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Clark and Jan Hastings
9 Who Care Award Winners

   Parker Task Force volunteers Clark and Jan Hastings have been selected as recipients
of the channel 9 "9 Who Care" Award for November 2007

   On Tuesday October 23rd, Channel 9 was at the food bank interviewing and filming.  The spots featuring Clark and Jan were aired on Thursday November 1st in the 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. broadcasts.

  The following is a link to the story on the 9news.com website.

   November 9Who Cares Award.

Pinery Needles Quilting Club Donation

   The Pinery Needles Quilting Club recently donated three full size (shown) handmade quilts and four baby size quilts to the Parker Task Force Food bank. The baby size quilts will be distributed to needy clients of the food bank and the full size quilts will be auctioned off at a later date with the proceeds going to feed the needy residents of Parker, Franktown and Elizabeth. Pictured are (left to right) Jacque Lawson, Karen Parks, Alecia Porras, Martha Keister, Marilyn Rink, Susan Batemen, Bev Spooner, Rick Sontheimer, Co-Chairman of Parker Task Force, Leslie Garcia and Norma Mai.

   The picture was taken by Leslie Pfeil, also of the Pinery Needles.

The Denver Foundation Gives A Grant To Parker Task Force

The Denver Foundation    The Denver Foundation has given a grant of $15,000 to the Parker Task Force for our 2007/2008 fiscal year. The Foundation wrote the following:

 The Parker Task Force for Human Services has a twenty-year history of providing emergency services to residents of Douglas County*. PTF is an impressive all-volunteer agency, which enjoys broad community support and support of the local government. PTF has support from many segments of the Douglas County community. PTF leverages resources in numerous creative ways in order to serve families in crisis. These services are provided in a caring and respectful manner. PTF embodies the spirit of volunteerism. We applaud the leadership of PTF for role modeling effective and committed volunteerism.

   *PTF serves families in the Parker, Elizabeth and Franktown areas, as well as unincorporated areas by zip code.

   PTF is profoundly grateful for the support from The Denver Foundation. The need for our services continues to grow. The growth over the 2006/2007 fiscal year is 45%. It is our mission to prevent homelessness and assist families in crisis. This is only possible with the generosity of organizations such as The Denver Foundation and our most caring and committed community.

   For a link to The Denver Foundation, please click on http://www.denverfoundation.org, to find out more about this amazing organization.

2007 Adopt A Family

Adopt-A-Family Coordinators Sharon and Nancy

Karla and Karen ready to distribute gifts at Adopt-A-Family

Adopt-A-Family setup at PEPC.

 Van full of toys for Denver Inner City Parish.

Parker Task Force Receives Donation From Best Buy

Photo by Ron Laskowsky

      At the grand opening of their new Parker Store, Best Buy made a generous donation of $5,000 to the Parker Task Force. Co-Chair Clark Hastings (left) accepted the donation on behalf of the Food Bank.


Pioneer Elementary Students Help Those In Need
by Susan Cormier
Photos by Ron Laskowsky

   Pioneer Elementary School students recently took a trek to help those less fortunate than them.

   The school’s students spent about two weeks collecting food donations for the Parker Task Force Food Bank, which offers short-term assistance to those in need. Then, on June 20, about 150 of the on-track students loaded up the donations into about 25 wagons and trekked the half mile from the school to deliver the donations in person.

   It’s not the first time the students have reached out to help others. In fact, this is the fifth year that Mandy Anderson, a second grade teacher, has organized a food collection effort.

   “It’s really good for our kids to get involved in some community service projects,” Anderson explained. “It’s an awareness lesson,” so the students learn that not everyone is privileged and that some people are unable to put food on their tables.

    “It’s always good to do nice things for other people,” she added.

   The effort is always appreciated by the task force, which currently is helping about 350 families with short-term assistance.

Led by Principal Tim Krabacher,
Pioneer Elementary School students begin their trek to the Parker Task Force Food Bank.

The trek continues for the 150 on-track students delivering the school’s food donations.

The trek continues for the 150 on-track students delivering the school’s food donations.

Some of the 30 boxes of food donated by the school’s students.

PUMC Holds 2007 Annual Dinner Theater

   Parker United Methodist Church's (PUMC) 2007 annual Dinner Theater was held on August 24th and 25th.  "Take Down the Clowns," was a wild and zany walk on the clown side that provided an evening of hilarity and fun. But it was fun with a purpose. Proceeds benefit the Parker Task Force.

   Everyone enjoyed the wacky fun as rhyming twins, three chickens and a goat, a clutch of clowns, the evil Moredread, bumbling royalty, clown-master MurylLynne, and the mysterious Pagglyucci mixed up a whimsical concoction of comedy, music, and plenty of silliness.

Part of the volunteer team at the PUMC 8/25 evening show.

Volunteers working in the kitchen at the PUMC dinner theatre.

PUMC's audience enjoying good food and great entertainment!

Curves For Women

November 2007 Panera Bread Turkey Drive

A turkey dropped off at the Parker Panera for the Parker Task Force by the Mayor of Parker

Parker’s Generosity Shines During Food Drive
by Susan Cormier
Photos by Genese Sweeney

   An estimated 15,000 pounds of food and hygiene products were donated to the Parker Task Force Food Bank during the 9Cares Colorado Shares food drive on June 16th 2007.

   The community’s generous spirit made Parker the second largest collection point during the day-long effort at the Parker Task Force on East Mainstreet and at the local King Soopers and Safeway stores. The day’s collections also represented a 3,000 pound increase over the June 2006 effort in Parker.

   “The generosity of Parker’s residents continually amazes me,” said Task Force Co-Chair Clark Hastings. “I also applaud the spirit of the more than 100 volunteers who worked on the drive.”

   Hastings also thanked Channel 9 for its leadership on the drive. He said there is not enough room to thank all the local businesses that also helped.

   The donations will help feed the approximately 350 families currently seeking short-term assistance from the Task Force.

Angie Keicher (left) and daughter, Macquel Keicher (right) watch as P. Athayut
 makes a donation at the Parker Safeway.
Photo by Genese Sweeney.


Todd and Yvette Killingsworth stopped by the Parker Task Force to make a donation.
Accepting is Task Force Co-Chair Sam Humphreys (right).
Photo by Genese Sweeney.

Jenna Valkl and her mother Janet accepting a donation from
Dick Sisung at the Stonegate King Soopers.

Bill Morgan, volunteer at Stonegate King Soopers accepting a
donation from Gabriel, Melissa and Olevia Kemm.

Angie Keicher (left) and daughter Macquel Keicher (right) at Parker Safeway.
Macquel attends BYU in Utah and was earning community service today!

BBQ for all volunteers at the PTF To the left: Chef and PTF volunteer,
Dale Kines. Volunteers John and Susan Gianakos had just arrived from
duty at the Safeway, and Dawn Lucero from Stonegate King Soopers.

Sorting the enormous amount of food donated are, left to right:
Donna McIntyre, Karen MacFarland, Claudia Hiser,  Jane Traver and Bill Huff

Community volunteer group at monthly food drive.


Volunteers filling in to collect food during the food drive.

Our "Chef" for the June 9Cares Colorado Shares food drive BBQ.

Volunteers from PTF filling in on food drive.

Civil Air Patrol staffing a store on our monthly food drive.

Civil Air Patrol staffing a store on our monthly food drive.

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