Volunteers For Outdoors Colorado (credit: voc.org)
With summertime here, there are a lot of great ways to get out and enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather. However, there are also lots of important ways to spend your time outdoors, including finding some time to give back to your community with some volunteering. Grab the whole family and sign up for some of these great volunteering opportunities, and give back while still spending some time outdoors, bonding as a family. With the kids out of school, these are some of the best ways to keep them busy and productive this summer.
2300 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80205
If you are interested in learning more about the daily operations of a huge zoo or if you just love the Denver Zoo and want to offer your time, then volunteer at the Denver Zoo. The volunteers help with lots of different things within the park, from working the main gate and greeting guests to setting up events and programs, even helping with the maintenance and horticulture of the different areas of the zoo. Adults and teens are welcome to volunteer at the Denver Zoo, so bring the family for some time giving back to this important organization.
Habitat for Humanity
3245 Eliot St.
Denver, CO 80211
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is a crucial organization that builds homes for those in need and it has a wide variety of different ways that you can get out and volunteer for this great cause. The volunteer opportunities are perfect for every age and every ability as well. From the adults that can help on the construction site actually building the homes to children that can help provide lunches and snacks, there is a lot to do. You can even get a group together of a few families and spend some time volunteering to help build a home for a family in need.
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
600 S. Marion Parkway
Denver, CO 80209
The Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado organization plans more than 50 different outdoor volunteering projects throughout the state. You can get involved in just one, or in many, and there is a job that is perfect for all ages. There are family-friendly projects like weeding the parks and trail construction or more advanced projects like bridge replacement and other types of restoration. Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is always looking for help with these important projects, all designed to help keep Colorado beautiful.
Carson Nature Center
3000 W. Carson Drive
Littleton, CO 80120
Join the team at the Carson Nature Center and team up as a parent/child host team. You and your child will volunteer as hosts in the Nature Center, answering questions, caring for exhibits, greeting the public and helping with anything that is needed. You’ll even get the training you need to be knowledgeable about the different exhibits at the center, and you can spend lots of great time bonding with your kids and helping out an important nature center. Carson Nature Center asks that the volunteers spend at least one shift per month there, and it is always looking for new parent/child teams.
Denver Parks and Recreation
Locations throughout Denver
There are so many beautiful parks located throughout the city of Denver and there is always a great need for park volunteers to help maintain and improve these fabulous parks. From adopting a flower bed to a trail or a full park, there are many different ways that you and the whole family can get involved. Plus, just imagine the sense of pride that your children will have when their friends are playing at the very same park that your kids help to maintain. Volunteering for the Denver Parks and Recreation Department is a great way to keep the parks vibrant in the community.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.