More than 200 Kaiser Permanente Employees to Volunteer in Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

CONTACT:

Nick Roper, Kaiser Permanente, nicholas.mark.roper@kp.org

Carolyn Jarvis, SparkTheChange, cjarvis@sparkthechangecolorado.org

WHAT: More than 200 Kaiser Permanente Colorado employees are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day by rolling up their sleeves in remembrance of Dr. King’s commitment to community service. In partnership with SparktheChange, Kaiser Permanente Colorado employees will volunteer at 15 projects along the Front Range. Projects include building outdoor bike racks for the public and helping with cooking classes. This is the 15th consecutive year Kaiser Permanente has participated in MLK Jr. Day of Service.

WHO: 200+ Kaiser Permanente employees volunteering in Colorado.

WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2019 **see info for specific times for each project**

WHERE: We invite the media to join us at the following three locations; please contact

Nick Roper (303.905.7451) to schedule.

1. Freedom Service Dogs (FRIDAY, JANUARY 18)

7193 S. Dillon Ct. Englewood, CO 80112

9:30a.m. – 12p.m. Freedom Service Dogs unleashes the potential of dogs by transforming them into custom-trained, life-changing assistance dogs for people in need. Volunteers from Kaiser Permanente will clean kennels, paint various structures, and assist in other maintenance projects.

2. Metro Caring (MONDAY, JANUARY 21)

1100 E. 18th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

12:30 – 3:30pm Metro Caring is meeting people’s immediate food needs while sustainably addressing the root cause of hunger: poverty. Kaiser Permanente volunteers will be helping to expand the indoor growing operations and community garden which provide sustainably-sourced food for the community in need.

3. Mount Saint Vincent (MONDAY, JANUARY 21)

4159 Lowell Blvd. Denver, CO 80211

10a.m. – 2p.m. Mount Saint Vincent is the Rocky Mountain region’s premier provider of mental health treatment, foster care services, preschool through eighth grade education, and trauma-informed training — all focused on children and their families. At this project site, Kaiser Permanente volunteers will be painting vibrant murals in rooms, and refurbishing the Mount Saint Vincent club house.

4. Denver Urban Gardens (MONDAY, JANUARY 21)

1031 33rd St. Denver, CO 80205

10a.m. – 2p.m. Denver Urban Gardens’ gardeners grow food, but more than that, they grow community. DUG currently has over 170 gardens in six counties in the Metro Denver Area. To ensure DUG continues to grow, 20 volunteers will sort seeds for future use at this location.

5. GrowHaus (MONDAY, JANUARY 21)

4751 York St, Denver, CO 80216

10a.m. – 2p.m. The GrowHaus is a nonprofit indoor farm in north Denver dedicated to food production, food education and food distribution. For this MLK Jr. Day project, 25 volunteers will help in the hydroponic farm and aquaponic farm, organize the seedling nursery, paint various structures and rooms, and construct storage space in the GrowHaus classroom.

 

About Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, working to improve the lives and health of all Coloradans for 49 years. We are comprised of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado and the Colorado Permanente Medical Group—one of the state’s largest medical groups with more than 1,200 physicians. We provide comprehensive care for our 650,000 Kaiser Permanente Colorado members through 30 medical offices across the state—from Pueblo to Greeley and in Summit and Eagle counties. We are also committed to our social mission and in 2017, proudly directed more than $122 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/share or follow us @kpcolorado or like us facebook.com/kpcolorado.

About Spark the Change Colorado

Spark the Change Colorado, formerly Metro Volunteers is Rocky Mountain Region’s leading resource, strategist and partner for volunteerism, service and engagement. We empower individuals, organizations and communities with the knowledge, tools, connections and guidance to become driving forces for positive change. to learn more visit http://www.sparkthechangecolorado.org or call us at 303.282.1234.

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