Volunteers make a tremendous difference in the lives of youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and are vital to the success of our programs and special events. We invite you to learn more about how you can help kids build great futures. To become a volunteer with Boy & Girls of Metro Denver, inquire about training, requirements and upcoming opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals The Commitment:
We are seeking volunteers that can commit to serving Mondays through Fridays for at least two hours between 3-9pm throughout the entire school year. We ask that volunteers plan to attend the Club weekly and we’ve also found it best if you’re able to find a consistent day each week to serve in the Club. While this may seem strict, we do this so we can provide our Club members, many of whom are coming from chaotic and transient homes, with consistency and a sense of calm and trust. Volunteers who begin serving in the Clubs and earning members’ trust just offer up another let down to the members when they stop coming. We know an entire school year is a large commitment so we encourage you to please think carefully about whether this commitment level is realistic with your current and anticipated schedule.
What We’re Looking For:
The ideal volunteer for the Boys & Girls Clubs is an engaging, high-energy, self-starter who has a passion for working with at-risk youth! The Clubs are fun, active environments with lots of different activities taking place at a given time. While there are adult and youth staff in each program area, they are often working with the youth leading programs and are not always able to stop what they’re doing to provide volunteers with specific details on their activity. Successful volunteers are those that are able to jump in and help with whatever activity is taking place with minimal direction.
Who We Cannot Work With:
Adults (those who are 21 and older) looking to fulfill a court appointed community service requirement are not eligible to complete their hours with the Boys & Girls Club. Also, all volunteers are background checked annually and if you have previously been convicted of any violent crimes, offences related to drugs or crimes against a child, you are not eligible to volunteer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. BGCMD does work with volunteers under the age of 18, however, they are not required to attend the volunteer training. Please contact me for more details related to engaging young people in service in the Clubs.
Where We are Located:
While Boys & Girls Clubs are located throughout town, there are some metro Denver communities that do not have Clubs nearby. Find out if there is a Club near you!
What to Expect:
The Club offers a fast paced, high energy environment with anywhere between 150 and 300 kids each day. Boys & Girls Clubs are drop in facilities so we cannot guarantee you’ll work with the same members each time you visit. Our goal is that you begin to build relationships with many of the wonderful young people you work with during your time in the Clubs.
How You Can Get Started:
Volunteers with BGCMD are required to attend a training series to better understand the Clubs, our safety policies and our procedures for our volunteers. There are very limited trainings offered so please don’t delay in reaching out if you’re interested. We do also charge an one-time, non-refundable $30 Volunteer Application Fee to cover the costs associated with your training and background check. Payment will be collected at the time of registration for your Volunteer Training.
Volunteer Opportunities For Groups Corporate Group Projects:
Corporate Group Projects are perfect for companies, organizations and schools that would like to participate in a special activity at one of our Clubs. Not only do group projects provide an immediate benefit to the young people served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, but they can also be a great way to promote team-building, boost morale, or “cross-train” using new skills and experiences. Most importantly, they’re just plain fun! Whatever your goals, our staff can help design and execute a customized project to align your company’s interests with the needs at our Clubs. Examples include ”Scrub-a-Club” clean up events, hosting special events for our Club members such as a Holiday Party, Arts & Crafts Day, or Sports & Fitness Field Day, leading a program in your group’s area of expertise such as music, dancing, photography, science, athletics, etc., planting a garden, and much more. Please allow at least three weeks notice between contacting us and the scheduled date of your project so that we can find the best Club match for you. To arrange a volunteer project, please email email@example.com.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver prides itself on being a community resource for youth philanthropy and civic engagement. We are also a resource for students who are seeking internships to gain experience in nonprofit administrative work and working directly with Club members through developing, planning and implementing youth programs. Please click here to view descriptions of our internship opportunities.