2015 – Year of the Volunteer


“Your life is your message to the world, make sure it’s inspiring.” ~Unknown

Generations of Compassion of Foundation was started to provide and foster compassion, tolerance and humanity for future generations. In Mom’s words, “These are life learned lessons like no other!! After all, all that you leave in this world to your loved ones is your legacy- not money (spent too soon) or things you probably didn’t want anyway, but how to share, care, love unconditionally and good times spent together.” A small group of committed family and friends came together to make a difference; set an example for their children and grandchildren; and with every small act, improve humanity. We have experienced tears of compassion and joy, frustration when we couldn’t do more, and great inspiration in each small act of compassion we’ve been able to provide.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”     ~Helen Keller

The greatest challenge we face as an organization and in being the older generation is involving our younger generations in acts of compassion so we can teach them while encouraging the involvement of our community. In 2015, this is our focus. We will provide acts of compassion through volunteerism – acts that require our time, our hearts, across generations within our communities. We are planning acts throughout the year, large and small, that will bring together young and not-so-young to work together. We will partner with other organizations, we will reach out to involve more volunteers, we will help to better humanity and set the example for the next generations. I’m sure there will be more tears of joy, compassion, and empathy as well!

“A single act of kindness is like a drop of oil on a patch of dry skin – seeping, spreading, and affecting more than the original need.”
~Richelle E. Goodrich

As we move forward each new friend who joins us; each grandparent, niece, nephew, and child who helps; each small act we can provide is a new drop of compassion ‘oil’ on the world– seeping in, healing, restoring. It is our time; time to encourage, applaud, and empower compassion in a world of violence, indifference, and greed. This is what we carry in our hearts. This is our legacy.

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” ~Goethe

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Toni Backstrom
Generations of Compassion Foundation

Clean-up effort at Ft. Logan

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Saturday morning, January 24, was a beautiful Colorado morning, crisp and sunny. Our Generations of Compassion volunteers met the day ready to support the clean-up of holiday wreaths and other decorations from the Ft. Logan National Cemetery.


The annual clean-up of the holiday wreaths and decorations normally takes groundskeepers at Fort Logan National Cemetery more than a week to accomplish. GCF teamed up with volunteers from several other organizations to complete the clean-up much faster.


Our volunteer time spent cleaning up the cemetery was made more special with the opportunity to honor the burial site of the brother of one of our volunteers. It was truly a special day for all our volunteers and a very special way for Generations of Compassion to say ‘Thank You’ to all our veterans and their families for their service and dedication to our country.


Volunteers: Becky Snethen, Jim Snethen, Caleb Snethen, Renee Iantorno, Maryellen LanFranco, Yasuko Armstead, and Connie Pontarelli.


For more information about Ft. Logan National Cemetery, click here.

A Grocery Expedition

DSC_0213On Saturday, October 25th, we took time out of our Monsters’ Ball prep to help Russell with some needed groceries for him and his disabled brother, to get them through until Russell gets a paycheck from his new job.

Sometimes, needs can’t be met with formal assistance for one reason or another.  Times like these are when we all can use a helping hand.  We are so very glad we could help Russ and his brother!

Helping Jessica

Jessica Henry,photo 1 (3) 35, is a single mother of 4 children. She works full-time for Story County Community Life Program in Ames, IA, as a residential assistant in a group home for adults with disabilities.

Jessica’s mother contacted us after seeing an interview for our Monsters’ Ball event last year, to see if we could help Jessica. She was worried that Jessica’s 17 year-old van with 220,000 miles, bald tires and in need of a tune-up wouldn’t make it through the winter. Without the van working, there was no way to get to work each night to make money to provide for her children, and no way to take them to doctor and physical therapy appointments, which she was doing for her daughter, twice a week.

Joleen, Dan and his daughters, Natalie and Courtney, met Jessica shortly before Christmas, 2013. Jessica wrote to us about her experience. She said,

“They are wonderful, giving people. They contacted me to meet them to get new tires on my van before the bad weather struck. The entire way to meet them I was in tears. It warms my heart that someone who barely knows me could care enough to want to help. After the tires were put on my van, I couldn’t tell you how amazing that felt. Just driving home I had a huge weight off my shoulders. My tires that were on my van before were so bare it was scary to drive. I was smiling like a fool the entire way home. I feel a sense of relief driving to work since the new tires have been put on. My van is old, needs lots of work and just recently needs brakes, but I am so grateful for the tires, if that was the only thing fixed on it, it would be enough…Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!”

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