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Thanks To Volunteers And Generous Neighbors

They Are The Backbone Of The Work We Do

By Sierra Fleenor

Executive Director, GPHC

2018 is off to a great start and here at GPHC we are filled with gratitude for everyone who makes our work possible.

Thank you to our volunteers who have helped us sort, shelve, and distribute a remarkable amount of food over the last few months through our Food Pantry and Weekend Food Program. We are always grateful for each and every one of you and know that we could not do this important work without you.

I’d especially like to thank our volunteers who show up week after week, month after month. You are the backbone of our food programs.

We’d also like to thank our volunteers with Greater Park Hill News. If you’re holding a newspaper that was delivered to your door, you have our bundling and blockworker volunteers to thank. A stalwart group of volunteers comes to GPHC monthly to bundle newspapers for blockworkers to then distribute to homes and businesses across our neighborhood, and beyond.

I’d also like to thank our board of directors – all of whom are volunteers – for their work helping us gear up for a new year. Their time spent balancing and reviewing the budget, building excitement for our work, and helping develop fundraisers is a huge gift and I appreciate their time and energy.

Always looking for friendly faces

We are always looking for new volunteers for our food programs, newspaper, and special events. We have various types of opportunities, with a whole range of commitments. If you’re looking for ways to get involved in your community, please consider pitching in with GPHC. Volunteering is a lot of fun, plus you get to know other folks in the neighborhood.

Last month we received several special donations from organizations, including Food Bank of the Rockies and the Park Hill Golf Course. Neighborhood faith communities and neighbors have also continued to donate regularly to our food pantry, which has allowed us to continue operating even after the big push around Thanksgiving.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who has made a donation to GPHC, whether in-kind or financially. All donations to GPHC are tax-deductible and help us keep our programs up and running.

Thanks to KindColorado for their unique fundraiser to benefit the Weekend Food Program. KindColorado had their clients, employees and owners of dispensaries in Denver, purchase items that can be used for the Weekend Food Program, such as mac ‘n’ cheese and individual containers of applesauce. These items were priced at a donation level and GPHC received both the physical food items and the monetary donation. It was a very successful fundraiser and will help keep the Weekend Food Program going.

Additionally, a big thank you goes to 10-year-old Olivia who, according to a note we received with a donation, “wanted people to give her food for Christmas to give to someone in need.” Thank you Olivia for your generosity and for sharing your abundance with our clients.

What we need

The Food Pantry and Weekend Food Program continue to need specific donations. For our food pantry we currently need hygiene products, including men’s deodorant, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrushes, shaving cream, and razors. We distribute both regular size and travel size hygiene items. We also need toilet paper and paper towels.

For food, we need canned fruit, fruit in jars, canned meats (especially tuna, salmon, Vienna sausages, etc.), corn, and black-eyed peas. We can also distribute fresh and frozen items, so please feel free to donate those as you have them.

Our clients rarely have access to meat through our pantry, so donations of fresh or frozen meat are always appreciated. Many of our clients have pets, so we need dry dog food and wet and dry cat food.

For the weekend food program we currently need individually wrapped cereal bars, individual servings of instant oatmeal, individual cereal bowls, and regular size boxes of “kid friendly” cereals.

Please remember that we cannot distribute expired items, so please check your cans before bringing them to GPHC. We can only distribute items dated 2018 or later.

Donations can be made at GPHC’s office (2823 Fairfax St.) Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We also accept donations of non-perishable items at the Park Hill Branch Library and Cake Crumbs during their regular business hours.

If you have any questions about what we do, what we need, or how to get involved with GPHC as a volunteer or donor, check out our website at greaterparkhill.org. You can also give us a call at 303-388-0918, or stop by our office Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thanks to the following volunteers:

Barb Cavender

Claudia Fields

Harold Fields

Tas Frashure

Trevor Hayes

Adrienne Hill

Noni Horwitz

Erika Hutyra

Rod Leman

Debra Lovell

Shannon McCure

Chuck Nelson

Mike Quigley

Alison Rabinoff

Peggy Roberts

Mary Salsich

Tammi Scroggins

Heather Shulman

Shane Sutherland

Maddy Todd

Sue Weinstein

Donna Westmoreland

Carol White

Jeannie Willis

Donations

Ellen Bennett

C Benoit

Susan Bradley

Jenny Dyer

Alexis Gallione

Ellen McGinnis

Susan Merten

Harriet Mullaney

Naylor

John Neal

Susan Neal

Karen Timmons

Bob Trommeter

Anita Wagner

Helen Wolcott

Judy Wolfe

Olivia (age 10)

AARP #995 – Queen City of the Rockies

Blessed Sacrament

Brandon J Scott Photography

Cake Crumbs and Patrons

Cure D’ Ars

Denver Food Rescue

Food Bank of the Rockies

Kearney Garage

KindColorado

Mary Gerwin Real Estate, LLC

Messiah Community Church

Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

Nina Kuhl Real Estate LLC

Park Hill Congregational

Park Hill Elementary School

Park Hill Golf Club and Patrons

Park Hill Library and Patrons

Park Hill United Methodist

Patrons of DANK Dispensary

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Team Hetterich

Wyszynski & Associates, Inc


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