Three New Volunteer Events!

Thursday, May 10, 2018
 

SVGD Volunteers:
      What great weather!  We have so much going on.  I've just put three new events on the SVGD web site!  First though, we still need 3 volunteers for this Saturday's event at the Denver Botanic Gardens!  Please sign up today or tomorrow if you can help!  It would be greatly appreciated!!

       I have put a great event for Veterans on the site for Memorial Day morning when we will be helping by putting flowers on all the graves at Ft. Logan Cemetery!  Also, we will once again be helping the Larimer Arts Assn. by running a beverage booth at the Chalk Art Festival!  Finally, we have confirmed the first of our two annual fundraisers for SVGD.   We will, once again, be running an alcohol booth at PrideFest for two days.  This helps us and well as the organization but takes a lot of manpower.  We need everyone to help & hope you will also invite others to volunteer for this such as fellow employees, friends, etc.  Details for all these events are given below.

       Also, we've had some turnover on our 2018 Board.  Please welcome Erik Schumann as a new Board member!  Erik has been actively attending SVGD events for quite some time. He attended last night's Board meeting & will be helping with our Treasurer duties plus will be part of our recruitment team as we get the volunteers we need for our upcoming fundraiser.  Erik is active professional  in the computer field.  We look forward to having him on our Board!!    

   

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
  


 


Please sign up on www.svgd.org to attend  either of these events.

EVENT NEEDING VOLUNTEERS THIS SATURDAY:


Spring Plant Sale benefiting the Denver Botanic Gardens, Sat., May 12, 7:30AM- 1PM (We will  need to be there at 7:15AM for a short training- the doors open at 8AM- we will be relieved by 12:30PM as they wish to serve us lunch at that time.) (WE STILL NEED 3 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT!) 6 Volunteers are needed. We will be helping as cashiers at their York Street location. Volunteers will get a discount off of any plants they wish to purchase.  Kick off your gardening season correctly as you can stay and make some good purchases yourself!  The mission of Denver Botanic Gardens is to connect people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment to everyone.
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NEW EVENTS:


Ft. Logan National Cemetery Flowers with the Victory for Veterans Foundation, Mon. May 28 (AM-still confirming the time), 6 Volunteers are needed.  We will be helping them place a flower on  every grave at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.  This organization serves veterans & their families needs, one at a time.  Their Vision is Absolute Zero!- zero suicides, zero homeless, zero jobless, zero uncared for, & zero feeling alone & 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.


Chalk Art Festival benefiting the Larimer Arts Association, Sat. June 2, 2-6PM, 6 Volunteers are needed.  We will be staffing a beverage booth selling beer, wine, cocktails & non-alcoholic beverages.  This Larimer Square event is one of Denver's premier downtown art events.  The artists actually draw on the street.  By Saturday afternoon they will be well on their way with their beautiful drawings so you'll have an opportunity to see some great art.  All volunteers will receive a Tshirt & a meal.  The event is easily accessible by Light Rail & the 16th Mall shuttle (they aren't able to offer parking.)  The Larimer Arts Association is dedicated to promoting arts awareness and education in Denver.


Fundraising Beverage Booth at PrideFest-Sat. June 16 & Sun. June 17, We will have 2 shifts each day with 10-12 Volunteers  needed for each shift to run an alcohol booth.  When you log onto the www.svgd.org web site you can choose which shift you'd like.  This is the first of two fundraising events that SVGD is doing this year. In addition to helping the non-profit we will get paid money towards our fantastic organization so we can continue to operate.  SVGD needs funds annually in order to pay our insurance, web hosting etc.  We provide volunteers to approx. 60 non-profit events annually but do need to do a couple for us in order to continue providing this great service to the Metro Denver community.  We will be in charge of an alcohol booth at this fun event with a percentage of the profits going to our organization!  Since this is a big undertaking & a fundraiser, non-SVGD members can also register.  We encourage our members to invite friends and other non-profit associates to participate.  When you sign up please let us know if you have other persons who could be volunteers and we will contact them or you can give us their info.  We helped at this event last year and had such a fantastic time!  It's a colorful event with lots going on!  What fun!!  PrideFest is the largest annual fundraiser annually for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, a non-profit that serves more than 47,000 people annually.  This year Denver PrideFest is embracing the 2018 theme of "Say It Loud, Say It Proud", that encourages all community members to make their voices heard & to be proud of their achievements.  Please join us as we accomplish two objectives- supporting SVGD financially and supporting this non profit. 

Need Volunteers for 2 Events next Weekend!

