Thousands volunteer for Denver's first Women's Day of Service

Efforts stem from global Women's March

DENVER – More than 50 locations across the Denver Metro area opened doors to thousands of volunteers wanting to take part in Denver’s very first Women’s Day of Service on Saturday.

Organizers with the movement said more than 2,800 people -- men and women -- showed their interest in the Day of Service.

A list of all organizations that participated was not made available.

In an earlier interview, organizer Jessica Ponder explained the idea came from watching the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children participating in January’s Women’s March across Denver. You’ll remember that effort was witnessed across the globe.

However, organizers told Denver7 the Women's Day of Service is not affiliated with any religious or political persuasion or any other ideology.

“It’s definitely not a political stance, but it’s a stance of empowerment and knowing that if we lift each other up and support each other, we can do amazing things,” said Barbara Gonzales.

Gonzales is an organizer involved with the Day of Service.

Instead, organizers said the event is an opportunity to empower the community to support organization and activities meaningful to them.

The Day of Service focused on service projects benefiting women. Agencies involved deal with domestic violence, poverty, sexual abuse and teen parents.

“It’s all about just making sure women know that they’re not alone, and that they have control over their lives,” Gonzales said.

Denver7 spent Saturday with roughly 25 volunteers at Florence Crittenton Services. The center’s focus is educating, preparing and empowering teen mothers.

The center, located on 96 S. Zuni St., opened its doors to volunteers on Saturday morning.

On-site organizer, Maggie McHenry, said choosing to participate in the Women’s Day of Service was an extension of what the center does year-round.

“It’s women helping women, and it’s the community helping women. That is what’s really been our model since we started our organization 125 years ago,” McHenry said.

Men are also welcome to participate in service projects. More information can be found through the event page.

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