Welcome Salvation Army!

The Salvation Army is now a member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities! 

The Salvation Army is serving the community of Douglas County providing seasonal support and year round programs to those in need. Through generosity and precious valuable time given by volunteers, the Salvation Army is able to meet the community needs. Volunteers are critical partners in helping The Salvation Army fulfill their promise to America of “Doing the Most Good.”

It doesn’t take much to Make Change Happen in our community. All it takes is a few hours of your time ringing at a Salvation Army Red Kettle. Ring the bell for a good cause! Help families in need during Christmas and throughout the year.  

Red Kettle History: https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/red-kettle-history/

Click here for volunteer opportunities. 

 

 

 

2019 CAL Outstanding Volunteer

Congratulations to Nichole Walters, named the 2019 Colorado Association of Libraries’ (CAL) Outstanding Volunteer.

Nichole began volunteering for Douglas County Libraries (DCL) in 2014 at the Highlands Ranch branch. Initially, she helped with the Summer Reading Program, Simple Science series, Movin’ and Groovin’ Storytimes, Technology Fair, and prepared crafts for events. Nichole’s huge heart and giving spirit soon led her to become a Lead Volunteer in our Homebound Delivery program, delivering library materials to those in our community who are unable to visit the library themselves due to illness or injury. 

In early 2018, Nichole became instrumental in processing donated materials for online sales through Amazon. And later that year with the Highlands Ranch branch renovation and closure, she drove the 42-mile round trip weekly for nearly six months to continue the operation out of another branch.

Nichole’s volunteer efforts have helped support our DCL Foundation by providing scholarships for Camp DCL for children as well as literacy-based programs like Cuddle Up & Read which introduces new parents to the library’s early literacy services. 

Nichole is always among the first to offer her help. She has super-human stamina and is dauntless in the face of obstacles no matter how insurmountable they may seem.  She does it all with a quiet dedication that touches lives but seeks no credit or recognition. DCL is truly honored to have Nichole as a volunteer!

 

Make a Difference Day 2019

National Make a Difference Day is an annual community service event which is held on the fourth Saturday in October. Join many volunteers across the country on October 26, 2019 with a common mission to improve the lives of others through community service.

Click here and find an opportunity in your Douglas County, Colorado community.

It’s fun helping people connect with their books, media, and devices!

I’d spent the better part of my twenty years in Douglas County enjoying the rich offerings of its library system, from simply checking out books, to using its study rooms, to attending author readings, when I decided it might be fun to volunteer. A friend had told me about her experience shelving books and I thought I might try my hand at it. Little did I know how much fun it would be to help people of all ages “connect” with their books, their DVDs, their Go-Pro cameras, book kits, and all manner of other devices and media.

I have truly enjoyed this experience of volunteering the amazing MHT team. I have such respect for you all. (And I have never minded one minute of my time in the children’s section, shelving their books and being reminded all the while of our family’s own amazing years reading books by many of the same authors — Jan Brett, Eric Carle, to name a few— with our children.) It’s been fun to see what books our patrons are reading, and discover a few new authors. I’ve also loved helping people find their books in the Holds section. (Sometimes it’s a bit like being a detective, or coach, but always a delight when the patron and I find what they are looking for. Finally, the simple act of touching physical books and DVDs has brought me back to reading “real” books. A lost pleasure now back in my hands!

Most importantly, it’s been great to have an insider’s glimpse at the work of the library staff and all they do to promote learning in so many ways. What a resource to the community! I think all of you should be confident that you’re doing meaningful work.

Volunteer Connect and Jennifer Rawson, helped me find a shelving shift that would work, changed it when needed, and made sure that I was properly trained in the work. I’ve also loved all the ways the library staff work to make volunteers feel as if they are a true part of the team. A highlight was a volunteers appreciation lunch, along with a demonstration by staff of all the things — beyond just books and DVDs — that can be checked out … like a ukulele, or the Go-Pro camera, … the personal hotspot and, do I have this right? A sewing machine. All of this has helped me become a volunteer, and be proud of myself in that role. Thank you!   – Brenda

Volunteering is so rewarding!