Friday, April 06, 2018
 

SVGD Volunteers:
        We have a busy month.  First, we are still having our "Cheers for Beers" social benefiting the Denver Dumb Friends League tomorrow afternoon.  Right now there are six of us going & we'd love to have you join us if you're available.  Please sign up so I can send you all the info.
        Secondly, we still need volunteers for our two events next weekend.  We still need 3 volunteers for "The Affair for Air Gala" next Saturday
 and 4 volunteers for the "9Health Fair" next Sunday!!  We've had some cancellations plus the Easter Holiday weekend slowed down registrations so we find ourselves very short for both of those events!!  Please sign up to help if you are able.  Thank you!

        I will have some other events out in another newsletter by mid-week, but first, we need to get our events filled for next weekend so we don't let down the non-profit organizations.  Thanks for your continued help!   

   

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
  


 


Please sign up on www.svgd.org to attend these events.


EVENTS:


"Cheers to Beers" benefiting the Denver Dumb Friends League, Sat. April 7th, 2-4PM, Everyone is welcome but I do need to give them a registration number so please sign up.  You can even bring your well-mannered dog on a leash if you wish and raise a pint to local brews on National Beer Day! This event is located at a brewery on South Broadway/near Mineral in Littleton.  Another great opportunity to have a good time while helping a very worthy cause.  We were invited this past month & are doing so again per popular request from our members who wish to support this organization.  Thank you!  I look forward to seeing you there!  This is another great opportunity for a social event before we kick in to our very busy event schedule.  Take some time off, help a worthy organization, and enjoy!!


An Affair for Air Gala benefiting the American Lung Association, Sat. April 14th, 5PM, 4:45-10PM.  6 volunteers are neededThey are having a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, program, live auction, dancing & entertainment.  We will be helping as greeters, with general event assistance, and will monitor the silent auction.  Cocktail or business attire.  It should be a lot of fun!  This is their inaugural glamping themed gala ("glamping" camping attire- I still don't understand this- more to come!)  The event will be held at The Hanger at Stanley Marketplace, approx. 25th/Dallas in Aurora.  The American Lung Association in Colorado is the leading health organization dedicated to fighting threats to lung health including asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tobacco and air pollution

 9Health Fair, Sun. April 15th, 6AM til Noon, 6 volunteers are needed.  We will be helping in their busiest area re: helping with traffic & participants in the lab area and also in the Interactive Education Center.  I'm sure we all know what a great service the 9Health Fairs provide for people who don't have insurance who are under-insured!  We will be helping again in South Denver off of Hampden. 9Health Fair is the largest volunteer-driven, non-profit health, wellness & prevention effort in the nation!  They provide affordable, convenient screenings, & health education. 

New April Events

Saturday, March 24, 2018
 

SVGD Volunteers:

     April is going to be a very busy month for us!  I hope you are ready and able to help our community!  I just put three new events on our web site.  We will be helping at events benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Denver Dumb Friends League, and the American Lung Association.  We, as an organization, make a very big difference in our community!  Also, I still need 4 volunteers for the 9HealthFair.  Please see all the info. below.  We are going into our busy season!!!  I appreciate your support!    

   

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
  


 

Need Event Captains!

 Might you consider being an Event Captain??? I need a couple more people to help as we've had some people move, have health issues, etc.  I provide the training information so you know what to do.  You do not have to plan the events.  I do that but I just cannot physically lead all of them.  It's a lot of fun!!  I give you the info. that you give to your volunteers, then you show up-hand out name tags, make sure everyone is doing what needs to be done, and have a good time!  As I said, I could really use a couple more Event Captains.  You will probably co-lead your first time so you can understand the process.  Please let me know if you'd like more info. & might consider doing this.  Thank you!!


Please sign up on www.svgd.org to attend these events.


NEW EVENTS:


Karaoke/Lip Sync Fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Thurs. April 5th, 6PM, Everyone is welcombut please sign up so we know to expect you. We will have a private room. There is an organization called Giving Wheels. One of the two founders lost his father to leukemia and they set up this organization to donate to the Society.  The research the Society is doing is truly remarkable and this past year a new immunotherapy was approved by the FDA that drastically improves the remission rates for certain types of leukemia in children!  No, you don't have to sing.  The event is free and is located north of Downtown on Platte Street.  People will do things like donate $2 to sing a song, pay $5 to get a "bad knee pass", etc.  The money raised will go to the Society.  It sounds like a lot of fun and a great group of people!  This is a social experience where we will have a good time plus give back to a great cause!  I hope to see you there!  I will send you the exact location after you register.

