New May & June Events!

Friday, May 17, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
May 17, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
     I've just put some new events on our SVGD web site.  We will be helping, plus also enjoying, the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for Warren Village the end of this month.  It should be a great time!  Also, we are going into our June & July SVGD Fundraising Season (the two months that we have two events that help keep SVGD operational, i.e. we need to set up a new web site since our carrier is discontinuing, we have to have Board insurance, plus other operational expenses.)  For that reason, I've put our 4 shifts running the alcohol booth at PrideFest on the web site.  Since this event supports SVGD you can also register friends, work associates, & non-profit people you know who would like to support our organization.  The PrideFest event takes a total of 44 volunteers over the 2-day period so we really count on our SVGD members to help find people who will support us. That is why I have to put this on the web site a month in advance!  The Memorial Day Flower on Every Grave event is now on Waiting List status.  Please see details for all of these events below.  Also, please notice in the "future events" category that we will be assisting at the Blues & BBQ event again to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity.  See you soon at one of these events for a great time while helping some good causes!!

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   


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

MAY EVENTS:
Flower on Every Grave benefiting Victory for Veterans, Memorial Day, Mon. May 27, approx. 8:30-10:30AM,(This event is now on Waiting List status. If you sign up you will receive an automated response acknowledging your registration but will only be contacted if we get a volunteer cancellation.)  7 Volunteers in total will be assisting. 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.  We helped them last year, really enjoyed the event & the spirit of Memorial Day with enough time to move forward and have a great Holiday for ourselves!

Warren Village Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Tues., May 29th, The event is from 6:30-8:30PM. 6 Volunteers are needed (It will be 2 shifts of 3 as they wish us to enjoy the event so 3 people will be enjoying the event while 3 people volunteer and then they will rotate). They will be providing complementary food, drinks, entertainment, and awards to this past year's volunteers at the Mercury Cafe Downtown (there is a parking lot available in the back.)  This should be a very fun & gala event!  Warren Village's goal is to help low-income, single-parent families make the journey from poverty to self-sufficiency.  We have helped them in the past with a fashion show, painted their school for the young children, helped decorate their main building for Holidays and have helped at galas.  They are a fantastic and very worthwhile organization. 

JUNE EVENTS:

Fundraising Beverage Booth at PrideFest- We have 4 shifts available: 2 on Sat. June 15th & 2 on Sun. June 16th. Each has 10-12 Volunteers  to run an alcohol booth. (This is a total of 44 Volunteers!) Please check the web site for the exact times for the shifts.  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, work associates, 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 the past two years and had such a fantastic time!  It's a colorful event with lots going on!  What fun!!  Recognized as one of the top ten pride events in the country, Denver's PrideFest is a celebration of community, heritage, family and culture. Produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center), more than 250,000 people from Colorado and surrounding areas come out to enjoy the parade, rally, music, entertainment, food and much more.  Please join us as we accomplish two objectives- supporting SVGD financially and supporting this non profit.  The Sunday parade will end at Civic Center Park where the event is located.

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NEED EVENT CAPTAINS:
      Right now I am short on Event Captains due to several people now having health, work, or other personal issues.  I can't lead all the events myself so really depend on having Event Captains so we can offer several events each month.  As an Event Captain you do not have to plan the event. You confirm the attendance for the volunteers who have registered and give them the event information. Then you attend the event to check in the group and make sure everyone knows what to do. I provide a training sheet & information on the event to you.  I could really use a few new Event Captains!  You get to pick the events that you wish to lead.  Please let me know if you would like to help.  It's a fun position!!

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captains or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   
     
        Sat.,June 1- Chalk Fest at Larimer Square- we will be running an alcohol booth from 9:30AM-2PM- in support of the Larimer Square Arts Assn.
        Fri., Sat.,& Sun., July 5th, 6th, & 7th- Our Fundraiser at Cherry Creek Arts Festival- again you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        Sat., July 20th- Blue N' BBQ helping Habitat for Humanity- we will be helping at the gate and ticket counter in the afternoon.
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

New May Event + Need Saturday Volunteers!

