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Make a Difference Day 2018

Town of Parker, Volunteer Connect Douglas County, Volunteer

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 27, 2018 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.

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Volunteer Connect Celebrates Milestone

Volunteer Connect Douglas County Volunteer Connect Douglas County Celebrates 10,000-Volunteer Milestone! 

Volunteer Connect Douglas County has been connecting volunteers with nonprofit organizations in the county since January 2014 via its interactive website at VolunteerConnectDC.org. Recently, the organization reached a significant milestone: More than 10,000 volunteers have registered through the online resource.

And those users are active volunteers. VolunteerConnectDC.org is not a database of potential volunteers; on the contrary, users must register for a volunteer opportunity before they are added to the portal. The 10,000-volunteer milestone represents people who have been active in giving back in their communities.

Volunteers of all ages can choose from multiple opportunities throughout Douglas County directly from the website. Individuals, families, and groups looking for ways to help can volunteer for one-time community events or short- and long-term commitments. High school students can easily find community service opportunities to fulfill graduation requirements.

The volunteer resource began as an initiative of the Partnership of Douglas County Governments (PDCG) as a way to ease the process of volunteering in Douglas County. One volunteer application is applicable to the many local nonprofits seeking volunteers. Because it’s a one-stop portal, VolunteerConnectDC.org encourages Douglas County residents to give back locally with minimal administrative effort.

PDCG organizations include City of Castle Pines, City of Lone Tree, Douglas County Government, Douglas County Libraries, Douglas County School District, Highlands Ranch Metro District, Town of Castle Rock, Town of Larkspur and Town of Parker.

Volunteer Connect Douglas County has over 25 nonprofit member organizations. For detailed information on all members, visit the Organization Directory.

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National Day of Service and Remembrance – 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!

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Welcome American Diabetes Association!

American Diabetes Association, Volunteers Needed

American Diabetes Association is a new member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities. 1 in 11 Americans has diabetes today. Together, let’s help every 1.

Their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Do you know someone with diabetes? Are you at risk? You can help by volunteering at the Tour de Cure on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Several volunteers are needed for event set up, registration, route marshals, tear down and more! Click here and register for a shift that works with your schedule.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at American Diabetes Association in Douglas County, Colorado, please email Lindsay Phelan at LPhelan@diabetes.org.

 

 

 

 

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Welcome NMSS!

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) is a new member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities.

NMSS exists because there are people with MS. Their vision is a world free of MS. Everything they do is focused so that people affected by MS can live their best lives as they stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.

NMSS is more than an organization. They are a movement. United in their collective power to do something about MS now and end this disease forever. The gathering place for people with MS, their family and loved ones, healthcare providers, volunteers, donors, fundraisers, advocates, community leaders and all those that seek a world free of MS. A place to connect and take action. In order to
change the world, they mobilize all possible human and financial resources to achieve results.

To learn more about NMSS and their volunteer opportunities in Douglas County, Colorado, click here.

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Welcome Project ReCycle!

Project ReCycle Project ReCycle is a new member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities. Project ReCycle is a Colorado, Douglas county based 501(c)3 Non-Profit.

Project ReCycle was founded in 2010 to provide smiles to children all over Colorado via a bicycle. That has not changed today. Their first run at this venture led them to create a program that would not only guarantee smiles but would also influence children’s academic behavior in a positive manner. As part of the Dream Bike Program, children are encouraged to earn a bike by improving in 3 areas: Respect, Attendance and Academic Growth.

Project ReCycle works with multiple agencies to provide stability for children. The gifted bicycle becomes a constant in a life of change. Project ReCycle collects bicycles from participating locations on a weekly basis. Bikes are brought back to the repair shop and inspected. If a bike cannot be fixed for reuse, it is dismantled. Each reusable part is salvage for future use. All remaining bike parts are then recycled.

Do you enjoy helping kids? Do you have bike mechanic experience? Perhaps you would enjoy driving to pick up and deliver bikes? Match your passion with one of the many volunteer opportunities at Project ReCycle and make a difference in your community.

To learn more about Project ReCycle and their volunteer opportunities click here.

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The Lion Volunteer

The Lion Volunteer

Have you ever read the children’s book “Library Lion” by Michelle Knudsen?

In the story, a lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend. At the end, you’ll discover the lion has become none other than a trusted VOLUNTEER!

If you haven’t read this adorable picture book with it’s beautiful illustrations by Kevin Hawkes, be sure to check it out.

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Welcome Sidekicks for Sight Puppy Club!

Sidekicks for Sight Puppy Club is a new member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities.

Sidekicks for Sight is a puppy raising club for Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB). They raise puppies for about a year before they go in for formal guide work training.

Interested in becoming a puppy raiser? Puppies are placed in raiser homes when they are about 8 weeks old, and they return to a GDB campus for formal training when they are between 13 and 15 months old. Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching their puppies good manners and basic obedience. The club meets twice a month to work on specific skills and support raisers through the process. They also meet once a month for a socialization outing. No special training is needed; all training and support is provided.

If you aren’t able to commit to raising a puppy full time, or if a year is too much, there are still other ways to get involved. You could “start” a puppy from about 8 weeks until about 5 months, finish a “transfer” puppy, co-raise a puppy with another raiser, or be a puppy sitter. There are many ways you can get involved!

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Sidekicks for Sight, click here.

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Welcome Colorado HorsePower!

Colorado HorsePower is now a member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities.

Colorado HorsePower, Inc. is a nonprofit therapeutic riding center which began in 1984 with a vision of supporting elementary children in the Castle Rock schools. Since then HorsePower has grown to work with children and adults with disabilities, and offers therapeutic riding. They are committed to meeting the needs of mentally, emotionally, and physically challenged children and adults by bringing the therapeutic power of horses and horsemanship to their students. Their mission is to provide a place for students where they gain a sense of freedom and independence, experience accomplishments, interact socially and learn new skills in a pleasurable environment. This is empowering not only the life of the rider, but the entire family.

Without volunteers, they could not operate their program. Colorado HorsePower offers many volunteer opportunities and horse experience is not needed. To learn more about Colorado HorsePower and their volunteer opportunities click here.Colorado HorsePower is a member of Volunteer Connect Colorado HorsePower

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Welcome Advocates for Children CASA!

Advocates for Children CASA is now a member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities on the portal.

Advocates for Children CASA works to make sure that all children dream, thrive, and grow with a sense of belonging and empowerment to build a successful future. The organization recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers who advocate for children who have open dependency & neglect cases, truancy cases, need additional education advocacy, or are an adolescent that may need some additional support. Our compassionate Court Appointed Special Advocates, volunteers, and mentors speak up for these children’s’ best interests. 

Advocates for Children needs your help to ensure they continue to grow and support the children in our community by having enough volunteers to operate effectively. You don’t have to be a CASA to help. Talk to other people in your life and spread the word. Share this information with anyone who is looking to get involved in their community. Lift up a Child’s Voice and make a difference today.  

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Advocates for Children CASA, click here.

Advocates for Children CASA

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