Immersion Project Site Descriptions

Immersion Project Site Descriptions

Friday, June 17, 2017
 

Food Bag Sewing Project
The UMW is coordinating a project to make food bags for a local elementary school and filling those bags with school supplies. This project will be indoors and will require only a small amount of physical activity. This will include cutting material for the bags, sewing the bags, sorting the school supplies, filling the bags with supplies and boxing the completed bags for delivery.

In order to make these bags we need donations of used blue jeans. If you (or anyone you know) has old blue jeans to donate, please bring them to the Annual Conference Session. 

In addition, this elementary school is in need of school supplies for the upcoming school year. If you can bring any of the following items, it would be appreciated!

  • Band-Aids
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Liquid Soap (8 oz.)
  • Lysol Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Ziploc Bags (Sandwich, Quart, Gallon)
  • Calculator
  • Crayons (24)
  • Colored Correcting Pen
  • Colored Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Gluestick
  • Highlighter
  • Index Cards (3x5)
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Markers (Washable Fine Tip/Thick Tip)
  • Wooden Pencils
  • Plastic Pencil Box
  • Ruler - 12"
  • Spiral Notebook (Wide Lined)
  • 1'' and 2" 3 Ring Binders

Urban Farms
Growing food locally helps not only to fight hunger but also builds communities. We are partnering with four different urban farming groups that help to promote urban gardening. Participants of this project will visit and work at one site of the following urban farming groups: Re:Vision, Sprout City, Grow Local and The Table.

These volunteer projects will be labor intensive as attendees will work outdoors at an urban gardens. You will be asked to do a variety of basic gardening activities and site cleanup. This project is child friendly, but you are responsible for supervision of the children you bring as well as making sure that they only do tasks that are youth appropriate.

Please note: Those that participate in this project will spend the afternoon outdoors. You are advised to bring a hat, sunscreen, work gloves and a water bottle to this project.

 

Food Banks
Making food readily available is critical for individuals and families that are food insecure. Participants will visit a food bank that play an important role in the fight against food insecurity. We have four Food Banks as partners in this segment of our Immersion Project: Food Bank of the Rockies, DenUM, Metro Caring and The Action Center.

These work projects will be labor intensive, but indoors, and will involve sorting food and stocking shelves. This project is child friendly, but you are responsible for supervision of the children you bring as well as making sure that they only do tasks that are youth appropriate.

 

Water Facility Tour
Access to clean water is necessary to support everything that we do. Understanding how we get clean water and how we can conserve clean water are important as we address the issue of water security. At Denver Water the group will visit the Marston Station. This will be an educational experience touring the reservoir and water treatment plant learning how our water goes from snow melt to your tap.

This project will involve quite a bit of walking around the facility including one walk up a steep hill. Given that these are not public facilities, we may not be able to accommodate those with special needs. To gain access to the facility you will need a government issued photo ID. In addition you will need to fill out a waiver form. This project is child friendly, but you are responsible for supervision of the children you bring.

Please note: All conference attendees that select this option will spend a portion of the afternoon outdoors. You are advised to bring a hat, sunscreen and water bottle.

This Immersion Site Is Full!

 

Xeriscape Learning Garden
Access to clean water is necessary to support everything that we do. Understanding how we get clean water and how we can conserve clean water are important as we address the issue of water security. This project is with the City of Aurora and the group will work in the xeriscape learning garden. It will be a combination of education on xeriscaping and water use along with working in the garden doing basic gardening activities.

This volunteer projects will be labor intensive as participants will work outdoors at a garden. You will be asked to do a variety of basic gardening activities and site cleanup. This project is child friendly, but you are responsible for supervision of the children you bring as well as making sure that they only do tasks that are youth appropriate.

Please note: Those that participate in this project will spend the afternoon outdoors. You are advised to bring a hat, sunscreen, work gloves and a water bottle to this project.

This Immersion Site Is Full!

 

The World of Local Food
This session will feature speakers from Poudre Valley Community Farms, Colorado Food Hub Network, San Luis Valley Food Hub, LiveWell and the High Plains Food Co-Op. These groups will talk about emerging and innovative ways that the land is being used, food is grown and the food grown distributed to groups and consumers. Lunch will be served by the High Plains Food Co-Op. This seminar is educational only, and will not require any physical labor.

 

After Hours Denver
 One of the Laity breakout sessions in the morning will be making sack lunches and then will go help Rev. Jerry Herships feed the homeless at a park in Denver. This will not be a labor intensive activity, but you will spend several hours outdoors. Please consider bringing a hat, sunscreen and a water as you board the bus. This project is only open to those participating in the After Hours Laity Breakout session on Friday morning.

 

The Land
Rev. Stephanie Price will lead a group to the site of a new church concept called “The Land”.

Please note: Those that participate in this project will spend the afternoon outdoors. You are advised to bring a hat, sunscreen, work gloves and a water bottle to this project.

This Immersion Site Is Full!

 

Advocacy Session
We will have an opportunity to learn how to advocate for food security and clean water issues. This session will feature an advocacy expert providing attendees with information and ideas on how to get involved in existing advocacy efforts or starting your own campaign at the local, state and national levels. This seminar is educational only, and will not require any physical labor.