New December Events + Need Volunteers this Weekend

Wednesday, November 16, 2016



SVGD Volunteers:
       WE STILL NEED 2 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SATURDAY at the Denver Public Library Used Book Sale!  PLEASE SIGN UP if you can help.  This is a first- usually we have a Waiting List for this event as our volunteers love it.  We've helped them since they initiated the event a few years ago.  I hope a couple of you can help this Saturday.  We are assisting as cashiers and adders so they really need us!!  We also need one more person to help on Sunday with the Thanksgiving Food Distribution for families who need assistance in order to have a Thanksgiving Dinner.
        I just put 3 new volunteer events on the web site for December!!  Check out the new events!  We are making a great contribution to the Denver Metro area this Holiday Season!  I know we are all busy now but I do hope that you do have some time to give back to our community!!
        Details for all these events are given below.  I hope to see you soon!!  Thank you for the contribution you are making to our community!!
  

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator

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

 NEW EVENTS:

Olive or Twist? benefiting Divine Feline,Fri. Dec. 9, 5-10PM, 6-8 Volunteers are needed to assist with check in & guests, managing the silent auction, & helping to clean up & be sure the event area looks nice.  The event will have Holiday-Inspired Martinis, delicious Vegan Hor d'oeuvres, Desserts, a Silent Auction & Gift Bazaar & Tempting Treats for the cat lovers in your life.  It will be in the South Denver area.  Divine Feline promotes the health and welfare of all cats by providing quality and low-cost spay/neuter services.  We helped them last year-they've contacted us again because they said we have such great volunteers!  This should be a fun event!

Blossoms of Light benefiting the Denver Botanic Gardens, Tues. Dec. 13, 4:30-9:15PM, 6-8 Volunteers are needed.  Celebrate the holiday season by volunteering at Blossoms of Light!  This event is a fun and festive way to get out and help visitors have the best experience possible. Volunteers are needed to help at ticket kiosks, check receipts, sell 3-D glasses, and more. Enjoy thousands of twinkling lights throughout the Gardens, as well as the always anticipated HoloSpex glasses. Participants also enjoy drinks & food while on their walk.  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. This is our second opportunity to be able to assist at this beautiful event that will put you in the Holiday spirit!

Gift Wrapping for Children at Samaritan House Homeless Shelter,Thurs. Dec.22,  6-8:30PM, 6-8 volunteers are needed to wrap the gifts at the shelter. As we all know, these children did not choose to spend their Holiday Season at a homeless shelter.  We have been the only non profit to come and wrap gifts for several years.  This is one of our volunteers' favorite Holiday events.  There is free parking at the near-downtown location.  Samaritan House serves men, women, and children facing homelessness.  They help them find a path to self-sufficiency.

EVENTS:

 Denver Public Library Winter Used Book Sale, Sat., Nov.19, 12-4PM,(WE STILL NEED 2 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SATURDAY!) 6 Volunteers are needed to help as adders and cashiers for the hundreds of books, DVD's, etc. that are sold.  We have helped at this event several times and our volunteers always enjoy the experience. Parking and refreshments are complimentary for volunteers.  Normally we also get a great discount on anything that we would like to purchase.  This sale attracts thousands of people to the Central Library and raises over $50,000 for the library foundation.


Thanksgiving Food Distribution for Jeffco Action Center, Sun. Nov.20th, 8-11:30AM,(WE STILL NEED 1 VOLUNTEER FOR THIS EVENT) 6 Volunteers are needed.  We will be helping at the Jeffco Stadium to distribute food boxes which contain Thanksgiving meal items.  During this day over 2,000 low-income households in Jefferson County will be given food so they can have a Thanksgiving Dinner for their family.  It is such a great feeling to help people who otherwise would not be able to have a good dinner on Thanksgiving for their families!  Most of the tasks for this drive-thru event involve standing, some exposure to the Fall weather on that day, moderate lifting and/or traffic control.

Serving Pre-Thanksiving Dinner at The Crossing homeless shelter,Mon. Nov. 21, 5:00-7:30PM,(This event is on Waiting List status. If you sign up you will be contacted if we get a volunteer cancellation.) 6 volunteers are needed. Many of our volunteers request this event because they enjoy it and feel that it is such a worthwhile organization.  We definitely try to help them with their Thanksgiving week plans!  I know we all can empathize with people who do not have a home at Thanksgiving and who are trying their best to be thankful for their lives.  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.

