Helping America's Most Vulnerable

A Week of Volunteers at Volunteers of America

peachey_45.jpgApril 12th through 18th is National Volunteer Week! Volunteers are vital to the work being done in all of Volunteers of America's programs. We would not be able to do all we do without our dedicated volunteers. Last year Volunteers of America Colorado Branch utilize 16,209 volunteers who donated a total of 293,246 volunteer hours. Their donation goes beyond just the time they give, they are changing lives every day.

In an average week:

Arthur M. will be visited by five volunteers and receive a hot meal each day. They will provide him with a nutritious meal, talk with him, laugh and joke. He looks forward to their visits and relies on the meals they bring.

Volunteers in Durango will assist women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. By serving meals and providing other services, volunteers will provide a safe refuge for women and children who have no safe home. The Southwest Safehouse is the only domestic violence shelter in the region.

Monica S. along with other volunteers will serve four meals a day at The Mission. Other volunteers help sort through clothing donations in the clothing bank, provide support services and lead ministry services. The Mission has a very small staff and uses volunteers every day to serve Denver's homeless population.

RSVP Volunteers in Denver, Douglas, Western Arapahoe and Larimer County will be serving a number of different local organizations. Senior volunteers in RSVP and the Foster Grandparent Program have so much to give. They help in schools, hospitals, museums, food banks and much more.

Depending on the weather, Margi B., a Snow Buddy and Yard Angel client, will have a volunteer help her stay safely in her home by shoveling her walkway, raking her leafs or cleaning up her yard. Handyman volunteers like the one who visit Margi keep seniors safe in their homes.

Volunteers of America Volunteers all over Colorado will be helping America's most vulnerable. Their dedication is unmatched and they are at the heart of every program. Volunteers of America appreciates and values their volunteers. Thank you for volunteering and Happy National Volunteer Week!

For more information on how to volunteer with Volunteers of America please visit our volunteer page.

Guest Blog by Bradley Gulley, Project Manager for the Agency-Wide Volunteer Program