Four Group Volunteer Projects in Two Days
In just over 24 hours, we hosted four different group volunteer projects. That is a pretty big community impact thanks to our volunteers and volunteer leaders.
On Friday morning we had a great group of volunteers join us at Valdez Elementary School in Denver. In conjunction with Reading Partners, we provided reading tutoring for students who were struggling with their reading. In this setting, our volunteers get to work one-on-one with the students with the guidance of Reading Partners.
Reading Partners provides an excellent curriculum and direct training the morning of the event to ensure the tutoring is effective, engaging and fun. After about 45 minutes of training, our volunteers had the chance to work directly with students to engage with them in improving their reading levels. Reading is an imperative part of learning and our volunteers made a tremendous impact on the students by helping them improve their reading levels.
Then, on Saturday, we had three group volunteer projects going at the same time. Thanks to our amazing volunteer events leaders, we are able to exponentially increase the number of events we have an the locations where we host them. For example, on Saturday, we had a group of volunteers at Habitat for Humanity in Denver, another group at Food Bank of the Rockies and a third group at Manzanita Canyon in San Diego!
That is over 55 volunteers all in action, making an impact in their community at the same time!
At Habitat for Humanity, we had 10 volunteers all helping to finish the outside of housing units in Denver. Fortunately, it was a beautiful February day. We actually got to work in short sleeves. Some of the brave one were even in shorts. Habitat for Humanity does great work to provide housing to families in need and we were excited to be able to be a part of it today. We will have regular group volunteer projects at Habitat for Humanity Denver going forward! Come join us.
While the Habitat for Humanity event was going on, we also had 16 volunteers at Food Bank of the Rockies. These volunteers helped to sort and packaged food to go to families experiencing a food shortage in Colorado. Our focus is on creating engaging and impactful events and the food bank certainly fits that model. In just 3 hours, our volunteers were able to package enough food to provide over 7500 meals!
Last, but certainly not least, we had over 30 volunteers working at Manzanita Canyon in San Diego. Project Helping has adopted Manzanita Canyon and will have a volunteer project there every month to clean up the canyon and make it beautiful again. Today, our 30 volunteers worked hard cleaning up trash and beautifying the canyon.
This event was lead by a Project Helping Phoenix Leader. Our volunteer leaders, that we call Phoenix Leaders, give 3-4 hours a month of their time to lead Project Helping volunteer events in their community. With just a little bit of training, anyone can be a Phoenix Leader and bring Project Helping volunteer events to their community as well.
So, in just two days, we had a tremendous impact on the communities where we live, work and play. But at the same time, we were also impacting the lives of the volunteers who were participating. Did you know that volunteering is one of the best things you can do for your own health. That’s right…you can create an incredible impact in your community while also improve your own mental wellness. Don’t believe us? Come give it a try!