Oracle Net Suite Volunteering February 23rd helps Jeffco Eats

Oracle NetSuite  Denver will come with the team of Kaitlin J. Moore on February 23rd to help us pack about 600 weekend food bags.  Their team of 20 will be just what we need to pack the bags in an hour and a half.

 

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER:

Every Friday Jeffco Eats needs 25 to 35 volunteers to help pack food bags at Foothills Elementary School at 13165 W Ohio Ave Lakewood CO 80228 from 10 am to 11:30.  Please sign  up on Face Book page Jeffco Eats  https://www.facebook.com/jeffcoeats/

You can also sign up on Metro Volunteers Jeffco Eats – https://www.metrovolunteers.org/

 

Kaiser Permanent and First Bank have added Jeffco Eats to their volunteer efforts which is exactly our very strategic plan for 2018.  Our staged ramp up capacity plan can only happen with Corporation partnerships.  Summer 2017 had the full support and help from the Title One Jefferson County Schools team.

 50 Best Work Places for Giving and Volunteering – FORTUNE

http://fortune.com/2017/02/09/best-workplaces-giving-back/

It might be common for corporations to make charitable donations. But a few companies go above and beyond with their philanthropic work, with initiatives like food drives, cancer walks, and even volunteer bonuses. Fortune partner Great Place to Work combed through more than 350,000 staffer surveys to compile this list of the U.S. companies employees feel are doing the best job at giving back. Employees are asked detailed questions about how proud they are of their impact on the community, the difference they feel they make, and whether their work has special meaning. Outtakes of their responses are below.

Click here to read more about the list, and find out more about how the ranking is compiled here.

PCL CONSTRUCTION – DENVER 

“I am very proud to work for a company that is so well-recognized for its contributions to the community, both through corporate donations, employee campaigns, and volunteerism. Not only are employees encouraged to volunteer, we actually have a volunteer hours goal!”

Worldwide Employees: 4,572

Industry: Construction & Real Estate

HQ location: Denver

Total Philanthropic Donations: $4,010,000

Offers PTO for Volunteering: Yes

Offers Employee Matching Funds: Yes

Cisco – Denver – a large employer that gives time off for volunteering.

Small companies also are very intentional about allowing their employees time to help others. https://www.builtincolorado.com/2017/08/29/colorado-startups-paid-volunteer-time

In a world where people are eager to give back, time off for volunteering is becoming a stand-out perk for the charitable jobseeker. We’re now seeing more and more companies go beyond simply writing a check — and they’re getting employees involved, too. See which Colorado tech companies give their employees time off to volunteer in the local community.

Who is driving anyway ?

Yesterday I was at a meeting for Jefferson County policy regarding food.  We worked together to find ways that stigma would be removed, so that those who are suffering today could find help and solace. Trauma from hunger must be greatly reduced for the children and families. Who is driving anyway ? Their lives go in all too many directions each week that are unacceptable.

We believe at Jeffco Eats that together we can put each precious child and their families back in the drivers seat of a safe life.  We must support a multitude of ways to that goal line.

 

 

We must together as a community seek to find new ways or old ways that will bring thriving to those hurting from hunger.  We must expect shocking breakthroughs.

Colorado health department has been working on a Blueprint with many organizations.

http://www.coloradohealth.org/reports/state-plans-end-hunger-opportunity-colorado

 

To give up the steering wheel of your life to wave after wave of pain is something we must STOP.  Indifference or denial is not in our tool box Colorado !

Love is what will bring us together, not hatred.  We must listen to gain understanding from all who live and breathe in our state. This means someone different than you might just have a piece of the puzzle in their idea box called their brain and soul.  

We each must chose to listen for understanding.  We must listen to others to honor them and listen for understanding.  We know we Can Together End Hunger. 

Economics in a county comes from our hearts not just our heads.  There is a saying called love your neighbor as yourself.  This is a wild goal and purpose.  Love can conquer all sorrows and lacks.

So lets give our steering wheel of our life over more and more to serve others each week to make the children thrive and to heal the cracks in their hearts and lives.  We can !!!   We will.

