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Washington Park Cares Names Community Leader

Dr. Paul Leon Ramsey Executive Director

 

                                     Dr. Paul Leon Ramsey speaking at an Fiesta De Mayo event.

Denver – November 1, 2011 – Washington Park Cares, a nonprofit membership organization that empowers adults in South Central Denver to live in their homes as they age and promotes an intergenerational community of neighbors helping neighbors, announced today the appointment of Dr. Paul Leon Ramsey as executive director.

“Paul’s experience as an inspirational leader, combined with his enthusiastic community involvement, will be instrumental in growing Washington Park Cares from grass roots start-up to an established thriving organization in the top tier of the nationwide Village network,” said Board of Directors president Bill Eichelberger.

Raised in Historic Baker and East Washington Park, Dr. Ramsey believes wholeheartedly in the intergenerational commitment of the organization.  His passion for building community and promoting positive social change make him an excellent choice to lead Washington Park Cares in realizing its mission of helping people 55 and over connect with services and resources to continue life on their own terms, with dignity and independence, in their own homes.   “I am excited about the challenges and opportunities that being the new executive director of Washington Park Cares presents for me,” Ramsey said.  “I love the mission of the organization and the neighborhoods it serves. Community is a basic human need and knowing the people we live near begins the building of community.  Washington Park Cares pairs volunteers with their aging-in-place neighbors to help them stay and thrive in their homes for life.  The idea that we can help one another, young and old, makes our neighborhoods great places to live.”

He currently serves as Pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Englewood and is the President of the Baker Historic Neighborhood Association.  He was the President of the former Broadway Merchants Association, and is a member of the Lincoln Elementary Parent Teacher Association.  Dr. Ramsey holds a doctorate from the Iliff School of Theology.  He earned a Masters of Divinity from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor’s from Abilene Christian University.  He is a proud graduate of Denver South High School.


Volunteer Event Opportunity To Serve South Denver Seniors

Help Seniors Remain in Their Homes by Lending a Helping Hand

 

Before A Little Help

After A Little Help

DENVER, Colo. September 13, 2012 – A Little Help is a local Denver nonprofit that connects neighbors to foster community and help seniors remain in their homes.  Service Saturdays! are twice-yearly events providing volunteer assistance for seniors in south central Denver with various home maintenance jobs, cleaning, organizing, raking, and other household tasks and the next opportunity to help your neighbors is October 13th!

Our first ever Service Saturday! in May was a tremendous success.  We had a large crew of volunteers who showed up in the rain to clean gutters, wash windows, pull weeds, prepare soil, trim bushes, and do some garage and basement clean-outs.  One of the really great things about Service Saturday! was having an age range of over 70 years between our oldest and youngest volunteer.  The event was a great experience for all who volunteered and a big help for all the seniors who participated.  On October 13th, we look forward to even bigger things!

Service Saturday! event volunteers join trained A Little Help volunteers to form small teams and tackle a multitude of tasks.  We welcome volunteers from companies, churches, groups, families, and individuals.  Service Saturdays! run from 8am – noon and begin with coffee and pastries. Our fall Service Saturday! will take place on October 13th and we will meet at South High School at 8am. Parking is available in the teachers’ lot behind the school entering from High St on the east side of the building.  There’s no minimum (or maximum) age- invite the whole family!

A Little Help provides seniors with essential services that promote independence and support social and cognitive activity so seniors may enjoy improved quality of life within community. We serve thirteen neighborhoods in south central Denver.We welcome seniors who may need a little help maintaining the house, getting to appointments, or connecting with neighbors. We also welcome neighbors who would like to forge meaningful relationships with their aging neighbors by providing a helping hand or just a friendly visit. If you’re interested in creating a senior village in a neighboring community, we’ll help you get started!