New November Volunteer Event!

Thursday, November 10, 2016



SVGD Volunteers:
       I just put our Thanksgiving Food Distribution event on the web site so you can start registering.  We have three events the weekend prior to Thanksgiving for our Pre-Thanksgiving volunteer effort.  One is in the morning, one is in the afternoon, and one is in the evening so, hopefully, we'll be able to accommodate everyone's schedule at this "giving" time of year.  I will have our December volunteer events on the web site prior to Thanksgiving so you'll have time to schedule them with your busy Holiday schedule.  I'm still able to accept people on the Puerto Vallarta International Volunteer Trip so have included that information also. 
       Details for all these events are given below.
   

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator
   

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

NEW EVENT:

Thanksgiving Food Distribution for Jeffco Action Center, Sun. Nov.20th, 8-11:30AM, 6 Volunteers are needed.  We will be helping at the Jeffco Stadium to distribute food boxes which contain Thanksgiving meal items.  During this day over 2,000 low-income households in Jefferson County will be given food so they can have a Thanksgiving Dinner for their family.  It is such a great feeling to help people who otherwise would not be able to have a good dinner on Thanksgiving for their families!  Most of the tasks for this drive-thru event involve standing, some exposure to the Fall weather on that day, moderate lifting and/or traffic control.

OTHER EVENTS:

 Denver Public Library Winter Used Book Sale, Sat., Nov.19, 12-4PM, (We still need 3 volunteers for this event.) 6 Volunteers are needed to help as adders and cashiers for the hundreds of books, DVD's, etc. that are sold.  We have helped at this event several times and our volunteers always enjoy the experience. Parking and refreshments are complimentary for volunteers.  Normally we also get a great discount on anything that we would like to purchase.  This sale attracts thousands of people to the Central Library and raises over $50,000 for the library foundation.

Serving Pre-Thanksiving Dinner at The Crossing homeless shelter,Mon. Nov. 21, 5:00-7:30PM, (This event is on Waiting List status. If you sign up you will be contacted if we receive a volunteer cancellation.) 7 volunteers are needed. Many of our volunteers request this event because they enjoy it and feel that it is such a worthwhile organization.  We definitely try to help them with their Thanksgiving week plans!  I know we all can empathize with people who do not have a home at Thanksgiving and who are trying their best to be thankful for their lives.  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.


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4th International Volunteer Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Feb. 1st thru 8th. (We have a great group of volunteers who are attending this event. Although I now need to book the airfare individually subject to seat availability I do still have hotel rooms reserved and are hoping we can get a few more volunteers.)  Many of you have been asking for the details and when the next trip will happen. This is a chance to help the less privileged while also enjoying a trip to paradise for 8 days & 7 nights.  Volunteers will assist at 3 non-profit events such as the spay/neuter clinic for Peace Mexico, helping at an orphanage, etc.  You will also have free time, an awesome dinner cruise with fireworks your last night and will have a Super Bowl reservation at the best sports bar in Puerto Vallarta.  I have an event description sheet if you are interested.  This event is not sponsored by SVGD so you do need to contact me directly for more information.  Please email me at drckayla@aol.com if you want more information. Your first deposit payment will be due when you register and then the payments are divided over two more months.This is such a fantastic time!  If you'd like to get away from the frigid winter weather and also provide much needed assistance out of our country please consider this opportunity!  Please check with your tax accountant for possible tax deductions.

Pre-Thanksgiving events + Need Saturday Volunteers!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016



SVGD Volunteers:
         I do believe that people try to do "good" all the time but it is really apparent that the Thanksgiving Holiday reminds people of that and there is always an influx of people who wish to volunteer around that time.  For that reason, I'm coordinating three November events the weekend prior to Thanksgiving to help meet the needs of our community as well as our volunteers.  We will be assisting the Denver Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 19th, will be distributing turkeys and food for Thanksgiving dinners for the Jeffco Action Center to low-income families who might not otherwise be able to afford a Thanksgiving dinner for their family on Sunday, Nov. 20th, and will be assisting at a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless at The Crossing on Monday, Nov. 21st.  I'm hoping that we have several thankful volunteers and do make a difference in our community this Holiday Season.  I have just added two of these events to the web site.  I'm still confirming the exact time for the Thanksgiving Dinner distribution so will have that on the web site in the next few days.  I hope you are able to help with our efforts to give back to the community at this time of thanksgiving. We have such a great group of volunteers!  Let's make a positive Thanksgiving presence!
         I STILL NEED THREE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP THIS SATURDAY AT THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CELEBRATION!  I know I've "nagged" the last couple weeks about events needing help, i.e. The Delores Project dinner & the Gorilla Run Costume Contest.  Luckily, our volunteers have come through and we've met our commitment in both instances.  I'm sorry to "nag" again but I really do need some help this weekend for Habitat for Humanity!  Please sign up soon if you can help!  Thank you!  I know that most of us realize how expensive housing in Denver has gotten both for purchase and rentals in the last couple years. Habitat for Humanity is truly helping those who just would not otherwise have much of a chance in the housing market.  I've promised them that we will help with their celebration and hope you are available to help.

