DNCC and the Community
Plans for the 2008 Democratic National Convention have long included a commitment to bring more people into the Convention experience than ever before. In keeping with that goal, DNCC CEO Leah D. Daughtry traveled to Las Vegas recently to host the fourth in a series of community forums to be held in the lead-up to the Convention. In the first forum held outside of Colorado, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined Daughtry to answer questions and offer information to Las Vegas residents about the historic regional opportunities presented by the early Nevada caucus and the Democratic National Convention in August.
The series – “Convention Conversations: A Traveling Forum Sponsored by the DNCC” – of at least 10 community forums and will provide residents in Denver, the state of Colorado and states throughout the Rocky Mountain West with opportunities for direct communication with top Convention organizers and a venue to ask questions, share ideas and find out how they can get involved. Denver played host to the inaugural event in September. Mayor John W. Hickenlooper joined Daughtry for the forum geared toward Denver residents and representatives of the areas diverse business community. The following month, Daughtry was joined by Governor Bill Ritter for a forum in Pueblo, Colo. before traveling to Boulder, Colo. in December with Colorado House Majority Leader Alice Madden. Details on subsequent forums throughout the Rocky Mountain region will be announced in the coming months.
DNCC Service Days:
Continuing our effort to give back to the Denver community hosting the 2008 Democratic National Convention, DNCC CEO Leah D. Daughtry and staff were joined recently by DNC Chairman Governor Howard Dean and members of the DNC’s Executive Committee for a service project at newly re-opened Manual High School in Denver. The event marked the most recent outing in a series of “DNCC Service Days” focused on three areas of importance to the Denver-area community: youth, environmental projects and the combined issues of homelessness and hunger.
As one of Denver’s oldest schools, Manual High School first opened its doors in 1896. After a recent closure due to declining enrollment and low student performance, Manual re-opened its doors this past fall with a goal of emerging as one of Denver’s premier high schools.
In an activity organized by the Colorado branch of Volunteers of America, Governor Dean and the DNCC team plastered and painted a room in need of repair at the school and partnered with students for a crafts project in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
To date, “DNCC Service Days” projects have included preparing and serving a special holiday breakfast with Colorado’s First Lady Jeannie Ritter for homeless and runaway youth at Urban Peak; sorting canned goods with Atlanta Mayor and Convention Co-Chair Shirley Franklin at The Crossing, a Denver Rescue Mission facility; working with a Montessori school in Five Points on an indoor activity with children and a playground area clean-up; facilitating a soccer skills camp with local middle school students and Colorado Rapids players; and spreading mulch around trees in City Park as part of a project focused on environmentalism.