Thursday, May 09, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
May 9, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
     I just put a new event on the SVGD web site!  We will be helping the Victory for Veterans organization again with their Memorial Day project of putting a flower on every grave at Ft. Logan Cemetery!  This is an AM event so you will still have plenty of time to celebrate Memorial Day with your family and/or friends.
     I know the weather has been looking gloomy but it's supposed to be nice by Saturday again!  We had a volunteer addition and then a volunteer cancellation sowe're still short 3 volunteers for this Saturday's Spring Plant Sale at the Denver Botanic Gardens!  Please sign up soon if you can help.  Thank you!
     Details for both of these events are given below.

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   


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

MAY EVENTS:
Spring Plant Sale benefiting Denver Botanic Gardens, Sat. May 11th, 7:15AM- 12:30PM, (We can still use 3 volunteers for this event.) 6 Volunteers in total will be helping. We will be helping as cashier's assistants who help the customers with their carts containing the plants they wish to purchase. This is one of the Botanic Gardens biggest events.  They will provide both breakfast & lunch as well as snacks, coffee, and beverages.  Also all volunteers will get 10% off any plants they wish to purchase as the event does continue on after our shift ends as well as a 10% discount at their Cafe if you'd like to make a purchase there! We have done this event previously and the volunteers really liked it.  This should be a fun experience!

Flower on Every Grave benefiting Victory for Veterans, Memorial Day, Mon. May 27, approx. 8:30-10:30AM, 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.  We helped them last year, really enjoyed the event & the spirit of Memorial Day with enough time to move forward and have a great Holiday for ourselves!


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NEED EVENT CAPTAINS:
      Right now I am short on Event Captains due to several people now having health, work, or other personal issues.  I can't lead all the events myself so really depend on having Event Captains so we can offer several events each month.  As an Event Captain you do not have to plan the event. You confirm the attendance for the volunteers who have registered and give them the event information. Then you attend the event to check in the group and make sure everyone knows what to do. I provide a training sheet & information on the event to you.  I could really use a few new Event Captains!  You get to pick the events that you wish to lead.  Please let me know if you would like to help.  It's a fun position!!

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captains or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   
     
        Wed, May 29th We will be helping Warren Village with their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
        June 1- Chalk Fest at Larimer Square- we will be running an alcohol booth from 9:30AM-2PM- in support of the Larimer Square Arts Assn.
        Sat. & Sun., June 15th & 16th- Our Fundraiser at PrideFest in Civic Center Park- you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        Fri., Sat.,& Sun., July 5th, 6th, & 7th- Our Fundraiser at Cherry Creek Arts Festival- again you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

Events the Next Two Weekends!

Monday, April 29, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
April 29, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
    We just had a fantastic weekend with two events!  We helped Cafe 180 that provides meals for people who can't afford to pay for their meals on Saturday & ran the Cherry Creek Sneak Beer Garden on Sunday helping to provide funds so that good food doesn't go into the dumpsters & landfills but, rather, goes to people who need the food!  Thank you to all of you who volunteered at the events!
     I've just put another event on our SVGD web site so there are now two May events (the first this upcoming weekend) for which you can register.  We will be helping at the registration area for the MS Walk in City Park this upcoming Saturday and will be helping at The Denver Botanic Gardens Spring Plant Sale the following Saturday.  Please sign up soon if you can help at either of these events.  The weather is supposed to be great this Saturday so we should have a fantastic time while helping a good cause!  I know that MS has touched many of our lives and many of us know family and/or friends who have been impacted by this illness.
     Details for both of these events are given below.  I hope to see you there as we continue to give back to our community!

