Indaba Gives Back – Indaba VOA Service Initiatives
by Jeanine Mason
At Indaba we strive to make a difference for each and every one of our clients, but we also look to the community around us to make an impact. Indabans witness the struggle of homelessness everyday, with many folks hanging out in front of our office and in the alley. It’s hard not to be compelled to do something to alleviate (even a little bit) the blatant suffering. It’s all about the humanistic perspective that drives the core of what we do.
Over the past six months Indaba has partnered with the VOA, volunteering every other month for an afternoon at The Mission. We serve lunch, sort clothing, organize non-perishable goods, clean, and provide some administrative support. The Mission, Volunteers of America’s oldest program in Colorado, is a daytime shelter that provides clients with food, clothing, job training, employment assistance, spiritual guidance, referrals and a safe place for relaxation and refreshment. Over 200,000 people received services from the VOA in Colorado last year, and The Mission relies greatly on volunteers, with only 1.5 staff members running all of the programming.
Indaba kicked off our Indaba Gives Back initiative with a chili eating contest in May. We cooked, the VOA guests voted, our CEO, Ryan Shields, won. We know what you’re thinking, and no it was not rigged, he’s a great chili cook! As we witness the need all around us, we feel that it’s important to create the opportunity for Indabans to get involved. Not everyone is able to attend each service day, but the opportunity exists to help our community. It’s all about the opportunity.
The VOA need is extraordinarily high, and we are in a position to help, so we do. If you’re interested in giving back we encourage you to do so as well! More information on The Mission can be found at the link below:
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.