Day of Service at The Right Step with Paytronix

paytronix 9 (2)On October 12, 2018, 14 volunteers from Paytronix supported, revitalized and beautified The Right Step. The projects are part of an ongoing commitment to give back to the communities that Paytronix resides in, both here and across the United States.  

The Right Step is a non-profit that provides equine assisted activities to individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities.  The mission of The Right Step is to better the lives of people with disabilities through the healing power of horses. 

In total, 91 volunteer hours were dedicated to The Right Step 


paytronix 3Volunteers completed projects all over the facility/grounds, refreshing and improving key areas. Over 200 bulbs were planted in the garden, horses were fed, horses were groomed, a shed was emptied in preparation of insulating and dry walling the walls, feed was stacked, and a storage stall was cleaned out and organized, including cleaning and photographing saddles for sale.  The grounds and operation of the facility were improved by these projects! 

By the numbers, Paytronix volunteers: 

  • Planted over 200 bulbs in the planter beds to beautify the facility 
  • Emptied the office shed and stored the contents in advance of the shed being insulated and dry walled. 
  • Fed the horses 
  • Groomed the horses 
  • Cleaned and photographed saddles for sale 
  • Organized the storage stall 
  • Stacked and unloaded feed for the horses. 
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Preparing the feed for the horses
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Planting flower bulbs
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Cleaning Saddles
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Grooming horses
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Stocking feed
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Organizing the storage stall

7th Annual Xcel Day of Service, Sept. 9th

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Join our partners at Xcel Energy Colorado on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 8 – 11 am for the 7th Annual Day of Service and make a positive impact in your direct community! #XEDOS


Over 3,600 volunteers are anticipated to give back all over the Front Range, from Pueblo to Grand Junction and everywhere in between. With nearly 70 opportunities, there is guaranteed to be something for you and your family to enjoy.

Find out all the details and sign up at:

Uncovering The Power Of Sandbags

larm20The County of Larimer is one of the oldest in Colorado.  It’s home to some of the best farmland in Colorado, as well as copious amounts of beautiful wildlife. It’s also home to so many people who care deeply about their homes. Help protect Larimer and achieve the goal of filling as many sandbags as possible for preparation of spring run-off, which leads to harmful flooding.

Opportunity details and sign-up form are provided below:

Where: Sandbags will be filled at The Ranch (Budweiser Events Center), enter the north entrance off of CR 5. We are located about 1/4 mile from the entrance, take the first right.

What: Our efforts will be continuing to fill sand bags as needed, there is a very high demand. We are estimating thousands of bags will be needed throughout Larimer County. Also,  skid steer operators for this site are needed, two every week. Lunch will be provided and please bring sunblock, covered sturdy shoes, and water to stay hydrated! 

Metro Volunteers Involved in Research Study with Craig Hospital: HOPE – Helping Others through Purpose and Engagement

Metro Volunteers is collaborating with Craig Hospital in Englewood on a research study looking at the effect volunteering has on an individual’s sense of well-being.  The study involves individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury and have not been able to return to work or other productive activity.  Study participants complete a battery of assessments regarding psychological well-being, and are then placed in either a treatment or control group.  Those in the treatment group complete an orientation and then work with a Metro Volunteers placement specialist who helps match the individual with a community volunteer opportunity.  After 3 months of volunteering, the participants are assessed again.  Those in the control group are then offered the treatment as well.  Study participants have been placed in a number of agencies across the metro area.  The study will be completed in 2017 and is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.


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PR Boost Registration Now Open

ImageYou are invited to an annual event created to give nonprofits a Boost in their community: PR Boost.

PR Boost pairs public relations pros with at least five years of experience (that means their average billable rate is more than $150 an hour!) with nonprofits for one-on-one communication guidance specific to your nonprofit organization’s communication needs. What types of topics can you expect to cover at PR Boost? Here are a few examples:

  • How to start a crisis communication plan
  • What should you include in your newsletters
  • How to use social media to gain fans and volunteers
  • How to get coverage in the media
  • How to communicate with volunteers or donors
  • Any other communication need specific to your organization

WHO: The event is open to nonprofit representatives looking for guidance on communication campaigns, traditional and social media, crisis communication and other communication issues. (Maximum of two attendees per organization.)

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7:30-11 a.m.

WHERE: Denver Chamber of Commerce, 1445 Market Street, 5th Floor

TO REGISTER: The cost to attend is $25, and includes breakfast and one parking pass. You must register by Tuesday, September 3.

In addition to getting communication advice, the event serves as a great opportunity to network with area PR professionals and fellow nonprofits. But don’t take it from us. Here are what previous attendees had to say about PR Boost:

“I love this event. As a public relations practitioner, you have to think on your feet and provide solid, strategic counsel in a short amount of time while also giving concrete steps a nonprofit with fewer resources can carry out itself. It’s a unique and rewarding challenge. As a practitioner working in the nonprofit sector, I know the value of that kind of guidance. Everyone who participates in this program wins.”   — Robert Austin, APR; Public & Professional Relations Manager, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank

“Several hours spent at PR Boost allowed me to help my community grow stronger. Since leaving the nonprofit sector two years ago, I’ve missed working through the unique challenges nonprofits deal with on a regular basis. PR Boost allowed me to provide fresh perspective on communications challenges as well as learn more about the initiatives underway in my community.” —Jennifer Armbruster; National Communications Manager, Farm Credit

If you have specific event questions, please email PR Boost program chair Shawna Seldon at Thanks in advance for considering this great event.

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for “9Who Care” Award

A 9News Tradition…


9Who Care recognizes individuals who go beyond the demands of everyday life, and dedicate themselves to improving the quality of life for others.

About the Award

  • One individual a month, from September through May, will be chosen to receive the award.
  • A $900 donation will be made to an eligible nonprofit in the winner’s name.
  • The winner will be featured on 9NEWS and on

 Nomination Process

  • Nominations are accepted throughout the year.
  • Nominations will be reviewed quarterly.
  • Winners will be selected by the 9Who Care Board of Governors, a distinguished group of business and community leaders.
  • Nominations will be considered for up to one calendar year.

Nomination Requirements

  • Nominations must be made on 9Who Care form.
  • Nominations must include a minimum of two letters of support.
    • One letter from nominator. Please tell where, how long and how many hours a week he/she volunteers. List recent volunteer activities.
    • Minimum of one additional letter that describes how the nominee has made a difference for others through volunteering. Additional letters are accepted.
    • Do NOT submit DVDs or CDs.

 Qualifications and Restrictions

  • The individual must be a resident of Colorado and 12 years of age or older.
  • The individual cannot be compensated for his or her deeds or service.
  • Nominations for groups will not be accepted.
  • Nomination submitted by fax will not be considered.
  • Nominations, pictures and supplemental materials will not be returned.
  • Only completed nominations will be considered.

The 9Who Care program was designed to honor these individuals for their extraordinary deeds and to encourage others to volunteer. Click here for an official nomination form and get your volunteers recognized today!