Broomfield Litter Program -- This month the volunteer committee gathered together and walked up to East Park in the Interlocken Area. We picked up trash as part of the Broomfield Litter Program. The park is a beautiful place to have a lunch or just get some exercise. Our volunteers have adopted this park and spend about an hour each quarter picking up trash and helping to keep the park beautiful.
National Heart Awareness Month -- February is national Heart Awareness Month and in honor of that recognition, the volunteer committee held a "Wear Red Day and Seeing Red Bake Sale". The members of the committee baked lots of tasty goodies and sold them to raise money for the charity they have adopted for all fund raising events this year. That charity is Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime. The "Wish of a Lifetime Program" is to make wishes come true for low-income senior citizens. Most elderly men and women have something in their life that they have always wanted to do or see, but because the majority of their discretionary income and lifelong savings goes towards paying medical bills and other expenses, they are often not able to live out these dreams. The JBWOL Foundation Wish Fulfillment program aims to change that, creating opportunities to ensure each of these very special wishes can come true. The bake sale raised $242.00 that will be donated to JBWOL.
Bring the Luck of the Irish to Children's Hospital -- It seems we all see green and wear green in March in honor of St. Patrick's Day. This month the volunteer committee took that green idea to a new height. The volunteer committee asked all MSI employees to donate "green" items for the Children's Hospital during the "Bring the Luck of the Irish to Children's Hospital" Drive. We collected many new items in the green theme and also, some "green thinking" items. All of the items were delivered to the Children's Hospital on St. Patrick's Day 2010. They were so grateful to be able to provide items to newborns and children having to spend too much time in the hospital for treatments.
Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive -- May was a busy month for the volunteer committee. We participated with one of the attorney's that represent many of our associations, Orten, Cavanagh, Richmond and Holmes LLC, in an event called "Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive". We put large barrels in our break room and asked employees to donate non-perishable foods. We filled a large barrel with lots of staples to fill the shelves of the Food Bank of the Rockies. The volunteer committee really appreciates all of the help the employees of MSI do to make these collection drives successful.
Salad Bar -- Our other May event was the Salad Bar! We offered our salad bar to fellow employees for $3.00 per person for all the salad you could eat! Our committee members donated items that are always yummy on a good salad. We also had one of our members donate two very delicious cakes, and we sold a nice chunk of cake for an additional $1.00. What a bargain and so worth the price, a complete lunch for $4.00! Plus no one had to leave the building for lunch, easy and delicious. We raised $226.00 to donate to Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime Foundation.
Heart Walk -- June is the Denver Heart Walk Month. Our committee encouraged all other employees to join in the Heart Walk.
School Supply Drive -- The volunteer committee also sponsored a "School Supply Drive" to benefit A Precious Child in the Broomfield area. Lots and lots of new school supplies were donated by the generous employees of MSI and given to the charity. This means that many underprivileged children were able to start school with the needed supplies such as pencils, pens, rulers, markers, paper, notebooks and backpacks.
Potato Bar -- August seemed like just the right time to offer our employees another great bargain on lunch. The volunteer committee members donated items to the "Potato Bar"! We had lots of great stuff to make a baked potato the best meal ever for a mere $3.00. The potatoes were baked on site in roasting pans and they were perfect, especially when topped with lots of yummy toppings. There were no diet potatoes on that day. Then to top it off, we had those cakes again for just another $1.00. We managed to raise another $219.52 for our charity, Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime.
Linus Project -- As the weather turns cooler, we all think about our favorite "blankie". So our volunteer group got together and set up a "blanket tie day". Through the generous donation of fabric from committee member Karen Becker, the Broomfield volunteer committee set up the training room so that fellow employees could drop in and cut or tie fleece blankets. The blankets were made of two different patterns or colors of fleece that are cut around all four sides into 1" strips then the two pieces are tied together with square knots. The blankets were then donated to the Linus Project, which is a local group that makes and distributes blankets to children's wards in local hospitals. Through the generous time and energy of our employees in Broomfield, we completed 21 blankets in 2 days. These blankets will be welcome warmth to many children who are being treated in hospitals in the area.
