ACC’s ViTaL Team Trip to Audubon Society at Chatfield

On August 19, 2016, ACC’s ViTaL (Volunteering To Learn) Team set out on an outdoor adventure to help clean up over-grown weeds and dried-up grasses from the Audubon Society of Greater Denver’s Nature Center at Chatfield State Park, about 10 miles away.

Led by Audubon’s Community Outreach Coordinator Kate Hogan, the six ACC faculty and staff–with some of their family members–first learned about the Audubon Society’s mission and its relationship to Chatfield, then performed a couple of hours of light gardening tasks on a warm and sunny Saturday morning.

Audubon Center at Chatfield State Park

Audubon Center at Chatfield State Park has an abundance of wildlife and over 300 bird species that live or visit at various times a year.

Ken Murphy & Dan Hohn removing tree

Math Professor Ken Murphy & Dan Hohn from Fiscal Services remove a dead tree from the gardens.

Diana Hornick landscaping

Communication Faculty & ViTaL leader Diana Hornick at work.

Mardi Mathers landscaping

Nursing Faculty member Mardi Mathers.

Garden Walk at Chatfield State Park.

Garden Walk at Chatfield State Park.

The Team completed their project with a nature hike, discovering toads, snakes, and a beaver lodge.

Kate Hogan pointing out Beaver Lodge

Audubon’s Community Outreach Coordinator Kate Hogan points out a beaver lodge.

Platte River

The Platte River

A nature walk along one of Chatfield's many trails

A nature walk along one of Chatfield’s many trails

Audubon Nature Center Map

Some of the plant life at Chatfield State Park…

Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is distinguishable by its red leaves

Hemlock

Hemlock is the poisonous plant presumed to have killed Socrates.

Plants along the Platte River

Plants along the Platte River

Come join ViTaL team for our next outing!

Volunteers pictured from left to right: Mardi Mathers, Jennifer Jones, Ken Murphy, Daniel Hohn, Diana Hornick, Josie Mills, Andrea Mason, Linda Mason

Volunteers pictured from left to right: Mardi Mathers, Jennifer Jones, Ken Murphy, Daniel Hohn, Diana Hornick, Josie Mills, Andrea Mason, Linda Mason

Western Welcome Week 2016

Western Welcome Week Volunteers 2015

Western Welcome Week Volunteers 2015

We are just a couple of weeks away from Western Welcome Week! Arapahoe Community College (ACC) has a special place for the event that the City of Littleton puts on. We are sponsors, breakfast hosts, parking lot quarters, parade-goers, and festival vendors – we even provide water for the horses!

The 2016 Western Welcome Week theme is “Salute to Educators”. Each year the Western Welcome Week committee selects an individual or individuals that exemplifies the theme, as the Grand Marshal. This year there is a trio of grand marshals that represent the past, present and future of the education profession. We are honored that an ACC graduate, Hannah Sturdivant, has been selected as one of three grand marshals, serving as the future grand marshal. Sturdivant earned her Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as her Early Childhood Director Certificate, at ACC. She is currently employed at Belle’s and Beau’s at the Farm in Aurora, and works with children of all ages. Hannah aspires to become a curriculum coordinator for various early childhood classrooms.

Western Welcome Week parade volunteers - 2015

Western Welcome Week parade volunteers – 2015

We have several opportunities to volunteer. ACC will host the Family Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 14 from 7:30 am – 11:30 am. Come and dine on all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausages, and coffee, while catching-up with friends. The kids can play FREE “Games of Old” and round up for the “Bruce Wolf Stick Horse Stampede”. The cost is $5 per person and is hosted on the ACC Littleton campus. If you would like to help serve the community breakfast, contact Jeff Duggan 303.797.5709 jeff.duggan@arapahoe.edu.

If you can’t make it on the 14th, then consider volunteering on Saturday, August 20 at the Grand Parade. The parade runs from 10 am – noon though downtown Littleton. Join the ACC parade walkers as we represent the college and Salute to Educators. After the parade, you can visit the festival and all the great vendors from around the city. If you would like to walk the parade with the ACC team, contact Karen Browning 303.797.5736 karen.browning@arapahoe.edu.

The Western Welcome Week celebrations start Friday August 12th and go through Sunday August 21st. There are plenty of activities for you and the family. Or if you are just looking to attend the celebration, check out the list of events at westernwelcomeweek.org. We hope to see you there!

by Karen Browning

 

ACC’s Volunteering to Learn (ViTaL) Excursion to the Humane Society

ACC’s Volunteering to Learn (ViTaL) team headed out for their first volunteer excursion last Friday, January 15, 2016. A group of four ACC faculty and staff took pet supplies donated by the ACC community and spent the morning volunteering at the Littleton’s Humane Society of the South Platte Valley.

Here we are departing from ACC with all the wonderful pet supplies donated by the ACC community:

ViTaL team outside ACC

Left to right: Meredith Tofield, Josie Mills, Amanda Johnson, Diana Hornick

Erin Liebner of the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley welcomed us, and we took a short visit to the cat room while she arranged our plan for the morning.

White cat on scratching post

Adoptable cat at Human Society

Amanda petting cat

Amanda pets Starvin’ Marvin

black cat

Adoptable cat at the Humane Society

vital-tortie-cat

Another cat for adoption at the Humane Society

Erin then set us up with the task of cleaning out the shed where they store food and supplies for the animals. It was a chilly but sunny morning, and we worked together happily rearranging the bags of food and treats so that the floor was clear, and everything was easy to find.

Before and after photos below

BEFORE:

Food storage

Humane Society food storage before.

DURING:

Amanda and Meredith organizing.

Amanda and Meredith organizing pet food storage.

AFTER:

Humane Society pet food storage after ViTaL team organized it.

Humane Society pet food storage after ViTaL team organized it.

Once we’d finished our work in the shed, we headed back inside where we were rewarded with some time to visit with the dogs.

Dog available for adoption from the Humane Society.

Dog available for adoption from the Humane Society.

Close-up of dog

Another dog available for adoption

Another available dog at the Humane Society

Another available dog at the Humane Society

Another dog ready to find its forever home.

Another dog ready to find its forever home.

We then helped out washing dishes, refilling treat containers, and mopping the floor in the main meeting area.

We loved spending the morning at the Humane Society meeting the wonderful volunteers and visiting the animals who need a home.

Left to right: Meredith Tofield, Diana Hornick, Josie Mills, Amanda Johnson

Left to right: Meredith Tofield, Diana Hornick, Josie Mills, Amanda Johnson

ViTaL welcomes students, faculty, staff, and administrators to join us in serving the community. Many more opportunities will ensue in the coming months. Contact Josie Mills or Diana Hornick for more information.

by Josie Mills, ACC English Department Chair