2009 Projects

Food Bank of the Rockies -- MSI employees helped refill the shelves of the Food Bank of the Rockies.  The Food Bank had shouted out a call to all residents of Colorado that their shelves were getting very bare and there was a greater need than ever from clients looking for help to get through these very tough times.  The generous MSI employees brought in cans, boxes and bags of grocery items to fill a huge barrel.  All of these items were donated to the Food Bank of the Rockies.  A big thank you goes out to everyone for helping with this project! 

Pet Photo Contest for the Boulder Valley Humane Society -- The MSI Volunteer Committee put together a really fun Pet Photo Contest for February.  All employees of MSI were eligible to enter their favorite pets.  Each entry required a $5.00 entry fee, a picture of the pet, and a short story about their pet.  It was a very interesting group of entries which revealed a lot about not only the pets, but the owners!!  During the two week event, all employees of MSI were encouraged to donate $1.00 to get a ticket to vote for their favorite pet picture and story.  The contest raised $287.00 to donate to the Boulder Valley Humane Society.  

Silent Auction to benefit the American Heart Association -- On February 27th, 2009 MSI, LLC hosted a Silent Auction to benefit the American Heart Association at the Broomfield Interlocken office.  The event drew in over two hundred and fifty guests including MSI employees, tenants of the Interlocken Business area, local vendors, business associates and HOA Board members.  Throughout the evening, guests were welcome to peruse the variety of auction items while enjoying a variety of wines provided by Orten, Cavanagh, Richmond & Holmes, Attorneys at Law and Italian fare served by Bagalis, a new restaurant in the Flatirons area featuring New Orleans inspired Italian foods. 

The combined efforts of MSI's Volunteer Committee, Social Committee and a select few individuals made the event a huge success by obtaining ninety-eight items for auction.    MSI's close relationships with their contractors resulted in generous and quick donations for the auction.   In addition, the Committee was able to obtain donations from MSI contractors to cover the cost of the event.  Some of the auction items included sporting event tickets, spa and salon services, electronics, themed gift baskets, artwork, and jewelry.  The event was planned and executed in six short weeks, to ensure it was held in February, American Heart Month.

In addition to the silent auction items, the committee offered three raffles and a grab bag wine station.  Guests at the auction were invited to donate $5.00 to the AHA in exchange for a raffle ticket for a Couple's Getaway at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado or a package of four suite level Colorado Avalanche tickets.  One local vendor donated 128 bottles of wine for the event, allowing guests to receive a "grab bag" of specialty wines for a predetermined donation.  This allowed guests who were not able to stay for the entire event to contribute also.  All proceeds from the raffle and grab bags went directly to the American Heart Association.

The auction and raffle raised over $14,400.00 to be donated directly to the American Heart Association, a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." 

The event was a huge success due to the support and generosity of MSI employees and the amazing contractors they work with.  The motto of the event, "Together we can make a difference," truly sums up the efforts of the MSI Silent Auction to Benefit the American Heart Association.

Roll Out The Barrels Food Drive -- MSI teamed up with Orten, Cavanagh, Richmond & Holmes, LLC to participate in the 2009 "Roll Out The Barrels" Food Drive. This event is sponsored by the Denver Bar Association - Community Action Network.  We partnered with OCR & H to collect non-perishable food to fight hunger in Colorado.   The drive provides approximately 100,000 meals annually for the Food Bank of the Rockies. MSI collected a full barrel of food to donate during the week of April 27th.  Through the generosity of our employees, many more families will have food on their tables for the coming months. 

Adopt an Area in Broomfield  -- Our first trash collection day for our Adopt a Park program was a great success.  We had 9 people at East Park in Interlocken picking up trash and beautifying Broomfield.  It was a perfect day to be outside and enjoying the great Colorado sun.  We managed to find several bags of trash and some very interesting items! We are already looking forward to our next trip out in September.  What a productive way to spend a lunch period.  We hope even more volunteers will join us next time.  Thanks to all who volunteered.  We did manage to take a very marginal picture on a cell phone, but we will remember to take a real camera next time so we can get some "action" pictures!  
The Adopt A Park program is an ongoing program, with collections once per quarter throughout the year.