 
       Details for all these events are given below.
   

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator
   

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

NEW EVENTS:


 Denver Public Library Winter Used Book Sale, Sat., Nov.19, 12-4PM, 6 Volunteers are needed to help as adders and cashiers for the hundreds of books, DVD's, etc. that are sold.  We have helped at this event several times and our volunteers always enjoy the experience. Parking and refreshments are complimentary for volunteers.  Normally we also get a great discount on anything that we would like to purchase.  This sale attracts thousands of people to the Central Library and raises over $50,000 for the library foundation.

Serving Pre-Thanksiving Dinner at The Crossing homeless shelter,Mon. Nov. 21, 5:00-7:30PM, 6 volunteers are needed. Many of our volunteers request this event because they enjoy it and feel that it is such a worthwhile organization.  We definitely try to help them with their Thanksgiving week plans!  I know we all can empathize with people who do not have a home at Thanksgiving and who are trying their best to be thankful for their lives.  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.

EVENTS:

Sable Ridge Celebration benefiting Habitat for Humanity, Sat. Oct. 29, 12-3:30PM,(WE STILL NEED 3 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT!!!) 6 Volunteers are needed. Our group of volunteers will welcome & direct guests plus help staff the children's activities including face painting.  Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the completion of the Sable Ridge project near 40th & Chambers which will be the home to 51 hard-working metro families!  I'm sure most of us are familiar with this great organization.  Especially in this time of high rents and home prices, this development will help so many people, who work and volunteer their hours, to finally have a home!!
To sign up for these events please go to the www.svgd.org web site.

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4th International Volunteer Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Feb. 1st thru 8th. (We have a great group of volunteers who are attending this event. Although I now need to book the airfare individually subject to seat availability I do still have hotel rooms reserved and are hoping we can get a few more volunteers.)  Many of you have been asking for the details and when the next trip will happen. This is a chance to help the less privileged while also enjoying a trip to paradise for 8 days & 7 nights.  Volunteers will assist at 3 non-profit events such as the spay/neuter clinic for Peace Mexico, helping at an orphanage, etc.  You will also have free time, an awesome dinner cruise with fireworks your last night and will have a Super Bowl reservation at the best sports bar in Puerto Vallarta.  I have an event description sheet if you are interested.  This event is not sponsored by SVGD so you do need to contact me directly for more information.  Please email me at drckayla@aol.com if you want more information. Your first deposit payment will be due by October 28th (unless you are signing up after that) and then the payments are divided over two more months.This is such a fantastic time!  If you'd like to get away from the frigid winter weather and also provide much needed assistance out of our country please consider this opportunity!  Please check with your tax accountant for possible tax deductions.

October Events

Sunday, October 16, 2016



SVGD Volunteers:
      I've just added another great event on the SVGD web site!  We will be helping greet & direct people at a fantastic new housing development that will provide much needed housing for 51 families for Habitat for Humanity!! This is an opportunity to help this great organization without having to build or stock building materials!
       We have two events coming up this next week.  The Glow at the Gardens event for the Botanical Gardens on Thursday has filled its minimum number but will still accept two more volunteers if you are interested.  The Most Creative Gorilla Costume Contest next Saturday still needs 3 more volunteers!  Please sign up soon if you can help!  This is a fun event that provides funds internationally for the Mountain Gorillas.  In addition to having a great time, it is a very worthwhile cause.  I'm thinking that perhaps some people might have thought this is a frivolous event but these gorillas are a highly endangered species and this is one of the events to try to save them from extinction!
        I know the deadline is soon but if you'd like to have a fantastic time on a volunteer (plus free time) trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, this February I need to have your name on the list by this Thursday.  Please let me know directly if you would like to attend this volunteer trip (please check with your tax accountant for tax deductibility.)
       Details for all these events are given below.
   

