Every employer wants experience, but how do you get that experience? Consider volunteering. You can develop job skills and gain experience even when you are not receiving a paycheck. Plus, you can choose to spend your time helping an organization that supports a cause you are excited about!
Volunteering gives you the opportunity to try out the type of work you might consider for a career. What do you want to explore? Do you want to sample the medical field, education, television production or hospitality? Do you want to work with children, seniors, animals, art, computers or numbers? Do you want to work in an office, a school, a gallery or the great outdoors? Through volunteering you can gain experience in almost any field and help your community at the same time.
To get started, consider the groups represented at the last Red Rocks Community College Volunteer Fair. The next volunteer fair is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
RRCC Non-Profit Partners
These non-profit organizations attended the Red Rocks Community College Volunteer Fair to recruit volunteers. The organizations’ descriptions come from their web sites. See the individual web sites for more information on how to volunteer.
The Action Center, http://theactioncenterco.org/
The Action Center’s mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless. Their vision is to be a fluid and financially sound agency that identifies and responds to the basic human needs of the residents of Jefferson County.
Adaptive Adventures, http://adaptiveadventures.org/
Adaptive Adventures is now in its 12th year of creating life changing opportunities for people with physical disabilities. Adaptive Adventures opens the doors to hope and allows people to realize their dreams. They provide progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families.
Alternatives Pregnancy Center, http://youhavealternatives.org/
Alternatives Pregnancy Center exists to care for Denver-area women and men in pregnancy-related crises and offer them a meaningful alternative to abortion. Following the example of Christian love, they seek to meet emotional, physical and spiritual needs, enabling and encouraging women and men to choose life every day.
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, http://www.nationalservice.gov
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits—secular and faith based—local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.
Angels with Paws, http://www.angelswithpaws.net/
Angels with Paws is a non-profit, volunteer organization that believes ALL animals have the right to life. They operate a mainly cage-free friendly environment providing medical and rehabilitation services when needed. They are part of a network of caring people that reaches far and wide and will work with local organizations in the metro Denver area to reduce pet overpopulation by promoting the necessity to spay and neuter. They will also emphasize the cruelty of declawing.
Arvada Community Food Bank, http://www.arvadacommunityfoodbank.org/
The Arvada Community Food Bank is a Colorado nonprofit corporation formed in 1982 by Inter-Church ARMS (Arvada Resources for Mind and Spirit) to serve the needy and vulnerable in our community. Our goal is to secure the resources (food, financial, physical, and volunteers) necessary to provide programs to help meet the nutritional needs of qualifying community members. From the beginning, the Arvada Community Food Bank has worked with city government, churches, schools, civic organizations, businesses and private citizens to ensure that the residents of Arvada and surrounding communities would have a place to go for emergency food.
Bessie’s Hope, https://www.bessieshope.org/
Bessie’s Hope enhances the quality of life for nursing home and assisted living elders and brings generations together in mutually rewarding relationships by honoring the human spirit and creating life-enriching volunteer opportunities for youth, families, individuals, community organizations and businesses. The work of Bessie’s Hope transforms the lives of the too-often forgotten elders, the misdirected “at-risk” youth and all who participate in the volunteer programs. Because of the training, activities, and structure provided by Bessie’s hope, a fertile space is created for relationships to be cultivated across generations.
CASA of Jefferson County http://www.casajeffcogilpin.com/
Experience the satisfaction of helping children in need. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who do extraordinary things for our community’s most vulnerable children. Each of them makes a difference – and do so by dedicating just three to four hours each week. We rely on more than 200 volunteers, but we need many more. There simply are not enough CASA volunteers to go around – only 30% of cases typically are covered. This matters because studies show that children who are assigned a CASA volunteer have fewer relocation’s in foster placement and end up in safe, permanent homes more quickly than children without CASA volunteers.
