Partner Organizations


Earn-a-Bike participants are welcome to choose from any of these non-profit organizations to complete their volunteer obligation.  Simply bring a copy of the Hours Log with you for your supervisor to fill out.  If you have any questions about Earn-a-Bike, or difficulties completing the program, please contact programs@bikestogether.org.

ARC Thrift Stores

Address: ARC Thrift Stores has multiple locations open to volunteers.  Find a store here: http://www.arcthrift.org/location/store-locations-2.html

Walk In Volunteer Shifts:

Mon–Fri      9:00am – 9:00pm

Saturday     8:00am–9:00pm

Sunday        10:00 am – 6:00pm

Typical Work: donation intake, sorting, assisting customers

Restrictions: Photo ID is required. Only ages 18+ accepted. 4-12 hr shifts and weekend shifts available.

A Precious Child

keywords: children, self-sufficiency, homelessness

Address: 557 Burbank Street, Unit E, Broomfield, CO 80020

Contact Person: Brittany Polinski, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone & Email: 303-466-4272 ext. 116, Brittany@APreciousChild.org

How to Sign Up: Volunteers register to serve with us by completing the online volunteer application as well as participate in a tour, orientation, and complete our Liability Waiver.

Typical Work: We have positions including receiving area volunteer (sorting donations) to The Learning Center Volunteer (working with children). We meet with every volunteer to discuss their skills and interests and look to utilize those qualities in their volunteer work.

Restrictions: All volunteers must be 13 or older or be accompanied by an adult. Any person who is convicted of any crime involving violence, children, or theft is not permitted to volunteer at A Precious Child.

Volunteer Preparations: Volunteers should wear closed toed shoes as well as dress in layers. Also, any valuables should be left in their vehicles or a designated area in order to prevent them getting mixed in with any donations.

Café 180

keywords: food justice, food service

Address: 3315 S Broadway, Englewood, CO

Contact Person: Suzanne Steinberg or Sonia York, Cafe Managers

Phone & Email: 303-761-4510

How to Sign Up: Online through http://café180.org or call and ask for Sarah, or stop by café

Typical Work: food prep, serve food, cleaning, dishes

Restrictions: Shifts available-Tuesdays- Saturdays; 2 shifts- 10 am-12:30 pm and 12:30 pm-3:00 pm

Denver Food Rescue*

keywords: food justice, food distribution

Address: 1368 26th St. Denver, CO 80205

Contact Person: Brittni Laura Hernandez, Operations Manager

Phone & Email: 720-675-7337, brittnilaura@denverfoodrescue.org

How to Sign Up: Volunteers are required to attend a one-time 30 minute volunteer orientation where they learn more about DFR, the responsibilities of a volunteer, and get signed up for their first shift. These orientations happen once a week, and anyone can just drop in without pre-registering.  Please refer to our website for the most updated orientation times.  (Note: if the orientation times do not work for you, please contact us to work something out.)

Typical Work: Volunteers can expect to transport produce (that would otherwise go to waste) via bicycle from a grocery store to a local community organization with less access to fresh foods. Shifts take anywhere from 1-2 hours, and are all done by bike unless weather does not permit. The produce is carried by trailers that we provide. We have bikes & helmets to loan if a volunteer does not yet have one of their own.

Restrictions: We prefer volunteers who are 16 and older, but can make exceptions with parent consent. We have shifts every day of the week, and can usually accommodate everyone!

Volunteer Preparations: After you attend a volunteer orientation and prep for your first shift, remember to bring a water bottle, helmet, and clothes appropriate for the weather that day.

Denver Public Libraries*

keyword: education, children, community engagement

Address: 10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204-2731

Contact Person: Veletta Hopes, Program Administrator

Phone & Email: 720-865-2043, vhopes@denverlibrary.org

How to Sign Up: Volunteers must complete a hard-copy Skillsbank application, or sign up for specialized volunteer opportunities via our online NEOGOV application process.  Earn-a-Bike Volunteer applicants can contact the Program Administrator directly via phone or email.  If inquiring by phone, please call Mon-Fri, 10:30am-4:30pm.  If there is no answer, please leave a detailed voicemail.  Once a volunteer applicant is referred to a branch or Central Volunteer Supervisor, the designated supervisor will advise regarding any requirements for placement.

Typical Work: Straightening books on shelves, shelving paperbacks or media items, assisting with arts and crafts, assisting with router lists, assisting with Summer Reading signup, collection maintenance (pulling ripped, old, gross items from shelves).

Restrictions: Participants must be at least 14 years of age.  If under 18 years of age, must obtain parental/guardian authorization.  Must be able to pass a background check if 18 years or older.  Must be willing to review and sign our Volunteer Agreement.

