Conference Events

2024 Philanthropy Live!
Sponsor: The Redwoods Group

Created in 2011, Philanthropy Live! offers community service projects annually in the cities hosting NAYDO Conferences through the generous support of founding sponsor The Redwoods Group. In 2024, there are ways for all attendees to participate in Philanthropy Live! 
• Drop-In Project at the Hotel 
• Sign up for an offsite community service project (there is an afternoon option for those who can't arrive in the morning)

Philanthropy Live! Projects
Times listed are times bus departs from and returns to the Gaylord Rockies.
Offsite project participants receive a Philanthropy Live! T-shirt and invitation to the Philanthropy Live! Appreciation Reception held Thursday, April 4, 1:45-2:45 pm, sponsored by The Redwoods Group 

Wednesday, April 3 | 12:30 pm–4:30 pm
Project 1: Food Bank of the Rockies

Advance registration & signed waiver required | Bus transportation, water and snacks provided

Food Bank of the Rockies is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Rocky Mountain region and the YMCA of Metro Denver is one of its 800 hunger relief partners. By obtaining food from the Food Bank of the Rockies warehouse two to three times per week, the Y is a key site for food distribution through our Beyond Hunger food pantry program at the Southwest YMCA. The food is added to our pantry and each week volunteers and staff provide balanced, nutritious food to the community and individuals of all ages can get a bag of groceries.

NAYDO volunteers will work with a food distribution and/or packing project. In the main warehouse, volunteers may inspect, clean, sort and re-pack perishable and non-perishable food items for distribution to Hunger Relief Partners. 

Wednesday, April 3 | 12:30 – 4:00 pm 
Project 2: Children’s Hospital Colorado 

Especially for the Under 40 Network | Advance registration & signed waiver required | Bus transportation, water and snacks provided

This project is designated for staff and volunteer attendees age 40 and under providing a unique opportunity to network and be of service.

Ranked as the #1 children’s hospital in Colorado and the region and among the top 10 in the nation, Children’s Hospital Colorado is a pediatric leader in our community. As a key partner to the YMCA of Metro Denver, they provide necessary nursing support for our summer camp and before and after school programs; facilitate training experiences for YMCA staff around children’s mental health; and support our annual Healthy Kids Day festivities.

Volunteers for this project will learn about the work that the Children’s team does in the community, make blankets and craft kits for patients and their families, and participate in a craft party with patients at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

Wednesday, April 3 | 3:00 – 5:30 pm 
Project 3: Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment

Advance registration & signed waiver required | Bus transportation, water and snacks provided

Montclair is one of the most diverse schools in Denver with more than 20 languages spoken at this neighborhood K-5 school. Through grant support, the YMCA of Metro Denver provides before and after school enrichment programs at no cost to families. Additionally, Montclair is one of four Denver Public School sites where the YMCA operates our Power Scholars Academy program. This successful, six-week, evidence-based summer learning model addresses learning loss and is focused on children who are testing under their grade level average.

The experience at Montclair will focus on outdoor and indoor projects, which may include a garden expansion, beautification, mural and/or blacktop painting projects, sensory room renovation as well as engaging with youth during their program hours.

Wednesday, April 3 | Location and Times will be posted on Mobile App
Thursday Times if Supplies Remain

Drop-In Onsite Project: Project Angel Heart – Meal Bag Craft Project
This is another way to be involved with Philanthropy Live! this year without leaving the Gaylord!

Consider helping to bring cheer to meal recipients by decorating a meal bag. Drop in, sit down with a meal bag and unleash your creativity. All supplies (bags, markers, crayons, etc.) will be provided. The decorated bamoregs will be delivered back to Project Angel Heart for the estimated 700,000+ meals they will deliver during the year.

Project Angel Heart is a non-profit organization whose volunteers help prepare, package and deliver medically tailored meals to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDs, kidney/heart/lung disease and other severe illnesses. As a result, Project Angel Heart’s meal recipients report better health, less stress and more energy.