The Southern Gables Neighborhood Association sponsors monthly luncheons for neighbors to get together and enjoy each other’s company. Carol Lally organizes them, and they are (almost) always on the first Thursday of the month. Friendships are formed, new people are welcomed, and it’s just one of the nice things about living in Southern Gables. Our January luncheon was at Nicolo’s Chicago Style Pizza. Maria La Breche handed out hard copy photos of the last time the group ate there, back in August. Everyone agreed that no one looked any older. The Neighborhood Association always holds a free raffle at the monthly luncheons, with the prize being a free lunch. Tom Cummins had the lucky ticket, but he has won so many that he declined the prize and then it went to Janet Zietz.
Linda Reyd missed being in the picture, but she brought a loaf of homemade bread (apple-craisin-pecan-banana bread!) for which another drawing was held and won by Maria La Breche.
The next luncheon is scheduled at the Zest Restaurant on February 7 at 11:30. You can find that and other monthly events of local interest on our Events page, here. And by the way, if you have suggestions to add to our Southern Gables Events page, use the “Contact Us” tab and let us know!
Several Southern Gables Association members have asked about important activities for which they could volunteer their time, contribute money, or maybe just be aware. We have compiled a list of places where your contributions of time and talent can be applied. If you have some ideas to add to the list from your own experience, please provide descriptions and links about your recommended volunteer activities through our “Contact Us” page.
Organizations in the Southern Gables Neighborhood
- Green Gables Elementary School needs crossing guards in the morning and afternoon. Call the school at 303-982-8314 to learn more and to volunteer.
- Green Gables Elementary School also needs volunteers with greeting students in the hallways, helping students with homework and reading, other tutoring, library assistants, leading school clubs. Call the school office or contact Principal Suanne Hawley directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help in any way.
Organizations in Lakewood and Jefferson County
- CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin County supports volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children. Volunteers, who are assigned a case by the court, are always needed. These cases require a lot of effort. But there are many other ways to support CASA. More information at:
- One World Running collects used-but-still-good-quality running shoes and other athletic equipment, cleans them, and sends to Africa to runners who need them. Drop off your used shoes at Boulder Running in Littleton near the southeast corner of Wadsworth and Bowles.
- The Jefferson County Action Center works with the homeless and others that are struggling. More at:
- Carmody Middle School has a need for volunteers to be “Watchdogs.” Watchdogs help with outside visibility and traffic issues before and after each school day. Additional Watchdogs will be especially useful starting in August 2018 as the 8th Grade is added. Library assistance and tutoring is always welcome. Call the school at 303-982-8930.
- The Severe Weather Shelter Network has a Lakewood presence. They provide refuge on life-threatening winter nights for those living on the streets, and they help find permanent housing.
- The Oasis Institute has a partnership with Jefferson County Schools, including Green Gables Elementary, to pair volunteer tutors with children in grades K-3 who teachers feel would benefit from a caring, one-on-one mentoring relationship. One child, one tutor, one school year.
Organizations in the Denver Metro Area
- Habitat for Humanity has many volunteer opportunities with some projects near our neighborhood.
- The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has more volunteers than any museum in the country. There are many different interesting volunteer opportunities available.
- The African Community Center helps refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives in the Denver Metro area.
- Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is a faith-based, non-profit human service agency providing adoption, foster care, older adult caregiving, prevention, and refugee services.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado is always looking for adult volunteers to be matched up with at-risk kids. In addition, a new school-based program has been set up to match entire classrooms of students with one-on-one mentors interacting through monthly group meetings supplemented with electronic communications, with a structured curriculum. They pioneered “Mentor2.0” at our nearby Sheridan High School, and summertime is when they are looking for new volunteers for the coming school year.
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