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator


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

NEW EVENT:

Sable Ridge Celebration benefiting Habitat for Humanity, Sat. Oct. 29, 12-3:30PM, 6 Volunteers are needed. Our group of volunteers will welcome & direct guests plus help staff the children's activities including face painting.  Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the completion of the Sable Ridge project near 40th & Chambers which will be the home to 51 hard-working metro families!  I'm sure most of us are familiar with this great organization.  Especially in this time of high rents and home prices, this development will help so many people, who work and volunteer their hours, to finally have a home!!

EVENTS:

Glow at the Gardens benefiting Denver Botanic Gardens, Thurs., Oct.20, 5:30-10PM (We do have the minimum number of volunteers to which we committed but can still accept 2 more if you'd like to help on Thursday) ,6-8 Volunteers are needed. This Fall, the Gardens presents this as its newest event.  The York Street location will light up the night with Jack-O-Lanterns and luminaria-lined pathways.  Volunteers will be helping with the event activities during the evening. We helped them last year at their Blossoms of Light event and had a great time.  I'm sure their new event will be just as much fun as we get into the October "spirit" of Halloween!

Most Creative Gorilla Costume Contest for the 13th Annual Denver Gorilla Run, Sat.,Oct.22nd, 9AM-11AM,(WE STILL NEED 3 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT!) 5 Volunteers are needed. For the second year we will be in charge of the costume contest at this fun event!  They loved our group so much last year that they invited us back again. Our volunteers will set up the area for the judges, will gather & coordinate the contestants as they enter the stage, & will provide the announcer with the contestants'  info.   The contest takes place just before the 5K walk/run that starts at 11AM.  The participants all wear gorilla or banana suits.  The event helps raise funds for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, the international charity working to save the world's last remaining mountain gorillas & keeping Diane Fossey's dream alive for the past 30 years.  The event starts & ends at the Westin Westminster where there is an after party.  Volunteers will receive a beer ticket & food access so the volunteers will probably wish to stay a little longer after the contest to enjoy the festivities.
To sign up for these events please go to the www.svgd.org web site.

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4th International Volunteer Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Feb. 1st thru 8th.  Many of you have been asking for the details and when the next trip will happen. This is a chance to help the less privileged while also enjoying a trip to paradise for 8 days & 7 nights.  Volunteers will assist at 3 non-profit events such as the spay/neuter clinic for Peace Mexico, helping at an orphanage, etc.  You will also have free time, an awesome dinner cruise with fireworks your last night and will have a Super Bowl reservation at the best sports bar in Puerto Vallarta.  I have an event description sheet if you are interested.  This event is not sponsored by SVGD so you do need to contact me directly for more information.  Please email me at drckayla@aol.com if you want more information. The deadline to confirm that you will be attending, in order to assure that you will be able to go with the group on the airline I've already confirmed, is October 20th  I've already had several people interested.  I do need to submit the names for the trip next Thursday.  Your first deposit payment will be due by October 28th and then the payments are divided over two more months.  This is such a fantastic time!  If you'd like to get away from the frigid winter weather and also provide much needed assistance out of our country please consider this opportunity!

New October Event & PV International Trip

Saturday, October 08, 2016



SVGD Volunteers:
      I just entered another great event on our SVGD web site.  We will, for the second time, be in charge of the Gorilla Costume Contest for the Gorilla Run!
     Also I've got info. below on an upcoming trip that I personally (not SVGD) coordinate for volunteers who would like to go to sunny, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the middle of the Winter while also assisting some non-profits there.
      I DO HAVE A BIT OF A CRISIS AS I DESPERATELY NEED A FEW MORE VOLUNTEERS NEXT WEDNESDAY TO HELP SERVE DINNER AT THE DELORES PROJECT WOMEN'S SAFE HOUSE!  We have consistently helped them for a few years.  Our volunteers enjoy this opportunity to assist the women in need.  Right now I only have 2 of the 6 needed volunteers!  Two of us just cannot do this!  Please sign up to help if you can!!  Thank you!!

