Help Colorado Now

BEST WAY TO HELP
Keep Yourself Safe!

*Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
*Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
*Avoid hugs and handshakes
*Stay home if you feel unwell
*Visit a doctor early if you have a fever, cough, and trouble breathing

Keep Your Clients and Volunteers Safe
Background checks are important for everyone

Sterling Volunteers is integrated with the Colorado Database.

It’s important to protect not only volunteers but also the vulnerable population that we’re serving. Recipients need to know if the person knocking on their door is an authorized volunteer. If needed, there is no cost to the volunteer but donations are appreciated.

We know that the background check program is sending error messages. We are working with our vendor to fix this problem. It should be working tomorrow morning, please check back. Thanks for your patience. We are experiencing a lot of volume. We appreciate you volunteering.

Did you know there are dozens of organizations who respond to disasters? Many of these organizations utilize volunteers. Click here for a list of organizations who respond in time of disaster.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Sign Up on Help Colorado Now website here to volunteer, or click the name of the organization below.

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A Little Help – Grocery shopping and prescription pick-up and delivery, social care calls, and snow shoveling for older adults

A Precious Child – Volunteers will help assemble hygiene kits, cleaning kits, baby essential kits for families in need. Also, other tasks may be asked such as sorting incoming goods for families, delivering items to families, etc.

American Red Cross

Brothers Redevelopment

CASA of the Ninth – Court Appointed Special Advocate

Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative

Colorado Pet Pantry

Dove Creek Food Pantry – We need assistance in the pantry and in seeding the community garden.

Family Tree – We need packaged or commercially prepared food delivered to our shelters in Wheat Ridge, Aurora and Englewood. We are also working on a list of virtual volunteer opportunities. Please email to coordinate your donation.

Food Bank of Larimer County – We are asking anyone interested in volunteering during this time to fill out an application. This is to track skills and needs we will potentially have. Here is the link to that application: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1760851224

• Fort Collins Blue Spruce Drive: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054aaeaa23a7ff2-covid19 When you arrive at Fort Collins Food Share, please enter through the South side Volunteer door and a team member will be there to greet and direct you for your shift. If no one is there, please ring the bell and someone will be with you shortly.

• Loveland Lincoln Avenue: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054aaeaa23a7ff2-covid191 When you arrive at Loveland Food Share, please drive through the gate and park in the back (East parking lot) and then ring the doorbell at the Volunteer door. A team member will greet you, let you in, and direct you for your shift. If no one answers right away, please be patient but ring the bell again if not helped timely.

Food Bank of the Rockies Volunteers working in Distribution will help pull and build agency orders using warehouse inventory. Dock volunteers assist partner agencies with loading food and help sort product in our Fresh Food Center. Both Distribution and Dock volunteers should be prepared to walk for an extended amount of time and lift up to 30 pounds. Volunteers working in Reclamation will inspect, clean, sort and box items received through food drives and grocery rescue for distribution to clients. This area requires an attention to detail and is a low-impact/physical area. Volunteers working in CSFP will work in an assembly line filling boxes for our senior program. A variety of positions within this area are available from low impact to physical tasks.

Karis Inc. – Grand Junction, We need volunteers to fill 3-4 hour shifts a week at our homeless youth shelter. Volunteers ensure the safety of youth, keep the facility clean, and prepare meals. Volunteers should be compassionate, flexible, and able to interact with youth while maintaining safety of the program. Must be able to pass a background check and TB test. First aid certification a bonus, but we can provide.

Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation – Every ounce counts. One ounce of your precious gift of milk can feed a micro preemie for an entire day. With thousands of babies needing life-saving milk every week, we are always in need of more milk donors. If you would like to discuss your eligibility with us, please contact us at 303.869.1888 or toll-free at 833-234-0555.

Salvation Army We’re looking for 5 full time volunteers for our call center.

Shopping Angels – We’ve formed to provide services to those of our population deemed especially at-risk from the novel COVID-19 virus, that is spreading throughout the United States. Individuals aged 60+ and those with conditions that impair their immune function are specifically vulnerable to contracting this virus. To help ease the uncertainty, anxiety, and fear surrounding this pandemic, we are volunteering our time to physically go and pick up groceries or other shopping necessities for those who may prefer to stay within the safety of their own home at no additional cost.

Sue’s Gift – Gynecologic Cancer Support – Email: Sherry@SuesGift.org subject line: Volunteer Financial Assistance Task Force – Financial Assistance Task Force Members. Reviewing and approving applications, connecting (digitally) with patients to get their bills and paperwork turned into our Treasurer so we can pay the bills for them.

The Action Center – We are providing food. Email: Sherry@SuesGift.org subject line: Volunteer Financial Assistance Task Forced to families in need in a drive thru model. We need volunteers to help us pack boxes and load them into people’s cars.

The Round Pantry, Longmont – Monday and Tuesday, 3/23 & 3/24 Our primary concern is that on Tuesday we will distribute in a drive lane and will need help with the “heavy lifting” of boxes into trunks / backs of vehicles. We may also need help filling Drive Line / Traffic Control slots. Sign Up Genius for Monday. Sign Up Genius for Tuesday.

VOA – We are looking for Meals on Wheels drivers, individuals to help package our food from the pantry, and help assemble and serve lunch bags at our Mission.

Medical Volunteer Needs

Health Professionals are greatly needed. The State of Colorado has waived certain licensure requirements. Visit the Department of Regulatory Affairs to learn more .

Stay safe while volunteering! Check the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for up to date information on COVID-19 best practices.

The following agencies are currently seeking volunteers:

If you are interested in other opportunities, including medical support opportunities, to support communities and individuals impacted by COVID-19, register here. For additional information, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or the Centers for Disease Control.

LATEST NEWS
Blood Donations Needed

There is an urgent need for blood. If you would like to do something to give back, you are healthy and eligible, please make an appointment at a Vitalant donation center or blood drive near you: vitalant.org

Some government agencies are advising people to avoid “gatherings”. Blood donation operations—at blood drives and donation centers—are not gatherings but essential health care activities. Not having enough blood to meet basic patient needs will cause another public health crisis.

Message from Boulder County

Due to the situation of COVID-19, ALL volunteer roles for Open Space and Mountain Parks are on hold until March 29, by which point the city will reassess the developing situation. This includes wildlife monitoring, bear care, restoration, trail guides, bike patrol etc. All types of OSMP-related volunteer activities are suspended. This is line with a recent order that OSMP is ceasing field operations, closing buildings and that non-essential staff are to stay at home and telework to limit contact with others. We understand that this is a difficult change, but is an important step for your safety as well as the safety of our visitors. Please contact me if you have any questions.

I encourage you to frequently check the city’s webpage for the latest COVID-19 updates, as well as City of Boulder and Boulder County social media channels.

Please stay safe and take care of yourself. We are so appreciative of your support of OSMP.

Employee Volunteering When You Can’t Serve In Person

A Special Webinar In Light of COVID-19, Thursday, March 19, 1 p.m., E.T.
On Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m. ET, Points of Light will host a special webinar to discuss strategies and opportunities for organizations to keep the civic engagement momentum going to engage employees and support their nonprofit partners and communities. This webinar will be recorded and shared with everyone that registers. In addition to this webinar, we encourage you to read our latest blog post on this topic and updated resource list of virtual volunteer opportunities.

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