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Giving Thanks For Our Volunteers

Gearing Up To Share Thanksgiving Meals

By Sierra Fleenor

Executive Director, GPHC

McAuliffe students helping out with the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Weekend Food Program in October. From left to right: Solis Falcon, Taylor Fahres, Aidan Sobolevsky, Ryan Hajek, Brandon Figueroa, Max Ficco, Reece Ferrufino, Taryn Veitch, Sam Perez, Mats Hegstrom, Malia Heien, and Jackson Faris. Photo by JoAllan Gehde.

October was an incredible month here at Greater Park Hill Community. We had new volunteers, members and donors join us in our work, and we give thanks to each and every one of you.

Early in October, we had master composter volunteers from Denver Urban Gardens join us for a workshop on composting. We learned how to care for our own compost bins here at GPHC and the six folks who attended learned more about composting at home. We’d like to thank Judy Elliot from Denver Urban Gardens for her help in organizing this event, as well as Dima Smirnov and Kathleen Ryan who facilitated our awesome workshop.

We also had the pleasure of welcoming youth volunteers from McAuliffe International School twice over the last month. Students came with their chaperones and helped us assemble bags for the Weekend Food Program. They brought great energy and willingness to learn more about food insecurity in our neighborhood. Thank you, McAuliffe volunteers!

Brandon J. Scott Photography volunteered time, energy, and free photos to our food pantry clients this month. Scott brought his photo equipment to take professional portraits of our clients, who enjoyed the opportunity to have free family photos made for their personal use (including prints).

As you can tell, there are a myriad of ways to be involved. We have volunteer opportunities that involve working with clients and ones that don’t. We have regular commitments and one-off opportunities. We love to have groups, as with the McAuliffe crew, and we love to provide opportunities for the community to share gifts and professional talent, as with Denver Urban Gardens and Brandon J. Scott Photography. We hope you’ll consider getting involved. Right now, we especially need volunteers for our Garden Walk committee, the Weekend Food Program, the Food Pantry, and our Thanksgiving Giveaway. We always need blockworkers to help deliver the newspaper.

Turkey alert!

It’s November, which means we are getting ready to distribute 300 complete Thanksgiving dinners. And yes, we need a few items – preferably dropped off to us by the middle of the month: Frozen (not fresh) turkeys, pre-cooked turkey breasts (for seniors), stuffing, potatoes (boxes and fresh), yams, cranberries, broth, cream of mushroom soup, gravy packets, fresh rolls, frozen pies, baking pans, turkey bags, green beans, peas, carrots, and corn. We accept any size of cans, but 16 and 24 ounces are preferred.

For our regular food pantry, we also need some items: Jars and cans of fruit, canned meats, Ensure and other meal replacements, turkey chili, can openers, spatulas, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shaving supplies (razors and cream), baby wipes, dish soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, lip moisturizer, deodorant (for men and women), toothpaste, and toothbrushes. We also need travel size items, so feel free to bring us any you have stashed in the bathroom closet, being unused.

For the Weekend Food Program, we need individually wrapped cereal bars and granola bars, individual fruit cups and applesauce, small boxes of raisins, boxes of macaroni and cheese, boxes of individual servings of instant oatmeal, and individual cereal bowls.

We accept donations of fresh, frozen, and non-perishable food Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our office, 2823 Fairfax St. You can also donate non-perishable items for our food programs at the Park Hill Branch of Denver Public Library, 4750 Montview Blvd., or at Cake Crumbs, 2216 Kearney St., during their business hours.

Thank you to all our donors, volunteers, and members listed below. We couldn’t achieve all we do if it weren’t for each and every one of you. If you would like to become a volunteer, donor, or member please visit our website at or contact us at or 303-388-0918.



C Beneet

Roy Daniel

Yvonne Franklin

Ben Gehde

JoAllan Gehde

Jim Groves

Ellen Hokanson

RE Jaekel

Jan MacIntosh

Anne McLaughlin

Harriet Mullaney

John Neal

Susan Neal

Jeff Rosensweig

C Schneider

Jean Sibley

Anne Sunderwirth

Karen Timmons

Ray Twiggs

Josh Weiner

Kevin Wiegand

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

Messiah Community Church

Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

Park Hill Congregational

Park Hill Elementary School

Park Hill Library and Patrons

Park Hill United Methodist

St Thomas Community Garden

St Thomas Episcopal Church

The Counterpath Community Garden


Jason Barth

Christine Caruso

Stephanie Ceccato

Jackson Decker

Atti Deye

Ely Diakite

Luke Dinges

Andrew Evans

Taylor Fahres

Solis Falcon

Jackson Faris

Jack Farrar

Reece Ferrufino

Maxwell Ficco

Claudia Fields

Harold Fields

Brandon Figueroa

Tas Frashure

JoAllan Gehde

Maria Goodwin

Ryan Hajek

Alex Hammack

Brooks Haslar

Mats Hegstrom

Malia Heien

Nam Henderson

Adrienne Hill

Noni Horwitz

Erika Hutyra

Megan  Jamison

Andrea  Johnson

Lynn Kalinauskas

Bernadette Kelly

Rod Leman

Debra Lovell

Tracey MacDermott

Jasper Mueller

Chuck Nelson

Sam Perez

Mike Quigley

Alison Rabinoff

Peggy Roberts

Vanessa Roberts

Alejandro Rodriguez

Laura Rogers

Kathleen Ryan

Sofia Sandel

Brandon J Scott

Ashley Scott-Trainer

Heather Shulman

Dmitry Smirnov

Myla Smith

Kai Snyder

Aidan Sobolevsky

Suzanne Stemmler

Shane Sutherland

Samantha Veitch

Taryn Veitch

Sue Weinstein

Donna Westmoreland


Ginny Allen

Matthew Bradford

Gordon Buchmann

Lydia Buchmann

Brenda  Campbell

Colette Carey

Anthony  Caruso

Christine Caruso

Eve Cohen

Dolores Cuthbertson

Bev Dennis

George  Dennis

Amelia Drumwright

Geneva  Goldsby

Luther Goldsby

Jesse Granger

Ryan  Hunter

Lynn Kalinauskus

Bernadette  Kelly

Liz Kenney

Owetta McNeil

Charles  Nichols

LaMone Noles

Sally Ortiz

Keith Porter

Andy Sense

Lindsay Sense

David Smith

Jody Smith

Kate  Sultan

Everett Volk

Matt Wenipe

Ben Whisenton

Scott Wick

Leslie Williams

Nanci Young

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