Guest post by Gary Morse, member of the Project Angel Heart Colorado Springs regional council
If you have been volunteering delivering meals for Project Angel Heart for a while, you may have met a member of the Colorado Springs regional council. This team of eight local volunteer leaders has the responsibility of raising funds and promoting outreach to our community on behalf of the organization. Unlike the Board of Directors in Denver, the regional council has no fiscal responsibility, but does play a crucial role in maintaining and growing services to our clients.
Most regional council members began as distribution and/or meal delivery volunteers, so the commitment to our philosophy, “Food as Medicine,” runs deep in their hearts. The group meets monthly (virtually, via Zoom, since March 2020), staffs fund-raising events, interfaces with our community outreach team and conducts annual planning retreats in which formal goals are set and reviewed each year. In the past two years, the team has developed a formal “champion” approach to the various projects we have undertaken, with specific goals, actions and timelines to monitor progress.
While the professional histories of regional council members vary, the commitment to our mission is strong and consistent. Members come from all walks of life: the healthcare industry, military service, business leadership, and food services ownership/advocacy. The average tenure among members is 3.5 years, demonstrating both the dedication of the group and the invaluable accumulation of knowledge and experience contributing to strengthening the organization.
My attraction to Project Angel Heart came from my professional role in hospice administration. I quickly found that the volunteers in the Springs – at all levels – were similar to my former colleagues, in bringing their compassion to the fore, when it came to helping those suffering food deficiency at a crucial time in their lives. Members of this team are among the finest individuals I’ve known in my life, and now, after 4.5 years, I consider them personal friends; it is a cohesive group that is inspired and hard-working.
Our Regional Manager oversees the process of finding, vetting and on-boarding regional council members, providing on-going training, and co-chairing our meetings and retreats along with Kori Magallanez, who has served the regional council for five years. Randy Lindsay-Brisbin is the only original member and has been a driving force for seven years, doubling as a member of the Project Angel Heart board of directors – currently in the role of vice chair.
Other Colorado Springs regional council members include Jeff Alexander, Jennifer Hill, Jenn Morin-Ebarb, Mike Nemeth, Chris Zwirlein, and me – Gary Morse. You will see us now and then on Saturday mornings, sharing updates about events, overall progress on our mission and supporting your wonderful contribution to the greater Colorado Springs community.
Are you interested in exploring participation with the regional council? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.