Membership in A Little Help includes a variety of social and educational activities, and all members are encouraged to attend these community building events.
A Little Help has adapted a model addressing the social and emotional needs of our society by including social and educational events that encourage intergenerational connections. Below are a few of the activites in our various locations. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in starting a group in your neighborhood or would like to be a part of any of these.
- Book Groups - Book groups are open to volunteers, members, and those not yet formally part of A Little Help. Book groups can be specific to certain sites, or can be open to all of the city. They can be held in churches, senior centers, community centers, libraries, or other appropriate community based locations that would be willing to donate the space for use on a regular basis. Book groups should meet monthly (for example, on the last Saturday of the month at 11 am). The day, time, location, and information on the book that will be read should be publicized on the newsletter calendar.
- Yoga - Yoga classes are available in Denver and are scheduled on a weekly basis, on the same day and time, at a commercial yoga studio. Classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor and modified for older adults (chair yoga). Volunteers and members are both encouraged to attend, though seniors’ admission is discounted.
Creating new interest groups
- Interest groups should be offered based on the interests and needs of the local population. Member feedback should be solicited regarding subjects and activites they might like to pursue.
- Interest groups should meet on a regular basis appropriate to the location and type of activity.
- Interest groups can be free or can be offered at a small cost, if necessary. If there is a fee for participation it should be no greater than the actual cost of providing the activity.
Picnics and Mixers
Picnics are held from the late spring through early fall. Check the calendar of events to find a picnic near you.
Picnics may be held at picnic grounds or members' or staff's homes. Picnics are catered, but alcoholic beverages are seldom offered through the caterer. Therefore, hosts, staff, and attendees should bring any alcoholic beverages they might want (beer, wine, etc). A picnic may be sponsored by a company so there is no cost to the attendee, but if not sponsored there may be a small cost to attend the picnic. Attendees should RSVP with the total number of people they are bringing a couple of days before the event, so the caterer can provide the correct amount of food.
An annual Holiday Party is held in December or late November in each branch location and is an opportunity for everyone connected with A Little Help to gather and celebrate the holidays. Board members, staff, volunteers, members, families, and anyone interested in learning more about A Little Help are all invited. The holiday party is not specific to a particular holiday, but is a celebration of the season. The party includes a catered meal and cash bar with wine and beer.