Spark the Change Colorado is adding a new Volunteer Program, the AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), to seven counties across Colorado! The counties are: Alamosa, Huerfano, Los Animas, Montezuma, Park, Jefferson, and Broomfield.
Since 1971, RSVP, one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation for people 55 and over, has matched older adults who are willing to help with local organizations on the front lines of meeting community needs. Food insecurity will be the focus area of service in these seven counties.
To spotlight this exciting new program, we wanted to introduce you to the Team that’s making it happen!
Meet Natalie Gorak
RSVP Park County Manager
Natalie earned a Bachelors in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in Education and Human Development from University of Colorado-Denver. She’s especially proud of her
thesis from the Masters program, where she conducted her own research exploring the
concept of fictive kin among young adults experiencing homelessness!
Most of Natalie’s past work experience involved working with folks experiencing homelessness, both adults and young adults. Through that work, she saw the important role volunteers play in making a nonprofit successful. This left her ready to shift focus from direct service to volunteer recruitment and engagement.
When Natalie’s not taking the nonprofit world by storm, in her free time she loves skiing, camping, hiking, and trail running, and pretty much anything she can do with her dog!
When asked about her new position, Natalie shared, “I am so excited to get to know my own community and it’s resources even better; food insecurity is a serious issue in Park County and I’m thrilled to play a part in helping folks get what they need. In more rural counties, like Park, residents rely on each other to ensure we all stay safe and healthy, and I believe RSVP will play a pivotal role in helping all of us work together.”
Welcome, Natalie, from all of us at the Spark Team! We are so excited to work with you and follow along with all the great work you will do supporting the community of Park County. And, to leave you with an important message from Natalie, herself, GO PACKERS!!