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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!

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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.

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Welcome YANAM2M!

YANAM2M is now a member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities. You Are Not Alone-Mom 2 Mom is a support group for all moms based out of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

After a few tragic events in Highlands Ranch in 2016-17, this group was formed to support all moms. The group meets weekly for support and then every mom (if they choose) is given a support mom to help them with the daily tasks of being a mom. The support person is another mom who can say “I’ve been there.” We are in need of volunteer moms to fill these roles.

Learn more about YANAM2M and their volunteer opportunities here.

Check out this informative video!

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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 7-13.

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

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – Jan 21

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.

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Thank you HRMD volunteers!

HRMD Volunteers in Action, Ice Cream SocialThere is no typical volunteer, there is no one volunteer like another, but they do have one thing in common – an interest in their community and desire to make a difference. The Highlands Ranch Metro District is lucky to have had 1,413 volunteers in 2018. These individuals have contributed time in a variety of areas including coaching youth sports, greeting guests at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, planting a tree, serving ice cream at a community event and more.

Families, students, retirees – these are some of the faces of Highlands Ranch volunteers. Thank you for giving your time and energy and we look forward to working with you in 2019.

To learn more about volunteering with the Highlands Ranch Metro District, click here.

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Welcome Renew Respite!


Renew Respite recently joined Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities. Renew Respite is a free, monthly, respite program for families with children with cognitive, communication, emotional, and physical challenges and their siblings.

One Friday night a month, trained volunteers provide an evening of care and fun through pre-planned activities for children with special needs and their siblings, ages 1 month to 12 years. During each Renew evening, each child, including siblings, has his or her own “Buddy.” This one-on-one attention ensures safety and personal attention for the entire evening. Trained volunteers are supported by
a nursing staff to ensure the safety and comfort of the children.

This program is only limited by the number of volunteers. Over 80 children are registered with several families waiting to join. The
program can usually manage about 30 kids each month. Please consider becoming a volunteer so more children can participate. 

Learn more about Renew Respite and their volunteer opportunities here.

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Turkey ROCK Trot

turkey rock trot event, need volunteers
Volunteers are needed in Castle Rock at the Turkey Rock Trot on Thanksgiving Day!

Help at the Race Start and Finish Lines, pass out medals and swag bags, supervise the Bounce House, help in the Beer Garden and much more. Benefits include free Chick-Fil-A gift cards and VolRUNteer Turkey ROCK Trot t-shirts. This is a great opportunity for high school students who need to fulfill their community service hours.

All proceeds from the Turkey ROCK Trot support the Help & Hope Center, Douglas/Elbert Task Force. The Help & Hope Center supports our neighbors in need. Register now and give back to your community in this great Castle Rock tradition! Register Here

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Family Volunteer Day is Nov 17

Schweiger Ranch Fall Festival, VolunteersFamily Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world. Created by Points of Light in 1991, Family Volunteer Day is held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving to ‘kick off’ the holiday season with giving and service, and to signal the start of National Family Week. 

Click here to search and register for an opportunity of interest in your community. It’s a quick and easy process- get connected and help celebrate Family Volunteer Day!

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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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