On September 22, the Junior League of Denver (JLD) held its second annual L.U.V.S. (Leaders United in Volunteer Service) day of service in the Denver metro community. This year theme was “A Century of Progress” in honor of the League’s 100th Anniversary this year. More than 200 JLD members attended a kickoff event at the Pepsi Center before heading out to volunteer with ten community partners including Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation – Valdez Perry Branch, Florence Crittenton Services – Miles for Moms 5K, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Craig Hospital, SafeHouse Denver, The GrowHaus, Denver Botanic Gardens, The Gathering Place and CHARG Resource Center
Projects with these partners included helping with a Miles for Moms 5K race setup, registration and hosting a JLD booth where approximately 100 books were handed out to race participants. At Children’s Hospital Colorado, volunteers hosted a birthday party with 10 craft/game stations and about 100 books were given to patients and delivered to rooms. Additional projects include repairing a wheelchair ramp, hosting a fall festival, preparation for fall educational youth classes, aiding Girl Scouts Juniors to design miniature gardens and to support their exploration and appreciate of the natural world.
JLD volunteers assembled care kits for patients at Craig Hospital, helped to clean up and maintain project partner sites, assembled college care packages for girls away at college, organized 250 sack lunches for women and children at The Gathering Place and much more!
Isabel Sanchez, The GrowHaus program director, said, “Without volunteers, GrowHaus wouldn’t be able to run. What these women are doing would have taken our staff 60-70 hours.”
All in all, the day was a huge success, and the JLD looks forward to partnering with these wonderful organizations on an ongoing basis in the future!
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