"Cheers to Beers" benefiting the Denver Dumb Friends League, Sat. April 7th, 2-4PM, Everyone is welcome but I do need to give them a registration number so please sign up.  You can even bring your well-mannered dog on a leash if you wish and raise a pint to local brews on National Beer Day! This event is located at a brewery on South Broadway/near Mineral in Littleton.  Another great opportunity to have a good time while helping a very worthy cause.  We were invited this past month & are doing so again per popular request from our members who wish to support this organization.  Thank you!  I look forward to seeing you there!  This is another great opportunity for a social event before we kick in to our very busy event schedule.  Take some time off, help a worthy organization, and enjoy!!

An Affair for Air Gala benefiting the American Lung Association, Sat. April 14th, 5PM-(still confirming the ending time, the event ends at 11PM).  6 volunteers are needed They are having a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, program, live auction, dancing & entertainment.  It should be a lot of fun!  This is their inaugural glamping themed gala ("glamping" camping attire- I still don't understand this- more to come!)  The event will be held at The Hanger at Stanley Marketplace, approx. 25th/Dallas in Aurora.  The American Lung Association in Colorado is the leading health organization dedicated to fighting threats to lung health including asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tobacco and air pollution.


OTHER EVENT:


9Health Fair, Sun. April 15th, 7AM til Noon, (We still need 4 volunteers for this event) 6 volunteers are needed.  We will be helping in their Height/Weight/BMI index area and also in the Interactive Education Center.  I'm sure we all know what a great service the 9Health Fairs provide for people who don't have insurance or who are under-insured!  We will be helping again in South Denver off of Hampden. 9Health Fair is the largest volunteer-driven, non-profit health, wellness & prevention effort in the nation!  They provide affordable, convenient screenings, & health education. 

New April Volunteer Event!

Saturday, March 17, 2018
 

SVGD Volunteers:
      I hope you are enjoying the great weather!  Spring is near!!

      I'm busy working on the details and Event Captains for our April events.  I just put our 9Health Fair event on the web site so you can now sign up to help at that event.  In case you'd like to "pencil in" any of the following (not on the web site yet but I'll let you know when they are so you can register) we will be doing another Yappy Hour for the Denver Dumb Friends League the afternoon of Sat. April 7th, will be helping the American Lung Association at their Affair for Air Gala on Sat., April 14th, and will be helping with the Silent Auction for the Puttin' On the Leash event for the Boulder Humane Society the evening of Sat. April 21st.  More to come but I know many of you are busy so you might want to note the upcoming events on your April schedule.   

  

 

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
  


 

Need Event Captains!

 Might you consider being an Event Captain??? I need a couple more people to help as we've had some people move, have health issues, etc.  I provide the training information so you know what to do.  You do not have to plan the events.  I do that but I just cannot physically lead all of them.  It's a lot of fun!!  I give you the info. that you give to your volunteers, then you show up-hand out name tags, make sure everyone is doing what needs to be done, and have a good time!  As I said, I could really use a couple more Event Captains.  You will probably co-lead your first time so you can understand the process.  Please let me know if you'd like more info. & might consider doing this.  Thank you!!

Please sign up on www.svgd.org to attend this event


NEW EVENT:


9Health Fair, Sun. April 15th, 7AM til Noon, 6 volunteers are needed.  We will be helping in their Height/Weight/BMI index area and also in the Interactive Education Center.  I'm sure we all know what a great service the 9Health Fairs provide for people who don't have insurance who are under-insured!  We will be helping again in South Denver off of Hampden. 9Health Fair is the largest volunteer-driven, non-profit health, wellness & prevention effort in the nation!  They provide affordable, convenient screenings, & health education. 

New Volunteer Events

Saturday, March 03, 2018
 

SVGD Volunteers:

    I've just added two new events on our web site.  We will be attending the "Yappy Hour" benefiting the Denver Dumb Friends League and will also be cashiers for the Jeffco Action Center's "Beautiful Junk Sale".  Also, I still need three people to help at The Delores Project dinner.  They really need our help as this women's safe house now has to move from one temporary location into another temporary location that doesn't even have a kitchen!!

    Thank you to all of you!   We have such a great group of volunteers!  Please register if you are available for any of these events. 


Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
  

Please sign up on www.svgd.org to attend these events


EVENTS:


Serving Dinner at the Delores Project women's safehouse, Tues. March 13,6-8:15PM  (We still need 3 volunteers for this event!6 Volunteers are needed.  We have assisted this women's safe shelter several times.  This time it will be a little different as The Delores Project is currently in a temporary shelter as they build their new facility.  They have to leave the temporary shelter two days after we assist them so really need our help as they are going through this transition.  Their new shelter doesn't even have a kitchen so we won't be able to help them again until next Fall!!   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.


