  It will be held at 6:30PM on Tuesday, February 18th.  The event will be held in Littleton near C470/Kipling St.  The February events will start being put on our web site in a week so you can register.  If you wish to vote but know you can't attend the meeting please email: director@svgd.org in order to be emailed a ballot.      
    
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

To sign up for these events please go to the www.svgd.org web site.

JANUARY EVENTS:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Sat. Jan. 18th, 10AM-2PM,  (WE STILL NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS FOR NEXT SATURDAY'S EVENT) 6 Volunteers are needed. We will be helping at the Central Denver ReStore on Rio Grande. We've helped them many times previously.  We normally are helping to stock donations onto the shelves, straighten up or rearrange some of the areas, and sometimes help with accepting incoming donations.  They have a new change in policy- ReStore volunteers will receive a 10% discount off of any purchases they wish to make on the day that they volunteer.  There is free parking and a lunch break.  Customers shop at the ReStore for new and gently used appliances, furniture, home remodeling supplies, pictures, and more at huge discounts.  All profits support Habitat for Humanity's home ownership program for low-income families.  Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver builds and sells homes to hard-working people in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope

Serving Dinner at the Delores Project Women's Shelter, Wed. Jan. 29th,6-8:15PM 6 Volunteers are needed.  The Delores Project is finally in their new building so we are now able to assist them again!  So many of our volunteers have been requesting this event!  We have assisted this women's safe shelter several times and they have asked us back as we have fantastic groups of volunteers.  This was a regular event for us due to the interest from our volunteers.  The shelter is in West Denver.  We help by preparing the already provided food and serving.  Volunteers have an opportunity to meet the residents after serving by also enjoying the meal.  This is a confidential location that is given out to the volunteers after registering due to the nature of the facility.  Both male & female volunteers are welcome to assist at this event.

To sign up for these events please go to the www.svgd.org web site.

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captain or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   

          Sat., Feb.1- 12:30-3PM, We will be helping at Cafe 180 where they serve meals to those who don't have the money to pay- 12:30-3PM.
          Sat., Feb. 8- 6PM-10:30PM, Shaken Not Stirred Martini Party benefiting Boys Hope Girls Hope
          Sat., Feb. 15th- 10:30AM-1:30PM, We will be serving lunch at The Crossing Homeless shelter
          Tues., Feb. 18, 6:30-8:30PM- SVGD Annual Meeting, Littleton (near C470/Kipling), All SVGD Members are welcome to attend!
          Sat., Feb. 29, 4:30-10PM, Mt. Evans Hospice Gala

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2020 SVGD BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEES:

Brenda Spomer- Brenda wanted to spend her free time helping others and discovered SVGD.  She believes it's a wonderful organization that provides volunteers for so many worthy causes.  This is her fourth year with SVGD.  She has been an active Event Captain so you may have met her as the leader for one of the events you attended. Brenda is the present Membership Chariperson on the Board.  Brenda hopes that SVGD continues to thrive and grow, therefore, she would like to serve on the Board in hopes that this is achieved.  Brenda is retired now.  Her career was in the IT industry.  During her tenure she wore many hats such as Programmer Analyst, Project Manager, and Customer Support.  She worked for the same firm for 20 years before she was laid off.  She is a proud fourth-generation Colorado native.  She has two sons who serve in the military and two daughters who have blessed her with three beautiful grandchildren.  They are her pride and joy and she loves spending as much time as possible with them.

Doug Steebner-  Doug is a single, divorced father (1 child still at home) who lives in Acres Green, a subdivision of Lone Tree.  This will be his fifth year on the Board.  Presently he is our Board President.  For the past 12 years he has been a vehicle broker with HM Brown and Associates, the largest vehicle broker in Colorado  Doug tries to stay as active as he can enjoying the many activities in Colorado including hiking, fishing, skiing, and golf to name a few!  He has always enjoyed volunteering and he states that SVGD is giving him the opportunity to do so where it is doing the most good!  He'd like to be on the Board to give other single people the opportunity to volunteer as often and as easily as it has been for him!

