Day of Service
Saturday, March 16
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Day of Service Kick Off
8:30 a.m. - Bus boarding
8:45 a.m. - Buses depart
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - SERVE!
12:00 p.m. - Buses return to the Colorado Convention Center
Don’t just visit Denver – give back!
We invite all conference attendees to give back to the Denver community during the Day of Service. In partnership with the Piton Foundation and Earth Force, attendees are welcome to tour The Children’s Corridor in Denver and participate in a Day of Service hosted in the Children’s Corridor.
The Children’s Corridor is an 20 year place-based initiative of the Piton Foundation. It is a 14-mile long stretch from northeast Denver to Green Valley Ranch, which includes 13 Denver neighborhoods and one Aurora neighborhood. The idea of the Corridor, home to 54,000 children, is to give children the start in life they all deserve and to make it a serious, citywide priority, focusing community resources, energy and ideas on more effective, more accessible health and education services that help children grow into self-reliant, healthy and successful members of society.
Be a part of this movement and join us in giving back to the Denver community.
How to Participate
During your registration process, select ‘yes’ to attend the Saturday Day of Service so we know how many attendees to plan for. Registration to the Day of Service is available to you at no extra cost and includes transportation to and from the convention center.
To secure your attendance, stop by the Day of Service information booth at the convention center during the conference to select a site to tour and provide service. Attendees will be issued a wristband that corresponds to a site and must have this wristband in order to load the bus on Saturday morning. Each site can accommodate at least 20 people. Wristbands are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Adult chaperones must accompany youth under 18.
Saturday’s Project Descriptions
Urban Stream Clean-up
Join us in a high-energy opportunity to serve and learn through improving our environment. We will take a walking tour of downtown, via the Cherry Creek and along Speer. As a group we will engage in meaningful service through citizen science of water quality monitoring and through examining professional waste audit tools to make them youth friendly. This service-learning excursion will leave the riverbank cleaner, and participants will get to learn a bit more about the City of Denver and its water.
Inner-City Seed Planting
Come learn about how Denver is addressing food justice issues, especially in Northeast Denver. Local resident and activist, Beverly Grant, will speak about Mo Betta Greens Market and her work in the community. Participants will learn about community design and work from a permacultural perspective. We will plant seeds that will be nurtured in the community’s urban agricultural organizations. These seeds will flourish and will grow into nutritious food that will be distributed to the community throughout the growing season. Help Denver grow stronger and healthier!
Environmental Learning for Kids’ (ELK) Parkfield Lake Beautification
This project will combine elements of neighborhood revitalization and environmental stewardship at Parkfield Lake Park. The park is home to a multitude of recreation amenities and plentiful wildlife. Since the park's inauguration, graffiti and vandalism, especially on walls around the skate park, have negatively impacted the aesthetics of the park and the community's perception of the park. Attendees will be introduced to the history of Parkfield Lake Park and will participate in painting over graffiti in preparation for a Denver Parks and Recreation community mural painting project, aimed to discourage future vandalism. ELK’s education staff will also lead attendees in a discussion of protecting Denver's water ways through prevention of non-point pollution.
Beautifying Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio
The beautification of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio site includes general xeriscaping surrounding the facility and restoring the garden adjacent to the facade of the building. There will also be efforts to improve upon the interior of the building with painting and minor repairs to seating in the auditorium.
Youth Empowering Social Action
Join Hinckley High School students to revitalize the Highline Canal, a popular trail used by students go to and from school. Help plant coniferous and deciduous trees and shrubs, as well as build benches and picnic tables to be placed along the trail in the goal to eliminate the generational barriers of poverty that limit educational and economic opportunities among youth in Aurora.
Harriet Tubman Global Academy
Join the Harriet Tubman Global Academy, the only K-8 school located in Welton’s Historic Five Points district, in reinvigorating their historic facility, once owned by famed author and historian Fredrick Douglas. Help clean, re-organize, paint, and complete small projects to improve the usability of the classrooms and playground, providing students with a nurturing, inspirational, and educational atmosphere.