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 web site.


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.


 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.
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