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VOLUNTEER

GUIDE 2016

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

Board Leadership

Corporate Volunteerism

Disaster Preparedness

Volunteer Connections

Every year, we work with: VOLUNTEER

600+ nonprofits 3000+ volunteers 30+ businesses

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RECRUIT

TRAIN

CONNECT

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.

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ANIMAL WELFARE BUTTERFLY PAVILLION

DIVINE FELINE

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.

butterflies.org

thefelinefix.org

freedomservicedogs.org

rmfr-colorado.org

aleske@butterflies.org

marianne@thefelinefix.org

kstroupe@freedomservicedogs.org

help.rmfr@gmail.com

720.974.1868

303.202.3516

303.922.6231

303.669.3766

FOOTHILLS ANIMAL SHELTER

OUTPAWS

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.

foothillsanimalshelter.org

outpaws.org

therightstepinc.org

seaotterfoundationtrust.org

mthompson@fas4pets.org

carrie@outpaws.org

volunteercoordinator@therightstepinc.org

info@seaotterfoundationtrust.org

720.407.5216

303.803.2434

303.941.9737

303.475.1805

ARTS & CULTURE A CHILD'S SONG

COLORADO BALLET

HISTORY COLORADO

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.

achildssong.com

coloradoballet.org

historycolorado.org

mollybrown.org

sandy@achildssong.com

heather.mccallin@coloradoballet.org

emily.dobish@state.co.us

kpopetz@mollybrown.org

303.460.7408

303.339.1618

303.866.2394

303.832.4092

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 janine@adoptx.org 303.688.6215

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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 jessicab@wfco.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.

clothestokidsdenver.org

carolina.neely@readingpartners.org

info@clothestokidsdenver.org

720.409.9909

childrensliteracycenter.org

anchorcenter.org

pamela@childrensliteracycenter.org

naitken@anchorcenter.org

719.471.8672

303.377.9732

READING PARTNERS

readingpartners.org

720.379.4630

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 Colorado’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.

adamscountyfair.com

aincolorado.org

ccox@adcogov.org

kat@aincolorado.org

303.637.8000

303.786.7777

blcih.org abell@blcih.org 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.

madd.org/co

metrodenverpartners.org

ilana.kurtzig@madd.org

info@metrodenverpartners.org

303.425.5902

303.777.7000

jefferson.lib.co.us jennifer.hand@jeffcolibrary.org 303.275.2212

ci.westminster.co.us mcmiller@cityofwestminster.us 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 susanbarber@rmpbs.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.

arapahoegov.com/volunteer

glbtcolorado.org

nduvan@arapahoegov.com

jgerman@glbtcolorado.org

303.738.7938

303.733.7743

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We train candidates & nonprofits in effective board leadership Candidate training

Nonprofit traning

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.

$59 /class

$50 for annual boardmatch membership

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join a nonprofit board today & make a difference

Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.

Connection Events

" - 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

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TIPS & TRICKS TO VOLUNTEERING Making Volunteerism Smarter

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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.

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visit our online database Metro Volunteers has an online database with thousands of volunteer opportunities and info on hundreds of nonprofits.

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don't overcommit Balance your life (family, work, volunteering) so that you can be the best volunteer that you can be.

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

Plan Ahead

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Opportunities can go fast, especially during the holidays, so plan your volunteerism efforts weeks/months ahead.

consider your skills

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

find a group

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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!

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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.

groundworkcolorado.org

denvergov.org/kdb

dele@groundworkcolorado.org

neddra.niblet@denvergov.org

303.455.5600

720.913.1311

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 Colorado’s natural resources.

theparkpeople.org

voc.org

kim@theparkpeople.org

alice@voc.org

303.722.6262

303.715.1010

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

Program Ambassadors

www.denvergov.org/kdb

Adopt-A-Spot Adopt-A-School

Litter & Graffiti Auditors

neddra.niblet@denvergov.org 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.

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION

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 nation’s leading cause of disability.

9healthfair.org

cancer.org

lungcolorado.org

arthritis.org

alex.andrews@9healthfair.org

jen.briggs@cancer.org

chuber@lungs.org

303.698.4450

720.524.5405

303.847.0274

CO VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION

LIFESPARK CANCER RESOURCES

9HEALTH FAIR

pbonman@arthritis.org 720.644.4406

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.

vnacolorado.org

lifesparknow.org

rockymountaincares.org

chsl.org

sanchezkantorc@vnacolorado.org

volunteers.lifespark@gmail.com

ssouthall@rockymountaincares.org

contact@mariondowns.org

303.698.6387

303.425.5670

303.951.3694

303.322.1871

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HUMAN SERVICES DENVER RESCUE MISSION

DEVELOPMENTAL PATHWAYS

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.

thefamilytree.org

hopecenterinc.org

jwilmot@thefamilytree.org

gghope@comcast.net

303.422.2133

303.388.4801

DenverRescueMission.org/volunteer maronhalt@denrescue.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 nbenyamin@jewishfamilyservice.org 303.597.5000

developmentalpathways.org k.marek@dpcolo.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.

orphancommunities.org

ryne@thebikedepot.org

bobm@orphancommunities.org

303.393.1963

303.514.6858

WARREN VILLAGE

YMCA OF METRO DENVER

Warren Village exists to help low income single parent families achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency —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 bcook@warrenvillage.org 303.320.5032

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denverymca.org jweimer@denverymca.org 720.524.2713

thebikedepot.org

usw.salvationarmy.org ana.turner@usw.salvationarmy.org 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 brittnilaura@denverfoodrescue.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 legan@foodbankrockies.org 303.375.5835

METRO CARING

THIRD WAY CENTER

Metro Caring meets people’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.

metrocaring.org

thirdwaycenter.org

mmaes@metrocaring.org

emartin@thirdwaycenter.org

303.350.3699

378.091.9103

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 kristen.gietzen@redcross.org 303.722.7474

BROTHERS REDEVELOPMENT

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 region’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.

brothersredevelopment.org

angela@extremecommunitymakeover.org

chad@brothersredevelopment.org

720.235.8847

extremecommunitymakeover.org

303.202.6340

habitatmetrodenver.org trisha@habitatmetrodenver.org 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.

castlerockseniorcenter.org

morem@myinnovage.org

sschroeder@crgov.com

303.300.6933

myinnovage.org

303.688.9498

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