The Chinook Fund www.chinookfunds.org/
Founded in 1987 during the Ronald Reagan era, the recent founding of the Funding Exchange in New York, they wanted to give birth to a foundation which would support small, grassroots organizations working for peace, human rights when a group of young, progressive philanthropists came together with a timely idea. Inspired by and economic justice. They also wanted the foundation to be held accountable to the communities it served, and to provide a way to hold activist organizations accountable to those communities as well, and so they launched our community- led grant making committee which makes all funding decisions for Chinook.
City of Lakewood, http://lakewood.org/
There are many opportunities to volunteer with in the city of Lakewood these are: Police department, Municipal court, Sport coaching, Cultural Heritage center, Board and Commissions, Regional Parks, Lakewood Horse patrol, Family Services.
Colorado Legal Services, http://www.coloradolegalservices.org/
Colorado Legal Services is a non-profit corporation that has assisted persons with low income and seniors in the State of Colorado for over 85 years. The mission of Colorado Legal Services is to provide meaningful access to high quality, civil legal services, in the pursuit of justice for as many low-income persons and members of vulnerable populations throughout Colorado as possible.
The Conflict Center, http://conflictcenter.org/
Founded in 1987, The Conflict Center has grown from a dream to a place that enables all those who wish to learn the practical skills of peacemaking. Because conflict is inevitable, they are not an organization without conflict, but they walk the talk and manage it. They are committed to their mission and their work is based on their values. The Conflict Center’s mission is to “prevent physical, verbal, and emotional violence, by partnering with individuals and communities to shift perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors through education and skill-building.”
CSU Extension 4-H Programs http://www.extension.colostate.edu/jefferson/
Began a century ago as an educational program for the nation's rural youth. Today, 4-H meets the needs of and engages young people in positive youth development experiences. These experiences are based on the idea that young people should be regarded as resources to be developed. 2010 marks the state centennial of 4-H in Colorado and a renewed commitment to helping shape youth and communities. In looking to the next century, 4-H further develops its programs and continues its motto of "Making the Best Better.
Dinosaur Ridge, http://www.dinoridge.org/
The Mission of the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is to preserve the paleontological, geologic, and historic resources on Dinosaur Ridge, Triceratops Trail, and outlier sites in the Golden-Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark, and to educate the public about these resources.
Easter Seals Colorado, http://www.easterseals.com/co/
The mission: Partnering with individuals and families to reduce the impact of disability or health challenges and to enhance quality of life. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.
Family Tree, Inc., https://www.thefamilytree.org/
Family Tree is committed to help individuals; families and communities break the generational cycles of child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. By joining their efforts, volunteers help to transform lives.
Food Bank of the Rockies, http://www.foodbankrockies.org/
Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Colorado. Founded in 1978, FBR was known as the Colorado Food Clearing House. Operating from a 900-square-foot schoolroom in Northwest Denver, the fledgling organization collected bread from a nearby Safeway store, the first food donor, and distributed it to Little Sisters of the Poor, their first partner agency.
Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver, http://www.girlsincdenver.org/home.html
Their mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. The vision of Girls Incorporated is empowered girls and an equitable society. Since its founding as a national organization in 1865, Girls Incorporated has expressed its values through a Girls' Bill of Rights. The document has changed over time but has always expressed girls' rights to develop skills for their own success and the community's benefit.
GLBT Center of CO, https://www.glbtcolorado.org/
The Center opened in 1976 and over the years has grown to become the largest community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s LGBT community, and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today, they are focused on fulfilling their mission – To engage, empower, enrich, and advance the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of Colorado – by ensuring that every member of the LGBT community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.
History Colorado, http://www.historycolorado.org/
Established in 1879, History Colorado is a charitable organization and an agency of the State of Colorado under the Department of Higher Education. They offer public access to cultural and heritage resources of Colorado, including statewide museums and special programs for individuals and families, collection stewardship of Colorado’s historic treasures, educational resources for schools, students and teachers, services related to preservation, archaeology and history, and the Stephen H. Hart Research Library.
