Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Opportunities In Our Community!

  • Mentoring Opportunities
  • Ongoing Opportunities (including Habitat for Humanity, Pitkin County Senior Services, Aspen Animal Shelter, and English in Action)
  • Upcoming Summer 2015 Opportunities 

  • ASC Department Volunteer Projects

    Over the course of the summer of 2014, ASC employees have participated in 18 company sponsored volunteer projects donating almost 1,200 hours to improve trails, build a home and ensure locals' bikes are well maintained. From June 2015 to May 2016 we are working to encourage employees to volunteer over 2,400 hours. If you'd like  to arrange a volunteer project for your department please email Matthew Hamilton

    Employees can also sign up for one or more of these seven ASC organized projects.  In addition to supporting your local community these projects are a great way to get to know your fellow employees. Space is limited on each of these projects. Please sign up in advance by emailing Matthew Hamilton. Details for each will be provided once you’ve signed up and closer to the project date. These volunteer projects don’t require prior experience.

    1. August 18th from 9-3: Help build a home with Habitat for Humanity in Basalt.  
    2. September 3rd from 9-4:  Build/maintain a trail with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers in the mid/upper valley. These projects include a hike to the project site.
    3. September 18th from 9-4:  Build/maintain a trail with United States Forest Service in the mid/upper valley. These projects include a hike to the project site.
    4. September 29th from 9-1:30: Pick up trash along Independence Pass where ASC has adopted 4 miles of highway. 

    Mentoring Opportunities

    The Buddy Program – – Become a Big Buddy and Make a Big Impact!

    You have a meaningful opportunity in front of you – to not only guide and inspire a youth today, but to transform their potential for tomorrow.  And, your impact can directly strengthen our community.  By giving a couple of hours, 3 to 4 times a month, you can give your Little Buddy the invaluable gift of friendship.  As a friend, you can provide guidance and opportunities for your Little Buddy to learn and grown.  By showing up, listening, and having fun, you can help change a young person’s perspective for the better.  Little Buddies are 6 – 18 years of age who are referred by teachers, counselors, or parents and are in need of companionship and encouragement.  Big Buddies are responsible, caring individuals who act as a positive role model and advocate for their Little Buddy. Volunteer requirements include full-time, year round residents who are capable of committing to consistent contact with their mentee for a minimum of 1 year.  The Buddy Program is especially looking for male mentors to work with children in the midvalley

    Two ways to get involved:

    • Community Program: Buddy Pairs meet 3 to 4 times per month in the community to take part in a variety of activities, including free Buddy Program sponsored activities, like fly-fishing and cooking classes. 
    • School-based Program:  Buddy Pairs meet weekly at the youth’s school.  This program is site-based and takes place during the academic year.

    Visit www.buddyprogram.org to fill out a volunteer inquiry form and volunteer with an award-winning mentoring organization. Watch this short video to get inspired: http://youtu.be/5kI8KL5_Gok

    Contact: Heather Hicks, Director of Recruitment, heather@buddyprogram.org or 970-920-2130.

    English in Action - English Tutoring
    1-2 hours a week in locations throughout the Valley

    Help mentor adult immigrants in their quest to learn English. No experience is necessary. You will make a big difference in someone's life, while building a stronger community and having fun! Our list of students waiting for a tutor is LONG, and your help is needed. Our community is stronger when we are more connected and when everyone has the skills they need to participate. We have two ways to volunteer:

    • Individual and Small Group Tutoring: We can match you with one student or a small group of 3-6 students at a time and location that works for you. Our students are all adults who want to learn English and meet English-speaking community members. Volunteer tutors meet for 1-2 hours a week. Minimum 6 month commitment. The first step is to attend an orientation training.
    • Open Hours: Thursdays - 6pm to 7:30pm. This is an informal English practice session held on Thursday nights at our office in El Jebel. We match groups of 1-4 students with a volunteer tutor for the 1.5 hours session. We are looking for volunteer tutors who are available to tutor one or more Thursdays a month and can commit to volunteer at least 6 times. We will offer you a short orientation prior to your first session. 
    Photo: Michele Cardamone

    For more information, please visit www.englishinaction.org or contact info@englishinaction.org or 970-963-9200.

    English in Action's next Tutor Orientation Training will be held on Wednesday, June 10th, from 5:30-8:30 PM at Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen. The address is 536 W. North St., Aspen in the meeting room downstairs. Join English in Action to learn more about what it means to tutor in their program, and get all the tools to get started with a student. Please RSVP to leah@englishinaction.org or call 970-963-9200.

    Additional orientation sessions will be held on

    • August 3rd, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in Basalt
    • October 7th, 2015 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in El Jebel
    • December 2nd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in Aspen

    Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley - Teaching Volunteers

    Volunteers throughout school year at local schools. Just 30-45 min/week for 5 or 6 weeks.