Erik Schumann- Erik has been an SVGD volunteer since June, 2016 & has been the Treasurer of the Board of Directors the past two years.  He joined this organization because he appreciates the impact our work has on Denver and the greater community.  He joined the Board of Directors because he feels that he can serve as a successful Treasurer and assist in leading our group.  Erik moved to Denver in 2013 and works in Information Technology providing end-user support.  His background is in Computer Engineering and he possesses degrees in Psychology and Nuclear Energy Technology.  A few of his favorite events and causes that SVGD assists are The Delores Project, The Crossing homeless shelter, and the Jeffco Action Center.  When he's not working or volunteering, he's out hiking and biking in the mountains, in the pool swimming, or out for a round of beers and pool.  A couple of his personal goals include mastering carpentry and beekeeping, as well as hoping to continue to serve as your Treasurer.  He loooks forward to meeting and working with you!

Kayla Okafor- Kayla attended the very first SVGD event when the group first formed in 2006 and has been active ever since.  She was the first Volunteer Events Coordinator and, except for an approx. 18-month hiatus, has continued in that position.  Kayla maintains the SVGD liaisons with non-profit organizations, supervises and trains Event Captains, coordinates the event schedule, watches the registrations, and writes the e-newsletter.  She is on the Board in this position and normally serves as Vice President.  Kayla believes in SVGD and the positive impact it has in the Denver Metro area.  Kayla taught college for many years and is the past Dean of two colleges.  She is currently the Owner/Employing Broker of Denver Real Estate Connection where she has also done training and taught college-level business and real estate law.  She has a home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and has taken five groups of volunteers- many from SVGD- there for a week of volunteering & fun!  She would like to continue on the Board as SVGD has become a very important part of her life for over 12 years.

Lylie King-  Lylie started volunteering independently seven years ago as she believes in giving and supporting our community.  She recently joined SVGD in July, 2018, and participated in prepping and serving dinner at The Crossing homeless shelter- she has not looked back since!!  Her profession is in IT healthcare and telecom.  She also programs development skills.  Lylie considers herself an advocate for those who don't have a voice.  She is looking forward to meeting and forming relationships with SVGD members as we make a difference in our community.  "Life is short, live it; Love is rare, grab it; Anger is bad, dump it; Fear is awful, face it; Memories are sweet, cherish them."

Stacie Genchi- One family philosophy Stacie has always lived by is to "pay if forward".  Stacie has had the advantage of growing up with a special needs sibling which opened her world to volunteering at an early age.  Volunteering is second nature to her and a true fulfillment of her philosophy by giving her the opportunity to be a representative of the diverse and social culture of our community.  Stacie currently lives in the Northfield Stapleton neighborhood of Denver with her amazing and wonderfully hearted teenage son. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering, many moons ago, as well as an MBA.  She is currently employed within the healthcare industry at Kaiser Permanente as an IT Business Operations Consultant, after 15 years as a Director of Technology in higher education. Growing up beach-side, Stacie enjoys the outdoors and many land and water activities and was referred to at the "Pioneer of Women's Snowboarding" in several publications  She has been on Boards for the International School of Denver and the West Colfax Assn. of Neighbors.  In addition to SVGD she has volunteered for MaxFund Foster & Pet Rescue and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Adams & Broomfield Counties. She states that SVGD "is a good fit for me" & looks forward to the opportunity to be able to serve others in a leadership position on the Board.        

SVGD- 2 of our Upcoming Volunteer Events!

Sunday, January 05, 2020
SVGD NEWSLETTER
January 5, 2020  

SVGD Volunteers:
       HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I think that 2020 will give us all 20/20 vision and will be a great and enlightening year!!
       I have just put another of our January volunteer events on the web site so that you can sign up.  We will helping at the Denver Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Sat. Jan. 18th.  Also, please note in the Future Events that we are now starting to help The Delores Project Womens Shelter!!  They have built their new facility so we will, once again, be able to serve dinner etc.  The new event is not on the web site yet to sign up but I will let you know when it is.  Our volunteers, both male and female, really enjoy helping and have been asking when we will be able to help again.  I'm so glad to tell you that it will be later this month!
       Meanwhile,  I still do need 2 more volunteers for this upcoming Saturday to help at the Food Bank of the Rockies.  Please sign up soon if you can help!
       Once a year we have an Annual Meeting for our volunteers where we recap what has happened in the past year, give our plans for the upcoming year, elect our next year's Board of Directors, and have your great input on ideas/suggestions for our fantastic organization. We are presently confirming the date and place but it should be during the week of February 17th-21st.  I will let you know just as soon as we have confirmed the date and location.  Meanwhile, we are talking to people who may wish to be on the ballot to be on our Board of Directors.  Please let me know if you are interested.  I should have the ballot out to you, as members, in approximately 7-10 days so you know who is running for appointment. If you are interested in being on the Board please contact me very soon!
       Thanks again for your contribution to our Denver Metro community!  We provide groups of volunteers for approximately 60 non-profit events annually and have done so since 2006.  You are greatly appreciated!!   
    
