Branching Out & Cultivating Community
In place of the large-scale, one-day service tradition of CSUnity, SLiCE instead is encouraging fellow Rams to consider how they can further “branch out” and “cultivate” community-mindedness this spring season and beyond. Each April, National Volunteer Month is celebrated across the nation. Yet, April 2021 comes with unique challenges this year due to the ongoing pandemic, CSU’s Spring Break being delayed to April, and CSU students returning to all-virtual classes for the remainder of the semester. Due these circumstances, the SLiCE office is intentionally sharing virtual/remote volunteering opportunities for any of whom are interested to engage in community engagement work either locally, state-wide, nationally, and globally.
In conjunction with our Service Happenings program, CSU Rams can find volunteering opportunities specifically geared toward them. Service Happenings is a multi-faceted program currently with a regularly updated calendar of volunteer opportunities and a monthly newsletter. This newsletter goes features upcoming service opportunities and focuses on one relevant community-based topic in each issue. Check out the calendar and/or sign up for the newsletter if you wish to learn more.
Additionally, the below information is for our community partners who usually collaborate with us during CSUnity – this includes non-profits and local neighbors.
The SLiCE team continues to send you, your colleagues, and your clients, positive thoughts during this ongoing pandemic. Though we are not coordinating volunteer groups, nor matching any volunteers with your virtual volunteer requests, any community agencies (as in non-profit or government-based organizations) may submit virtual volunteering requests via our intake form. We will add your one-time or ongoing volunteer requests to our Service Happenings Calendar and the Service Happenings Newsletter. Both will be shared with members of the CSU Community, and we will continue to encourage Rams to consider volunteering this spring and onward.
Please note, only virtual volunteering experiences will be currently featured, yet if pandemic policies and procedures change at the University, more physically distanced, in-person offerings will be shared once again.
Visit Service Happenings to Submit Virtual Volunteer Requests as a Community Agency
The SLiCE team continues to send you, your neighbors, your friends, and your family positive thoughts during this ongoing pandemic. We understand the cancellation of this spring clean-up event may create a hardship for some members of our community. Thus, we have gathered a handful of community resources that may be able to help fill the gap and assist you with your outdoor yard work this spring. Though CSUnity volunteers will not be your go-to source of help, these local non-profits can likely support you more frequently than our once-a-year event anyway.
A Little Help – A Little Help aims to help older adults successfully age at their home and in their community. They offer “a little help” by cultivating relationships between local neighbors and volunteers through one-on-one connections as well as social and educational events. Services include but are not limited to grocery/medicine errands, check-in calls, and occasional yard clean-up projects. For more information, call their Northern Colorado regional office at 970-412-9396 or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org .
2-1-1 Colorado – The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center activated 2-1-1 Colorado to connect Coloradans with human service resources statewide; it is confidential and multilingual. Coloradans can also dial 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898-211. Navigations services to resources include but is not limited to housing, rent/utility assistance, applying for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits by phone, food/meals, transportation, personal/household needs, mental health, government/economic services, and employment.
Adopt A Neighbor – The City of Fort Collins is looking for neighbors in Fort Collins and the surrounding area who are in need of assistance with regular tasks. Tasks may include but are not limited to grocery shopping and delivery, basic errands, driveway shoveling, outdoor pet care/dog walking, and more. Tasks are provided by a local neighbor who has volunteered with the program and is paired with a resident. Please sign up for services online here or contact Neighborhood Services at 970-416-8000.
Hunger Free Colorado – They strive to connect Coloradans to food resources. Their page is regularly updated on how COVID-19 is affecting food access across the state. They share information on food resource hotlines, school meals, food pantries, and SNAP.
Offered by Larimer County’s Office of Aging Services, this is a resource list of medical providers offering various support during these times. You may also apply to receive a “chore voucher” that provides some financial support for yard work but may not fully cover all costs. This program is designed to support individuals residing in Larimer County who are 60 years of age or older and are unable to perform chores or tasks around their home due to limited physical ability or endurance. For more information about the Chore Voucher Program, click here, or call 970-498-7750.
Senior Alternatives in Transportation -SAINT is a local non-profit agency providing personal transportation to people sixty years old and older, and people with disabilities that prevent them from driving. Volunteers have helped their neighbors in Fort Collins and Loveland get to the doctor’s office, the grocery store, and wherever else they need to go do. Fort Collins residents should call 970-223-8645 and Loveland residents should call 970-223-8653 for more information.
UWLC works to cultivate and mobilize community resources to change and save lives. They continue to update their list of community resources throughout the pandemic. Categories include food assistance, senior support, small business support, medical assistance, unemployment and financial resources, family resources, medical heath resources, and utilities/rent assistance. Call 970-407-7000 for more information.
Volunteers of America Handyman Program If you are seeking assistance with simple, safety-related repairs around the home, then look no further. Volunteers of America (VOA) offers a variety of services including Meals on Wheels, senior housing assistance, veteran and housing assistance, caregiver support, senior dining, and more. Contact the VOA Northern Colorado office at email@example.com or call 970-472-9630 for more information.