Each year Volunteers in Action partners with Denver Christian Schools to rake leaves for senior homeowners all over Denver, Littleton and Englewood. The map above indicates each address that will be raked by our volunteers. Join us in prayer for safety, good weather and a positive experience for both the students and the homeowners.
When Volunteers in Action receives a last minute or a more difficult volunteer request, there are a number of volunteers that we rely on. John Pousma is one of those “trusty” volunteers. Over the past 15 years, John has helped out in so many ways. John has provided transportation for elderly to doctor’s appointments, he has used his pickup to help many, many people move, he has brought donated vehicles to get emission tests and repairs, and in the past he has been a long term volunteer with the Faith in Deed program. John has generally been willing to help however and whenever he can.
When asked why he volunteers, John joked, “What good are pickups if you don’t use them.” He also said, “I think when I’m helping others, I’m pleasing God. It makes you feel good. Volunteering gives life some meaning that it doesn’t have otherwise.”
We ask that at this time you would pray for John. About 6 weeks ago he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and given a difficult prognosis. Please pray for healing for John, for relief from pain and for God to be near him and his wife, Marlene, in this challenging time. Thanks John for all you do for others and for Volunteers in Action!
Want to spread some Christmas Cheer?
Earlier this year I visited a woman who VIA helps on an ongoing basis. During the visit, we chatted about her medical condition that makes it hard for her to get out of the house. She is grateful for the volunteers who have helped her this year with rides to doctor appointments and repairing her door that was broken. But when we got on the subject of Christmas, her eyes really shone. She told me all about how a volunteer had baked and delivered homemade Christmas cookies and how “it was the only way I celebrated Christmas last year”. Please help us share some of this Christmas joy with others!
VIA is looking for volunteers to bake and deliver a plateful of Christmas cookies or any other baked treats to people we’ve helped this year who struggle with poverty or disability.
Here is how it works:
1. Sign up by December 10th.
2. We email or call you with a name and address of where to bring your cookies.
3. Deliver your plate of baked goods sometime between December 14th and 21st.
4. Questions? Call VIA at 303-713-9144 or email Emily at email@example.com.
What? Another meeting? On a Saturday?
What’s so bad about meetings? Well, most of us who have sat through a lifetime of meetings search for excuses not to attend yet another. But this one is different and deserves your consideration. Last year I attended the Second Annual Denver Faith and Justice Conference, probably influenced by getting a free ticket, and I was impressed and surprised. I was stimulated. I enjoyed it. I learned a lot.
That is why I am suggesting that you attend. Most of us, as we reach, er, “upper middle age” tend to have formed opinions about nearly every social issue. Never suffering from closed minds of course. For me, last year’s conference was informative, stimulating, thought-provoking, and educational. It challenged my thinking on issues to which I already knew all the answers, like immigration and homelessness.
No kidding, I challenge you to attend. If you have the heart of a deacon, or are open to current thinking on social issues, you should be there. After all, doesn’t the Bible tell us to do justice and love mercy? And being good to “the least of these”?
Written by Nolan VanderArk.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: Denver Faith and Justice Conference
When: Saturday, Nov. 17th – 9am to 3 pm
Where: Auraria Campus, Tivoli Center
How: Register on the website: www.dfjc.org
Need more info? Call the VIA office at 303-713-9144.