New May & June Events!

Friday, May 17, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
May 17, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
     I've just put some new events on our SVGD web site.  We will be helping, plus also enjoying, the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for Warren Village the end of this month.  It should be a great time!  Also, we are going into our June & July SVGD Fundraising Season (the two months that we have two events that help keep SVGD operational, i.e. we need to set up a new web site since our carrier is discontinuing, we have to have Board insurance, plus other operational expenses.)  For that reason, I've put our 4 shifts running the alcohol booth at PrideFest on the web site.  Since this event supports SVGD you can also register friends, work associates, & non-profit people you know who would like to support our organization.  The PrideFest event takes a total of 44 volunteers over the 2-day period so we really count on our SVGD members to help find people who will support us. That is why I have to put this on the web site a month in advance!  The Memorial Day Flower on Every Grave event is now on Waiting List status.  Please see details for all of these events below.  Also, please notice in the "future events" category that we will be assisting at the Blues & BBQ event again to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity.  See you soon at one of these events for a great time while helping some good causes!!

Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   


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

MAY EVENTS:
Flower on Every Grave benefiting Victory for Veterans, Memorial Day, Mon. May 27, approx. 8:30-10:30AM,(This event is now on Waiting List status. If you sign up you will receive an automated response acknowledging your registration but will only be contacted if we get a volunteer cancellation.)  7 Volunteers in total will be assisting. We will be helping them place a flower on  every grave at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.  This organization serves veterans & their families needs, one at a time.  Their Vision is Absolute Zero!- zero suicides, zero homeless, zero jobless, zero uncared for, & zero feeling alone & abandoned.  The Memorial Day event is part of a larger mission which also includes putting flowers on the graves in Arlington National Cemetery, organized by the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation.  We helped them last year, really enjoyed the event & the spirit of Memorial Day with enough time to move forward and have a great Holiday for ourselves!

Warren Village Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Tues., May 29th, The event is from 6:30-8:30PM. 6 Volunteers are needed (It will be 2 shifts of 3 as they wish us to enjoy the event so 3 people will be enjoying the event while 3 people volunteer and then they will rotate). They will be providing complementary food, drinks, entertainment, and awards to this past year's volunteers at the Mercury Cafe Downtown (there is a parking lot available in the back.)  This should be a very fun & gala event!  Warren Village's goal is to help low-income, single-parent families make the journey from poverty to self-sufficiency.  We have helped them in the past with a fashion show, painted their school for the young children, helped decorate their main building for Holidays and have helped at galas.  They are a fantastic and very worthwhile organization. 

JUNE EVENTS:

Fundraising Beverage Booth at PrideFest- We have 4 shifts available: 2 on Sat. June 15th & 2 on Sun. June 16th. Each has 10-12 Volunteers  to run an alcohol booth. (This is a total of 44 Volunteers!) Please check the web site for the exact times for the shifts.  This is the first of two fundraising events that SVGD is doing this year. 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, work associates, 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 the past two years and had such a fantastic time!  It's a colorful event with lots going on!  What fun!!  Recognized as one of the top ten pride events in the country, Denver's PrideFest is a celebration of community, heritage, family and culture. Produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center), more than 250,000 people from Colorado and surrounding areas come out to enjoy the parade, rally, music, entertainment, food and much more.  Please join us as we accomplish two objectives- supporting SVGD financially and supporting this non profit.  The Sunday parade will end at Civic Center Park where the event is located.

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NEED EVENT CAPTAINS:
      Right now I am short on Event Captains due to several people now having health, work, or other personal issues.  I can't lead all the events myself so really depend on having Event Captains so we can offer several events each month.  As an Event Captain you do not have to plan the event. You confirm the attendance for the volunteers who have registered and give them the event information. Then you attend the event to check in the group and make sure everyone knows what to do. I provide a training sheet & information on the event to you.  I could really use a few new Event Captains!  You get to pick the events that you wish to lead.  Please let me know if you would like to help.  It's a fun position!!

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FUTURE EVENTS:
     The following events are going to be upcoming but I don't have either the Event Captains or all the details yet.  Some of our members do like to get their schedule planned as soon as possible so I'm listing these so you can "pencil them" in to your schedule.  I will let you know when I have all the information & have put them on the web site so you can "officially" register.   
     
        Sat.,June 1- Chalk Fest at Larimer Square- we will be running an alcohol booth from 9:30AM-2PM- in support of the Larimer Square Arts Assn.
        Fri., Sat.,& Sun., July 5th, 6th, & 7th- Our Fundraiser at Cherry Creek Arts Festival- again you are welcome to invite friends and fellow employees
        Sat., July 20th- Blue N' BBQ helping Habitat for Humanity- we will be helping at the gate and ticket counter in the afternoon.
       
If you know of any non-profit organizations that can use a group of 6 or more volunteers during an upcoming evening or weekend please feel free to give me the information as I'll be glad to explore the possibility of organizing a group of our SVGD volunteers to assist!  Thank you!
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