The GVIN membership regularly throughout the year participates in local community projects and celebrations. Explore the projects, links, and event announcements below to see what we’ve been up to… what is planned ahead… and join us when you can.

2024 Announcements

April Foods Day is April 27

Grand Valley Interfaith Network will host its “April Foods Day” on April 27, collecting non-perishable food and other items to fill the pantries of five local charities that feed people throughout the valley.

Spiritual communities, non-faith based organizations, and individuals are invited to participate. GVIN provides customized shopping lists attached to empty grocery bags, a news release said.

“Each list is unique to a specific food bank and helps ensure the agency receives their most needed items.”

Food banks supported are La Plaza (formerly Child and Migrant Services), Clifton Christian Church Food Pantry, Community Food Bank, Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, and Grand Valley Peace & Justice.

Pick up grocery bags in advance from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at the Grand Valley Peace & Justice resource desk at the Office Suites entrance of The Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave.

Fill the grocery bags with the requested items (or as many as you’re able) and drop-off the bag(s) from 9:00–11:30 a.m. on April 27 in the east parking lot of the Downtown Vineyard Church, at the northwest corner of Fifth Street and Grand Avenue.

The food bank agencies will be present at the drop-off location “to accept your generous donations and provide information about how they serve in the community,” the release said. Monetary donations, noted as an “April Foods Day” donation, can be made directly to each agency through their websites or checks can be mailed to the agency.

Email Sherry Cole at [email protected] or call 970-261-7695 for information.

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If you would like to download a copy of this flyer, CLICK HERE

2023 Announcements & Follow-up

  • November 15-21, 2023 – Interfaith Awareness Week (IAW)… culminating in our annual ThanksGVIN Interfaith service on November 21, 2023. The service was hosted by the Episcopal Church of the Nativity located at 2175 Broadway, Grand Junction, CO. CLICK HERE to visit their Facebook page or CLICK HERE to go to their website.
  • A recording of the “Loving & Learning” Interfaith service can be found on GVIN’s YouTube channel. CLICK HERE to view the one-hour video.
  • The organization to benefit from the donations received at this service will be The Gift of Love Inc. HERE is a link to their Facebook page… and find out how you can make a donation.
  • GVIN has also created an Interfaith “Took Kit 2023” to assist you in your exploration of other religious beliefs. CLICK HERE to learn more about Interfaith Awareness Week (IAW) and ways you can expand your own religious understanding and participate in a growing spiritual awareness in the world.

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Recordings of past events are posted to our YouTube account:

Past Events

November 15, 2023 – City of Grand Junction presented their Proclamation to GVIN for Interfaith Awareness Week. There’s a link to the AGENDA (CLICK HERE) from the City Council meeting… or you can read the Proclamation HERE.

November 7, 2023 – Proclamation for Interfaith Awareness Week received from the City of Fruita. CLICK HERE to see the 6th annual Proclamation. And to read the acceptance speech by Carlene Goldthwaite, CLICK HERE.

October 7, 2023Religious Freedom Conference (see BLOG page for PDF presentation by Dave Edwards) held at CMU campus and hosted by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

October 14, 2023 – GVIN’s Fall Food Drive. Photo below by Bill Hoffmann. (L to R): Dave Edwards, Sherry Cole, Betty Martinez, James Hall.

September 9, 2023Pride in the Park. A “People Parade” starts at 2:00p on Saturday at the corner of 12th & Gunnison. Other festivity details below.

Oct. 16, 2021 (Sat.) – Food Drive

On Saturday, October 16, 2021 (9:00a-Noon), Grand Valley Interfaith Network (GVIN) is hosting its “Fall Foods Day,” which is a food drive to benefit six local food banks that feed people from Palisade to Fruita. All spiritual communities, non-faith based organizations, and individuals are invited to participate!

Grocery bags are provided that have specific food lists attached so that the foods most needed are provided. The food banks being served by this event are: Child and Migrant Services, Community Food Bank, Clifton Christian Church Food Pantry, Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, Kids Aide, and Grand Valley Peace & Justice.These agencies will be present at the drop-off location to accept and load your generous donations into their respective vehicles and provide information about how they serve in the community.

You can pick up grocery bags (with shopping lists attached) Monday through Thursday (9:00a to 2:00p) at the Grand Valley Peace & Justice resource desk, at the Office Suites entrance of 740 Gunnison of The Center for Independence. The P&J contact is Sherry Cole at [email protected] or 970.261.7695. 

Drop-off on Oct. 16, 2021 will be in the east parking lot of the Downtown Vineyard Church (northwest corner of 5th and Grand Ave.).  All are welcome to participate so that all may receive! The desired food/lists follow.

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Sept. 12, 2021 (Sunday) – Pride Parade

GVIN will have a presence at the annual Grand Junction Pride Parade on Sunday morning, September 12. Members and Friends will join with the group from Unitarian Universalists of the Grand Valley to display banners and ribbons and other positive messages in support of the LGBTQIA community. Be part of this welcoming group of individuals; show community support at this year’s event.

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June 19, 2021 (Saturday) 4-7p – Juneteenth Celebration

Visit GVIN members at their canopy/booth on Saturday at Lincoln Park (southeast corner of 12th and North) as we lend our spirit to the Juneteenth Celebration in Grand Junction. Find out about GVIN’s projects in the community and pick up a brochure that describes its Interfaith focus. We look forward to meeting you! This event is hosted by Black Citizens and Friends. Guest speakers begin at 5:30p.

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May 15, 2021 (Saturday) – 

May Day Food Day… 

Join GVIN in a food drive to benefit five local food banks that feed people from Palisade to Fruita. All spiritual communities, non-faith based organizations, and individuals are invited to participate! 

  1. Print a grocery shopping list (or save the image to your device). Each list is unique to each of the organizations.
  2. Fill a box or bag with the items on the list(s).
  3. Bring the box or bag of food items to the drop-off location on Saturday, May 15 between 9:00a.m. and Noon.

Drop-off at Downtown Vineyard Church – east parking lot / northwest corner of 5th and Grand Avenue