In the past I have been asked to share my experiences with the onset of depression and subsequent experiences. Suffice to say, I still suffer from depression but with the help of my family, friends and constant companion Prozac I am able to lead a very fulfilling life. Therefore, allow me to share other observations … Continue reading Mental Wellness Column by Judge Dennis Maes of Pueblo, CO.
Flood Preparedness Due to the unpredictable nature of floods, taking the necessary steps to prepare and staying up-to-date with current communications are essential for one’s safety. Ready.gov emphasizes how floods often result from heavy snow, storms, and overflows of dams and other water systems. Notably, floods are the most common natural disaster in the United … Continue reading Disaster Preparedness Article 5: Flood Preparedness
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, August 1st & 2nd, consider volunteering to help those in need! Women experiencing homelessness are being relocated to the Roadway Inn and Suites in Denver, Colorado. 15 Volunteers are needed for Saturday and 15 for Sunday to clean up the new shelter location. We will be … Continue reading Looking for Weekend Plans? Volunteer with Spark!
Consider Serving as a Board Member for Focus Points Family Resource Center! Focus Points Family Resource Center is a nonprofit organization committed to serving low-income families in the greater northeast Denver area. Building better communities by strengthening families Since 1995, Focus Points has been serving and advocating for families in the Greater Denver Area. Their … Continue reading Interested in Serving on a Nonprofit Board?
Information on Contact Tracing During health care emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, contact tracing plays a key role in catching and controlling outbreaks. Due to its great importance in protecting communities, individuals should know how contact tracing works. In a broad sense, contact tracing starts with a known or suspected case. Trained community workers … Continue reading Emergency Preparedness Article 4: Contact Tracing
Volunteers Needed! Benefits in Action Creates New Programs to Serve Those Most Affected by the current pandemic. Benefits in Action (BIA) is dedicated to increasing access, understanding, and utilization of health-related benefits. Volunteers serve throughout the organization, working with staff to provide the community with critical services. During the Coronavirus quarantine, BIA has used innovation, … Continue reading Benefits in Action: Seeking Volunteers for New Programs!
Preparing for Wildfires Wildfire season is upon us. For both organizations and volunteers, there are important steps to adequately prepare. Certain parts of Colorado are more susceptible to wildfires. Moreover, frequent drought, extreme heat, and insect infestation contribute to higher risk. Colorado Emergency Management has created an informative video about wildfires. Below you will find … Continue reading Emergency Preparedness Article 3: Preparing for Wildfires
Spark the Change Colorado is dedicated to providing a robust volunteer program to support our communities experiencing homelessness. We have partnered with the City of Denver to provide much needed services and safe environments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Auxiliary shelters in the Denver area are offering 24 hour locations so folks can get screened, properly … Continue reading Sparking Change: Shelter Volunteering During COVID-19
(l to r): Mary Lovato-Peters, Jeanette Spinks, Ray Maestas, and Svetlana Tsygankov. Senior Companion Introduced a New Pilot Program for Virtual Services in 2020 Due to the Impact of COVID-19. The Senior Companion Program is now entering its third year! Despite COVID-19 and the temporary closure of usual companionship activities (transporting clients to doctor appointments, … Continue reading The Senior Companion Program Celebrates 3 Years!
Managing Volunteers During Disaster: Basic Guiding Principles Preparation is key in regard to emergency management. Taking the time to prepare for volunteers is an essential step. During times of disaster, spontaneous volunteers often arrive to help. Their help can be underutilized and even problematic if it is not associated with management response. When planning and … Continue reading Emergency Preparedness Article 2: Managing Volunteers During Disaster