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.

New July Volunteer Event!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017
 

SVGD Volunteers:
      We finally made it through our hectic Fundraising period.  Both PrideFest & the Cherry Creek Arts Festival went well. We needed 68 volunteers in total for the two events.  That is why I was frantically asking for help. Thank you to all of you who helped!!  I really appreciate your efforts!  Once I know the exact amount we raised I will let you know.
       Now we can go back to "normal" with some of our regular fun events.  I just put a fun event on the web site.  We will be helping KUVO Public Radio with a booth at their City Park Concert Series.  You will have an opportunity to hear some great music in addition to helping KUVO.  The details are below.
       I have two more fun events coming up yet in July.  I hope to get them on the web site & announced to you soon once I have confirmed the Event Captains for the events.  FYI, in case you'd like to mark your schedule, they are:  Summer Cheers with Beers social benefiting The Delores Project on July 19th, and The Stray Cat Strut at Hudson Gardens that benefits Divine Feline on July 20th .  As I said, you can't sign up for these yet but I'll let you know once they are on the web. 
    
   
  Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator 

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

NEW EVENT:

 Los Bohemios Concert for KUVO at their City Park Jazz Concert Series, Sun., July 23, 4:30-8:30PM,  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.

New June Event + Volunteer openings!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
 
 
 

SVGD Volunteers:
      I've just put another event on the SVGD web site.  We will be helping at the South Platte RiverFest benefiting the Greenway Foundation.  This foundation has made such a difference in the cleanliness of our water as well as with parks & trails!  It should be a fun event!
      We still could use 6 volunteers at the Red Wine and Seafood event on Thursday, June 22nd.
      Also, although we are getting volunteers daily we are still short volunteers for this weekend's PrideFest.  We really need at least 4 more volunteers for the Sunday morning shift and 4 more volunteers for the Sunday afternoon shift to make this work!!  Please sign up if you can help.  The Saturday shifts are getting full but we still do have a couple openings if you can help on that day instead.
      Details for these events are given below.  Thanks for your help! 
   
  Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator 

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

NEW EVENT:

 South Platte RiverFest benefiting the Greenway Foundation, Sat. June 24, 12-6PM, 6 Volunteers are needed to help at the Cherry Creek Information/Waiver Tent.  We will get training so we can help the participating vendors & volunteers. This is the 5th annual Festival.  It is presented by Elitch Gardens and is located on Little Raven between Elitch Circle and 15th.  Volunteers will receive Tshirts and drink tickets.  The festival has riverside recreational events, live music, beer & food, and water sports vendors.  The Greenway Foundation works to reclaim, restore, & revitalize the South Platte River & its tributaries in Denver. This has led to the construction of over 100 acres of riverside parks, over 100 miles of interconnected greenway trails & the elimination of over 250 sources of direct pollution into our urban waterways.

OTHER EVENTS: 

Fundraising Beverage Booth at PrideFest- Sat., June 17 & Sun.,June 18-We have 4 shifts on the web site to choose from, (We need at least 4 more volunteers on the Sunday morning shift & 4 more volunteers on the Sunday afternoon shift!!)  10-12 Volunteers are needed per shift to run an alcohol booth.  This is the first of two fundraising events that SVGD is doing this year. We normally do three events but have consolidated into two worthwhile causes in order to reach our objectives but also continue to assist so many worthwhile organizations.  In addition to helping the non-profit we will get paid money towards our fantastic organization so we can continue to operate.  SVGD needs funds annually in order to pay our insurance, web hosting etc.  We provide volunteers to approx. 60 non-profit events annually but do need to do a couple for us in order to continue providing this great service to the Metro Denver community.  We will be in charge of an alcohol booth at this fun event with a percentage of the profits going to our organization!  Since this is a big undertaking & a fundraiser, non-SVGD members can also register.  We encourage our members to invite friends and other non-profit associates to participate.  When you sign up please let us know if you have other persons who could be volunteers and we will contact them or you can give us their info.  We helped at this event a few years ago and had such a fantastic time!  It's a colorful event with lots going on!  What fun!!  PrideFest is the largest annual fundraiser annually for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, a non-profit that serves more than 47,000 people annually.  This year Denver PrideFest is embracing the 2017 World Pride Them of "Viva La Vida" (Live Your Life) to celebrate & support that all communities should live under fair & equal protection of the law.  Please join us as we accomplish two objectives- supporting SVGD financially and supporting this non profit.

Red Wine & Seafood benefiting the Volunteers of America's women's & children's program- Thurs., June 22, 5-9:30PM, (We can still use 6 volunteers) 8 Volunteers are needed to assist at this event that is held at the Downtown Oxford Hotel.  Our volunteers will be helping to assist the wait staff with clearing plates & cups (you will have volunteer name tags so will not be mistaken for employees).  It may not seem like much but this is a very worthy event and they really need our help- plus you'll have fun!  They promise breaks and the opportunity to enjoy the event.  For one night only, the historic Grand Ballroom is transformed into an underwater experience!  They have unique wines & appetizers. We have assisted them for several years.  The money raised goes towards the programs that help women & children in our community who are facing homelessness. It is a very worthwhile event & fun experience!  