I want to share my special experiences as a volunteer with the Philip Miller library. I volunteer weekly to shelve the books on hold and sometimes shelve books in the children’s section. In my weekly volunteering, I interact both with the staff and library patrons. I am always treated with respect and appreciation for doing my (easy) job. The staff always greets me by name and thanks me for helping. I am surprised that the library patrons who arrive to get their books on hold thank me for being there to help. I have volunteered with other agencies and I have never experienced such gratitude and friendliness. I volunteer because I love books and love the libraries that offer those books to the public. I volunteer for the DC Philip Miller library because I appreciate the people who make all of this possible. Volunteering has never been so rewarding. Thank you for this experience.   -Bonnie

National Day of Service – September 11th

Volunteer

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts, originally launched in 2002 that promotes community service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

Volunteer Connect Douglas County is a great resource to find the perfect volunteer opportunity in your community. Simply search the portal by geographic area, area of interest, date, and/or desired organization. You can choose from one-time, short and long-term opportunities. Register as an individual, family or group. Search Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for making a difference in Douglas County, Colorado!

Welcome Hope & Home!

Hope & Home is now a member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities!

As a nondenominational Christian charity, Hope & Home trains and actively supports foster families all across the Front Range who feel compelled by Christ’s command to take care of “the least of these.” Along with the unparalleled training and support they get from Hope & Home, this missional approach is why children do better with Hope & Home families and have more successful placements.

Hope & Home believes the difference is making a child feel truly special. To accomplish this, when a child has endured abuse and neglect, it requires concentrated focus on that child’s needs and emotions—and Hope & Home parents excel at that.

It also requires the help of a community to lift up and support the parents and the ministry; Hope & Home counts a strong and committed circle of supporters among their biggest blessings.

Dedicated volunteers are needed to help with monthly support groups in Douglas County. These support groups are vital to the success of foster parents and kids. If you are interested in more information about Hope & Home, please visit: www.hopeandhome.org

Click here for volunteer opportunities. 

89 Volunteers Recognized at DCL

Recently, Douglas County Libraries recognized 89 volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the nation’s most prestigious service award. President’s Awards honor those who, by their commitment, inspire others to engage in volunteerism.

For these awards, hours were tracked from January 1 through December 31, 2018. Volunteers earned award levels based on their service hours during that 12-month period: bronze, silver and gold.

DCL’s four gold winners for 2018 are:

  • Jackson Hamilton – Castle Rock teen volunteer
  • Riley Hamilton – Castle Rock teen volunteer
  • Sasha Morton – Highlands Ranch teen volunteer
  • Rowan Trietley – Lone Tree teen volunteer

In addition, in 2018 the DCL Board of Trustees’ combined hours qualified for a group silver award, and the DCL Foundation’s combined hours                                                                                  qualified for a group bronze award.

Congratulations to all of the award winners!

Volunteers at DCL Earn Service Awards

Recently, Douglas County Libraries recognized 89 volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the nation’s most prestigious service award. President’s Awards honor those who, by their commitment, inspire others to engage in volunteerism.

For these awards, hours were tracked from January 1 through December 31, 2018. Volunteers earned award levels based on their service hours during that 12-month period: bronze, silver and gold.

DCL’s four gold winners for 2018 are:

  • Jackson Hamilton – Castle Rock teen volunteer
  • Riley Hamilton – Castle Rock teen volunteer
  • Sasha Morton – Highlands Ranch teen volunteer
  • Rowan Trietley – Lone Tree teen volunteer

In addition, in 2018 the DCL Board of Trustees’ combined hours qualified for a group silver award, and the DCL Foundation’s combined hours                                                                                  qualified for a group bronze award.

Congratulations to all of the award winners!

Welcome SMMELC!

South Metro Medical Equipment Loan Closet is now a member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities!

SMMELC is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide used durable medical equipment to people who are in need.  Loans are for short term – up to 3 months in length given to any person requesting a loan regardless of race, ethnic group, income, sex or any other criteria.

SMMELC is managed 100% by volunteers. Volunteers are needed to answer phones Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm and schedule appointments – a task that can be accomplished from your home. There are no special requirements to volunteer – all you need is a phone and a desire to assist others.