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The Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (CCESL) leads the campus in embracing the University of Denver's commitment of "being a great private university dedicated to the public good". The DU Volunteer database is one piece of our work to educate, engage, and equip the campus community to accomplish tangible, public work that improves the lives of people in our communities.

Students - Use the search feature to find Volunteer Opportunities. Once you've completed your Volunteer Opportunity, login to report your hours.

Community Partners -Create a Community Partner Profile and list your Volunteer Opportunities. Opportunities will then be available for DU students, faculty, and staff to view and select.

University of Denver

Statistics

  • Total Active Opportunities: 38
  • Total Active Community Partners: 847

Featured Opportunities:

Peak Steward

Through CFI’s “Peak Stewards” program, volunteers play a vital role in educating Fourteener hikers about Leave No Trace practices designed to minimize on-the-ground resource impacts. Talks at education and outreach events, including REI’s “How to Climb a 14er” clinics, reach hikers before they leave town. Peak Stewards also serve as ambassadors in the field, contacting hikers while climbing Fourteeners to reinforce Leave No Trace practices, as well as monitoring visitor actions for the Forest Service. Volunteers undergo a thorough one-day training program before being deployed to the peaks or community talks. A day of classroom training covers background information about alpine plants and animals, Forest Service visitor regulations, Leave No Trace practices developed specifically for the high-alpine Fourteeners, and visitor contact skills. Classroom training is followed by a day of field training, so volunteers can put theory into practice. Once trained, Peak Stewards commit to spending four days per season making contact with hikers out in the field or doing outreach events. Volunteers can choose when and where they work, but are encouraged to devote attention to high-use Front Range peaks on heavily used summer weekends.

Agency: Colorado Fourteeners Initiative | date posted: Mar 7, 2018 | date to expire: Oct 1, 2018 |

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Current Opportunities:

+  Guatemala: Mobile Dental Clinic in the Mayan Highlands

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Student volunteers will have the opportunity to serve as Dental Assistants, instruct kids in best practices for dental hygiene, and/or optimize clinic flow, all while working closely with children in need. Volunteers work in teams of 15-20, including dentists, hygienists and non-medically trained volunteers. In a typical week-long dental clinic, around 600 underprivileged children will receive quality dental care.

Agency: Global Dental Relief | date posted: Oct 15, 2014 | date to expire: Jan 1, 2021 |

+  India: Mobile Dental Clinic in the Himalayas

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Student volunteers will have the opportunity to serve as Dental Assistants, instruct kids in best practices for dental hygiene, and/or optimize clinic flow, all while working closely with children in need. Volunteers work in teams of 15-20, including dentists, hygienists and non-medically trained volunteers. In a typical week-long dental clinic, around 600 underprivileged children will receive quality dental care.

Agency: Global Dental Relief | date posted: Oct 15, 2014 | date to expire: Jan 1, 2021 |

+  ReStore Volunteer

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Join our ReStore staff for a morning or afternoon of helping customers, assisting our drivers as they pick up donations or organizing the ReStore warehouse dock, yard, and floor. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to work hard and be apart of Habitat's mission.

Agency: Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver | date posted: Nov 6, 2013 | date to expire: Jul 1, 2020 |

+  Be Part of Ending Hunger In Your Community

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Metro Caring is Denver's leading hunger relief organization and volunteers play a vital role in our success. We have several flexible volunteer opportunities for you. Specifically volunteer are welcome to serve as a warehouse or market assistant.

- Market Assistant: This position will help participants select food items while they shop in our market. It is a customer service focused position and is great for volunteers who want to interact with participants.

- Warehouse Assistant: Volunteers in our warehouse will help will help inspect, clean, sort and box food donation deliverers. This area does not require heavy lifting. Great experience for group who want to work together.

Agency: Metro Caring | date posted: Oct 6, 2015 | date to expire: Jan 1, 2019 |

+  Bingo Volunteer

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We are seeking volunteers to support our weekly charity bingo games. This fun and fast paced opportunity involves selling games and helping to run our games. You have the chance to support our shelter while working with a great group of people.