Hunger Through My Lens

The PBS special Poor Kids, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/poor-kids/,  has ripped a hole in my heart.  The shocking raw emotion and sorrow of these children can not be met with indifference.  Numbing ourselves and denying the pain all around us is not the prescription to economic restoration in Jefferson County Colorado.  Together we are going to end hunger for our children.  Yes, together.  The article below is from Hunger Free Colorado, who does rock star work of all flavors and sorts.  Please read this and bring us some comments on our Face Book Page  /https://www.facebook.com/jeffcoeats/

Hunger Through My Lens participants host first exhibit in Prowers County

html_pcgroup“It’s hard to believe hunger is an issue in our country,” shared one resident of Prowers County.

It was a blue-bird day in Lamar, the Southeastern Colorado town of about 8,000 that serves as Prowers County’s seat. Topics of farming and ranching typically dominate local conversations, but this past Saturday, many were talking about the Hunger Through My Lens  exhibit at the Cultural Event Center.

Four residents—Elia, James, Sondee and Tasha—showcased their photographs and stories about how hunger has impacted their lives and their community, as well as ways to address the issue, for the first time on Nov. 12, 2016. They viewed their opening exhibition as a way to start the conversation about the issue of hunger locally and ways their community can address it. And it did just that.

Dozens of people visited the exhibit throughout the day, with many engaging in critical dialogue about food access, food quality and waste, obesity and the importance of community engagement to ensure local residents have access to healthy, affordable food.

img_2625Hunger Through My Lens is an advocacy project facilitated by Hunger Free Colorado and supported by local communities that aims to shed light on the reality of hunger across Colorado. It’s based on the photovoice model, a form of participatory action research that has been widely used in academic and other fields. Digital cameras serve as the main medium for participants to express themselves and put real stories to the statistics surrounding hunger, and each participant maintains the rights of their photographs.

The photovoice project initially launched in 2013 with a group of participants from the Denver Metro area. Since then, it has expanded to share perspectives from different regions of the state, including the San Luis Valley, the Roaring Fork Valley and now the Arkansas River Valley. The Prowers County project was done in partnership with resident volunteers, Emily Nieschberg, Susan Portner and the four participants to share perspectives from a rural, farming community on the Eastern Plains.

View more photos from the Prowers County opening exhibit.

Visit HungerThroughMyLens.org to learn more about the Colorado-based photovoice project and view photos from all participants.

Jeffco Eats Weekend Food Program is totally about collaboration.  We will be working this quarter of 2018 to uncover projects we can work on together to greatly increase the amount of food we are bringing to our precious school children and their families.  

Healthy is Happy

Healthy is happy with Jeffco eats school children. Join us in our programming. How students can be less hungry and more healthy is through our 3 programs.  Our non profit  provides healthy weekend food, fresh foods and first come first serve foods to ten Jefferson County Title One schools each week. Some of our schools choose to just provide shelf stable food sacks and some have families who desperately want the variety and health of produce, fruits, dairy products.  Healthy is happy with Jeffco Eats.

We believe in being an answer to the children’s access to healthy foods. We are part of the solution to food insecurity by including fresh produce. Our core goals and programs reduce hunger and bring healthy foods to our schools. We are members of Jefferson County Food Policy Council and advocates of Hunger Free Colorado. https://www.facebook.com/HungerFreeColorado/   

 

 

Our schools are Lasley Elementary, Emory Elementary, Mulholm Elementary, Deane Elementary, Edgewater Elementary, Foothills Elementary, Everitt Middle , Brady High, Alameda middle and high, Rose Stein Elementary.  There are about 4000 students by our estimates that could use food supplements weekly.   The poverty of Title One children causes hunger and trauma to their souls. We are the answer to the cry of their hearts for help. 

We will be doing fund raisers soon for purchases of small economical white refrigerator and freezer units .  We need to raise $ 2500.00 .

 

                                                                        Learn more at www.jeffcoeats.org    We need units at our packing facilities at Foothills Elementary and St. Paul’s Episcopal and some of the schools want units to keep a greater supply of fresh and frozen items.  Please consider becoming a regular monthly donor with Jeffco Eats. 

We will increase weekly produce this year from purchases at Food Bank of the Rockies, fresh produce from large farms we have a relationship with and grow some of our own produce. Shelf stable produce like potatoes, onions and carrots are easy to keep food safe and for the children to carry home in their weekend food bags. 

                           Please go to www.metrovolunteers.org or signup.com to see our weekly                 volunteering opportunities. 

 

 Barbara Moore, Executive Director. 

