This time of year is all about giving thanks and spending time with those we love. Even though many of us give throughout the year, these wintry months often offer an opportunity for people to dig a little deeper with their time and money. With so many fantastic non-profits out there, these are just a few ways to get involved.
Circle of Care Project is an organization that connects older adults to arts, education and social activities. They work to provide accessibility to arts, social, educational, and other activities to the elderly, senior facility residents, and other older adults with physical, cognitive, and financial difficulties. With a mission to make a positive impact on those who are aging, this is definitely a rewarding way to allocate your efforts at this time of year. Donate or sign up to volunteer to make an impact.
Another great volunteer opportunity is through CTRC, an organization devoted to serving those with disabilities. Through equine assisted activities, you can help work towards their mission by investing in the physical, social, and psychological well being of both children and adults with a wide range of special needs. CTRC provides multiple ways of getting involved including instructing lessons, supporting office staff, implementing fundraising or special events, and assisting with facility maintenance. They also accept financial contributions, wish list items and, if appropriate, donated horses . If you’re looking for a rewarding and hands-on experience, this is a great organization to join.
Children First of the Rockies strives to assist families in conflict or crisis better their lives while ensuring the safety and well-being of children affected. They specialize in working with families affected by domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness and divorce conflict. Through parental education and SAFE Services, this organization provides co-parenting classes, supervised parenting time and exchange services for when parents have shared custody of children but don’t feel comfortable meeting each other for the drop off or pick up. Give back by donating or supplying items on the charity’s “wishlist” this season.
EFAA works to provide those in need throughout our community with basic needs such as food and shelter along with the necessary skill set to be self sufficient and able to provide for themselves. With so many seeking assistance, this is a very satisfying way to designate your time. Donate needed supplies such as funds or food, or volunteer your time to help others through this organization. Volunteers can choose to work with adults or youth and open positions are available ranging from holiday volunteers to drivers, front desk personnel, after school programming and food related assistance.
The “I Have a Dream Foundation” works towards a mission of empowering and bettering the futures of underprivileged youth within our community. Through programs that assist with tutoring, mentoring, and providing cultural enrichment, “Dreamers” are able to progress and build a better future. With many volunteering opportunities like graphic designing, grant writing, IT support, mentoring and program volunteering available, this is a great way to get more involved within Boulder County. They also have various needs for Dreamer sponsorship and school supplies if that is your preference.
The goal of the OUR Center is to transform the lives of others by assisting them in becoming productive and self-sustaining individuals. Help others reach their goals by donating either your time or items to this philanthropic mission. Goods such as diapers, work attire, toiletries, kitchen items and food are in high demand. If you have time to donate, assistance with such tasks as clerical work, gardening, dishwashing, event planning and more are always appreciated.
With the colder winter months, the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is a community organization that needs extra support. They take pride in providing those suffering from homelessness in our community with food, shelter, and other assistance. Hundreds of people turn to this shelter for guidance and help with basic needs. Volunteers can assist with cooking, handing out supplies or supporting staff members. This organization also needs donations of money and goods such as sleeping bags, winter outerwear, toiletries, food and linens.