A New September Volunteer Event!

Sunday, September 13, 2020
SVGD NEWSLETTER
September 13, 2020  

SVGD Volunteers:
     We had a great time yesterday helping Serve Lunch at The Delores Project womens' safe house!  Afterwards we had lunch & a social.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped.
     I just put a new event on the web site for which you can register that is coming up in two weeks.  Bella Boutique really needs our help since proms didn't happen this season and they need us to help pack up the group of prom dresses, shoes, & accessories they have (since Prom 2020 didn't happen) so they can move everything into storage and wait for Prom 2021.  This non profit really helps low-income teens who wouldn't be able to dress as others and attend prom. Many of you may remember that this was an important event in your teenage years so it's so great for those who normally couldn't afford it to be able to attend with their peers!  It will be another socially distanced event.  Please sign up if you can help!
      I have noted our upcoming Habitat for Humanity event that is coming up in October.  It's not on the web site yet to sign up but you may wish to pencil it on your calendar.
      We are making progress on getting our new web site together.  Hopefully, it will be working well in about 3 weeks.  Meanwhile we are having difficulty with our present site, right now as far as registering for events & for new members to join. I did put some instructions for registering on the event description.  Everything else should be working, however.  I hope to see you there!  The event is listed below. 
     
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  

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To register for this event please go to the www.svgd.org web site to view the event, update your membership if necessary, & then email your registration per the instructions.
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 NEW SEPTEMBER EVENT:

Bella Boutique Packing, Sat. Sept. 26th, 9AM-Noon. 4 Volunteers are needed. Many of you may remember that we have helped the Bella Boutique previously as Personal Shoppers as they provide free Prom dresses, shoes & accessories to low-income teens that are referred by educators, coaches, pastors, other community leaders or those who qualify for a free lunch.  This non profit allows teens to have a great prom experience which might they might not otherwise be able to do because of financial limitations and is the only 503(c) non profit to do so.  Well, this year has been different for everyone due to the pandemic and the 2020 proms weren't held.  The Bella Boutique is moving.  We will be helping at one of their shifts to help pack up the prom shop as they get ready to move back into storage as they await Prom 2021. Volunteers will be sorting donations and packing dresses, shoes, and jewelry into storage boxes in preparation for moving day.  They really need our help as their inventory didn't get depleted this year due to the lack of proms.  We won't be doing the actual moving, just helping with the packing of these items which are clean and were ready for this year's proms.  This is another service we can provide to a non profit which is aiming for social distancing. All volunteers should wear masks and comfortable clothes.  The event is in Commerce City near I270/Vasquez.  (As we are in the process of putting together our new web site you are not presently able to register for this event on the SVGD web site.  If you wish to assist at this event please email: event@svgd.org  .  You will receive an email acknowledging your registration & then another the week prior to the event with all the details.)


UPCOMING EVENT:
        Currently I have confirmed an event with the Denver ReStore for Habitat for Humanity on Sat. Oct. 17th from 9:30AM-1PM.  The event is not on the web site yet to register but I know some of you like to plan ahead so may want to "pencil" it into your schedule.  I should have the event on the web in about a week and will let you know when it's on the web site so you can register.

SVGD Updates plus a New Volunteer Event!

