On Saturday, September 23, the Junior League of Denver (JLD) held its inaugural L.U.V.S. (Leaders United in Volunteer Service) day of service in the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea (GES) neighborhoods. Almost 200 JLD members attended a kickoff event at National Western Stock Show before heading out to volunteer with eight community partners including:
•Habitat for Humanity
•Swansea Elementary School
•Denver Public Library Friends Foundation
•El Sistema Colorado
•Extreme Community Makeover
•Denver Arts and Skills Center
Projects with these partners included home repair, interior painting, neighborhood beautification, hosting a fall festival, paper violin making for music programs, preparation for healthy cooking classes, and preparing a future mural site.
Volunteers created paper mache violins for children at El Sistema Colorado, painted walls at Focus Points, worked side by side with residents to clean up yards and more with Extreme Community Makeover, hosted a Fall Into Literacy festival with Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, and much more!
The principal of Swansea Elementary, Gilberto Munoz, said, “There were a lot of projects that needed some attention that we haven’t been able to get to. We are fortunate to have such a big crew of dedicated volunteers wanting to help our school.”
All in all, the day was a huge success, and the JLD looks forward to partnering with these wonderful organizations on an ongoing basis in the future!
ABOUT JUNIOR LEAGUE OF DENVER
The Junior League of Denver (JLD) is a women’s training organization that develops civic leaders committed to improving our community. We are currently working to improve literacy rates and provide access to books for children through the third grade. Founded in 1918, the League started, and aided in starting, many well-known Denver institutions including Children’s Museum of Denver, Mile High Transplant Bank, the Red Rocks concerts, and many others. Learn more at www.jld.org.