Alana Dylan pulled a black plastic bag along the trail April 16 as she picked up trash at Progress Park in Littleton for her part in the B.I.G. Day …
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Alana Dylan pulled a black plastic bag along the trail April 16
as she picked up trash at Progress Park in Littleton for her part
in the B.I.G. Day event sponsored by the South Metro Denver Chamber
“I am a runner, I love parks and I was glad to sign up to help
with the cleanup to make the parks a little nicer for everyone,”
she said. “We checked in this morning, did a sweep of Cornerstone
Park and now are picking up stuff there in Progress Park. The
weather is great, so it is a good day for us.”
Dylan was among more than 500 volunteers who fanned out to about
30 locations around the area for the B.I.G. Day.
The name means “Be Involved, Give” and was organized as a
volunteer service day to provide assistance to organizations and
facilities that provide valuable services to the community.
The project reached its goal of signing up at least 500
volunteers, which meant, in one day, the individuals would provide
at least 2,250 volunteer hours in support of local programs and
The opportunities were varied as were the locations. For
example, there was a tree-planting project at the South Suburban
Park trail head, the chance to assist with Meals on Wheels
deliveries, doing spring cleanup at the botanical gardens at
Chatfield Reservoir and helping fix up the office at the
Alternatives Pregnancy Center.
Dylan said it was fun to be part of the project and added it was
great to see so many people volunteer for the projects.
John Crawford stopped to get a cup of coffee after finishing up
his volunteer service sorting and packing medical supplies for
“This was an amazing day,” he said. “I had never heard of
Project Cure until today. They do amazing work sending medical
equipment and supplies to health care projects for the needy all
over the world. I felt good that I could help a little and I plan
to try to get my wife and kids to join me in coming back as regular
A few miles away, Maria Pearson of Inter-Faith said the
volunteer help they received was a blessing.
“We had about 50 people sign up to help us staff food-collection
points at King Soopers stores in Highlands Ranch, Littleton,
Englewood and Centennial,” she said. “It was funny because it
almost immediately became competitive with each location trying to
collect more food than the other locations.”
When the drives ended about 11 a.m., the food was brought back
to Inter-Faith, where additional volunteers including a group from
the South Suburban Parks Foundation were on hand to help unload and
sort the donations before using them to stock the shelves of the
organization’s food bank.
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