Volunteer Preparations: Participants should wear attire that is casual and appropriate for a work environment

Denver Urban Gardens (DUG)*

keywords: urban farming, community gardens

Address: 1031 33rd St, Suite 100, Denver CO 80205

Contact Person: Lara Fahnestock, Director of Garden Support

Phone & Email: (303)292-9900, lara@dug.org

How to Sign Up: Volunteers can contact lara@dug.org and be put on a contact list for Garden Leaders to use when a work day is scheduled.

Typical Work:  DUG has 150 Community Gardens that may need volunteers for work days throughout the growing season, from March- October. The typical work in our gardens would involve, digging, hauling compost and weeding. There is also need for occasional volunteers in the DUG office.  

Restrictions: Anyone with a felony conviction would not be allowed in a school garden. The garden work requires people with moderate levels of physical fitness.

Volunteer Preparations: Sunscreen and water are necessary for work days. Work gloves are recommended.

EarthLinks

keywords: homelessness, self-sufficiency, employment

Address: 2746 W. 13th Ave. Denver, CO

Contact Person: Carolyn Thornton, Community Engagement Director

Phone & Email: (303) 389-0085, carolyn@earthlinks-colorado.org

How to Sign Up: Fill out volunteer application here and call or email Carolyn to set up your first shift.

Typical Work: gardening, woodwork, craft making, facilities projects

Restrictions: Ages 16 and up welcome; minors must be accompanied by a parent.  Some physical activity is generally required of volunteers.

Ekar Farm

keyword: urban farm, Jewish values

Address: 181 South Oneida St, Denver CO 80230

Contact Person: Aaron Ney, Executive Director

Phone & Email: 303-520-7581, aaron@ekarfarm.org

How to Sign Up: Drop in – Sunday mornings throughout the summer.  9am – 12pm

Typical Work: Farm work – planting seeds, tending plants, harvesting veggies!

Restrictions: Physical abilities – some lifting, some bending

Volunteer Preparations: Clothing – hat, closed shoes, water bottle, sunscreen

Extreme Community Makeover *

keyword: home improvement, community engagement

Address: 4200 Morrison Road, Unit 3, Denver, CO 80219

Contact Person: Angela Bomgaars, Executive Director

Phone & Email: 720.235.8847, angela@extremecommunitymakeover.org

How to Sign Up: Volunteers will need to register online at this link: http://www.extremecommunitymakeover.org/individualregistration

Typical Work: Exterior home and neighborhood improvement projects such as painting, yard work, graffiti removal, alley clean-ups, etc.

Restrictions: We don’t have age limits, but recommend that youth have an adult with them. If they don’t, they need to make sure to communicate with ECM staff ahead of time to make sure they can join a group with an adult. The projects we do are pretty physical in nature, so just make sure people are aware of that and can participate accordingly.

Volunteer Preparations: Volunteers should bring along a water bottle and work gloves, if they have them. Other than that, they should plan to wear close-toed shoes and clothes that they’re fine with getting dirt or paint on them.

Family Promise of Greater Denver

keyword: homelessness, self-sufficiency

Address: 5th Avenue and Lipan St (call for information)

Contact Person: John Chambers, Director of Marketing and Communications

Phone & Email: (303) 675-0713, jchambers@familypromiseofgreaterdenver.org

How to Sign Up: Fill out the form here, or contact John Chambers to set up a volunteer shift.

Typical Work: prepare and serve meals, provide childcare or assist with administrative tasks

Restrictions: Criminal backgrounds ok, aside from violent assaults or issues related to child abuse.

Food Bank of the Rockies

keyword: food distribution

Address: 10700 E 45th Ave Denver, CO 80239

Contact Person: Dominic Quintana, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone & Email: (303) 371-9250, dquintana@foodbankrockies.org

How to Sign Up: Application available in store or online at http://www.foodbankrockies.org/take-action/volunteer/ All opportunities take place at our main warehouse, 10700 E 45th Ave, Denver CO 80239 unless otherwise noted.  For weather closures/delayed openings, please check our homepage or call our main line at 303-371-9250.

Typical Work: Pull and build orders, cooking and food prep, cleaning, sort donations

Restrictions: Minimum age to volunteer is 14 with an adult, 16 on your own!

Volunteer Preparations: ALL volunteers must be wearing closed toe shoes (no flip flops) and a shirt with sleeves (no tank tops) to volunteer at our warehouse.

GrowHaus

keyword: food justice, food distribution, education

Address: 4751 York St., Denver, CO 80216

Contact Person: Kelsey Simkins, Education Program Coordinator

Phone & Email: 720-515-4751, kelsey@thegrowhaus.org

How to Sign Up: Volunteers are welcome to drop-in for any of our regular, ongoing volunteer opportunities (listed below). There is no need to register beforehand.  We ask that any first time volunteers complete a Volunteer Agreement and Liability Waiver, which are currently available at The GrowHaus and soon to be available online.

