March 2021 Volunteer Guide

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MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY & RED CROSS & SOCIAL WORKERS MONTH

Volunteer r u o y o j n E y l h t n o m NEW r o f e d i gu o d a r o l o C ! s r e k a m Change

Engage with nonprofits near you at our new Community Connection Events!

March 2021

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Find Ways to: Get Involved Give Back & Make an Impact!

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Civic Engagement ...in the wake of a global pandemic

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In This Issue: Our Resources .................................................3 March & April Events ....................................4 Hunger Action Week!: March 24th-31st, 2021 .................................................................5-6 A Year of Kindness: Project I Am ..........7-8 RSVP: Now Hiring! .........................................9 Help Grant Wishes ......................................10 Volunteer with a Certified Service Enterprise! ......................................................11 Points of Light Civic Life Today Magazine: Listen & Learn ..........................12 Listen & Learn: 7 Tips to Avoid Media Burnout ..............................................13 Membership Spotlight: Womxn's March Denver .......................................................14-16 Membership Spotlight: The Gathering Place ...........................................................18-19 Volunteer With Spark! ...............................21 Now Seeking Board Members ................23 Upcoming Events & Trainings .................25 Tips & Tricks to Volunteering during COVID-19 .......................................................26 Premium Member Listings ....................................................17,20,22,24,25 Contact Us ....................................Back Cover Signup for our Volunteer Email List to be the first to get the guide every month!

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We are excited to present our monthly Volunteer Guide! Find volunteer opportunities, new projects and events, fresh ideas and old wisdom on giving back. We look forward to helping you Connect, Spark Change, and Spread Kindness.

! s r e k a m e g n a h C L L A Calling Spark the Change Colorado’s mission is to SPARK CHANGE and INSPIRE A MOVEMENT OF GOOD through the power of volunteerism, service, and civic engagement. This Monthly Volunteer Guide is designed to help you find your passion, a place to serve, a movement to join or the inspiration and courage to start a movement of your own! We encourage you to find a place for constructive, healing dialogue and turn those conversations into building a connected, resilient and healthy community. Now, more than ever, non-profits need your help to continue to provide our communities with a variety of important services. We have all had to change how we do our day to day, including making sure that our work places are safe for you to offer your help and your efforts are effective. That can mean some volunteer positions you may be used to have changed to be socially distanced, some have gone virtual, or some are no longer available. This guide is full of places where you are still needed! Please check directly with the organization you are most interested in helping if you have questions about volunteering for them during this pandemic. 2


It’s our job to recruit, connect and recognize those in our community who lead, inspire and are at the heart of the volunteer movement.

: s e c r u o s e R Our Spark the Change Colorado Website Colorado Responds Minisite City of Broomfield Minisite City of Golden Mini-site Board Match Training and Connection Events Volunteer Management Training Series Community Connection Events Mental Wellness Program Kind Connection Program Senior Companion Program *NEW RSVP Program Coming Soon

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Spark the Change Organization Newsletter Spark the Change Volunteer Newsletter Mental Wellness Program Newsletter Colorado Responds Newsletter Spark the Change Colorado Blog Disaster Preparedness Resources Service Enterprise Certification CSR Solutions of Colorado EVP & Days of Service Resources Harvest Pack Events Database of Volunteer Opportunities


h c r a M National Women's History Month Red Cross & Social Workers Month March 24-31: Hunger Action Week March 31: Cesar Chavez Day

l i r p A Global Volunteer Month April 1-5: Education April 6-12: Human & Civil Rights April 13-19: Poverty & Inequality April 20-26: Environment April 27-30: Health & Wellness

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! k e e W n o i t c A r e g n u It's H Colorado Blueprint partners participate in Hunger Action Week each year to educate state policy makers on critical changes that can make the difference for thousands of individuals and families. The only thing missing from the effort is your voice! Sign me up for Hunger Action Week

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https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/hungerfacts/

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! k r a p S h t i w d e v l o v n I t Ge Fight hunger in YOUR community this

#HungerActionWeek with Spark the Change Colorado. Join us TOMORROW for our first Community Connection Event: Hunger & Homelessness

