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7th Annual I Volunteer! Day

Saturday, April 17, 2010
8 a.m. - noon*

*Note: The Habitat for Humanity and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers projects will require a full day.

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*Projects that are appropriate for children under 16 are noted as Family Friendly.

Please Note:
To be assigned to a specific project, you MUST register online.
If you do not register online, you may only volunteer at our drop-in site at Calvary Bible Church.

Calvary Bible Church Drop-In Site Growing Gardens
Attention Homes Growing Gardens Longmont
BeadforLife Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley
Boulder County Parks and Open Space Head Start
Boulder Parks and Recreation EXPAND Program Imagine! Innovations
Boulder Creek Watershed Initiative Longmont Ending (Domestic) Violence Initiative
Boulder Housing Partners Medicine Horse Project
Cal-Wood Eduction Center Project Angel Heart
Center for People With Disabilities St. Vrain Historical Society
Center for Safe Schools The Acorn School
Emergency Family Assistance Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Agency: Calvary Bible Church Drop-In Site, 3245 Kalmia Avenue in Boulder

Something for Everyone!

This site will include a variety of activities for everyone. Come decorate meal bags for Project Angel Heart, assemble White Ribbons for the Longmont Ending Violence Initiative and/or help sort little yellow ducks for the upcoming Boulder Parks and Recreation EXPAND Program Duck Race. These projects are appropriate for families with smaller children and individuals with disabilities. Please note: this is a drop-in site and volunteers are not required to stay for the entire four hours but are welcome and encouraged to do so. You may also register in advance. Everyone is welcome!

Maximum # Volunteers: 150
Minimum age with guardian: 0
Maximum age w/o guardian: 12

Location: Calvary Bible Church, Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Register now: Individual Registration or Family Registration

Agency: Attention Homes

Mission: To provide residential treatment, counseling and safe shelter to at-risk youth.

Window Washing on Broadway

Help bring in the rays of sunshine by washing both the exterior and interior windows and sills at our Broadway House location.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 10
Minimum age w/ guardian: 18
Minimum age w/out guardian: 18

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly

Agency: BeadforLife

Mission: To create sustainable opportunities for women to lift their families out of extreme poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone.

Sort hand-made African Jewelry

Volunteers will sort thousands of hand-made Ugandan beads by color, size or style. Must have manual dexterity, counting and organizational skills.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 10
Minimum age w/ guardian: 16
Minimum age w/out guardian: 18

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Agency: Boulder County Parks and Open Space

Mission: To conserve natural, cultural and agricultural resources and provide public uses that reflect sound resource management and community values.

Restore Fire Scars at Heil Valley Ranch

On “I Volunteer! Day 2007”, volunteers helped thin forests and build slash piles at Heil Valley Ranch, an open space area just 10 minutes from Longmont and Boulder. Their work was part of a larger forest restoration operation that improved wildlife habitat, decreased fire danger to neighboring homes, and enhanced meadow ecosystems. These slash piles were consumed last winter during a controlled burn, and now we need to restore the ensuing scars with native grasses. Revegetation is a vital component of this project, as it will increase habitat quality, prevent soil erosion, and keep invasive weeds from proliferating. Using rakes, shovels, buckets and blankets, volunteers will clear non-native plants, then spread and rake native seed into disturbed areas. We will also spread wood chips to help control erosion and prevent the establishment of more noxious weeds. Heil Valley Ranch is a fascinating open space area and if lucky volunteers might see elk, deer, or even wild turkeys.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 36
Minimum age with guardian: 14
Minimum age without: 18

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day

Agency: Boulder Parks and Recreation EXPAND Program

Mission: to provide opportunities for children, youth and adults with disabilities to participate in, improve and gain new recreation skills that will enhance their overall well-being and improve their quality of life.

Getting Our Ducks in a Row!

Each year a group of volunteers sort 7,000 little plastic ducks. Each duck is numbered and volunteers simply pick up a duck and then place it into a corresponding bin number. The ducks need to be sorted for the EXPAND Duck Race, a fundraiser that takes place each year over Memorial Day weekend.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 30
Minimum age w/ guardian: 10
Minimum age w/out guardian: 14

Location: Calvary Bible Church, Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Agency: Boulder Creek Watershed Initiative

Mission: To protect and enhance the health of the Boulder Creek watershed by community based stewardship through education, information and action.

