The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life recognizes that numerous wonderful opportunities to serve the community can be found at DU. The Office offers two more on a regular basis, and they are open to ALL members of the DU community, regardless of "where" one might be found in the University.
Our longest-running association is with Metro Caring, a major hunger-relief organization in downtown Denver. For the last several years, Chaplain Gary and various DU folks have, once a month, helped hundreds of Denver's hungry population pick out great nutritious food at no charge. We have partnered with, and learned from, a wide cross-section of the Denver community: young and old, religious and non-religious, non-Native English speakers and Denver natives. We learn SO much, and we come away incredibly blessed.
Metro CareRing is in a new state-of-the-art facility. We meet at DU at 8:30 on Friday morning, and return by noon. Let Chaplain Gary know if you are interested in joining on any of the following dates: Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16, Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19.
Hoops to Hope
Beginning in the winter of 2014, the Office has partnered with Jiminy Wicket to bring Alzheimer's patients to DU. Students and other DU community members join with them in playing croquet! The relationship brings awareness of the disease to the DU folks, a trip out for the seniors, and enjoyment and engagement for all. The time commitment is not great (about a couple of hours per event), but the rewards are incredible.
During the 2016-17 academic year, we will be gathering for croquet on the following dates: Sep 16, Oct 14, Nov 11, Jan 20, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 7, May 12). We will convene at 1:30 for set-up and orientation; the guests will arrive at 2:30 and stay/play about an hour. We can be found in the Ballroom of Centennial Towers.
To read an article on the "Hoops to Hope" magazine article, please click here.
Once a month, the Office hosts a table (or two) on the Driscoll Bridge that offers community members to engage in "walk-by service." Usually "arts-and-crafts" oriented, we have, for example, made "Creepy Critters for Kids" (in October — to be given to patients at Children's Hospital), written "Thank-yous for Veterans" (in November — to be delivered to the VA Hospital). In May, it's a service-projecgt closer-to-home, as we offer a chance to remember mom with hand-made Mother's Day cards (we even mail them!). The schedule for tabling, once set for the upcoming year will be found here.