Agency: Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue | date posted: Aug 9, 2017 | date to expire: Dec 31, 2018 |

+  Bingo Volunteer

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We are seeking volunteers to help support our weekly charity bingo games. We need people to help us sell and run our games which are our primary fundraising source. This is a fun and fast paced opportunity with a great group of people.

Our bingo volunteers sell bingo cards, sell a variety of scratch ticket type games, and help to verify and pay winners. You will need to be able to make change and can expect to do a lot of walking.

Our bingo games are every Monday and Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Agency: Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue | date posted: Sep 6, 2017 | date to expire: Dec 31, 2018 |

+  Kaiser Permanente Clinic Volunteer

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-Read to children in pediatric department waiting room -Provide guidance to patients in clinic -Help patients with check-in process or other needs/inquiries -Administrative duties as assigned by clinic administrative staff

Agency: Kaiser Permanente | date posted: Nov 29, 2017 | date to expire: Dec 31, 2018 |

+  Become a hospice companion!

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Our volunteers provide a multitude of services for our patients so we are accepting companions, musicians, massage therapists, cosmetologists, pets with therapy licenses, and more. We serve communities from Boulder to Castle Rock -- we can find you a companion who is close to home!

Agency: Suncrest Hospice Volunteer Program | date posted: Nov 30, 2017 | date to expire: Dec 31, 2018 |

+  Extreme Teams, Photography Team

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The Photography Team will communicate stories and create memories that happen during Work Days through taking photos of residents and volunteers. These photos will be used for website, print, and video communication, as well as social media. Each group photo is also turned into a personalized thank you postcard for each volunteer and resident, so a process is in place to make this possible.

Agency: Extreme Community Makeover | date posted: Jan 25, 2018 | date to expire: Dec 31, 2018 |

+  Extreme Teams, Video Team

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The Video Team will communicate the stories that happen during Work Days through capturing videos of residents and volunteers working together on projects, as well as shooting direct interviews. These videos will be used for blog posts, social media, and other types of communication.

Agency: Extreme Community Makeover | date posted: Jan 25, 2018 | date to expire: Dec 31, 2018 |

+  Extreme Teams, Logistics Team

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The Logistics Team will assist with allowing Work Days to run more smoothly through using check-in sheets generated from the liability forms once volunteers arrive and project lists for all volunteer groups. Setting-up, selling t-shirts, making sure liability forms are complete at check-in, overseeing lunch preparations, cleaning-up, and helping with any other tasks that arise during Work Days are also part of the responsibilities.

Agency: Extreme Community Makeover | date posted: Jan 25, 2018 | date to expire: Dec 31, 2018 |

+  Survey Team

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The Survey Team will include bilingual speakers to help translate during projects with our Spanish speaking neighbors. This team will also initiate relationships with community residents through being part of the Survey Day and being a resource to the groups as they are out knocking on doors to identify projects since team members will be familiar with how to approach these conversations.

Agency: Extreme Community Makeover | date posted: Feb 16, 2018 | date to expire: Dec 31, 2018 |

+  Communications Team

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The Communications Team will tell stories through talking to residents and volunteers during Work Days in order to learn about their experience with ECM and offer a glimpse into the work being done and relationships being formed. The team member will come up with a blog post after each Work Day, which could be a written article, photo article, video, or combination of all of the above, within 3-5 days after the Work Day is complete.

Agency: Extreme Community Makeover | date posted: Feb 16, 2018 | date to expire: Dec 31, 2018 |

+  Fundraising Team

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The Fundraising Team will assist with fundraising events. The goal on Work Days will be to a build relationship with the Group Leader by serving as a resource to them throughout the day, while trying to facilitate further fundraising opportunities after the Work Day. Team members will connect with local businesses in the communities where we volunteer, and individual volunteers, in order to identify donors and financial partners for future Work Days.

