Below are testimonials from some of the volunteers using Volunteer Connect Douglas County.  If you have a testimony that you would like to share about your experience with us, please select Contact in the main menu, fill out form and submit. Thank you!

 “After moving to Highlands Ranch in the summer of 2016, my search for a meaningful way to contribute to my new community began. After an online search I found Volunteer Connect Douglas County, saw an Orientation for Book Start and signed up. After my training, I was assigned to a school in Lone Tree where my schedule rotates among four classrooms of 3-6 year olds. The program is very rewarding in that the children are excited when it’s Library day; they are engaged in the books we read and participate in many ways. Incorporating both non-fiction and fiction as well as supplementing with puppets, pop-up books and large picture books provides a diverse and rich reading content from which even the youngest learners can benefit.”

Jeannine M., Book Start Volunteer

“Volunteer Connect Douglas County is a great way to get involved with your community. Regardless if you’re a new volunteer or a returning one, there’s lots of opportunities to suit everyone’s style. From a recurring shift at the library to a holiday celebration, Volunteer Connect Douglas County pairs with local organizations to bring you the best opportunities at the click of a button.”

 Rasika Mukkamala, Douglas County Volunteer

“Locating volunteer opportunities is so easy with Volunteer Connect Douglas County! I have been using it for a few years, now. It is the best way to find appropriate activities that our Boy Scout Troop can help with around Highlands Ranch. The site shows all pertinent details by opportunity and then, it allows you to quickly register. I really appreciate the email reminders as the events get closer, too. Troop 873 loves to give back to our amazing community and Volunteer Connect Douglas County makes it a breeze!”

Susan Montgomery, PR Chair Boy Scout Troop 873

“Book Start found me.  I merely asked about a volunteer opportunity at the Roxborough library branch and next thing I found myself at workshops on reading and interacting with preschool-age children. Fortunately, Trailmark Learning Center is nearby so therefore convenient. The staff there as well as the people at the Roxborough library are cooperative and appreciative. This makes what I do flow much more smoothly.

But the students there are what keeps me coming back. Their cheery chorus of, “Hi, Mr. Mark” when I come into their classroom is most welcoming. They are very eager to tell me what is going on in their lives as well as ask me a variety of questions. Then they turn their attention to the proceedings at hand and pay full attention to that day’s offerings.  

I just finished the fourth year at Trailmark (time flies when you’re having fun) and there’s no end in sight. At the end of my summer hiatus, I look forward to the start of another school year. So, come August, I’ll be anxious to see my kids again.” 

Mark Lotspeich (Mr. Mark), Book Start Volunteer  

“I’m glad I took the opportunity to do the Reading Buddies program so that I could get more experience with kids. This experience will be something I can look back on for my future career.” 

Rylee C., Castle View High School Student and Reading Buddies Volunteer

“I am a retired teacher in the Book Start program I have been reading to children ages 2 to 5, every Thursday at a lovely day care center for over 6 years. Of all the volunteer opportunities I have had, Book Start is my all-time favorite. I am greeted by shrieks of joy each week. The Book Start program has provided wonderful books, poems, songs, and manipulative materials week after week. The children are totally involved and excited. The best part is seeing the same child graduate from the diaper class through to kindergarten, and watching the love of books develop. Douglas County Libraries has provided a wonderful, rewarding literary opportunity for our youngest residents and adult volunteers alike.” 

Nancy L., Douglas County Libraries Volunteer