Volunteering is special any time of year, but the holidays can provide unique opportunities to give the gift of time and talent. Check out some of the local ways to give back this holiday season (this list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but can aid in your search for possible volunteer activities.)
Colorado Gives Day
Colorado Gives Day is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day will take place during a 24-hour period on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Donations will be accepted through the website GivingFirst.org with a goal to inspire and unite Coloradans in supporting local nonprofits. Non-profits represented that benefit the Arvada Community include: Arvada Community Food Bank, Foothills Animal Shelter, Ralston House, Hope House, The Arvada Center, Carin' Clinic, Arvada Chorale and more.
Jefferson County Human Services Sponsor-A-Family Program
Jefferson County Human Services is looking for generous donors to join in making the 2014 Holiday Season a little brighter for families in need. The Holiday Giving Sponsor-A-Family Program serves children and families who are dealing with issues of child abuse and neglect and may not receive any gifts this holiday season. 400 families are in need. For more information or to register to donate, visit the Jeffco Human Services website HERE.
The Action Center
The Action Center’s mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs for Jefferson County residents and the homeless. The Action Center is accepting new and/or “like new” toys for children age 0-12 for distribution from their Santa Shop. The donation dock is located at 8755 West 14th Avenue, Lakewood. For more information call 303-237-7704 or visit their website at theactioncenterco.org.
The Arvada Community Food Bank
The Arvada Community Food Bank’s motto is No One Should Go to Bed Hungry. The Arvada Community Food Bank welcomes the support of volunteers to help collect, sort, repack and distribute food to those in need and is always in need of non-perishable food items and monetary donations. Please bring your donations to the Arvada community Food Bank located at at 8555 West 57th Avenue. For more information call 303-424-6685 or visit their website at arvadacfb.org.
The Family Tree
The Family Tree helps people overcome child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. The Family Tree offers several ways for you to help this holiday season--donating gifts, adopting a family, hosting a gift drive, or simply giving generously. The Family Tree office is located at 3805 Marshall Street, Wheat Ridge. For more information, call 303-422-2133 or visit their website at thefamilytree.org.
Hope House of Colorado is committed to transforming the lives of teen mothers around the world. Hope House is happy to report that all of their teen moms and children have been adopted for holiday gift giving this year; however, they are still in need of several items and monetary donations. If you are interested in helping teen moms and their children, call 303-429-1012 or visit their website at hopehouseofcolorado.org. Financial donations can be mailed to: Hope House of Colorado, P.O. Box 740568; Arvada, CO 80006
Daily November 24 - December 20, 2014. Bring unwrapped NEW toys, for infants through age 13, to any of the Apex PRD facilities during regular hours. You may also take donations to the Santa House, 9460-B Ralston Road (in the Arvada Plaza Shopping Center just west of Auto Zone, facing north) from November 24 - December 20 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday. For details, visit apexprd.org.
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America offers several volunteer opportunities such as adopting a family to provide holiday gifts for famiies in need or becoming a snow buddy to help seniors with shoveling snow. For more information call 303-297-0408 or visit their website at voacolorado.org.