A new year is a clean slate with a calendar just waiting to be filled with meaningful and rewarding activities. A great way to make this happen is through volunteering.
Not only does your community benefit from your time and dedication, but you earn the rewards of helping those in need. Those rewards include making new friends, improving your own mental and physical health, and a chance to learn new skills.
At Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance, we understand the value of giving back, and we have been serving our state since 1950. We continue to support our communities through entities that include the Ronald McDonald House, the Food Bank of the Rockies, our own Colorado Farm Bureau Federation, and more.
Benefits of Volunteering
If you are considering the possibility of dedicating some time to volunteering this year, here are a few of the (sometimes unexpected) benefits for you!
- Strengthens your community
- Allows you to make new friends, which helps to diminish loneliness
- The social interaction can help delay or prevent Alzheimer’s
- Gets you up and moving
- Improves self-confidence
- Builds job prospects
- Can improve your immune system
Below, we offer ten suggestions for meaningful volunteering opportunities around Colorado. To check out other possibilities, Spark the Change Colorado can help guide you in the right direction to find something that aligns with your goals and interests.
Anchor Center for Blind Children
Anchor Center for Blind Children provides early intervention/education to blind and visually impaired children throughout Colorado. Volunteers are needed to work with students, assist in offices, help with special events and seek donations in the community.
Back Home Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Durango, Colorado and Surrounding Areas
Be a part of helping homeless veterans and their families find housing and rebuild their lives with Back Home Supportive Services.
Brighton Hospital volunteers work with staff to provide the best care for patients and families.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Caring Companions volunteers ease an older adult’s loneliness, providing friendship while giving the caretaker a break from their responsibilities.
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital of Colorado volunteers may work at all campuses:
- Anschutz Medical Campus
- Health Pavilion
- North Campus
- South Campus
- Highlands Ranch Therapy Care Center
- Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs
- Outpatient Care at Briargate
Thousands of volunteers fill important roles throughout all campus locations, from staffing the gift shop to providing administrative support.
Durango Community Shelter
The Durango Community Shelter helps homeless men, women and children at southwest Colorado’s only 24/7/365 shelter service.
Foster Grandparent Program
Volunteers of America Colorado Branch, Denver
The Volunteers of America Foster Grandparent Program helps develop bonds by bringing together children and older adults. Programs are available in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Jefferson, El Paso, and Larimer Counties.
Pueblo Community Soup Kitchen
Volunteers are always welcome to support the kitchen staff and help those in need at the Pueblo Community Soup Kitchen Monday through Saturday.
Second Chance Wildlife Rehab
Volunteers are needed to help support the Second Chance Wildlife Rehab staff as necessary, as they care for and rehabilitate small mammals, birds and turtles/tortoises. Supported entirely by donations and program fees.
The Re-Entry Initiative
The Re-Entry Initiative empowers those who are transitioning from incarceration to a fulfilling and meaningful life. Volunteers are needed to work directly with participants (through coaching life skills such as budget planning, cooking, etc.) or through administrative duties or fundraising. Free specialized training is provided.
Support Your Community Through Farm Bureau Insurance
When you insure with Farm Bureau Insurance, you give back to the community through supporting local agriculture. To learn more about our policies, contact a local agent using our Agent Finder.