Community Outreach Chair
Catalyst Planning Group, LLC
Community Outreach Co-Chair
The Community Outreach initiative will leverage the powerful combination of professional opportunity and social responsibility, enabling the Chapter to engage our members and a broader audience in a meaningful way through giving.
2016 Community outreach planning Calendar
We want to get you involved - There are so many ways to participate
February for Food Event: 2/1/16 - 2/29/16
The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, their children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. They provide programming and services to an average of 270 people every day. They are a community of safety and hope where positive relationships, choice, and essential resources transform lives. They believe deeply in the power of community and continue working to develop it.
At the February CoreNet Global Colorado Chapter meeting, members will have the ability to donate Betsy’s Cupboard Food Drive Items by bringing non-perishable food such as canned tuna, cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, peanut butter & jelly, canned soups, canned fruits & vegetables, boxes of rice and canned beans. Collection bins will be available at the February meeting – and, in addition, a spokesperson for The Gathering Place will be available to attend the meeting and engage with our members.
For those members of CoreNet’s Colorado Chapter not able to attend the February meeting, but interested in donating items for the drive, drop off locations will be established at (4) partner locations from January 15th, 2016 until February 19th, 2016.
April Volunteer Food for Thought: 4/15/2016 7:30 - 9:30am
During the week, children in low-income families rely on federally funded school breakfast and lunch programs as their main nutritional meals. On the weekends, substantive meals would set the stage to help them learn. However, on the weekends, these children do not get enough to eat – in fact, some don’t eat after their subsidized lunch on Friday until their subsidized lunch on the following Monday. Food For Thought-Denver has stepped up to serve Title One schools in Denver. Every Friday during the school year, volunteers fill PowerSacks of food for children to take home – enough nutritional food to feed a family of four.
CoreNet’s Colorado Chapter has (13) volunteer spots to fill PowerSacks reserved from 7:30 am to 9:30 am on April 15, 2016. We will be filling bags with non-perishable food items and packaging them for delivery to Garden Place Academy, Columbian Elementary. Fairview Elementary and Greenlee Elementary schools in Denver. Registered volunteers will meet at the Hospitality Learning Center at Metro State University located at the corner of Speer Blvd and Auraria Pkwy at 1190 Auraria Pkwy. The HLC is located in the same building as the Marriott Springhill Suites and you will find Food for Thought on the ground floor loading dock on the west side of the building. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and be prepared to work in a covered outdoor environment.
July Volunteer for Judi's House: 7/12/2016 4:30 - 6:30pm
When former NFL quarterback Brian Griese was seven years old, his mother (Judi) was diagnosed with breast cancer. After she died five years later, Brian found himself at a dangerous time in which his anger & profound sadness was coming out in ways that had the potential to be destructive.
Along Brian’s path to healing, he realized that he wanted to give back to children & teens who were also grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or other loved one. He & his wife, Brook (a clinical psychologist specializing in childhood trauma and loss) created Judi’s House – a safe, comfortable place where children and families could come to receive compassionate support and connection with peers.
For CoreNet Global Colorado Chapter members, Nourishment Provider volunteer opportunities are available throughout the month of July and teams will be established to prepare, present and serve a nutritious meal for their children and caregivers - and clean up afterwards. Time Commitment: The time it takes to cook a meal. Volunteers are generally at Judi’s House the day they are providing dinner from 4:30-6:30 pm.
YL Member Give Discovery: 9/21/2016
Many of CoreNet YL’s desire to get involved with charity work but don’t know where to do it – they think of the over-supported charities as a default that are so saturated with a volunteer waitlist. Wouldn’t it be cool to take an analysis/ quiz to identify our YL’s top interests and then do a community outreach speed networking event with charities that need help? September 2016 is the time to ignite these ideas in our YL’s….please see below for more details:
The "Service Discovery" theme would be that the YL attendees are divided up into groups of 5- 10 and rotate through 5 charitable organization representatives for ideas on how to become involved in volunteerism overall, skill set resonation, specifics on the charitable organization, philanthropic goals of each YL and engagement of charitable volunteerism into their day to day professional practice for professional growth/networking/social awareness.
In an effort to provide a broad cross-set of interests, please see below for charitable partners:
ACE Scholarships/COLORADO - Mission is to provide low-income families with scholarships/advocate for expanded school choice & allow the opportunity to provide equal access to a quality education
Canine Companions for Independence - Mission is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships for veterans & the disabled
Dress for Success/DENVER - Mission is based on (4) cornerstone programs that empower and transform women's lives as they seek job opportunities; the programs help them keep their jobs and provide a roadmap for giving back to their communities - programs include a Career Center, Going Places Network and Clothing Donation Program
Habitat for Humanity - Adopt-a-Build Day Program - Mission is to engage volunteers in a day of construction build activity on a job site & working in partnership with low income families to provide affordable housing
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado - Mission is to motivate and enable Coloradoans to become active stewards of our State's natural resources
Holiday Habitat for Humanity Restore Re-Stock: 12/6/2016
At Habitat for Humanity, they build. They build because they believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. More than building homes, they build communities, they build hope and they build the opportunity for families to help themselves.
CoreNet’s donation of scrap construction materials and simple construction tools of new OR gently used tape measures, tools, tool belts, blue tape, hard hats, safety vests, and safety goggles will support Habitat for Humanity to, in turn, help families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. With an affordable, stable home, families have more to spend on food, medicine, child care, education and other essentials. Our support can help them do more in all the many ways that Habitat builds.
Thanks to CoreNet Global Colorado Chapter, Habitat will continue to transform the lives of more than 5 million people around the world! At the December 2016 Holiday Party, Corenet members will have the ability to donate the items noted above for Habitat. Collection bins will be available at the holiday party – and, in addition, a spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver will be available to attend the event and engage with our members.
For those members of CoreNet’s Colorado Chapter not able to attend the Holiday Party, but interested in donating items for the drive, drop off locations will be established at (4) partner locations.