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 

Accomplishments:

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

American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb Event, March 4. 2018

MARCH 4, 2018 7 AM (MT)

Republic Plaza | Denver, Colorado56 Floors, 1098 Steps

Online Registration Closes on Wednesday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m.
*You will be able to register the day of the event but registration fees increase to $40. The required minimum fundraising fee of $100 will have to be turned in before you may climb.

Start Times are here:
Start times for those who registered after Thursday, February 22 will be announced on Thursday, March1. We will repost start times at that time.

Packet Pick-Up:
We will be offering a couple of different packet pickup times and locations. Click here for the full schedule for packet pick-ups.

When you participate in a Fight For Air Climb, you are stepping up to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants raise funds to support the mission of the American Lung Association while training to climb the stairs of a skyscraper.

Whether you are climbing alone or with friends and family, as a part of a healthy lifestyle or in honor of all those who are affected by lung disease, you will achieve a sense of personal accomplishment as you reach the top of the building and the height of your fundraising potential. Every step you take moves us forward in our fight for healthy lungs and clean air.

Join us for the 13th annual Denver Fight For Air Climb. This Colorado experience will leave you feeling accomplished and thankful for your lungs when you finish climbing the 1098 steps. Are you still wanting more? Register for the Ultimate Climb, allowing you to ascend the building as many times as you can in an hour.

We encourage you to start today and are here to help you, from the first step in your Climb all the way to the top. Contact us with questions or for more information.

Registration Information: The earlier you register the more you save!

Climber Registration Fee (after December 10): $35

Climber Day of Registration Fee (March 4): $40

**Ultimate and Ultimate Plus Climbers can select the upgrade during registration for an additional $15-$30. Visit our FAQ page for more information about Elite, Ultimate and Ultimate Plus climbing information.
*All participants are required to fundraise $100 in addition to the registration fee in order to be eligible to climb.

**Ultimate Climbers can select the upgrade during registration for an additional $15-$30. Visit our FAQ page for more information about Elite, Ultimate and Ultimate Plus climbing information.

Children

Please note that all climbers must be at least 10 years old by event day in order to participate. Any climber under the age of 18 must climb with an adult, and must not be left alone under any circumstances. For adults who climb at a faster pace, please note that your child may not be left unattended while you climb. Please make arrangements accordingly. Due to building regulations, your safety, and that of your child, child toting is not allowed.

Collecting cash or check donations to support your Climb?

Be sure to use our pledge form and drop off or mail your donations before Event Day to:

Fight For Air Climb – Denver
c/o American Lung Association in Colorado
5600 Greenwood Plaza Blvd
Suite 100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Questions about the Fight For Air Climb?

Please review our FAQ and Event Day Details pages.

Register Today!

Help at-risk children and their families by volunteering at JeffcoEats

 

It’s simple yet effective. JeffcoEats gives at-risk children and their families food for the weekend to alleviate a weekend of hunger.  Period.

All of these children, in 10 different Jeffco schools, are provided breakfast and lunch at their schools during the week.  BUT without Jeffco Eats most, if not all, of these children would go hungry over the weekend.  2 days of hunger is not an acceptable situation!

Wouldn’t you like to get involved and make sure these children are fed on Saturdays and Sundays? There are volunteer opportunities EACH WEEK; and, you can bring your children and teens to help…make it a family project!

Below are the types of volunteers that Barbara Moore (she’s the founder and Executive Director of JeffcoEats) needs each week. We at Metro Volunteers are proud of the work Barbara does because she is impacting the lives of literally thousands of people every week…people who are our neighbors, our friends and who need our help.

2 Drivers (any size car is OK)

Every Thursday from 11 am – 1 pm

 

20 Food Packers (children, teens & adults are welcome)

Every Friday from 10 am – 11:30 am

Foothills Elementary

13165 W. Ohio Ave.

Lakewood, CO

 

2 Drivers (to drive a U-Haul van)

Every Friday from 8 am – 10 am

Pick up food from Food Bank of the Rockies and deliver to Foothills Elementary

 

To talk with Barbara directly or for questions about these fun volunteer activities, call or email Barbara: 720-231-8337 or jeffcoeats@gmail.com.  You can find more information about JeffcoEats on their website: www.jeffcoeats.org.

November Outdoor Volunteer Project…Great for Groups!