    Junior Achievement is an education non-profit that provides fun, interactive programs which focus on business/entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy and workforce readiness...and are taught by community volunteers in local K-12 classrooms.  Each volunteer is provided a program “kit” with all the materials he/she will need for the classroom, plus a Volunteer Guidebook that describes the EASY lesson plans.  The TOTAL time commitment for JA volunteers just 30-45 minutes per week for 5 or 6 weeks.  Volunteers can arrange their times/dates with the teacher to fit their schedule and can commit to once a week; two times one week and three the next; or all in one week…whatever works best.  The volunteer kit is so user-friendly that volunteers don't need prior teaching experience in a classroom setting to make a meaningful impact in students’ lives.  If you'd like more information, please contact Laura Seay at Laura.Seay@ja.org or visit www.jaroaringfork.com

    Read with Me at Aspen Elementary School
    Weekly for 1-2 hours throughout the school year. 1 year commitment.

    A new community reading program through Aspen Elementary School.  We target students who would benefit from 1 on 1 direct adult support in reading.  We focus on reading skills, comprehension and fluency. Adult volunteers from the Aspen community will give 1-2 hours a week reading with these students.  High school Juniors and Seniors will also be volunteering for this program. For more information.

    4-6 hours/week or occasional need for guest speakers.

    YouthEntity is a community and youth development initiative dedicated to helping youth succeed, no matter what they want to do when they grow up. Our goal is to engage and empower youth to discover their potential by providing real-world learning experiences. Through our programs, youth see how their collective efforts play out in real life, building their self confidence and providing an authentic source of hope for their futures. For more information.

    In YouthEntity's "My Career. My Life." program, middle school students learn and grow in job internships matched to their personalities. YouthEntity needs volunteer coaches to work with groups of 10-12 students for 1.5 hours on 8 consecutive Wednesdays (Nov/Dec or Jan/Feb). Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs Middle School locations. Share what you know! Watch the video below for more info and contact Heather Hicks at 379-5608 or heather@youthentity.org.

    Youthzone - PALS Mentoring
    2-3 hours/week. Minimum commitment 1 week.

    Pals is a voluntary one-on-one mentoring program. Our program focuses on providing young people with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement, positive role modeling, and activities. Volunteer mentors are 16 years of age or older. Youth in the program can be from K-8th grade. Both volunteers and youth go through a thorough interview and our mentors are all screened and trained. A mentor match is made according to activity interests, personality traits, individual likes and dislikes, and location. For more information.

    Ongoing Opportunities

    Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV)

    Custom Group Project – Aspen to Glenwood

    If a group of at least 6-8 volunteers would like to volunteer together, a custom group project could be organized with 10-14 days’ advance notice. Projects can take place down-valley or in town, ranging from the Wulfsohn Trail to the Ute Trail. Contact Matt Hamilton if interested. Let him know how many people you would have, whether it would be a full-day or half-day, where you’d like to be, and he will coordinate a project with RFOV. 

    Habitat for Humanity – Locations in Glenwood Springs and Basalt
    Monday-Saturday, 10am-2pm & 2pm-5pm  

    Volunteers needed at any of the three location to help the staff with merchandise organization, sales, customer service, boutique design layout, answering phones, and/or data entry. Call Geneva Farr at 309-3088 or email at volunteer.habitat@gmail.com to volunteer.

    Habitat for Humanity – Home Building in Carbondale and Basalt!
    Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays – 9am to 3pm

    Local families have been chosen to work and earn homes being built in Carbondale, CO. Be a part of building strong families by volunteering your time with Habitat staff and Habitat homeowners! No prior experience is necessary. All volunteers will need to sign a waiver form, view a Safety video, and do a job site walk through to ensure a fun and safe experience while volunteering.  Sign up here. To volunteer contact Habitat's volunteer coordinator at volunteer.habitat@gmail.com. Read more about the families you'll be working with in Carbondale

    Aspen Animal Shelter
    Daily, 7am – 6pm at 101 Animal Shelter Road, Aspen, CO 81611

    Individual volunteers are welcomed daily to help walk the dogs, brush the cats, or wash the bowls. Larger groups should call ahead. For more information check out their website at www.dogsaspen.com. If interested call 970-544-0206. (Please Note: ASC Volunteer benefit hours may be broken down into increments as small as half an hour).

    Pitkin County Senior Services - Home Delivered Meals
    Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday - 11:45am to 12:45pm

    Help deliver meals to home bound seniors or qualified disabled persons and visit with them to brighten their day. Volunteers need a vehicle with current insurance and meet at the Senior Center at 0275 Castle Creek Road, on the right just before the hospital. If interested please contact Mary Barbour by email at mary.barbour@pitkincounty.com  or by phone at 970-920-5432.

    Aspen Music Festival and School
    There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including but not limited to: 

  • Student Arrival – Greeters welcome students and direct them toward the Bucksbaum campus and their housing.
  • Registration Volunteers- help channel new arrivals through the busy registration process.
  • Lemonade Stand – set out and sell refreshments to concertgoers.
  • Gift Kiosk - Volunteers assist patrons in the selection and purchase of AMFS logo merchandise.
  • Music Ambassadors – greet and assist concertgoers as they arrive on the Benedict Music Tent campus.
  • Student Dinner Program – pairing area residents and students to share a home cooked meal.

    To volunteer, contact Diane Stine at dstine@aspenmusic.org or call 970-205-5074.

