Two New October Events + Need Volunteers Friday!

Saturday, September 28, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
September 28, 2019

SVGD Volunteers: 
     We have filled our event tonight to assist at the Warren Village Gala.  Thanks to all of you who are helping!
      I have just put two new events on the web site for which you can register!  We will be helping at Chatfield Farms for the Pumpkin Fest benefiting Denver Botanic Gardens.  Anyone need a pumpkin?  Also, I am happy to announce that we are having a great Event Captain Dinner Meeting!  If you'd like to become an Event Captain also you are welcome to come. (Please let me know if you'd like to become a Captain.  I'd be glad to talk to you about what that entails.  You do not have to plan any of the events & can register to lead the ones that interest you & work with your schedule.)
      WE STILL NEED 3 VOLUNTEERS THIS UPCOMING FRIDAY to help at the Trivia For Life event benefiting the American Transplant Foundation.  Please sign up soon if you can help!
       Details for all of these events are given below.
   
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

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

 OCTOBER EVENTS:

Trivia for Life benefiting the American Transplant Foundation, Fri. Oct. 4th, 5-10PM, (WE STILL NEED 3 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS FRIDAY.) 6 Volunteers in total will be helping.  This is our first opportunity helping the American Transplant Foundation.  They are having their largest fundraising event, Trivia for Life, in a Sky Lounge in Downtown Denver.  They will reimburse all volunteers for the $5 charge to park at the facility so parking is free!  Our volunteers will be helping with Registration, as Table Attendants as they play trivia, and with General Event Assistance such as the silent auction, raffle tickets, etc.  They say this is a super-fun event & that they are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help everyone have a great time!  I'm hoping we can add the American Transplant Foundation to the list of non profits that we assist in our community!


Pumpkin Fest benefiting Denver Botanic Gardens, Sat. Oct 12th, 12-6PM6 Volunteers are needed. We have helped at this event several times and always enjoy the experience.  They usually give us each a free pumpkin in appreciation for helping which helps us get our homes in the Halloween or Thanksgiving spirit.  The event is held at Chatfield Farms.  We've helped before in areas such as with the people entering the Festival, at the check out lines, etc.  It's a lot of fun with a lot of happy people while helping the Gardens.

 Event Captain Dinner Meeting, Wed., Oct. 16th!!, 6:30-8PM.  We used to do these annually but haven't had one for the past few years. We are expecting all Event Captains and Board members to attend. Many of you have asked when we'll be having another one.  Well, here it is!  We will be meeting at a new Indian restaurant in Lone Tree that has a meeting area. After you sign up I will contact you with more information and a choice of a few menu items as we'll place our food order prior to our arrival.  We'll have an opportunity to talk, discuss ideas, distribute the new name tags, hear what is new (i.e. a new web site & Facebook page), meet the Board members as they are coming, etc.  Also, some of the new Captains should be there so it will give everyone an opportunity to meet each other, ask questions, etc.  I am looking for some new Event Captains as we've lost some due to health, moving, etc.  If you would like to be an Event Captain or know of anyone who might make a great Captain please let me know.  A new Captain does not have to be an SVGD member at this time and doesn't have to be single. This will be a great opportunity for new Captains to meet others and learn more about what we do as an organization.  I hope you are as excited as I that we are going to be getting together!  


Please sign up for any of these events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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. Oct. 19th- Clothing Donation Sorting at the Jeffco Action Center, 9AM-Noon
          Thanksgiving Dinner!, Thurs. Nov. 28th- All SVGD members are welcome!  Time & details coming out later.
       
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!

New October event + Saturday Volunteers Needed

Monday, September 23, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
September 23, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
      I've just put a new October event on the web site for a week from Friday so you can now start registering.  Can you believe it will be October already next week?  We will be helping the American Transplant Foundation at a Trivia night in a Sky Lounge in Downtown Denver.  It sounds like a lot of fun for a very good cause.
      Also, we still need 3 volunteers for this Saturday's Fall Gala for Warren Village.  This is a cocktail event in a great Downtown hotel.  We always have a lot of fun with a group of great people at this event where they raise a lot of money for their cause. Please sign up soon if you can help!  Thank you!
   