New December Events + Need Volunteers this Weekend

Wednesday, November 16, 2016



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

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator

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

 NEW EVENTS:

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

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

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

EVENTS:

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


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

Serving Pre-Thanksiving Dinner at The Crossing homeless shelter,Mon. Nov. 21, 5:00-7:30PM,(This event is on Waiting List status. If you sign up you will be contacted if we get a volunteer cancellation.) 6 volunteers are needed. Many of our volunteers request this event because they enjoy it and feel that it is such a worthwhile organization.  We definitely try to help them with their Thanksgiving week plans!  I know we all can empathize with people who do not have a home at Thanksgiving and who are trying their best to be thankful for their lives.  The Crossing is a transitional facility between the homeless shelter and getting back into an apartment.  The residents are working and saving up for an apartment.  It is drug & alcohol free.  Men, women & families reside there.  It provides a great service as people work to get back on their feet. Our volunteers will help in the buffet line and may help with some of the meal bags for those who come back from work after dinner time.  After we serve dinner we will have an opportunity to eat as a group and also enjoy the meal.  We then do a few minutes of clean up and straightening in the dining room.

New November Volunteer Event!

Thursday, November 10, 2016



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

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator
   

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

NEW EVENT:

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

OTHER EVENTS:

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

Serving Pre-Thanksiving Dinner at The Crossing homeless shelter,Mon. Nov. 21, 5:00-7:30PM, (This event is on Waiting List status. If you sign up you will be contacted if we receive a volunteer cancellation.) 7 volunteers are needed. Many of our volunteers request this event because they enjoy it and feel that it is such a worthwhile organization.  We definitely try to help them with their Thanksgiving week plans!  I know we all can empathize with people who do not have a home at Thanksgiving and who are trying their best to be thankful for their lives.  The Crossing is a transitional facility between the homeless shelter and getting back into an apartment.  The residents are working and saving up for an apartment.  It is drug & alcohol free.  Men, women & families reside there.  It provides a great service as people work to get back on their feet. Our volunteers will help in the buffet line and may help with some of the meal bags for those who come back from work after dinner time.  After we serve dinner we will have an opportunity to eat as a group and also enjoy the meal.  We then do a few minutes of clean up and straightening in the dining room.


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

Pre-Thanksgiving events + Need Saturday Volunteers!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016



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

 
       Details for all these events are given below.
   

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator
   

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

NEW EVENTS:


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

Serving Pre-Thanksiving Dinner at The Crossing homeless shelter,Mon. Nov. 21, 5:00-7:30PM, 6 volunteers are needed. Many of our volunteers request this event because they enjoy it and feel that it is such a worthwhile organization.  We definitely try to help them with their Thanksgiving week plans!  I know we all can empathize with people who do not have a home at Thanksgiving and who are trying their best to be thankful for their lives.  The Crossing is a transitional facility between the homeless shelter and getting back into an apartment.  The residents are working and saving up for an apartment.  It is drug & alcohol free.  Men, women & families reside there.  It provides a great service as people work to get back on their feet. Our volunteers will help in the buffet line and may help with some of the meal bags for those who come back from work after dinner time.  After we serve dinner we will have an opportunity to eat as a group and also enjoy the meal.  We then do a few minutes of clean up and straightening in the dining room.

EVENTS:

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

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

October Events

Sunday, October 16, 2016



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

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator


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

NEW EVENT:

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

EVENTS:

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

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

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

New October Event & PV International Trip

Saturday, October 08, 2016



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

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator

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

NEW EVENT:

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

EVENTS:

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

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

2 New October Events!

Sunday, October 02, 2016



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

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator

 

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

NEW EVENTS:

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

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

EVENTS:

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


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

New Event + Need 1 Volunteer this Saturday!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


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

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator

 

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

NEW EVENT:

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


OTHER EVENTS:

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

Serving Lunch at Cafe 180 benefiting those who can't pay for their meals, Sat.,Sept. 24,10AM-12:30PM, (We still need 1 volunteer for this event) 5 Volunteers are needed to serve customers, help prepare food, yes, even help clean up!  Cafe 180's mission is to reduce hunger in the community by providing meals to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.  Not only do they serve up delicious food, they serve up respect, dignity & self sufficiency.  We helped them in March for the first time and really enjoyed the experience.  Plus we each had a great meal when we completed our shift!  They say:  "we've all relied on the kindness of others at certain times in our lives... For those who have enough, it's a chance to eat well and do well. For those who are struggling, it's a chance to eat in a dignified manner.  We're not about hand outs.  We're about giving people a hand up..."  Volunteers need to wear comfortable shoes & anyone with long hair needs to have it pulled back.  The group will have cafe' shirts to wear when they get there.  What a great opportunity!