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Denver Good Deeds allows City and County of Denver (CCD) employees to give back to their community and serve Denver residents in a meaningful way through city-sponsored and approved volunteer projects. These opportunities will give employees a chance to impact the Denver community and feel motivated and empowered. Projects will be referred to the Office of Human Resources (OHR) from 311, the Mayor’s Office, Denver Employee Volunteer Opportunities (DEVO), and CCD offices, departments, and agencies. Teams of two to ten city employees will be grouped per volunteer project along with one team captain.

Who is Eligible? 
Current full-time, unlimited Career Service CCD employees who have successfully completed their probationary period are eligible to participate in this program in accordance with the parameters set forth in Career Service Rule 9-80.

Employees are not eligible to participate in the program if:

  • They are a part-time/limited/or on-call employee;
  • They are non-Career Service employees;
  • The employee’s employment with CCD terminates for any reason; or
  • The program is discontinued.

Questions? Email the OHR Denver Good Deeds program administrator DenverGoodDeeds@denvergov.org


Volunteer Projects

Review the volunteer projects below. Once you see a project you want to take part in, register for a volunteer project.

Don't see a project you are interested in? More volunteer projects are being added regularly. Check back often to see new additions.

Helping Others

Many City and County of Denver employees continue to work in the field and are in need of face coverings. Since commercially produced masks are in short supply, you can help out by making some at home.

Sign up for 4 or 8-hour shifts. Instructions for both sew and no-sew options will be provided.

Department/Agency
Denver Human Services

Project Name
Mobile Food Pantry at Arie P. Taylor

Project Background
Volunteers are needed to staff the Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food pantry. This project helps out communities where more food assistance is needed.

Dates and Locations
All at the Arie P. Taylor
4685 Peoria St.
Denver, CO 80239 (Montbello)

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Volunteer Hours
4 hours, 7:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Please arrive by 7:15 a.m.

Onsite Parking?
Yes

Nearest RTD Stops
Peoria St. and Albrook Dr.

Duties Performed
Unload and break down pallets.
Stock tables with food items
Help customers load food into their vehicles

Level of Physical Demand
Moderate

Recommended Team Size
6-10 Employees

Dress Code
Sneakers/Close-Toed Shoes
Long Pants/Long Sleeves
Comfortable Clothes/Casual Attire that can get dirty

What to Bring
A face covering, water, sunglasses, comfortable shoes, gloves, weather-appropriate clothing

Items Provided
None

Volunteer Training Time Needed?
Yes - 10 minutes

Department/Agency
Denver Human Services

Project Name
Mobile Food Pantry at Sun Valley

Project Background
Volunteers are needed to staff the Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food pantry. This project helps out communities where more food assistance is needed.

Dates and Locations
All at Sun Valley
1701 Bryant Street
Denver, CO 80204

  • Monday, October 26, 2020
  • Monday, November 23, 2020
  • Monday, December 28, 2020

Volunteer Hours
4 Hours, 7:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Please arrive by 7:15 a.m.

Onsite Parking?
Yes

Nearest RTD Stops
Decatur / Federal Station or Empower Field at Mile High light rail station

Duties Performed
Unload and break down pallets.
Stock tables with food items
Help customers load food into their vehicles

Level of Physical Demand
Moderate

Recommended Team Size
6-10 Employees

Dress Code
Sneakers/Close-Toed Shoes
Long Pants/Long Sleeves
Comfortable Clothes/Casual Attire that can get dirty

What to Bring
A face covering, water, sunglasses, comfortable shoes, gloves, weather-appropriate clothing

Items Provided
None

Volunteer Training Time Needed?
Yes - 10 minutes

Department/Agency
Denver Human Services

Project Name
Mobile Food Pantry at DHS East

Project Background
Volunteers are needed to staff the Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food pantry. This project helps out communities where more food assistance is needed.