Yappy Hour at Comrade Brewing benefiting the Dumb Friends League, Thurs. March 15, 6-8PM, Everyone is welcome but we do need to register how many are coming prior to the event. Please sign up by Monday, March 12th so we can let them know how many are coming. Join us at the brewery (near Iliff/Quebec) for their "Pet Me, I'm Irish" Yappy Hour.  The event will feature food trucks, giveaways and collectible pint glasses- plus a portion of all proceeds will benefit the Dumb Friends League.  Celebrate the spirit of St. Paddy's Day- come dressed in green, with your furry friend if you'd like (must be leashed, well behaved & kept in hand), and raise a pint for homeless pets.  Every once in awhile we do a social event that benefits a good cause.  I hope you'll register (they do require this) and enjoy 
the fun event while meeting other great volunteers from many organizations/companies!


"Beautiful Junk Sale" benefiting JeffCo Action Center, Sat. March 17, 8:45AM-12:45 PM, 6 volunteers are neededWe are going to be cashiers for the sale this time which should be a lot of fun.  This event is back by request from volunteers who helped them last Spring and 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!! 

Need Volunteers for Thursday plus new event

Thursday, February 22, 2018
 

SVGD Volunteers:
     I am currently confirming several volunteer events for the next few months so I hope you are ready to volunteer and help the great non profits in our area!!  I just put another new event on our web site.  We will be helping The Delores Project safehouse as they go through their moving transition.

     I am still short 4 volunteers to help next Thursday at The Crossing homeless shelter.  This event normally fills quickly as our volunteers love it so I'm really surprised.  I really need your help!!  Please sign up soon if you can assist at this event.  Thank you!


Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
  

Please sign up on www.svgd.org to attend these events


EVENTS:


Serving Dinner at The Crossing homeless shelter, Thurs. March 1, 4:45-7:15PM, (WE STILL NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT NEXT THURSDAY!!) 6 volunteers are needed.  Please let your Event Captain know if you are coming from work and may be a few minutes later. 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 an apartment.  The residents are working and saving up for an apartment.  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 dinner time.  After we serve dinner 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.


Serving Dinner at the Delores Project women's safehouse, Tues. March 13,6-8:15PM 6 Volunteers are needed.  We have assisted this women's safe shelter several times.  This time it will be a little different as The Delores Project is currently in a temporary shelter as they build their new facility.  They have to leave the temporary shelter two days after we assist them so really need our help as they are going through this transition. 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 

Another New Volunteer Event!

Friday, January 26, 2018
 

SVGD Volunteers:
       I have just put another fantastic event on our SVGD web site.  We will be helping Mt. Evans Hospice again with their Gala!  This year the theme is "Colors of Morocco."   Our events have been filling quickly so I wanted to be sure you have another opportunity to volunteer.
       Please see the details for all the events below.

 
  
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  

  


Please sign up on www.svgd.org to attend these events


NEW EVENT: 

"Colors of Morocco" Gala benefiting Mt. Evans Hospice, Sat. Feb. 24, 4-8:30PM, 5 Volunteers are needed. This fantastic gala is at the Mt. Vernon Country Club.  Our volunteers always have a fantastic time.  We are glad to provide carpooling opportunities if you'd like.  The gala involves, dinner, dancing, and both silent & live auctions.  Our volunteers will be helping with the tablet bidding for the Silent Auction.  They are also really short on volunteers to help take down the event at 9:30 so if you wish to stay, dance & can help with this please let us know. Volunteers will be able to enjoy the event and have a free buffet dinner.  Volunteers may wear brightly-colored caftans or djellabas (a long, loose-fitting unisex outer robe) if you have access to those.  Otherwise wearing black or a black bottom/white top will work as they will provide Moroccan scarves so people know you are a volunteer.  What fun!  The event actually starts at 5:30PM so you will have some time for training. This is Mt. Evans' biggest fundraiser of the year.  Funds from the event help Mt. Evans care for patients with limited financial resources as well as support numerous community services provided by the agency including: grief counseling; transportation for patients to medical appointments; respite for caregivers; and Camp Comfort, a bereavement camp for children.


 

OTHER EVENTS:

Serving Lunch at Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat.,Jan. 27,10AM-12:30PM, (This event is on Waiting List status. If you sign up you will receive the automated response that we've received your registration but will only be contacted if we get a volunteer cancellation.) 4 Volunteers are needed 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 about a year ago for the first time 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 aprons  to wear when they get there and will get to have lunch there after serving the patrons.  What a great opportunity

2018 SVGD Annual Meeting, Tues. Feb. 6th, 6:00-7:45PM.  All SVGD members are invited to attend!  (The deadline for registration was Monday, Jan. 22nd but you can still vote for Board members online) We will be going over what we've done during 2017, will elect the new 2018 Board, and will talk about plans and ideas for 2018.  We will provide a light dinner.  Please sign up soon so we know how many meals to purchase.  The meeting will be held in the Cherry Creek area.  You will receive the exact address and more details after you register.  We look forward to seeing you there so you can meet other members, get to know the new Board, and have an opportunity to discuss ideas to  help SVGD continue as a positive part of the Metro Denver volunteer community. If you are unable to attend the meeting but are a member and would like to vote you can email: director@svgd.org to have your vote recorded. Votes will be accepted until February 23rd.

