Need Volunteers for Thursday plus new event

Thursday, February 22, 2018
 

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

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


Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  
  

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


EVENTS:


Serving Dinner at The Crossing homeless shelter, Thurs. March 1, 4:45-7:15PM, (WE STILL NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT NEXT THURSDAY!!) 6 volunteers are needed.  Please let your Event Captain know if you are coming from work and may be a few minutes later. Many of our volunteers request this event because they enjoy it and feel that it is such a worthwhile organization.  The Crossing is a transitional facility between the homeless shelter and getting back into an apartment.  The residents are working and saving up for an apartment.  It is drug & alcohol free.  Men, women & families reside there.  It provides a great service as people work to get back on their feet. Our volunteers will help in the buffet line and may help with some of the meal bags for those who come back from work after dinner time.  After we serve dinner we will have an opportunity to eat as a group and also enjoy the meal.  We then do a few minutes of clean up and straightening in the dining room.


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

Another New Volunteer Event!

Friday, January 26, 2018
 

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

 
  
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  

  


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


NEW EVENT: 

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


 

OTHER EVENTS:

Serving Lunch at Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat.,Jan. 27,10AM-12:30PM, (This event is on Waiting List status. If you sign up you will receive the automated response that we've received your registration but will only be contacted if we get a volunteer cancellation.) 4 Volunteers are needed to serve customers, help prepare food, yes, even help clean up!  Cafe 180's mission is to reduce hunger in the community by providing meals to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.  Not only do they serve up delicious food, they serve up respect, dignity & self sufficiency.  We helped them about a year ago for the first time and really enjoyed the experience.  Plus we each had a great meal when we completed our shift!  They say:  "we've all relied on the kindness of others at certain times in our lives... For those who have enough, it's a chance to eat well and do well. For those who are struggling, it's a chance to eat in a dignified manner.  We're not about hand outs.  We're about giving people a hand up..."  Volunteers need to wear comfortable shoes & anyone with long hair needs to have it pulled back.  The group will have cafe aprons  to wear when they get there and will get to have lunch there after serving the patrons.  What a great opportunity

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

Shaken Not Stirred Martini Party benefiting Boys Hope/Girls Hope, Sat. Feb. 10th, 6:45-10:30PM, (This event is on Waiting List status.  If you sign up you will receive an automated response that we received your registration but will only be contacted if we get a volunteer cancellation) 6 volunteers are needed to help with the silent auction, etc.  We have assisted at this event for years and it is one of our volunteers' favorites.  Last year they changed their Volunteer Coordinator so there was some confusion and we weren't able to assist.  Luckily we're back on their schedule for this year.  The event is located at a great public facility at approx. 12th/Broadway.  Party attire.  Volunteers will work shifts with lots of breaks to enjoy the event.  Boys Hope/Girls Hope helps academically capable & motivated children who are living "in-need."  They help them meet their full potential by providing value-centered family-like homes, opportunities, and education through college.  Sign up soon!  This one always fills up! 

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2018 SVGD Board Member Nominees:


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

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

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

Kayla Okafor- Kayla attended the very first SVGD event when the group first formed in 2006.  She has been active ever since.  She was the first Volunteer Events Coordinator and, except for an approx. 18-month hiatus, has continued in that position.  Kayla maintains the SVGD liaisons with non-profit organizations, supervises and trains the Event Captains, coordinates the event schedule, watches the registrations, and writes the e-newsletter.  She is on the Board in this position and normally serves as Vice President.  This year she became President when Julie Hicks had to step down as President due to her expanding work duties that caused her to be out of Denver often.  Kayla believes in SVGD and the positive impact it has in the Denver Metro area.  Kayla taught college for many years and is the past Dean of two colleges.  She is currently the Owner/Employing Broker of Denver Real Estate Connection where she has also done training and taught college-level business and real estate law.  She has a home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and has taken five groups of volunteers- many from SVGD- there for a week of volunteering & fun!  She would like to continue on the Board as SVGD has become a very important part of her life for over 10 years.

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

New February Volunteer Event!