PS – please Like Us  https://www.facebook.com/jeffcoeats/

Volunteers for 2018 to help reduce hunger www.jeffcoeats.org

We wrote a grant last week to CO BIZ and were amazed to see that we had over 2800 hours of service by our supporters.  We have about 40 volunteers a week helping in picking up food, driving food to schools and packing the weekend food bags.

 

 

We will have a few big events this year and will need about 100 volunteers for those dates.  If you are working for a corporation that gets paid time off to volunteer we would love to talk with you.

 

 

  • Please email jeffcoeats@gmail.com and Barbara Moore Executive Director will set a time to come and speak with you.  

We do desire children, teens, young adults to seniors to be a diverse group and organization.  One regular helper brings her son in his backpack and he rests on her while she walks about picking up seven items a 100 times.  The children of Foothills Elementary get to have the privilege of helping for an hour on a rotation. The community liaison shares with them reminders about helping others.  They just shout out sometimes how happy they are to do this work.  Food Bank of the Rockies is our program provider for our food.  We get canned foods, fresh foods and items rescued from grocery stores.

We work in food policy groups in the city also.  We are active members of the Jefferson County Food Policy Council.  Together we can end hunger.  We support the bill in the Colorado legislature right now to end hunger .

We were featured in the Jefferson County Schools News last week: Foothills ES & Jeffco Eats

Foothills Elementary School welcomed a special helper January 5! Phil Weiser, a candidate for Colorado Attorney General, volunteered his time to support Jeffcoeats Weekend Food Program at Foothills, the hub for Jeffco Eats. They process and fill over 500 grocery bags of food that is distributed and delivered to 12 Jeffco Public Schools every week. Students who participate receive a free bag of food every Friday to supplement their family weekend food needs. It was a pleasure having Phil and his team help out!

 

To volunteer :

http://www.signup.com

or

 

Metro Volunteers http:www.metrovolunteers.org

 

Volunteer as a group with us at Food bank of Rockies this year

It is January and the whole year is ahead of us.  We ask you to consider volunteering at Food Bank of Rockies our partner agency.  We will get credit to buy food for the children from your hours served.  This is such a worthy cause and you help two programs that support alleviating hunger with one four hour shift.  We are registered as Harvest Mountain Ministries so when you sign up as a group use this name.  We do business as Jeffco Eats, but our ein name as a non profit with Food bank Rockies is Harvest Mountain Ministries.   Here is list of variety of ways your group could help. The link to sign up is :
https://www.foodbankrockies.org/volunteer/
Opportunities

Assistance is primarily needed Monday – Friday, 8:45 am – 12:00 pm and 12:15 pm – 3:30 pm. We also have Saturday opportunities that fill up quickly. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old (accompanied by an adult) or 16 years old to volunteer on their own. Volunteers must be 18 years or older to volunteer in our kitchen. For Saturdays, prior authorization is required for younger volunteers.

  • Distribution

    Pull and build orders from warehouse inventory for our member agencies. Requires the ability to repetitively lift 10-30 lb cases.
    This is the area we need help most!

  • Reclamation

    Inspect, clean, sort and box items received through food drives and grocery rescue before they are distributed to clients. This area requires an attention to detail and is a low-impact/physical area.

  • USDA – CSFP Box Packing

    Work in an assembly line filling boxes for the USDA’s CSFP food program. A variety of positions within this area are available from low impact to physical tasks. For groups 10 or larger.

    Only available select days

  • Community Kitchen

    Help prepare meals for our Kid’s Cafe program. Work may include prepping food, cooking, cleaning, and other duties. Must be 18 for this area.

    Limited availability, long term volunteers desired.

  • Produce Sorting

    Sort through bulk produce so that we can get quality nutritious fruits and vegetables to our partner agencies. A variety of positions are available in this area and is great for groups.

    When available.

     

  • TEFAP Nome Street

    Pull and build orders at our warehouse for agencies participating in USDA food distribution programs. This opportunity is located at 3900 Nome ST, Unit T, Denver, CO 80239. Requires the ability to repetitively lift 10-20 lbs.

    Only available select days

  • After School Snacks

    Build snack orders for our agencies that participate in the after school snacks for tutoring program and then transport the orders to the waiting vehicles from our warehouse.

    Available on Tuesdays.

  • Totes of Hope™ Programs

    Build totes for children and load them into vehicles for our agencies.

    Available on Fridays.

  • Office Work

    Assist with mailings, non-solicitation phone calls, filing and/or other miscellaneous tasks.

    Available on a very limited basis.