Shaken Not Stirred Martini Party benefiting Boys Hope/Girls Hope, Sat. Feb. 10th, 6:45-10:30PM, (This event is on Waiting List status.  If you sign up you will receive an automated response that we received your registration but will only be contacted if we get a volunteer cancellation) 6 volunteers are needed to help with the silent auction, 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! 

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2018 SVGD Board Member Nominees:


Adrian King- 
Adrian is a single lady who has lived in the Washington Park area for many years.  Prior to retirement she was an Office Manager for several years.  After retirement she started a small business that includes: pet sitting, house sitting, plant sitting, and taking neighbors' packages to safety around her neighborhood.  She is into exercising, yoga, hiking, dancing, plays, concerts, just going out to different venues with friends, and enjoying life.  She just started on her journey of volunteering.  She likes what SVGD does for others and the community so feels it's her time to give back. She feels she could bring many things to our group including: a creative imagination, artistic talents, she loves to write & journal, & is good natured.  Adrian feels she has the ability to inspire other with her creative flair.  Her combination of skills should make her an asset to our SVGD Board.
Doug Steebner- Doug is a single, divorced father (1 child still at home) who lives in Acres Green, a subdivision of Lone Tree. He would like to be considered for the SVGD Board.  For the past ten 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 many of the activities available 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 help give other single people the opportunity to volunteer as often and easily as it has been for him!  This will be Doug's third year on the Board.  Presently he is our Membership Chairperson.

Fifi Khattak- Although Fifi's background is in Information Technology, she has a passion for helping people and making a positive difference in their lives.  Fifi has also been a volunteer with several other non-profit organizations with a focus on cancer.  Fifi is from England and has been living in the U.S. since 2013.  She moved to Denver in 2016 and came to learn about SVGD through her online search for non-profit organization volunteer events.  Fifi plans to promote SVGD by increasing awareness of its goals amongst more people.  Fifi believes people can "realize what a great difference every little help can make because of the power that has been invested in them naturally, simply by their presence."  This would be her first year on the SVGD Board.

Jill Wolff- Jill is newly single (no kids at home anymore) and wants to spend her free time doing something useful.  She heard great things about SVGD and decided to become a member.  Jill was a volunteer/board member for a local dog rescue for 13 years.  She worked on the fundraising committee, was an adoption coordinator, dog walker/cuddler for the dogs not in foster homes, assisted in the transporting and helped the founder/president with office functions, tracking/logging donations, and whatever else was needed.  She loves animals and has three boxers of her own.  In addition, she was a board member for Northglenn Little League, serving as Vice President of Softball when her children were young.  She has worked in the retirement industry for 25 plus years, including 5 years of consulting.  Jill feels that her past volunteer and board experience will help bring fresh ideas to the SVGD board and is looking forward to helping in any capacity needed.

Kayla Okafor- Kayla attended the very first SVGD event when the group first formed in 2006.  She 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 the 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.  This year she became President when Julie Hicks had to step down as President due to her expanding work duties that caused her to be out of Denver often.  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 10 years.

I'm sure you will agree that we have a great group of nominees who bring a variety of experiences in order to make SVGD a great organization and to make an impressive contribution to the Denver Metro area non profit community!!!  A special Thank You to them for agreeing to contribute! 

New February Volunteer Event!

Saturday, January 13, 2018
 

SVGD Volunteers:
       I just put the Shaken Not Stirred Martini Party benefiting Boys Hope/Girls Hope on the SVGD web site.  Please sign up soon if you'd like to volunteer for this event as it fills quickly.
       The Cafe 180 volunteer event is currently on Waiting List status so if you sign up you would be notified if we get a volunteer cancellation.  
       The Annual Meeting is coming up in just a few weeks.  Please sign up if you'd like to attend so we have enough food.  
       Information for all these events is given below.  I will have two more February events out to you soon.  I'm just confirming the details.  I hope to see you soon at an upcoming event!   

      
    
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  

  


Please sign up on www.svgd.org to attend these events.

NEW EVENT:

Shaken Not Stirred Martini Party benefiting Boys Hope/Girls Hope, Sat. Feb. 10th, 6:45-10:30PM, 6 volunteers are needed to help with the silent auction, 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! 

