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Local Virtual Volunteering
January 1 - May 31
Below are local volunteer opportunities that are ongoing and based in Northern Colorado.
A Little Help: The Northern Colorado regional office brings its service and community-building model to older adults and their “neighbors,” who are volunteers in the local community. If you would like to help your older neighbors by providing regular care calls for check-ins and social connection, please get involved today! They will provide guidance on service provisions. They ask you to please support your older neighbors by staying at home when you are not doing essential activities, and volunteering for their services when you can. If you can spare a few hours per week to make phone calls, please start by filling out an application form and a staff member will contact you.
Food Bank for Larimer County: If you are interested in helping the Food Bank respond to the COVID-19 outbreak virtually, they too are offering care calls. Their “Smiles and Dials” offering allows volunteers to call volunteers and check in with them, take in any feedback, and share gratitude for their in-person volunteering efforts via telecommunications. To learn more about their virtual volunteering options, email their Volunteer Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generation Exchange: Before the pandemic, Generation Exchange connected college students and older adults together, in-person, to exchange knowledge and understanding about technology, meanwhile providing engaging, purposeful, and leadership-based opportunities between generations. Before COVID, Generation Exchange offered workshops on CSU’s campus, among other universities between Fort Collins and Denver. Now in the midst of the pandemic, they are doing similarly, though virtually! They believe technology should be easy and accessible for everyone, yet with the rapid technological evolution both before the pandemic, and today, they see quite a generation gap of knowledge. That’s where they could use your help as a volunteer! They offer mutually beneficial, virtual volunteering opportunities where you can serve as a mentor to an older adult (mentee) who hopes to build their confidence using various forms of technology, meanwhile you can gain insights from your mentee on careers, life experiences, and anything non-technology related in return. If you are interested in this transformational volunteer opportunity, fill out a Virtual Mentor Application to get started.
HumanKind Network: Are you interested in supporting your Colorado community members via volunteering that aligns with your schedule? If so, check out this new non-profit that started in Boulder, and offers a variety of safe, contactless, flexible, and virtual volunteering. Their goal is to serve the at-risk, quarantined, front-line, and pandemic-impacted community via online tutoring and virtual elderly/isolation support to make life feel a little more “normal.” They find volunteers to help me the needs of the assistance requests they receive. Volunteers can tutor various subjects, amongst different age groups. Or, volunteers can support elderly Coloradans by serving as a “phone buddy” or assisting with technical support, i.e. learning more about Zoom. There are lots of options!
United Way for Larimer County: If you’re looking for a one-stop shop to volunteer for and/or within Larimer County, look no further. “United, we strengthen our community” is their motto, and UWLC offers four main services to our community: (1) education, (2) financial stability, (3) community engagement, and (4) nonprofit excellence. The United Way recruits volunteers, encourages community collaboration, and creates pathways for civic leaders. If you are interested in either helping the United Way directly, or with one of the dozens of other non-profits they partner with, then do so by visiting their new website: NoCoVolunteers.org to learn of the latest offerings.