SMDC – South Metro Chamber preps for 3rd Annual B.I.G. Day

2012 BIG Day volunteers from the Listen Foundation ready to get their hands dirty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

2012 BIG Day volunteers from the Listen Foundation ready to get their hands dirty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Local nonprofits with projects to complete can apply

Dozens of area nonprofits with thousands of volunteers working together makes for a great day. And that’s the goal for the 2013 edition of the B.I.G. (Be Involved Give) Day set for Saturday, April 20, 8:30 – noon. The third installment of this annual event promises to be bigger and more productive than ever.

“Last year’s event surpassed all our expectations,” said John Brackney, president and CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. “Over 2,000 volunteers spent a Saturday morning at 22 non-profit agencies. Non-profits got to showcase all they do to volunteers from the business community and relationships were created. Best of all, everyone had a great time. We expect this year to be continue the tradition of getting bigger and better each year.”

B.I.G. stands for “Be Involved, Give.” Because of the huge success of last year’s event, the goal is to have more than 2,000 volunteers spend Saturday morning at even more nonprofits.

Laurian Horowitz, owner/instructor of Colorado Life Lessons, is again coordinating the sign-up of local nonprofits interested in taking part in what’s become an annual event that thousands look forward to.

“The B.I.G. Day is an amazing day where our community can come together to volunteer,” said Horowitz. “For a nonprofit, it is a great opportunity to showcase themselves, to a new audience perhaps, and gain long term volunteers, monetary and in kind donations, as well as join forces with service organizations to complete huge projects in a short period of time.”

Last year’s B.I.G. Day volunteers did everything from planting the community garden at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, to painting and preparing for the summer season at Dinosaur Ridge, to trail clean up with the South Suburban Park Foundation, to putting together and delivering meals for TLC Meals on Wheels – the list goes on and on. Children are welcome for most activities making it a fantastic family event and one that will build a sense of community in young minds.

Slots for nonprofits to take part in this year’s event are beginning to fill up and Horowitz urges those interested to contact her either by phone at 303-257-9589 or e-mail at Laurian@ColoradoLiveLessons.com. There are currently 15 nonprofit organizations signed on and nonprofits do not need to be chamber investors in order to get involved in this event. Sign up for individual and corporate team volunteers will begin on March 1.

Brackney said, “Imagine all that we can accomplish with thousands of volunteers? And all of the projects our community nonprofits can get done through this great event.”

For updated information about the 2013 B.I.G. Day, visit www.bestchamber.com.

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