Sunday, August 23, 2020
SVGD NEWSLETTER
August 23, 2020  

SVGD Volunteers:
      We are starting to get more active again at SVGD even though we are making sure to stay safe by being socially distanced at our events, etc.  I heard from the Jeffco Action Center that we handed out over 3,600 back packs with school supplies to low-income children.  We helped on Sat. Aug. 15th which was the last day of the week-long event so personally did not give out that many but we did help them with the project.  They had about 5,000 back packs.  The rest are going to local schools.  Thanks to those of you who helped at the event!  
       This past week our SVGD Board finally got together for a meeting!  Although we've been communicating via computer we finally were able to get together and work on our plans for SVGD.  One of our biggest items right now is developing our new web site.  Our server is no longer going to host web sites so we are in the process of developing a new site.  Since there is an expense to do this and we weren't able to do our two normal fundraisers this year this became a point of discussion.  The Board was pleasantly surprised when Board President, Doug Steebner, presented SVGD with a check for $2,020 which was donated by people at his company H.M. Brown, which is a Colorado Cars Sales and Leasing Brokerage firm!!!!!!  This will truly help us as we work on the new web site & pay our bills such as insurance etc. in a year when $$'s are slim for non profits.  THANK YOU SO MUCH DOUG!  As for the rest of us, please try to keep your membership current and don't forget that Single Volunteers of Greater Denver can be added as a non profit to whom you'd like a percentage of any dollars you spend to be donated when you use the Amazon Smile program.  We are going to make it through this difficult 2020 financial year.
       I did just put a new September event on our SVGD web site.  We are going to be helping to serve lunch at  The Delores Project Women's Shelter on Saturday, September 12th.  Please sign up if you'd like to help.  I did put some instructions for registering on the event description below as we are going through some changes as we transition to our new web site so the normal registration form is not now working.  Everything else should be working, however.  If you need to renew your membership that can still be done on the web site.  If in doubt you can always email me at event@svgd.org and I can check on it for you.  I hope to start adding a few more safe events each month as we transition back to our normal state of having several events each month.  I know I have personally missed being able to do as many things socially as I used to and I've found that helping at the last couple events we've done not only make me feel happy to get out and do something but also has made me feel very good to make a difference in our community.  Perhaps you can empathize with this also.  I look forward to seeing you soon at an upcoming event!!    
     
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  

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To register for this event please go to the www.svgd.org web site to view the event, update your membership if necessary, & then email your registration per the instructions.
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NEW SEPTEMBER EVENT:

Serving Lunch at the Delores Project Women's Safehouse, Sat. Sept. 12th,11AM-1PM 6 Volunteers are needed. The Delores Project has also made adjustments due to the pandemic to make us safe as well as the residents safe.  The kitchen and dining room are cleaned before and after each meal.  The dining room is arranged for social distancing and they only have a capacity of 32 and do regular COVID testing.  We will be wearing masks & will be provided disposable gloves.  Our group will just be in the kitchen.  The food is provided, we just need to heat it up and arrange it for the residents as they come through.  We will be serving the food but will be in the kitchen area so will not be touching the residents.   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. 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.

Another "Socially Distanced" Volunteer Event in August!

Sunday, July 26, 2020
Socially Distanced School Supply Distribution for the Jeffco Action Center, Sat. Aug 15th, 12:15-4:00PM, 4 Volunteers are needed. We will be helping to staff the school supply distribution. We have helped them before but the distribution will be different this year due to safety precautions for COVID-19.  The families benefiting must make an appointment so there won't be people waiting to pick up items. Only one person per family will be allowed into the distribution & only 15 people will be in the school for supplies at any one time.  We will be wearing disposable gloves, must wear a mask, and will have hand sanitizer and a hand washing area conveniently located.  We will be doing small groups with social distancing. This will help approx. 5000 students in Jefferson County,  which has the highest number of identified homeless students in Colorado, over a 6-day distribution period .  Whether actually attending classes or doing online classes these low-income families still need school supplies for their children. We will be helping the Action Center to make a big difference in our Metro community.  The event will be held at an elementary school in Wheat Ridge. 

New Socially Distanced Event Next Weekend!

