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METRO VOLUNTEERS, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DENVER POST, IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE ANNUAL VOLUNTEER GUIDE AS A RESOURCE FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. #GOVOLUNTEER
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Metro Volunteers Learn About Us & Our Programs
We are Denver's leading source for volunteer engagement, volunteer leadership training and volunteer advocacy. Our mission is to mobilize and cultivate volunteers as a vital force in our communities.
We train candidates and nonprofits on effective board service through the Deb Brackney Board Leadership Institute
We partner with corporations year-round to bring volunteerism and days of service to the workplace
We prepare Colorado for disasters, and if one happens, we will be there to rebuild and help our communities recover
We have an online database with thousands of volunteer opportunities that you can search and register for directly
Every year, we work with: VOLUNTEER
600+ nonprofits 3000+ volunteers 30+ businesses
We recruit volunteers from every walk of life to serve the community in meaningful and effective ways.
We train nonprofits and volunteers in Board Leadership, engaging volunteers effectively, and skilled volunteerism.
We connect thousands of volunteers, board candidates and corporations each year with the right opportunties.
The Importance of VOLUNTEERING Volunteers Get Things Done
Skilled volunteers such as pro bono professionals & volunteer firefighters deliver critical professional services to people in need.
Volunteers help keep our neighborhoods, parks, schools, streets, & public spaces clean & culturally rich for everyone.
Volunteers tutor, teach, mentor, coach & support others with everything from math homework to personal crises to athletics.
Volunteers build houses, repair infrastructure, dig wells, clean debris & shelter displaced individuals after disasters.
The Nonprofit Sector Needs Volunteers According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are 18,445 registered nonprofits in Colorado. Almost 32% of the those organizations have an annual budget of less than $25,000.
What does this mean? Thousands of nonprofits in Colorado do not have full-time staff, and even nonprofits that do still rely heavily on volunteers to fulfill their missions.
In 2008, the economic value of volunteer work in Colorado was $4.05 Billion.
ANIMAL WELFARE BUTTERFLY PAVILLION
FREEDOM SERVICE DOGS OF AMERICA
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FELINE RESCUE
The Butterfly Pavillion's mission is to foster an appreciation of invertebrates while educating the public about the importance of conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics.
The purpose of Divine Feline is to reduce the number of unwanted and homeless cats and to promote the health of all cats through quality and affordable spay and neuter services.
FSD is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs and custom training them for individual client needs.
Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (formerly Animal Rescue and Adoption Society) is a non-profit, no-kill, cagefree cat shelter located in Denver, Colorado.
FOOTHILLS ANIMAL SHELTER
THE RIGHT STEP, INC.
THE SEA OTTER FNDN & TRUST
Foothills Animal Shelter cares for 9,000+ orphaned cats, kittens, dogs, puppies and critters every year with a compassionate team of staff and volunteers.
OutPaws is an animal rescue organization that provides a safe haven for homeless animals and gives a second chance to those left behind in overburdened shelter systems.
The Right Step is a therapeutic riding program where clients of all ages with a range of physical, emotional, behavioral & cognitive disabilities experience freedom they have never felt before.
The Sea Otter Foundation & Trust ensures the survival and recovery of sea otters (Enhydra lutris) in their habitats by building funds to support research, conservation and education.
ARTS & CULTURE A CHILD'S SONG
A Child’s Song, Inc. provides music education and appreciation for the entire family in order to fully develop the brain on individual, group, and community levels.
Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating more than 50 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and innovative dance in Denver.
History Colorado's mission is to create an informed and engaged Colorado citizenry through exploring Colorado's past and relating it to this state's present and future.
We are committed to enhancing the city’s unique identity by telling the story of Molly Brown’s activism, philanthropy and passion through educational programs, exhibits and stewardship.
SOAR! YOUTH & ADULT CHOIR SOAR!'s mission is to offer a unique opportunity for at-risk youth (especially those in the foster care and adoptive systems) to become involved in a safe community of mentoring adult performers. soarthechoir.org email@example.com 303.688.6215
THE WOMEN'S FNDN OF CO The Women's Foundation's mission is to build resources and lead change so that every woman and girl in Colorado achieves her full potential. wfco.org firstname.lastname@example.org 303.285.2960
MOLLY BROWN HOUSE MUSEUM
CHILDREN & YOUTH EDU ANCHOR CTR FOR BLIND CHILDREN Anchor Center teaches visually impaired infants, young children and their families, providing hope and a nurturing environment where children reach their highest potential.
