Ongoing Local Volunteer Opportunities
April 19, 2020 - April 19, 2021
Below is a regularly updated list of volunteer opportunities that are ongoing and based in Northern Colorado.
Adopt a Neighbor: [In-Person Opportunities] Led by the City of Fort Collins. They believe, “we are in a unique and uncertain time, but we are in it together! The coronavirus situation puts some of our friends, families, and neighbors at greater risk. Yet, with all the uncertainty, we have the chance to show the world that Fort Collins is a truly exceptional community that rises up to help one another.” The City is seeking healthy volunteers to assist with services to our, local vulnerable populations. They launched an expansion of the Adopt A Neighbor program to pair volunteers with neighbors in need during the current pandemic. Volunteers assist neighbors who are vulnerable to COVID-19 with regular tasks, such as grocery shopping and delivery, picking up medications, basic errands, driveway shoveling, and outdoor pet care/dog walking. Specific needs and schedules will vary and need to be coordinated by the volunteer and neighbor they are paired with for the program.
A Little Help: [In-Person + Virtual Opportunities] 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 running essential errands (grocery shopping, prescription pick-up, and doorstep delivery) and providing regular care calls for check-ins and social connection, please get involved today! They will provide guidance on service provision, including best practices to mitigate physical proximity and risk. 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 run errands or make phone calls, please start by filling out an application form and a staff member will contact you.
Food Bank for Larimer County: [In-Person Opportunities] If you are interested in helping the Food Bank respond to the COVID-19 outbreak they have volunteer opportunities for being kitchen assistants, warehouse assistants, office assistants, Food Share assistants, kids meal site assistants, and more. FBLC is looking for volunteers who can commit to volunteering at least a few times to reduce the workload to train, and increase the output from, volunteers. The volunteer safety steps they are taking include social distancing, latex glove use at all times, sanitization of surfaces, and no-contact food distribution.
Fort Collins Delivery Network: [In-Person + Virtual Opportunities] This pop-up charitable organization was founded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They thank those who are willing to volunteer during this challenging time. Their volunteers are delivering essential items like groceries and other supplies to individuals and families in Fort Collins who are affected by the outreach, and cannot (or should not) go out in public. They are in greatest need of volunteers to act as runners (deliver goods), as well as general team members who can virtually contribute through social media assistance, fundraising, etc.
Homeward Alliance: [In-Person Opportunities] Homeward Alliance’s mission is to empower individuals and families who face homelessness to survive, move forward, and thrive. Their efforts to combat COVID-19 includes having volunteers help cover their essential services. If you are part of a less-vulnerable population and are comfortable volunteering, start here. Their needs are changing frequently as the situation evolves. They appreciate your patience and flexibility as they work to adapt to the changing needs of the moment and match volunteers with effective ways to help. All volunteers are asked to follow health and social distancing guidelines as a volunteer.
Operation Bear Hug: [Virtual Opportunity] The CSU Student Veteran Organization has taken their 4th annual Operation Bear Hug 5K online this year because of COVID-19. This event focuses on suicide awareness and prevention, and usually occurs on campus each spring in a 5K obstacle course with physical, mental, and emotional challenges to complete as a team. According to OBH, in the military, they have a motto: “adapt and overcome.” That is exactly what they are doing as they virtually transformed this event.
Starting April 18, 2020, OBH created an online challenge, asking people to participate in this new way. They ask people to:
- Write a sign that reads “I am Holding out Hope for _______ (someone or something).”
- If able, record yourself performing a wall sit for 15 seconds (or longer).
- While you are “holding on,” hold up your sign and tell us what YOU hold onto hope for and challenge 3 others to do the same.
- Post on social media with the hashtag #OperationBearHug.
To view an example, click here. SVO encourages the CSU community to Hold on to Hope during these difficult times, and thanks any who can help make this virtual challenge go viral!
United Way for Larimer County: If you are interested in helping the UWLC respond to the COVID-19 outbreak through volunteerism, they have opportunities ranging from in-person to virtual support. To review their regularly updated list of Volunteer Opportunities with 25+ Agencies Across Larimer County, click here. To review their Guidelines for Volunteers During COVID-19 Response, click here.
- UWLC’s Collection + Distribution Center Drop-offs: [In-Person Opportunity] UWLC is accepting donations of critical supplies requested by local non-profits. The center is located at 525 W. Oak Street in Fort Collins. Drop off can occur Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00AM – 3:00PM. They ask donors to practice social distancing when dropping off items, by placing items on the table near the storage unit. Desired resources include diapers, wipes, non-perishable foods, kid’s activities, hygiene products, blankets, jackets, and more. UWLC is also willing to do pick-ups of donations from peoples’ homes.
- UWLC’s Mask or Social Comfort Masks: [Remote Opportunity] While the CDC does not consider home-crafted masks to be effective personal protective equipment inside our clinical environments or for those caring directly for people with COVID-19, non-profit agencies, and staff in non-clinical areas of medical providers are asking for home-crafted masks. This is where you can help! UWLC’s partners at Kaiser Permanente and Banner Health developed step-by-step instructions for making masks at home. Please follow these instructions (access to sewing machine required) and consider making masks to donate. Your time and talents will be much appreciated and will be accepted at the UWLC Donation Drop-off Center and/or among friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc.
UCHealth Garth England Blood Center: [In-Person Opportunity] donations made during their blood drives stay within the UCHealth system. They support patient needs at Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Greeley Hospital, and Longs Peak Hospital. Join them to support their healthcare team by donating blood. They are accepting blood donations at both of their satellite centers in Fort Collins and Loveland. You can also schedule a private appointment to continue practicing physical distance. According to UCHealth, “it is perfectly safe to give blood at this time.” To learn more about best practices and safety regarding donating blood during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.