Agency: Extreme Community Makeover | date posted: Feb 16, 2018 | date to expire: Dec 31, 2018 |

+  Hospice Companion

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Serving and companioning others during the end of life is a profoundly rewarding experience. At Encompass Hospice. we have a team of dedicated professionals and volunteers who know the wonder, awe, beauty, grief, and joy that can be felt when we walk with families and patients during one of the most profound times of their lives.

We are always seeking volunteers who believe in holistic care for the whole person - emotional, medical, spiritual, and social. Our volunteers do everything from deep listening, to facilitating life review, to helping keep a safe and comfortable home by helping with small chores. Patients may be in private homes, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, or independent living.

Our volunteers are an integral part of each patient's team, including a doctor, a nurse, a social worker, a certified nursing assistant, and a chaplain. Your input and contribution to the patient's care is invaluable to us as we assist people in their journey towards death and the completion of life. We also welcome volunteers who would like to support the mission of Hospice with administrative work - writing condolence cards, after-death bereavement paperwork, and more.

Each volunteer is given 8 hours of training and will be asked to visit at least one patient, at least every two weeks, for 1-2 hours, though visits can be more often if appropriate for the patient and family. We request that volunteers be willing to commit at least 6-12 months of service.

Interested in learning if this is the right fit for you? Contact Cindy Pincus, Volunteer Coordinator, at 303-940-9999 or cpincus@ehhi.com for more information about requirements, education, or other options.

Agency: Encompass Hospice | date posted: Mar 26, 2018 | date to expire: Dec 31, 2018 |

+  Student Ambassador or Improve Policies for Kids

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Agency: save the children action network | date posted: Nov 30, 2017 | date to expire: Nov 14, 2018 |

+  Peak Steward

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Through CFI’s “Peak Stewards” program, volunteers play a vital role in educating Fourteener hikers about Leave No Trace practices designed to minimize on-the-ground resource impacts. Talks at education and outreach events, including REI’s “How to Climb a 14er” clinics, reach hikers before they leave town. Peak Stewards also serve as ambassadors in the field, contacting hikers while climbing Fourteeners to reinforce Leave No Trace practices, as well as monitoring visitor actions for the Forest Service. Volunteers undergo a thorough one-day training program before being deployed to the peaks or community talks. A day of classroom training covers background information about alpine plants and animals, Forest Service visitor regulations, Leave No Trace practices developed specifically for the high-alpine Fourteeners, and visitor contact skills. Classroom training is followed by a day of field training, so volunteers can put theory into practice. Once trained, Peak Stewards commit to spending four days per season making contact with hikers out in the field or doing outreach events. Volunteers can choose when and where they work, but are encouraged to devote attention to high-use Front Range peaks on heavily used summer weekends.

Agency: Colorado Fourteeners Initiative | date posted: Mar 7, 2018 | date to expire: Oct 1, 2018 |

+  Impact volunteers

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Volunteers might help us set up and work at various events through out the year, write letters to the editor about campaign issues, help gather petition signatures for campaign, and build coalitions on campus

Agency: Impact! | date posted: Sep 23, 2016 | date to expire: Aug 31, 2018 |

+  Peer Mentors for Social Skills Instruction

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Volunteers will socialize within structured activities with our clients who have developmental disabilities to model and reinforce skills related to socialization.

Agency: Yellow Bird Community Center, LLC | date posted: Aug 15, 2017 | date to expire: Aug 31, 2018 |

+  Special Olympics Coach

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The Special Olympics Coach will coach up to six adults with developmental disabilities to compete in quarterly regional competitions.

Agency: Yellow Bird Community Center, LLC | date posted: Aug 15, 2017 | date to expire: Aug 31, 2018 |

+  Collegian Ambassador Volunteer Program

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DEN is looking for college students to help passengers with wayfinding and provide general airport information while welcoming people to this great city, state and region. Orientation, training, parking and a hip uniform from Spyder will be provided.

