March 1st Update:
The Donation Distribution Center is in need of volunteers for multiple activities.
To sign up for a food packaging shift to feed neighbors in need, Click Here.
To sign up for a shift at the Café, Click Here.
To sign up as a Donation Sorting Volunteer, Click Here.
To sign up as a Client Services Volunteer, Click Here.
Address: 21 W. Flatiron Crossing Drive. Broomfield, CO. 80021
Location: Flatirons Crossing – Former Nordstom Store (between Dicks Sporting Goods and Macys). Park on the East side and enter through the Volunteers Welcomed side. Please sign up for a specific shift online before arriving at the center.
As noted in my previous email the Greater Colorado Council is working closely with the Adventure West (formerly Longs Peak) Council who directly serve the Marshall and Superior areas impacted by the fire.
We have many individuals and Scouting units in the Greater Colorado Council eager to assist and we want to organize and coordinate your support to be the most productive possible. We would ask you however to coordinate your efforts with us. Most of the families impacted by the fire are just now coming to grips with their situation. They for the most part are not currently in need of Food, Clothing or Home Goods, and the various relief agencies for those goods and services are currently overwhelmed to the point that they are being forced to turn away donations.
Some things are most useful right now, such as gift cards. This is so families can select and purchase what they need at the moment. These include basic toiletries. school goods or just the ability to go dining out, as while in temporary shelters or hotels they have no place to cook yet. Later, as people get more settled, and the area is declared safe to enter, we will need to shift to other forms of support. Including assistance with transportation, clean-up and just moral support as families dig out what remains and begin again.
We have initiated a Colorado Scout Response and Recovery Plan. This plan is very much a living document and work in progress. Recovery is going to be a long and protracted affair and the needs of those impacted will change over time. The plan includes a weekly status newsletter track progress and needs as well as a Response and Recovery Resource Center that manages both needs and available resources.
To be a part of this effort, please contact Brad Johnston, Chairman of the Greater Colorado Council Emergency Service Corps at Johnston.Brad@outlook.com.
The Scout Oath includes the phrase “to help other people at all times,” which reminds us to always be of service to others. Leaders might begin planning service projects by discussing various service ideas with Scouts. Adult leaders, chartered organizations, and the local government are also good resources for service opportunity ideas. Projects are more meaningful and fun if they are well-planned. Below is also a list of possible service opportunities in our local community.
If you are an organization with a service project or volunteer opportunity that you would like Scouts to assist with you may submit information to the GCC. Send all of the details of the project including date, time, location, and project details along with any flyers in PDF format to Michael Fifhause to review.
When units complete a service project, please register the project with Good Turn for America to ensure service hours are recorded for the Journey to Excellence program. Here are some helpful hints for this process: