EPIC DAY OF SERVICE | MAY 18, 2024
 
Wow! We did it. We had an Epic Day of Service with Rotarians leading 56 community service projects in Colorado on a single day in May. Click Here to see our Results Flyer!
 
More than a thousand volunteers were all over the Front Range and even out in Durango and Trinidad, doing good. We had 63 Rotary clubs completing 56 projects in Colorado. Organizers also estimate that Colorado Rotarians raised $143,000 to support future efforts of individual clubs. Click Here to Read More!
The Epic Day of Service in Colorado was part of a wide effort to concentrate Rotary help, with work happening in 10 states and six countries. An estimated 750 clubs in the United States participated. Around the world we believe about 700 projects were accomplished.
 
Brianna Shermann, president of the Denver Metro South Rotary Club, and Pat McGuckin, of Denver Southeast Rotary, co-chaired the massive effort, regionally.
 
Pat looks to the future.  “The enthusiasm of so many clubs was fabulous. So was the public response… almost 40% of volunteers were non-Rotarians. Next year we’ll offer this success to our neighboring states. Long-term, there are 1.3 million Rotarians in 36,000 communities worldwide… let’s think big!”
 
Brianna said, “I am so thrilled the way Rotarians in Colorado showed up for the EPIC Day of Service. The results for our first year exceeded our expectations. We truly appreciate all the presidents and club champions that truly made the EPIC Day an EPIC success.”
 
In recent years collaboration had focused on the Woohoomanity bike ride. District leaders chose the Epic Day as the new way forward. And organizers gave it an appropriate, big name: Epic Day of Service. This is its first year in Colorado and the third year elsewhere.
 
Pictured: Paul Brazil and Bill Getzinger, club president, were part of a Golden Rotary team building ramps for people in wheelchairs. Their community partner was the organization Be A Tool.
 
The projects chosen ranged widely. Nearby clubs joined in service. Rotarians from the Englewood Club and the Denver Metro South Club filled 1,000 bags with food that would go into backpacks of local school students who are struggling with food insecurity. The Backpack Society was their community partner.
 
Rotarians from the clubs of Broomfield, Broomfield Crossing and Westminster built play yard tunnels and did site cleanup at a school that helps preschoolers with special needs.
 
Pictured: Rotarians from the Denver Cherry Creek and RiNo Rotary Clubs, along with their friends, families and Eagle Scouts worked in the fields at DeLaney Community Farm in Aurora. The farm is a partnership between Denver Urban Gardens and Project Worthmore, a refugee social service organization.  
 
And there are 53 other examples of Colorado Rotarians and community volunteers improving the lives of fellow Coloradans.