Sunday, July 12, 2020
SVGD NEWSLETTER
July 12, 2020  

SVGD Volunteers:
     Well, it's been awhile!  I hope that all of you are staying healthy!  I hope also that you are, as I am, ready to start doing some volunteering with SVGD!  These pandemic days have been rough!  I have been contacted by some non profits in the past months but most of them were not really addressing "social distancing".  In order for it to work for our SVGD group the SVGD Board feels strongly that we want you to stay safe!  That's why we've had a hiatus on events for awhile.
      I'm happy to say that I am now starting to receive information about upcoming events that are truly being cognizant of social distancing for their volunteers.  We'll start out slowly as we get back in the swing of this with a little smaller groups and with me investigating the safety measures being taken.  I have now put one new event on our SVGD web site so you can now volunteer to help at the Blues N' BBQ 2020 benefiting Habitat for Humanity NEXT SATURDAY!  Please sign up soon if you are interested as I'm sure many people are anxious to get out and have a good time while helping our community and space is limited.
      Also, I've noted an event for The Action Center for which I've committed a group in August.  Again, slowly we'll get back on pace with several events per month.
      Please note too the information I've given re: the Amazon Smile program where you can easily enter so that SVGD will get a small portion of any purchases you make with Amazon.  As many of you know who have been in our organization for awhile, we do two volunteer events annually where we also get some funds to help support SVGD, i.e. web hosting (we have to have a new server this year as our is discontinuing their service), a new web site, insurance, supplies, etc.  We were not able to do these two events this year as they were going to be in June and July!  That leaves our budget very tight to pay our monthly bills so we'd appreciate it if you would consider us as an Amazon non profit.  Thank you!
       I hope you are as excited as I that we are starting back with volunteer events to help our community while trying to keep our great volunteer members as safe as possible.  I hope to see you soon!     
     
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  

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To register for this event please go to the www.svgd.org web site.
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NEW JULY EVENT:

Socially Distanced Blues N' BBQ 2020 benefiting Habitat for Humanity, Sat. July 18th, 3:30-8:30PM, 3 Volunteers are needed. Our first "socially distant" event since the pandemic started!  We have assisted at this event for years but the "normal" concert venue has been changed.  This is the 23rd year for the Festival which has given over $350,000 to Habitat for Humanity.  This Festival will take place in a venue where there will be two days of shows with a total of 6 bands.  They are selling tickets to only 75 patrons per show. They will follow all the protocols set forth by the City and County of Denver including the limit in number of patrons per band, masks (will be provided for us), social distancing, and the stage roped off so musicians are at least 10ft. from attendees.  They are definitely making every effort to be sure we as volunteers are safe!  We will be assisting for the first three bands, which actually play until 10PM so you definitely will have an opportunity to enjoy the music.  There will only be 3 of us at the entrance area to deal with ticket sales, checking ID's and giving out wrist bands.  Again, only 75 will enter for each show.  We will also help sanitize the tables between sets.  On Saturday the first band is from 4:30-5:30PM.  They are doing a tribute to Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band.  The second band is from 6:15-7:45PM and are doing a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn.  The third band is from 8:30PM-10PM and are doing a tribute to The Who.  It sounds like a lot of fun while being safe!  We'll be able to listen to the bands and help a good cause!  They are doing some live-streaming neighborhood parties at some peoples homes so more people will be able to hear the music but we'll have an opportunity to actually see the bands and have a great time in this time period where it's been difficult to have many great times!

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YOUR AMAZON PURCHASES HELP SVGD!: 

     Are you stuck inside and don't want to venture to the stores?  Are you purchasing a lot on Amazon?  Help SVGD (Single Volunteers of Greater Denver) from the safety of your home.  With each purchase you make on smile.amazon.com you will give back to our nonprofit organization so we can continue to provide groups to assist at the numerous nonprofits in the Denver Metro area.  During times like these, all the non profits are soon going to need all the assistance they can get!
     Next time you are ready to make an order on Amazon.com, bookmark this address instead:  smile.amazon.com. The smile program donates 0.5% of the cost of eligible items to a non-profit of your choice!  The first time you go, fill out your Amazon username and a password, then choose Single Volunteers of Greater Denver as the charitable organization you want to support.  From now on, just bookmark and click to smile.amazon.com and donate to SVGD every time you shop!  
     
