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Just before Denver went under stay-at-home orders in March, RevGen selected The Gathering Place (TGP) as our 2020 community partner. Our employees were excited to explore how we could best support TGP with a combination of volunteer and pro-bono hours during the coming year. And TGP was excited to see how we could help them in their mission to transform the lives of the women, children, and transgender individuals they serve.
As RevGeners are known to do, when the pandemic hit we pivoted. We took a step back to see how we could support TGP staff and members in the immediate term. With a lack of volunteers to make lunches and an increase in demand for services, RevGenerosity (our employee-driven community engagement team) jumped into action with an ask to employees to make those lunches from home and donate food for “meal bags”. Over the course of the spring and early summer, we delivered 420 brown bag lunches and 27 meal bags for individuals and families, and gave directly through TGP’s Amazon Wish List.
We asked TGP again recently what needs we could help them address. That led to a Microwave Meal Drive. RevGenerosity challenged employees to collectively donate 175 meals. With project teams, the entire Senior Leadership Team, and other individual employees stepping up, earlier this week we delivered 1,827 meals! That provides approximately one hot meal a day for a week for 260 TGP members!
We are glad to be able to contribute in these small ways to this great organization that is working harder than ever to provide lifesaving resources and services to the most vulnerable members of our community.
We encourage you to learn more about The Gathering Place and the services they provide as the only daytime drop-in center in Metro Denver that serves women, transgender individuals, and their children, who are experiencing poverty, and often homelessness.