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator

4th International Volunteer Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Feb. 1st thru 8th. 
Many of you have been asking for the details and when the next trip will happen. This is a chance to help the less privileged while also enjoying a trip to paradise for 8 days & 7 nights.  Volunteers will assist at 3 non-profit events such as the spay/neuter clinic for Peace Mexico, helping at an orphanage, etc.  You will also have free time, an awesome dinner cruise with fireworks your last night and will have a Super Bowl reservation at the best sports bar in Puerto Vallarta.  I have an event description sheet if you are interested.  This event is not sponsored by SVGD so you do need to contact me directly for more information.  Please email me at drckayla@aol.com if you want more information. The deadline to confirm that you will be attending, in order to assure that you will be able to go with the group on the airline I've already confirmed, is October 20th.  Your first deposit payment will be due by October 28th and then the payments are divided over two more months.  This is such a fantastic time!  If you'd like to get away from the frigid winter weather and also provide much needed assistance out of our country please consider this opportunity!
   
To sign up for these events please go to the www.svgd.org web site.

NEW EVENT:

Most Creative Gorilla Costume Contest for the 13th Annual Denver Gorilla Run, Sat.,Oct.22nd, 9AM-11AM, 5 Volunteers are needed. For the second year we will be in charge of the costume contest at this fun event!  They loved our group so much last year that they invited us back again. Our volunteers will set up the area for the judges, will gather & coordinate the contestants as they enter the stage, & will provide the announcer with the contestants'  info.   The contest takes place just before the 5K walk/run that starts at 11AM.  The participants all wear gorilla or banana suits.  The event helps raise funds for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, the international charity working to save the world's last remaining mountain gorillas & keeping Diane Fossey's dream alive for the past 30 years.  The event starts & ends at the Westin Westminster where there is an after party.  Volunteers will receive a beer ticket & food access so the volunteers will probably wish to stay a little longer after the contest to enjoy the festivities.

EVENTS:

 Serving Dinner at the Delores Project,Wed. Oct. 12,  9th, 6-8:15PM (WE STILL NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT THAT IS COMING UP NEXT WEDNESDAY!!) 6 Volunteers are needed.  We have assisted this women's safe shelter a few times and they have asked us back as we have fantastic groups of volunteers.  This is becoming a regular event for us due to the interest from our volunteers.  The shelter is in West Denver.  We help by preparing the already provided food and serving.  Volunteers have an opportunity to meet the residents after serving by also enjoying the meal.  This is a confidential location that is given out to the volunteers after registering due to the nature of the facility.  Both male & female volunteers are welcome to assist at this event.

Glow at the Gardens benefiting Denver Botanic Gardens, Thurs., Oct.20, 5:30-10PM (We still need 2 volunteers for this event but can accept up to 4 more),6-8 Volunteers are needed. This Fall, the Gardens presents this as its newest event.  The York Street location will light up the night with Jack-O-Lanterns and luminaria-lined pathways.  Volunteers will be helping with the event activities during the evening. We helped them last year at their Blossoms of Light event and had a great time.  I'm sure their new event will be just as much fun as we get into the October "spirit" of Halloween!

2 New October Events!

Sunday, October 02, 2016



SVGD Volunteers:
      I have entered two new events on the SVGD web site.  We will be serving dinner at The Delores Project womens safehouse shelter on October 12th.  Also, we will be helping at the new Glow at the Gardens pre-Halloween event at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
      WE STILL NEED 2 VOLUNTEERS FOR NEXT SATURDAY'S RUN THE ROCKS PREP EVENT FOR THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSN.  I'm still hoping that a couple of you can help!
      Details for all three events are given below.  I'm firming up some details for a couple more October events.  We are going to have a fun & worthwhile October!

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator

 

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

NEW EVENTS:

 Serving Dinner at the Delores Project,Wed. Oct. 12,  9th, 6-8:15PM 6 Volunteers are needed.  We have assisted this women's safe shelter a few times and they have asked us back as we have fantastic groups of volunteers.  This is becoming a regular event for us due to the interest from our volunteers.  The shelter is in West Denver.  We help by preparing the already provided food and serving.  Volunteers have an opportunity to meet the residents after serving by also enjoying the meal.  This is a confidential location that is given out to the volunteers after registering due to the nature of the facility.  Both male & female volunteers are welcome to assist at this event.

Glow at the Gardens benefiting Denver Botanic Gardens, Thurs., Oct.20, 5:30-10PM,6-8 Volunteers are needed. This Fall, the Gardens presents this as its newest event.  The York Street location will light up the night with Jack-O-Lanterns and luminaria-lined pathways.  Volunteers will be helping with the event activities during the evening. We helped them last year at their Blossoms of Light event and had a great time.  I'm sure their new event will be just as much fun as we get into the October "spirit" of Halloween!