Thank you for supporting our fantastic organization so that we can continue to have funds for insurance, a web site, etc. and can continue supporting the many charities that we assist in the areas of:  Hunger/Homelessness, Health, Animals/Nature, Elderly/Families/Military, and many other Other cultural and community events! We normally help at approximately 60 nonprofit events annually & that number may go up soon!  We can use your help in order for us to help our community in many areas!




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FUTURE EVENTS:
     I am starting to plan "socially distant" events.  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. Aug. 15th, 12:15-4PM, School Supply Distribution for the Action Center at a NW Denver School 
     
     More to come.....

New Volunteer Event!

Sunday, May 10, 2020
SVGD NEWSLETTER
May 10, 2020  

SVGD Volunteers:
     It's been awhile!  I hope all of you are staying safe & healthy!  As you know, our last event was on March 11th when we served dinner at the Denver Rescue Mission.  Then, the pandemic has affected everyone!  The SVGD Board has wanted you all to stay safe and group events have just not been advised.
     Finally, we have gone from the "Stay at Home" stage to the "Safer at Home" stage.  We still want everyone to be safe but we are slowly going to be to doing some events as long as we can communicate with the non profits and determine events that will allow for "social distancing."
     So, here is the first new event that meets those criteria.  I'm sure we are all anxious for life to get back to normal again so please sign up if this looks like something you would like to do on Memorial Day. 
  
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

To sign up for this event please go to the www.svgd.org web site.

MAY EVENT:

Flower on Every Grave benefiting Victory for Veterans, Memorial Day, Mon. May 25th, approx. 8:30-10:30AM. 6 Volunteers are needed. Finally, an event that should have "social distancing!" as we now move to the "Safer At Home" stage.  We will be helping them place a flower on every grave at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.  The organization has been working hard to make sure that our Event Captain can pick up the flowers by driving up in her car rather than as a group, and then will be able to hand out the flowers to our small group and have a specific part of the cemetery where we will be placing the flowers.  Of course, masks are encouraged.  We will do our best to maintain a safe distance but you should still be able to talk to others in our group, enjoy getting out a little and, of course, be able to do something worthwhile on this Holiday.  This organization serves veterans & their families, one at a time.  Their Vision is Absolute Zero!- zero suicides, zero homeless, zero jobless, zero uncared for, & zero feeling alone and abandoned.  The Memorial Day event is part of a larger mission which also includes putting flowers on the graves in Arlington National Cemetery, organized by the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation.  We've helped them the past couple years, really have enjoyed the event & the spirit of Memorial Day with enough time to move forward and have a great Holiday for ourselves!


To sign up for this event 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. July 18th, 3-6PM, Blues & BBQ concert event for Habitat for Humanity, 3-6PM helping with registration, then we will be able to stay to watch the headliner band!- I STILL HAVEN'T HEARD THE STATUS OF THIS ONE YET TO CONFIRM WHETHER IT IS STILL HAPPENING.  I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN I HEAR. THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS WE MOVE FORWARD!

     More to come.....

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To sign up for any of the SVGD events please go to the www.svgd.org website & click on the Events tab near the top of the page.  Once you've successfully registered you will receive an automated response confirming your registration.  You will then receive more detailed information from your Event Captain for the event. It will give the contact info. for you.  Please feel free to contact your Event Captain or myself if you have any questions.  Please know that if you sign up in the last couple days prior to an event that you should contact your Event Captain to confirm your status and get the necessary information to attend.
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THREE STRIKE POLICY:  We have a "three-strike policy" at SVGD.  We realize that everyone has emergencies, illnesses, work conflicts, etc. that sometimes unexpectedly cause a volunteer to have to cancel attendance at an event.  When someone doesn't show up or cancels within 24 hours of an event we make a note of this.  If someone does this 3 times we do not allow them to continue registering.  Our organization makes a commitment of a certain number of volunteers that we will provide at their non-profit event and they depend upon us to do so.  When we don't bring the number of volunteers to which we commit we let them down and it affects our credibility with them for future events. In our current environment there are hundreds of MeetUp groups.  Many people are used to registering for those types of events and not showing up.  We are a different type of organization so need our members to understand this difference.  Thanks to all of you who repeatedly volunteer and keep your commitment.  We and the non-profit organizations we assist truly appreciate your help!!

