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Parker Task Force Scrapbook
2011

“Playing A-Round” Pays Off for Parker Task Force

   On June 6th several sponsors, volunteers and over a hundred golfers came together to have a little fun at Spring Valley Golf Club in support of the Parker Task Force. The universe cooperated wonderfully and served up a beautiful sunny day. It went perfectly with some great golf, delicious food, plenty of prizes and a fabulous silent auction. The participant feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with comments such as these: “I play in a lot of charity events. This was the most professional and well organized event I have ever attended.” “I haven’t had this much fun in a long time.” “I am impressed with this all volunteer organization!”

   Steve Budnack, who organized and chaired the event has this to say: “We have a terrific organization of top notch and very skilled volunteers who work hard. Spring Valley Golf Club went all out to support our effort. We are very grateful for their planning and hard work. Add to that a community of generous sponsors, vendors and merchants willing to provide in-kind donations, and those generous enough to enthusiastically participate and you have a winning hand. It was a lot of hard work, but we are very pleased with the results. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a success!”

   Please take a moment to click on the ‘More information’ button below to view the pictures taken and provided by our volunteer photographer, Steve Martin of Planted Seed Photography. If you joined us – enjoy the memories. If you were not able to be there, they will inspire you to circle the dates in early June of 2012 so you don’t miss it! See you there.

Jan Hastings
Volunteer Publicity Coordinator

More information and Pictures From The Event --->


Santa's Helpers Do Him Proud!

   On December 16th, many kind and compassionate souls came together to fill the narthex of Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church (PEPC) with gifts for those in our area who are suffering personal and financial crisis. This holiday season the need is especially great. This wonderful community responded with bountiful hearts. The day was a tremendous success and an uplifting experience - a three boxes of tissues event!

   Then, on December 17th, we had to get several more boxes of tissues as the client families came one by one to receive their packages. As they sat to write thank you letters to their sponsors, many tears were shed as they saw a dream come true and the stress of providing a Christmas for their families eased. One client wrote "...I don't know how to thank you enough. We had no food, nothing for Christmas and it would have been a cold and even bleaker one at that as all of our utilities had been shut off. I've been out of work and my wife is sick and paralyzed. The kids are trying to be brave. It is very hard. Thank you, thank you thank you. We will all pray and give thanks for this....."

   Needless to say, every story is different. Words change but the message of new- found hope, gratefulness and love never varied. The Christmas spirit was thriving, infusing every heart and soul with joy.

   We would be remiss not to give thanks to PEPC. Not only for the efforts of their kind volunteers who worked so hard and contributed to the program, but also for the use of their beautiful church. The PTF volunteers worked long and hard to organize, manage and direct this program. Many hours and lots of effort resulted in a most beautiful gift of happiness for all. It doesn't get any better than that.

   Thank you to all and to all we wish a most joyous Christmas and bountiful and blessed New Year!

Clark and Steve
Co-Chairs


Parker Adventist Hospital Associates Aid PTF

   The Associates at Parker Adventist Hospital decided to give up their Christmas bonus once again this year to help those less fortunate in the community. In a wonderful celebration of life and love, these wonderful folks presented PTF with a check for $5000.00. Such an affirmation of their loving hearts!

  These care givers work everyday to provide health services and nurture to so many. Their bonus is well deserved and well earned, and yet, they chose not themselves, but others in need. This is a group of people who clearly deserve our appreciation and praise. Truly, a manifestation of the Christmas spirit!

   Join us in giving thanks for this wonderful gift. The need continues to be great and this gift will help allow PTF to keep moving on in service to those who need us so desperately. We love what we do as volunteers, but know that we can’t do it alone.

   Thankfully, the  Associates (aka angels) at Parker Adventist are right there with us, cheering us on. Their spirit heartens us all.

   Merry Christmas 2011 and a Blessed and Bountiful 2012 to all.

Clark and Steve
Co-Chairs



The 2011 Thanksgiving Program Was A Huge Success


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December 1, 2011

To the Parker Community,

     Thank you to all of the members of the Parker area community who helped to make the Thanksgiving meal project a huge success.

