The B.I.G. Day 2014 - Get Ready to Rock n' Roll Again!
IMAGINE THE IMPACT OF OVER 1000 VOLUNTEERS SERVING AREA nonprofitS TOGETHER... Business Owners, Employees, Family Members, Neighbors, and Friends Giving Back For A Day!
Saturday, April 26th from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm with a B.I.G. Day Celebration from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm!
What is the B.I.G. Day?
“B.I.G.” stands for “Be involved, Give.” Created by the Chamber’s nonprofit & Business Partnership Group, the goal is to have 500 Chamber members, their employees, family and friends spending a Saturday morning volunteering to make a difference in the community. It is an opportunity to focus attention on the hardworking non-profi t organizations that do great work in our community and give back to them by supporting them with service projects. We have organized dozens of service projects with dozens of area non-profi ts that can be completed in four hours or less. Projects that can make a difference to people and our community.
Who Can Volunteer?
We’d like everyone to participate! Businesses (both chamber and non-chamber members), their staff, family and friends. In addition, community organizations (schools, churches, sports teams) and individuals are all encouraged to participate.
Can My Children Help?
We anticipate that many of the projects will be child-friendly, but that will be left up to the non-profi t organizations to determine based on their needs.
What Kinds of Volunteer Activities Will be Offered?
Starting in February, volunteers will be able to select projects they want to work on, and with a little coordination, businesses, neighbors, churches and teams can work on projects together! First, look through the list of activities below and sign-up to volunteer and hold the date. Then we’ll be back in touch via email to let you know that you can sign-up for specific projects. You’ll have lots of choices, including office/administration work, cleaning/organizing, yard work, painting, light repairs/ improvements as well as opportunities to provide services to some of the nonprofit’s constituents.
Will Volunteers Need to Bring Supplies?
Any needed supplies will be determined between the project captain and the nonprofit. Our goal is to get materials donated, when possible, but volunteers might be asked to bring basic items like rakes, shovels, tools, etc. based on the project that they sign up for.
Celebrate the B.I.G. Day!
In appreciation of everyone’s hard work, please join us back at the Chamber for some great food, drinks, and prizes! Celebrate the accomplishments of the B.I.G. Day and share your experiences with fellow volunteers.
Please RSVP for the celebration (it is separate from your volunteer RSVP) through this link.
There Other Ways I Can Help?
Yes, this is a big undertaking and we are going to need dozens of volunteers to assist us on the day of the event. “Team captains” and project coordinators are needed for each volunteer site to work with the participating non-profi t organizations. We are also going to need businesses to help with donations of money and/ or materials to help fund some of the non-profi t projects. If you or your business would be willing to donate cash or materials, please contact Laurian Horowitz at email@example.com or call the Chamber, 303-795-0142.
If you have a group from your business, club or organization who would like to volunteer for The 2014 B.I.G. Day as a group, please contact Laurian Horowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following Nonprofits are in need of volunteers:
(Click on the link to volunteer)
Logos designate Chamber Investor nonprofits
Alternatives Pregnancy Center - Alternatives Pregnancy Center is a safe place for women to be heard during an important deicision time.
Our team will complete light office work and office clean up.
Minimum age: 12 years old, parents/guardian must attend with those under 18. Bathroom and water will be available. Please bring a water bottle.
Audubon Society of Greater Denver - Audubon Society of Greater Denver advocates for the environment, connecting people with nature through conservation, education, and research.
Prepare the Audubon Center at Chatfield and surrounding trails, gardens, and other buildings in time for Spring and Summer events. Volunteers will be outdoors and may assist with pruning, raking, digging, cleaning and organization. Gardening, invasive weed removal, cleaning, organizing, trail maintenance, and more. Please bring any wheel barrows, rakes, loppers, trowels you have available. There are no age restrictions for this location, but minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Campground style private pit-bathroom is available. Water is also availble. Please bring a water bottle, dress for the weather (long pants & closed-toe shoes), and gardening gloves. There may be some heavy lifting involved.
Denver Children's Advocacy Center - The Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) provides a continuum of care for traumatized children and their families. DCAC serves children who have been sexually abused or traumatized by witnessing homicide or extreme acts of violence.
Volunteers will be doing both garden and house spring cleaning, including weeding, trimming existing garden plants. Indoors - vacuuming, clean baseboards, therapy rooms. Sterilize toys used by therapy clients. Tidy lobby areas (2 houses). Participants must be at least 12 years old, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bathroom & water are available. Please bring a water bottle & dress for the weather.
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge - The Mission of the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is to preserve the paleontologic, geologist, and historic resources on Dinosaur Ridge, Triceratops Trail, and outlier sites in the Golden- Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark and to educate the public about these resources.
Volunteers will spend the morning doing ground maintenance (weeding, painting, etc.) at either Dinosaur Ridge or Triceratops Trail. Help us clean up the trails at Dinosaur Ridge or Triceratops Trail before the summer season. Location will be confirmed once date gets closer.
Minimum age: 12 years old, parents/guardian must attend with those under 18.
Bathroom and water will be provided. Please bring a water bottle, dress for the weather (long pants & close toed shoes), and bring sunscreen/work gloves/shovels.