All April Events Canceled plus Amazon Smile Info.

Sunday, March 22, 2020
SVGD NEWSLETTER
March 22, 2020  

SVGD Volunteers:
        Good morning!  I hope you all are doing well & managing to find some fun things to do around your home with this big change in lifestyle right now!  Personally, I just started reading a book that I haven't had time to read and am starting to clean up some areas in my home.  Also, it's a good time to call people and perhaps give some assistance to high-risk people that you know.
        All four of our April events have canceled and, for the first time, we have no events for which you can register on our SVGD web site.  This may continue for awhile.  I have noted the status of all of our future events below, as some are still tentatively scheduled and one has been rescheduled for the Fall.  I am not going to actively look for more events until everything settles down.  Meanwhile there are some opportunities for individuals to help in some of your local areas especially in the food area for schools & low-income residents and a few other areas.  I would encourage you to check those areas out if you want to assist the community.  Right now our format that provides groups is not the safest and our SVGD Board wants all of our members to be safe & healthy.
         Hopefully, this situation will change soon!  I know that once it does we are going to be super busy with many nonprofits needing our assistance!!
         Below, I have noted some information about the Amazon Smile program.  I'm hoping you might be able to help keep us strong so we can provide the many volunteer services that will be needed soon.  Thank you!  
     
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

     Are you stuck inside and don't want to venture to the stores?  Are you purchasing a lot on Amazon?  Help SVGD (Single Volunteers of Greater Denver) from the safety of your home.  With each purchase you make on smile.amazon.com you will give back to our nonprofit organization so we can continue to provide groups to assist at the numerous nonprofits in the Denver Metro area.  During times like these, all the non profits are soon going to need all the assistance they can get!
     Next time you are ready to make an order on Amazon.com, bookmark this address instead:  smile.amazon.com. The smile program donates 0.5% of the cost of eligible items to a non-profit of your choice!  The first time you go, fill out your Amazon username and a password, then choose Single Volunteers of Greater Denver as the charitable organization you want to support.  From now on, just bookmark and click to smile.amazon.com and donate to SVGD every time you shop!  
     
Thank you for supporting our fantastic organization so that we can continue to have funds for insurance, a web site, etc. and can continue supporting the many charities that we assist in the areas of:  Hunger/Homelessness, Health, Animals/Nature, Elderly/Families/Military, and many other Other cultural and community events! We normally help at approximately 60 nonprofit events annually & that number may go up soon!  We can use your help in order for us to help our community in many areas!




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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events were scheduled but some are being canceled or postponed.  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., April 4- Bella Boutique- providing prom dresses to low-income girls, 9AM-1PM- we will be Personal Shoppers & assist the girls- THEY JUST CANCELED THIS ONE WITH US YESTERDAY.
     Sat., April 11th- 9Health Fair- Non-medical volunteer assistance, We will be helping the Denver Salvation Army.- ALL 9 HEALTH FAIRS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED.
     Sun., April 26th- 7;45AM-Noon, Cherry Creek Sneak, we will be helping at the Beer Garden!-THIS ONE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED UNTIL SEPT. 27TH-SEE YOU THERE!
     Sat. May 2nd,- MS Walk at City Park, 6:30-11:30AM, we will be helping at registration. This is the largest MS Walk in the United States!!- THEY HAVE CANCELED THE EVENT SO DON'T NEED OUR ASSISTANCE BUT ARE DOING A "VIRTUAL" MS WALK INSTEAD.
     Sat. May 9th- Spring Plant Sale at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 7:30AM-1PM
     Sat. & Sun. June 20th  & 21st- PrideFest- Denver Civic Park- this is a big fundraiser where we help The GLBT Community Center & also make funds to sustain us.  We need 44 volunteers over the 2-day period!
     Sat. July 18th, 3-6PM, Blues & BBQ concert event for Habitat for Humanity, 3-6PM helping with registration, then we will be able to stay to watch the headliner band!
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COVID-19 Affecting Upcoming Events!