     The Parker Task Force provided complete Thanksgiving meals to over 400 families.  We distributed food baskets first to the client families of the Parker Task Force.  But due to the great number of donations, we assisted several other programs with Thanksgiving food, including the Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center, the Elbert Food Bank, Denver Inner City Parrish, and Warriors in Transition at Fort Carson.

     Thanks to generous donations from the community, we are able to provide food and other assistance to client families.  Other assistance includes paying a client family’s heating bill during a winter month to prevent disconnection, or to enable a sick family member to obtain a needed prescription.   Our clients are appreciative of the assistance we provide and it is made possible by the ongoing support of our community.

     The Parker Task Force is a non-profit organization that supports those in need throughout the Parker, Elizabeth, and Franktown areas.  We currently assist nearly 500 client families through the food bank and other programs.  The organization is operated solely by dedicated volunteers and is funded by donations from caring people as well as foundations, organizations, churches, and businesses.

     Thank you again for the support of the Parker Task Force for Human Services.  If you are interested in learning more about the Parker Task Force, please visit our website at www.ParkerTaskForce.org or call us at 303-841-3460.

Sincerely,
Diane F. Roth
Diane F. Roth
Volunteer

 


A bounty of Thanksgiving Baskets filled the PTF!


This PTF Volunteer drew cold storage duty sorting turkeys that went with
 Thanksgiving food baskets and also to Fort Carson.


Traffic for turkey delivery and pick-up was under control.


PTF was a popular place on Thanksgiving food basket day.


PTF volunteers were put to work to sort and size Thanksgiving baskets.


Providence Presbyterian Youth clowned around before they began working on Thanksgiving baskets.


Cherokee Elementary School posed for a snapshot after bringing in 59 Thanksgiving Baskets.


Because the community donated so many turkeys to PTF,
PTF was able to send 100 turkeys to Warriors in Transition


Warriors in Transition at Fort Carson received Thanksgiving food baskets
 and PTF supplied many of the needed turkeys. 


Volunteers at Fort Carson prepared Thanksgiving Baskets for the Warriors in Transition Battalion.


The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
 Service Ministry Helps Parker Task Force

   Once again, Parker Task Force is very grateful to the LDS for including us in their service ministry. We were invited to participate in a great cannery project canning pear sauce. This sauce (3,813 cans!) will be donated to PTF, as well as other food ministries. (By the way - it is quite delicious!)

   We would be remiss not to thank our Mayor, David Casiano. Also, Lisa Coe, Amy Holland and Gary Lasater of the Town Council who joined us in working on the "canning line".  Gary's son was a big help as well.

   Additionally, the church has just approved a grant from the Bishop's Storehouse. These commodities for our food bank will be of tremendous help to carry us through the winter months.

   This is an excerpt from a recent letter we sent expressing our thanks for the wonderful support the LDS has given us over the years.

 "...We find ourselves in awe at the work ethic and generosity exhibited by the LDS Church congregations. In an age when many are content to sit and criticize, complain and rant, you all go about the business of building, encouraging and finding positive solutions to the various challenges facing our communities. Your partnerships and creative problem solving ideas are innovative and inclusive, creating sharing opportunities while building strong bonds and friendships..."

   All of the volunteers at PTF love what we do. But, we all know that we can't do it alone. It is only with partners like the LDS that we can continue the great work we do for those in the community that need us so desperately.


Relationships And Partnerships Help
Continue PTF’s Standards Of Excellence

   Channel 9, in partnership with King Soopers, sponsors the 9Cares Colorado Shares food drive twice each year. The summer drive was held Saturday, June 18th. It coincides nicely with the food drive that PTF does each month – and it has the added kick of tying in with the publicity and support of Channel 9 and Kings. What a day! We collected 18,870 pounds of food and $2900. What proves that PTF rocks – in this regard and many others is looking at the news release from Channel 9 below. You can see that PTF was second in collections in the entire state! The only site that reported greater numbers was the main hub at Channel 9 news. Darn good results for an all volunteer Task Force!