Boulder Creek Clean-Up

Help do major creek clean-up of Boulder Creek starting at Scott Carpenter Park and continuing west to Folsom or further. Come help us clean up trash along the creek before the high flows of spring. Tons of trash have been removed in previous I Volunteer! Days.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 30
Minimum age with guardian: 8
Minimum age without guardian: 18

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day

Agency: Boulder Housing Partners

Mission: Our primary mission is to provide quality, affordable housing that is developed and managed with respect for the dignity of all involved. We also seek to create a sense of community strength and spirit that supports resident efforts to realize success in their lives.

Diagonal Court Playground Improvements and Clean Up

Help move 16 tons of new “pea” gravel to the playground complex, pick up trash around the site, then sweep the parking lot clean.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 20
Minimum age with guardian: 13
Minimum age without guardian: 18

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Agency: Cal-Wood Eduction Center

Mission: To offer a unique outdoor educational experience to youth and adults in a manner that will carry on the vision of Roger and Oral Calvert. To this end Cal-Wood's goals are: 1) to help all who come to Cal-Wood develop a greater appreciation or the natural world; 2) to offer environmental education to those who would not otherwise experience it; and 3) to provide unique outdoor education opportunities in a special mountain setting.

Cal-Wood Education Center Forestry Projects

Come spread wood chips on roads, move slash, haul and stack logs, and spread native grass seed at this Spectacular Outdoor Classroom at 7800 feet.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 50

Minimum age with guardian: 12
Minimum age without guardian: 18

Location: Jamestown li

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day

Agency: Center for People With Disabilities

Mission: To provide information, resources and advocacy to assist people with disabilities in overcoming barriers to independent living.

Garden Gaiety

Have fun gardening in our Accessible Community Garden! In the midst of birds, rabbits, and butterflies, plant flowers, seeds, and trees, weed and move excess debris. Help build an enclosure for our trash cans, move stone, or pick a patch to work.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 10
Minimum age with guardian: 10
Minimum age without guardian: 15

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Agency: Center for Safe Schools

Mission: To help shape the behavior of today's students and improve the skills of parents so students can behave in school and learn.

“Do The Right Thing” Family Spring Fling

Help with ticket taking, lead Cooperation Games and Following Directions Dances, read to students in the Reading Corner, help set up booths, direct the Bean Bag Toss, and assist with the Cooperation Train. A jumping castle, magician, and a live Radio Disney show will be on site.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 20
Minimum age with guardian: 12
Minimum age without guardian: 16

Location: Northglenn

Special Interest: Family Friendly, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Agency: Emergency Family Assistance

Mission: To help those in our community whose immediate needs for food, shelter and other basic necessities cannot adequately be met by other means, and support their efforts toward financial stability or self-sufficiency.

Building Fun

Help build a new play structure for the children at our shelter. Organize and clean our food pantry and storage closets.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 10
Minimum age w/ guardian: 16
Minimum age w/out guardian: 16

Location: Longmont

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day

Agency: Growing Gardens PROJECT IS FULL

Mission: To cultivate community through gardening.

Spring Fever

Plant, transplant, work in the greenhouse or out in the field. The Childrens' Peace Garden will have volunteers help with clean up and preparing beds, turning the soil, and creating a fun and nurturing environment for the little ones. We will have plenty of smiles and wonderful work. "Dig in!"

Maximum # of Volunteers: 50
Minimum age w/ guardian: 6
Minimum age w/out guardian: 14

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

PROJECT IS FULL

Agency: Growing Gardens - Longmont

Mission: To cultivate community through gardening.

Cultivating Community as We Build a New Garden!

Put your back into building community as you help Growing Gardens create a new community garden in Longmont! We will be working in teams to lay out beds and create pathways for the gardens.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 23
Minimum age w/ guardian: 6
Minimum age w/out guardian: 17

Location: Longmont

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Agency: Head Start

Mission: Nurturing Children, Supporting Families, Strengthening Community

Spring Clean with a Team

Student cubbies, lunch tables, shelves and toys need a scrub, windows a sparkle, mini-blinds a dust and sidewalks a sweep. Rake sand back into the 'fall zone' under our playground equipment. Reorganize our shed. Help the Woodlands Children Head Start Center to keep a healthy clean environment for children and their families.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 10
Minimum age w/ guardian: 18
Minimum age w/out guardian: 18

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Agency: Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley

Mission: To provide simple, decent, and affordable housing for families in need who live in the St. Vrain Valley.