Sunday, March 15, 2020
SVGD NEWSLETTER
March 15, 2020  

SVGD Volunteers:
      I have been receiving emails from dozens of non-profit organizations that we assist.  Most of them are canceling their events that are coming up within, minimally, the next 30 days due to COVID-19.  I have put a list of the Future Events that we'd confirmed and have noted their present status.  As of right now, I do not have any events on our web site for which you can register due to the numerous cancellations.
       The last event that we did was this past Wednesday.  Our SVGD volunteers helped to serve 611 dinners at the Denver Rescue Mission!  
       The Beautiful Junk Sale benefiting the Jeffco Action Center next Saturday has been canceled.  The Bella Boutique Prom Dress event has not been canceled as of yet.  I heard from them saying that they have not heard from the schools yet as to whether they are canceling the proms.  If, indeed, that one does proceed I will let you know when I put it on the web site.  That one is still scheduled for April 4th.
        The SVGD Board of Directors wants all of our volunteers to be safe!  They want you to know that we may not offer as many events per month due to the organizers canceling the events.  Also, SVGD encourages volunteers not to attend an event if one is scheduled if they feel sick until the COVID-19 outbreak is remedied.  The three-strike policy will not apply during this time.  Also, while attending events, volunteers are encouraged to limit contact with guests and to wash their hands frequently.  We have a great group of volunteers and we want you all to be safe.  
        I am starting to receive contacts from the non profits that serve low-income people, especially by providing food.  They still need to be sure that people have food so, I believe, those may be some of the first events that we start doing.   Please check the list below to see the current status of the upcoming events to which we have already committed.  I will keep you posted as to any updates on these events or any new events that we do schedule.     
  
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

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


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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events were scheduled but some are being canceled or postponed.  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., March 21st- Beautiful Junk Sale benefiting the Jeffco Action Center-CANCELED BY THE ACTION CENTER DUE TO COVID-19.
     Sat., April 4- Bella Boutique- providing prom dresses to low-income girls, 9AM-1PM- we will be Personal Shoppers & assist the girls- RIGHT NOW THEY MAY STILL HOLD THIS IF THE PROMS ARE SCHEDULED.  THEY ARE WAITING TO HEAR FROM THE SCHOOLS.
     Sat., April 11th- 9Health Fair- Non-medical volunteer assistance, We will be helping the Denver Salvation Army.- ALL 9 HEALTH FAIRS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED.
     Sun., April 26th- 7;45AM-Noon, Cherry Creek Sneak, we will be helping at the Beer Garden!
     Sat. May 2nd,- MS Walk at City Park, 6:30-11:30AM, we will be helping at registration. This is the largest MS Walk in the United States!!
     Sat. May 9th- Spring Plant Sale at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 7:30AM-1PM
     Sat. & Sun. June 20th  & 21st- PrideFest- Denver Civic Park- this is a big fundraiser where we help The GLBT Community Center & also make funds to sustain us.  We need 44 volunteers over the 2-day period!
     Sat. July 18th, 3-6PM, Blues & BBQ concert event for Habitat for Humanity, 3-6PM helping with registration, then we will be able to stay to watch the headliner band!
     More to come.....