    While we are immensely grateful for the support of King Soopers over the years, we would be remiss if we didn’t also mention the tremendous support we receive from WalMart and Safeway. PTF has conducted this food drive every month for 10 consecutive years now. We have never missed a month. And our store partners have been right there with us every step of the way. In addition, they all have supported other efforts and/or made additional contributions to PTF over the years.

    We all do this because we care, we’re committed and we’re determined. Regardless, we can’t do it alone. What a beautiful blessing that we also have such wonderful partners in our community to help those who need us so desperately. Thank you to everyone who works so hard, in various capacities and from various businesses, groups, schools and churches to help PTF thrive. If you would like to volunteer on a food drive just give us a call at 303-841-3460. We would love to get you signed up. See you next month!!

Date: Monday, June 20, 2011
Subject: 9Cares Colorado Shares Summer Drive

Hello Everyone!
   I am so happy to share the fantastic numbers that we received this year!  It is all because of your hard work.  Thank you for all you did to make this summer drive happen.  Below is the official press release for the totals.  We had a great drive.  I look forward to working with all of you again in the fall.

Thank you so much!!
Alycia Gleave
9News


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 20, 2011
9Cares Colorado Shares summer drive nets 41 tons of food, nearly $100,000

Denver, CO — Thousands of pounds of food and thousands of dollars in cash donations poured into locations across the front range last Saturday from thousands of Coloradans during the 2011 9Cares Colorado Shares summer food drive. 21 locations in eleven cities from Ft. Collins to Castle Rock combined to collect 82,716 pounds of food. As part of their ‘Bringing Hope to the Table’ campaign, King Soopers donated $80,000 to 9Cares, bringing this year’s cash total to $97,587, a 754% increase from 2010. 9Cares will donate the money collected to buy food and restock depleted shelves at more than 125 local food banks distributed through FoodWorks Colorado. 

SITES

Food Collected
(pounds)

Money Collected
(dollars)

9Cares Road Trip (with Goodwill)

11,633

-

9NEWS

22,383

4,950

Brighton

2,000

866

Castle Rock

2,525

1,596

Conifer

4,410

883

Elizabeth

2,400

  1,100

Evergreen

2,400

400

Ft Collins

2,350

460

Longmont

5,553

618

Loveland

1,100

438

Parker

18,870

2,903

Weld County

7,092

2,298

Giveo (online donations)

-

1,075

King Soopers

-

80,000

TOTALS

82,716

97,587

   In addition to Saturday’s collection totals, 9Cares Colorado Shares used $100,000 in viewer contributions collected in last fall’s 9Cares Colorado Shares drive to purchase even more food for local food banks.

   The inaugural ‘9Cares Road Trip’ in cooperation with Goodwill proved to be a rousing success. During the 9NEWS morning newscasts in the week leading up to Saturday’s drive, 9NEWS anchor and business reporter Gregg Moss visited a number of local companies, collecting an additional 12,000 pounds of food for 9Cares.

   9NEWS President and General Manager Mark Cornetta said, “9NEWS food drives serve a vital role in making our community better by helping those in need. We are fortunate to serve such a great viewing area with viewers who truly care about their neighbors.”

   For those who were unable to participate in the 9Cares Colorado Shares summer drive, contributions can still be made at participating front range King Soopers locations or online at Giveo.com.

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For More 9NEWS releases, please visit the KUSA Press Releases section of 9NEWS.com

For community inquiries, contact:
Lynne Valencia
Vice President, Community Relations
303.871.1439

For sales inquiries, contact:
Mark Cornetta
President and General Manager
303.871.1475

 


Parker Task Force Receives $15,000.00
Through Denver Post Season To Share

   Parker Task Force received $15,000.00 through Denver Post Season To Share, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to support it’s programs to prevent homelessness during a reception held on Tuesday, May 31st.

