Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
'Tis the season to get in the spirit of volunteerism! There are many opportunities to give back, both during the holiday season and beyond.
Scroll down this page to see the variety of options to consider. Click on each section title to learn more and get contact information for follow-up. Please also consult our Opportunity Calendar for volunteer opportunities on specific dates.
At the bottom of the page we have consolidated a Giving Guide for agencies that are accepting in-kind donations this season. Thank you for your generosity!
Help decorate group homes for the holidays — on your own or as part of a group — with Roundup Fellowship. Decorating could take anywhere from one to several hours, depending on the number of volunteers who sign up to participate each day. Additionally, volunteers are needed to sing Christmas carols to the men living in the group homes. Locations and volunteer shifts will vary.
Volunteers are needed at Denver Rescue Mission to help fill many roles now and into next year: New Life Program Mentor, Sewing or Crafts Volunteer, Intern at the Mission, Champa House Women's Mentor, Champa House Children's Mentor, Mentor for STAR Transitional Program, Youth Mentor for STAR Transitional Program, and more! All of these opportunities are great for individuals, groups, and families.
Colorado Talking Book Library needs help building more shelves for more books. Volunteer teams are scheduled during regular business hours, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and all supplies are provided. This volunteer opportunity is great for individuals as well as groups.
Get physical and make a lasting impact while you literally build a better community through Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers are needed to help build 63 new energy-efficient family homes in the Sheridan Square development in Southwest Denver. Tasks may include framing, siding, painting, drywalling, or landscaping. No experience is necessary, and all tools and training are provided. Build days are Dec 16, 21, and 22.
The National Remember Our Troops Campaign (NROTC) coordinates Get Well Soon cards for veterans in VA hospitals around the country. Community volunteers host "Card Signing" tables at shopping malls, schools, and civic events, then deliver the cards to local VA hospitals (each hospital visit lasts about 6 hours). Hospital assignments and visit dates and are arranged around your location and schedule. Reliable transportation is required. This is a great activity for individuals, groups, and families.
Bring the sights, sounds, and excitement of Times Square to children of all ages at the Children's Museum of Denver's annual "Noon" Year's Eve celebration. Volunteers help with decorations, hourly ball drops and countdowns, bubble wrap fireworks, art projects, and more.
Decorating Shifts: Friday, December 29 - 9:00-1:00 or 1:00-5:00
Event Shifts: Sunday, December 31 - 8:30-1:00 or 12:30-5:00
These volunteer opportunities are great for individuals, groups, and families.
Join Extreme Community Makeover to help underserved people improve their own homes and neighborhoods while cultivating community and facilitating a permanent path towards healthy, hopeful, and stable lives. Volunteers are organized into teams for photography, video production, logistics, supply collection and inventory, communication, fundraising, community relations, and more.
Friends Colorado works to prevent bullying via education and support programs through local schools and youth sports clubs. Volunteers are needed to help with an exciting community sports event in downtown Denver on Tuesday, December 26, and also throughout 2018 to help with community outreach, events, fundraising, creative design, marketing, and more. Individuals, groups, families, and especially teens (age 16 and up) are all welcome.
Be a change-maker by providing meaningful community transport! Denver Regional Mobility & Access Council (DRMAC) is assembling a team of dedicated volunteer drivers to help provide transportatoin for adults with disabilities. Current needs are primarily within Arapahoe County.
Gateway Domestic Violence Services offers counseling, residential care, and court advocacy services for domestic violence victims in Arapahoe County. Volunteers are needed to assist with all programs and client services, both onsite and throughout the community. Individuals, groups, and families are all welcome to share their compassion and lend a hand. Training is provided where appropriate.
Snowy walkways and driveways create a significant safety hazard, and seniors often don't have the resources or ability to shovel their property after a snow. Arapahoe County Volunteer Connections created the Dig Out Your Neighbor program to match able-bodied volunteers with a senior who lives within walking distance. By shoveling them out when it snows, you will provide a genuinely needed service to your neighbor and get a feel-good workout too! Great volunteer opportunity for families. Register in advance so you can be matched with a senior near you.
Holiday Giving Drive
Needed: Gift cards to make sure clients and their families can experience a wonderful holiday season. Call 303-343-1856 or email Jeneen Klippell for more information about preferred gift card retailers and amounts.