Saturday, January 13, 2018
 

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

      
    
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  

  


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

NEW EVENT:

Shaken Not Stirred Martini Party benefiting Boys Hope/Girls Hope, Sat. Feb. 10th, 6:45-10:30PM, 6 volunteers are needed to help with the silent auction, etc.  We have assisted at this event for years and it is one of our volunteers' favorites.  Last year they changed their Volunteer Coordinator so there was some confusion and we weren't able to assist.  Luckily we're back on their schedule for this year.  The event is located at a great public facility at approx. 12th/Broadway.  Party attire.  Volunteers will work shifts with lots of breaks to enjoy the event.  Boys Hope/Girls Hope helps academically capable & motivated children who are living "in-need."  They help them meet their full potential by providing value-centered family-like homes, opportunities, and education through college.  Sign up soon!  This one always fills up! 

OTHER EVENTS:  

Serving Lunch at Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat.,Jan. 27,10AM-12:30PM, (This event is on Waiting List status. If you sign up you will receive the automated response that we've received your registration but will only be contacted if we get a volunteer cancellation.) 4 Volunteers are needed to serve customers, help prepare food, yes, even help clean up!  Cafe 180's mission is to reduce hunger in the community by providing meals to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.  Not only do they serve up delicious food, they serve up respect, dignity & self sufficiency.  We helped them about a year ago for the first time and really enjoyed the experience.  Plus we each had a great meal when we completed our shift!  They say:  "we've all relied on the kindness of others at certain times in our lives... For those who have enough, it's a chance to eat well and do well. For those who are struggling, it's a chance to eat in a dignified manner.  We're not about hand outs.  We're about giving people a hand up..."  Volunteers need to wear comfortable shoes & anyone with long hair needs to have it pulled back.  The group will have cafe aprons  to wear when they get there and will get to have lunch there after serving the patrons.  What a great opportunity


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


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2018 SVGD Board Member Nominees:

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

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

Kayla Okafor- Kayla attended the very first SVGD event when the group first formed in 2006.  She has been active ever since.  She was the first Volunteer Events Coordinator and, except for an approx. 18-month hiatus, has continued in that position.  Kayla maintains the SVGD liaisons with non-profit organizations, supervises and trains the Event Captains, coordinates the event schedule, watches the registrations, and writes the e-newsletter.  She is on the Board in this position and normally serves as Vice President.  This year she became President when Julie Hicks had to step down as President due to her expanding work duties that caused her to be out of Denver often.  Kayla believes in SVGD and the positive impact it has in the Denver Metro area.  Kayla taught college for many years and is the past Dean of two colleges.  She is currently the Owner/Employing Broker of Denver Real Estate Connection where she has also done training and taught college-level business and real estate law.  She has a home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and has taken five groups of volunteers- many from SVGD- there for a week of volunteering & fun!  She would like to continue on the Board as SVGD has become a very important part of her life for over 10 years.

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

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

New January Event & Annual Meeting!

Friday, January 05, 2018
 

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

      
    
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator  

  


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

NEW EVENTS:
Serving Lunch at Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat.,Jan. 27,10AM-12:30PM, 4 Volunteers are needed to serve customers, help prepare food, yes, even help clean up!  Cafe 180's mission is to reduce hunger in the community by providing meals to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.  Not only do they serve up delicious food, they serve up respect, dignity & self sufficiency.  We helped them about a year ago for the first time and really enjoyed the experience.  Plus we each had a great meal when we completed our shift!  They say:  "we've all relied on the kindness of others at certain times in our lives... For those who have enough, it's a chance to eat well and do well. For those who are struggling, it's a chance to eat in a dignified manner.  We're not about hand outs.  We're about giving people a hand up..."  Volunteers need to wear comfortable shoes & anyone with long hair needs to have it pulled back.  The group will have cafe aprons  to wear when they get there and will get to have lunch there after serving the patrons.  What a great opportunity!