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*NEW Retired & S e n i o r Volunteer Prog ram (RSVP) COMING IN AP R I L The program's focus will be Food Insecu rity! Learn More 6


m A I t c e j o r P : s s e n d n i K f o r a e AY For this month's Year of Kindness Story, we'd like to share about Project I Am. Project I Am, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was created by 8year-old Jahkil Naeem Jackson. Jahkil, now 13, has a heartfelt desire to help those in need. After helping his aunt distribute food to the Chicago homeless, he knew that he wanted to do more to make a difference. It quickly became Jahkil’s mission to build awareness of homelessness and to help the homeless population by offering them what he calls “Blessing Bags,” a giveaway filled with wipes, socks, deodorant, hand sanitizer, granola bars, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bottled water, and more. Jahkil Jackson has set and surpassed many goals in his young life. Distributing his Blessing Bags to the homeless has been one of his biggest achievements thus far. In just a few years, Jahkil’s efforts have impacted 50,000 men, women and children across the world. Jahkil was acknowledged as one of three influential people of 2017 by President Barack Obama and the Obama Foundation.

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As the world progresses, youth and teens are showing an increased interest in volunteerism, civic engagement, and nonprofit work. Learn more about this inspirational story at:

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NOW HIRING

Program Managers in 7 Counties Beginning April 1st, 2021, Spark the Change Colorado will be adding the AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) to seven counties across Colorado: Alamosa, Huerfano, Los Animas, Montezuma, Park, Jefferson, and Broomfield.

Apply Today

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! s e h s i W t n a r G p l He Our Wish List is an added benefit for Premium Members to request in-kind donations to help make their jobs of Sparking Change in Colorado Communities just a little easier! Review the following 'Wishes' and reach out to the contact provided if you're able to help!

Request By: Dinosaur Ridge Location: Morrison, Colorado Wish Details: 1-2 Propane patio heaters with wheels. Sturdy, mushroom style for use outside our exhibit hall covered entrance to keep volunteer greeters and visitors warm on cold days. These will also come in handy for volunteer trainings, cold days during summer camp and special events. Can You Help Make This Wish Come True? Contact: Barbara Farley

Request By: The Right Step, Inc. Location: Littleton, Colorado Wish Details: Horse feed: bales, grass/hay, bagged, treats, etc. Barn supplies: Bagged shavings, Ointment, Clipper Oil, Coat Defense powder, Leather Conditioner Disinfectant Wipes, Duct Tape, AA Batteries, and more. Office Supplies: Printer paper/ink, envelopes, stamps, gift cards, etc. Can You Help Make This Wish Come True? Contact: Christine Remy

Request By: Family Promise of Greater Denver Location: Denver, Colorado Wish Details: Cleaning Supplies. including: cleaning spray, Clorox wipes, paper towels, dish liquid, hand soap liquid, mugs, cups, dish sets, trash cans, towel sets, broom/ dustpan, etc. Can You Help Make This Wish Come True? Contact: Arlinda Fasliu 10


Searching for an organization to support? e h t n o e h e t B r o f t t u h o g k i o L f lo o s t n i Po ervice S e s i r p r e t n E ! l a Se

A Service Enterprise is an organization that uses volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver its mission. This national initiative, led by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, helps nonprofits rethink the way they use volunteers to address community needs. Spark the Change Colorado, a Points of Light affiliate, offers a Complete Training & Evaluation Course so YOUR organization can become certified as a Service Enterprise. We are excited for the organizations who are taking part in this transformative process!

Look for Volunteer Opportunities from Spark's Certified Service Enterprise Members!

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Points of Light Civic Life Today Magazine:

Latest Issue: Listen & Learn

Education is a key step in the fight to end racism. Points of Light's 'Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism' initiative, was created in partnership with Morehouse College to begin conversations and thoughtful action to address racism and discrimination.

Visit pointsoflight.org for more info

As an affiliate organization, Spark the Change Colorado is proud to share an amazing new resource from Points of Light, the Civic Life Today Magazine. Each month, Points of Light will release a new issue focused on one topic area of the Civic Circle to explore stories, strategies, and resources to live a more socially conscious and civically engaged life.

Past Issues:

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n r a e L & n e t s i L After a year like 2020, it can be challenging to keep up with the news. From social unrest to pandemic updates to the day to day local news, sometimes you have to step back and assess your own needs and mental health. In accordance with Listen & Learn, we'd like to share some tips and tricks to avoid burnout, while also staying informed and mindful of the changing world around us.

