Please excuse me while I take a quick break from talking about running, hiking, etc...
To say this week has been unusual would be an understatement. In the midst of the fog, my friend Lindsay and I have been talking about ways we can get more involved in our community, from recurring donations to organizations we care about to offering our time and womanpower, so I started doing a bit of research and am taking steps to start volunteering with at least one organization soon.
Below is a list of organizations in the Denver-metro and surrounding areas that can use volunteers. I'm including organizations that request regular commitments from volunteers and ones that need help periodically; some offer both options. I've tried to organize in a way that makes sense, but clearly some fit in more than one category. This is not an exhaustive list but I plan to update it as I learn or think of others.
Feel free to suggest other organizations in the comments - in Denver or elsewhere! The more we can do, the more people who get involved and help others, the stronger our communities become.
Colorado Symphony - serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary.
Dairy Arts Center - provides the Boulder community diverse opportunities to create, learn and participate in high quality performing, cinematic, and visual arts.
Swallow Hill Music - provides Denver-area residents music lessons and music classes, and offers incredible concerts in Denver year round.
Girls on the Run of the Rockies - Transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade.
Food & Nutrition
Food Bank of the Rockies - feeds the hungry in Colorado and Wyoming.
Food for Thought Denver - Provides PowerSacks of food to children at Title 1 schools in Denver each Friday to bridge the hunger gap between meals they receive at school.
Metro Caring - Denver's leading organization working towards hunger prevention and food waste reduction.
Project Angel Heart - Delivers nutritious meals to improve quality of life, at no cost, for those coping with life-threatening illnesses.
9Health Fair - The largest volunteer-driven, non-profit health and education program in the nation.
Outdoors & Environment
Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado - An environmental organization dedicated to motivating and enabling Coloradans to be active stewards of their public lands.
The Action Center - Provides basic human needs and pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County.
The Gathering Place - Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness.
Come back later this week for another running post.