Staff Council collects coats, school supplies to benefit community

Staff Council, which represents both the University of Colorado Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, spearheaded two incredibly successful community service projects in recent months.

Staff Council’s Networking/Campus Engagement Committee once again participated in Coats for Colorado by offering multiple sites on both campuses where coats could be dropped off. In October and November, the effort collected 532 coats – far surpassing the 325 coats collected in fall 2016.

Last summer, the committee launched a school supplies drive in collaboration with the CU Anschutz Community-Campus Partnership (CCP). In cooperation with Aurora Public Schools (APS), the groups chose as recipient the APS Welcome Center, which assists immigrant and refugee families in the metro area. Staff Council and CCP set up collection bins across both campuses and gathered over 500 items, including backpacks, lunchboxes, pens, crayons, notebooks and more.

Staff Council school supply drive at CU Anschutz
From left, Ingrid Summers, co-chair of Staff Council’s Networking/Campus Engagement Committee, and council member Maria Hernandez hold backpacks donated to the school supply drive.

Looking ahead, Staff Council has more outreach efforts planned in 2018.

Due to the overwhelming response received last year, the group has reserved an entire week – Feb. 12-16 – to volunteer at Food Bank of the Rockies. The initiative ties in with CU in the Community, an annual opportunity for CU employees to spend four work hours volunteering for the charity of their choice.

“We are very excited about this event and hope to fill all eight shifts – 40 volunteers each – at the Food Bank of the Rockies,” said Ingrid Summers, Office of Student Life, and co-chair of the Networking/Campus Engagement Committee.

If you’d like to volunteer for one of the food bank shifts, or for any other questions about Staff Council, please contact the council at


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