Friendly Reminder: While Girl Scouts are encouraged to volunteer in their communities, they are not allowed to raise funds for other organizations.
Volunteers Needed For Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k walk - Oct 19th 8am - noon at Greenwood Village: Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the country, uniting nearly 300 communities and empowering people to act as a unified force to raise the funds and awareness needed to end breast cancer. The Denver area walk will take place on Oct 19th in Greenwood Village. It is a family and pet friendly event with no registration fee. We are looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of the event. Younger girls can make signs to encourage our walkers and honor breast cancer supporters and cheer along the route. Older girls can help with event set up, registration of participants, passing out gifts in the survivor tent, etc. We are also looking for walk teams, as well as, entertainment along the route. If interested, please contact email@example.com (MTS092314)
Volunteers Needed For The Great Pumpkin Haul - Oct 19th 9:30am at Chatfield Botanic Gardens: This will not be a boring volunteering gig! Where else will you get to witness people hauling big ole pumpkins for 2 miles over obstacles in costumes?? Volunteers are needed to help us set up the start/finish expo and course, parking, packet pick-up, on the course (manning obstacles, directing people on where to go and cheering them on), at the pumpkin patch, and clean up. Troops volunteering together will likely be tasked with cheering people on or at the pumpkin patch. Volunteers can be 7 years and older. Volunteers under 14 years need a parent or guardian to volunteer with them. All volunteers will get breakfast, a race tee, a pumpkin, free beverages, and can participate in post run festivities! If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include if you have specific experience, skills or limitations (help with set-up/on the course may require lifting and walking up to a mile). (MTS092314)
Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive - CASA of Mesa County - August 22nd to October: We are hosting a shoe drive for kids in foster care. We will start the shoe drive on August 22 (National Be an Angel Day) and run it through September and October. We will drop off the shoes to the Foster Care program on October 26th (National Make a Difference Day). We are looking for troops who would like to help set up drop off locations and help collect donations of NEW shoes. We would love to have several girl scout troops be involved in the media coverage when we kick off the shoe drive, and also when we deliver the shoes to the Foster Care program. Call Janet Rowland 242-4191 or email email@example.com if your troop is interested in this project. (SL72214)
Volunteer with Family Promise: Family Promise is a homeless shelter for Denver-area families. We need volunteers every weekday night or weekend day to help serve meals to the families, participate in craft activity and just spend time with the children and parents transitioning out of homelessness. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and/or participate! (MTS91614)
Clothing Drive/Fundraiser for your troop!: The Denver Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC) wants your troop to throw a clothing and shoe drive! By partnering with our organization; your small group can earn money by simply collecting gently worn clothes, shoes, backpacks, jackets and/or bedding. Not only is this an opportunity to help save the planet by keeping items out of the landfills, but it also an opportunity for your troop to raise money while helping our organization. For every pound of clothing collected (average bag of clothes is 35#s) we will offer 14 cents a pound (that’s approx $4.90 a bag!). So if 100 bags of clothes were collected, that would mean approx. $500 in fundraising dollars for your troop! If interested, please contact Pat Federico, Community Relations Consultant Denver Children's Advocacy Center, at pat@DenverCAC.org or 720-775-3485. (MTS91214)
Visit Seniors at Emeritus at Roslyn: This opportunity is having Girl Scouts visit, read to and/or entertain our seniors at Emeritus at Roslyn. We are open to a variety of ideas. Please contact Darlene Winslet, Life Enrichment Coordinator of Skilled Nursing at 303-999-1968. (SL082714)
The Teddy Bear Project - September 1 to November 21: The Child Rescue Foundation, Inc. is sponsoring their annual Teddy Bear Project. Area Girl Scouts have participated in this event for the past 13 years, helping to collect almost 100,000 plush animals (slightly loved or new) for kids in crisis. This program is virtual with troops signing up from Sept 1 through Nov 21 online at www.cr-foundation.org. Each troop collects plush animals, holds a tagging party naming the animals, and then delivers to a chosen site. For more information please email Joanne email@example.com or call 303-628-0477 Click here to view the flyer or sign up form. (SL72114)
Volunteer Opportunity - Organize the Dream Closet at HOPE: Annually HOPE Online Learning Academy, which is a charter school in Colorado that serves at-risk youth, organizes a back-to-school clothing bank to assist their families who may be homeless or struggling financially. The clothing bank is in a warehouse in Aurora near Children's Hospital Colorado. This summer between mid-July and mid-August we are looking for Girl Scout groups who would like to volunteer to help us organize the clothing we've collected to give away at the end of August to our families. We are willing to work with your schedule if you are able to donate a few hours to us! If you are interested, or need more information, please contact Melanie Stone at HOPE. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-727-0315.
Tiny Free Library: In cooperation with the Colorado Reads Initiative, the Tiny Free Library is a community project seeking volunteers to build small hyper local libraries which will house books and serve as a free book exchange. This project aims to promote literacy to low income and homeless families and individuals. The libraries will be placed on the sites of organizations that provide services to low income and homeless families and individuals. We are seeking volunteers who can both supply materials, build the libraries, and place them at designated organization sites. We will need the tiny libraries filled with both children and adult books. Books do not need to be new, just in good condition. See the attached flier for more information.
