Preschoolers and construction sites might not seem to go well together but are both full of organized chaos and are what filled my first day on the job as the new PR and Marketing Specialist for Volunteers of America Colorado. As someone new to Colorado and new to Volunteers of America, I had no idea what to expect my first day.
We started the day at Head Start, a program that gives low income or disadvantaged children, ages 3-5, the preparation they need to begin school. I watched as enthusiastic 3-year-olds dressed up in aprons and oven mitts, painted “abstract” watercolors and mixed together their own snacks to take home. The kids ran from play center to play center, all the while patient and caring teachers seamlessly transitioned from English to Spanish and gently reminded the students to wait their turn. Their school day ended with a warm lunch that filled the borrowed church gym with the smell of melted cheese and tomato soup.
Just down the road, exposed to the bitter cold, we visited a soon-to-be complete brick building full of just as much excitement as the preschool. This busy construction site is where Head Start will soon call their first permanent home. Some generous corporate donors, Volunteers of America staff and I strapped on hard hats and explore the new facility that will allow Head Start to reach even more kids and give the community a place to gather.
My first day on the job was anything but traditional however I am beginning to see how meeting the needs of the community, as Volunteers of America tirelessly does, will constantly look different. For instance, I met a senior volunteering at Head Start who values and benefits from her work as much as the preschoolers benefit from being a part of the program. Similarly, the wonderful corporate donors who toured with us were incredibly appreciative to help the community and wanted even more opportunities for their employees to be involved.
It is such a thrill to join the Development Team at Volunteers of America, have the opportunity to see every day the ways the organization is caring for the people of Colorado and watch as Volunteers of America inspires the community to pitch in. I most look forward to discovering all of the incredible stories happening because of Volunteers of America employees, donors, volunteers and friends in need.
PR and Marketing Specialist
Voluteers of America Colorado