Agency: Denver International Airport | date posted: Oct 2, 2017 | date to expire: Aug 31, 2018 |

+  Mentor

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REVEL mentors are energetic, positive role models to their peers with autism and who help provide guidance and a fun time for our REVELers at The Lounge. Mentors are the heart of our community by inspiring the group to try new adventures and build meaningful relationships. We rock climb, cook, work out, play music and much more!

All mentors are required to go through REVEL’s mentor training process and must pass a background check. Mentors will be closely supervised and supported throughout their time at REVEL.

Agency: REVEL | date posted: Nov 29, 2017 | date to expire: Aug 31, 2018 |

+  Mentors Wanted for Program with Teens and Adults with Autism!!

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Want to make a difference and have fun doing it?! Join REVEL and become a mentor today! REVEL is a local nonprofit that creates a community where teens and adults on the autism spectrum and their peers belong.

We are looking for passionate, dedicated individuals to volunteer their time and talents. Our programs include; exercise, creativity in the arts, cooking, employment, social skills, and much more! If you have a passion in any of these areas, or simply want to hang out and have a good time, REVEL is the place for you!

SchoolYearHours = Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri from 3:00pm - 5:30pm

SummerHours = Begin June 2, 2016; Mon through Fri 10:00am - 4:00pm

Change someone's life, and yours. REVEL. Life Inspired.

Agency: REVEL | date posted: Mar 22, 2018 | date to expire: Aug 20, 2018 |

+  Summer Volunteer Programs In Thailand For 2018

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The Summer Volunteer Program is perfectly suitable for the first timers as well as experienced adventurers alike, who wish to explore Thailand responsibly. be a part of the program and enjoy a bustling weekend in Bangkok where you will see the best sights, experience the fun-filled nightlife and help support the city’s underprivileged communities.

Watch the countryside roll by as you travel towards the Elephant Capital, Surin. Here, you will discover the importance of Surin’s beautiful Silk trade and then get some amazing ‘face to trunk’ time, living amongst the elephants as part of one of Thailand’s friendliest communities. Spend quality time with the mahouts (caretakers of elephants) and know more about their daily lives.

Before heading back to Bangkok, it’s time to challenge yourself by trekking through one of Thailand’s most beautiful national parks in a true Indiana Jones style! You'll then be back to Bangkok to bid a sad farewell – or maybe not? If you’re not ready to leave just yet, why not join us for another 7-days' party on the beautiful beaches of Koh Phangan!

The exciting joyride in Thailand is calling all high school/ college students, gap year travelers, and backpackers! Visit: https://www.volunteeringsolutions.com/thailand/summer-volunteer-thailand

Agency: Volunteering Solutions | date posted: Nov 2, 2017 | date to expire: Jul 31, 2018 |

+  Peer Mentor

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Yellow Bird’s Peer Mentor Program is looking for volunteers to serve as peer mentors to clients in the program. Volunteers model appropriate social skills needed for everyday life while serving as a safe space for clients to practice learned skills.

Agency: Yellow Bird Community Center, LLC | date posted: Nov 18, 2017 | date to expire: Jul 2, 2018 |

+  Caring Companions for Hospice Patients

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Our volunteers commit to spending quality time weekly with a person facing the end of life's journey. They can read together, sing, talk, play games or sit together in silence.

Agency: Brookdale Hospice | date posted: Jul 20, 2017 | date to expire: Jul 1, 2018 |

+  Parenting Time Program

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If you enjoy children and would like to be active with a dynamic team of social service providers, this may be the perfect fit for you!

Agency: Family Tree | date posted: Jun 15, 2017 | date to expire: Jun 30, 2018 |

+  ASL Interpreter

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The Delores Project is Denver’s largest provider of safe, comfortable shelter and individualized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Our model of service is one of hospitality, respect and regard for the dignity of each guest. We have seen an increase in demand for services from the deaf community. As communication is so critical in shelter services, we are seeking someone to assist in facilitating communication between staff and guests as well as guest to guest communication. Primary Responsibilities • Provide translation services during our twice weekly house meeting (Tuesdays and Fridays 7 pm to 8 pm). • We operate from 5 pm to 8 am Monday through Friday, and 24 hours on the weekend. If the volunteer desires, more time can be spent in the shelter to provide for communication between guests. • Maintain confidentiality of the shelter.