CHILDREN'S LITERACY CTR
CLOTHES TO KIDS
Children's Literacy Center's mission is to "build a life of success through a foundation of literacy...ONE child at a time."
The mission of Clothes To Kids is to provide new and quality used clothing to school-age students from low-income or in-crisis families in the Denver Metro Area, free of charge.
Reading Partners is dedicated to unlocking the skills of students who struggle with reading.
CIVIC & COMMUNITY ADAMS COUNTY FAIR
AUDIO INFO NETWORK OF CO
BOOMERS LEADING CHANGE
CITY OF WESTMINSTER
The mission of the Adams County Fair is to provide a quality event for our guests and to enhance educational opportunities with emphasis on youth and agriculture while uniting urban and rural communities.
To provide Coloradoâ€™s blind, visually impaired and print disabled residents with audio access to news, information and otherwise inaccessible print materials utilizing existing and emerging technology.
Boomers' mission is to harness the experience, energy, and conviction of Adults 50+ to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families across the seven-county Metro Denver area.
The City of Westminster Volunteer Program provides opportunities for residents and non-residents to enhance services provided by the city, to learn new skills and to use their talents while helping others.
blcih.org email@example.com 303.426.6637
JEFFERSON CNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING
METRO DENVER PARTNERS
The public library's mission is to enrich the quality of life for all people in Jefferson County by providing resources for information, education and recreation.
The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.
Metro Denver Partners inspires community involvement, empowers youth to realize their potential, and creates hope for their future.
jefferson.lib.co.us firstname.lastname@example.org 303.275.2212
ci.westminster.co.us email@example.com 303.658.2159
ROCKY MTN PBS The mission of RM PBS is to enrich the lives of Coloradans through engaging and essential programs, services and community partnerships that inform, enlighten and entertain. rmpbs.org firstname.lastname@example.org 303.620.5717
THE ARAPAHOE COUNTY
THE GLBT CENTER OF COLORADO
The Arapahoe County Volunteer Connections helps citizens find volunteer opportunities that enrich their communities.
The mission of the GLBT Community Center of Colorado is to engage, enrich, empower and advance the LGBT Community of Colorado.
We train candidates & nonprofits in effective board leadership Candidate training
Learn the ins and outs of effective board service from industry experts. Our 2-hour training covers everything from legalities to finances to finding the right board for you.
Managing an effective board is crucial to your nonprofit's longterm success. Whether you are forming a new board or developing an existing one, we can help you grow.
$50 for annual boardmatch membership
join a nonprofit board today & make a difference
Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.
" - Martin Luther King, Jr.
We host happy hour networking events for board candidates and nonprofits. Come enjoy drinks and bites as you mingle with organizations looking for potential board members and/or skilled volunteers. Free for all candidates & boardmatch nonprofits
visit metrovolunteers.org/board-match for training schedules & event dates
TIPS & TRICKS TO VOLUNTEERING Making Volunteerism Smarter
do your research What are the causes you care about the most? Make sure the organization you volunteer with has a mission that speaks to you.
visit our online database Metro Volunteers has an online database with thousands of volunteer opportunities and info on hundreds of nonprofits.
don't overcommit Balance your life (family, work, volunteering) so that you can be the best volunteer that you can be.
learn something new Volunteering can be a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and learn a new skill or meet new people.
Opportunities can go fast, especially during the holidays, so plan your volunteerism efforts weeks/months ahead.
consider your skills
What can you offer? Think about what skills you have and how they can translate to helping a nonprofit.
find a group
Volunteering with your family, school group, company, religious center, etc. are all great ways to get involved.
have fun! Volunteering can be quite rewarding. Remember to have fun, and if you find something you enjoy, volunteer again!
ENVIRONMENT GROUNDWORK DENVER
KEEP DENVER BEAUTIFUL
Our mission is to bring about the sustained improvement of the physical environment and promote health and well-being through community-based partnerships and action.
Keep Denver Beautiful is a program of the City and County of Denver to enhance the visual appearance of Denver by addressing graffiti and litter through volunteer projects.
THE PARK PEOPLE
VOLUNTEERS FOR OUTDOOR CO
The Park People works to preserve, enhance, and advocate for Denver's parks, recreation resources, open space, and urban forest.
VOC is a leading statewide nonprofit dedicated to motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Coloradoâ€™s natural resources.
Keep Denver Beautiful Denver Solid Waste Management
Keep Denver Beautiful encourages and empowers individuals to maintain livable, clean, and beautiful communities. You can help us! Become a Keep Denver Beautiful Volunteer. Contact us to find out how easy it is to help keep Denver clean and beautiful. You Can Make a Difference:
We're Looking For:
Opportunities for Everyone:
Cleanup & Beautification Projects
Litter & Graffiti busters
Annual events Earth Day Projects Great Denver Cleanup Graffiti Brush Off Challenge Great Colfax Cleanup
Event day assistants Team leaders
Individuals/Families Community & faith-based groups Companies Schools Court-ordered
Litter & Graffiti Auditors
email@example.com 311 (720-913-1311)
HEALTH AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION
The 9Health Fair is Colorado's largest community event. We promote health awareness and encourage individuals to assume responsibility for their own health.
The ACS is the nationwide, communitybased, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
The ALA is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy & research.
The Arthritis Fndn is the largest and most trusted nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and challenges of those living with arthritis, the nationâ€™s leading cause of disability.
CO VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION
LIFESPARK CANCER RESOURCES
ROCKY MTN CARES
MARION DOWNS CENTER
VNA is committed to a continuum of health care in the home and community supporting optimal well-being, independence, and dignity.
Lifespark provides next generation Reiki and Healing Touch wellness therapies that transform the healing experience.
RMC facilitates high quality centralized medical care, supportive services and rich educational resources to a diverse and inclusive HIV/AIDS community.
The Center for Hearing, Speech and Language offers health care services of the highest quality to the people who live in Denver and Colorado Springs.
HUMAN SERVICES DENVER RESCUE MISSION
FAMILY TREE, INC
HOPE CENTER, INC
Denver Rescue Mission is changing 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.
The purpose of Developmental Pathways is to enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities to lead a meaningful life.
The mission of Family Tree is to help people overcome child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness to become safe, strong and self-reliant.
HOPE CENTER is a community based agency dedicated to serving individuals in need of specialized educational or vocational services.
DenverRescueMission.org/volunteer firstname.lastname@example.org 303.953.3956
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF CO The mission of Jewish Family Service is to restore well-being to the vulnerable throughout the greater Denver community by delivering services based on Jewish values. jewishfamilyservice.org email@example.com 303.597.5000
developmentalpathways.org firstname.lastname@example.org 303.360.6600
OUR FAMILY ORPHAN COM
THE BIKE DEPOT
THE SALVATION ARMY
The mission of Our Family Orphan Communities is to assist citizens of urban slums to build new, small selfsustaining communities which create opportunities for them and their families to have a decent quality of life.
The mission of the Bike Depot is to foster the growth of bicyclists and bicycle communities through programs, education and access.
The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
YMCA OF METRO DENVER
Warren Village exists to help low income single parent families achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency â€”and to sustain it.
The Y is a powerful association of men, women, and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion to strengthen the foundations of community.
warrenvillage.org email@example.com 303.320.5032
denverymca.org firstname.lastname@example.org 720.524.2713
usw.salvationarmy.org email@example.com 303.866.9219
HUNGER & HOMELESSNESS DENVER FOOD RESCUE The Denver Food Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on improving health equity outcomes by increasing access to healthy foods in low income areas. denverfoodrescue.org firstname.lastname@example.org 720.675.7337
FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Colorado. foodbankrockies.org email@example.com 303.375.5835
THIRD WAY CENTER
Metro Caring meets peopleâ€™s immediate need for food while also addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty.
Third Way Center offers truth and hope to high risk, mentally ill, disadvantaged and often homeless adolescents and their families.
RESTORATION AMERICAN RED CROSS We help individuals and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters; teach lifesaving skills to thousands of individuals; provide transportation for the critically ill and elderly and; offer support to U.S. service members and their families. coloradoredcross.org firstname.lastname@example.org 303.722.7474
EXTREME COM MAKEOVER
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Brothers Redevelopment is a Denverbased nonprofit organization that provides housing and a variety of housing-related services for the regionâ€™s low-income, elderly and disabled residents.
Extreme Community Makeover coordinates volunteer teams to partner with under-served people to improve their own homes and neighborhoods.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.Together, homeowner candidates and volunteers build simple, decent homes.
habitatmetrodenver.org email@example.com 303.534.2929
SENIOR SERVICES C. ROCK SENIOR ACTIVITY CTR
INNOVAGE HOME CARE COM
The mission of the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center is to provide educational, social, healthful and recreational programs. Seniors from South Douglas County come together to meet each other, learn to know each other and help each other.
The mission of InnovAge Home Care Community and Volunteer Programs is to sustain and enhance the independence and quality of life for those we serve, on their terms.
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