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




OTHER EVENTS:  


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


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

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2018 SVGD Board Member Nominees:

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

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

Kayla Okafor- Kayla attended the very first SVGD event when the group first formed in 2006.  She has been active ever since.  She was the first Volunteer Events Coordinator and, except for an approx. 18-month hiatus, has continued in that position.  Kayla maintains the SVGD liaisons with non-profit organizations, supervises and trains the Event Captains, coordinates the event schedule, watches the registrations, and writes the e-newsletter.  She is on the Board in this position and normally serves as Vice President.  This year she became President when Julie Hicks had to step down as President due to her expanding work duties that caused her to be out of Denver often.  Kayla believes in SVGD and the positive impact it has in the Denver Metro area.  Kayla taught college for many years and is the past Dean of two colleges.  She is currently the Owner/Employing Broker of Denver Real Estate Connection where she has also done training and taught college-level business and real estate law.  She has a home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and has taken five groups of volunteers- many from SVGD- there for a week of volunteering & fun!  She would like to continue on the Board as SVGD has become a very important part of her life for over 10 years.

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

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

New January Event & Volunteers Needed Next Saturday!

Saturday, December 30, 2017
 

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

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

  


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

NEW EVENT:

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


EVENT STILL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:  

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

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2018 SVGD Board Member Nominees:

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

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

Kayla Okafor- Kayla attended the very first SVGD event when the group first formed in 2006.  She has been active ever since.  She was the first Volunteer Events Coordinator and, except for an approx. 18-month hiatus, has continued in that position.  Kayla maintains the SVGD liaisons with non-profit organizations, supervises and trains the Event Captains, coordinates the event schedule, watches the registrations, and writes the e-newsletter.  She is on the Board in this position and normally serves as Vice President.  This year she became President when Julie Hicks had to step down as President due to her expanding work duties that caused her to be out of Denver often.  Kayla believes in SVGD and the positive impact it has in the Denver Metro area.  Kayla taught college for many years and is the past Dean of two colleges.  She is currently the Owner/Employing Broker of Denver Real Estate Connection where she has also done training and taught college-level business and real estate law.  She has a home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and has taken five groups of volunteers- many from SVGD- there for a week of volunteering & fun!  She would like to continue on the Board as SVGD has become a very important part of her life for over 10 years.

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

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

October 21, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

SVGD Volunteers:
     I was just contacted by Children's Hospital asking if we could possibly help them next Saturday, October 28th.  I know it's short notice, but this is a fantastic event for a great cause!  All the details are given below.  Please sign up right away if you can help so we can confirm our group with them.  Thank you!!   
 
  
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator 

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

 NEW EVENT: 

Costume Craze party benefiting Children's Hospital, 5:30-9:30PM, Sat. Oct.28th, 4 volunteers are needed.  I'm still confirming our duties at the event.  This is a themed costume party and silent auction.  Our volunteers will be wearing capes-what fun!!  It will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom in Highlands Ranch.  Some of the attendees are paying $2500 just to attend (sponsors are paying $5000.)  Guests will be able to enjoy prizes, dancing, and delicious food and drink options.  Attendees (all over 21) will be wearing costumes.  Childrens Hospital Colorado is one of the top children's hospitals in the nation, helping children across Colorado and the West

October 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

SVGD Volunteers:
     Good morning!  Enjoy this sunny day as it sounds like the weather is going to be very different tomorrow!
     Right now I'm busy confirming our November events.  We do still have three events coming up in October, however, and need help yet for at least two of them.  WE STILL 3 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP AS CASHIERS NEXT SATURDAY FOR THE PUMPKIN PATCH!  It sounds like the weather is supposed to be nice that day.  Please sign up for this fun & worthwhile event if you can help.  Also we STILL NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS FOR THE STEPPIN' UP WARREN VILLAGE GALA ON THE 20TH.  Although we have met the minimum number of volunteers we need for the Gorilla Run Costume Contest we can still accept two more people if you'd like to help.  Details for all three of these events are given below.  I hope to see you soon at an upcoming event.  
   
  
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator 

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

 EVENTS: 
Pumpkin Festival benefiting Denver Botanic Gardens, Sat. Oct. 14, Noon-6PM,(WE STILL NEED 3 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS UPCOMING SATURDAY!) 6 Volunteers are needed to help as cashiers at the Chatfield Farms pumpkin patch in SW Denver.  This is a 10-acre pumpkin patch. Families normally bring a wagon to transport pumpkins. There is also daycare while people enjoy the rest of the festival.  We will be helping as cashiers for those who buy pumpkins (prices vary by the size of the pumpkin.)  The festival includes family & children's activities, live music, local craft and artisan booths, food trucks & vendors as well as beer and wine vendors.  It is a fun event that is next to the Corn Maze.  Proceeds go to the Denver Botanic Gardens.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy the festivities! 