Volunteers Needed for Wildflower Seed Packaging: The City of Ft. Collins Natural Areas are seeking volunteers for help packaging wildflower seeds. These packets will be free to the public. GS Volunteer, Jane Thayer, would be happy to spend an evening with a troop helping with this project, including picking up materials if need be. She may be reached at email@example.com.
Materials can be picked up at the NIX office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd., Ft. Collins, CO 80524. Please contact Sue Schafer for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 416-2815.
Volunteers Needed for Garden In a Box: Looking for a fun way to lend a hand to water conservation in Colorado? The Center for Resource Conservation, a 501c3 nonprofit, is seeking volunteers for its annual Garden In A Box pick-ups throughout the month of May and first week of June. The Garden In A Box program aims to simplify water-wise gardening by providing professional “plant-by-number” designs, a selection of xeriscape plants, and planting and care instructions all below retail costs. Additional information about the program can be found at http://www.gardeninaboxco.org/. Volunteers will assist with setting up for order pick-up events at various Front Range locations, providing assistance to customers in locating and carrying orders to their vehicles, helping with clean-up after the pick-up, and organizing Garden In A Box kits prior to pick-up events. We are looking for 5-10 volunteers per shift; both individuals and volunteer groups are encouraged to sign up. Please note that volunteers will be on their feet all day, will be exposed to whatever weather the day offers, and duties include bending over as well as lifting loads of up to 30 lbs. For specific date/location information or additional questions, please contact Tracy Smith at email@example.com. We look forward to working with you!
Volunteer in the Garden for The Eating Disorder Foundation: Located at 1901 E. 20th Ave Denver, CO 80205, The Eating Disorder Foundation has a beautiful garden which we begin to cultivate during the Spring. We would love to have girl scouts volunteer to help us with planning, prepping, and planting of our garden. Through this service, you can work to earn your gardening badge. Please contact Aryn Bartman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-322-3373 if interested.
Memory Bag Program: Lil Things For Lil Ts Friends is looking for volunteers to help with their memory bag program for pregnancy and infant loss. This program is best suited for high school aged girl scouts and adults. There is a need to create items (mostly handmade) to go in the bags, as well as helping putting the bags together. The keepsake memory bags will then be distributed through hospitals to those who have suffered the loss of a baby. They are based out of the Pikes Peak region, but the program can be done anywhere statewide. To volunteer, please contact Amy Kincaid at lilThingsForLilTsFriends@yahoo.com.
There are also education opportunities where young women can learn more about loss and how to handle a friend or loved one when this happens, so they can support others, or themselves, when they encounter it. Discussion would need to take place with leaders and parents as this is a tough subject to handle.
Household Items Drive and Volunteer Opportunities with Connections Delivery Service: Connections Delivery Service is a nonprofit organization providing outreach to low income women undergoing cancer treatment at Denver Health Hospital by delivering household and food items to our clients homes twice a month. We are always in need of donations of household items for our pantry, and CDS also has opportunities for delivery drivers at certain times of the year. Organizing a goods drive is an easy and rewarding way for your troop to help your local community. If you are interested, we will be happy to provide you with a list of household items to start your drive at your school or local grocery store. Please contact Katie Fosselius at email@example.com or 303-319-1023 for further information.
Denver CASA Blue Light Project: In connection with Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month (April), one of our partners, The Shops at Northfield Stapleton, would like Girl Scouts to help spread the word about Child Abuse Prevention Month. We are looking for Girl Scouts ages 7-12 to come on site to draw family images onto the buildings and pass blue ribbons out to shoppers. Date TBD, but if any troops are interested, please contact Julie Wilson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Partners - Elementary School Reading Tutoring: Reading Partners is a literacy non-profit that provides one-on-one tutoring services for children struggling with basic reading skills. By pairing students with a community mentor we are able to provide them with the attention and help they need to be stronger students and individuals. We have 11 centers located around the Denver-metro area, all with diverse schedules. This is a week day volunteer opportunity, and perfect for any troop looking for community service, badge-work, or potential Gold Award projects. Click on the title above for additional information and a list of participating schools. For more information, contact Susan Andersen at VolunteerCO@readingpartners.org or call (720) 965-0266.