Agency: The Delores Project | date posted: Jun 27, 2017 | date to expire: Jun 27, 2018 |

+  Children's Meditation Class Educator Assistant

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Help with setting up the class. Assist with activities during class.

Agency: Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado | date posted: Aug 13, 2017 | date to expire: Jun 20, 2018 |

+  Administrative Support Volunteer

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Administrative Support volunteers share their time and organizational talents with our office staff providing customer service, communication assistance and overall team support.

Agency: Brookdale Hospice | date posted: Jul 20, 2017 | date to expire: May 31, 2018 |

+  Kayak & Rock Climbing Volunteer Instructors needed at the National Sports Center for the Disabled

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The NSCD is looking for volunteers for the following programs in the Denver/Metro area!

• Indoor Kayaking – Indoor kayaking volunteers are needed every Monday from 6:30-8:30PM, with a first-time volunteer training held directly beforehand (6-6:30PM). Volunteers will learn about our adaptive equipment and teach disabled participants how to launch, put on life jackets, and the different strokes.

• Paddle Sports – Volunteers teach kayak, canoe, and stand up paddle board progressions for all ability levels to children and adults with various disabilities. Paddle Sports Programs are held outdoors, and generally run weekdays from 5-8PM or 9AM-4PM, though exact dates and times can vary. First time volunteers can attend the Monday night indoor kayak training, or schedule a separate training with the program coordinator.

• Indoor/Outdoor Rock Climbing – Volunteers provide a fun experience while passing along the skills instrumental to being a successful climber. Indoor programs are hosted at the Denver PAL Club, while outdoor programs are held at Clear Creek Canyon. Programs usually take place Monday through Friday in mornings and afternoons, though exact dates and times can vary.

• Sports Clinics/Camps – Volunteers participate in a variety of activities, educational experiences and specialized camps, which are often a partnership with Denver professional sports teams. Volunteers engage students and impart sports tips and techniques throughout lesson. Most opportunities take place on weekdays in the morning or early afternoon.

Agency: National Sports Center for the Disabled | date posted: Jul 26, 2017 | date to expire: May 31, 2018 |

+  School Garden Cultivator

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Volunteers through the School Garden Cultivator program work with students, schools and local communities to cultivate gardeners, grow food and nourish community. Volunteers accomplish this by providing support to the Garden to Cafeteria, Youth Farm Stand and Healthy Seedlings programs throughout diverse communities in Metro Denver.

Agency: Denver Urban Gardens | date posted: Mar 21, 2018 | date to expire: May 31, 2018 |

+  Educational

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Assist teachers and staff in with various responsibilities throughout the school.

Agency: Accelerated Schools | date posted: Mar 8, 2018 | date to expire: May 25, 2018 |

+  Front Desk Volunteer

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We are looking for volunteers who can answer the phone, greet clients, and answer any questions about our organization and other resources available to LGBT people in Colorado. We also have positions working with some of our social groups.

Agency: The Gender Identity Center of Colorado | date posted: Apr 4, 2017 | date to expire: May 1, 2018 |

+  Tutor a Child, Change a Life

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Tutors meet with the same student for 1 hour each week to build foundational literacy skills and the confidence that they can succeed in school.

Agency: Reading Partners Colorado | date posted: May 10, 2017 | date to expire: Apr 30, 2018 |

+  Associate Board Member

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Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado has immediate openings for volunteers to serve on the Associate Board. Join us in supporting this organization where rescued animals work alongside mental health therapists to help children, teenagers, adults, and families find healing. This is an incredible opportunity to build your resume with Board of Director's experience while expanding your network and developing leadership and practical nonprofit management skills. This is a new board whose primary responsibilities will be assisting the Board of Directors with fundraising and Capital Campaign development. Come make a difference with us!

