All April Events Canceled plus Amazon Smile Info.

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

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

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




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

COVID-19 Affecting Upcoming Events!

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

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

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


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

3 March Volunteer Events

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

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

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

MARCH EVENTS:

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

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

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

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

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captain or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.  
     Sat., April 4- Bella Boutique- providing prom dresses to low-income girls, 9AM-1PM- we will be Personal Shoppers & assist the girls
     Sat., April 11th- 9Health Fair- Non-medical volunteer assistance, We will be helping the Denver Salvation Army.
     Sun., April 26th- 7;45AM-Noon, Cherry Creek Sneak, we will be helping at the Beer Garden!
     Sat. & Sun. June 20th  & 21st- PrideFest- Denver Civic Park- this is a big fundraiser where we help The GLBT Community Center & also make funds to sustain us.  We need 44 volunteers over the 2-day period!

New Event plus Volunteer Needs this week!

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

SVGD Volunteers:
       I just put our upcoming event to serve lunch at The Crossing Homeless Shelter on February 15th on the web site so you can now sign up!
       We have several events on the web site right now.  WE'VE HAD A COUPLE CANCELLATIONS FOR THIS WEDNESDAY'S EVENT AT THE DELORES PROJECT WOMEN'S SAFEHOUSE SO COULD USE 1-2 MORE VOLUNTEERS IF YOU'RE AVAILABLE.  ALSO WE STILL NEED 2 VOLUNTEERS FOR NEXT SATURDAY'S EVENT TO HELP LOW-INCOME PEOPLE AT CAFE 180.  Please sign up soon if you can help at either of these events!!  We don't want to let down the non profits!     
       Below our events I have given you the bios for the 6 individuals who are running for the 2020 SVGD Board.  The election will be held at our Annual Meeting.  The info. for the Annual Meeting is also given below.  If you wish to vote but know you can't attend the meeting please email: director@svgd.org in order to be emailed a ballot. 
        Details for all the events are given below.     
    
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

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

JANUARY EVENT:

Serving Dinner at the Delores Project Women's Shelter, Wed. Jan. 29th,6-8:15PM, (We still need 1-2 more volunteers for this event!)  5-6 Volunteers from our group will be assisting.  The Delores Project is finally in their new building so we are now able to assist them again!  So many of our volunteers have been requesting this event!  We have assisted this women's safe shelter several times and they have asked us back as we have fantastic groups of volunteers.  This was a regular event for us due to the interest from our volunteers.  The shelter is in West Denver.  We help by preparing the already provided food and serving.  Volunteers have an opportunity to meet the residents after serving by also enjoying the meal.  This is a confidential location that is given out to the volunteers after registering due to the nature of the facility.  Both male & female volunteers are welcome to assist at this event.

FEBRUARY EVENTS:

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

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

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


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

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

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FUTURE EVENT:
     The following event is going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captain nor all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.          
          Sat., Feb. 29, 4:30-10PM, Mt. Evans Hospice Gala

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2020 SVGD BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two Upcoming Events this Month

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

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

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

JANUARY EVENTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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2020 SVGD BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

SVGD- 2 of our Upcoming Volunteer Events!

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

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

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


JANUARY EVENTS:

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

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


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

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

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

Need 1 Volunteer Tomorrow + New January Volunteer Event!

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

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

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

DECEMBER EVENT:

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

JANUARY EVENT:

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

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

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

New December Volunteer Event!

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

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



DECEMBER EVENTS:

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


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

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

Upcoming Holiday Events!

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

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

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

NOVEMBER EVENTS:

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

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

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

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

3 November Volunteer Events!

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

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

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

NOVEMBER EVENTS:

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

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

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