OTHER EVENTS:  

Serving Lunch at Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat.,Jan. 27,10AM-12:30PM, (This event is on Waiting List status. If you sign up you will receive the automated response that we've received your registration but will only be contacted if we get a volunteer cancellation.) 4 Volunteers are needed 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 about a year ago for the first time 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 aprons  to wear when they get there and will get to have lunch there after serving the patrons.  What a great opportunity


2018 SVGD Annual Meeting, Tues. Feb. 6th, 6:00-7:45PM.  All SVGD members are invited to attend!  We will be going over what we've done during 2017, will elect the new 2018 Board, and will talk about plans and ideas for 2018.  We will provide a light dinner.  Please sign up soon so we know how many meals to purchase.  The meeting will be held in the Cherry Creek area.  You will receive the exact address and more details after you register.  We look forward to seeing you there so you can meet other members, get to know the new Board, and have an opportunity to discuss ideas to  help SVGD continue as a positive part of the Metro Denver volunteer community. If you are unable to attend the meeting but are a member and would like to vote you can email: director@svgd.org to have your vote recorded.


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2018 SVGD Board Member Nominees:

Doug Steebner- 
Doug is a single, divorced father (1 child still at home) who lives in Acres Green, a subdivision of Lone Tree. He would like to be considered for the SVGD Board.  For the past ten 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 many of the activities available 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 help give other single people the opportunity to volunteer as often and easily as it has been for him!  This will be Doug's third year on the Board.  Presently he is our Membership Chairperson.

Fifi Khattak- Although Fifi's background is in Information Technology, she has a passion for helping people and making a positive difference in their lives.  Fifi has also been a volunteer with several other non-profit organizations with a focus on cancer.  Fifi is from England and has been living in the U.S. since 2013.  She moved to Denver in 2016 and came to learn about SVGD through her online search for non-profit organization volunteer events.  Fifi plans to promote SVGD by increasing awareness of its goals amongst more people.  Fifi believes people can "realize what a great difference every little help can make because of the power that has been invested in them naturally, simply by their presence."  This would be her first year on the SVGD Board.

Kayla Okafor- Kayla attended the very first SVGD event when the group first formed in 2006.  She 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 the 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.  This year she became President when Julie Hicks had to step down as President due to her expanding work duties that caused her to be out of Denver often.  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 10 years.

Vicki L. Alexander- Vicki has volunteered with SVGD several times over the past few years and has really enjoyed the people & different charities that SVGD assists.  She wants to be more involved so "I decided it was time to put my hat in the ring....so to speak."  She retired about six years ago and has enjoyed every minute.  Vicki served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician back in the early 70's working on F4 fighter jets!  Upon discharge, she worked as a cable splicer for the phone company for a couple years and then was hired by the Federal government.  She worked in several different agencies in the areas of quality assurance and again as a technician in communications and navigation equipment.  She performed technical audits, instructed various technical classes and was Program Manager of the technical training for a 5-state area.  Since retiring she has "enjoyed home projects, quilting, baking, working out and loves animals."  She believes she can bring some great ideas.  She is looking forward to the new year and to working with the Board to make it an awesome year for SVGD!

I'm sure you will agree that we have a great group of nominees who bring a variety of experiences in order to make SVGD a great organization and to make an impressive contribution to the Denver Metro area non profit community!!!  A special Thank You to them for agreeing to contribute! 

New January Event & Annual Meeting!

Friday, January 05, 2018
 

SVGD Volunteers:
     I have just put another fantastic event on the SVGD web site.  We will be Serving Lunch at Cafe 180 where everyone is able to get a meal even if they don't have money.  Also, I've just posted the information on the web site for our 2018 Annual Meeting.  Please sign up if you'd like to attend.  I have the bios for the people who are running for the 2018 Board at the bottom of this newsletter.
     We have filled the volunteer spaces for tomorrow's Habitat for Humanity event.  Thank you to those of you who signed up!  We are on Waiting List status for this event so if you do sign up now you would only be contacted if we get a last-minute volunteer cancellation.  We still have ONE ticket left for next week's "Victoria" screening at Channel 6.  Sign up fast if you want the last ticket!!    

      
    
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  

  


Please sign up on www.svgd.org to attend these events.

NEW EVENTS:
Serving Lunch at Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat.,Jan. 27,10AM-12:30PM, 4 Volunteers are needed 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 about a year ago for the first time 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 aprons  to wear when they get there and will get to have lunch there after serving the patrons.  What a great opportunity!