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

To sign up for these events please go to the www.svgd.org web site.


JANUARY EVENTS:

Food Sorting at the Food Bank of the Rockies, Sat., Jan.11th, 12:15-3:30PM, (WE STILL NEED 2 VOLUNTEERS FOR NEXT SATURDAY'S EVENT) 6 Volunteers from SVGD will be helping. We will, once again, be helping at their main warehouse in Aurora.  Food and other items are processed from food drives and grocery rescue pickups.  Volunteers will help inspect, sort and box these items before they are distributed to clients.  This requires an attention to detail but is a low impact/physical area although it does require standing for the shift.  The Food Bank of the Rockies helps families thrive by procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry.  They are a fantastic organization!

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Sat. Jan. 18th, 10AM-2PM, 6 Volunteers are needed. We will be helping at the Central Denver ReStore on Rio Grande. We've helped them many times previously.  We normally are helping to stock donations onto the shelves, straighten up or rearrange some of the areas, and sometimes help with accepting incoming donations.  They have a new change in policy- ReStore volunteers will receive a 10% discount off of any purchases they wish to make on the day that they volunteer.  There is free parking and a lunch break.  Customers shop at the ReStore for new and gently used appliances, furniture, home remodeling supplies, pictures, and more at huge discounts.  All profits support Habitat for Humanity's home ownership program for low-income families.  Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver builds and sells homes to hard-working people in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope


To sign up for these events please go to the www.svgd.org web site.

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captain or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   

          Wed., Jan.29th. We will be serving dinner at The Crossing Womens Shelter. Approx. 6PM-8PM (details to be confirmed)
          Sat., Feb.1- 12:30-3PM, We will be helping at Cafe 180 where they serve meals to those who don't have the money to pay
          Sat., Feb. 8- (time to be determined-probably 4:30PM) We will be helping at the Dining in the Dark Gala for the Blind Institute of Technology
          Sat., Feb. 15th- 10:30AM-1:30PM, We will be serving lunch at The Crossing Homeless shelter

Need 1 Volunteer Tomorrow + New January Volunteer Event!

Sunday, December 29, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
December 29, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:
     I just put our first January event on the SVGD web site so you can now sign up.  We will be helping to sort food at the Food Bank of the Rockies on Sat., January 11th.  We always enjoy the experience!
     We do still need 1 volunteer for tomorrow evening's Blossoms of Light event at the Denver Botanic Gardens!!!  Please sign up soon if you can help so I can get all the information to you.  
      Also, might you be interested in being on the SVGD Board of Directors?  We are going to be having our Annual Meeting in mid-February where one of the things we do is elect our next Board of Directors.  We need to get the list of candidates out to our membership by mid-January.  We do have returning Board members but "new blood" is always welcome.  If you'd like to discuss what we do and decide whether you'd like to join the Board please email me.  
     Thanks so much for your help in our community!    
    
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

To sign up for these events please go to the www.svgd.org web site.

DECEMBER EVENT:

Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Mon.,Dec.30th, 4:15-9:15PM, (We still need 1 Volunteer for tomorrow's event!), 6 Volunteers of our volunteers will be helping.  We will be assisting in areas such as greeters, receipt checkers, with the lines of attendees, etc. The Gardens' has held this signature event for over three decades!  The annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms their York Street location into a twinkling Winter Wonderland.  This year's display features a 360-degree immersive light experience and is more expansive and brighter than ever before.  We will be assisting on a day that many people will have off since New Year's Eve is on Tuesday.  Hopefully, this will be a great time for many of our group to assist with the busy event.

