Giving a Toast to What Matters Most

It’s that time of year again!

Blue Margin volunteered with Homeless Gear to set up for their annual Toast to Transitions event.  Let’s just say our team members are darn-near-experts at setting up for this event – we enjoy it every year!

Toast to Transitions is Homeless Gear’s largest source of revenue generation, with more than 285 community members who attended this year. 

We whipped out our measuring tapes, took direction from the event planner, and transformed the venue from gymnasium to grand dining room.

Blue Margin Team Lights It Up at Loveland Laser Tag

An evening at Loveland Laser Tag, just for Blue Margin employees and their families? 

Yes please! 

We knew this would be a fun outing. What we didn't realize was it included unlimited arcade games, a dream since childhood (at least for anyone who ever longed to own their own Asteroids or Pac-Man console). The unlimited laser tag, bumper cars and pizza didn't hurt either.

The Power of the Book Box!

Pop quiz:  Name a place in the world with only 1 book for every 300 children.

Answer?

Low-income areas, right here in the United States. 

Shocked?  You should be.

Book Trust’s mission is to change that staggering statistic and break the cycle of poverty for a growing number of children.  Blue Margin believes in this mission and has been a long-time supporter of Book Trust, both financially and as volunteers. 

Respite Care Is Getting “Seussed-Up” for their Fundraiser!

The Blue Margin team headed out again, this time volunteering for the Fort Collins Respite Care.  It might be one of our team’s most favorite volunteer spots because we get to help special needs children.

Our team stayed busy creating Dr. Seuss-themed centerpieces for their 2017 Perennial Luncheon later this month.  Fundraisers like this ensure great things for Respite Care.  Last fall, they used their donations to install an elevator allowing wheelchair-bound kids to access recreational facilities in the basement.

Homeless Gear - Teen in Need Event

Last week, as part of Blue Margin’s Community Works program, our team volunteered at the Homeless Gear Warehouse (one of our favorite local organizations) to prepare for their Teen in Need event.  The event targets teens with non-permanent housing or without adult supervision.  They’re typically runaways or have been abandoned in some way.  The goal is to provide the basics in terms of clothing and other gear (e.g., water-bottles, sleeping bags, etc.) so they can actively participate in school. 

The Gift of Serendipity

“Are you here to volunteer for the event?” asked a young woman driving a mini-van.

“Yes, I am! Thanks for the ride – it’s cold this morning!” I responded, getting into the van with several other volunteers, each thankful for a refuge from the freezing weather.

When we arrived at our destination, I stood in line for my volunteer badge, signed my waiver, and then realized I was in the wrong building, at the wrong event!  I consoled myself with the idea that this must happen all the time in Old Town Fort Collins around Christmas – lots of charitable events, lots of volunteers, lots of busy-ness.

BMCW - Wrapping Up Gifts (and our First Year!)

Christmas has arrived at Blue Margin, and we are spreading the holiday cheer! 

During this season of giving, we teamed up with one of Northern Colorado’s most generous non-profits – Santa Cops – to wrap Christmas presents for children in need.

Volunteers Achieve Slicing Mastery at FoCo Café

 

Earlier this month, as part of the Blue Margin Community Works program, my colleague Angela and I volunteered at the FoCo Café

If you aren’t familiar with this local gem, the FoCo Café is in the heart of downtown Fort Collins, and is truly representative of the strength of Fort Collins’ giving community. 

The cafe opened its doors in 2014 with two simple philosophies: 

1) All are welcome.

2) If you can’t afford a meal, come in anyway.  Simply exchange an hour of your time by helping around the restaurant (washing dishes, mopping floors, and weeding the garden), and eat what you like. 

Blue Margin + Homeless Gear = A Gala to Remember

A few weeks ago Blue Margin had the opportunity to help set-up the Toasts to Transitions Fundraising Banquet in support of Homeless Gear.  This event is Homeless Gear’s largest source of revenue generation, with more than 250 community movers and shakers who attend annually.

Loveland Community Kitchen - Pineapple and Pep

As part of the Blue Margin Community Worksprogram, I volunteered at the Loveland Community Kitchen on a windy Wednesday morning.  I’d never been there before, and wasn’t sure what to expect.  I certainly didn’t plan on getting a life lesson that would leave a profound impact, but unexpected blessings can come from stepping into new things.

Stumbling into a cramped and steamy kitchen, I was greeted by Ellen, a fellow volunteer.  She ushered me around the kitchen – showing me where to find everything, including the boxes of ever-present plastic gloves. 

Within minutes I was surrounded by busy volunteers - preparing drinks, slicing cake, and dishing up fruit.