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

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

 SEPTEMBER EVENT:

Taking Flight Fall Gala benefiting Warren Village, Sat., Sept.28th, 5-10PM, (WE STILL NEED 3 VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SATURDAY!) 6 Volunteers in total will be assisting. We will be helping in areas such as greeters, check-in & out, and with the silent auction.  This fantastic event has cocktails, a gourmet dinner, a live & silent auction, and an inspirational program.  It is a cocktail-attire event that will be held in an upscale Downtown Hotel.  Volunteers will receive free dinner.  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 at galas, at a fashion show, painted the interior of their school, helped decorate their main building for the Holidays, etc.  They are a very worthy organization!

NEW OCTOBER EVENT:

Trivia for Life benefiting the American Transplant Foundation, Fri. Oct. 4th, 5-10PM, 6 Volunteers are needed.  This is our first opportunity helping the American Transplant Foundation.  They are having their largest fundraising event, Trivia for Life, in a Sky Lounge in Downtown Denver.  The onsite parking is $5 so we may wish to carpool or take public transportation.  Our volunteers will be helping with Registration, as Table Attendants as they play trivia, and with General Event Assistance such as the silent auction, raffle tickets, etc.  They say this is a super-fun event & that they are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help everyone have a great time!  I'm hoping we can add the American Transplant Foundation to the list of non profits that we assist in our community!


Please sign up for any of these events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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., Oct.12th 12-6PM, Pumpkin Patch at Chatfield benefiting the Denver Botanic Gardens
          Wed., Oct. 16  6:30PM  Event Captain Dinner & Meeting
       
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!

New September Event + Need Saturday Volunteers!

Monday, September 16, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
September 16, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
      We had a great time at the MuckFest for Multiple Sclerosis yesterday!  Thanks to everyone who helped.  They are totaling the proceeds but it looks like we raised between $200,000-$300,000 for MS!
       I've just put another new event on the web site so you can register.  We will be helping Warren Village again at their annual Fall Gala!  This is such a wonderful event. Also, I still need 5 volunteers for this Saturday to help at the Food Bank of the Rockies!  Please sign up soon if you can help as I don't want to have to cancel the event.  Everyone always enjoys this experience as we put together the boxes of food that they give to their needy clients.  We always feel like we've done something to really help out the community!  Please see details for both of these events below.
    
     
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

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

 SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

Food Bank of the Rockies, Sat.,Sept. 21st, 8:45AM-Noon, 6 Volunteers are needed. We will, once again, be helping at their main warehouse in Aurora.  Food and other items are processed from food drives and grocery rescue pickups.  Volunteers will help inspect, sort and box these items before they are distributed to clients.  This are requires an attention to detail and is a low impact/physical area although it does require standing for the shift.  The event is located in NE Denver. The Food Bank of the Rockies helps families thrive by procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry.  They are a fantastic organization!

Taking Flight Fall Gala benefiting Warren Village, Sat., Sept.28th, 5-10PM, 6 Volunteers are needed. We will be helping in areas such as greeters, check-in & out, and with the silent auction.  This fantastic event has cocktails, a gourmet dinner, a live & silent auction, and an inspirational program.  It is a cocktail-attire event that will be held in an upscale Downtown Hotel.  Volunteers will receive free dinner.  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 at galas, at a fashion show, painted the interior of their school, helped decorate their main building for the Holidays, etc.  They are a very worthy organization!


Please sign up for any of these events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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.   
     
          Fri., Oct. 4th, 5-10PM, Trivia for Life benefiting the American Transplant Foundation
          Sat., Oct.12th 12-6PM, Pumpkin Patch at Chatfield benefiting the Denver Botanic Gardens
          Wed., Oct. 16  6:30PM  Event Captain Dinner & Meeting
       
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!

Two September Volunteer Events!

Tuesday, September 03, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
September 3, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
     I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend!  
     I've put our first two September events on the SVGD web site so that you can now register.  We will be helping the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with their MuckFest event (we, however, should not be getting too dirty!) and will also be helping the Food Bank of the Rockies.  Please see the details below regarding these two events and register if you'd like to assist.  It looks like we're going to have a fantastic Fall with lots of great volunteer events!  
     