7 Tips for Staying Informed Without Experiencing Media Burnout 1. BE MINDFUL OF YOUR PATTERNS. 2. CHANGE THE WAY YOU CONSUME NEWS. 3. PLAN BREAKS. 4. SEEK OUT PERSPECTIVE. 5. GIVE TIME TO A CAUSE YOU CARE ABOUT. 6. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. 7. LEARN TO LET GO.

ARROW LIVE SMARTER BY MICHELE DEBCZAK Visit MentalFloss.com for the full article

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! t h g i l t o p S r e b m e M In Honor of Women's History Month, we'd like to recognize and learn about some of our members who support the women in our communities who need it the most.

Womxn's March Denver About Womxn’s March Denver: Womxn's March Denver began at the end of 2016 and has continued to be a community based advocacy organization. Womxn’s March Denver is a local, 501(c)3 organization and is 100% powered by volunteers. Our mission is to be a collective of womxn committed to amplifying marginalized voices in the movement to end sexism, oppression, and injustice. Through community engagement, protest, education, and leadership, we leverage our platform to ignite action. Over the years tens of thousands of marchers have come together to raise their voices. In 2021 we will be focusing our efforts on how to best support women, and especially women of color and other marginalized communities, that have been severely impacted by COVID19. We are all aware of the equal pay inequities already placed on women, but through the pandemic more women have been thrown into economic insecurity than ever before. We will also be continuing the conversation around healthcare access for women and what does that mean for our futures. We will continue to speak out in support of Artist: Ashley Lukashevsky Ashluka social justice. Our online events for 2021 will focus on how we as a community can do the necessary work to ensure we dismantle systemic racism, transphobia, and sexism. 14


COVID-19 Response: We were all thrown into a virtual world between March 2020 to present day. So how do we still march, without an actual march? Womxn’s March Denver hosted community engagement panels online between May and August 2020. The larger conversation going on in our community around social justice took center stage. We sought to uplift the voices of womxn who were impacted by the reckoning our community was having in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbrey, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and far too many others. At the conclusion of the summer of 2020, Womxn’s March Denver hosted the #Vote2Vent campaign, which focused on efforts to get out to vote. We worked with community leaders and partner organizations to support voter registration efforts, shared different ways to vote via our social media platforms, and encouraged our community to utilize their vote as a way to empower change. 15


Photo Credit: Aaron Chavez

Opportunities to Get Involved: The March is typically hosted in January, and we were unable to do so safely this year. Instead Womxn’s March Denver hosted an all day, interactive event on Inauguration Day. Our #MotivationMural depicted how our community felt motivated by seeing the first woman of color be inaugurated as the Vice President of the United States. We now need your help to put those words of motivation into action. We are currently seeking volunteers to support our digital presences. We have opportunities to get engaged as a volunteer through website management, special online event support, and social media assistance. If you are interested or know someone interested in supporting Womxn’s March Denver, please contact Suzie Schuckman at Suzie@WomxnsMarchDenver.org. Womxn's March Denver is a Premium Member of Spark the Change Colorado. Not a Member, Yet? Visit Our Website to Join Today! 16


Listings Adaptive Sports USA Littleton // adaptivesportsusa.org ABOUT: To empower individuals with a disability through access to competitive sport(s) opportunities. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Susan Rossi, director@adaptivesportsusa.org

Aero Angel Denver // aeroangel.org ABOUT: To provide free, lifesaving longdistance medical flights for critically ill children on private jets at no cost to their families. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Dan Paladino, dan@aeroangel.org

All-Stars Club Highlands Ranch, Lakewood, Littleton // allstarsclub.org ABOUT: To provide a place of belonging for individuals with special needs, along with a place of rest and support for their families. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Scott Russomanno, scott@allstarsclub.org

A Precious Child Broomfield // apreciouschild.org ABOUT: To provide children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Joshua Walsh, joshua@apreciouschild.org

Did You Know?

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Volunteers are 27% more likely to be hired after being out of work!