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   


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

MAY EVENTS:

MS Walk Registration Tent, Sat.,May 4 6-11:30AM, 6 Volunteers are needed. This event will be held at Denver City Park.  This is a 5K Run & Walk.  Walk MS brings together a community of passionate people for one powerful cause: to end MS forever. And with every step they take and every dollar they raise... they're that much closer. The National MS Society is the largest private funder of MS research in the world.  Right now the Denver event already has over 2,000 registered participants! Their goal is $850,000 in fundraising and 5,500 registrants.  It's an exciting event where they have a program and lots going on. 

Spring Plant Sale benefiting Denver Botanic Gardens, Sat. May 11th, 7:15AM- 12:30PM, 6 Volunteers are neededWe will be helping as cashier's assistants who help the customers with their carts containing the plants they wish to purchase. This is one of the Botanic Gardens biggest events.  They will provide both breakfast & lunch as well as snacks, coffee, and beverages.  Also all volunteers will get 10% off any plants they wish to purchase as the event does continue on after our shift ends as well as a 10% discount at their Cafe if they would like to make a purchase there! We have done this event previously and the volunteers really liked it.  This should be a fun experience!

NEED EVENT CAPTAINS: Right now I am short on Event Captains due to several people now having health, work, or other personal issues.  I can't lead all the events myself so really depend on having Event Captains so we can offer several events each month.  As an Event Captain you do not have to plan the event. You confirm the attendance for the volunteers who have registered and give them the event information. Then you attend the event to check in the group and make sure everyone knows what to do. I provide a training sheet & information on the event to you.  I could really use a few new Event Captains!  You get to pick the events that you wish to lead.  Please let me know if you would like to help.  It's a fun position!!

FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captains or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   
     
        Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)- Victory for Veterans "Flower on Every Grave" event at Ft. Logan Cemetary- AM
        Wed, May 29th We will be helping Warren Village with their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
        June 1- Chalk Fest at Larimer Square- we will be running an alcohol booth from 9:30AM-2PM- in support of the Larimer Square Arts Assn.
        Sat. & Sun., June 15th & 16th- Our Fundraiser at PrideFest in Civic Center Park- you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        Fri., Sat.,& Sun., July 5th, 6th, & 7th- Our Fundraiser at Cherry Creek Arts Festival- again you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

New Event + Need Some Weekend Volunteers

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
April 23, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:  
      I just put another event on our SVGD web site for which you can now register!  We will be helping the MS Walk on Saturday, May 4that their Registration Tent!  This is a new event for us and is for a very worthwhile cause.  I hope to see you there!
      Meanwhile, we can still use some volunteers for this weekend!  We can use 1 more volunteer at Cafe 180 on Saturday and 4 more people at the Cherry Creek Sneak beer booth on Sunday! The runners & walkers at the Cherry Creek Sneak all get a free coupon for a beer after they finish.  They are a great group & we'll be busy as we become a very popular booth after the races.  It is such a fun event with so many activities happening!  We'll be very short-handed without the 4 additional volunteers so please sign up soon if you can help!  Thank you!
       
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
 


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


 APRIL EVENTS:

Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat.,April 27th 12:30-3PM, (We can still use 1 volunteer on Saturday) 5 total Volunteers will be assisting 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!

Cherry Creek Sneak, Sun.April 28th, 8:30AM-Noon. (WE STILL NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SUNDAY!!) 6 total Volunteers will be assisting. We will be beer pourers for this event. Many of our patrons will be the runners in the event who receive a beer certificate.  This event is  such a well-known Denver tradition.  The race is on 1st Avenue, in the Cherry Creek area.  They also have a great after party with a costume contest, music, vendors, etc.  Since we will be "beer pourers" we won't have to be there super early like the volunteers for the registration etc. (6AM for them!)  The Cherry Creek Sneak offers run/walk courses for all levels.  They partner with the We Don't Waste non profit so that food goes to those who need it rather than landfills.  The Sneak’s after-race festivities have turned into Denver’s biggest block party—post-race fun draws nearly 20,000 racers, friends, and family for music, cool vendors, a costume contest,  and a Kids’ Fun Zone sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies, a non-profit organization providing food and supplies to more than 1000 hunger-relief programs in Northern Colorado and Wyoming.