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

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

 SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

MuckFest in Parker benefiting the National MS Society, Sat. Sept. 14th, 11:30AM-3PM, 6 Volunteers are needed. We will be assisting as the participants monitor the 5k MuckFest (that's lots of mud!) course with over 18 obstacles.  We should not get too dirty as we will be helping in the Festival area- perhaps Gear Check, T-shirt/snack distribution, monitoring the Little Muckers play area (for kids 5-11 years old) or handing out water at the start & finish lines.  This will be confirmed as we get closer to the date.  We should have a fantastic time while raising money to try to help those with MS live their best lives as the Society works to stop MS in its tracks. I know that many of us have had family/friends whom this has affected.  This will be a fun way to make a difference!  I'm sure we will enjoy watching this event!  We have helped the MS Society before but this is the first time we've helped at this event.  Please consider the opportunity as I want to be sure we have a great group of volunteers to help them & that they know they can depend upon us.

Food Bank of the Rockies, Sat.,Sept. 21st, 8:45AM-Noon, 6 Volunteers are needed. We will, once again, be helping at their main warehouse in Aurora.  Food and other items are processed from food drives and grocery rescue pickups.  Volunteers will help inspect, sort and box these items before they are distributed to clients.  This are requires an attention to detail and is a low impact/physical area although it does require standing for the shift.  The event is located in NE Denver. The Food Bank of the Rockies helps families thrive by procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry.  They are a fantastic organization!



Please sign up for any of these events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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., Sept. 28  Taking Flight Fall Gala benefiting Warren Village.  Evening event at a hotel in Downtown Denver.
          Fri., Oct. 4th, 5-10PM, Trivia for Life benefiting the American Transplant Foundation
       
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!

New Sept. Volunteer Event + Blues TY Party from Habitat for Humanity

Sunday, August 25, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
August 25, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
       I just put our new event that benefits the Multiple Sclerosis society on the web site.  This should be extremely fun!  Even though we shouldn't get muddy there will be a lot of muddy contestants on the obstacle course.  Please sign up if you'd like to have a good time!
       Also, two Blues bands will be playing for us in Evergreen next Saturday at the Thank You Party from Habitat for Humanity.  Everyone is welcome to attend but please let me know if you're coming so I know the number of people who will be there and can arrange any car pools that are desired.  See you there for another great time!  

     
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

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


AUGUST EVENT:

Blues N' BBQ Thank You Party- Habitat for Humanity, Sat.,Aug. 31st 4-8PM. All members are welcome but please sign up so we have a number. On July 20th we assisted Habitat for Humanity at their Blues N' BBQ event.  Unfortunately the event was rained out 20 minutes before our shift ended and the last two bands which were going to play weren't able to do so just when we were planning on enjoying the event.  Habitat for Humanity is throwing a Thank You party where The Duke Street Kings and My Blue Sky, who never got to play due to the rain, are going to play to finish the show and they've invited all of our members (even if you didn't help at the event) to attend! They have told me how very thankful they are for all the support SVGD has provided to Habitat for Humanity through the years.  They are going to also present the check to Habitat for Humanity.  They raised a record-breaking $50,000 this year for Habitat for Humanity so they are extremely thankful for everyone who helped!  The event is going to be held at a Brewing Company in Evergreen.  Please sign up if you'd like to come so we have a number for them & then we'll get you the exact location.  This should be a fun way to start the Labor Day weekend and a great opportunity to get to the foothills just West of Denver.  We'll be glad to set up a car pool if you'd like to attend.  Come have a great time while supporting this worthwhile organization!!

NEW SEPTEMBER EVENT:

MuckFest in Parker benefiting the National MS Society, Sat. Sept. 14th, 11:30AM-3PM, 6 Volunteers are needed. We will be assisting as the participants monitor the 5k MuckFest (that's lots of mud!) course with over 18 obstacles, i.e. T-shirt, snack, & water distribution plus cheering on the Muckers as they crawl, climb, swing, fly & jump through the action.  We should not get too dirty as we will be helping in the Festival area- perhaps Gear Check, T-shirt/snack distribution, monitoring the Little Muckers play area (for kids 5-11 years old) or handing out water at the start & finish lines.  This will be confirmed as we get closer to the date.  We should have a fantastic time while raising money to try to help those with MS live their best lives as the Society works to stop MS in its tracks. I know that many of us have had family/friends whom this has affected.  This will be a fun way to make a difference!  I'm sure we will enjoy watching this event!  We have helped the MS Society before but this is the first time we've helped at this event.  Please consider the opportunity as I want to be sure we have a great group of volunteers to help them & that they know they can depend upon us.


