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

Family Law Clinic

LIFE IS FULL OF SURPRISES.  What if you get into a car accident today, or a loved one passes away, or your landlord gives you an eviction notice with seven days to vacate your apartment?  Would you seek help from a lawyer?  If not, under what circumstances would you seek help from a lawyer?

What discourages you from seeking legal help?  We want to know.

Do you think that lawyer fees are too high for the average person to pay?
How much do you think a lawyer in a smaller law firm charges per hour for legal services?
How much would you be willing to pay for professional legal services?
If legal services were offered at a set price (flat fee), would you be more willing to seek help from a lawyer?
If legal services were offered à la carte where you could pick and choose which services you wanted to pay for and which services you would perform yourself (this is known as “unbundled legal services”), would you be more willing to seek help from a lawyer?

If you need legal help regarding a family law matter but cannot afford a lawyer, we’ve got great news for you! The ACC Paralegal Club and the 18th Judicial District Access to Justice Committee is hosting a free Family Law Clinic:

FAMILY LAW CLINIC
February 10, 2016 3-6 p.m.
ACC’s Main Campus, Littleton, CO

The Family Law Clinic is serving unrepresented parties from Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert Counties.  Free parking is providing in all ACC parking lots.

Family Law Clinic Presentation Schedule:

3:00-3:15    Opening Remarks by Magistrate Moss
3:15-3:30    Adoption/Grandparents’ Rights Session
3:30-3:45    Questions and Answers
3:45-4:15    Divorce/Child Support/Property Division Session
4:15-4:30    Questions and Answers
4:30-4:45    Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Session
4:45-5:00    Mediation Information Session
5:00-5:15    Questions and Answers
5:15-5:30    Court Services Information Session
5:30-5:45    Unbundled Legal Services
5:45-6:00    Questions and Answers

The general public is welcome to come and receive free legal information.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions and explain the process and procedure for the area of family law.

Please feel free to provide any other comments or responses regarding legal fees to help us better service your needs.  Thank you.