NEW MAY EVENT

MS Walk Registration Tent, Sat.,May 4 6-11:30AM, 6 Volunteers are needed. This event will be held at Denver City Park.  This is a 5K Run & Walk.  Walk MS brings together a community of passionate people for one powerful cause: to end MS forever. And with every step they take and every dollar they raise... they're that much closer. The National MS Society is the largest private funder of MS research in the world.  Right now the Denver event already has over 2,000 registered participants! Their goal is $850,000 in fundraising and 5,500 registrants.  It's an exciting event where they have a program and lots going on. 

FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have the Event Captains 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.   
     
        Saturday, May 11, Spring Plant Sale for the Denver Botanic Gardens, 7:15AM-12:30PM
        Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)- Victory for Veterans "Flower on Every Grave" event at Ft. Logan Cemetary- AM
        Wed, May 29th We will be helping Warren Village with their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
        June 1- Chalk Fest at Larimer Square- we will be running an alcohol booth from 9:30AM-2PM- in support of the Larimer Square Arts Assn.
        Sat. & Sun., June 15th & 16th- Our Fundraiser at PrideFest in Civic Center Park- you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        Fri., Sat.,& Sun., July 5th, 6th, & 7th- Our Fundraiser at Cherry Creek Arts Festival- again you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

Two New April Volunteer Events!

Friday, April 12, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
April 12, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:  
     I have put two new volunteer events on our SVGD web site so that you can now volunteer for them.  We will be helping Cafe 180 that assist those who can't afford a meal on April 27th and will be helping as beer pourers at the Cherry Creek Sneak on April 28th.  Let the fun begin!  These are both fantastic events!
      First of all though, we've had a volunteer cancellation for tomorrow evening's Puttin on the Leash Silent Auction benefiting the Boulder Humane Society.  If you'd like to have a great time tomorrow evening while helping a very worthwhile non profit please sign up SOON!  Thanks for your help!  We've had enough volunteers sign up but then have ER's so we've had to get more.  THE END RESULT IS THAT WE STILL NEED 1 PERSON FOR TOMORROW EVENING IF YOU CAN HELP!
    
   
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
 


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


 APRIL EVENTS:

Puttin' on the Leash benefiting the Boulder Humane Society, Sat. April 13th, 5-8:30PM (Volunteer Dinner will be prior to that starting at 4PM) -We still need 1 volunteer for tomorrow's event! 6 Volunteers in total will be helping with the Silent Auction. We have helped with this for several years & our volunteers always have a fantastic time!!  They always put on a great program plus literally raise hundreds of thousands of dollars!  It's one of the most successful silent auctions that we attend.  It's a lot of fun and we always have a good time at the Coors Event Center in Boulder.  We will be glad to arrange carpooling if you'd like. The dollars they raise help many abandoned & needed pets.  They treat us well as volunteers, provide dinner before we start, and there's lots going on during the event.  You'll be happy you helped & came to see this fantastic event!

Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat.,April 27th 12:30-3PM, 5 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 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!

Cherry Creek Sneak, Sun.April 28th, 8:30AM-Noon. 6 Volunteers are needed. We will be beer pourers for this event. Many of our patrons will be the runners in the event who receive a beer certificate.  This event is  such a well-known Denver tradition.  The race is on 1st Avenue, in the Cherry Creek area.  They also have a great after party with a costume contest, music, vendors, etc.  Since we will be "beer pourers" we won't have to be there super early like the volunteers for the registration etc. (6AM for them!)  The Cherry Creek Sneak offers run/walk courses for all levels.  They partner with the We Don't Waste non profit so that food goes to those who need it rather than landfills.  The Sneak’s after-race festivities have turned into Denver’s biggest block party—post-race fun draws nearly 20,000 racers, friends, and family for music, cool vendors, a costume contest,  and a Kids’ Fun Zone sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies, a non-profit organization providing food and supplies to more than 1000 hunger-relief programs in Northern Colorado and Wyoming.



FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have the Event Captains 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.        

        Saturday, May 4- MS Walk at City Park- helping with Registration in the AM
        Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)- Victory for Veterans "Flower on Every Grave" event at Ft. Logan Cemetary- AM
        Wed, May 29th We will be helping Warren Village with their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
        June 1- Chalk Fest at Larimer Square- we will be running an alcohol booth from 9:30AM-2PM- in support of the Larimer Square Arts Assn.
        Sat. & Sun., June 15th & 16th- Our Fundraiser at PrideFest in Civic Center Park- you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        Fri., Sat.,& Sun., July 5th, 6th, & 7th- Our Fundraiser at Cherry Creek Arts Festival- again you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weeken

New April Volunteer Event + 2 March Events Need Volunteers!

Monday, March 11, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
March 11, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:  
      I just put a new April volunteer event on our web site!  We will be helping at a Prom Dress event that provides free prom dresses, shoes, and accessories for low-income teens so they can have as fantastic a time at their prom as their peers.  This is the first time we've done this event & I think it will be a great, worthwhile experience.
      Also, our last two March events still need volunteers!!!  We've been filling all of our events this year but I'm getting a little concerned as WE STILL NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS FOR EACH OF THE UPCOMING TWO EVENTS, ONE BEING THIS SATURDAY!  Part of that might be my error from last week regarding the date.  I hope you're able to help as we never want to let down the non-profit organizations once we make a commitment to them.  We want them to know that they can depend upon us.  Thanks for considering the opportunities!
      Our 2019 Board had its first meeting of the year this past week.  It looks like we've got a great group and should be making a lot of progress during the upcoming year!!
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
 


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

MARCH EVENTS:

"Beautiful Junk Sale" benefiting JeffCo Action Center, Sat. March 16, 7:45AM-Noon, (WE STILL NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT!) 6 volunteers in total from our group will be helping.  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 inside 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!! 

9Health Fair, Sun. March 31st, 6AM til Noon, (WE STILL NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT!) 6 volunteers in total from our group will be helping.  We will be helping in their busiest area with half the group helping with traffic & participants in the lab area and the other half helping to relieve during breaks for volunteers in that and other areas. Also, we will all be helping to get the break room food set up for the volunteers.  You do not have to have a medical background in order to help.  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. The 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 EVENT:

Prom Dress Event for Low-Income Teens!- Sat., April 6th, 12-3PM.  6 Volunteers are needed to help teens select prom dresses, shoes, & accessories in addition to sorting inventory & organizing new donations.  Volunteers are asked to wear all black. You will receive training & have time to familiarize yourself before working with the students.  Bella Boutique is Denver's only 501(c) non profit dedicated to providing area teens in financial need with free gowns, shoes, accessories & more in a boutique space so they are able to shop in a beautiful space like their peers.  Teens are referred by educators, coaches, pastors, other community leaders, or are those who qualify for a free lunch.  This non profit allows teens to have a great prom experience which they might not otherwise be able to do because of financial limitations.  The event will be near I25/6th Ave.


FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have the Event Captains 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.
        
        Saturday, April 13- "Puttin On the Leash" benefiting the Boulder Humane Society- help with Silent Auction in evening
        Saturday, April 27- Cafe 180- free food for people who can't pay- Early afternoon in Englewood
        Sunday, April 28- Cherry Creek Sneak- we will be Beer Pourers from 8:30AM til Noon
        Saturday, May 4- MS Walk at City Park- helping with Registration in the AM
        Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)- Victory for Veterans "Flower on Every Grave" event at Ft. Logan Cemetary- AM
        Wed, May 29th We will be helping Warren Village with their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
        Sat. & Sun., June 15th & 16th- Our Fundraiser at PrideFest in Civic Center Park- you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        Fri., Sat.,& Sun., July 5th, 6th, & 7th- Our Fundraiser at Cherry Creek Arts Festival- again you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

Need Saturday Volunteers + New 9Health Fair Event!

