Members of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church attend Volunteers of America Annual Awards Reception to accept a Special Friend award for their service at Volunteers of America’s Irving Street Women’s Residence. Photo courtesy of Volunteers of America:
Volunteers of America presented their annual awards to six organizations and individuals who have made a remarkable impact in the community. Denver Mattress, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), The Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Betty Kuhl, and Bob Gitre were among those to receive awards Oct. 5, at The Dome at AMG.
“It takes generous people like these awardees to ensure that no one in need is forgotten,” Dianna Kunz, Volunteers of America president and CEO, said. “These awards were just a small token compared with the tremendous work these individuals, businesses, and organizations are doing to support elderly, disabled and impoverished people in Colorado.”
Bob Rensick (center), general manager of Manufacturing for Denver Mattress, accepts Volunteers of America’s Outstanding Corporation Award on behalf of Denver Mattress for their support of the annual Basket of Joy project. Other Basket of Joy supporters include Denny Grey (right) and Dan Sutton (left), Vice President Produce Procurement at Albertsons.
The Excellence in Community Development award was presented to the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), for their partnership in providing affordable housing options for low income elderly and families and The Outstanding Foundation award went to the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation for their continued support and most recent $100,000 contribution to Colorado’s most vulnerable. Denver Mattress Company received the Outstanding Corporation award for their 10 years of brightening holidays for lonely elderly through the donation of their warehouse space for the Basket of Joy Project.
Supporter Betty Kuhl (right) accepts Volunteers of America’s Special Friend award from Rick Bruno, Volunteers of America board chair.
Thomas Bryan (left), Colorado Housing and Finance Authority director of accounting/controller, accepts Volunteers of America award for Excellence in Community Development from Rick Bruno, Volunteers of America board chair.
Special Friend awards went to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Betty Kuhl, and Bob Gitre. Members at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church have volunteered countless hours preparing meals, cleaning, helping with groups and, through their hands-on ministry, have encouraged homeless and disabled women to thrive. Betty Kuhl has offered her personal support for over 30 years, empowering Colorado’s most vulnerable with her spirit, talents, and resources. Over the last two years Bob Gitre has been serving meals out of the Epicurean Food Truck to the homeless and in need at the Volunteers of America Mission; his passion and energy has been an inspiration for so many others.
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