Athena Project Littleton // athenaprojectarts.org ABOUT: To empower women through the arts. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Angela Astle, aastle@athenaprojectarts.org

Audio Information Network of Co. Boulder, Statewide // aincolorado.org ABOUT: To provide news and information in audio format for the blind, low vision and print disabled community of Colorado. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Kat Bradbury, kat@aincolorado.org

Benefits in Action Lakewood // benefitsinaction.org ABOUT: Dedicated to improving the understanding, access, and utilization of healthcare INTERESTED? CONTACT: Sally O’Dwyer, sodwyer@benefitsinaction.org

Bridges Community Homecare & Hospice Colorado Springs, Denver // bridgescommunitycare.com ABOUT: To increase quality of life and patient independence through principles of compassion, integrity, knowledge, and uncompromising service. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Heather Romero, hromero@bridgescommunitycare.com

What are Listings?

Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. Denver // brothersredevelopment.org ABOUT: To provide housing and a variety of housing-related services for the region's low-income, elderly and disabled residents. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Chad Nibbelink, chad@brothersredevelopment.org

Castle Rock Senior Activity Center Castle Rock // castlerockseniorcenter.org ABOUT: To make life more fulfilling and create community for seniors as they come here to engage in a wide variety of programming and services designed for “Loving Life in the Second Half” INTERESTED? CONTACT: Debbi Haynie, dhaynie@crgov.com

Celebrate the Beat Denver // ctbeat.org ABOUT: To provide the highest quality inschool, after-school and virtual dance programs for all children that improves their physical health and well-being. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Mikayla Houser, mikayla@ctbeat.org

Children's Literacy Center Metro Denver, Pikes Peak Region, & Southern Colorado // childrensliteracycenter.org ABOUT: To build a life of success through a foundation of literacy...ONE child at a time. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Pamela Polke, pamela@childrensliteracycenter.org

Listings give a brief overview of all our Spark Premium Members! The easiest way to find active opportunities with these great organizations is to sign up directly on our site!


! t h g i l t o p S r e b m e M The Gathering Place About The Gathering Place: Founded in 1986, The Gathering Place is the only daytime drop-in center in metropolitan Denver that serves women, transgender individuals, and their children who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are also experiencing homelessness. We are a community of safety and hope where positive relationships, choice, and essential resources transform lives. While we refer to those we serve as “members” to emphasize the importance of being members of our community, no fees are ever charged for our programs or services. Members of The Gathering Place have access to three meals per day, showers, laundry, toiletries, mail service, a nap room, locker storage, computers, telephones, clothing resources, a food pantry, physical and mental health support, and an extensive array of resources and referrals. We also provide opportunities for personal growth through our education and job readiness, peer recovery, and case management programs. COVID-19 Response: Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, The Gathering Place has been involved in the effort to keep people experiencing poverty and homelessness safe and healthy. In partnership with the City and County of Denver, we expanded our services to two sites for the first time by staffing daytime operations for a 24/7 Auxiliary Shelter serving women and transgender adults. The Auxiliary Shelter provides more shelter beds for women and transgender individuals in the city, increased protection from COVID-19 with individual rooms for each guest, and strong support and stability during the pandemic. 18


Additionally, visits to our food pantry increased by 55% in 2020 from the same period in 2019. We typically offer a shopping model food pantry where members can choose their groceries but we quickly pivoted to pre-assembled food bags to increase accessibility and safety. Members still have the choice between bags with items to prepare meals and bags that have snack items. With many community centers, churches, and schools still closed, The Gathering Place is providing meals and food bags to thousands of members each month.

Opportunities to Get Involved: The Gathering Place is in need of dedicated volunteers to help operate all of our programs and services. Our main location is open Monday through Friday and has volunteer opportunities between the hours of 8:30am-5:00pm. The Auxiliary Shelter is open every day of the week and has volunteer opportunities between the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm. We ask that volunteers make a commitment to volunteer for the same shift weekly for a minimum of three months to ensure consistency in our staffing and scheduling. Visit our website to learn more about our volunteer opportunities and to fill out a volunteer interest form. The Gathering Place is a Premium Member of Spark the Change Colorado. Not a Member, Yet? Visit Our Website to Join Today! 19


Listings Need Volunteers? We can help!

