June 07, 2003 - Bountiful Harvest for VOA
What: Ceremony and delivery of food to Volunteers of America, collected by ARC Thrift Stores
Where: Harvest Building, 2600 Larimer St. Denver
When: June 7, 20003
Beneficiary: Volunteers of America Food Banks
Host(s): ARC Thrift Stores
Co-President(s): ARC President/CEO Todd Sherry , VOA President, Dianna L. Kunz
Information: Frank Zaveral, 303-759-4037
Amount of food collected: 65,000 lbs. (32.5 tons)
Donors: Denver community
Board of Directors: ARC Board Members: Chairman; Bill Bolduc, Board members; Bruce Stahlman, Dean Boosalis, Randy Patrick
Blacktie Photos by: Phyllis St.John
And who made it all happen? Jeanette Deters, ARC Telemarketing Manager with Trucking Manager, David Diedrich
Celebrate…at 7:30am on a cold, wet, Saturday morning. Although the morning was brisk, the atmosphere was warm and friendly as members and volunteers for ARC and the Volunteers of America gathered at the VOA City Harvest Building on Larimer Street.
They were present to officiate at the loading and delivery of over sixty pallets of food that were collected over the month of April. What an amazing effort! When ARC heard that some of the food banks were seeing a nineteen percent increase in demand and inventory was very low, they decided to take action. This is truly a case of one charity helping another. Over 65,000 pounds (32.5 tons) of food was donated.
Jeanette Deters, ARC Telemarketing Manager, is proud of her staff. “ We have sixty people in our call center. They were given a brief script that invited donors to participate by putting out a small bag of non-perishables. We contacted 8000 residents per week. The response was overwhelming and we were able to collect all of this food.”
Jim White, spokesperson for VOA, welcomed the group and spoke of the importance of non-profits working together. He mentioned the fact, “that most food drives take place in the fall and there is nothing in the spring. With the increase in unemployment and tough economic times the need for emergency food is increasing.”
ARC President, Todd Sherry, spoke about the team spirit and cooperation of ARC members and volunteers to pull this food drive together. He thanked Frank Zaveral for bringing the idea to the board and for his follow through on the project.
Frank proudly presented a proclamation from Mayor Wellington E. Webb, declaring June 7th, the official ARC Thrift Stores Food Drive Day.
Guests were invited to take a tour of the VOA Administrative facility. The facility is only two years old and was built and paid for by volunteer contributions. Dudley Pace, Project Manager for the Mission, conducted the tour and included a touch of history and some little known stories in his narrative
ARC Thrift Stores, founded in 1968, is a Colorado non-profit organization that operates 14 retail stores in the metro Denver area, pueblo, Colorado Springs, Greeley and Fort Collins. Profits from store operations support Colorado children and adults with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Volunteers of America was established in 1896 and operates thirty separate programs including Meals on Wheels, Foster Grandparents, low-income housing and services for troubled youth and battered women.