About SVGD

Introducing SVGD | Vision | Mission | History | National Organization | Requirements to Volunteer

Introducing SVGD

Many non-profit organizations have critical volunteer needs. Many single people want to volunteer to help the community, but don’t know how to get involved, or don’t want a long-term time commitment.  That’s where SVGD fits in. Our Executive Committee, Volunteer Events Committee and Event Leaders work with many non-profit organizations to find suitable projects in which SVGD volunteers can help. Organizations included those that help people and animals, help improve the environment, plus arts and cultural groups.

Once organized, the events will be published on the website on an Event List and Event Calendar, and/or announced via a E-mail distribution list.  All communication is via the website or E-mail.  After you decide on the events that you want to participate in, simply click on the appropriate event(s) link and fill out the form.  You can volunteer as little or as often as you have time for!

In the week or so prior to each event, more event details will be E-mailed by the Event Leader to those that signed-up for the event.  The volunteer should then turn up at the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment, and be prepared to have some fun with interesting people, while helping a good cause!

We encourage volunteers to join us after the events for some socializing.  It’s really simple – we’re just trying to bring single people together in a productive, positive environment.  But, we can only succeed if you become a member and participate in the events!  Go ahead – join us today!

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SVGD has adopted the vision of the national organization, Single Volunteers Inc.:

As a result of the wholesome meeting places and benefactoral ethic of Single Volunteers, America will have men and women who have formed meaningful friendships and solid marriages. Equally as important, America will have countless volunteer hours given freely for the betterment of all citizens. Single Volunteers has grown beyond our American borders, now hosting chapters in Canada and Australia in addition to the US.  Additional US and non-US chapters are welcome and encouraged.

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The Mission of Single Volunteers of Greater Denver (SVGD) is to fulfill the volunteer needs of charitable organizations in the Denver area with an all-volunteer, not-for-profit group of single people, looking to meet others through community service.
Activities provide singles with a productive way to meet other singles by organizing and performing volunteer activities.  Each activity aims to have a minimum of 8 people, ideally an equal number of men and women, who work in close proximity on a worthwhile project.  While volunteerism is the priority, socializing during and after the events is important.  Social events are planned to follow service events and through the year.  Single Volunteers provides a new, fun and productive way for singles to meet while improving the world that we all share.

Our Volunteer Events Committee members work with charitable organizations to find projects in which SVGD volunteers can help. Once organized, the events are published on the website or announced via the email mailing list. More details (such as directions, things to bring, etc.) will be emailed to the volunteers by the Event Leader for each event.  The volunteers should then turn up at the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment, and have some fun while helping a good cause. We encourage volunteers to join us after for a social event.  It’s simple really – we’re just trying to bring single people together in a productive, positive environment.

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The concept of singles working together crystallized for Single Volunteer’s Founder, Anne Lusk on Thanksgiving Day 1995 when she worked in a soup kitchen.  The more formalized thoughts for Single Volunteers began in the summer of 1996 when Lusk decided to put together a work crew to clean up an old Stowe, Vermont farmstead, which the Town had purchased.  Not wanting to let this potential energy escape, Lusk got on the phone to all her friends in the nonprofit sector to see if there might be work for volunteers.  Lusk then set to work on the name. Discarding a variety of options and contacting friends in the public relations and marketing business, Lusk settled on her simple and self-explanatory name, "Single Volunteers."
The first project was Habitat for Humanity. They needed 12 people to put up stud frame interior walls. Lusk sent out News Releases to the Vermont newspapers. A local television station came to cover the Habitat project. With her name and phone number listed, her phone was ringing constantly with volunteers wanting to help. Single Volunteers of Vermont was begun.

After completing countless projects in Vermont, Lusk started on her mission to get the word out nationwide. She assembled press kits of newspaper articles written about Single Volunteers. A reporter for TIME magazine read the materials and called to do a feature in the Heroes column. That piece was in the Man of the Year issue, December 30, l996. E -mails, letter and phone calls started pouring in from people across the country who wanted to form chapters.  Lusk created starter kits and sent them to people wanting to form chapters. After continued national exposure on TV talk shows, the Boston Globe and countless other newspapers, chapters were started in Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Originally, Texas had the largest chapter with 700 members but this was quickly surpassed with the web wizardry of Dana Kressierer in Washington, D. C. Her Single Volunteer group now boasts 6500 members and her efforts have been applauded in People magazine, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, to name a few.

The idea to form a chapter in Denver started in the fall of 2005.  Chuck Huffine, who directed the Rochester, NY chapter of Single Volunteers for 3 years, moved to Denver and quickly realized the need for a singles-based volunteer organization.  The initial Executive Committee, comprised of Chuck Huffine, Cheri Collins, Patti Carpenter and Christina Hemphill, met in February 2006 to form the organizational and corporate structure.  SVGD officially launched on March 11, 2006.

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National Organization

Single Volunteers now has 28 chapters across the USA, Canada and Australia.  The national organization binds what is essentially a loose association of chapters.  While specifying guidelines for operations, chapters are free to organize and operate as they feel best.  The national organization also hosts many chapter websites.  The main website address is www.singlevolunteers.org.

The first SV Leaders Convention was held in the summer of 2004.  Attended by 18 people, it was the first attempt at getting chapter representatives together to share ideas and experiences.  It was decided that the national organization would serve as a clearinghouse of information.

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Requirements to Volunteer

The requirements to become an SVGD volunteer are:

  • You must be at least 21 years of age.
  • You must be single (not married).  Our events aren't intended for "couples" to attend.  This requirement is on the “honor system”.
  • Members will also need frequent access to e-mail and the SVGD website, plus reliable and independent transportation in order to get to our events.
  • Joining is simple - read the Membership Agreement and the Code of Conduct, then fill out the online Membership Application and submit it electronically.

Interested in joining other singles in making a difference in your community? Go to the Membership Application and sign up!

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