Mile High United Way’s Volunteer Connection: Connecting people and strengthening communities through volunteer engagement. Below are opportunities available in our communities. Search our site for others at volunteer.unitedwaydenver.org or email the Mile High United Way Team at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. (The need for volunteers is way down while needs for donations have skyrocketed during the coronavirus outbreak, so a majority of these listings have shifted toward desired donations.)
Bridge House needs: socks, cleaning supplies (lysol, foam shower cleaner etc.) and hand soap for people experiencing homelessness. Programs have been expanded during this time, so the need is greater than ever. For more information email Scott@BoulderBridgeHouse.org.
H.O.P.E. Homeless Outreach is in need of lunch bags, small and large surgical gloves, plastic forks and bottles of water, trial size shampoo and conditioner, large paper plates, disposable drinking cups, paper towels, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer. The following clothing, washed and in a clean plastic bag, is also needed: Women’s pants: sizes 4,5,8-10; men’s pants: 30,32, 34, 36; women’s tank tops all sizes; men’s shoes size 5-11. Monetary donations are welcome. Services include showers, internet, meals, a place to rest and resources. Restaurants are also sought for daytime meals for up to 25 people. For more information email Andy@hopeforlongmont.org.
A Precious Child is in need of baby wipes, masks, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, spray bottles and diapers. For more information email Joshua@APreciousChild.org.
Harvest of Hope Food Pantry has switched to a “carhop” service and is offering curbside delivery. Our most needed food items are ready-to-eat soup, peanut butter, canned pasta meals, canned chili and boxes of healthy snack bars. Find out more about hosting a food drive at hopepantry.org/fooddrive. Donations are accepted between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 2960 Valmont Road in Boulder. Ring the bell at the back of the door and donations will be handled. If you are not in one of the high-risk groups, consider volunteering: hopepantry.org/volunteer. Volunteers work in small groups, packing bags, stocking, weighing donations, and helping with other tasks. Donations can also be made at: hopepantry.org/donate.
Cultivate: Gifts will directly support the increased capacity and additional sanitation measures for the Carry-Out Caravan grocery delivery program in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Visit cultivate.ngo/relief to make a donation.
Sister Carmen Community Center has a need for general ongoing food bank volunteers, Monday-Friday to fill food boxes, sort food and produce, check dates, put away deliveries, etc. It is a weekly commitment of a 2.5-hour shift. Needed are traffic assistants to assist with traffic flow during peak holiday food bank drive-up hours. These people will be outdoors, standing and directing cars in and out of our parking lot. Also needed are holiday bag/box packers to prep and fill holiday bag/boxes for distribution. Training is provided for available positions. Shifts are available Monday – Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Nov. 9-24 and Dec. 7-22. A 12-day commitment for November or December is required. Email email@example.com. Covid-19 protocol is required, including wearing a mask, having no symptoms or known exposure, and no travel out of state 10 days prior, as well as having your temperature taken and waiver signed. For more information go to www.sistercarmen.org.
Broomfield FISH A grocery store donation box is available at King Soopers on 120th and Sheridan, Hwy. 287 or 136th and Zuni and at Safeway on 144th and Lowell as well as Sprouts on 120th and Sheridan. Top needs are cereal, oatmeal, mac n cheese, Spaghettios, canned meat and peanut butter. For more information go to www.broomfieldfish.org or mail donations to 6 Garden Center, Broomfield, CO, 80020.
Boulder Shelter Most needed items at this time are sugar, coffee, hand sanitizer, masks, Tylenol/Advil/Aspirin, cough and cold medicine (alcohol free), laundry detergent, soap, travel-sized shampoo, body wash and lotion and vitamins. Things can be ordered online and delivered to Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, 4869 N. Broadway, Boulder, CO, 80304. Monetary donations are also accepted at www.bouldershelter.org or by mailing a check to the address above.
OUR Center is looking for food donations, especially protein items and toiletries, family and travel size, and adult disposable underwear. Cash donations can be made at www.ourcenter.org or mailed to 220 Collyer Street Longmont, CO, 80501. Contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Attention Homes: Needs several in-kind supply donations to help with COVID relief efforts. Meals for delivery at Attention Home locations or drop off a nonperishables such as canned and dry goods. Also accepting stable fruit such as bananas, clementine’s, oranges and apples as well as paper products and cleaning supplies like Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer. Attention Homes is located at 1440 Pine Street, Suite A in Boulder. Drop off supplies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the hallway with no contact. Go to www.loc8nearme.com/colorado/boulder/attention-homes/5814045 or email email@example.com for questions or to donate a meal.
Emergency Family Assistance Association is seeking volunteers to help keep their food bank running. Greatest need is weekly, morning volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Visit www.efaa.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRU Thrift Shop earnings support compassionate end-of-life care, grief support, and education. The nonprofit thrift shop needs volunteers to sort donations in the following departments: clothing, electronics, furniture, household items, art, books, and linens. All donations are processed for quality, pricing and displaying. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by an adult and shifts are typically for four hours. Contact Lynn McCullough at Lynnmccullough@trucare.org or 303-604-5353 for more information.
Cake4Kids, a nonprofit that provides birthday cakes to at-risk and foster youth, has just launched a Boulder Area Chapter. The organization is over 10 years old and has delivered 20,000 cakes. Cake4Kids currently needs volunteer at home bakers. Volunteers should have good baking and decorating skills. No minimum volunteer commitment is required. To get started, sign up for an orientation at cake4kids.org or email email@example.com with any questions.
Count Me In: Prepare the Pearl Street Mall for winter and spring by helping plant the bulbs and pansies on Pearl Street mall. We will be planting from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for two weeks. You can sign up for as many or as few shifts as you would like. Find out more and sign up: countmein.bouldercolorado.gov/d/parksrec. The city’s new Shovel-a-Stop program is an effort to increase the number of bus stops cleared after each snow event. Clearing bus stops helps prevent slips and falls and increases safety and accessibility for bus riders of all ages and abilities. Find out more and sign up: countmein.bouldercolorado.gov/d/pw/getinvolved.
Virtual volunteer opportunities
Circle of Care has developed a volunteer phone buddy system to connect to seniors who are struggling with social isolation and who might need food shopping or an errand done. There would be no face-to-face contact to keep everyone safe. If people are interested email, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boulder Seniors Foundation is seeking volunteers to join the Board of Directors in supporting Boulder’s Older Adult Services and the Age Well Centers. The group provides Boulder’s citizens with a way to make tax deductible donations specifically to benefit Boulder’s older adults. Funds are provided to assist low-income older adults with emergency expenses and also sponsor programs of interest (nutrition classes, 55-plus job fair, Chautauquan lecture series) for all older adults. For more information go to boulderseniorsfoundation.org or call 720-267-6933.
Skills Based: Additional virtual volunteer opportunities for skills-based volunteers are needed in the following skills; Marketing for Four Mile Watershed, Legal Consultation and Spanish Translation for Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Spanish Translation for City of Boulder Fire and Rescue. Visit www.volunteer.unitedwaydenver.org for details and to sign up.