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Giving of your time and experience may be the best way to support community members in need.

 

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Ways You Can Volunteer

By volunteering with Denver Human Services or one of our many community partners, you can help everyone in Denver be connected, supported, safe, and well.

Every day, volunteers with our GIVE Center help connect individuals and families to essential hygiene items, as well as children’s pajamas. Funded completely by donations, the GIVE Center is a free resource center for anyone in the community, regardless of their situation. As a volunteer, you will be helping to create a safe, supportive, and healthy community for all.

In addition, you can volunteer to help with one of the seasonal drives we host throughout the year to support our community. Follow us on social media and watch for community announcements to find out how you can help.

A list of planned drives, coordinated by our GIVE Center, includes:

  • Spring Showers Hygiene Drive (May)
  • Adopt-a-Student School Supply Drive (July-August)
  • Adopt-a-Family, Teen, or Senior Holiday Gift Drive (November-December)

If you have personal experience navigating the child welfare system, then consider volunteering as a partner through Denver Parent Advocates Lending Support (DPALS). Parent partners have put in the work to change their lives and strengthen their families. Drawing on that experience, they volunteer to provide support, encouragement, navigation assistance, and more to parents who are new to the child welfare system. 

CHOICE is a mentoring program that helps foster youth build permanent connections with adults and families outside the traditional adoption process. The program, which is offered by The Adoption Exchange in partnership with Colorado Department of Human Services, focuses on helping foster youth age 12 to 18 as they transition into adulthood. 

If you’d like to be connected to community agencies in need of volunteer support, simply call the Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 Help Center. Once you dial 2-1-1, you’ll be connected to a community resource expert, who will ask about your skills, experience, and interests and help you identify a volunteer opportunity.

You can also search online listings of open volunteer positions throughout the Denver Metro area by visiting Spark the Change Colorado, our local volunteer center. Spark the Change Colorado offers volunteer matching, training, and advocacy services. 

In addition, Denver's Road Home collaborates with Mile High United Way each November for Project Homeless Connect, a one-day event that provides individuals and families experiencing homelessness, or those experiencing housing instability, with access to vital services they need to get back on their feet. This event, usually held in mid-November each year at the Colorado Convention Center, relies on hundreds of volunteers for its success. Mark your calendar and keep your eye on our website and social media channels for sign-up information.

Many community agencies depend on volunteers to carry out the important work they are doing for people in Denver. Download our Be a Giver guide [PDF] to learn more about how to volunteer with our community partners to create a healthy, connected community. 

 


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Our GIVE Center leverages contributions, volunteers, and community partnerships to provide essential services to Denver residents in need.

 

Denver Parent Advocates Lending Support (DPALS) connects parents involved with child welfare with parent partners for support and advocacy.
 

 

Check out volunteer opportunities throughout metro Denver at Spark the Change Colorado.

 

Keep your eye on volunteer opportunities, including our Project Homeless Connect in November, coordinated by our partners at Mile High United Way.

 

See organizations in our community where you can volunteer your time in our Be a Giver guide. [PDF]

 

Get Started »

Contact the GIVE Center at 720-944-GIVE (4483) or email GIVE@denvergov.org to learn about volunteering

To learn about becoming a DPALS parent partner, email DPALS@denvergov.org.

To learn about becoming a CHOICE youth mentor, call the Adoption Exchange at 303-755-4756.

 
 

 

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We all play a role in keeping children safe. To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437).

 
 

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Be the difference in the life of a Denver child or youth in need of a temporary, safe, caring home.

 
 

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