JANUARY EVENT:

Food Sorting at the Food Bank of the Rockies, Sat., Jan.11th, 12:15-3:30PM, 6 Volunteers are needed. We will, once again, be helping at their main warehouse in Aurora.  Food and other items are processed from food drives and grocery rescue pickups.  Volunteers will help inspect, sort and box these items before they are distributed to clients.  This requires an attention to detail but is a low impact/physical area although it does require standing for the shift.  The Food Bank of the Rockies helps families thrive by procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry.  They are a fantastic organization!

To sign up for these events please go to the www.svgd.org web site.

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captain or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   
 
          Sat., Jan. 18th 10AM-2PM, We will be helping at the Denver Habitat for Humanity ReStore
          Sat., Feb.1- 12:30-3PM, We will be helping at Cafe 180 where they serve meals to those who don't have the money to pay
          Sat., Feb. 8- (time to be determined-probably 4:30PM) We will be helping at the Dining in the Dark Gala for the Blind Institute of Technology
          Sat., Feb. 15th- 10:30AM-1:30PM, We will be serving lunch at The Crossing Homeless shelter
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

New December Volunteer Event!

Monday, December 16, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
December 16, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:
      I just put another December volunteer event on our web site so that you can now sign up.  We will be helping again at the incredible Blossoms of Light event at the Denver Botanic Gardens!  It will be a memorable experience for the end of 2019!  The details are given below.
     
    
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   



DECEMBER EVENTS:

Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Mon.,Dec.30th, 4:15-9:15PM, 6 Volunteers are needed.  We will be assisting in areas such as greeters, receipt checkers, with the lines of attendees, etc. The Gardens' has held this signature event for over three decades!  The annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms their York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland.  This year's display features a 360-degree immersive light experience and is more expansive and brighter than ever before.  We will be assisting on a day that many people will have off since New Year's eve is on Tuesday.  Hopefully, this will be a great time for many of our group to assist with the busy event.


Please sign up for this event on the www.svgd.org  web site.

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captain or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   
 
          Sat, Jan. 11th, 12:15-3:30PM, We will be helping sort food at the Food Bank of the Rockies
          Sat., Jan. 18th 10AM-2PM, We will be helping at the Denver Habitat for Humanity ReStore
          Sat., Feb.1- 12:30-3PM, We will be helping at Cafe 180 where they serve meals to those who don't have the money to pay
          Sat., Feb. 8- (time to be determined-probably 4:30PM) We will be helping at the Dining in the Dark Gala for the Blind Institute of Technology
          Sat., Feb. 15th- 10:30AM-1:30PM, We will be serving lunch at The Crossing Homeless shelter
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

Upcoming Holiday Events!

Sunday, November 17, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
November 17, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:
      I know that we are entering an active Holiday Season for many people!  Usually that's also a time when people do like to volunteer.  We have three confirmed events for December that will be on the web in the next couple weeks for you to sign up.  Right now though you can pencil them in to your busy schedule if you'd like to assist- we will be Santa's Elves for a party for handicapped families, will be wrapping gifts for low-income children, and will be helping at the beautiful light show at the Denver Botanic Gardens!  The dates are below in the Future Events section.
      First, we do still need 2 more volunteers for next Sunday AM's Thanksgiving Food Distribution.  Please sign up soon if you can help so the Event Captain can get all the information to you this week.
       Also, please come join our SVGD Thanksgiving Dinner if you are available.  We'd love to have you!  It's a great opportunity to meet some other fantastic people who volunteer with our group.  I know there are always people who don't yet have Thanksgiving plans so please consider coming.  We'd really like everyone to sign up by the end of this week so we can coordinate the potluck list in order to have variety (we will be providing the turkey, stuffing, potatoes & gravy.)  
   
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

Please sign up on www.svgd.org to this assist at these events.

NOVEMBER EVENTS:

Thanksgiving Food Distribution for the Jeffco Action Center, Sunday, November 24th, 8-10:30AM. (We still need 2 volunteers for next Sunday!) 6 Volunteers in total will be helping.  We will once again be helping the low-income families in Jefferson County so that they are able to have a Thanksgiving Dinner for their family.  The event is actually at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving.  Low income families will receive a voucher prior to the event.  This event will help approx. 5200 families!!  We will collect the vouchers and then hand out boxes that contain the fixings for them to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for their household.  The families will also receive a certificate for a turkey or ham at their local grocery store.  We have helped at this event before.  It is such a good feeling to help the families that would not be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner at their homes.  They are so very grateful for the assistance!  Before you have your Thanksgiving, please help those who are hoping to have one. 