YOUR AD HERE! Visit our website to learn more about ads and listings

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus Denver // mychildsmuseum.org ABOUT: To create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Volunteer Manager, megm@cmdenver.org

Clinica Colorado Westminster // clinicacolorado.org ABOUT: To provide low cost health care for those who are indigent, without health insurance or unable to obtain primary care services. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Jill Schneider, jschneider@clinicacolorado.org

Clothes To Kids of Denver Inc. Denver // clothestokidsdenver.org ABOUT: To provide free school clothing to students from low-income or in-crisis families in a warm, welcoming storelike setting. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Eileen Robinson volunteer@clothestokidsdenver.org

Colorado Pet Pantry Multiple Locations // coloradopetpantry.org ABOUT: To temporarily feed Colorado pets, allowing families to increase their ability to care for pets with the goal of keeping them out of shelters and with their families. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Eileen Lambert, eileen@coloradopetpantry.org

Colorado Talking Book Library Denver // cde.state.co.us ABOUT: To provide free services to Coloradans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or learning disabilities whether permanent or temporary. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Terri Marcotte, marcotte_t@cde.state.co.us

Community Resource Center Denver // crcamerica.org ABOUT: To create opportunities, tools and strategies to develop nonprofits and community groups to strengthen Colorado. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Maria Fabula, fabula@crcamerica.org

Denver Rescue Mission Denver // denverrescuemission.org ABOUT: To change lives in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need, with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Sydnye McCleery smccleery@denrescue.org

Dinosaur Ridge Morrison // dinoridge.org ABOUT: To educate the public about, and ensure the preservation of, the natural and historic resources of Dinosaur Ridge, Triceratops Trail, and the surrounding areas. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Barbara Farley, barbara.farley@dinoridge.org

Douglas County Libraries Multiple Locations // douglascountylibraries.org ABOUT: To elevate the community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery, and connection. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Ali Ayers, aayres@dclibraries.org

Envision:You Denver // envision-you.org ABOUT: To support, educate, and empower members of Colorado’s LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) community who are living with a mental health and/or substance use disorder. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Steven Haden, steven.haden@envision-you.org

Extreme Community Makeover Denver, Multiple Locations // extremecommunitymakeover.org ABOUT: To coordinate volunteer teams to partner with underserved people to improve their own homes and neighborhoods. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Angela Bomgaars, angela@extremecommunitymakeover.org

Family Promise of Greater Denver Denver // familypromiseofgreaterdenver.org ABOUT: To form relationships with families at risk of or experiencing homelessness by providing shelter, meals, and spectrum of supportive service as they obtain permanent stability. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Arlinda Fasliu, afasliu@familypromiseofgreaterdenver.org

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Volunteer with Spark! Senior Companion Volunteers Visits The Senior Companion Program engages individuals 55+ years old to realize the independence of older adults in their home and as a team, continue to be vibrant, contributing members of our communities. Mental Wellness Program- Volunteer Therapist Our Mental Wellness Program matches licensed and insured mental health practitioners (or those seeking licensure under supervision) with low income Coloradoans who lack access to mental health care. Mental Wellness Program- Volunteer Clinical Supervisor Volunteer Supervisors needed for licensure candidates and graduate interns. Kind Connections Telephone Volunteer We are seeking volunteers who are looking to connect with people who would like a friendly connection and someone to talk with to combat loneliness during the pandemic. Harvest Pack Volunteer Packing Event Interested in a large group volunteer event? Contact Us today to learn about Harvest Pack! Visit our Volunteer Page here to Sign Up or Express Interest. 21


Listings Food Bank for Larimer County Fort Collins, Loveland // foodbanklarimer.org ABOUT: To provide food to all in need through community partnerships and hungerrelief programs. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Tasha Aguilar, taguilar@foodbanklarimer.org

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver Denver // habitatmetrodenver.org ABOUT: To help homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Laura McRell, lmcrell@habitatmetrodenver.org

Jewish Family Service of Colorado Denver // jewishfamilyservice.org ABOUT: To restore well-being to the vulnerable throughout the greater Denver community by delivering services based on Jewish values. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Nancy Benyamin, nbenyamin@jewishfamilyservice.org