Please sign up for any of these events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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., Sept. 21  Food Bank of the Rockies, 8:45AM-Noon.  This in NE Aurora.  We will be putting food boxes together for low-income families.
        Sat., Sept. 28  Taking Flight Fall Gala benefiting Warren Village.  Evening event at a hotel in Downtown Denver.
       
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!

Two New August Volunteer Events!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
August 14, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
      We have been filling our events & having a great time!  Thanks to everyone who helped at the School Supply Distribution last weekend.  Those Jefferson County students are starting school today & I know how thankful they & their families were when we helped them!
      We have two fantastic events coming up yet this month.  They are both with Habitat for Humanity- one being a Thank You party with live music as they are so thankful for the help we've provided them in the past years.
       Details for the two new events are given below.  Please sign up if you'd like to help at the Denver ReStore and/or attend the Blues N' BBQ Thank You party in the foothills. I hope to see you soon!  
     
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   

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


AUGUST EVENTS:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Sat. Aug. 24th, 10AM-2PM, 6 Volunteers are needed. We will be helping at the Central Denver ReStore on Rio Grande. We've helped them many times previously.  We normally are helping to stock donations onto the shelves, straighten up or rearrange some of the areas, and sometimes help with accepting incoming donations.  They have a new change in policy- ReStore volunteers will receive a 10% discount off of any purchases they wish to make on the day that they volunteer.  There is free parking and a lunch break.  Customers shop at the ReStore for new and gently used appliances, furniture, home remodeling supplies, pictures, and more at huge discounts.  All profits support Habitat for Humanity's home ownership program for low-income families.

Blues N' BBQ Thank You Party- Habitat for Humanity, Sat.,Aug. 31st 4-8PM. All members are welcome but please sign up so we have a number. On July 20th we assisted Habitat for Humanity at their Blues N' BBQ event.  Unfortunately the event was rained out 20 minutes before our shift ended and the last two bands were going to play weren't able to do so just when we were planning on enjoying the event.  Habitat for Humanity is throwing a Thank You party where The Duke Street Kings and My Blue Sky, who never got to play due to the rain, are going to play to finish the show and they've invited all of our members (even if you didn't help at the event) to attend! They have told me how very thankful they are for all the support SVGD has provided to Habitat for Humanity through the years.  They are going to also present the check to Habitat for Humanity.  They raised a record-breaking $50,000 this year for Habitat for Humanity so they are extremely thankful for everyone who helped!  The event is going to be held at a Brewing Company in Evergreen.  Please sign up if you'd like to come so we have a number for them & then we'll get you the exact location.  This should be a fun way to start the Labor Day weekend and a great opportunity to get to the foothills just West of Denver.  We'll be glad to set up a car pool if you'd like to attend.  Come have a great time while supporting this worthwhile organization!! 

Please sign up for any of these events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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., Sept. 14, MuckFest benefiting the National MS Foundation, 11:30AM-4PM. The event will be in Parker.  It's a muddy obstacle course. We assist but don't run the course (still may get a little muddy!)  What fun while helping a good cause!
        Sat., Sept. 21  Food Bank of the Rockies, 8:45AM-Noon.  This in NE Aurora.  We will be putting food boxes together for low-income families.
       
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!

Upcoming August Volunteer Events!

Thursday, August 01, 2019
SVGD Volunteers: 
     I have just put another new event on our SVGD web site.  We will be serving dinner at the Denver Rescue Mission on Monday, August 12th.  Also we have a School Supply Distribution event coming up on Saturday, August 10th.  I hope you are able to help at one or both of these events.  Both provide such a great service to our community!  Thanks for your help!
     
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   


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


AUGUST EVENTS:

School Supply Distribution for the Jeffco Action Center, Sat. Aug 10th, 9AM-12:45PM, (We still need 4 volunteers for this event.) 6 Volunteers in total will be helping. We will be helping to staff the school supply distribution. Approximately 5000 students in Jefferson County will be assisted.  Last year one of the students wrote that it "made me feel like I was not different from anyone."  Did you know?...  In 2018, Colorado had the 3rd highest rate of family homelessness in the nation and the Jefferson County School District has the highest number of identified homeless students in Colorado.  We will be helping the Action Center to make a big difference in our Metro community.  The event will be held at an elementary school in Wheat Ridge.

