If you’re a believer of the old adage that “It’s better to give than to receive,” you might be interested in volunteering your time for people who need it most this holiday season. There are lots of places in and around Colorado that need your help. So, round up your friends and family and make this year’s holiday season all about giving back at these top volunteer locations.
Marian House Soup Kitchen
Located in downtown Colorado, the Marian House Soup Kitchen has been helping feed the hungry for 30 years. By volunteering, you’ll be able to stave off hunger for struggling families, seniors on fixed income, the working poor, veterans, people with disabilities, unsupported teens, homeless people and more. Besides the soup kitchen, you can volunteer for the Marian House Community Outreach, Client Services, Life Support, Family Immigration Services and other areas of the organization. To learn more about volunteering here, visit http://www.ccharitiescc.org/what-we-do/marian-house/soup-kitchen/.
Food Banks of the Rockies
Did you know that one in seven people who live in Colorado are worried about where their next meal will come from—and almost half of those people are children? That’s just one reason Food Bank of the Rockies, one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the Rocky Mountain region, helps feed more than 411,000 people each year, and you can help them accomplish their mission. As long as you’re 14 or older and are available (roughly) between 9 a.m. and noon or 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, you can volunteer your time. For more information about volunteering at Food Bank of the Rockies, visit http://www.foodbankrockies.org/take-action/volunteer/.
Care & Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado
With a long-term goal to end hunger in Southern Colorado, Care & Share Food Bank works to provide food, as well as to use partnering opportunities and education to fight hunger in the area, and there are a number of different ways you can help. Whether you’re in the kitchen assisting with prepping and cleaning or volunteering in the gardens by weeding, watering and harvesting, you’re doing your part to support the food bank and fight hunger. To learn more about the different areas in which you can help, visit http://careandshare.org/.
Community Food Share
Another company sharing the mission of combating hunger is Community Food Share, the food bank for Boulder and Broomfield Counties. The organization, located in Louisville, is in charge of collecting donated food from several different sources and stores, sorting and packaging the items, as well as checking them for spoilage. In addition, Community Food Share woks for programs such as Feeding Families, which provides free food to families raising school children in poverty. A whopping 2,000+ volunteers help Community Food Share throughout the year, with an average of 30,000 hours of work. If you’re interested in being one of these volunteers, visit http://communityfoodshare.org/get-involved/ for more information.
Looking to fulfill community service hours, or just want to use your free time for a good cause? Check out Outdoor Colorado. From participating in garden harvesting to trail restorations, Outdoor Colorado works to vitalize Colorado’s natural resources. The organization, which launched in 1984, has had more than 100,000 people volunteer their time to help, with a total donated labor value of $20 million. If you’re dedicated to restoring outdoor recreation, or if you just feel compelling to help the cause, this is the volunteer opportunity for you. Learn more at http://www.voc.org/community-service-hours.
No matter what you do to volunteer your time, chances are you’ll feel great once you’re done. Get involved in these great ways to volunteer this season.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.