Jovial Concepts Denver // jovialconcepts.org Food Bank of the Rockies Denver // foodbankrockies.org ABOUT: We will end hunger by efficiently procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry, through our programs and partner agencies. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Kristina Thomas, kthomas@foodbankrockies.org

Foster Source Thornton // fostersource.org ABOUT: To provide relevant training, resources and support to foster parents from a trauma-informed approach, giving them the skills and confidence to spark healing in vulnerable children. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Renee Bernhard, info@fostersource.org

Growing Home Westminster // growinghome.org ABOUT: To guide children and their families on the path to a brighter future. INTERESTED? CONTACT: David Gonzalez, david@growinghome.org

Human Services Network of Co. Denver // thenetwork-co.org ABOUT: To create opportunities to improve the quality and integrity of services provided to vulnerable populations. INTERESTED? CONTACT: John Dandurand, john@thenetwork-co.org

Imagination Library of Denver Denver // imaginationlibrarydenver.org ABOUT: To increase access to age-appropriate books and promote kindergarten readiness. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Sara Randall, sara@imaginationlibrarydenver.org

Jeffco Eats Denver // jeffcoeats.org ABOUT: To provide weekend food for food insecure children in elementary, jr. high and high schools throughout Jefferson County. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Barbara Moore, jeffcoeats@gmail.com

ABOUT: To support undeserved communities to thrive by offering sustainable solutions for nutrition and hunger. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Kristina Welsh, kristina@jovialconcepts.org

MADD Colorado Statewide // madd.org/co ABOUT: To stop drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Rebecca Green, rebecca.green@madd.org

March of Dimes Colorado Statewide // marchofdimes.org ABOUT: To fight for the health of all moms and babies. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Barbara Abbey, babbey@marchofdimes.org

Did You Know? Parents volunteer at rates nearly 48% higher than non-parents and

working mothers give more time than any other demographic, with a volunteer rate of 46.7%.

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s r e b m e M d r a o B g n i k See Volunteer for a Nonprofit Board with these Member Organizations! Athena Project Central Visitation Program Human Services Network of Colorado Illuminate Colorado Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International)

Not sure where to start with Board Service? Attend our Intro to Board Service Event!

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April 6th, 2021 Noon-1:30 PM Virtual via Zoom

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Listings MENTOR Colorado Statewide // comentoring.org ABOUT: To transform the quality and significantly increase the quantity of mentoring relationships for Colorado's young people. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Hannah Krieger, hannah.krieger@comentoring.org

Metro Caring Denver // metrocaring.org ABOUT: To meet people’s immediate need for food while also addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Yazmin Castillo, ycastillo@metrocaring.org

Spark the Change Colorado Statewide // sparkthechangecolorado.org Salvation Army Intermountain Division Multiple Locations // westernusa.salvationarmy.org ABOUT: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Regina Leeson, regina.leeson@usw.salvationarmy.org

Senior Assistance Center Denver // seniorassistancecenter.org ABOUT: To promote the self-sufficiency of seniors in Metro Denver and ensure that no senior goes without the necessities of life, including food, shelter, and public services. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Karen Black, kb@seniorassistancecenter.org

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Statewide // nationalmssociety.org ABOUT: People affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Brittany McGarry, brittany.mcgarry@nmss.org

Ride the Rockies Cortez, Denver, Durango, Norwood, Ridgway // ridetherockies.com ABOUT: To improve and enrich the lives of those in our community through support of programs that benefit arts and culture; children and youth; education and literacy; and the provision of basic human services. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Deirdre Moynihan, dmoynihan@denverpost.com

Senior Hub Federal Heights, Northglenn // seniorhub.org ABOUT: To advance the quality of life for older adults through advocacy, community partnerships, and a variety of direct services planned to sustain an independent, healthy aging experience. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Angela Caudill, acaudill@seniorhub.org

Soles4SoulsColorado Donation Center Denver // soles4souls.org ABOUT: To create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Emory Dinner, emoryd@soles4souls.org

ABOUT: To SPARK CHANGE and INSPIRE A MOVEMENT OF GOOD through the power of service, volunteerism, and civic engagement. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Amanda McKee, amckee@sparkthechangecolorado.org

The Action Center Lakewood // theactioncenter.org ABOUT: To provide an immediate and compassionate response to those in our community experiencing hardship and offers the resources and services needed to stabilize lives and promotes pathways lasting change. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Carolyn Alexander, calexander@theactioncenterco.org