JovialJovial Concepts helps under-served communities to thrive by providing sustainable solutions and increased access to healthy food.  Jovial creates gardens and builds greenhouses in low-income neighborhood yards and schools. And they teach families about healthy food, as well as create access to healthy foods for these families. All the produce they grow is donated to local elementary schools and food banks.

jovial 2Now they are looking for volunteers to help put all of their gardens to bed.  Their normal volunteer day is every Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm; but, for the month of November, they can take additional volunteers during the week.

No experience is necessary and it’s the PERFECT volunteer project for the entire family or for companies seeking a day of service.  Everyone has fun!  For adults: when you volunteer on a Sunday, everyone heads over to Joyride Brewery for a buy one/get one beer special.

Contact Kristina Welch: 303-578-2569 or Kristina@jovialconcepts.org

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

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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:
www.XcelEnergydos.IVolunteer.com

Nonprofit Partners! Join Us for a Panel on the Recent Legislative Session.

CCC May 2017

Program

Join Colorado Collaborative Connections for a recap of Colorado’s 2017 legislative session. Legislators, for-profit and nonprofit leaders will give their take on the successes and short-falls of the session and their perspectives on moving forward in 2017.

Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming Colorado Collaborative Connections, please contact Lisa Borgmann at lisa@cshares.org.

Supporters

Presented by members of the Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits: Colorado Nonprofit Association, Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, Community Resource Center, Community Shares of Colorado, and Metro Volunteers.

When
May 18th 2017 4:30 PM6:30 PM
Location
Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits
789 N SHERMAN ST
STE 100
DENVER, CO 80203-3530
Contact
Phone: (303) 865 – 8270
Email:
Event Fee(s)
Member $ 10.00
Non-Member $ 10.00

South Metro Out of the Darkness Volunteer Opportunities

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Colorado Chapter will be hosting its Annual South Metro Out of the Darkness Walk on September 6, 2014 at Highlands Ranch High School.  AFSP will need close to 185 volunteers to help make this day successful and raise funds to help save lives.  Opportunities range from set up and take down, to serving refreshments, handling registration, greeting people, and being on the medical staff to name a few.

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Last year, AFSP had 1585 walkers and raised almost $140,000 to fund research, advocacy and education as well as survivor programs both locally and nationally to raise awareness and prevent suicide. The 2013 walk was ranked #9 out of 300 nationwide community fundraising walks!  Volunteer opportunities have been and will continue to be posted on our site, MetroVolunteers.org and can be found by searching “AFSP”.  We would greatly appreciate your assistance! And, you’re welcome to walk with the AFSP crew, too, in memory of a loved one or in support of the cause (www.afsp.org/walks).

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Metro Volunteers AFSP

Please contact Lisa Neison, Volunteer Coordinator, at colorado@afsp.org or Laurie Freeman, Walk Chairperson, at tljcfreeman@live.com for more information.

Help Volunteers For Outdoor Colorado Celebrate Their 30th Anniversary

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is celebrating their 30th Anniversary on August 23 and is looking for volunteers to help out with the event. As a thank you for volunteering, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is giving each volunteer a free ticket into the event as well as 2 drink tickets. If this volunteer opportunity sounds interesting to you then keep reading below for a full description of the event and ways to help:

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Volunteer Needs

Set-up Crew (4 Volunteers) – 8am-11:30am

The Set- up crew will be responsible for making sure that the layout of the event is correct and that all the different components are set up and ready to go by the start of the event. This includes, but is not limited to: stage set-up, food and beverage, tent set-up, garbage and recycling is put through out the event, check-in area is set-up and clearly defined, as well as all the fencing around the event is up and in the correct place.

Check- in (8 Volunteers) – 10am-2:30pm

The check-in crew will be responsible for registering and collecting any donations for all the guests during the event. Volunteers will be giving out drink tickets and other items to guests. Volunteers will also be checking ID’s for anyone interested in having an alcoholic beverage at the event. They will also be responsible for answering any questions related to the event for guests or interested parties.

Food (6 Volunteers) – 10am-2:30pm

Food volunteers will be responsible for all food related tents at the event. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting in setting up the food areas, managing each food station, serving food to guests, keeping each tent clean and presentable as well as packing everything up at the end of the event.

Beverages (8 Volunteers) – 10am-2:30pm

Beverage volunteers are responsible for the stocking and distribution and cleanliness of all the beverage tents. This includes, but is not limited to, keeping tents stocked with beverages, ice, and any other necessary components to the beverage tent, taking payment for the beverages, keeping tents clean, taking inventory on a regular basis as well as packing everything up at the end of the event. We are looking for 4 TIPS certified bartenders for our Beverage volunteers to help manage the alcoholic beverages.

