Hometown Impressions

Women’s Day volunteers help prepare new Chanda Plan building

Volunteers from across the state gather for day of service

Posted 3/28/17

With the great early spring weather Jeffco has been receiving, a lot of people are spending weekends enjoying the outdoors.

But on March 25, volunteers from as far away as Colorado Springs and Greeley spent their day at the new home of the Chanda …

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Hometown Impressions

Women’s Day volunteers help prepare new Chanda Plan building

Volunteers from across the state gather for day of service

Posted

With the great early spring weather Jeffco has been receiving, a lot of people are spending weekends enjoying the outdoors.

But on March 25, volunteers from as far away as Colorado Springs and Greeley spent their day at the new home of the Chanda Plan at 1630 Carr St. in Lakewood painting, picking up trash, and getting the building ready for its opening.

“We’re here as part of Women’s Day of Service,” explained Alex Gallegos, who was painting one of the building’s with friends Megan Gallegos, Hannah Lamb and Camita Marberry.

“We wanted to come out and support local groups and show our activism,” Marberry added.

The Chanda Plan was founded by sisters Chanda Hinton-Leitchtle and Crystal Hinton to provide direct access to integrative therapies for treatment of spinal cord injuries muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida and brain injury.

In September, the organization began work on its new Patient Centered Medical Home, which will house all services under one roof, as well as primary care options from the Metro Community Provider Network, and work is nearing its completion.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by all the community support,” said Hinton-Leitchtle, who was on site for the volunteer day. “So many have donated months of their time to getting us to where we are.”

The day of volunteerism was arranged with Rebuilding Together Metro Denver, a nonprofit that works with sponsors and volunteers to provide home repairs, safety modifications and energy efficiency upgrades.

“We have about 20 volunteers with us today, and that’s out of about 2,500 volunteers who are doing projects across the metro area as part of the Women’s Day of Service,” said Carrie Packard, executive director of Rebuilding Together. “It’s a great way to teach people about the organizations out there, and do a fun project at the same time.”

Volunteers were working under the direction of Bob Myers, project superintendent with Hensel Phelps Construction, all with the goal of making the building a welcoming place for participants.

“Every week that goes by is exciting but a little sad, because it means we’re almost done working with many of the people who have been helping us,” said Hinton-Leitchtle. “This has all been to redefine how health care looks, and what it feels like for people when the roll up here.”

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