Interfaith Community Services - Inter-Faith Community Services provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income people using community resources. Inter-Faith fosters self-sufficiency and respects the dignity of each client. Inter-Faith serves the people of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe.
Volunteers will be handing out flyers to customers at King Soopers locations from 8:30-11, asking them to please purchase some extra items while they shop if they are able. The flyers being handed out will have one side saying you are part of the BIG Day with the SMDC and that the food is coming here to help our neighbors in need. The other side will have what is on sale that week with folks' Sooper Cards. Then, we will be having a sorting party at Inter-Faith’s Community Services Food Bank from 11-12.
Bathroom, water and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a water bottle & dress for the weather (long pants & close toed shoes).
Project Cure - Project C.U.R.E. is the registered trademark of the Benevolent Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, humanitarian relief organization that collects medical supplies and equipment and donates it to developing countries.
Volunteers will sort medical supplies and load the supplies into a shipping container that is destined for a third world country.
Participants must be at least 16 years old, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Bathroom & water are available. Please bring a water bottle & dress for the weather (long pants & close toed shoes). If you have volunteered here before, please make sure to bring your volunteer card with your volunteer ID number. If you have not volunteered here before, registered volunteers must complete a liability waiver at https://volunteers.projectcure.org/volunteer.mvc and bring the completed registration with you on the BIG Day.
SheShe's Corner Boutique - She She’s Corner is an upscale resale women’s clothing and home furnishings. We offer for sale excellent quality, “gently loved” or new women’s clothing for pennies on the dollar, as well as beautiful home furnishings and accessories.
She She’s is owned by James Resource Network, a Colorado nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide single-parent families quick access to hope and resources, the goal being to achieve family stability and self-sufficiency.
Project ONE: Help with the change of seasons by packing up winter clothes and rolling out the spring clothes in this women’s boutique.
Minimum age: 12 years old, parents/guardian must attend with those under 18.
Project TWO: Build racks with shelves to help us to expand our storage capacity. We NEED: Closet rods & brackets for 30’ and supporting wood slats, as well as a 10’ wall & 4 shelves for the shelving piece.
Minimum age: 16 years old, parents/guardian must attend with those under 18.
Project THREE: Reorganize storage space for more efficient use of storage.
Minimum age: 14 years old, parents/guardian must attend with those under 18.
Bathroom and water will be provided. Please dress for the project (long pants & close toed shoes).
South Suburban Park Foundation - Since 1979, the South Suburban Park Foundation's mission is to create trails, parks and greenways for south metro communities.
Volunteers will spend the morning beautifying our community by cleaning up trash and debris along the Big Dry Creek Corridor and the South Platte River/Mary Carter Greenway.
Minimum age: 5 years old, parents/guardian must attend with those under 18.
Bathroom and water will be available. Please bring a water bottle, dress for the weather (long pants & close toed shoes), and bring sunscreen/work gloves.
The Action Center - The Action Center’s goal is to give clients a continuum of services to meet their current needs and the means to become self-sufficient. Through various programs the Action Center gives help, provides hope and builds dignity while breaking the cycle of poverty.
Volunteers will be sorting food donations, packing food boxes for the food pantry, sorting clothes for the clothing bank and unloading vehicles for donors. Based on the number of volunteers and the organizations priorities this spring, we may expand the options to include outside clean up, warehouse organization and inventory.
Minimum age: 15 years old, parents/guardian must attend with those under 18.
Bathroom and water will be available. Please bring a water bottle, dress for the weather, and bring sunscreen.
TLC Meals on Wheels - Town of Littleton Cares, Inc (TLC) Meals on Wheels is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of our neighbors. A healthy, hot meal is delivered by caring volunteers to our clients' door at lunch time Monday through Friday, for only $3 per day.
Volunteers will be assisting TLC Meals on Wheels with preparing and delivering meals for 75 of their clients.
Ages: 16+, Must be 18+ to drive.
Individuals must wear non-skid, closed-toe shoes to participate in this project; driving is necessary to deliver meals.
“What a difference it makes to have a team of Chamber volunteers show up, tackle a project, get it done and have a blast all the while. Having them help actually makes you look forward to painting fences and cutting weeds.” Brian Vogt, CEO, Denver Botanic Gardens
"I appreciate any opportunity to give back to the community. Organizing the efforts of over 500 people is a fantastic way to give charitable organizations a big boost of help to tackle projects that may not be accomplished otherwise." Keith Zaring, HM Brown & Associates
"Thank you for the opportunity to be part of something larger than ourselves and to give my daughter some ownership over the park and trails she uses." Mike Hanbery, Webolutions
Photos and comments from the 2013 B.I.G. Day: http://www.meetup.com/bestchamber/events/62137522/
B.I.G. Day Planning Committee Chairs:
Laurian Horowitz, Colorado Life Lessons/Safety Solved- Event Chair
Alex Benko, Trout Mobile- Non Profit Committee Co-Chair
Traci Tattersall, Sports Image- Non Profit Committee Co-Chair
Phillip Arnoff, Experience Pros Radio Show- Public Relations Committee Chair
Sue Kenfield, See It Thrive- Corporate Teams Chair
Steve Bocher, Catchfire Marketing- Celebrations Chair