EVENTS:

Run the Rocks Prep benefiting the American Lung Assn., Sat. Oct. 8th, 9AM-Noon,(We still need 2 volunteers for this event next Saturday!) 6 Volunteers are needed to help put together the approx. 2,400 goody bags that are needed and do the general preparation for the next day's huge event at Red Rocks.  Our Saturday activities are at the Lung Assn's. office in Greenwood Village.  The 10th Annual Run the Rocks event is a unique 5K through beautiful Red Rocks park in Morrison with several bands along the course.  The American Lung Association is working to prevent lung disease & promote lung health.  We assisted them last year and enjoyed the experience.  They do have snacks available during our shift.


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

New Event + Need 1 Volunteer this Saturday!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


SVGD Volunteers:
     I've just put another new event on our web site.  We will be helping the American Lung Assn. again with their preparations for the Run the Rocks event.  ALSO, WE STILL NEED 1 VOLUNTEER FOR THIS SATURDAY'S TASTE OF SERTOMA EVENT!  Please sign up soon if you can help with this one.  The Cafe 180 event the following Saturday has 1 volunteer opening.
      Details for all of these events are given below. 

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator

 

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

NEW EVENT:

Run the Rocks Prep benefiting the American Lung Assn., Sat. Oct. 8th, 9AM-Noon, 6 Volunteers are needed help put together the approx. 2,400 goody bags that are needed and do the general preparation for the next day's huge event at Red Rocks.  Our Saturday activities are at the Lung Assn's. office in Greenwood Village.  The 10th Annual Run the Rocks event is a unique 5K through beautiful Red Rocks park in Morrison with several bands along the course.  The American Lung Association is working to prevent lung disease & promote lung health.  We assisted them last year and enjoyed the experience.  They do have snacks available during our shift.


OTHER EVENTS:

Taste of Sertoma benefiting Bridges of Silence, Hear-to-Work Program & Cowboy Veterans Cowboy Up; Sat. Sept. 17, 5:15PM-8PM,(WE STILL NEED 1 VOLUNTEER FOR THIS EVENT!) 6 Volunteers are needed to help watch the food tables for portion size and perhaps keep the food warm in some instances.  They have multiple restaurants donating food for the event but they are not providing staff to serve the food.  There will be live music, free wine & beer samples as well as the food, and both a silent auction and a live auction.  Attire for the event is business casual.  The event runs from 6-9PM and is being held at Hanger 1 at the Wings over the Rockies.  The Bridges of Silence learning center helps at-risk youth to reach their full potential.  The Hear-to-Work Program helps adults with hearing issues who are not eligible for hearing support who are looking for work or are in danger of losing their jobs dues to a hearing disability.  The Cowboy Up  program raises funds for wounded veterans, service members, and first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disordre & traumatic brain injuries.

Serving Lunch at Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat.,Sept. 24,10AM-12:30PM, (We still need 1 volunteer for this event) 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 in March 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' shirts to wear when they get there.  What a great opportunity!

New Sept. Event + Openings!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016



SVGD Volunteers:
     I've just put another new event on our web site.  We will be helping serve lunch at Cafe 180 again.  This is a restaurant that doesn't have any prices!  People pay what they can for their meals which enables everyone to be able to eat.
     I can still use 3 more volunteers at the Taste of Sertoma event on the 17th.  Please sign up if you can help.  This Saturday's Big Chili Cookoff & Music Fest benefiting the mountain Firefighters has filled.  If you sign up you will be contacted if we get a volunteer cancellation.
      Details for all of these events are given below. 

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator

 

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

NEW EVENT:

Serving Lunch at Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat.,Sept. 24,10AM-12:30PM, 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 in March 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' shirts to wear when they get there.  What a great opportunity!

OTHER EVENTS:

Taste of Sertoma benefiting Bridges of Silence, Hear-to-Work Program & Cowboy Veterans Cowboy Up; Sat. Sept. 17, 5:15PM-8PM,(We still need 3 Volunteers for this event) 6 Volunteers are needed to help watch the food tables for portion size and perhaps keep the food warm in some instances.  They have multiple restaurants donating food for the event but they are not providing staff to serve the food.  There will be live music, free wine & beer samples as well as the food, and both a silent auction and a live auction.  Attire for the event is business casual.  The event runs from 6-9PM and is being held at Hanger 1 at the Wings over the Rockies.  The Bridges of Silence learning center helps at-risk youth to reach their full potential.  The Hear-to-Work Program helps adults with hearing issues who are not eligible for hearing support who are looking for work or are in danger of losing their jobs dues to a hearing disability.  The Cowboy Up  program raises funds for wounded veterans, service members, and first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disordre & traumatic brain injuries.