Jefferson Center for Mental Health, http://www.jeffersonmentalhealth.org/
Jefferson Center for Mental Health is the not-for- profit community mental health center serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties since 1958. Our mission is to promote mental health and provide quality mental health services for persons with emotional problems and/or serious mental illness. We are partners with our community, working together to create a place that fosters mental health and supports those with mental health challenges.
Judi’s House, http://www.judishouse.org/
The vision of Judi's House is a community in which no child has to feel alone in grief. Our mission is to help children and families who are grieving the death of a loved one find hope and healing within themselves. At Judi's House, an environment of acceptance and understanding allows children and adults in peer support groups to share the experience of loss with others. Judi’s House increases awareness and knowledge of grieving children’s needs by extending grief support services to schools, faith-based groups, hospices, and other caregivers in the community.
Mountain Resource Center, http://www.mrcco.org/
The Mountain Resource Center is a non-profit, community-based organization that delivers high quality, integrated health and human services within a 1000+ square mile rural mountain area. Mountain Resource Center is well known for the Food Pantry, Resale Shop, Disaster Relief and onsite Pediatric Clinic in Conifer, which serves uninsured and publicly insured families. In recent years, the breadth of Community Services has grown and MRC has expanded into new areas, including Family Education, Workforce Services and health navigators with Connect for Health training.
Open Media Foundation, http://openmediafoundation.org/
The Open Media Foundation (OMF) is an innovative media and technology nonprofit organization dedicated to putting the power of the media in the hands of the people, enabling everyone to engage in their community and bring about the change they wish to see in the world. To accomplish our mission, we begin with providing affordable, high-end media and technology services. We follow up by offering training and tools that enable everyone to represent their own voice in the media conversation.
Peace Works Inc. http://www.peaceworks4u.org/
Since 1986, people like you have helped PeaceWorks, Inc. and the Mountain Peace Shelter bring shelter, healing, hope and renewal to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other relationship violence. Below are just a few ways you can help: Volunteers are the community support element that helps the PeaceWorks staff provide immediate, professional care to any individual or family who needs guidance and support.
Phoenix Multisport, http://www.phoenixmultisport.org/
Phoenix Multisport fosters a supportive, physically active community for individuals who are recovering from alcohol and substance abuse, and those who choose to live a sober life. Through pursuits such as climbing, hiking, running, strength training, yoga, road/mountain biking, socials and other activities, we seek to help our members develop and maintain the emotional strength they need to stay sober.
Reading Partners, http://readingpartners.org/
Their mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. They envision a future where all children in this nation have the reading skills they need to reach their full potential. Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills. They work in Title I elementary schools to support students from low-income communities who are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade-level.
Rocky Mountain Conservancy, http://rmconservancy.org/
Since 1931, the Rocky Mountain Nature Association (now the Rocky Mountain Conservancy) has been producing educational publications, offering seminars, supporting research, and providing aid and philanthropic support to Rocky Mountain National Park and our other public lands partners. The Conservancy is one of the oldest cooperating associations working with the National Park Service.
St. Anthony Hospital, http://www.stanthonyhosp.org/
St. Anthony Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center providing a full range of medical specialties and health care services to Denver and the surrounding metro area on their state-of-the-art medical campus. At St. Anthony Hospital, one can be confident in their expertise in trauma, cardiology, stroke, neurosciences, breast imaging, cancer & oncology, da Vinci Surgery & more. Patients find unparalleled orthopedic care at OrthoColorado Hospital.
Wish of a Lifetime, http://seniorwish.org/
WOL's core program, the "Wish of a Lifetime Program" is to make wishes come true for senior citizens. Most elderly men and women have something in their life that they have always wanted to do or see, but for many different reasons they are often not able to live out these dreams. The WOL foundation wish fulfillment program aims to change that, creating opportunities to ensure each of these very special wishes can come true. Their mission is to inspire an entire generation and to create a cultural shift on how we view aging. Their belief is that growing older doesn't mean you have to stop dreaming and living a life of purpose.