VOC Activities (2 Volunteers) -10am-2:30pm

VOC activities volunteers will manage the VOC activities that will happen during this event. These activities will be designed specifically to give guests and a chance to experience the work of the VOC first-hand. All volunteers will be properly trained on how to runt he activity ahead of time so they feel comfortable with implanting the activities. This position must have extensive knowledge of the mission and values of the VOC as well as be able to communicate well with guests.

Stage Management (2 Volunteers) -10am-2:30pm

Stage Management volunteers will help manage the stage including moving the bands on and off the stage, supporting speakers during the program parts of the event and supporting the sound engineer with any issues. Volunteers will make sure that the bands and the VOC are all taken care of for the duration of the event. This position requires someone to be able to manage multiple projects at the same time as well as be an excellent communicator.

Waste Management (2 Volunteers) – 10:am-  2:30pm

The waste management volunteers will be responsible for making sure that the waste and the recycling is all being maintained and taken care of during the event. This includes, but is not limited to, checking all garbage and recycling bins regularly, changing out full bins, making sure that each bag of garbage is disposed of in the proper location.

Strike Crew (4 Volunteers) – 1:45pm-4pm

The strike crew is responsible for making sure that everything is broken down and that the park looks exactly like it did the day before or even better. This includes, but is not limited to, breaking down of the stage, breaking down of all the tents, pulling all the fencing together for the company to come and pick up, as well as making sure that there is no trash left behind.

TRAINING – Training for volunteers will take place on Monday, August 18th from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Confluence Park.

To Sign-up to volunteer you can click here! Also to learn more about the event check out their website here.

Now Accepting Nominations For The 2014 Governor’s Service Awards!

Happy nominating! Today starts the beginning of the nomination process for the 2014 Governor’s Service Awards. Organizations are encourage to nominated individuals for Outstanding Volunteer, Outstanding Veteran Volunteer, Outstanding Community Member and Outstanding Nonprofit organization. Below is a complete outline of the awards given and the nomination process. Please reach out to the Governor’s office if you have any questions regarding the awards and we look forwarding to finding out who the winners are!
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Serve Colorado – the Governor’s Commission on Community Service is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Governor’s Service Awards. The Governor’s Service Awards are presented in recognition and appreciation to individuals, community/civic leaders, various organizations, and AmeriCorps members for their outstanding contribution to volunteerism and service throughout the State of Colorado.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, July 7 at 5 p.m. The awards will be presented at a special awards ceremony at The Colorado State Capital on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Nominations must be submitted online. Access the nomination form here. For more information on the Governor’s Service Awards or Serve Colorado, please contact Serve Colorado at 303-866-6426 or heather.kreider@state.co.us

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Outstanding Volunteer: given in recognition to an individual who provides outstanding direct service to their

Outstanding Veteran Volunteer: presented to a veteran from any branch of military service who has demonstrated outstanding volunteerism, community service, and civic engagement.

Outstanding Community Leader: given in recognition to an individual that provides outstanding leadership, organization, and inspiration to volunteerism in their community.

Outstanding Nonprofit Organization: given to a non-profit organization that has made outstanding impacts on Colorado communities.

Outstanding AmeriCorps State/National Member: given to a currently serving AmeriCorps State/National Member or an AmeriCorps State/National member that has served within the last year who is an extraordinary example of the spirit of AmeriCorps.

Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member: given to a currently serving AmeriCorps VISTA Member or to an AmeriCorps VISTA member that has served within the last year who is an extraordinary example of the spirit of AmeriCorps.

Outstanding AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Member: given to a currently serving AmeriCorps NCCC Member or to an AmeriCorps NCCC member that has served within the last year who is an extraordinary example of the Spirit of AmeriCorps.

Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer: given to a currently serving Senior Corps volunteer or to a Senior Corps volunteer that has served within the last year who is an extraordinary example of the Spirit of Senior Corps.

Outstanding AmeriCorps Alumni: recognizes the exceptional impact of a Colorado AmeriCorps Alumni, whose commitment to embody service beyond their term of AmeriCorps service, continues to bring about positive community change.

Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer: recognizes a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer for their ongoing work and exceptional contributions towards service in their community

DENVER – Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – Serve Colorado, Office of Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia

Get To Know The Extreme Community Makeover Organization – Changing Neighborhoods All Around Denver

The Extreme Community Makeover organization has a lot of fantastic volunteer opportunities listed on our Volunteer Opportunity Calendar, so we want to share with you a bit more about who ECM is! Take a look at this great story created by ECM:

It was 9am and the sun was already beating down when I arrived at the meeting place for Extreme Community Makeover’s (ECM) Tuesday Work Day and was greeted by Angela Bomgaars, the organization’s Executive Director. A fold up table was set up with an array of t-shirts, pamphlets, and a donation box. This morning, Angela was hosting a team of realtors from Denver who were taking a day off work for team building and to give back to a community in Denver. The group congregated around Angela and she began describing the work that ECM does, prepping the team for a full day.

ECM Work Days take place in eight Denver neighborhoods: Barnum, Elyria, Globeville, La Alma/Lincoln Park, Swansea, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood. ECM conducts door-to-door surveys on blocks in these neighborhoods, asking if folks need any assistance with exterior home repair and improvement projects. After identifying houses that request help, ECM volunteer groups “adopt” that block and spend a Work Day helping out.

All these projects and volunteer hours add up. ECM estimates that since they began serving Denver 18,075 volunteers have participated. The dollar value of time these volunteers have put in, they report, is equivalent to $2,277,574.00.

While these statistics are certainly impressive, ECM’s long-term goals and vision supersede them. As Angela explained to me, ECM uses Work Days as a lens for people to critically look at how they interact with their neighbors and what role they have in being a part of a thriving community. Volunteers are able to connect with neighborhoods and people they might not otherwise interact with, and then seek out ways that they can help out again outside of ECM. Similarly, the folks whose house or yard is being worked on are inspired to give back in other ways, to “pay it forward” to someone else in need.

At the core of ECM’s vision, engagement goes a step further. With the spark of an ECM Work Day, blocks & neighborhoods collectively discover the resources that they have – in tools, in skills, but, most importantly, in people – and realize the ways that they can help each other. Neighbors connect and build community, creating a model for how we can help each other moving forward.

“Grass and weeds will grow back, paint will chip, so ECM is really about connecting people in a way where neighbors can help each other over the long term,” Angela explains.

Stats like the ones above show that ECM is on the right track with their mission, but a story that Angela relayed to me illustrates how ECM envisions change happening on a long-term scale. One Work Day, Angela and that day’s volunteer team were helping out at the home of an elderly woman who was confined to a wheelchair — picking weeds, painting exterior walls, mowing the lawn.

A few neighbors on the block saw the large volunteer team working and came by to ask what was happening. After hearing about why ECM was there and the simple yet important work being done, they quickly realized that they could do the same thing at this woman’s home, but on a regular basis. They now help mow the neighbor’s lawn and do other small repairs when needed, a small chunk of time out of their weekly routine, but a big difference for this woman who wouldn’t be able to do these tasks otherwise. Now, instead of having a volunteer team come out to do these tasks, the members of this block work together  – each and every week – to improve their own neighborhood.

Despite the big impact ECM has already had, they still face significant challenges, the biggest of which is simply bringing in enough resources to work on the scale needed to start making people rethink the roles they play in their neighborhoods. This is a model that Angela and the ECM team think can scale throughout Denver and to other communities, but they are focused on dedicating limited resources to keeping up the high quality work they’re currently doing.

A big drain on resources and the quality of work they do is simply not having a truck – which is why they’ve asked for support through Neighborhood Catalyst to obtain one. Right now, without a truck, ECM must spend vital time and money transporting tools back and forth from project site to project site. When things don’t fit in the cars they have now, they have to make multiple trips. Without a truck, they can’t properly dispose of debris from Work Days – a key organizational goal, and an important aspect of beautification for the residents of the blocks they work on.

Currently, not having a truck is a drain on resources and a hurdle for completing the work they set out to do.  With a truck, ECM will be able to efficiently get tools and equipment to the Work Days that need them, save on resources that can then be redistributed to key long-term projects, and, lastly, will allow them to be even more effective at improving neighborhoods.

Ultimately, having a truck allows Extreme Community Makeover to continue building relationships and bringing communities together “one block at a time.”

Be a part of ECM’s work by contributing to their campaign here. They are so close to their goal, but must reach 100% by June 14th to keep what they have already raised. To learn more about Extreme Community Makeover, and to discover other ways you can support and get involved, visit their website and follow them on their Facebook page

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If your interested in learning more about ECM they have a happy hour event happening on Wednesday, June, 25 at 4:30pm – 6:30pm for more information click here to check out their Facebook page!

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