VOLUNTEER & SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN PARKER COLORADO
Where to volunteer your time in Parker CO
This page contains information on some of the local non-profit organizations in the greater Parker area that are always looking for members and volunteers.
VOLUNTEER CONNECT DOUGLAS COUNTY
Volunteer Connect Douglas County has been connecting volunteers with nonprofit organizations in the county since January 2014 via its interactive website at VolunteerConnectDC.org. In June 2018, the organization reached a significant milestone: More than 10,000 volunteers have registered through the online resource.
“We are so excited to reach this number and to be part of something that is for the greater good of Douglas County,” said Linda O’Dell, Volunteer Connect program coordinator with Douglas County Libraries. “An average of 200 new volunteers register every month!” And those users are active volunteers, according to O’Dell.
VolunteerConnectDC.org is not a database of potential volunteers; on the contrary, users must register for a volunteer opportunity before they are added to the portal. The 10,000-volunteer milestone represents people who have been active in giving back in their communities.
Volunteers of all ages can choose from multiple opportunities throughout Douglas County directly from the website. Individuals, families, and groups looking for ways to help can volunteer for one-time community events or short- and long-term commitments. High school students can easily find community service opportunities to fulfill graduation requirements.
“Volunteer Connect Douglas County is a great way to get involved with your community,” said Rasika Mukkamala, a Douglas County volunteer. “Regardless if you’re a new volunteer or a returning one, there are lots of opportunities to suit everyone’s style. From a recurring shift at the library to a holiday celebration, Volunteer Connect DC pairs with local organizations to bring the best opportunities at the click of a button.”
The volunteer resource began as an initiative of the Partnership of Douglas County Governments (PDCG) as a way to ease the process of volunteering in Douglas County. One volunteer application is applicable to the many local nonprofits seeking volunteers. Because it’s a one-stop portal, VolunteerConnectDC.org encourages Douglas County residents to give back locally with minimal administrative effort.
PDCG organizations include City of Castle Pines, City of Lone Tree, Douglas County Government, Douglas County Libraries, Douglas County School District, Highlands Ranch Metro District, Town of Castle Rock, Town of Larkspur and Town of Parker.
Volunteer Connect Douglas County has 23 nonprofit member organizations. For detailed information on all members, visit VolunteerConnectDC.org.
Volunteer Opportunities at The Suites Parker
Located in a serene, pastoral setting, just steps away from Parker Adventist Hospital. Do you enjoy working with an older adult population? The Suites Parker is currently seeking long-term volunteers for a variety of opportunities to interact with older adults in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation setting.
- Mealtime Support: Currently looking for gentle and patient volunteers to assist with meals/mealtimes on a specialized unit. This opportunity does not require volunteers to assist residents with eating. Tasks involve assisting staff with meal/tray pass, offering fluids, cutting up food, etc. Volunteers will receive training and support from staff in this opportunity.
- Music Therapy-Our residents love live music! We are always looking for volunteers with musical talent. We would love someone who is able to play our piano. Perfection is not necessary; all music is music to our ears!
- Volunteer Pet Visits-Our residents love animals! If you have a gentle pet who loves people and other pets, we need you! No certification required.
- One on One Visits-We are always looking for volunteers who take a special interest in this population and would enjoy visiting one on one with residents who don’t receive many visitors.
- Opportunities for Groups: We do not currently have any opportunities for large groups of volunteers…unless your group is spiritual or musical/performative.
Available days/times to volunteer: Monday–Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
All potential volunteers are required to meet with the Director of Activities and complete an application for Volunteer Service. Volunteers are also required, no exceptions, to complete a background check. This is done at no cost to the volunteer.
All volunteers must agree to abide by all The Suites Parker volunteer policies and procedures. Volunteers accepted into the pet visits program must sign a release of liability. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (who has filled out an application w. background check) at all times when on community grounds, no exceptions.
The Suites Parker
9398 Crown Crest Blvd., Parker, CO
Contact: Rebecca Brown, Director of Activities
This active club runs the Smokin Brew BBQ, Trick or Treat on Mainstreet, host an annual firefighters breakfast and support many local charitable organizations including:
- Parker Task Force
- Praying Hands Ranch
- Project Sanctuary
- Women’s Crisis Center
Visit their website for more information or to join.