Dates and Locations
All at the Denver Human Services East
3815 Steele Street
Denver, CO 80205

  • Friday, October 16, 2020
  • Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Friday, December 18, 2020

Volunteer Hours
4 Hours, 7:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Please arrive by 7:15 a.m.

Onsite Parking?
Yes

Nearest RTD Stops
MLK & Steele Street

Duties Performed
Unload and break down pallets.
Stock tables with food items
Help customers load food into their vehicles

Level of Physical Demand
Moderate

Recommended Team Size
6-10 Employees

Dress Code
Sneakers/Close-Toed Shoes
Long Pants/Long Sleeves
Comfortable Clothes/Casual Attire that can get dirty

What to Bring
A face covering, water, sunglasses, comfortable shoes, gloves, weather-appropriate clothing

Items Provided
None

Volunteer Training Time Needed?
Yes - 10 minutes

 

Helping Our Community

Department/Agency
Denver Parks and Recreation leading project. This is for OHR staff only.

Project Name
Cherry Creek Clean Up

Project Background
To support the Department of Parks and Recreation clean up park since volunteerism is down from previous year.

Dates and Locations
Friday, August 14, 2020, 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
3800 Cherry Creek S. Drive

Volunteer Hours
4 Hours

Onsite Parking?
Yes

Nearest RTD Stops
S Colorado Blvd & Cherry Creek N Dr.
S Steele St & Ellsworth Ave.

Duties Performed
Pick up and remove trash along the Cherry Creek trail.

Level of Physical Demand
Low

Recommended Team Size
16-20+ Employees

Dress Code
Sneakers/Close-toed shoes. Please wear sunscreen.

What to Bring
Be sure to wear your face covering (and practice physical distancing). Also bring gloves and water bottle.

Items Provided
Trash bags and trash picker uppers

Volunteer Training Time Needed?
Yes

 
 

 

Employee Volunteers
Doing Good

Recent Volunteer Commitments


Olivia A., Denver Police Department - Mobile Feed Pantry at Castro

Jessica E., Enver International Airport - Mobile Food Pantry at Arie P. Taylor

Michael F., Technology Services - Mobile Food Pantry at Castro

Katie H., Denver International Airport - Mobile Food Pantry at Arie P. Taylor

James K., Denver International Airport - Mobile Food Pantry at Arie P. Taylor

Branden S., Denver International Airport - Mobile Food Pantry at Arie P. Taylor

Kathie S., Denver International Airport - Mobile Food Pantry at Airie P. Taylor

Sanda W., Denver International Airport - Mobile Food Pantry at Arie P. Taylor

Questions & Answers

  • City and County of Denver Career Service employees
  • Full time employees only - part-time/limited/or on-call employees are ineligible to take part in the program
  • Employees who have completed their six-month new hire probationary period
  • One (1) eight-hour day; or
  • Two (2) four-hour periods over two days
  • Hours must be used within the calendar year and cannot be carried-over into following year

Exempt full-time, unlimited Career Service employees should enter their Denver Good Deeds volunteer project hours into Kronos using code ALV – Good Deeds.

Non-exempt full-time, unlimited Career Service employees must ask their supervisors to add their volunteer project hours into Kronos using the code, ALV – Good Deeds.

Team Captain has the following responsibilities prior to the project date:

  • Coordinating with the OHR Denver Good Deeds Program Administrator who will supply you with the following materials:
    • Denver Good Deeds T-Shirts
    • 311 business cards
    • Attendance sheet for your team
    • Waivers and emergency contacts for each member of your team
    • Day-of responsibilities checklist
  • Coordinating with your team for transportation (e.g. if two employees are coming from the same agency, will they carpool?)
  • Sending motivating reminder emails to your team as your project date approaches
  • Reminding your team of supplies they need to bring, if required

Day-Of Responsibilities:

  • Taking attendance and communicating absences to the OHR Program Administrator
  • Leading a quick “ice-breaker” for the team to make introductions, if necessary
  • Handing out 311 cards freely to any interested community members
  • Reporting any injuries to the OUCH line and OHR Program Administrator immediately following an incident, and contacting emergency contact if necessary
  • Overall being enthusiastic and encouraging to your team throughout the project!

