In the spirit of the unfailing service that veterans are accustomed to giving to their country, Veterans Green Jobs has partnered with ServiceNation: Mission Serve, Denver Parks and Recreation, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service and the Sierra Club to clean up Confluence Park and connected green spaces along city trails adjacent to Platte River and Cherry Creek. Read about the event or view our slideshow.
“After returning from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, many veterans are seeking ways to continue to serve their country in meaningful ways,” says Garett Reppenhagen, director of Veterans Development for Veterans Green Jobs. “This sense of service is one of the critical elements of our military institutions. Beyond individual actions and defined roles within the military branches, it is the willingness to serve our nation that lends pride to military personnel and veterans. Providing service to our local community on Veterans Day honors that tradition.”
Community service project details:
When: Thursday, November 11, 12:00 noon
Where: Shoemaker Plaza, located behind the REI Flagship Store at 1416 Platte Street in Lower Downtown (LoDo)
Joining the kickoff activity for this project will be the Honorable Robert Gordon III, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, an officer in the U.S. Army and a civilian-leader. Gordon will make a special guest appearance and speak to participants about the importance, power and value of volunteering.
Community members interested in volunteering will be asked to register for this activity upon arriving. Warm refreshments will be offered. Garbage bags and pickers will be provided by Denver Parks and Recreation. This event will happen rain or shine, so volunteers are asked to dress appropriately.
Confluence Park is an urban park located in Denver’s LoDo, where two pedestrian bridges cross the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. Confluence Park marks the area where gold was discovered in 1858 and has previously been home to an Excel Energy Substation that was moved to allow for expansion of a public recreation area. Today, Confluence Park is central to the Denver’s green space, city bike and trail system.
Any individual, company or organization interested in sponsoring or collaborating in this event may contact Garett Reppenhagen at Garett@veteransgreenjobs.org / 719-235-7030.