Sunday, November 13, 2016

Where to Volunteer Around Denver

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.

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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.

The Arts

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.

Social Services
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.

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