The shutdown of the federal government over the past two weeks has affected members of the armed forces, scientists, contract workers … even volunteers who work with federal programs like Americorps.

Colorado Public Radio’s Mark Bevis spoke to Jhenn Whalen, one young volunteer who helps bring arts and music to Denver’s Whittier Elementary School.

The majority of students there receive free and reduced meals, and it also has one of the highest percentages of homeless students in the city.