Chili Cook-Off & Music Festival benefiting Firefighters, Sat. Sept. 10, 11:30AM-3:30PM,This event has filled.  If you sign up you will be notified if we get a cancellation) 6 Volunteers are needed to run the voting booth.  There will be more than 60 chili cooks vying for prizes and recognition. Voting is done both by the public and special judges.  The voting booth is supposed to be a very fun location.  Even though we will be at the booth the volunteers can take breaks and wander around and taste chili.  The event actually runs from 10AM-6PM so it would be fun to car pool and stay for the rest of the event.  The excitement only begins with chili tasting- there are three top-flight bands over the course of the day, firefighter competitions, dozens of food vendors, beer and margarita booths, as well as arts and crafts vendors.  The event is located at Buchanan Park in Evergreen, www.BigChili.org. This event is being sponsored by Evergreen's Blue Spruce Kiwanis to benefit volunteer fire & rescue departments in the mountain communities.  Funds from the event help the firefighters obtain equipment that they could not get any other way- radios, protective gear, etc.  We're very lucky to be helping them and were specifically asked because of the great group of volunteers we recently provided to Mt. Evans Hospice. 

Upcoming September Volunteer Events!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016



SVGD Volunteers:
     I've just put another new event on our web site.  We will be helping at the Taste of Sertoma event benefiting the Bridges of Silence, Hear-to-Work Program & Cowboy Veterans Cowboy Up!  This is our first time assisting this group.  It sounds like such a worthwhile organization!
     We can still accept 1-2 more volunteers at the Chili Cook-Off & Music Festival benefiting Firefighters so please sign up soon if you'd like to help at this fun day!
      Details for both of these events are given below.  I hope you have a very Happy Labor Day weekend!!
    

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator

 

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

NEW EVENT:

Taste of Sertoma benefiting Bridges of Silence, Hear-to-Work Program & Cowboy Veterans Cowboy Up; Sat. Sept. 17, 5:15PM-8PM, 6 Volunteers are needed to help watch the food tables for portion size and perhaps keep the food warm in some instances.  They have multiple restaurants donating food for the event but they are not providing staff to serve the food.  The event runs from 6-9PM and is being held at Hanger 1 at the Wings over the Rockies.  The Bridges of Silence learning center helps at-risk youth to reach their full potential.  The Hear-to-Work Program helps adults with hearing issues who are not eligible for hearing support who are looking for work or are in danger of losing their jobs dues to a hearing disability.  The Cowboy Up  program raises funds for wounded veterans, service members, and first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disordre & traumatic brain injuries.

OTHER EVENT:

Chili Cook-Off & Music Festival benefiting Firefighters, Sat. Sept. 10, 11:30AM-3:30PM,(We can still accept 1-2 more volunteers) 6 Volunteers are needed to run the voting booth.  There will be more than 60 chili cooks vying for prizes and recognition. Voting is done both by the public and special judges.  The voting booth is supposed to be a very fun location.  Even though we will be at the booth the volunteers can take breaks and wander around and taste chili.  The event actually runs from 10AM-6PM so it would be fun to car pool and stay for the rest of the event.  The excitement only begins with chili tasting- there are three top-flight bands over the course of the day, firefighter competitions, dozens of food vendors, beer and margarita booths, as well as arts and crafts vendors.  The event is located at Buchanan Park in Evergreen, www.BigChili.org. This event is being sponsored by Evergreen's Blue Spruce Kiwanis to benefit volunteer fire & rescue departments in the mountain communities.  Funds from the event help the firefighters obtain equipment that they could not get any other way- radios, protective gear, etc.  We're very lucky to be helping them and were specifically asked because of the great group of volunteers we recently provided to Mt. Evans Hospice. 


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

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EVENT CAPTAINS NEEDED: 
I could really use a couple more Event Captains.  It is a fun position and is much needed.  If you've attended a couple events so you know somewhat how we operate and would like to be our volunteer team leader for some events please get in contact with me.  I plan the events but need good people to check in our group and make sure everyone is having a good time & doing what the organization needs to have done.  I do provide training information for Captains and have them co-Captain prior to doing it solo.  I look forward to hearing from you at event@svgd.org.