Build Bird Habitat Feeders with Brookdale Senior Living: Heritage Club of Aurora-Assisted Living with Brookdale Senior Living are creating campus wide bird habitats. We need Girl Scout Troops in our area that would like to team with us to build and install the birdhouses. We are also reaching out to some of the local hardware stores to see if they would be willing to donate supplies. If interested, please contact Frani Gains, Resident Program Coordinator, Heritage Club Aurora, Brookdale Senior Living, 1860 South Potomac St, Aurora, Co 80012 . E-mail: email@example.com or Telephone: 303-369-0736 X 219
Philippines Letter Project: Desperately-needed food, water, clothing and other supplies have been rushed to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. But as weeks turn into months, perhaps what the hundreds of thousands left homeless will need most is hope. “Rebirth for the Philippines” is a nationwide effort to make sure the Filipino people know they are not forgotten. Schools, churches, scout troops and other organizations as well as individuals can provide that hope simply by writing a letter sharing concern and encouragement. Children who can’t write can draw pictures. What is important is to do something to brighten the lives of the survivors, reassure them that they are not alone and that things will get better with time. Our goal is to collect a card or letter for every man, woman and child impacted by the typhoon. Letters can be mailed to: Project Rebirth, Rebirth for the Philippines, 41 Park Row, Room 308, New York, NY 10038
All letters will be shipped to the Philippines and distributed to Haiyan survivors. Please do not enclose cash or checks. Thank you in advance for your help! For more information, contact: Kathleen Koch, Project Rebirth Advisor for Disaster Preparedness & Recovery, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-346-1482
Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Troops needed to Adopt-a-Troop! We are looking for troops to provide at least 8 Girl Scout Troop meetings to elementary girls in need. If you are interested please contact Joy Henika Joy.Henika@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4850. Give back to girls who really need it! This project would help your troop earn the awards: Leader in action (LiA) or Volunteer-in-Training (VIT)
Family Study: CSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies is seeking volunteers for a new study investigating the importance of family relationships for teen’s health, in the hopes of supporting optimal adolescent development. You are eligible to participate in this study if your family:
* Has two parents (married or living together) in the home, AND
* Your family has at least one child between 10 and 14 years of age, AND
* Your family is willing and able to travel to CSU's campus for one, two-hour meeting
This community service activity will allow girls to give back by participating in science to help us learn about how to promote optimal teen development. In addition, it will help girls learn about social science methods. Girls and families are welcome to copies of the results if they are interested. If you and your family participate, you can earn up to $80. For more information, call (970)491-5129 or email chhs-hdfs_Family_lab@mail.colostate.edu. Please call or email with any questions – we really want to learn about families just like yours!
Primary investigator: Dr. Rachel Lucas-Thompson; study title: Family Relationships in Early Adolescence. This study (protocol id: 13-4095H) has been approved by the CSU IRB.
ShoeBox Recycling - Looking for a fun service idea for your girls? ShoeBox Recycling works with individuals and groups to gather gently worn shoes for re-use. It can also be a money-earning activity for troops. Contact Sandy Newfield at ShoeBox Recycling - Sandy@shoeboxrecycling.com - 508-326-1877 or visit them online for more information about this opportunity - www.shoeboxrecycling.com
Audio Recording of Girl Scout Materials - Girl Scouts of Colorado is looking for volunteers, girls or adults, to help create audio recordings of the Girl Scout Program Materials for visually impaired Girl Scout members. If you are interested in this project, please email email@example.com.
Volunteer with RISE Early Literacy Program - Center for Hearing Speech and Language is a non-profit located in Denver, CO. One of the departments within the Center, called RISE, works with underprivileged toddlers to give them a chance at literacy. RISE is a free language and literacy program that supplements preschool curriculum working with children living in inner city public housing. We are looking for volunteers to help either leading the RISE sessions at the different sites as well as reading buddies to children ages 3-5 in our program. Please visit there website for more information http://www.chsl.org/rise.php.
Project C.U.R.E.: Kits for Kids - The Kits for Kids program supplies families in the developing world with common "medicine cabinet" items. Everyday supplies that we find in U.S. households like bar soap, antibiotic ointment, and bandages are very rarely found in clinics or homes in the developing world. You can send Kits for Kids to clinics and households all around the world in five easy steps:
1. Fill out the Kits for Kids Request Form (Click here to begin Step 1)
2. Donate your $5 per Kit for shipping and processing (Click here for Step 2). *Please select “Other” if you are donating a different amount than listed.
3. Fill bags: Please include ALL items listed on the website at http://www.projectcure.org/programs/kidskits.
4. Drop bags: Please take completed Kits for Kids to our Centennial warehouse at 10377 E. Geddes Ave, Ste. 200 Centennial, CO 80112
5. Track your Kit(s) by using the tag on the bags if you would like to find out where they go!
Here are more resources to help with your Kits for Kids Project:
1. Two Minute Kits for Kids Video! (Coming soon)
2. A manual with details about tying the project to the Girl Scout Global Action Award and specific drop off points for 2013-2014 in Colorado.
3. One Girl Scout’s Silver Award Project about why Kits for Kids is so important.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inter-Faith Community Services - Inter-Faith Community Services provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income people using community resources. Inter-Faith fosters self-sufficiency and respects the dignity of each client. Inter-Faith serves the people of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County. Our largest need at Inter-Faith is food, clothing and financial support. Volunteer opportunities at Inter-Faith Community Services are mainly focused on collecting donations for our client’s needs.
NONPROFIT FINDER - Looking for a kid or family-friendly service project at your favorite non-profit? Need to know who best to contact at your favorite organization? Here is a great resource from the Young Philanthropists Foundation that may help point you in the right direction. Also, are you curious about how best to create a meaningful service project? Here is a great brochure on the subject, also provided by YPF.