Monday, March 04, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
March 4, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:   
      Wow!  What weather, huh!  We've had events scheduled the past two weekends during our "weather events".  We did have to cancel the Clothing Donation Sorting event at the Jeffco Action Center a week ago due to the amount of snow as they were advising that no one drive and we never want our volunteers to get injured trying to attend an event.  We did, however, help the American Lung Assn. yesterday at their Fight for Air Climb even though it was very cold.  We were inside and 5 of the 6 volunteers (including myself) were able to make it!!  Thank you to those who were able to help at yesterday's cold event!!  Your help was greatly appreciated & I know we all enjoyed seeing the firefighters in full gear go up all those steps for the last of the climbers!!
      We still need 4 volunteers to help at the Jeffco Action Center this Saturday for their "Beautiful Junk Sale".  This event is also inside and the weather is finally supposed to be nice this upcoming weekend!  Please sign up soon if you can help.  I don't want to let them down again since we had to cancel the event with them a week ago.
      Also, I just put a new event on our web site so that you can start registering.  We will be helping at the 9Health Fair on Sunday, March 31st.  I'm sure most of us know what a great contribution these Fairs make in our community.  You do not have to have a medical background to help for our volunteer duties.
       I look forward to seeing you soon at an upcoming event!  Thanks so much for your help!
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
 


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

THIS SATURDAY'S EVENT:

"Beautiful Junk Sale" benefiting JeffCo Action Center, Sat. March 16, 7:45AM-Noon, (WE STILL NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT!) 6 volunteers in total from our group will be helping.  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 inside 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!! 

NEW MARCH EVENT:

9Health Fair, Sun. March 31st, 6AM til Noon, 6 volunteers are needed.  We will be helping in their busiest area with half the group helping with traffic & participants in the lab area and the other half helping to relieve during breaks for volunteers in that and other areas. Also, we will all be helping to get the break room food set up for the volunteers.  You do not have to have a medical background in order to help.  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. The 9Health Fair is the largest volunteer-driven, non-profit health, wellness & prevention effort in the nation!  They provide affordable, convenient screenings, & health education. 



FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have the Event Captains 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.
        
        Saturday, April 13- "Puttin On the Leash" benefiting the Boulder Humane Society- help with Silent Auction in evening
        Saturday, April 27- Cafe 180- free food for people who can't pay- Early afternoon in Englewood
        Saturday, May 4- MS Walk at City Park- helping with Registration in the AM
        Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)- Victory for Veterans "Flower on Every Grave" event at Ft. Logan Cemetary- AM
        Sat. & Sun., June 15th & 16th- Our Fundraiser at PrideFest in Civic Center Park- you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        Fri., Sat.,& Sun., July 5th, 6th, & 7th- Our Fundraiser at Cherry Creek Arts Festival- again you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        May or June (date yet to be set)- we will be helping Warren Village with their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

Need 3 Volunteers for Sunday AM Lung Assn. event

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
February 26, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:   
        We still need 3 people to help this Sunday morning at the Fight For Air Climb benefiting the American Lung Assn.  We will be in charge of the registration table.  The event is inside and there is free parking.  Please sign up soon if you can help as they really need 6 people at the registration table & I don't want to let them down.
        I just put the "Beautiful Junk Sale" event on the web site so you can now sign up for that.  It will be on Sat. March 16th.  This is a unique and fun event!
       I could use a few more SVGD Event Captains if you are interested.  I provide training and you co-Captain before doing it yourself so you can see how we do it.  I still find and confirm the event.  The Event Captain's job isn't hard, is a lot of fun, but I do need people to lead some of the events as I can't lead them all myself.  Please email me if you're interested in getting more information.  I email out a list of upcoming events to the Event Captains and they select ones they would like to lead that meet their schedules.
       Thanks to all of you for helping our Denver Metro Community at these upcoming events!  
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
 


