Volunteer Spotlight: Robin Hoogerhyde and the Denver Bar Association’s Roll Out the Barrels Food and Fund Drive


I joined the Denver Bar Association in 2008, after graduating law school, and became involved in the DBA’s Community Action Network two years later. By 2010, the Roll Out the Barrels campaign benefiting MetroCaring was well established in the Bar. The legal community, through the participation of law firms, legal organizations, and companies, works together to donate food and funds to those in need. We run inter-office competitions to raise the most food and winners received a tin-can trophy and bragging rights (lawyers do love a little competition). 

To learn more about Metro Caring and their mission, I began volunteering on Tuesday evenings at their old facility. If you never spent any time in that basement, let me assure you: it is amazing what they were able to do with the old space and what they are able to do in this new space is even more remarkable. I have watched firsthand Metro Caring’s transition towards healthier food, cooking, and living.

As I spend more time with Metro Caring, I work to grow the relationship between the legal community and Denver’s less advantaged citizens. The Denver Bar Association has spent the last two years going through strategic planning and a core goal of the DBA is to promote justice in the broader community. Not only does this include traditional legal justice, but for many members it also means a more inclusive and impactful presence in the community. By partnering with Metro Caring, the Bar is able to reach out to those less fortunate through a program we can trust to provide much-needed services.   

In my seventh year helping with Roll Out the Barrels, the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer Division partnered with Metro Caring to provide the opportunity for younger lawyers to get involved in this important work. Twenty-eight firms participated, raising $17,714 in funds and 4,853 pounds of food. A special thank you is due to all of this year’s competition winners:   

McConnell Fleischer Houghtaling, LLC

Gordon & Rees LLC

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Speaking for myself and for the DBA, I am proud to partner with Metro Caring. Helping those in our community who are in need, and giving them the tools to become self-sustaining in the future, are important goals we support. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the people at Metro Caring to make Denver a better place for people from all walks of life. 

By partnering with Metro Caring, the Bar is able to reach out to those less fortunate through a program we can trust to provide much-needed services.
Robin Hoogerhyde