3 March Volunteer Events

Sunday, March 01, 2020
SVGD NEWSLETTER
March 1, 2020  

SVGD Volunteers:
     We have three great volunteer events coming up in March for which you can register!  The first is coming up this Thursday- WE STILL CAN USE 1 MORE VOLUNTEER FOR THURSDAY SO PLEASE SIGN UP SOON TO HELP  at the event benefiting Colorado Trout Unlimited!   Also, on March 11th we will be serving dinner at the Downtown Denver Rescue Mission!  Our volunteers always love to help to make a difference at this event.  On March 21st we will be helping at the "Beautiful Junk Sale" at the Jeffco Action Center.  This Center makes a tremendous difference for homeless & low-income families.  Oftentimes, they get donations that are "above & beyond" what they need for their daily shop for their clients so they save them up and sell them at this sale!
      Also, I've listed some of our upcoming future events that have already been scheduled so you can pencil them on your calendar.  I will let you know when they are on the web site so you can register.  We've got lots of worthwhile upcoming activities!  I hope to see you soon at an upcoming event! 
  
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

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

MARCH EVENTS:

River Stewardship Gala benefiting Colorado Trout Unlimited, Thurs. March 5th 3-7:30PM, (WE STILL NEED 1 VOLUNTEER FOR THIS THURSDAY IF YOU CAN HELP!)  4 Volunteers from our group will be assisting. There is training at 3PM but our event assistance will start at 4PM.  We will be helping with Ipads for the silent auction bidding and will help sell raffle tickets.   The event is at Mile Hi Station which is near I25/Colfax.  There is free parking at the location.  Attire is business casual.  Funds from the Gala go towards  CTU's work in youth education, protecting in-stream flows & temperature, reintroducing and protecting native trout, and preserving & restoring the state's fisheries and their watersheds.  This is our first time helping them. Dinner will be provided towards the end of our shift.  It should be a great new experience for a very worthy cause!

Serving Dinner at the Denver Rescue Mission, Wed. March 11th 4:45-7:30PM, 6 Volunteers are needed. We will be serving dinner to the homeless in their Downtown facility.  They do have free parking for the volunteers.  For some of the guests, the meals they serve at the Mission are the only source of nutrition they receive.  They say that "with each healthy meal comes strength to face the new challenges of each day."  They serve over 600,000 meals to the hungry each year.  We have helped them before.  The volunteers truly find this to be a worthwhile experience.

"Beautiful Junk Sale" benefiting JeffCo Action Center, Sat. March 21, 7:45AM-Noon, 6 volunteers are needed.  We are going to help with the sales portion where we will be helping to stock and stage the merchandise as well as assist buyers.  This event is back by request from previous volunteers who had such a great time! This enormous 2-day garage sale is the largest bargain shopping extravaganza in Jefferson County.  It is held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and offers 10,500 sq. ft. of jewelry, collectibles, vintage odds & ends, a vast array of household items, sporting goods, holiday decor & much more!  Our volunteers will be helping during the actual sale which continues all day so they will have the opportunity to shop after their shift if they wish.  This event normally brings in more than $40,000 to support families in need through the Action Center's services. 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.  We help them with their Clothing & Food donations as well as their Thanksgiving food donations to needy families.  This is such a worthy non profit!!

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., April 4- Bella Boutique- providing prom dresses to low-income girls, 9AM-1PM- we will be Personal Shoppers & assist the girls
     Sat., April 11th- 9Health Fair- Non-medical volunteer assistance, We will be helping the Denver Salvation Army.
     Sun., April 26th- 7;45AM-Noon, Cherry Creek Sneak, we will be helping at the Beer Garden!
     Sat. & Sun. June 20th  & 21st- PrideFest- Denver Civic Park- this is a big fundraiser where we help The GLBT Community Center & also make funds to sustain us.  We need 44 volunteers over the 2-day period!

New Event plus Volunteer Needs this week!

