Jackie joined MHYC’s Womxn’s Trail crew in 2019 for a chance to put her academic knowledge she had to work and learn new skills that could carry her as she continued to grow professionally. After her work on the trail crew, Jackie joined the 2020 Winter Fire Crew and found a passion for wildland firefighting.
Jackie served as an Alumni Mentor in 2020 where she applied her leadership in the creation of a formalized Corpsmember mentorship system and the development of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainings that she co-facilitated to Corpsmembers across all programs. The impact that Jackie has made on Corpsmembers, the community, and the organization as a whole is significant. Jackie is a motivated, inspiring and resilient leader who never fails to inspire those who cross her path.
In November 2020, MHYC’s Energy & Water Conservation crew worked with the City of Westminster to retrofit income-qualified multi-family complexes across Westminster. The first project completed by the Energy & Water team in Westminster is the Orchard Crossing, a 90 unit subsidized, low-rent apartment complex. The crew assessed and retrofitted low-flow water fixtures in 73 apartments at Orchard Crossing. A total of 83 Ultra-High Efficiency toilets, and 116 low flow fixtures were installed over 5 days on the service site. It is estimated that these installs will save each apartment an average of 37,000 gallons of water per year as well as $205 in heating and water costs per year.
This project is also projected to save over 2 Million lbs of Co2 over the lifetime of all installed materials.
The Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP) has been a long-term partner with MHYC’s Energy and Water Conservation program. DOSP was formed in 2004 to serve as a connector between the City of Denver and non-profit networks within the metro area. DOSP typically funds single-family energy assessments and energy and water conservation data in the City and County of Denver. From 2018-2019, DOSP funding provided free energy and water assessments to over 500 households. It is estimated that MHYC services to these households resulted in savings of nearly 200,000 kWh and 6,500,000 gallons of water over the past two years. DOSP has continued to be a generous partner, allowing MHYC to support Corpsmember service in major areas of need around the greater Denver metro area in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With DOSP’s support, Corpsmembers have found new purpose by serving at food banks, homeless shelters and resource centers.