Start! Denver Heart and Stroke Walk -- A group of 7 MSI employees donated their time to walk for the American Heart Association's Start! Heart Walk held on June 6, 2009.  We headed downtown at 7:00 AM in the morning on a perfect June morning to walk a little over 3 miles to support the AHA.  Some of the walkers raised donations that were contributed to the AHA also.  It was tons of fun and great morning exercise for all of the walkers.  The crowd was huge and it was very unique to be able to walk down the middle of the streets in downtown Denver on a Saturday morning!  Next year we hope to get a huge group involved, so mark you calendars for June 

CLEAN YOUR CLOSETS -- MSI employees cleaned out their closets, garages, cupboards and storage areas to donate gently used household items for Access Housing.  Access Housing provides emergency shelter and comprehensive family support for homeless families in the Denver Metro area and especially in Adams County.   These families have shelter and do not have to expose their children to the dangers of living on the streets.  Clients learn new skills to help them secure stable employment, navigate complex social services systems and maintain permanent housing.  MSI collected about $900.00 worth of food, household items, hygiene items and clothing.  It was great knowing that all of the items that were collected went directly to people in need and did not cost them a penny!  Thanks everyone for cleaning out the closets!!  Now you have room for some new stuff too!! 

Fill A Backpack (F.A.B.) 
-- July 28th through August 12th, MSI collected school supplies in conjunction with the North Metro Fire Rescue and A Precious Child.    Specific items that were donated were backpacks, notebooks, erasers, crayons, glue or glue sticks, Kleenex, Ziplock bags, folders, rulers, pencils, scissors, and white socks.  The F.A.B. program aims to ensure that children are equipped with the materials they need to succeed in school.  In this tough economy, there are many families struggling to put food on the table and cannot afford these necessary supplies.  The donated backpacks can be new or gently used.  This is a simple program that makes a remarkable impact in the lives of disadvantaged and displaced children in the community. 

Furry Friends Food Drive -- The employees of our great company dug deep into their pockets to help those who are struggling with making ends meet this year. This time we were thinking about the pets of all those struggling families.  80,000 families in te Denver Metro area are making tough decisions every day. Owners of pets and service dogs are having to decide between feeding themselves or their animals in the down economy, or giving their animals away because they can't afford to care for them anymore. We collected over a dozen bags of dog and cat food, cans of dog and cat food, and even a couple bags of treats for these guys, too! There will be a lot of happy pet owners when they receive those generous bags of food for their trusted pets. A big WOOF WOOF and MEOW MEOW to all fo the MSI employees!

Coats for Colorado Drive! --MSI employees again dug deep into their closets and found 4 huge bags of old coats to donate to the Coats for Colorado Drive.  There were coats of all sizes, colors and styles, but most of all, there were warm, cozy coats that will be given to many homeless and less fortunate individuals this winter.  Dependable Cleaners will clean and prepare all of the coats, so each individual who needs a helping hand this winter to keep warm, will get a wonderful, clean coat.  Thanks to all of the MSI employees who helped make this drive successful.  And if you didn't get a chance to donate your coat this year, you can still drop it off at any Dependable Cleaners through the end of November 2009.  Also, we will do this coat drive again next year, so if you don't get a chance to drop your old coat off this year, just put in the back of the closet until next year and it will be put to good use then.   Thank You!!!!

Angel Heart Card Party --Employees had fun dropping in to the "Card Shop" to make a holiday greeting card to accompany meals delivered to terminally ill patients and shut-ins.   This project was a huge success, exceeding our goal of 100 cards!  

Horn of Plenty Donation Drive for Denver Rescue Mission --In the same spirit as last year, the Committee sold "pieces of plenty" for $2 each to fill a large cartoon Horn of Plenty to raise donations for the Denver Rescue Mission's annual Thanksgiving Day dinner.   The Committee raised $176 for the Mission.

Angel Tree 
--
We will again be decorating our Christmas Tree with names of children who would not have the privilege of a joyous Christmas without the help of generous individuals like the employees of MSI.  The presents purchased for these children may be the only presents they get for Christmas.

We have room for your project, so contact us at volunteercommittee@msihoa.com