The Delores Project Denver // thedeloresproject.org ABOUT: To partner with individuals experiencing barriers to housing by providing safe, reliable shelter and housing coupled with onsite services as they move towards stability. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Stephanie Johnson-Wall, sjohnson-wall@thedeloresproject.org

The Gathering Place Denver // tgpdenver.org ABOUT: A community of safety and hope where positive relationships, choice, and essential resources transform lives. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Stephanie Johnson-Wall, sjohnson-wall@thedeloresproject.org

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Listings The Master's Apprentice Denver // themastersapprentice.org ABOUT: To provide urban young men a bridge to the skilled trades through on through basic training, on the job experience and the creation of a career path that will enable transition to financial independence. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Nick Brattin, nick@themastersapprentice.org

Upcoming Events & Trainings Virtual Community Connection Event: Hunger & Homelessness TOMORROW March 24th, 2021 12pm-1pm MST Register Here!

The Right Step, Inc. Littleton // therightstepinc.org ABOUT: To better the lives of people with disabilities through the healing power of horses. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Christine Remy, boardchair@therightstepinc.org

Virtual Introduction to Board Service April 6th, 2021 12pm-1:30pm MST Virtual via Zoom Register Here!

Womxn's March Denver Denver // ABOUT: To raise awareness around issues of oppression that affect women and other marginalized groups. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Suzie Schuckman, suzie@womxnsmarchdenver.org

Virtual & Newly Updated Volunteer Engagement Training Program (VETP) formerly the Volunteer Management Training Series (VMTS)

April 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, & 28 Register Here!

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Youth on Record Denver // youthonrecord.org ABOUT: To empower Colorado's underserved youth to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal best by employing local, professional artists as their educators. INTERESTED? CONTACT: Suzie Schuckman, suzie@womxnsmarchdenver.org

To stay up-to-date, visit our Upcoming Events & Trainings list to see events as they're added throughout the month.


Learn how to become a part of The Civic 50 Colorado at csrsolutionsco.org

Tips & Tricks for Volunteering During COVID -19 Find newsletters

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What can you offer? Think about what skills you have and how they can translate to helping a nonprofit both inperson and virtually.

Be Safe

When volunteering, specifically in-person, be sure to follow all local and state health orders. Organizations will likely have procedures in place and it is important volunteers do their part as well.

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Learn something new

Have fun

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Organizations are having to change how they partner with volunteers and the work volunteers can do safely.

Spark the Change Colorado has an online database with hundreds of volunteer opportunities and info on hundreds of nonprofits.

Volunteering can be a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and learn a new skill or meet new people.

Newsletters from Spark the Change Colorado and Colorado Responds are great ways to keep updated on new volunteer opportunities.

Keep in mind the type of volunteering you are most comfortable with, such as in-person or virtual. Contact the organization directly with questions.

Volunteering can be quite rewarding. Remember to have fun and if you find something you enjoy, volunteer again!

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LISTING INDEX Organization Adaptive Sports USA Aero Angel All-Stars Club A Precious Child Athena Project Audio Information Network of Colorado Benefits in Action Bridges Community Homecare & Hospice Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. Castle Rock Senior Activity Center Celebrate the Beat Children's Literacy Center (CLC) Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus Clinica Colorado Clothes to Kids of Denver Inc. Colorado Pet Pantry Colorado Talking Book Library Community Resource Center Denver Rescue Mission Dinosaur Ridge Douglas County Libraries Envision:You Extreme Community Makeover Family Promise of Greater Denver Food Bank for Larimer County Food Bank of the Rockies Foster Source Growing Home Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver Human Services Network of Colorado Imagination Library of Denver Jeffco Eats Jewish Family Service of Colorado Jovial Concepts MADD Colorado March of Dimes Colorado MENTOR Colorado Metro Caring National Multiple Sclerosis Society Ride the Rockies Salvation Army Intermountain Division Senior Assistance Center Senior Hub Soles4Souls- Colorado Donation Center Spark the Change Colorado The Action Center The Delores Project The Gathering Place The Master's Apprentice The Right Step, Inc. Womxn's March Denver Youth on Record

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