Home Sweet Home

Please note: This is a full-day project. Volunteer project beings at 8 a.m. sharp and ends at 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Volunteering on Construction worksites is not just for hammering and nailing.  It also provides a unique opportunity for friendship, fellowship, teamwork and bonding.  Volunteers often have an opportunity to work alongside Habitat Homeowners who are working to achieve their necessary volunteer hours.  Hands-on construction volunteerism provides a sense of achievement, is empowering, and leaves a lasting contribution to the community.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 10
Minimum age w/ guardian: 16
Minimum age w/out guardian: 16

Location: Longmont

Special Interest: Family Friendly

Agency: Imagine! Innovations

Mission: To create and offer innovative supports to people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical and health related needs so they may live fulfilling lives of independence and quality in their homes and communities.

19th Street Outdoors Beautification Project

What's under those leaves? Rake and bag leaves and sticks, weed, sweep sidewalks and the parking lot. Help mend a falling wooden fence. Spruce up the back porch while you listen to Boulder Creek and quacking ducks. Let's take off the screens and clean!

Maximum # of Volunteers: 5
Minimum age w/ guardian: 12
Minimum age w/out guardian: 18

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Agency: Longmont Ending (Domestic) Violence Initiative

Mission: to establish a coordinated community-wide awareness and response to domestic violence in the boundaries of the St. Vrain Valley School District, primarily in the City of Longmont.

Ribbon Assembly for the White Ribbon Campaign and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Using scissors and safety pins, help assemble ribbons for the White Ribbon Campaign and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 30
Minimum age w/ guardian: 12
Minimum age w/out guardian: 16

Location: Calvary Bible Church, Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly

Agency: Medicine Horse Project

Mission: To enhance the mental health and life skills of youth, adults, families, and groups through therapeutic interaction with horses.

Glorious Gardens at the Barn

Help with trimming, pruning, weeding, cultivating, mulching, seeding and planting the 12 flower beds on the property; Hang drywall and mud at the Dairy Barn; Sweep and dust the Great Room.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 50
Minimum age w/ guardian: 10
Minimum age w/out guardian: 15

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Agency: Project Angel Heart

Mission: Project Angel Heart promotes the health, dignity and self-sufficiency of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing nutritious, home-delivered meals with care and compassion.

Meal Bag Decorating

Help people with life-threatening illnesses feel loved and remembered by decorating a meal bag with a cheerful picture or message. Bring your creativity and well wishes.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 30
Minimum age w/ guardian: 0
Minimum age w/out guardian: 14

Location: Calvary Bible Church, Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Agency: St. Vrain Historical Society

Mission: To promote historic education and preservation in Longmont and the surrounding St. Vrain Valley.

Historic Old Mill Park Spring Clean-Up and Gardening Day

Historic Old Mill Park needs a spring cleaning! Come and join us for a fun outdoor experience and learn some Longmont history. Our historic park needs to get spruced up for the upcoming Pioneer Days event. Volunteers of all ages and abilities needed to help clean historic cabins, a milk house, pond, and garden beds. No gardening experience needed, just the willingness to work together, learn, and have fun.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 30
Minimum age w/ guardian: 6
Minimum age w/out guardian: 15

Location: Longmont

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day, Can accommodate individuals with disabilities

Agency: The Acorn School

Mission: To provide high quality, accessible, early care and education programs and advocate for higher standards in the field of early childhood education.

Sparkle and Shine!

Help with playground improvement projects and paint the toddler classroom. Bring elbow grease for deep cleaning or help sanitize the tot's toys.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 10
Minimum age with guardian: 8
Minimum age without: 18

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day

Agency: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Mission: To foster a community spirit of shared responsibility for the stewardship and restoration of public lands in Northern Colorado.

Carnage Canyon Shrub Planting

Please note: This is a full-day project. Volunteer project beings at 8 a.m. sharp  and ends at 4 p.m. Help to plant over 1000 native shrubs at key points along the stream. The planting of these shrubs will accelerate the re-establishment of native vegetation and provide critical stabilization to vulnerable stretches of the newly created stream bank.

Maximum # of Volunteers: 15
Minimum age with guardian: 14
Minimum age without guardian: 18

Location: Boulder

Special Interest: Family Friendly and Earth Day

         

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