Serving Dinner at the Denver Rescue Mission, Mon. Aug. 12th 4:45-7:30PM, 6 Volunteers are needed. We will be serving dinner to the homeless in their Downtown facility.  They do have free parking for the volunteers.  For some of the guests, the meals they serve at the Mission are the only source of nutrition they receive.  They say that "with each healthy meal comes strength to face the new challenges of each day."  They serve over 600,000 meals to the hungry each year.  We have helped them before.  The volunteers truly find this to be a worthwhile experience

New July Event + Volunteer Needs for this Weekend!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
June 12, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
     I just put our Cherry Creek Arts Festival event on the web site so that you can sign up.  This is another one where you can bring friends and associates.  Just let me know the names of who you wish to bring so I can put them on the registration list.  We have a fantastic location again where we should be able to hear the bands!  There's nothing like dancing a little while you sell Pepsi!  Plus it's a great event to view before or after your shift.
     We do still need a few volunteers for this weekend's fun PrideFest booth.  We need 3 people for the Saturday afternoon shift, 1 person for the Sunday morning shift, and 2 people for the Sunday afternoon shift.  We're getting really close but we do need to honor our commitment as to number of volunteers in order for it to also be a fundraiser for us.  Please sign up very soon if you can help since the event is only a couple days away!  Thank you for your help! 
      I will be adding more events to our Future Events list soon.  Most of my time right now is taken up with getting ready for this weekend's big event.           
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   


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

JUNE EVENT:

Fundraising Beverage Booth at PrideFest- We have 4 shifts: 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!)
 Shift 1  Sat., June 15th, 10AM-3PM, - We have filled this shift
 Shift 2, Sat. June 15th, 3-8PM,  - We still need 3 volunteers for this shift.
 Shift 3 Sun., June 16th, 9AM-2PM. - We still need 1 volunteer for this shift.
 Shift 4 Sun., June 16th, 2PM-7PM (usually we get done around 6:15PM and are able to leave about then).  - We still need 2 volunteers for this shift.
  
      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 600,000 people from Colorado, surrounding areas, & internationally this year 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.

NEW JULY EVENT!

Cherry Creek Arts Festival- Shift 6 , Fri, Sat. & Sun. July 5th-7th, 3 Volunteers are needed for each of the 6 shifts.  We will be running a Pepsi booth again this year!   This is the other fundraising booth that we do annually.  So many non profits want to have a booth and the competition is steep.  We've done a booth for several years and they keep asking us back as our volunteers do a great job.  There is free parking for the volunteers.   CherryArts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to art experiences and support arts education in Colorado.  The Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) weekend event is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts and enjoys an attendance of 350,000 visitors over the course of the three-day event.  They also have an art education experience.  The event is North of the Cherry Creek Mall.  Plan on coming to help plus to enjoy this fantastic event!!
Here are the shift times:  Fri., July 5th- Shift 1- 9:30AM-3PM, Shift 2 3-8:30PM;  Sat., July 6th- Shift 3- 9:30AM-3PM, Shift 4 3-8:30PM; Sun., July 7th- Shift 5 9:30AM-2PM, Shift 6 2-6:30PM

Please sign up for any of these shifts/events on the www.svgd.org  web site.

****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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., July 20th- Blues N' BBQ helping Habitat for Humanity- we will be helping at the gate and ticket counter from 3-6PM.
        Sat., Aug. 10th- 9AM-12:45PM, School Supply Distribution for low income students, it will be at an elementary school in Wheat Ridge
       
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!