2018 SVGD Annual Meeting, Tues. Feb. 6th, 6:00-7:45PM.  All SVGD members are invited to attend!  We will be going over what we've done during 2017, will elect the new 2018 Board, and will talk about plans and ideas for 2018.  We will provide a light dinner.  Please sign up soon so we know how many meals to purchase.  The meeting will be held in the Cherry Creek area.  You will receive the exact address and more details after you register.  We look forward to seeing you there so you can meet other members, get to know the new Board, and have an opportunity to discuss ideas to  help SVGD continue as a positive part of the Metro Denver volunteer community. If you are unable to attend the meeting but are a member and would like to vote you can email: director@svgd.org to have your vote recorded.
 




OTHER EVENTS:  


"Victoria" Preview Screening sponsored by RMPBS (Channel 6), Thurs., Jan. 11, 5:30-7:30PM(WE ONLY HAVE 1 TICKET LEFT- SIGN UP FAST IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND!) We have been invited for another social event by RMPBS.  Although we have fun at our numerous volunteer eventthroughout the year it is also enjoyable to socialize once in awhile too.  This event is the preview screening of "Victoria"-Season 2.  The young queen wants it all- romance, power, an heir, and personal freedom. This is scripted by bestselling novelist Daisy Goodwin.  The series premieres on Jan. 14th.  This event will be at the Channel 6 studio in Central Denver.  There will be a Reception, Welcome & Door Prizes, and the Screening.  I was able to secure 6 tickets only for this "sold out" event.  Please sign up as soon as possible as we will need to get a list of names to them of who is attending from our group.


Habitat for Humanity Denver ReStore, Saturday, January 6, 9AM-2PM, (We have filled this event.  If you sign up you will be contacted if we have a last-minute volunteer cancellation.) 6 volunteers are needed. There is always something to do at the store! Our volunteers will be helping with organizing, merchandising, and customer service.  Habitat’s local ReStores accept donations of new or used home improvement materials and sell them back to the public at a significant discount!Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.  You do not have to build or do any construction as a volunteer at the ReStore.  There is some light lifting but no experience needed.  The Denver ReStore is near I-25 in Central Denver.  Through their Homeownership program, they sell homes to qualified families at an affordable mortgage rate, no down payment, and a set monthly mortgage payment that does not exceed 30% of the new homeowner's gross monthly income.  From the time a family applies to when they can move into their home, the process takes 7 to 9 months for new construction and 3 to 5 months for renovated homes.  What a great organization!

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2018 SVGD Board Member Nominees:

Doug Steebner- 
Doug is a single, divorced father (1 child still at home) who lives in Acres Green, a subdivision of Lone Tree. He would like to be considered for the SVGD Board.  For the past ten 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 many of the activities available 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 help give other single people the opportunity to volunteer as often and easily as it has been for him!  This will be Doug's third year on the Board.  Presently he is our Membership Chairperson.

Fifi Khattak- Although Fifi's background is in Information Technology, she has a passion for helping people and making a positive difference in their lives.  Fifi has also been a volunteer with several other non-profit organizations with a focus on cancer.  Fifi is from England and has been living in the U.S. since 2013.  She moved to Denver in 2016 and came to learn about SVGD through her online search for non-profit organization volunteer events.  Fifi plans to promote SVGD by increasing awareness of its goals amongst more people.  Fifi believes people can "realize what a great difference every little help can make because of the power that has been invested in them naturally, simply by their presence."  This would be her first year on the SVGD Board.

Kayla Okafor- Kayla attended the very first SVGD event when the group first formed in 2006.  She 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 the 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.  This year she became President when Julie Hicks had to step down as President due to her expanding work duties that caused her to be out of Denver often.  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 10 years.

Vicki L. Alexander- Vicki has volunteered with SVGD several times over the past few years and has really enjoyed the people & different charities that SVGD assists.  She wants to be more involved so "I decided it was time to put my hat in the ring....so to speak."  She retired about six years ago and has enjoyed every minute.  Vicki served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician back in the early 70's working on F4 fighter jets!  Upon discharge, she worked as a cable splicer for the phone company for a couple years and then was hired by the Federal government.  She worked in several different agencies in the areas of quality assurance and again as a technician in communications and navigation equipment.  She performed technical audits, instructed various technical classes and was Program Manager of the technical training for a 5-state area.  Since retiring she has "enjoyed home projects, quilting, baking, working out and loves animals."  She believes she can bring some great ideas.  She is looking forward to the new year and to working with the Board to make it an awesome year for SVGD!

I'm sure you will agree that we have a great group of nominees who bring a variety of experiences in order to make SVGD a great organization and to make an impressive contribution to the Denver Metro area non profit community!!!  A special Thank You to them for agreeing to contribute! 

New January Event & Volunteers Needed Next Saturday!

