There are still openings for the Friday, July 9th AALL Community Service Projects. The AALL website says registration is closed, but that is not true – in fact they are in need of additional volunteers to make these projects viable! Please contact one of the organizers listed below if you are interested in helping out by donating a few hours to a worthy cause.
Community Service Projects
AALL's Special Interest Section Council is again sponsoring two exciting opportunities for AALL members to volunteer with local Denver community organizations during the Annual Meeting and Conference. Volunteering with a service project is a great way to get to know the local community and support our host city. This year the SIS Council is partnering with Denver Parks and Recreation and the Food Bank of the Rockies to offer two unique, fun, and interesting volunteer opportunities.
Denver Parks and Recreation Community Gardens
Friday, July 9 • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (does not include travel time)
Limit: 20 volunteers
Denver Parks and Recreation is hosting a project that involves maintenance at Sunken Gardens Park, one of the community parks that dot the Denver metro area. Sunken Gardens Park is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, a vibrant community that includes the Santa Fe Arts District, and was built on the site of a former city dump in 1909. Volunteers will paint benches and tables and perform maintenance on the garden, including mulching trees and weeding the flowerbeds.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. You should wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring bug spray and sunscreen. You should also dress appropriately for outdoor work, preferably in long-sleeved shirts and pants. If you are allergic to bees or any other insects, please bring any necessary medications. Denver Parks and Recreation will provide all safety equipment, including safety glasses, vests, gloves, and trash bags. Bottled water will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water bottles if they wish.
Sunken Gardens Park is located at 8th Avenue at Speer, which may be reached by either walking or by bus (with a $2.00 fare each way) from the Convention Center. Travel to the volunteer site is the responsibility of the attendee. Further travel information will be provided to registered volunteers as we near the service date.
Questions? Contact Volunteer Team Leader Pam Brannon at email@example.com or 404/413-9128.
Food Bank of the Rockies
Friday, July 9 • 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (does not include travel time)
Limit: 30 volunteers
The Food Bank of the Rockies receives food from national and local companies and, by repackaging and distributing those donations, provides food supplies for over 1,100 hunger-relief programs in Northern Colorado and Wyoming. Last year the Food Bank of the Rockies distributed over 26.3 million pounds of food through over 800 partner agencies.
Volunteers will be working with the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which provides food to seniors age 60 and over, low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and their children under the age of six. Volunteers will sort, inspect, sanitize, and pack food and non-food donations for redistribution throughout the community and may also perform light cleaning duties. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. You should dress appropriately for warehouse work, including wearing comfortable, closed-toe shoes and shirts with sleeves. The tasks involved require standing, squatting, lifting and pulling. Most physical limitations can be accommodated, but please indicate on the registration form if you have any special needs.
Travel to the Reclamation Warehouse is the responsibility of the attendee. Group travel will be by public bus from downtown Denver . The fare is $2.00 each way and includes a five minute walk to the warehouse. Further transportation information will be provided to registered volunteers as we near the service date.
Questions? Contact Volunteer Team Leader Laura Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216/687-6880.