Agency: Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado | date posted: Mar 22, 2018 | date to expire: Apr 30, 2018 |

+  MS Adult Prom

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Parking attendant Guest Relations checking tickets, collecting money, checking wristbands Raffle/Silent auction - collecting money gathering tickets for raffle, walking around with donation buckets, collecting contact info from bidders Security - checking ID's, keeping count of guest, make sure donation buckets are not messed with, remove any guest that are being a problem, make sure only VIP guest go into VIP area. Floater - make sure cups, plates, napkins, silver are stocked for guest. Restock bid sheets for silent auction if they get filled. Empty donation buckets if they get filled. Food - restock food as it gets low, serve food, assist food vendors. Decorating - decorate and setup prior to the event. Street Team - distribute print material, pick up donated items, shopping for items we may need. Deliver prizes to guest that were not at the event to claim them. Office Assistant - send out thank you's to sponsors and VIP guest, collect data, data entry, email campaigns. Multi Media - Graphic design & Web Design Photography - take pictures at our events Videographer - get video footage of events for promotional material

Agency: MSterious Miracles | date posted: Jul 28, 2017 | date to expire: Apr 28, 2018 |

+  Denver Digs Trees Distribution Week Opportunities

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Our big annual Denver Digs Trees distribution day is happening on Sat. April 21st. There are a number of fun and exciting ways folks can be involved that day, and also throughout the surrounding week. Depending on the size of your group, some of these may be a better fit than others. Here's an overview of various opportunities:

• Tree Unloading Day - Weds April 18th from 8am to ~4pm. On this exciting day, over 1,000 new trees arrive from the nurseries and we need all the help we can get to unload them from trucks and organize them at our two distribution locations: City Park and Sloan's Lake. Free snacks and good karma included!

• Early Pick-Up Day - Fri April 20th from 7:30am to 10:30am. Volunteers help staff a mini pre-distribution for applicants who are unable to pick up their trees on Sat. Diggers (volunteer planting crews) will also be picking up their trees to get a jump start on their planting routes the next morning. Let the games begin!

• Denver Digs Trees Distribution Day - Sat April 21st from 7am to ~noon. Almost better that Christmas... this day hundreds of excited Denver residents come to pick up their shiny new trees and plant them in the community. It's so fulfilling to help send a virtual forest of baby trees out to their new homes!

o Volunteers fill a variety of on-site roles at both distribution sites (City Park and Sloan's Lake) to make sure everyone leaves with the right tree(s), plenty of mulch, planting & care info, and a smile on their face. Free snacks and good karma included!

o Volunteer Digger Crews are also dispatched across the entire city to help deliver and plant trees for applicants who are physically unable to do so themselves. These crews are comprised of a volunteer crew leader (training provided) and their diggers; each crew will be provided with a route of clustered planting addresses, instructions, and tools if they need them. Training is provided.

• Denver Digs Trees Yard and Fruit Tree Sale - Sat April 21st from 11am to ~4pm. In conjunction with distribution day, we are also pleased to host our annual tree sale offering a variety of fruiting, flowering, and shade trees at both distribution sites. These trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis and anyone is welcome to come shop this sale regardless of where they live. It's a great opportunity for non Denver residents to get discounted trees and for people to choose from additional tree species for planting on private property. Volunteers will fill a variety of on-site roles and help us clean up after the sale concludes.

• Denver Digs Trees Extension Sales on Sun April 22nd - 12:30pm to 4:30pm and Mon April 23rd - 7:45am to 10:15am. No trees left behind! After distribution day, we host Extension Tree Sales at City Park in order to find homes for any unclaimed trees that remain after the big day. We will also have a certain number of fruit and flowering trees available. Tree handlers and cashiers needed.

Agency: The Park People | date posted: Mar 27, 2018 | date to expire: Apr 21, 2018 |

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