No.

No. Please work with your supervisor to ensure that your volunteer time will not result in overtime.

No.

You must notify your direct supervisor at least two weeks before the date of the volunteer project that you would like to participate in. Approval is at the discretion of your direct supervisor.

While we encourage volunteering at your favorite charity on the weekends or during non-working hours, the only projects approved for paid volunteer time during the work week can be found on the Denver Good Deeds website. If you have an idea for a volunteer project, you can submit it through the form on the webpage. 

While we encourage volunteering with DEVO or at your favorite charity on the weekends or during non-working hours, the only approved uses for paid volunteer time can be found on the Denver Good Deeds website. If you are looking to volunteer without pay, check out DEVO’s website to sign up for their volunteer list and look for upcoming events.

Yes! You will be placed with a team of other City and County of Denver employees and notified of your team by the assigned Team Captain. 

Unless otherwise stated, all volunteer participants are expected to wear their Denver Good Deeds T-shirts which will be supplied to your Team Captain. In general, be prepared for the day and the environment:

  • Wear appropriate clothing for work and weather
  • Wear sturdy footwear. No open toed-shoes
  • Wear sunscreen and/or hat when appropriate
  • Bring work gloves if necessary
  • Bring your lunch and/or snacks. You will have a break for lunch, and you are also able to pick-up lunch near your project site. Feel free to bring a cooler for water.
  • Be sure to eat a good breakfast on the day-of the project
  • Bring a filled water bottle to stay hydrated
  • Bring any personal medications. Employees who have specific health or emergency needs such as allergic reactions to plants or insect bites should note them on their registration form. This will help determine what action to take.

The main priority at any volunteer project is the safety of all participants. To ensure that your group has a fun and safe experience, please review the safety tips below.

General Safety

  • Make sure to take breaks throughout the day
  • Report any injuries/fatigue immediately to the Team Captain
  • Team Captain will be supplied with each volunteer’s waiver and emergency contact information in case of emergency
  • Team Captain will contact the OUCH line if further assistance is needed

Site Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings, don’t work alone
  • Watch for hazardous footing, uneven surfaces, slippery banks, tripping hazards
  • Watch for hazardous vegetation weeds, tall grasses, poison ivy, etc
  • Be aware of park users, especially bicyclists on trails
  • Be aware of waste hazards, glass, needles, empty containers, etc., always sweep rake or shovel glass. Never pick up sharp objects with your hands.
  • NEVER TOUCH NEEDLES! Notify the Team Captain immediately
  • Do not reach into “blind” areas with bare hands
  • Cross streets at signals or crosswalks
  • When working in or around a gutter, work from the sidewalk
  • Do not get near homeless camps. Do not dispose of their belongings

Tool Safety

  • Always carry tools at your side with the most dangerous part turned down
  • Keep a safe distance when carrying tools, an arm and tool length apart
  • Never play with tools
  • Never swing a tool higher than your shoulder
  • Be aware of those around you, both tool users and non-users
  • Store your tool properly, in a central location, not scattered around
  • Use the proper tool for each task 

If you will be driving to the volunteer site from a city work location, or to a city work location from the volunteer site, you need to be authorized to drive for city business. Visit the Mileage And Parking Reimbursement page on DenverHub for details.

Denver Goods Deeds Employee Volunteer Program is limited to current full-time, unlimited Career Service City and County of Denver employees who have successfully completed their probationary period are eligible to participate in this program in accordance with the parameters set forth in Career Service Rule 9-80 (PDF).

Non-city employees are not welcome to participate in Denver Good Deeds projects alongside city employees. Residents/non-employees are encouraged to find other city volunteer opportunities online.

Questions & Answers