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 03, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
June 3, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
      I just added a new event to our Future events.  We will be assisting with a School Supply Distribution to low-income students at a Wheat Ridge elementary school.  Our future events aren't on the web site yet but please check the section below if you'd like to pencil them on your calendar.  I'll let you know when they are on the web site for registrations.
      We still need 1 volunteer this upcoming Sunday for the City Park Band series!  It should be a lot of fun.  They do provide free parking for our volunteers so please sign up soon if you'd like to attend so we can be sure to get you a parking pass.  They were hoping to have all the names very soon.
       The Countdown is on for our PrideFest Shifts!  The event is the weekend after next so is a top priority for us right now.  We have to provide the number of volunteers to which we've committed in order to get paid as a fundraiser.  This is our biggest fundraiser each year.  I have noted below the number of openings we currently have on each shift.  Please sign up for the shift that works best for you and please tell your friends, family, business associates also & let us know their names and shift preference as we do need to get people outside of our organization in order to fill our commitment.  This is our 3rd year doing the booth.  Doug Steebner, our Board President, & I attended the Beverage Booth Manager training class two days ago as one of us needs to be at the booth at each shift.  We found out that there is a National event coming up two weeks later and that many people are coming from out of the country to attend our Denver Pride Fest this year.  They are expecting 600-650,000 people this year!  Wow!  This should be a fantastic time!  Also, they are going to be providing box lunches for each shift so you'll be able to go to the nearby Volunteer Center when you take a break to eat and won't have to stand in line & pay for a meal.  Please sign up as soon as possible.  Thanks so much for supporting our organization!         
 
Kayla Okafor
SVGD Volunteer Events Coordinator   


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

JUNE EVENTS:

 KUVO Public Radio Booth at the City Park Band series, Sun. June 9th, 5-8:30PM, (We still need 1 volunteer for this Sunday's event!) 3 Volunteers are needed. KUVO Public Radio has a series of concerts at City Park.  We will be helping to set up their booth (not hard, I've done it before), will hand out programs & festival guides while listening to the music, and then will help take down the booth.  Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles will be playing.  They are a very high energy band that plays swing music from the 30's & 40's.  They get everyone dancing!  They also play original music some of which has been used in commercials and movies.  They are a high quality band so you will have a great time while helping out the Public Radio Station.


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!)
 Shift 1  Sat., June 15th, 10AM-3PM, - We still need 4 volunteers for this shift.
 Shift 2, Sat. June 15th, 3-8PM,  - We still need 8 volunteers for this shift.
 Shift 3 Sun., June 16th, 9AM-2PM. - We still need 6 volunteers for this shift.
 Shift 4 Sun., June 16th, 2PM-7PM (usually we get done around 6:15PM and are able to leave about then).  - We still need 11 volunteers for this shift.
  
      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 600,000 people from Colorado, surrounding areas, & internationally this year 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.

****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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.   
     
        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- Blues N' BBQ helping Habitat for Humanity- we will be helping at the gate and ticket counter from 3-6PM.
        Sat., Aug. 10th- 9AM-12:45PM, School Supply Distribution for low income students, it will be at an elementary school in Wheat Ridge
       
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!

New & Upcoming Volunteer Events!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
SVGD NEWSLETTER
May 22, 2019  

SVGD Volunteers: 
      I just added the Chalk Arts Festival benefiting the Larimer Square Arts Assn., which will be on Saturday next week, to our SVGD web site so you can now volunteer!  The art work there is fantastic & I'm sure you will enjoy the experience!
      We still need volunteers for next Wednesday evening's Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for Warren Village.  There was some confusion on the date since the number & the day didn't match in the last newsletter.  It is definitely next Wednesday evening and we do need some volunteers!  I know that Memorial Day is coming up but  please sign up now if you can since it's only a couple days after Memorial Day.
       Also, we are just starting to register for our shifts at PrideFest and need 44 volunteers in total.  Please feel free to let your friends, family, business associates etc. know about this event that supports SVGD and let us know if you've got people who can help.
      We've got a fun Spring/Summer coming up!  Details for all the events are given below.  We look forward to seeing you soon!
 
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, Wed., 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:

Chalk Art Festival benefiting the Larimer Arts Association, Sat. June 19:30AM-2PM, 6 Volunteers are needed.  We will be staffing a beverage booth selling beer, wine, cocktails & non-alcoholic beverages.  This Larimer Square event is one of Denver's premier downtown art events.  The artists actually draw on the street.  By Saturday afternoon they will be well on their way with their beautiful drawings so you'll have an opportunity to see some great art.  All volunteers will receive a Tshirt & a meal.  The event is easily accessible by Light Rail & the 16th Mall shuttle (they aren't able to offer parking.)  The Larimer Arts Association is dedicated to promoting arts awareness and education in Denver.


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.

****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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!!

***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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.   
     
        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!