The Community CanCan -- The volunteer committee also participated in an event sponsored by HindmanSanchez, another great attorney firm that represents many of the HOA's we work with at MSI. This event was titled "The Community CanCan". The object of this event was for management companies to compete against each other to make a structure out of "cans". This turned out to be more of a challenge than one might think. The volunteer committee named themselves the Pump"can" Farmers and built a huge jack-o-lantern out of cans. Now, as you know, a pumpkin has a round shape, so getting cans to stack in a circle that keeps getting smaller as you go higher, meant it was a teetering act of great proportion. The employees of the MSI donated many, many cans in order to make this structure happen. We even had a couple of contractors kick in some help to get more cans of food. The committee then went to the HS parking lot on Sept. 23rd and attempted their building adventure. The pumpkin actually became a reality and actually did look like a pumpkin! But time was not on our side. The judges, who were members of the Arvada Fire Department, weren't to arrive for almost an hour after construction was finished. And behold, the pumpkin collapsed! Yup, cans tumbled down and were rolling everywhere. But never say quit, the committee regrouped with the help of some of the HS attorneys and made a fabulous star out of the cans that were sprawled out on the parking lot. And things didn't turn out all bad for the group. The star (and pictures and convincing from the committee) earned MSI the trophy for Most Creative! The best part of this whole event was that all of the cans that were used for the structures from 4 management companies and HindmanSanchez's two entries were donated to the Food Bank of the Rockies. Together, the event collected 6205 pounds of food which will provide 8600 meals for families across the metro area.
Fall Bake Sale -- The Volunteer Committee cooked up some ghoulish treats for the Fall Bake Sale. There were ghost, goblins and witches baked up in all sorts of ways. The Committee provided cookies, breads, pretzels, cakes, cookie pizza and many more items to sell to the employees of the Broomfield office for the day. A bake sale is always a winner for the Volunteer Committee and they raised $147.75 to donate to Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime Program.
Funds raised at all events this year have gone towards a donation to the Jerry Bloom Wish of a Lifetime Program. The total the Volunteer Committee raised this year was $735.27 and a check will be presented to this Program in that amount. This amount will make many wishes come true for elderly men and women who have something in their life that they have always wanted to do or see or a dream they have been wishing for. We are excited that we were able to raise so much money in one year with our activities.
Coat Drive -- We collected gently used coats, hats and gloves for A Precious Child Charity. These coats go to children of all ages who cannot afford to purchase a new coat for the cold winter months. A Precious Child has small boutiques set up in schools and shelters that supply as assortment of children's clothing on site so that clothing is immediately available to children in need. We collected 4 large trash bags full of coats for the organization.
Project Angel Heart -- The Volunteer Committee got everyone into the craft mood again this year by making cards for Project Angel Heart. This organization delivers meals to terminally ill patients throughout the Metro area. They include a card with each holiday meal they deliver so our Broomfield office made over 200 cards for the organization to include in the meals. We all love this arts and crafts project and the cards turned out fantastic. Even those who always say they are not creative made some beautiful cards. This will surely add some smiles to a lot of faces this holiday season.
Dress the Pilgrim for Thanksgiving! -- A fund raiser to provide meals at The Denver Rescue Mission. We posted a pilgrim character in the break room and then sold pieces and parts of his outer clothing to "Dress the Pilgrim for Thanksgiving!" It was great fun and in addition to the clothing pieces we also sold various food items to fill his basket and tray. The price of each item was equal to the cost of a meal for one person at The Mission. The Volunteer Committee raised $102.00 during this event, enough to feed 102 homeless souls.
Angel Tree -- The Salvation Army Angel Tree project is always one of our favorite projects of the year, and this year was no different. We got 40 names of children who would not have had a Christmas this year without some help and our employees generously bought gifts for all 40 children. We had children of all ages, and all levels of wishes. It was truly a heartwarming event when we delivered the presents to the Broomfield Salvation Army office and knew that we were helping many children have a Very Merry Christmas this year.
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