Each Thanksgiving for the last 10 years or so, I’ve done pro bono work for Colorado Vincentian Volunteers because they serve the “poorest of the poor” in Denver’s inner city. CVV sponsors young adults as professional volunteers at wide variety of agencies including The Gathering Place, Samaritan House, Sewall Childhood Development Center, and Work Options for Women. CVV serves people in need, whether children in families struggling with violence and abuse, or individuals suffering addiction and homelessness, or elderly people shut-in nursing homes.
CVV’s founders, Mary Frances and Bill Jaster, and I met many years ago when we both were awarded the Archdiocese of Denver’s Peacemaker Award. They recruited me, and I gladly joined their mission because they do the difficult work of serving people in need–but moreover, they recognize that in their served, they are being served.
• For more information about Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, click here http://www.covivo.org/home.htm
• For my insights about my association with CVV and how my volunteerism inspired a homeless character in my novel “Glass Halo,” click on this link to my Bluestocking blog:
• And here’s more backstory on how I came to do pro bono work each Thanksgiving season, here’s another personal essay post.
Each year, I help them conceptualize a Thanksgiving mailing, a fund-raiser for the 2010 CVV card:
Some of us look out a window and see autumn as a time of beauty.
Some of us have no window to look out, and see the change of seasons
as a sign of harder, colder times to come.
What’s your point of view?
This year, Colorado Vincentian Volunteers took a leap of fait and doubled the number of volunteers. Why?
Because we’ve seen dramatic increases in the numbers of people in need at the various agencies we partner with in Denver’s inner city. This year, more than any previous year, we need your help. This Thanksgiving and always, we’re grateful for you, our benefactors. Your sacrifice allows us to serve and be served by people struggling against low points in their lives here in the Mile High City.
If you’re looking for a worthy, tax-deductible, end-of-the-year charitable contribution, or just a way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful, I recommend Colorado Vincentian Volunteers.
Happy Thanksgiving: I’m grateful for the honor of serving and being served by CVV and their less fortunate associates among us here in Denver.
Colleen Smith’s debut novel Glass Halo, set in Denver, was a finalist for the Santa Fe Literary Prize and was praised in the latest issue of The Bloomsbury Review. The novel is available online and through your favorite bookstore.
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