Service Stories

We have gathered stories highlighting recent services activities here:

Thank you to all who volunteered for the electronics recycling event held Saturday, May 7 at R3 Electronics in Parker, held in conjunction with the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of ParkerClick here for a slide show of the event.

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Well, WE aren't off to Nigeria, but a team of Rotarians and medical students from Rocky Vista University volunteered at Project C.U.R.E. to help sort/pack items destined for a shipment to Nigeria.

A team of Rotarians typically volunteers at Project C.U.R.E. the fourth Monday evening of the month.

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A group of Rotarians was able to go back to volunteering at the Project C.U.R.E. warehouse in Centennial in late January, sorting donated medical supplies.  The photo below shows some of the sorting tables.  No medical experience is required -- just the patience to recognize when items from a big mixed box of supplies are identical.  Come join us on the fourth Monday of the month!

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Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the food drive for the Parker Task Force at the Stroh Ranch King Soopers on Saturday, January 8.  Here is what we collected:

  • 96 boxes of food/household necessities
  • $869 in cash and $920 in gift cards
  • 22+ packages of butter and 7+ packages of cheese.

We are grateful for the generous contributions of the Parker community!

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Saturday, November 13 turned out to be a beautiful day for outdoor work cleaning up Parker's newest open space at Harvie Park.  A group of Rotarians and family members cleaned up garbage from the park lands, and found treasures as well -- such as a desiccated snake!  Click here to view a slideshow of the event.

 

 

We had a second outdoor project on Saturday, November 13 -- planting perennial flowers donated by Tagawa Gardens in the sensory gardens at Praying Hands Ranch.  This project was a terrific example of the adage "Many hands make light work" as we got 50 plants into the ground and mulched in 90 minutes.  Below are photos of part of the raking crew and two of the newly planted beds under their protective covering of pine needles.

 
 
 
We've had more crews of Rotarians attend local high school football games to hand out messages of hope and information on how to contact Safe2Tell, the Colorado resource for youth mental health.  Above is a crew at the Chaparral football game on October 21; below is a crew of Rotarians and Interact students from Chaparral High School at another Chaparral game on October 15.
 
Concerned by the mental health challenges facing our youth and wanting to help do something about it, the Rotary Club of Parker is collaborating with Douglas County Schools, Safe2Tell Colorado plus five other area Rotary clubs to provide colorful wristbands promoting the services of Safe2Tell to Douglas County high school students.  Safe2Tell provides “an anonymous way for students, parents, school staff, and community members to report concerns regarding their safety or the safety of others” (https://safe2tell.org/). The wristbands contain a hopeful message and contact information for Safe2Tell. 

Here are Rotarians Ron Sorlien and Tricia Fahey handing out the wristbands at a local high school football game:

 

 

It was a lovely morning for gardening at Praying Hands Ranch on Saturday, September 18.  Crews of Rotarians have worked there several times this summer and the efforts are paying off in the sensory garden.  Here is the latest crew after prepping a new segment of the garden for planting.

 

It was a beautiful evening to be out serving as Rotarians supported the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Wine Walk on Friday, September 24.  Above are some of our friendly registrars, while below is Chamber Vice-President of Membership Kara Massa with Rotarian organizer Dan O'Neill.

 

Crews of Rotarians and family members were happy to return to the Stroh Ranch King Soopers to collect food and other necessities for the Parker Task Force on Saturday, August 14.  The community responded generously in these still-difficult times.  Here are three of the four smiling crews...

 
 
 

Another crew of Rotarians worked at the sensory gardens at Praying Hands Ranch on July 31.  We're making steady progress to beat back the weeds and reveal the lovely garden underneath!

Click here for a slide show with more images from the work party.

 
After the successful event on July 24 to create hygiene kits to hand out in our community, the kits were first put to use at the Strive to Thrive event on July 27.  As noted on their webpage, "Strive to Thrive is a bi-annual event hosted by the Community of Care Network [of Douglas County]...Agencies and organizations come together to offer a one-stop-shop resource fair for vulnerable residents in Douglas County."  Here is the Rotary crew ready to hand out hygiene kits.  Thank you to all the Rotarians who helped put together the kits, and to the Rotary crew that staffed the Strive to Thrive event!  It was a rewarding experience to be among the community organizations providing care to Douglas County.

The newest members of our club led us in creating a dynamite service project that will benefit many individuals/groups in our community.  We assembled 314 Care Kits with a variety of hygiene items, specialized for children (151 kits), women (91 kits) and men (72 kits).  Twenty-three Rotarians and guests came together on Saturday, July 24 to assemble the kits.   Thank you to Michael, Chau and family for hosting (and feeding!) us. 

Click here to view a slide show showing Rotarians in action.

The Care Kits will now be donated to:

Strive to Thrive (150 Kits) partners with local organizations to provide resources and increase awareness and availability of services for families in our community who are struggling to obtain basic needs. Care Kits will be donated during their semi-annual event on July 27. The Rotary Club of Parker will have a booth set up at this event from 4-6 p.m. to distribute the kits.

Winter Shelter Network (WSN) (55 Kits). The goal of the WSN is to serve the homeless of Douglas County by providing a temporary, safe shelter to receive REST, MEALS, and CONNECTION.

Eagle Academy High School (EAHS) (55 kits). EAHS is committed to providing students with a relevant learning experience that facilitates personal and academic exploration. EA embraces a caring and positive family model by empowering students to gain confidence and take initiatives building a fulfilling future founded on personal balance and healthy, nurturing relationships.

DC Student Support Center (DCSSC) (54 kits). DCSSC is a voluntary, 9-week, strength-based transition program and is intended to support students expelled or at-risk of expulsion for behavior, truancy and or substance abuse. In addition to regular instruction, students meet with licensed mental health, mindfulness (researched-based coping skill intervention) and substance abuse counselors an average of 4 hours a week to offer support around a variety of mental health and substance use issues.


 
 
Rotarians Jim Muir, Ron Sorlien, Tricia Fahey and Jim Boyd (the photographer) helped spruce up the gardens surrounding the gazebo in O'Brien Park.  Here the group is pictured around a statue of Nancy Gripman, the founder of the Parker Task Force and an avid gardener.  The Rotary Club of Parker donated the gazebo to the Town of Parker in 2004 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Rotary's founding.