A Message From Our CEO
President and CEO
As I reflect back on 2020, many things come to mind. What struck me the most was the resiliency and the generosity of the Colorado community that was beaten down, but not broken. From the pandemic, to wildfires to economic collapse— it was a relentless year. But our funders, donors, volunteers, and employees were stronger. They bravely and sacrificially gave their time, talent and treasure to help Volunteers of America Colorado be there for so many in need during perhaps one of the most difficult times of our era. Together in the Crisis, we overcame significant obstacles with unique Colorado spirit and determination. It was remarkable to witness and serve alongside.
As you can imagine, the pandemic created significant challenges for our staff. Early in 2020, we prioritized PPE investments, devised COVID-protocols and made other adjustments so we could safely deliver nearly one million meals and house thousands of veterans, seniors and families. Furthermore, we continued to walk alongside those reentering society from incarceration, provide safe haven for those in need, teach disadvantaged kids online and so much more as we served over 150,000 Coloradoans this year.
Like so many of you in 2020, VOAC pivoted in many of its programs to meet our clients where they were most hurting. For example, with schools closed, our Early Childhood Education Center staff took it upon themselves to not only create an online learning program for students, but they also created a weekly drive-up food distribution line at the school. This significantly alleviated food concerns for hundreds of West Denver residents.
But it wasn’t only our employees that responded in such a heroic manner. Our volunteers, funders and donors faithfully stood with us and never faltered. We saw huge increases in requests to volunteer as the pandemic unfolded. Additionally, while our donors’ and funders’ capacity to give were threatened and diminished by the pandemic, they faithfully reached out to us, asked what they could do to help, and, without hesitation, provided us with exactly what we needed to get the job done.
If there is one story that captures the hearts of our staff, volunteers, funders and donors, it would be this one: recently, I received a letter from a donor who encouraged me to keep fighting the good fight. He said he loves VOAC and the work we do, and that he had been a client of ours in the past. He ended his letter by saying that money was tight, but he was waiting to see how much he had left in his upcoming paycheck so that he could donate again. I wrote him back thanking him for his generosity, asking him to save his money and reassuring him that his prayers would be all we would need. He gave again anyway. It is such an honor to do this worthy work and have partners like this humble and wonderful man—like all of you.
Thank you for sacrificially giving your time, talent and treasure to support vulnerable Coloradans who needed all of us this year. On behalf of all of us at Volunteers of America Colorado, we are so grateful for you being with us Together in the Crisis.
President & CEO
Volunteers of America Colorado
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8 NKJV
Veterans served by Volunteers of America Colorado in 2020
Pounds of food distributed by Volunteers of America Colorado in 2020
Groceries delivered to homebound seniors by Volunteers of America Colorado volunteers in 2020