Family Volunteer Camp: A Force For Good
BEING A FORCE FOR GOOD
LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY
FAMILY VOLUNTEER CAMP
AUGUST 6TH AND 7TH
For the second time in three years, the Notre Dame Club of Denver hosted a two-day Family Volunteer Camp. Originally only available as a Summer activity on Campus, the University began piloting remote Family Volunteer Camps in 2019 and Denver was asked to help with this new idea. In 2019, the Club hosted a two-day event, the highlight of which was the construction of a butterfly garden at Annunciation School. This past weekend, the Notre Dame Club planned and hosted two separate events, both attended by local Notre Dame Alumni, their families along with current Notre Dame students and high schoolers as well!
BEING A FORCE FOR GOOD - GLOBALLY
On Friday, August 6th, thirteen volunteers sorted and packed medical supplies at the International Headquarters of Project CURE, located in Centennial, Colorado. Please see www.projectcure.org. Project CURE's mission is to to identify, collect, sort and deliver medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world. To date, Project CURE has delivered nearly $49,000,000.00 of medical supplies to 134 countries. The Notre Dame Club of Denver and its members have supported Project CURE over the last ten years by volunteering on the fourth Monday of each month. In addition, the Notre Dame Club of Denver member, Mike Boone, spearheaded a national effort asking Alumni Clubs around the country to participate in the Kits for Kids Program, one of Project CURE's key initiatives.
Our Family Camp Volunteers viewed a video outlining the history of Project CURE and then toured the expansive warehouse facility. Then, it was to work, sorting and packaging medical supplies for distribution all over the world. Many thanks to our Club Vice-President, Hal Paul MBA 2000, as well as to Donez Family (Jaime Donez '92), the Genuario Family (Kristy Genuario '99), the Fresquez Family (Roman Fresquez '24), Sophia Tognetti (daughter of Natalie Tognetti '99) and Trinity Connor. And a very special thank you to Norma Proud who has been our Notre Dame Club Project CURE sort team leader for all these years. As Norma says so eloquently, "With each item you touch, whether sorting or packing, you touch a life. Today you touched thousands of items. That's how many lives you touched today." Thanks to all for being a Force for Good - Globally.
WELLSPRING CATHOLIC ACADEMY AT ST. BERNADETTE'S
BEING A FORCE FOR GOOD - LOCALLY
On Saturday, August 7th, thirteen volunteers participated in a clean-up day at Wellspring Catholic Academy at St. Bernadette's in Lakewood, Colorado. Please see www.gowellspring.org. After a prayer and blessing by Fr. Joe McLagan, Pastor of St. Bernadette's Parish, the volunteers went to work under the direction of Wellspring's Principal, Robbie Bernardin '99,'11, pulling weeds, classroom cleaning and working to spruce up the library in anticipation of Wellspring's 2021-2022 academic year.
Wellspring Catholic is one of Denver's ACE Schools in that it is fortunate enough to have a current or former Notre Dame ACE student on the faculty or as part of the administration. Robbie earned his Masters in Education at Notre Dame as part of the ACE Program and previously taught at Annunciation School. After the work was completed, Robbie shared with the volunteers the vision of Wellspring as an Expeditionary Learning School and that, once on the brink of closing, the school's student body has been growing steadily, having doubled in the past year.
Many thanks to our volunteers who were a Force For Good - Locally. Colleen Harvey and her family (Colleen Harvey '93), the Fresquez Family (Roman Frezquez '24), the Genuario Family (Jamie and Kristy Genuario '99) and Alex Casillas, son of our Club President Julio Casillas '95.
"Notre Dame alumnae never cease to amaze and inspire me with their commitment to justice and giving back, and their willingness to roll up their sleeves to do the hard work of Christian service! Here at Wellspring Catholic Academy of St Bernadette, we are building a school and community that strives to embody that same spirit of generosity, excellence, and service to our neighbor 'to make God known, loved, and served,' and we couldn't do it without the partnership and generous support of empowered groups like the ND Club of Denver!" - Robbie Bernardin