Sunday, January 26, 2020
SVGD NEWSLETTER
January 26, 2020  

SVGD Volunteers:
       I just put our upcoming event to serve lunch at The Crossing Homeless Shelter on February 15th on the web site so you can now sign up!
       We have several events on the web site right now.  WE'VE HAD A COUPLE CANCELLATIONS FOR THIS WEDNESDAY'S EVENT AT THE DELORES PROJECT WOMEN'S SAFEHOUSE SO COULD USE 1-2 MORE VOLUNTEERS IF YOU'RE AVAILABLE.  ALSO WE STILL NEED 2 VOLUNTEERS FOR NEXT SATURDAY'S EVENT TO HELP LOW-INCOME PEOPLE AT CAFE 180.  Please sign up soon if you can help at either of these events!!  We don't want to let down the non profits!     
       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.  The info. for the Annual Meeting is also given below.  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. 
        Details for all the events are given below.     
    
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

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

JANUARY EVENT:

Serving Dinner at the Delores Project Women's Shelter, Wed. Jan. 29th,6-8:15PM, (We still need 1-2 more volunteers for this event!)  5-6 Volunteers from our group will be assisting.  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.

FEBRUARY EVENTS:

Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat., Feb. 1, 12:30-3PM, (We still need 2 volunteers for this Wednesday!) 5 Volunteers from our group will be helping to serve customers, help prepare food, yes, even help clean up!  Cafe 180's mission is to reduce hunger in the community by providing meals to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.  Not only do they serve up delicious food, they serve up respect, dignity & self sufficiency.  We helped them a few times and really enjoyed the experience.  Plus we each had a great meal when we completed our shift!  They say:  "we've all relied on the kindness of others at certain times in our lives... For those who have enough, it's a chance to eat well and do well. For those who are struggling, it's a chance to eat in a dignified manner.  We're not about hand outs.  We're about giving people a hand up..."  Volunteers need to wear comfortable shoes & anyone with long hair needs to have it pulled back.  The group will have cafe' shirts to wear when they get there. The location for the event is near Hampden/Broadway.   What a great opportunity!

Shaken Not Stirred Martini Party benefiting Boys Hope/Girls Hope, Sat. Feb. 8th, 6:00-10:30PM, (We still have 3 openings for volunteers)  6 volunteers from our group will be helping with the check in, check out cashiers, in the auction room, etc.  We have assisted at this event for years and it is one of our volunteers' favorites.  Last year they changed their Volunteer Coordinator so there was some confusion and we weren't able to assist.  Luckily we're back on their schedule for this year.  The event is located at a great public facility at approx. 12th/Broadway.  Party attire.  Volunteers will work shifts with lots of breaks to enjoy the event.  Boys Hope/Girls Hope helps academically capable & motivated children who are living "in-need."  They help them meet their full potential by providing value-centered family-like homes, opportunities, and education through college.  Sign up soon!  This one always fills up!

Serving Lunch at The Crossing homeless shelter, SatFeb. 15th, 10:30AM-1:30PM, 6 volunteers are needed. Many of our volunteers request this event because they enjoy it and feel that it is such a worthwhile organization.  The Crossing is a transitional facility between the homeless shelter and getting back into a home.  The residents are working and saving up for a place to live.  It is drug & alcohol free.  Men, women & families reside there.  It provides a great service as people work to get back on their feet. Our volunteers will help in the buffet line and may help with some of the meal bags for those who come back from work after meal time.  After we serve lunch we will have an opportunity to eat as a group and also enjoy the meal.  We then do a few minutes of clean up and straightening in the dining room. 


2020 SVGD Annual Meeting, Tues., Feb. 18th, 6:30-8:30PM, All SVGD members are welcome!  At our Annual Meeting we will review the year of 2019 for our organization, we will elect our 2020 Board members, and we will have a group discussion about our plans for upcoming year.  Everyone is welcome.  We will be serving dinner so do need you to register for the meeting no later than Thurs. the 13th so we can put in the food order.  The meeting will be located in a clubhouse near Kipling/C470 with free parking available.  Once you sign up you will receive all the details.  This is a great time to get to know some of the other members.  Please join us and help to make our plans to make a difference in the Denver Metro area!

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

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FUTURE EVENT:
     The following event is going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captain nor 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. 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.  

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.