Steppin Up! Warren Village Gala, Fri Oct. 20, 4PM-10PM , (We still need 4 volunteers for this event) 6 volunteers are needed to help with greeting, coat check, spotting for the auction, the Wine Wall, and a little clean up.  The event will be at the Pinnacle Club which provides fantastic city views from the Grand Hyatt Denver.  There will be a cocktail hour, live & silent auction, program, entertainment, and dinner.  Warren Village benefits low-income, single-parent families working towards self sufficiency.  We haven't had an opportunity to help them for awhile but previously have helped them in areas such as painting their early-learning center, helping with an auction & fashion show, and we hung Holiday decorations for them in their main building.  It's exciting to be asked back to assist them again, especially at this impressive Gala!

Most Creative Gorilla Costume Contest for the 14th Annual Denver Gorilla Run, Sat, Oct. 21st, 9AM-11:30AM, (We have filled our minimum commitment for volunteers but can still use up to 2 more volunteers if you wish to help.) 4-6 Volunteers are neededFor the third year we will be in charge of the costume contest at this fun event!  They love our group so much that they invited us back again. Our voluteers 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 at11AM.  The participants all wear gorilla or banana suits and come from all across the United States.  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. 

September Events

Friday, September 01, 2017
 

SVGD Volunteers:
     I just put two new September events on our SVGD web site.  We will be helping to serve dinner at The Delores Project's womens' safe house on September 13th & will be helping The Action Center at their Beautiful Junk Sale on September 30th!
     We still need at least 6 more volunteers to help at the Taste of Sertoma event on September 9th!  Since the Labor Day weekend is upon us and the event is coming up next weekend please sign up if you can help.  Thank you!
      There are lots of great events coming up this Fall!  I have more requests for us to help in September but want to be sure we aren't spread too thin as I've had to cancel three events this past Summer due to not having enough volunteers.  This is very unusual for us.  Normally I only have to cancel 1-2 annually.  I know Summer is a busy time.  I'm hoping everyone is ready to start actively volunteering now that September is here so will be watching our volunteer registrations.  I appreciate all of your help as do our Metro non-profit organizations!     

   
 Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator 

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

 SEPTEMBER  EVENTS:

Taste of Sertoma benefiting Hear-to-Work Program,Veterans Cowboy Up & Cross Purpose/Switch Up; Sat. Sept.9, 5:00PM-9PM,(We still need at least 6 volunteers for this event!) 8-10 Volunteers are needed. We will be helping watch the food tables for portion size and 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 at the Wings over the Rockies.  The Master of Ceremony is Kyle Clark from Channel 9 News. 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 Veterans Cowboy Up program has an extremely effective program for Veterans with PTSD.  The Cross Purpose/Switch Up is an urban youth development program.

Serving Dinner at the Delores Project, Wed. Sept.13,6-8:15PM 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.

"Beautiful Junk Sale" benefiting JeffCo Action Center, Sat. Sept. 30, 7:45AM-12PM, 6 volunteers are needed to help during the saleThis event is back by request from volunteers who helped them last Spring and had such a great time! This enormous 2-day garage sale is the largest bargain shopping extravaganza in Jefferson County.  It is held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and offers 10,500 sq. ft. of jewelry, collectibles, vintage odds & ends, a vast array of household items, sporting goods, holiday decor & much more!  Our volunteers will be helping during the actual sale which continues all day so they will have the opportunity to shop after their shift if they wish.  This event normally brings in more than $40,000 to support families in need through the Action Center's services.The Action Center’s mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.  We help them with their Clothing & Food donations as well as their Thanksgiving food donations to needy families.  This is such a worthy non profit!!

New August Volunteer Event!

Monday, August 14, 2017
 

SVGD Volunteers:
      I have posted another new August event on our web site.  We will be helping at the Habitat for Humanity Denver ReStore.  Please see the details below and sign up on the www.svgd.org web site if you'd like to help.      