Meets Every Wednesday at 11:30 p.m.
Parker Adventist Hospital Conference Center
395 Crown Crest Blvd.
Parker, CO 80138
A Homes for our Troops supporter along with being involved in many local community service projects. See their website linked above for more information.
Parker Rotary meets every Thursday at Pradera Golf Course at 6:45 am. Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend.
Kevin Roth – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiwanis Club of Parker
10841 Crossroads Shopping Center Suite 1, Parker CO
Meeting place and time: Driving School, 1st & 3rd TU, 7:00 A.M.
Volunteers are needed for every aspect of running The Colorado Horse Park and particularly at large park events, including dressage, jumping, and eventing. Or if you’d rather be at the Park on regular basis, the main office always can use your energy and enthusiasm.
High School students looking to fulfill their community service hours are welcome
The idea to create a place for more youth to play the game of baseball, such a part of their family’s life, was a way to channel the grief for Ken and Bambi Dixey, of Parker, Colorado, who tragically lost their sons while on vacation. Thus, Double Angel Foundation was born. The community rallied around the cause and opened their hearts, wallets. and resources to build this incredible ballpark to be enjoyed for generations to come. The June 3, 2006 opening of the Double Angel Ballpark is proof positive that good can come from loss, and it also shows what can be done when people team up for a common goal.
Some of their specific volunteer programs include:
- Youth Opportunities – complete high school graduation requirements; advancement in rank for Scouting programs; meet new friends
- Books-by-Mail – provides library materials to residents in the Pike National Forest area of Deckers; run solely by volunteers
- Book Discussion Group Leaders – Discussion group leaders, for adult book clubs
- Douglas County History Research Center – preservation of our local history; transcribe oral histories; copy and file materials
- Homebound Delivery – select and deliver books to patrons who are unable to come to the library
- Senior Facility Reader – read books to small groups of seniors who can no longer read for themselves
- Used Book Sales – help organize donations for used book sales
- General Library Tasks – administrative, clerical; shelving books, videos, DVDs, etc.; helping in the children’s departments; chess club nights; assembling patron packets, etc.
- Literacy Department Volunteers – offer adult literacy tutoring; early literacy in child care centers; and storytelling in DC school classrooms through the Literacy Department
Douglas County Volunteer Coalition
The Douglas County Volunteer Coalition (DCVC) is a group of organizations dedicated to promoting volunteerism and collaborations within Douglas County offering opportunities for youth, adults and seniors.
Members of this Coalition
- Alternatives Pregnancy Center
- American Cancer Society
- Castle Rock Senior Center
- Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation
- CSU Extension Office of Douglas County
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Douglas County Colorado Fairgrounds
- Douglas County Libraries
- Douglas County School District
- Douglas/Elbert Task Force
- Girl Scouts of Colorado
- Greater Castle Rock Art Guild
- Horse Power, Inc of Castle Rock
- Council of Arts Science and Culture
- The Wildlife Experience
- Volunteers of America: RSVP Program
- Women’s Crisis & Family Outreach Center
The Parker Task Force (PTF) needs volunteers who can serve in a variety of areas. Call 303-841-3460 to help.
Energetic adults who can work as stockers and sorters are invited to volunteer their time. Some lifting is required for these positions. Volunteers can work as little as two hours a month or as many as twenty hours a month.
The Food Bank welcomes individuals needing community service hours. Call 303.841.3460 during normal business hours. Students requiring community service hours please call months in advance as schedules fill quickly.
If you are a member of an organization (church, business, school or fraternal) and would like to support our monthly food drive or another special project please call the Food Bank and leave a message.
Anyone interested in volunteering can call the Food Bank office at 303.841.3460.
This 501C3 organization trains volunteers helping with the Equine and Hippotherapy Programs regardless of experience and is one of the authorized places in Parker to work your community service hours if they are court ordered.
