On September 10, Mi Casa welcomed more than 30 past and present volunteers to our 2nd Annual Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour. Guests enjoyed drinks, traditional Mexican food, and a raffle for a round-trip Southwest Airlines ticket. Volunteers were personally thanked by Mi Casa CEO Christine Marquez-Hudson and received an art print by renowned Denver artist Daniel Luna.
More than 100 volunteers have worked with Mi Casa this year alone, investing over 6,000 hours of time. This large volunteer contribution is what allows Mi Casa to achieve its mission.
“Volunteers assist in all aspects of Mi Casa’s work, not only increasing our capacity to serve the community, but also offering insight and expertise so we can continually raise the quality of the programs and services we offer,” said Mi Casa Volunteer & Outreach Specialist Amanda Steinken.
Mi Casa’s Volunteer of the Year Award went to Rick Lawton (pictured at left with Mi Casa CEO Christine Marquez-Hudson and Volunteer & Outreach Specialist Amanda Steinken), who has been involved with Mi Casa for 14 years. Rick was the Project Manger of Mi Casa’s Denver Green Jobs Initiative, which helped Northeast Denver workers launch careers in energy efficiency, sustainable construction, and solar energy. After the program ended due to the field’s limited jobs and high competition, Rick stayed on with Mi Casa as a volunteer and invested his time as a Career Coach.
“Rick was very instrumental when we revamped the Career Center,” said Amanda. “His invaluable feedback on the services we offer led to strategic changes that allow us to serve the community better than ever before.”
Rick is one of the many volunteers whose support allows Mi Casa to help 2,300 individuals take meaningful steps toward economic self-sufficiency each year.
But volunteers do more than help Mi Casa achieve its mission of advancing the economic success of Latino and low-income families. They also provide a source of encouragement to community members striving to trade poverty for lasting economic stability.
“Volunteers demonstrate to the families Mi Casa serves that the community cares about them and their economic success,” said Amanda.
Volunteers serve at Mi Casa in a number of ways including:
- Board Members
- Career Coaches
- Workshop Facilitators
- Employer Advisory Councils
- Mock Interviewers
- Administration/Clerical Support
- Digital Connectors
- Instructor Assistants
- Guest Speakers
- Social Enterprise
- Think Tank
- Marketing/ Communications Support
- Fundraising Support
- Website Design
- Legal Night Organizers
- Computer Literacy Coaches
To see more photos from the Volunteer Happy Hour, click here.