Our Southern Gables neighbors are active and involved in making our community even better. Still, there are always opportunities to shift and change focus, learn new things, and meet new people. We have compiled a list of local places where your contributions of time and talent can be applied. If you have some ideas to add to the list from your own experience, please provide descriptions and links about your recommended volunteer activities through our “Contact Us” page.
Organizations in the Southern Gables Neighborhood
- Green Gables Elementary School can use volunteers to serve as crossing guards and sometimes to help students with homework, reading, and other tutoring. Call the school office 303-982-8314 or contact Principal Jenn Withee directly at [email protected] if you can help.
- Joy’s Kitchen Provides food to anyone who wants it. Volunteer work is generally in 3-hour shifts, morning or afternoon, any day or days you choose Monday through Saturday. Jobs include driving for pickup at donating locations; sorting and classifying food items; and helping people who come to shop for free food three afternoons a week. More information:
Organizations in Lakewood and Jefferson County
- Carmody Middle School. Call the school at 303-982-8930 and ask for Ms. Johnson to find out if there are volunteer activities available.
- The Action Center provides a wide range of services to the homeless and others who are struggling. More information:
- CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin County supports volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates) who advocate for abused and neglected children. Volunteers, who are assigned a case by the court, are always needed. These cases require a lot of effort. But there are many other ways to support CASA. More information:
- The Oasis Institute has a partnership with Jefferson County Schools, to pair volunteer tutors with children in grades K-3 who teachers feel would benefit from a caring, one-on-one mentoring relationship. One child, one tutor, one school year.
- Ralston House Child Advocacy Center provides a safe place to investigate child abuse and ensure victim services for children who have been physically or sexually abused or witnessed violence.
- The Severe Weather Shelter Network has a Lakewood presence. They provide refuge on life-threatening winter nights for those living on the streets, and they help find permanent housing.
Organizations in the Denver Metro Area
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado is always looking for adult volunteers to be matched up with at-risk kids. In addition, a new school-based program has been set up to match entire classrooms of students with one-on-one mentors interacting through monthly group meetings supplemented with electronic communications, with a structured curriculum. They pioneered “Mentor2.0” at our nearby Sheridan High School, and summertime is when they are looking for new volunteers for the coming school year.
- Habitat for Humanity has many volunteer opportunities with some projects near our neighborhood.
- The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has more volunteers than any museum in the country. There are many different interesting volunteer opportunities available.
- The African Community Center helps refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives in the Denver Metro area.
- Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is a faith-based, non-profit human service agency providing adoption, foster care, older adult caregiving, prevention, and refugee services.
Updated June 2023.