Many of us take fresh produce and the rewards of our gardens for granted, but for those less fortunate in our community, having a healthy, nutritious meal is only a dream. Thanks to Project Glean, the support of RPCV's of Colorado, and the generosity of serveral long-time farming families, those dreams can become a reality.
Project Glean brings Compa staff and volunteers, and the RPCV's of Colorado together, to spend a Saturday in October harvesting fresh produce from local farms in Denver, Brighton and Wellington. It's a program that gets Colorado-grown fresh produce out into the community that needs it most.
Please reserve a free ticket using this site. However, please feel free to contact Casey Burnette, RPCV's of Colorado Third Goal Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions or concerns. Further information about the project will be sent to you prior to the service project date. We will be meeting at COMPA and then carpooling to the farm.
Unlike many service projects that require kids to be of a certain age to participate, children of all ages get the opporunity to harvest alongside family members and learn what it truly means to give back.
COMPA Ministries was officially established in 1988, but began in 1981 when six inner-city pastors began distributing free food from the trunks of their cars to the congregants throughout their neighborhoods. Their desire was to reach out in a practical way to meet the needs of the families and individuals around them. It was a grassroots approach to serving a growing need in their community and putting their compassion in action.
Those original founders named their ministry COMPA Food Ministry, deriving the name from the Spanish word 'compadre,' which, when translated, means 'friend' or 'companion'. The mission of COMPA Ministries is to assist individuals in need reaching a given level of self-sufficiency and preventing homelessness through their vocational training and life skills developement program and free food distribution.
Developing marketable job skills and teaching fundamental life skills among homeless and low-income individuals in transitional programs is the first step in enabling them to secure a meaningful job that provides a living wage and starts them on the path of self-sufficiency. Free food distribution helps individuals save their money at the grocery store and pay other obligations, such as rent, utilities and medications.