   A record-breaking $2,665,500 was distributed to 73 Denver-area nonprofit agencies through this year’s Season To Share campaign. Since 1992, this program has raised charitable donations that are matched and disbursed to local nonprofit organizations serving our neighbors in need: low-income children as well as those who are homeless, hungry or in need of medical care. Funds are raised through reader, community and corporate donations, and each dollar donated is matched at 50 cents by the McCormick Foundation. The Denver Post and McCormick Foundation pay all administrative and promotional costs, allowing 100% of donations, plus the match, to go directly to charitable organizations. In total over the past 19 years, more than $29.4 million has been distributed through Season To Share.

   Parker Task Force will use its Denver Post Season To Share funding to help continue the vital work we do in our community. We are most grateful for the support and generosity of the Denver Post through their Season To Share program.


April 2011 Food Drive Was A Big Success!!
 

   Thanks to the awesome generosity of our community and the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, the April Food Drive was a wonderfully successful event. Story and Pictures



The Rubber Hits The Road To Help Out Parker Task Force

       

   Motorcycles and classic cars joined the fun on Sunday, May 1st to ride in the Parker Task Force’s (PTF) Poker Run. Sponsored by Parker’s Mile High Harley Davidson and hosted by Buffalo Boyd’s Restaurant, the fund raiser raised some serious cash to help out PTF.     Story & Pictures


Parker Task Force Receives $15,000.00
Through Denver Post Season To Share

   Parker Task Force received $15,000.00 through Denver Post Season To Share, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to support it’s programs to prevent homelessness during a reception held on Tuesday, May 31st.

   A record-breaking $2,665,500 was distributed to 73 Denver-area nonprofit agencies through this year’s Season To Share campaign. Since 1992, this program has raised charitable donations that are matched and disbursed to local nonprofit organizations serving our neighbors in need: low-income children as well as those who are homeless, hungry or in need of medical care. Funds are raised through reader, community and corporate donations, and each dollar donated is matched at 50 cents by the McCormick Foundation. The Denver Post and McCormick Foundation pay all administrative and promotional costs, allowing 100% of donations, plus the match, to go directly to charitable organizations. In total over the past 19 years, more than $29.4 million has been distributed through Season To Share.

   Parker Task Force will use its Denver Post Season To Share funding to help continue the vital work we do in our community. We are most grateful for the support and generosity of the Denver Post through their Season To Share program.



Curves of Parker
Annual Curves Food Drive

   Curves of Parker participates in the 13th annual Curves Food Drive in April to collect nonperishable food and cash donations to benefit the Parker Task Force.
   Members who workout 3 times per week from April 4th through April 30th and make a $30 donation or an equivalent donation of food are eligible to receive a Curves reusable food drive grocery bag. And, from April 4-17, Parker Curves waives the membership fee for new members who donate a bag of nonperishable food or make a minimum donation of $30.
   Parker staff members said their goal is to top last year’s donation. It offers a great opportunity for the members of the Curves community to help strengthen the Parker community. Everything that is donated will benefit local families in need.
   Curves clubs have donated more than 61 million pounds of food in the U.S. and Canada since 2004.

   For more information about Curves of Parker, 12870 Stroh Ranch Ct #105, and the 2011 Curves Food Drive, contact
 (303) 841-0663 or
www.curvesparker.com.


Street Kitchen Asian Bistro PTF Fundraiser

   Jim Chincholl, PTF Co-Vice Chair, (back row center) attended an innovative fundraiser at the Street Kitchen Asian Bistro.

   This creative and generous team hosted a "gearing up for opening trial run" at which customers could enjoy a lovely dinner for a donation of their choice to the PTF. This grand event raised over $1300.00 for PTF programs.

  Our heartfelt thanks to Mary Nguyen and the staff of Street Kitchen Asian Bistro.


Life Time Fitness in Parker Sponsored A Food Drive
 And Fundraiser For The Parker Task Force.


Items From The Life Time Fitness Silent Auction

   In addition to a couple hundred pounds of food collected, the Life Time Fitness Foundation gave PTF a cash donation.  The Parker Task Force thanks Life Time Fitness and looks forward to more fun and successful events in the future.


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