Typical Work:  Assembling Food Boxes (every Friday at 9:30 am); Plant Maintenance in the Growasis (2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 3-6pm); Cosechando Salud Movil Deliveries (every Monday 11am-1pm) delivering food by bike to homes of individuals and families.  Additionally, we post any new volunteer opportunities on our website: http://www.thegrowhaus.org/volunteer/  

Restrictions: Volunteering is typically limited to the times of our regular, ongoing opportunities (listed above). Because we want our space to be a safe space for children, families, and any individual, we reserve the right to ask volunteers to complete background checks and to dismiss volunteers with criminal history (felonies) or who are unable to uphold our food safety and working environment standards.

Volunteer Preparations: Volunteers should wear clothing that is comfortable and can get dirty. Our space is not fully climate controlled, so please dress appropriately for the season.

New Era Colorado

keyword: civic engagement

Address: 1722 Humboldt Street Denver, CO 80206

Contact Person: Chelsea Canada, Denver Organizer

Phone & Email: (720) 569-0575, chelsea@neweracolorado.org

How to Sign Up: Email chelsea@NewEraColorado.org with your name, a little bit about yourself, phone number, & times you’re available to volunteer

Typical Work: nonpartisan voter registration, making buttons, helping process voter registration forms, making volunteer phone calls

Restrictions: Ages 15 & up; Certain restrictions for criminal offenses (contact us for more info)

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue

keywords: animal shelter, pets

Address: 2390 S Delaware, Denver, Co  80223

Contact Person: Diane Retz, Office Manager

Phone & Email: 303-744-6076, rmfr2390@gmail.com

How to Sign Up: They can call the shelter to sign up and get information to volunteer. They can fill out an application either online or in person at the shelter.

Typical Work: Petting and grooming cats, emptying litter boxes, deep cleaning certain rooms that the cats live in as we are a free roaming shelter, answering phones, photocopying materials, assembling adoption packets, socializing cats and kittens, conducting tours of the shelter to possible adopters, helping to feed the cats

Restrictions: Volunteering needs to be done in the afternoons when we are open from 12-4.  We are closed only on Wednesdays.  

Volunteer Preparations: Wear comfortable clothing, shoes with toes (no sandals), and come prepared to work and have a good time with the kitties.

SAME Café

keywords: food justice, food service

Address: 2023 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

Contact Person: Brad & Libby Birky, Co-founders

Phone & Email: 720-530-6853

How to Sign Up: Sign up online (http://www.soallmayeat.org/volunteer/), or stop by anytime during business hours.

Typical Work: Food Prep, food service, cleaning

Restrictions: Age Restrictions, Clean and Sober, light physical activity, closed toed shoes, schedule a week or more in advance.

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

keywords: refugees, cultural exchange

Address: 1373 Grant St. Denver 80203

Contact Person: Brandy Kramer, Project SHINE Program Coordinator

Phone & Email: 720.626.6838, bkramer@springinstitute.org

How to Sign Up: Email (preferred) or call Brandy Kramer

Typical Work: assist in ESL classes as conversation partner, gardening, other misc. projects working with refugees

Restrictions: Background Check required

Sprout City Farms

keywords: urban farming, education

Site Addresses:
Denver Green School Community Farm
6700 E. Virginia Ave.
Denver, CO 80224

Mountair Park Community Farm
5620 W. 14th Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80214

Contact Person: Meg Caley, Director of Farming Operations and Education

Phone & Email: 720-319-8126, meg@sproutcityfarms.org

How to Sign Up: Sprout City Farms hosts regular drop-in volunteer days at both farm sites each Friday and Saturday 10am-12pm, April 22 through October 29, 2016.  No RSVP is necessary to volunteer.  

Typical Work: General farm maintenance, weather-dependent and time of season-dependent, but may include prepping for planting, planting, weeding, watering, constructing small structures like trellises, pruning, harvesting, turning compost, etc.

Restrictions: Volunteers at the Denver Green School Community Farm who return more than once will need to fill out a background check for the school.

Volunteer Preparations: Please wear sturdy shoes (no flip flops), bring a water bottle and sun protection (hat/sunscreen/long sleeves), and generally be ready for the weather and to get dirty.  No prior garden/farm experience is necessary, and kids are welcome.

St. Francis Center for Employment Services

keywords: homelessness, employment, self-sufficiency

Address: 1630 E 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Contact Person: Blaine Newby, Case Manager

Phone & Email: 303-813-0005, blaine@sfcdenver.org

How to Sign Up: Email or call Blaine.  Hours are Mon – Thurs, 9:00am – 4:00pm.  Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Typical Work: Computer help/data entry, general maintenance and cleaning

Restrictions: None

*Note: these addresses may differ from where you should show up to volunteer.  Please double check with the volunteer coordinator at each organization to confirm the location for volunteering.