Living & Aging Well

Program in Douglas County makes volunteering a breeze

Column by Linda O'Dell
Posted 8/1/17

Volunteering is easy in Douglas County!

Do you love to volunteer? Do you want to get involved in your community? If so, Volunteer Connect Douglas County can easily match you with volunteer …

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Living & Aging Well

Program in Douglas County makes volunteering a breeze

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Volunteering is easy in Douglas County!

Do you love to volunteer? Do you want to get involved in your community? If so, Volunteer Connect Douglas County can easily match you with volunteer opportunities that align with your skills, talents and interests.

Volunteer Connect Douglas County is an interactive website at www.VolunteerConnectDC.org that provides one place to find multiple volunteer opportunities throughout Douglas County for individuals, families and groups that are looking for ways to make a difference. You will find a diverse list of opportunities to choose from that range from a one-time community event to short-term and long-term commitments. Simply search by your area of interest, location, schedule or desired organization and sign up with a click of your mouse. You can tailor your search to what you love and care about most. New opportunities are posted daily as they become available.

Volunteers of all ages can find ways to share their time and talents in ways that are meaningful to them. This site can help you get involved in your own community in whatever way works for you.

To date, more than 8,000 volunteers have registered using this online county resource. On average, 200 new volunteers register every month and are "making a difference today and for generations to come" which coincides with the vision and mission of the program. The more we learn about volunteering and giving, the more we see that it can improve the lives not only of those who are receiving, but those who are giving.

Jennifer Rawson with Douglas County Libraries shared her experience with the website. "As a Volunteer Coordinator, VolunteerConnectDC.org makes my life so much easier. It is a constant source of new volunteers, it serves every recording and tracking function that I need, and it is a flexible tool for posting the varied volunteer opportunities my organization requires. I don't know what I would do without it!"

The Volunteer Connect website is a project of the Partnership of Douglas County Governments (PDCG) designed to sustain a culture of volunteerism in our community. PDCG communities include the City of Castle Pines, Town of Castle Rock, Douglas County, Douglas County Libraries, Douglas County School District, Highlands Ranch Metro District, Town of Larkspur, City of Lone Tree, and Town of Parker. What started as a site to post volunteer activities for the nine members of the partnership has grown to include volunteer opportunities for nonprofits throughout the county, and it continues to grow with new organizations being added all the time.

Rasika Mukkamala used the website to find the perfect volunteer opportunity. "Volunteer Connect is a great way to get involved with your community. Regardless if you're a new volunteer or a returning one, there's lots of opportunities to suit everyone's style. From a recurring shift at the library to a holiday celebration, volunteer connect pairs with local organizations to bring you the best opportunities at the click of a button."

Feel free to share this wonderful resource with your friends and family and volunteer as a group and enjoy the many ways to engage and become involved in your community. Visit www.VolunteerConnectDC.org and get connected today!

Linda O'Dell is the Volunteer Connect Douglas County program coordinator. For more information, email info@VolunteerConnectDC.org or call 303-688-7737. 

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