Our volunteer board is dedicated to providing guidance and raising funds to keep Community Ministry serving those in need. These are the individuals to whom we owe thanks.
I got involved with Community Ministry to raise awareness of the need in our area through fundraising and events, to belong to a Christian organization with the beliefs in helping our neighbors, and to pass on the importance of kindness and compassion.
I believe the many things that Community Ministry provides (food, school supplies, holiday baskets, help with utility bills, other resources, and basic health screening) is a vital benefit to the community. My involvement is to offer hope, encouragement and also to sustain and grow the resources of CM.
Although we have only a few part-time staff, they give 100% effort every week. They work hard to ensure the services continue as smoothly as possible. Tell ’em, “Thanks” if you recognize them, along with all of the other regular volunteers we are privileged to have.
The majority of my life has been spent managing food pantry's and related programs. I love working with the volunteers who give so generously of their time and energy to make our programs successful. Working with the families who use our services reminds me that we are all so close to being in the same position and will need someone to reach out and give us a helping hand. My desire to provide the highest quality fresh and nonperishable food items to the families who depend on us to help them survive. I work tirelessly with agencies such as Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) and Food Exchange Resource Network (FERN) and Hunger Free Colorado to develop best practices for food pantries in the Denver Metro area. Mentoring agencies in how to set up and run a self-choice food pantry has been rewarding and challenging as each pantry faces different obstacles and in helping them succeed in making this model work for them.
Service and organization are the words that describe my professional, volunteer and personal life. As early as high school I used my administrative abilities to organize activities for my church youth group. This desire to organize activities carried on in college as I worked on youth conferences, with my post college experience as and activity director in retirement facilities and in volunteer positions at my children's schools. My desire to help others further their professional careers lead to my volunteer work with Rocky Mountain Ophthalmic Personnel where I served as Secretary/Treasurer for 17 years. Education was a large part of my job as an ophthalmic technician. In addition to my job duties, I wrote informational brochures for parents on various eye conditions and started support groups for families with children having similar eye conditions. As a volunteer at my children's school's I planned activities for the students and staff and revitalized the PTO into a vital part of the school programming. Volunteering for Community Ministry in various areas and becoming the board president allowed me to use all of my skills to make a difference in the lives of my neighbors in southwest Denver. Now, serving as the Executive Director for Community Ministry I am able to focus on expanding services through collaborating with other agencies, administration and fundraising.
Knowing that anything I do to help others can make a difference in their lives has been the driving force behind everything I do. As a music teacher I strived to help children learn to integrate the creativity and discipline they needed for succeeding in music into their academic performance. My heart has always been drawn to helping people struggling with basic needs so becoming a part of Community Ministry's staff was a no brainer. Now I use those same skills I used as a teacher behind the scenes to help Community Ministry as it reaches out to those in need and to those who have the means to provide those needs.
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