Celebrating our 2018 Foundation Volunteers!

What could be better than spending a summer afternoon enjoying good friends, good food and good fun? That “theme” was carried throughout our 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Picnic held on Friday, July 27, at Fruitdale Park in Wheat Ridge. This event marked a special time for the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) to celebrate, honor and applaud our wonderful volunteers.

“What a terrific way to say ‘thank you’ to so many of these dedicated individuals and couples,” said Tami Bandimere, president of the JCLF Board of Directors.  “All these volunteers work so hard — all year round — sorting books at the warehouse, helping with our Whale of a Used Book Sales and staffing the Friends Gift & Book shop at the Belmar Library. We couldn’t do all these things without them!”

Her words of praise ring especially true when we consider that JCLF’s volunteer corps provided 12,864 hours of volunteer support in 2017. That support translated into an amazing cash value of $317,612! (The Independent Sector values volunteer service at an average rate of $24.69 per hour.)

Nearly 60 volunteers, including JCLF Board members and Library staff members, were on hand for the noon-time feast, which featured a catered lunch from Frank’s Bar-B-Que, and a whole table full of delicious desserts.

This year, JCLF was pleased to honor Sharon Edwards with the Volunteer Leadership Service Award, and Al and Cheryl Cyr as our Volunteers of the Year. Retiring JCLF Board Vice President Jeannie Mann was selected to receive this year’s Elena Joyce Grissom Award. In a new twist, we also gave out special awards (super-sized doggie treats!) to a couple of four-legged volunteers who faithfully visit our warehouse each week — Remi, owned by Al and Cheryl Cyr, and Tuyok, whose owners are John Wilson and Dawn Jacoby.

Special thanks go out to Alison Egbers, JCLF’s office coordinator, for organizing the awards lunch and celebration event, and who also brought in an array of fun games, including corn hole, Jenga and an extra-large version of beer pong!

Each year, JCLF pays tribute to a special group of individuals who work hard and who continue to support our Foundation. And each year, we continue to be grateful for all you do! Thank you!



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Top Benefits of Becoming a Friend of Jefferson County Libraries

At Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF), our goal is to support the Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) resources, programs and services to further benefit our local community.

And if you are interested in learning how to support our initiatives, consider becoming a Friend of Jefferson County Libraries!

Friends value our Library and lend their voices, time and resources to support our public library system through advocacy and fundraising. Individuals and families in the Friends membership program believe that the Library is the heart of our community, and that each Friend can help amplify that steady and resounding heartbeat.

Read about some great benefits to becoming a “Friend” listed below!

Have an Impact . . . While Having Fun!

When you become a Friend, you have the opportunity to volunteer your time and talent while helping us fundraise for a variety of great educational programs in your local community. In 2017, our Friends and volunteers helped JCLF raise over $200,000! These funds help support many Public Library programs, including: Summer Reading, Early Childhood Literacy and STEM/STEAM programs.

You might also be influential through lending us a hand at the Friends’ Gift and Book Shop in Lakewood, advocate on behalf of the library, promote the library among others in your community, provide leadership via the Friends’ Council, or assist with our book sales such as our Whale of a Used Book Sale!


As a Friend of JCPL, you not only can receive a 10% discount at the Friends’ Gift and Book Shop, but you’ll also receive 50% off on Saturdays at both Whale Sales!

To top it off, you’ll even have access to Friends’ Preview Night at our Whale of a Used Book Sale — only given to Friends of JCPL!

Other Benefits

Our Friends receive print and e-newsletters to stay up-to-date on the latest information about JCPL and JCLF. Additionally, they receive invitations to Friends-only events!

Become a Friend Today!

Join over 900 other Friends of JCPL and have an impact on your community! Membership levels start at $15/year for an individual up to $500/year for a Conservator. Learn more about the membership or sign up online through our website today!

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Why You Should Volunteer for Jefferson County Library Foundation

Whether you have more time on your calendar these days, or you are simply looking for a way to support the Jefferson County Library Foundation, volunteering may be a great fit for you!

If you need a little extra convincing, we’ve got a handful of reasons why you should consider becoming one of our volunteers this year:

1. You love being around books.

Want to be surrounded by books all day? Then you’ll love volunteering for JCLF!

Our donation warehouse is often looking for additional help sorting through the boxes of books we receive from our donors in the community. It’s a great opportunity to help us out on a regular or semi-regular basis!

Or, if you only have a handful of days throughout the year, we’d love to have you as a volunteer for events like our Spring Whale Sale (you can even sign up for the 2018 WWhale of a Used Book Sale Spring 2018 JCLFhale Sale online today!).

2. You can support a local nonprofit.

Showing your support doesn’t always have to mean book or monetary donations. Our organization’s mission is to provide critical support to Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL), expanding free programs and services to all Jefferson County residents. This includes things like early literacy, technology access, education and cultural engagement.

What better way to spend a free afternoon than by helping a nonprofit you love?

3. Engage with the community.

There’s nothing quite like becoming a more active and engaged citizen in your regional community. When you volunteer with JCLF, you’ll have the chance to connect with others nearby, especially when volunteering for our annual events!

Contact JCLF to Become a Volunteer

Reach out to our staff members to see how you can get involved! Help us make a difference in Jefferson County by supporting our local libraries. Call us at (303) 403-5075 to learn more!