SVGD Thanksgiving Dinner, Thurs., Nov. 28, 2:00 PM-approx. 6:00 PM, (Please sign up soon as we are putting together our potluck list!) We will be having a Thanksgiving Dinner again for our SVGD members at one of our member's homes near C470/Kipling.  We've  done this several times and it has always been well attended.  We have several members who are not able to go to be with their families on Thanksgiving (or at least don't have afternoon plans) & enjoy having a place to go and meet some great people.  We have a fantastic time with good people.  I hope you are able to make it!  SVGD will provide the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy.  Each of the attendees will be bringing a potluck dish to pass such as an appetizer, salad, bread, vegetable, or dessert.  After you sign up we will contact you to figure out what you'd like to bring & will create a list so we have a good variety.  We always have a great meal and a good time!  Attendees also can bring whatever they wish to drink (we, of course, will have water.)  You are responsible to drink responsibly.  If you'd like to share Thanksgiving with us we'd love to have you!  We all have so very much for which to be Thankful!!

Please sign up for these events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captain or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   
 
          Sat. Dec.7th, afternoon, Bayaud Enterprises Holiday Party for disabled families- we'll be giving out gifts (as Santa's elves) to the children  of the handicapped families.
          Sat. Dec. 14th 12:45-4:30PM, We will be wrapping gifts for the Warren Village children after their parents pick them out at their Holiday Shop. Park Hill area.
          Mon. Dec. 30th, 4:15-9:15PM, We will be helping at the Blossoms of Light Festival at the Denver Botanic Gardens
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

3 November Volunteer Events!

Sunday, November 10, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
November 10, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:
     November is a month when most of us feel very thankful for our lives and many people wish to give back to our community.  I just put two new volunteer events on the web site for which you can register.
     First of all, we still need three volunteers for next Saturday's Denim & Diamonds Gala benefiting Bridges of Hope!  I'm surprised as this one has filled up quickly previously.  It is a great time for a good cause.  Please sign up soon if you can help!
     Secondly, we will be helping with a Thanksgiving Food Distribution at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving.  Did you know that2/3 of Coloradans are struggling to meet their basic needs?, Or that in 2018 there were 10,587 Colorado Residents who were experiencing homelessness? Or, that last year alone, there were 3,135 Jeffco Students struggling with homelessness - that's 1,300 more students than Denver Public Schools! This is 10,587 people TOO MANY. This is 3,135 students TOO MANY. Definitely there is a need!  We always enjoy our experience helping them.
     Also, we are going to, once again, have a Thanksgiving Dinner for our SVGD volunteers.  If you haven't already made plans please come join us!  We all have so much for which to be thankful but sometimes we don't have plans for the Thanksgiving Day meal.  We'd love to have you join us!  We are very thankful for you! I know this isn't our "normal" kind of event but it is also nice to meet & talk to our volunteers and have a great dinner.  You will probably find some very "like minded" people who you will enjoy.
      Please see the details below for all of these events.
           
   
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

Please sign up on www.svgd.org to this assist at these events.

NOVEMBER EVENTS:

Denim & Diamonds Gala benefiting the Bridges of Hope, Sat. Nov. 16th, 4:30-8:30PM,(We still need 3 volunteers for this event) 6 Volunteers in total will be helping. We will be helping with check-in, registration, and a little with the live & silent auction.  Volunteers will be provided with a plated dinner (just like the $100-$850 guests) and will have a break.  Bridges of Hope partners with single mothers and their children to provide rental assistance to prevent homelessness.  The event is being held in Lakewood at an Event Center that many use for weddings & special events.  It resembles a European Vineyard with rock arches.  We will be inside with a great view of a small lake!  Cocktail attire is fine but with the "Denim & Diamonds" theme it is fine to wear jeans and a fancy shirt.  They will be having cocktails and live music also.  We helped for the first time last year and had a fantastic time!  They gave us many complements re: our great volunteers.  Our volunteers are invited to stay to dance and enjoy the event which ends around 11:30PM.

