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Family service opportunities and the 9-year-old girl who’s paving the way

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Baby, it’s cold outside! Here are some great ways to serve for the holidays through Volunteers of America.

Socks for Service

Is your family looking for a last-minute volunteer project? Do you want to make a BIG impact? Give the gift of warm socks to a Veteran experiencing homelessness in Volunteers of America’s Socks for Service Program. They are looking for two new pairs of winter socks for men and women Veterans to be donated inside a gallon size Ziploc bag. ​​​​​​​

If you’d like to go above-and-beyond, ask guest to bring a pair of socks at your holiday party and have a table designated for assembling the bags. You can write an inspirational messages with a colored sharpies directly on the bag, you can have note cards and slip inside of the bags, or construction paper and makers then put together a homemade card, the options are endless!

Please contact Vanessa at if you are interested in learning more about this ongoing opportunity for the women and men who have served our country.

Christmas Dinner Basket Prep and Decoration Day

On Friday, December 15th, volunteers are needed from 9-11:30 a.m. to  help set up for VOA’s Christmas Basket event and decorate their Mission. Tasks will include carrying in boxes of food, setting up the room and decorating for Christmas. Volunteers of all ages welcome and please sign-up here.  2877 Lawrence St., Denver

Pack Christmas Dinner Baskets

On Saturday, Dec.16th volunteers are needed from 9 a.m.-noon to help pack the Christmas Dinner Baskets. This task includes an assembly line of filling bags with food. Must be able to walk and be on your feet. All ages of volunteers are welcome but it is most appropriate for 10 years or older and please sign-up here2877 Lawrence St, Denver

Adopt a Little Library

You don’t have to be an adult to make a difference, just ask Sophia. She is a 4th grader and had an idea, she wanted to donate her books to kids that didn’t have any. Well her idea turned into 300 donated books for both adults and children,  These some of these books were added to VOA’s little library so that the families staying at our emergency shelter have something fun to do. The others are going to our affordable housing units and to their Head Start Program.

VOA is currently looking for a group that would like to “adopt” their little library, because these families have so little they are not expecting them to leave a book so they need a group to help make sure the little library is stocked up thought the year. The shelter is close to Colfax and Sheridan, please email Vanessa for more details at

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