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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver wants to help people find their passion for serving others through a new volunteer page on their website.

There, after creating a customized user profile, potential volunteers can explore opportunities, upcoming events, material needs of ministries, and be prompted of volunteer requests for the specific ministries of Charities that they follow.

“We really wanted to do a better job of promoting the needs of the ministries,” explained Mark Hahn, volunteer and parish outreach coordinator. “And to find a solution to connect volunteers not only with different ministries, but also to communicate with each other.”

Several ministries are up and running on the page, powered by the program Get Connected, since its May 19 launch including: kinship care, Guadalupe Community Center and Shelter, Father Ed Judy House, Lighthouse Women’s Center, Regina Caeli Clinical Services, Little Flower Food Pantry and foster care, among others. Going forward, Catholic Charities will also train and encourage parishes to use the site as a “landing page of their own,” according to Hahn.

“Parishes will be able to get the word out about their coat drives, diapers drives, and other events through the site,” he said.

Training will begin later this month, starting with parish-based social ministries that are already in place such as sandwich lines and food pantries.

“Besides helping people in need, the site offers a mechanism for people to live out their faith,” said Wendy Oldenbrook, director of marketing and communications. “It gives people the opportunity to see the face of Jesus in those they serve.”

Organizers are happy with the activity they are seeing on the site so far, and invite the faithful to visit www.ccdenver.org/volunteer for more information and to set up a profile. Contact Hahn at mhahn@ccdenver.org or 303-742-0828 with questions.

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