   
 Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator 

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

 NEW EVENT:

Habitat for Humanity Denver ReStore, Saturday, August 26th, 9AM-2PM, 6 volunteers are needed. There is always something to do at the store and Summer is their busiest time- our volunteers will be helping with organizing, merchandising, and customer service.  Habitat’s local ReStores accept donations of new or used home improvement materials and sell them back to the public at a significant discount! Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.  You do not have to build or do any construction as a volunteer at the ReStore.  There is some light lifting but no experience needed.  The Denver ReStore is near I-25 in Central Denver.  Through their Homeownership program, they sell homes to qualified families at an affordable mortgage rate, no down payment, and a set monthly mortgage payment that does not exceed 30% of the new homeowner's gross monthly income.  From the time a family applies to when they can move into their home, the process takes 7 to 9 months for new construction and 3 to 5 months for renovated homes.  What a great organization!

Events Next Week!

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Volunteers:
     We have 3 events coming up in the next 8 days! 
    
 Please sign up to have some fun at this Wednesday's Summer Cheers and Beers benefiting The Delores Project women's shelter.  We'd love to have a few more people!  This is an opportunity to have some fun-20% of the proceeds go to the women's shelter!
      We still need at least 2 more volunteers this Thursday at the Stray Cat Strut at Hudson Gardens benefiting Devine Feline. Please sign up soon so we don't let them down.
       Right now we have a Waiting list for next Sunday's City Park Los Bohemios Concert where we will be helping KUVO Public Radio station.  That means that we do have enough volunteers but if you'd like to sign up you would be contacted if we have a volunteer cancellation.
       I'm finalizing the details for two events the first half of August (the 5th- Clothing Sorting for the Jeffco Action Center & 12th- Live at the Vineyards benefiting KUVO) so should have details out within a week on those two events.
       I'm planning on attending the first two events this week so hope to see you there!
      
   
  Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator 

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

NEW EVENTS:

Summer Cheers with Beers benefiting The Delores Project women's shelter, Wed. July 19th, 5-10PM.(We would be happy to have a few more people!) Everyone is welcome but I need to put in our group's reservation so please sign up no later than the 17th.  We've been working so hard with our fundraisers.  This is a time that we can relax, have a good time, while helping a good cause!  The Epic Brewing Company in the Five Points neighborhood is hosting The Delores Project for their Non-Profit Night in July.  There will be beer, food trucks, & great company. 20% of the proceeds will go to The Delores Project.  Each year The Delores Project serves nearly 450 individuals through their ER & Extended Stay shelter programs.  They provide a safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women & transgender individuals experiencing homelessness.  I look forward to seeing you there!!

The Stray Cat Strut benefiting Divine Feline, Thurs., July 20, 5-9PM,(We still need at least 2 Volunteers for this Thursday!) 5 or more volunteers
are needed to help with the silent auction- helping to set up, watch the items, and pulling the items after the silent auction closes.  The event will be held at the beautiful Hudson Gardens.
      Divine Feline is Colorado's leading spay/neuter source for free-roaming "community" cats and a significant provider of quality and affordable spay/neuter services for pet cats.  All procedures are done through their surgery clinic, The Feline Fix. To date they have spayed/neutered over 36,000 cats, preventing the births of hundreds of thousands of unwanted cats in Denver and its surrounding areas.
       They always treat our volunteers well and our
volunteers will have an opportunity to enjoy the event.

 

EVENT:
 Los Bohemios Concert for KUVO at their City Park Jazz Concert Series, Sun., July 23, 4:30-8:30PM,  (This event is on Waiting List status.  If you sign up you will be notified if we get a volunteer cancellation.) 4 volunteers are needed to set up the tent and be in the KUVO booth for the concert.
     This is an opportunity to hear some great music at a nice location while helping the local public radio station. 
Los Bohemios
 is an acoustic ensemble composed of some of the best musicians in Colorado. They play traditional Cuban Son, Salsa, Cumbia and Boleros, as well as Latin Rock and Latin Jazz. 
      Since 1985, KUVO – an independent, public radio station – has provided a rare blend of music and news. They roadcast the very best in jazz, Latin jazz and blues in addition to seventeen locally produced, culturally diverse programs.Their mission is to provide distinctive music, news and informational programming reflecting the values and cultural diversity of the listener community.