What we're about

Learn more about us at DenverKiwanis.org (http://denverkiwanis.org/)

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Hello! We're the Young Professionals of Denver Kiwanis Club, a group of 20 and 30 ish somethings in the Denver metro area that love to get together over a good beer, have fun, and connect with our awesome city by giving back. If you're looking to get to know your city better and make some new friends you've found the right place!

So what is Kiwanis exactly? Kiwanis (http://kiwanis.org) is an international volunteer and philanthropic organization that has been giving back to the world for over 100 years. As one of the most respected service organizations in the world, Kiwanis provides an outstanding network of people and resources for us to pull from as we work to make Denver a better place.

We are generous with our time. We are creative with our ideas. We are passionate about making a difference. And we have fun along the way. We're excited for you to jump in with us.

Want to talk to an actual person about the group? Reach out to Austin at austinraygood@gmail.com

Upcoming events (5+)

Serving Dinner at Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver, Inc.

New folks are always welcome! We will be preparing dinner for families that are staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities. Kiwanis will be providing the food, we just need the hands to help make it! We'll start cooking at 5pm (if you need to show up a little late to make it from work that's alright) and will finish cleaning the kitchen around 8pm. Just let the person at the front entrance know you're here to help cook dinner with Kiwanis and they'll get you back to the kitchen. Learn more about this charity at: https://rmhc-denver.org

Make Fidget Blankets for Patients and Children (Project Linus)

AGENDA: 1:00 - 1:15 pm Welcome, Sign Waivers at Denver Hospice, Intro to event 1:15 – 2:45 pm Make blankets and feel better! 2:45 - 3:00 pm Wrap up, thank you and clean up WHAT WE WILL DO: This unique collaboration will serve both patients at Denver Hospice AND the kiddos that Project Linus serves. 60 blankets to Denver Hospice and all the rest to Project Linus! Each volunteer will be given instructions on how to make a fidget blanket and will see everyone’s finished products before leaving. Project Helping is supplying all the materials, and we’re making fringe-tied blankets. No sewing or special skills are required, so everyone can join in! WHAT TO BRING/WEAR: There is no dress-code or expectations for this mental wellness experience. However, we ask that volunteers be mindful if their outfit, logos, messaging, etc will make other volunteers or employees at Denver Hospice uncomfortable or offended. We want this to be a place where people feel safe and welcome. WHERE TO PARK: There is a large parking lot open to all volunteers and leaders. WHERE TO MEET: All volunteers will enter the building and the Education Room at the Inpatient Care Center will be to the left. There is a helpful staff member at the front desk that will be more than willing to direct or answer any questions. OTHER DETAILS: Project Helping is partnering with The Denver Hospice to make “fidget blankets” for patients with Alzheimer’s. Fidget blankets soothe and calm patients, thereby positively impacting nurses and doctors, as well as family members comforted knowing their loved ones feel more peaceful. Project Linus: Provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Learn more here: https://www.projectlinus.org/

Serving Dinner at Shilo House

9700 E Easter Ln

Shiloh House service primarily Colorado youth and families. They provide residential care, educational programming, day treatment and outpatient services. They offer continuum of care for children, youth and families who are working to overcome the impact of abuse, neglect, trauma, or family crisis. If you recall Kathy spoke to use earlier in the year. Go to Shilohhouse.org for additional information. This event is sponsored by the Kiwanis DTC club. They sponsor dinner at Shilo House the first Wednesday of each month. Dinner to be served at 5:30pm. We're taking care of dinner, so we just need you to show up!

Prepare and Serve Dinner for Kids in a Low-Income Community (Sun Valley Kitchen)

AGENDA: 3:30-5pm Welcome & Prepare Dinner 5-5:30pm Serve Dinner 5:30-6pm Clean Up & Thank You WHAT WE WILL DO: Join Project Helping volunteers to prepare dinner for approximately 60 youth from the Sun Valley Youth Center. The Sun Valley Kitchen & Community Center is a safe and supportive space to explore life’s possibilities, and SVKCC serves children and families with food and love. Help provide healthy food access for kids in the lowest income community in the Denver metro area. Come help prep, serve and clean up! WHAT TO BRING/WEAR: Everything will be provided, including aprons and gloves. Please wear closed-toe shoes and a shirt with sleeves. WHERE TO PARK: There is street parking on surrounding streets, or you can park in the parking lot located behind Sun Valley Youth Center (1230 Decatur Street), which can be accessed off of Holden Place on the east side of Decatur Street. WHERE TO MEET: Use the main entrance located on the Northeast corner of Decatur St. and Holden Place. Check in with the Project Helping Kynd Leader when you arrive. They will be wearing a bright green Project Helping t-shirt. Your Kynd Leader will be with you the entire experience to make sure you have a blast! OTHER DETAILS: The Sun Valley neighborhood is made of up 1500 residents with 99.5% under median income, and half of Sun Valley residents are 18 years old and younger. Sun Valley Kitchen and Community Center provides children and families in Sun Valley with opportunities for self-expression, self-awareness and personal growth, while fostering unity within the dynamic, multi-cultural neighborhood. They provide food access, employment opportunities, educational resources, space to connect, and mentorship and support.

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