Thanksgiving Food Distribution for the Jeffco Action Center, Sunday, November 24th, 8-10:30AM. 6 Volunteers are needed.  We will once again be helping the low-income families in Jefferson County so that they are able to have a Thanksgiving Dinner for their family.  The event is actually at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving.  Low income families will receive a voucher prior to the event.  This event will help approx. 5200 families!!  We will collect the vouchers and then hand out boxes that contain the fixings for them to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for their household.  The families will also receive a certificate for a turkey or ham at their local grocery store.  We have helped at this event before.  It is such a good feeling to help the families that would not be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner at their homes.  They are so very grateful for the assistance!  Before you have your Thanksgiving, please help those who are hoping to have one. 

SVGD Thanksgiving Dinner, Thurs., Nov. 28, 2:00 PM-approx. 6:00 PM, We will be having a Thanksgiving Dinner again for our SVGD members at one of our member's homes near C470/Kipling.  We've  done this several times and it has always been well attended.  We have several members who are not able to go to be with their families on Thanksgiving (or at least don't have afternoon plans) & enjoy having a place to go and meet some great people.  We have a fantastic time with good people.  I hope you are able to make it!  SVGD will provide the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy.  Each of the attendees will be bringing a potluck dish to pass such as an appetizer, salad, bread, vegetable, or dessert.  After you sign up we will contact you to figure out what you'd like to bring & will create a list so we have a good variety.  We always have a great meal and a good time!  Attendees also can bring whatever they wish to drink (we, of course, will have water.)  You are responsible to drink responsibly.  If you'd like to share Thanksgiving with us we'd love to have you!  We all have so very much for which to be Thankful!!

New November Volunteer Event!

Thursday, October 31, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
October 31, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:
     Happy Halloween!  I just put a new event on our SVGD web site.  We will be helping at the Denim & Diamonds Gala this month.  I have a feeling this one will fill up quickly so please sign up soon if you'd like to help.
      One of our volunteers had to cancel for this Saturday's Habitat for Humanity ReStore event in Littleton so we could really use another volunteer for this one.  If you'd like to help please sign up soon so I can get all the information to you.  Thanks for your help!         
   
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

Please sign up on www.svgd.org to this assist at thes events.

NOVEMBER EVENTS:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Sat. Nov. 2nd, 10AM-2PM, (We had a volunteer cancellation so need at least 1 more volunteer for this Saturday!) 6-10 Volunteers in total will be helping. We will be helping for the first time at the Littleton store on W. Quincy. We've helped them many times previously but this is our first time at this location.  We normally are helping to stock donations onto the shelves, straighten up or rearrange some of the areas, and sometimes help with accepting incoming donations.  They have a new change in policy- ReStore volunteers will receive a 10% discount off of any purchases they wish to make on the day that they volunteer.  There is free parking and a lunch break.  Customers shop at the ReStore for new and gently used appliances, furniture, home remodeling supplies, pictures, and more at huge discounts.  All profits support Habitat for Humanity's home ownership program for low-income families.

Denim & Diamonds Gala benefiting the Bridges of Hope, Sat. Nov. 16th, 4:30-8:30PM, 6 Volunteers are needed. We will be helping with check-in, registration, and a little with the live & silent auction.  Volunteers will be provided with a plated dinner (just like the $100-$850 guests) and will have a break.  Bridges of Hope partners with single mothers and their children to provide rental assistance to prevent homelessness.  The event is being held in Lakewood at an Event Center that many use for weddings & special events.  It resembles a European Vineyard with rock arches.  We will be inside with a great view of a small lake!  Cocktail attire is fine but with the "Denim & Diamonds" theme it is fine to wear jeans and a fancy shirt.  They will be having cocktails and live music also.  We helped for the first time last year and had a fantastic time!  They gave us many complements re: our great volunteers.  Our volunteers are invited to stay to dance and enjoy the event which ends around 11:30PM.


Please sign up for these events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captains or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   
     
          Sun. Nov. 24th TDay Food Distribution at Jeffco Fairgrounds, 8-10:30AM          
          Thurs. Nov. 28th Thanksgiving Dinner for our SVGD members!!
          Sat. Dec.7th, afternoon, Bayaud Enterprises Holiday Party for disabled families- we'll be giving out gifts to the children of the handicapped families.
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

Need Volunteers for Clothing Donation Sorting event next Sat.!

