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 Maggie Obermann
RSVP Broomfield County Manager
Maggie Obermann earned an M.A. in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Victorian Literature from University of Leeds in the UK. She wrote her dissertation on Social Justice in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, a process that confirmed her desire for a vocation that engages living humans, more so than fictional! She is currently in a year-long certification program in the Enneagram (She’s 2w1, in case you’re wondering). Maggie is a Colorado native from Greeley/Fort Collins, but has lived in Yorkshire, England, Iowa, Chicago, and, most recently, in SW Virginia, Appalachia.
Connecting to community through volunteering is invaluable and an important part of Maggie’s life. She’s been involved in a range of opportunities for 20+ years, including international housing and child development work in Guatemala, Honduras, and Ethiopia. She experienced a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA and has been on staff of multiple nonprofits focused on youth development, poverty, hunger, and homelessness assistance, eldercare, and formerly incarcerated/returning citizen assistance.
In her free time, Maggie enjoys reading, learning, spirituality, cooking/eating, traveling, watching documentaries and SURVIVOR (She’s a self-described fanatic!), tennis, her two kitties, conversations and connecting. When asked what she’s most excited about in her new position, she shares, “What most excites me about this role is the opportunity to meet new people and learn about their community/hopes/dreams/skills/assets in order to assist in utilizing and connecting these to meet real community needs. It’s very motivating to be a part of building opportunities for others to grow their unique skills and partner together to better our communities.”
Welcome, Maggie, from all of us at Spark. We are so excited you are joining our team and bringing with you so much experience, expertise, and genuine talent! We look forward to seeing all the great work you will do supporting the community of Broomfield County!