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.
For a couple years I delivered food to Community Ministry as part of Light of the World’s Second Helpings ministry. Then Joyce asked if I’d be interested in joining the Board. How could I say no? It’s been a privilege to support such a caring organization that helps feed and clothe our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
I have been volunteering with Community Ministry for 5 years, originally as one of the daily volunteers helping out in the food pantry after loosing a management job and wanting to spend my off time helping others in need. As my first year of volunteering became more involved giving administrative support for various projects and events, I was asked to become a Board member, and that I have done since the fall of 2013. I truly feel blessed that my path has led me to be a part of Community Ministry, and I believe that when receiving, one should always give back to that which gave to me.
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.
Christians are called to be God's hands in the world. I am privileged to be one of many working to reduce hunger in southwest Denver.
I became involved with Community Ministry when I was laid off from my job in 2008. I was enrolled at Metro State University but had the need to volunteer and make a difference in my community. CM was in my neighborhood and they needed the help. I assisted the food bank manager and learned of all the wonderful programs that were available at Community Ministry. It was definitely something with which I wanted to be involved. Ten years later I am still involved with this amazing resource that is in my community.
I was once that young mom without a job trying to figure out how to feed my daughter and pay rent. I can't think of a better way to repay those who assisted me during that time than to serve on the board of Community Ministry.
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.
As a warehouse assistant, I ensure all incoming donations are well sorted so clients get quality food choices. As someone who has fallen on hard times before, I enjoy doing my part to relieve the burden by providing food resources.
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.
Updated on 2017-08-29T08:06:05+00:00, by .