‘Tis The Season Of Giving Back- Local Volunteer Opportunities

The holiday season is the ideal time to give back to others and the community. Fortunately, the Lafayette area offers many ways to do so, whether you only have a few hours a week or you want to volunteer year-round.

Help Out The Food Bank

Many people in the Lafayette area struggle to make ends meet and the demand on the food bank increases during the holiday season. The food bank’s looking for volunteers over 14 years of age to dedicate at least 2 1/2 hours.

Shift times vary so it’s easy to work one into your schedule. You will need to go through a short orientation or training session and they ask you commit to a shift for at least three months. Duties vary from sorting food and stocking to helping clients.

Help High School Students With Academics

This is the ideal opportunity to offer assistance after the holidays wind down. The “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County needs volunteers to help with their academic program for high school students.

The non-profit assists low income students by providing academic, social and emotional support. Shifts run from 2:30pm to 5:30pm starting January 7th through May 24th.

Volunteers need a driver’s license and the organization will conduct a background check. You must be at least 18 years of age and commit to at least one shift a week.

Help Those With Disabilities

Imagine! is a non-profit dedicated to supporting adults and children with disabilities reach their goals within the community and classroom. They offer many activities and always need volunteers.

Help lead art projects, assist with community outings and events, prepare meals, or even support a dance or yoga class. Imagine! conducts activities every day so it’s easy to find something that suits your interests and schedule.

Help a Senior

The older people in our community often need someone to take them to a concert, party, or dance during the holiday season. Circle of Care needs volunteer drivers who’re willing to accompany seniors. You receive a complimentary ticket if you attend the event and you’ll get to meet a new friend.

They also need persons who can assist with fundraising or grant applications or who have website, graphic design or marketing skills. You can also coordinate volunteers, conduct an outreach program, or distribute tickets.

Help Families

The Emergency Family Assistance Association helps families, seniors and the disabled in need of food, basic furniture, and emergency shelter. No one should have to fight for their survival, and this is especially true during the abundant holiday season.

Volunteer for special events, in their food market, or at their housing sites. They need volunteer shopping assistants, warehouse workers, drivers, coordinators for children’s programs, translators, and interpreters.

Preserve the Outdoors

We live in a beautiful state, but it takes volunteers to help keep it that way. Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado needs people who want to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.

Projects run throughout Colorado and include work in a variety of environments. You could clean up a city park, maintain or build trails, help preserve an historic area, and more.

Choose the appropriate level of difficulty from a variety of work and have some fun. VOC offers opportunities for children, teens, families, young professionals, retirees, school and community groups, and corporate employees.

Join The Medical Reserve Corps

Do you have medical, public health, or safety experience? Why not volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps of Boulder County? They recruit professionals and establish teams that help during times of community or national need.

Volunteering benefits individualw too. Make a difference on the lives of Boulder County residents, help Boulder County Public Health during a natural disaster, emergency or pandemic, and make long-lasting professional ties with other like-minded individuals in the area.