Sunday, October 13, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
October 13, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
     We had a great time at the Pumpkin Fest at Chatfield Farms benefiting the Denver Botanic Gardens yesterday plus had great weather!  Thanks to those of you who helped!  They gave us each a free pumpkin.  We had thousands of people there having fun, going through the Corn Maze, getting hay rides, enjoying the children's carnival and getting their pumpkins!
      We still need a group of volunteers to help next Saturday at the Clothing Donation Sorting for the Jeffco Action Center.  Please sign up soon if you can help.  We always enjoy the event but so far no one has signed up!!  I don't want to let them down as the last time we were going to help there was bad weather.  Please help if you can.  Thank you!    
   
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

Please sign up on www.svgd.org to this assist at these events.


OCTOBER EVENT:

Clothing Donation Sorting for Jeffco Action Center, Sat., Oct. 19th, 9AM-Noon. 6 Volunteers are needed to help sort the donated clothing for the busy week ahead.   During the week people in need shop with volunteer shoppers in their donation "store" that is set up by sizes and types of clothing just like a regular store.  They are told how many items they can receive at the store and are given a time limit for their shopping. We have helped with this portion of their center's activities before and really enjoyed the experience!! The Action Center’s mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.  They are located in Lakewood. We were going to help them in January but the event was canceled due to the bad weather. I'm happy that we have a chance again to help!


Please sign up for any of these events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captains or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   
     
          Sat. Nov. 16th Denim & Diamonds Gala benefiting Bridges for Hope, evening
          Sun. Nov. 24th TDay Food Distribution at Jeffco Fairgrounds, 8-10:30AM          
          Thurs. Nov. 28th Thanksgiving Dinner!!
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

New Volunteer Event + Need Volunteers for Pumpkin Patch on Saturday

Sunday, October 06, 2019
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SVGD NEWSLETTER
October 6, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
      I've just put the Clothing Donation Sorting event on the web site so you can now register.  We will be helping on October 19th.
      We still need two volunteers to help this upcoming Saturday at the Pumpkin Fest at Chatfield.  Please sign up soon if you'd like to help.  Do you need a pumpkin?
      Also, the Event Captain Dinner meeting is coming up a week from Wednesday.  I need to get the menus to the attendees so also sign up as soon as you can for this one.  We'd love to have some new Event Captains!  You don't have to plan any of the events and only sign up for events when you are available.  Please email me if you 'd like to discuss this opportunity.
       Thanks so much for your help in the non-profit community!  

   
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

Please sign up on www.svgd.org to this assist at these events.


OCTOBER EVENTS:

Pumpkin Fest benefiting Denver Botanic Gardens, Sat. Oct 12th, 12-6PM(WE STILL NEED 2 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP THIS UPCOMING SATURDAY!) 6 Volunteers in total will be helping. We have helped at this event several times and always enjoy the experience.  They usually give us each a free pumpkin in appreciation for helping which helps us get our homes in the Halloween or Thanksgiving spirit.  The event is held at Chatfield Farms.  We've helped before in areas such as with the people entering the Festival, at the check out lines, etc.  It's a lot of fun with a lot of happy people while helping the Gardens.

 Event Captain Dinner Meeting, Wed., Oct. 16th!!, 6:30-8PM.  We used to do these annually but haven't had one for the past few years. We are expecting all Event Captains and Board members to attend. Many of you have asked when we'll be having another one.  Well, here it is!  We will be meeting at a new Indian restaurant in Lone Tree that has a meeting area. After you sign up I will contact you with more information and a choice of a few menu items as we'll place our food order prior to our arrival.  We'll have an opportunity to talk, discuss ideas, distribute the new name tags, hear what is new (i.e. a new web site & Facebook page), meet the Board members as they are coming, etc.  Also, some of the new Captains should be there so it will give everyone an opportunity to meet each other, ask questions, etc.  I am looking for some new Event Captains as we've lost some due to health, moving, etc.  If you would like to be an Event Captain or know of anyone who might make a great Captain please let me know.  A new Captain does not have to be an SVGD member at this time and doesn't have to be single. This will be a great opportunity for new Captains to meet others and learn more about what we do as an organization.  I hope you are as excited as I that we are going to be getting together!  