Here are some personal benefits you may gain when volunteering at Praying Hands Ranch:
- A strong sense of accomplishment
- An intimate bond between rider, volunteer, and horse
- The joy of making new friends
- Involvement with enthusiastic, unselfish, totally dedicated and committed volunteers
- Learning new skills
- Making a difference in the lives of others
- Volunteers are able to observe first-hand how the lack of confidence is replaced with renewed self-esteem
The Victim Services Program is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers selected to participate in this program will receive training free of charge. Volunteers must meet these requirements:
- Be 21 years of age
- Pass a background investigation and polygraph examination
- Be able to handle stressful situations well
- Have good communications skills
Contact: Nancy Prokop, Victim Services Coordinator at 303-805-3310
The Town of Parker has numerous opportunities to serve and help, please see the list of options below and visit the website for the latest.
Parker Cultural Event Volunteers Ph: 303-805-6800
The Town of Parker is always seeking volunteers to assist with the variety of community cultural events they put on each year. The Town has ongoing programming including classes and workshops, children’s theatre programs, free concerts in the park and more. See a list of current volunteer opportunities.
Council of Arts Science & Culture – They are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers and the hours qualify for high school community service hours.
Parker Recreation Volunteers Ph: 303.805.6308
The Recreation Department is always looking for volunteers to assist us with various programs and events. See a list of current volunteer opportunities.
Parker Recreation Volunteer Coaches Ph: 303.805.6313
Volunteer coaches make Parker Recreation’s Youth and Kinder sports programs possible!
Adopt-A-Street / Open Space or Trail Program Ph: 303.840.9546
The Town of Parker Public Works Department is constantly seeking individuals, groups, and organizations to take part in the Adopt-a-Street / Open Space or Trail Program. Through this program, participants assist in keeping the Town of Parker clean by adopting a street, open space or trail and periodically picking up the trash in that area.
Volunteer at Town Events! Ph: 303.841.0353
Come and help out at Parker’s favorite annual events like Arbor Day, Let Freedom Sing and the Christmas Carriage Parade! Please contact Julie Wassell at 303.841.0353
Douglas County 4-H Program
CSU Extension Office Douglas County
410 Fairgrounds Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80104.
4-H is a community of young people, across America, learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Douglas County in Colorado has an active 4-H community. We offer a wide variety of clubs kids can join including ceramics, small engines, clothing construction, cake decorating, leathercraft, shooting sports, dogs, and traditional clubs like horses, beef, and swine. And there’s more! Call or go to our website. Check out our new blog at www.dc4-H.blogspot.com.
PO Box 4595, Parker CO 80134.
The 200 member strong Parker Artists guild (PAG) meets on the third Wednesday of each month (except July & August) at Parker Mainstreet Center. Meetings begin at 6:15 p.m. and usually last for about 45 minutes. They are followed by a demonstration, talk or slide show on topics of interest to artists in all media.
Volunteer for a local nonprofit with a big heart. Innovative volunteer programs help keep costs down and quality of life up for older Douglas County residents.
Help a senior – make a friend!
If you, or someone you know, is in the Parker area and want to help seniors, apply today!
No required time commitment! Sign up when you have time.
Provide rides to seniors so they can get to medical appointments, grocery stores and run local errands. Questions? Call 303-814-4300
Neighbor Network is a local nonprofit with a big mission – Helping Older Adults Stay Neighbor Network volunteers provide free services that allow older adults to continue to live independently in their own homes for as long as safely possible. If you have an hour or more to give each week and are 21 or older, the organization is actively seeking individuals who can help
- Homemaking Services: Helping one or more older adults a week with their light housekeeping and grocery shopping needs.
- Providing one-on-one companionship: Spending a couple hours a week over a shared meal,
- shopping together, or by enjoying a friendly visit.
- Providing transportation assistance: Taking clients to medical appointments, the grocery
- store and helping with other errands.
- Performing handyman duties: Installing grab bars and wheelchair ramps, changing light bulbs and assisting with other tasks around the home.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a volunteer application at dcneighbornetwork.org or call 303-814-4300. All volunteers must clear a background check and have auto insurance. Volunteers are matched up with Neighbor Network members based on location and common interests.
20118 . Mainstreet, Suite A.
303 841 4268
Parker Senior Ctr
10675 Longs Way. Parker CO
Parker Sunrise LIONS
Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 a.m. at the Warhorse Inn
19402 E. Mainstreet Parker CO
Join them for breakfast and meet some very friendly, community-minded Parker residents. Lions motto: “WE SERVE”.