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



UPCOMING MARCH EVENTS:

2019 Fight for Air Stair Climb benefiting the American Lung Assn., Sun. March 3rd,  6:45AM til 1PM (oftentimes we get done by 10:30AM but they do go til 1PM so that's a possibility.)  (WE STILL NEED 3 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SUNDAY'S EVENT)6 total Volunteers will be assisting to help at the registration table.  They will have free parking for our volunteers!  This fun and unique event is a 56-floor climb (I'm out of breath just thinking about it!) at Denver's tallest building in Downtown Denver.  They are expecting over 2,400 participants this year!  We have helped them for several years.  This event makes a huge difference in helping the American Lung Association assist those who have lung disease.  

"Beautiful Junk Sale" benefiting JeffCo Action Center, Sat. March 16, 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!! 


FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have the Event Captains 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.
        
        Sunday, March 24- 9Health Fair at Temple Sinai in Denver- AM
        Saturday, April 13- "Puttin On the Leash" benefiting the Boulder Humane Society- help with Silent Auction in evening
        Saturday, April 27- Cafe 180- free food for people who can't pay- Early afternoon in Englewood
        Saturday, May 4- MS Walk at City Park- helping with Registration in the AM
        Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)- Victory for Veterans "Flower on Every Grave" event at Ft. Logan Cemetary- AM
        Sat. & Sun., June 15th & 16th- Our Fundraiser at PrideFest in Civic Center Park- you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        Sat., Sun. & Mon., July 5th, 6th, & 7th- Our Fundraiser at Cherry Creek Arts Festival- again you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        May or June (date yet to be set)- we will be helping Warren Village with their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

Need Saturday Volunteer plus New March Event!

Thursday, February 21, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
February 21, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:   
      We've had a volunteer cancellation for this Saturday's Clothing Donation Sorting in Jefferson County so please sign up soon if you can help so I can get you all the details.  Thanks!
       I've just put a new event on the SVGD web site so you can now sign up.  We will be helping the American Lung Assn. at their Fight For Air Climb at Denver's tallest building on March 3rd.
       Also, I've just added some new events on the list below of future events so you can check out the list and pencil in any that interest you.  I will let you know when I've got Event Captains and have them on the web site.
       I could use a few more SVGD Event Captains if you are interested.  I provide training and you co-Captain before doing yourself so you can see how we do it.  I still find and confirm the event.  The Event Captain's job isn't hard, is a lot of fun, but I do need people to lead some of the events as I can't lead them all myself.  Please email me if you're interested in getting more information.  I email out a list of upcoming events to the Event Captains and they select ones they would like to lead that meet their schedules.
       Thanks to all of you for helping our Denver Metro Community at these upcoming events!  
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
 


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

 FEBRUARY EVENT:

Clothing Donation Sorting for Jeffco Action Center, Sat., Feb. 23rd, 9AM-Noon. (WE STILL NEED 1 VOLUNTEER FOR THIS EVENT!!)  6 total Volunteers are needed to help sort the donated clothing for the busy week ahead.   During the week people in need shop with volunteer shoppers in their donation "store" that is set up by sizes and types of clothing just like a regular store.  They are told how many items the can receive at the store and are given a time limit for their shopping. We have helped with this portion of their center's activities before and really enjoyed the experience!! The Action Center’s mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.  They are located in Lakewood.

MARCH EVENT:

2019 Fight for Air Stair Climb benefiting the American Lung Assn., Sun. March 3rd,  7AM til 1PM (oftentimes we get done by 10:30AM but they do go til 1PM so that's a possibility.)  6 Volunteers are needed to help with water stations, registration, gear-check etc.  They will have free parking for our volunteers!  This fun and unique event is a 56-floor climb (I'm out of breath just thinking about it!) at Denver's tallest building in Downtown Denver.  They are expecting over 2,400 participants this year!  We have helped them for several years.  This event makes a huge difference in helping the American Lung Association assist those who have lung disease.  


FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have the Event Captains 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.
        Saturday, March 16- "Beautiful Junk Sale" benefiting the Jeffco Action Center- AM
        Sunday, March 24- 9Health Fair at Temple Sinai in Denver- AM
        Saturday, April 13- "Puttin On the Leash" benefiting the Boulder Humane Society- help with Silent Auction in evening
        Saturday, April 27- Cafe 180- free food for people who can't pay- Early afternoon in Englewood
        Saturday, May 4- MS Walk at City Park- helping with Registration in the AM
        Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)- Victory for Veterans "Flower on Every Grave" event at Ft. Logan Cemetary- AM
        Sat. & Sun., June 15th & 16th- Our Fundraiser at PrideFest in Civic Center Park- you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        Sat., Sun. & Mon., July 5th, 6th, & 7th- Our Fundraiser at Cherry Creek Arts Festival- again you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        May or June (date yet to be set)- we will be helping Warren Village with their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!

2 New Feb. events + 2019 New Board Election

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
January 30, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers:   
      We had our 2019 SVGD Annual Meeting last night.  Congratulations to our newly elected Board members:  Brenda Spomer, Doug Steebner, Erik Schumann, Kayla Okafor & Lylie King!!!!  We have a great group of people for the new Board and will be meeting in about a month to start on our 2019 activities.  We also had a wonderful group of members for our dinner meeting last night and got a lot of good suggestions and ideas for the upcoming year in order to try to make SVGD as good as possible for both our members and our Denver Metro area non-profit community.  Thank you to all of you for taking your time to help our SVGD organization!!  
      I have just put two new events on our web site for the month of February for which you can now register.  We will be helping KUVO Public Radio Station at their phone bank and will be helping the Jeffco Action Center with their Clothing Donation Sorting.  Please see the details below.
      Also, I have added after our events, some of the future events that I am working on so you have an idea and can put them into your schedule (as suggested by one of our members at last night's meeting).  There will be more events to come for all the upcoming months but these are the ones I'm working on right now. 
    
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
   



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

 NEW FEBRUARY EVENTS:

Phone Bank for KUVO Public Radio Station, Tues. February 19, 5:30-8PM, 5 Volunteers are needed to help answer calls from patrons pledging to support the station.  This is an interesting time to see the workings of a radio station.  The station is located in the redeveloping Five Points neighborhood.  Since 1985, KUVO has provided a rare blend of music and news.  Their mission is to provide distinctive music, news, and informational programming reflecting the values and cultural diversity of their listener community.  They do provide dinner for us that evening.  Also, you will have an opportunity to see the studio that provides the great music!!

Clothing Donation Sorting for Jeffco Action Center, Sat., Feb. 23rd, 9AM-Noon. 6 Volunteers are needed to help sort the donated clothing for the busy week ahead.   During the week people in need shop with volunteer shoppers in their donation "store" that is set up by sizes and types of clothing just like a regular store.  They are told how many items the can receive at the store and are given a time limit for their shopping. We have helped with this portion of their center's activities before and really enjoyed the experience!! The Action Center’s mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.  They are located in Lakewood.

FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have the Event Captains 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.
        Sunday, March 3- Fight for Air Climb benefiting the American Lung Assn.- AM
        Saturday, March 16- "Beautiful Junk Sale" benefiting the Jeffco Action Center- AM
        Sunday, March 24- 9Health Fair at Temple Sinai in Denver
        Monday, March 27 (Memorial Day)- Victory for Veterans "Flower on Every Grave" event at Ft. Logan Cemetary- AM
        Sat. & Sun., June 15th & 16th- Our Fundraiser at PrideFest in Civic Center Park- you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        Sat., Sun. & Mon., July 5th, 6th, & 7th- Our Fundraiser at Cherry Creek Arts Festival- again you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        May or June (date yet to be set)- we will be helping Warren Village with their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!