Clothing Donation Sorting for Jeffco Action Center, Sat., Oct. 19th, 9AM-Noon. 6 Volunteers are needed to help sort the donated clothing for the busy week ahead.   During the week people in need shop with volunteer shoppers in their donation "store" that is set up by sizes and types of clothing just like a regular store.  They are told how many items they can receive at the store and are given a time limit for their shopping. We have helped with this portion of their center's activities before and really enjoyed the experience!! The Action Center’s mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.  They are located in Lakewood. We were going to help them in January but the event was canceled due to the bad weather. I'm happy that we have a chance again to help!


Please sign up for any of these events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

Two New October Events + Need Volunteers Friday!

Saturday, September 28, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
September 28, 2019

SVGD Volunteers: 
     We have filled our event tonight to assist at the Warren Village Gala.  Thanks to all of you who are helping!
      I have just put two new events on the web site for which you can register!  We will be helping at Chatfield Farms for the Pumpkin Fest benefiting Denver Botanic Gardens.  Anyone need a pumpkin?  Also, I am happy to announce that we are having a great Event Captain Dinner Meeting!  If you'd like to become an Event Captain also you are welcome to come. (Please let me know if you'd like to become a Captain.  I'd be glad to talk to you about what that entails.  You do not have to plan any of the events & can register to lead the ones that interest you & work with your schedule.)
      WE STILL NEED 3 VOLUNTEERS THIS UPCOMING FRIDAY to help at the Trivia For Life event benefiting the American Transplant Foundation.  Please sign up soon if you can help!
       Details for all of these events are given below.
   
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

Please sign up on www.svgd.org to this assist at these events.

 OCTOBER EVENTS:

Trivia for Life benefiting the American Transplant Foundation, Fri. Oct. 4th, 5-10PM, (WE STILL NEED 3 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS FRIDAY.) 6 Volunteers in total will be helping.  This is our first opportunity helping the American Transplant Foundation.  They are having their largest fundraising event, Trivia for Life, in a Sky Lounge in Downtown Denver.  They will reimburse all volunteers for the $5 charge to park at the facility so parking is free!  Our volunteers will be helping with Registration, as Table Attendants as they play trivia, and with General Event Assistance such as the silent auction, raffle tickets, etc.  They say this is a super-fun event & that they are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help everyone have a great time!  I'm hoping we can add the American Transplant Foundation to the list of non profits that we assist in our community!


Pumpkin Fest benefiting Denver Botanic Gardens, Sat. Oct 12th, 12-6PM6 Volunteers are needed. We have helped at this event several times and always enjoy the experience.  They usually give us each a free pumpkin in appreciation for helping which helps us get our homes in the Halloween or Thanksgiving spirit.  The event is held at Chatfield Farms.  We've helped before in areas such as with the people entering the Festival, at the check out lines, etc.  It's a lot of fun with a lot of happy people while helping the Gardens.

 Event Captain Dinner Meeting, Wed., Oct. 16th!!, 6:30-8PM.  We used to do these annually but haven't had one for the past few years. We are expecting all Event Captains and Board members to attend. Many of you have asked when we'll be having another one.  Well, here it is!  We will be meeting at a new Indian restaurant in Lone Tree that has a meeting area. After you sign up I will contact you with more information and a choice of a few menu items as we'll place our food order prior to our arrival.  We'll have an opportunity to talk, discuss ideas, distribute the new name tags, hear what is new (i.e. a new web site & Facebook page), meet the Board members as they are coming, etc.  Also, some of the new Captains should be there so it will give everyone an opportunity to meet each other, ask questions, etc.  I am looking for some new Event Captains as we've lost some due to health, moving, etc.  If you would like to be an Event Captain or know of anyone who might make a great Captain please let me know.  A new Captain does not have to be an SVGD member at this time and doesn't have to be single. This will be a great opportunity for new Captains to meet others and learn more about what we do as an organization.  I hope you are as excited as I that we are going to be getting together!  


Please sign up for any of these events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captains or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   
     
          Sat. Oct. 19th- Clothing Donation Sorting at the Jeffco Action Center, 9AM-Noon
          Thanksgiving Dinner!, Thurs. Nov. 28th- All SVGD members are welcome!  Time & details coming out later.
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!