Thank You!

A huge “Thank You” to all the volunteers who are helping in their communities during the COVID19 pandemic.

Thank you for making a positive difference in Douglas County! 

April is Nat’l Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and we celebrate those who dedicate their time to be stewards and leaders of our community through volunteerism. National Volunteer Appreciation Month also encompasses National Volunteer Week. This year, National Volunteer Week is celebrated April 19-25.

A special thank you to all the volunteers who make a positive difference in our communities by donating their time and talents. 

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”   –Author Unknown

HRCA Sweetheart Dance Volunteers

HRCA Sweetheart Dance Volunteers

HRCA Sweetheart Dance Volunteers

Highlands Ranch Community Association is grateful for all the amazing volunteers that participated at the February Sweetheart Dance. What a night! Thank you so much to all of the volunteers for all of your hard work to make this year’s dance so special.

Thank you to Rocky Vista University, Mountain Vista H.S. NHS, LDS Youth Southridge Ward, and many others who contributed to the success of this event!

Welcome Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding!

Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding is now a member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities!

Promise Ranch helps their clients to minimize disability and maximize ability through the provision of safe, high-quality, and effective equine assisted activities and therapies.

Their vision is to serve and empower our community including those with differing abilities, Veterans, and families through healing with horses and other animals. They offer Adaptive Riding lessons, as well as Hippotherapy including Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapies both on and off the horse.

They have many volunteer opportunities including horse care, lesson assistance and administrative tasks. Click here for volunteer opportunities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – Jan 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. Millions of Americans honor Dr. King by contributing their time, hard work, and enthusiasm to making their community a better place.

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve.”  – Martin Luther King Jr.

HRCA Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the month

Volunteer of the month

Vicki Leigh is the December Volunteer of the Month at Highlands Ranch Community Association. Vicki is originally from Miami, Florida and earned her degree in Elementary Education from TCJC College in Arlington, Texas. She has been volunteering with Therapeutic Recreation for a year, and ably assists with the Thrilling Thursdays young adult program, and Special Olympics bowling. Her advice to new volunteers! “Be patient and flexible. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone.” Thank you and congratulations Vicki!

Volunteer at the Parade on Dec 14

Do you enjoy events, like to meet new people and want to give back to the community? If you love Parker and want to be a part of helping us keep our hometown feel, we’d love to have you join our volunteer group for the Christmas Carriage Parade on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Volunteers are an integral part of the Town’s signature events. Parker is able to put on these signature community events largely thanks to our amazing volunteers who lend their time and talents to us.

We are seeking Parade Route and Street Closure Marshals for this year’s parade. All positions are a one-day obligation and shifts vary depending on what you are interested in. There is also something for everyone. If you’d like to be in the heart of the activity, the Parade Route Marshal will be a great volunteer position for you! Parade Route Marshals will be responsible for assisting with crowd control along an assigned portion of the parade route and will be standing or walking the entire time. They will be tasked with reminding patrons to stay off the street during the parade and assisting with any event questions. For those who would rather be a little bit away from the main crowd, our Street Closure Marshal would be a great position for you. These volunteers will be positioned at street closure intersections. Volunteers at this position will be monitoring the closure area and assisting with giving out information for alternate ways to get around parade closures. This position will be able to bring their own lawn chair and may have some down time during certain parts of the day. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please visit the Christmas Carriage Parade Volunteers page on Volunteer Connect or contact Brooke Spain at bspain@parkeronline.org or 303.805.3253.

The Town of Parker also has a variety of other events throughout the year and we’re always looking for volunteers, so be sure to check out our opportunities here.

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.