    Aspen Historical Society
    There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including but not limited to:

  • Special Events - Help with Time Travel Tuesdays Series, Ice Cream Social, Annual Holden/Marolt Hoedown, Chautauqua Aspen, or any of our many other events!
  • Photo Identification - Assist identifying photographs added to our collection, such as the Aspen Times Collections.
  • Facilities Engineer - Cleaning windows - Changing light bulbs - Paint touch ups - Early season clean ups  
  • Office Assistant - Help with office projects and AHS can always use clerical assistance!
  • Archives - For the dedicated history buff!
  • Wheeler/Stallard Museum docent - Assist visitors and enjoy being part of the team at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum.

    To volunteer, please contact Nina Gabianelli by email at nina@aspenhistory.org

    Thunder River Theatre Company
    Throughout the year at 67 Promenade, Downtown Carbondale

    Thunder River Theatre Company welcomes volunteers who want to be part of this wonderful collaborative art! Opportunities range from working on productions, outreach, set construction, working in the box office, help with costumes and running shows backstage. If interested in volunteering, please contact Lon Winston at lonw@sopris.net or by phone at 970-963-8200.

    Raising A Reader Volunteer Readers
    15-30 minutes on a monthly basis, weekly or bi-weekly at preschools throughout the valley.

    We are looking for volunteers to read on a regular basis to our valley preschools, from Rifle to Aspen, as part of our Raising A Reader team.  We know from the research that reading aloud can play a critical role in helping young children develop the language skills, curiosity, love of knowledge, and early literacy skills necessary for success in kindergarten and in life. Reading builds brains – quite literally.  If interested in volunteering please contact Tori at tori@rar4kids.org or by phone at 970-230-9117.

    Susan G. Komen for the Cure
    Monday-Friday, Year Round

    Komen Colorado welcomes volunteers year round to help with database entry, some filing, translation help from English to Spanish, and social media support. If interested in volunteering with Komen throughout the year please visit their volunteer page to learn more about available opportunities or call their Aspen office at 970-920-0250.

    Wilderness Workshop - Variety of Volunteer Opportunities!
    Throughout the year, 520 S. Third St. Ste. 27 in Carbondale

    Wilderness Workshop is looking for volunteers throughout the year to help with their habitat restoration projects (in the Spring, Summer, and early Fall), special events (i.e. Wildfest in early August), and office tasks (assisting with periodic bulk mailings and misc. office/computer work). To learn more go to www.wildernessworkshop.org, If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Melanie Finan or by phone at 970-963-3977.

    LIFT-UP - Food Pantry Volunteers
    Locations in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs

    Food pantry volunteers help serve clients with food, help stock shelves, or assist with other LIFT-UP services with on the job training provided. If interested in volunteering with LIFT-UP, please call their business office at 970-625-4496.

    Valley View Hospital - Meals on Wheels
    Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays - Glenwood Springs

    For 14 years, Meals on Wheels volunteers have been delivering healthy lunches throughout Glenwood Springs. Deliveries within Glenwood Springs are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday and extra meals with different menus can be delivered and stored for other days. Meals on Wheels volunteers also fulfill a non-nutritional need, offering the warmth of human contact to those who may feel isolated at home. They offer an extra safety line for families caring for a mobility impaired relative.
    To volunteer or to inquire about Meals on Wheels, call the Volunteer Coordinator at: 970-384-6656.

    Summer 2015 Volunteer Opportunities

    Theatre Aspen - Volunteer Ushers & Ticket Takers

    Matinees and Evening Shows, June 24th - August 30th

    Volunteers needed at Theatre Aspen's Hurst Theatre during the 2015 Summer Season Main Stage performances!  Sign up as an usher or ticket taker and see the show for free (standing room only unless there are extra seats available.)  Ushers greet patrons, help them find their seats, hand out programs and assist in cleaning the theatre before and after the show (basic vacuuming and trash collection.) This is a great way to support the theatre arts in Aspen, see Broadway-caliber shows and meet great people!
    For more information, please contact Regna Jones at regna@theatreaspen.org or by phone 970-925-9313. 

    RFOV - Cathedral Lake/Electric Pass Trails
    Friday night through Sunday, August 28th - 30th - Aspen

    Join RFOV on this two day back-country camping project to reconstruct, repair and restore damaged sections of these two trails four to five miles in from the trail head. RFOV will provide all food, drink and sanitation. Register online here.

    RFOV - Hanging Lake/Spouting Rock Trails
    Saturday - September 12th, 8:30am to 5pm including dinner - Glenwood Springs

    Help RFOV make improvements to one of the ultimate "bucket list" trails! Volunteers will improve the short Spouting Rock Trail that winds up behind Hanging Lake, and replace the dilapidated wooden benches along the main trail. The trail will be closed to the public so volunteers will have it all to themselves! Register online here.

    RFOV - Jolley Trail Extension
    Saturday - September 26th, 8:30am to 5pm including dinner - New Castle

    Volunteer to build a new soft surface trail to connect Castle Valley, through the Grand Hogback, to the Jolley Trail. Register online here.

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