Upcoming Aug. & Sept. Volunteer Events!

Monday, August 22, 2016



SVGD Volunteers:
       Our volunteer group had a great time on Saturday at the Jeffco Action Center.  We sorted clothing for their "store" for the homeless & low income families.  We learned a lot about the organization and received great training.  The volunteers are hoping to make this a regular event for our SVGD group!
        I just put a new event on the web site.  It is a Chili Cook-Off & Music Festival benefiting the volunteer mountain Firefighters.  This sounds like a great time!  We'll be in the Voting Booth and are planning on staying a little past our shift so we can hear all three bands!
        Our End of Summer BBQ is coming up this Saturday!  Please sign up soon!  We'd love to see you there!
        We still need 3 volunteers for next Monday's Swing at Cancer Golf Classic!  We're going to be doing some fun activities at some of the holes for the participants.  Please sign up soon for this one also!!
         Details for all these events are given below.

    
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator

 

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

NEW EVENT:

Chili Cook-Off & Music Festival benefiting Firefighters, Sat. Sept. 10, 11:30AM-3:30PM, 6 Volunteers are needed to run the voting booth.  There will be more than 60 chili cooks vying for prizes and recognition. Voting is done both by the public and special judges.  The voting booth is supposed to be a very fun location.  Even though we will be at the booth the volunteers can take breaks and wander around and taste chili.  The event actually runs from 10AM-6PM so it would be fun to car pool and stay for the rest of the event.  The excitement only begins with chili tasting- there are three top-flight bands over the course of the day, firefighter competitions, dozens of food vendors, beer and margarita booths, as well as arts and crafts vendors.  The event is located at Buchanan Park in Evergreen, www.BigChili.org. This event is being sponsored by Evergreen's Blue Spruce Kiwanis to benefit volunteer fire & rescue departments in the mountain communities.  Funds from the event help the firefighters obtain equipment that they could not get any other way- radios, protective gear, etc.  We're very lucky to be helping them and were specifically asked because of the great group of volunteers we recently provided to Mt. Evans Hospice. 

 OTHER EVENTS:.

End of Summer BBQ Social benefiting Food Bank, Sat. Aug. 27, 4-8PM.  Limit of 48 attendees. The Board has decided to have a end-of-summer fun event for our SVGD volunteer group.  We are also inviting our GOGC (Going Out for A Good Cause) MeetUp group so there should be quite a few people.  This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the great weather, get to know fellow SVGD members and also meet some new people from GOGC.  We have reserved a park in North Aurora (exact location will be given once you register.)  The well-groomed park features three covered picnic shelters with numerous tables, grills, a permanent restroom, pond, grassed area, playground and close parking.  Please bring the meat of your choice to BBQ, a dish to share (appetizer, salad, or dessert), beer or wine if you prefer an alcoholic beverage (we did purchase a permit), and also a canned item(s) that we can donate to a local Food Bank.  SVGD will provide lemonade, plates, utensils, napkins & cups.  We are planning on playing some games if you'd like.  So far we have croquet & ladder ball.  Please feel free to bring another game.  Also, you can bring a friend.  Please let us know when you register if you'd like to bring a game and, if so, what you're bringing so we don't have duplications and if you are bringing a friend so we know the number of people who will be attending. This should be a fun opportunity to close out the Summer, have a good time, meet people, and help a good cause!  I hope to see you there!

Swing at Cancer Golf Classic Event benefiting My Lifeline Colorado, Mon.Aug. 29, 1-5:30PM,(WE STILL NEED 3 VOLUNTEERS!!) 6 Volunteers are needed to help with the Hole-In-One portion, the Yarn Sale/Keg Pourer portion, and the Putting Contest on the Practice Green.  Lunch, drinks, and snacks will be provided about 30 minutes before the shift starts.  We helped them last year and the group enjoyed the experience.  This year's event is going to be at the Red Rocks Country Club.  MyLifeLine.org is a nonprofit organization that encourages cancer patients and caregivers to create free personalized websites. Their mission is to empower patients to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing.


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

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EVENT CAPTAINS NEEDED: 
I could really use a couple more Event Captains.  It is a fun position and is much needed.  If you've attended a couple events so you know somewhat how we operate and would like to be our volunteer team leader for some events please get in contact with me.  I plan the events but need good people to check in our group and make sure everyone is having a good time & doing what the organization needs to have done. I do provide Training information for Captains and do have them co-Captain an event before they go solo.