Saturday, December 30, 2017
 

SVGD Volunteers:
     I just added a fun event to our SVGD web site!  I have 6 tickets to the RMPBS "Victoria" screening.  Please sign up soon if you'd like to attend since it's a limited attendance.
     We still need 3 volunteers for next Saturday's Habitat for Humanity event.  Please sign up if you can help.
      Below, also, I've given the information for our four 2018 SVGD Board of Directors nominees.  We will be having an Annual Meeting sometime between January 30th- February 8th.  I will let you know just as soon as I've confirmed our date & location.  If you are unable to attend the meeting but are a member and would like to vote you can email: director@svgd.org to have your vote recorded.

      HAPPY NEW YEAR!!   I hope you have a fantastic 2018!!!!!   
    
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  

  


Please sign up on www.svgd.org to attend these events.

NEW EVENT:

"Victoria" Preview Screening sponsored by RMPBS (Channel 6), Thurs., Jan. 11, 5:30-7:30PM.  We have been invited for another social event by RMPBS.  Although we have fun at our numerous volunteer events throughout the year it is also enjoyable to socialize once in awhile too.  This event is the preview screening of "Victoria"-Season 2.  The young queen wants it all- romance, power, an heir, and personal freedom. This is scripted by bestselling novelist Daisy Goodwin.  The series premieres on Jan. 14th.  This event will be at the Channel 6 studio in Central Denver.  There will be a Reception, Welcome & Door Prizes, and the Screening.  I was able to secure 6 tickets only for this "sold out" event.  Please sign up as soon as possible as we will need to get a list of names to them of who is attending from our group.


EVENT STILL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:  

Habitat for Humanity Denver ReStore, Saturday, January 6, 9AM-2PM, (We still need 3 Volunteers for next Saturday!) 6 volunteers are needed. There is always something to do at the store! Our volunteers will be helping with organizing, merchandising, and customer service.  Habitat’s local ReStores accept donations of new or used home improvement materials and sell them back to the public at a significant discount!Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.  You do not have to build or do any construction as a volunteer at the ReStore.  There is some light lifting but no experience needed.  The Denver ReStore is near I-25 in Central Denver.  Through their Homeownership program, they sell homes to qualified families at an affordable mortgage rate, no down payment, and a set monthly mortgage payment that does not exceed 30% of the new homeowner's gross monthly income.  From the time a family applies to when they can move into their home, the process takes 7 to 9 months for new construction and 3 to 5 months for renovated homes.  What a great organization!

************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

2018 SVGD Board Member Nominees:

Doug Steebner- 
Doug is a single, divorced father (1 child still at home) who lives in Acres Green, a subdivision of Lone Tree. He would like to be considered for the SVGD Board.  For the past ten 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 many of the activities available 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 help give other single people the opportunity to volunteer as often and easily as it has been for him!  This will be Doug's third year on the Board.  Presently he is our Membership Chairperson.

Fifi Khattak- Although Fifi's background is in Information Technology, she has a passion for helping people and making a positive difference in their lives.  Fifi has also been a volunteer with several other non-profit organizations with a focus on cancer.  Fifi is from England and has been living in the U.S. since 2013.  She moved to Denver in 2016 and came to learn about SVGD through her online search for non-profit organization volunteer events.  Fifi plans to promote SVGD by increasing awareness of its goals amongst more people.  Fifi believes people can "realize what a great difference every little help can make because of the power that has been invested in them naturally, simply by their presence."  This would be her first year on the SVGD Board.

Kayla Okafor- Kayla attended the very first SVGD event when the group first formed in 2006.  She 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 the 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.  This year she became President when Julie Hicks had to step down as President due to her expanding work duties that caused her to be out of Denver often.  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 10 years.

Vicki L. Alexander- Vicki has volunteered with SVGD several times over the past few years and has really enjoyed the people & different charities that SVGD assists.  She wants to be more involved so "I decided it was time to put my hat in the ring....so to speak."  She retired about six years ago and has enjoyed every minute.  Vicki served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician back in the early 70's working on F4 fighter jets!  Upon discharge, she worked as a cable splicer for the phone company for a couple years and then was hired by the Federal government.  She worked in several different agencies in the areas of quality assurance and again as a technician in communications and navigation equipment.  She performed technical audits, instructed various technical classes and was Program Manager of the technical training for a 5-state area.  Since retiring she has "enjoyed home projects, quilting, baking, working out and loves animals."  She believes she can bring some great ideas.  She is looking forward to the new year and to working with the Board to make it an awesome year for SVGD!

I'm sure you will agree that we have a great group of nominees who bring a variety of experiences in order to make SVGD a great organization and to make an impressive contribution to the Denver Metro area non profit community!!!  A special Thank You to them for agreeing to contribute!