Community engagement is at the cornerstone of every successful athletics program, and it is ingrained in our Ram Standard. Now that the day-to-day grind of the 2023 fall season is behind us, let’s focus on giving back to the community. Here are two opportunities to serve.
Denver Rescue Mission* December 1st
Ram’s soccer has volunteered to served dinner to our homeless neighbors at the Denver Rescue Mission at 2222 Lawrence Street in downtown Denver from 4:45pm to 6:45pm on Friday, December 1st. We need 9 people (players and parents) to volunteer to serve. This is a great way to get a couple of community service hours for your college resumes or for any organizations to which you belong that require volunteering. More importantly, you will learn a little bit about the challenges of our neighbors that face circumstances that have them living on the streets. This is a great opportunity for service and education.
To volunteer, contact Coach Matt. The first nine people to volunteer will join us December 1st.
*The Denver Rescue Mission is a Christian organization. However, this is not a religious-based volunteer opportunity, and the Denver Rescue Mission welcomes volunteers of any and all faiths and religious beliefs.
Update: Brett G, Colin, Richard, Nolan, alumni Ben and their parents served 588 meals. Way to make an impact, Ram Nation!
Collect Rolling Suitcases
Besides coaching, I work for an organization called, Stigma. One of our annual programs is an event called “Christmas in the Park” held at the foot of the Colorado State Capital on Christmas Morning. We distribute rolling suitcases to as many as 1,000 homeless and financially challenged Denver neighbors.
You can help by collecting rolling suitcases from your friends and neighbors. You might be surprised to find how many people have extra, unneeded rolling suitcases in their basements just taking up space. If you walk three blocks in your neighborhood, knocking on doors explaining the project and asking for donations, you might be shocked at how many rolling suitcases you can collect. Also, consider shopping your local thrift stores for rolling suitcases.
Please check out this video that better describes the event, and shows the participation of Stigma and our volunteers.
Just let me know when you have collected all of the suitcases you can, anytime before December 24th, and I will arrange to meet you to pick them up.
Please pick a community service opportunity, or participate in both.
Let’s be action oriented, Rams, when it comes to being active in our community. If you have any questions, please let me know.