Several Southern Gables Association members have asked about important activities for which they could volunteer their time, contribute money, or maybe just be aware. We have compiled a list of 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.
Updated December 2020.
Organizations in the Southern Gables Neighborhood
- Green Gables Elementary School can use volunteers to work through online connections to help students with homework, reading, and other tutoring. Call the school office or contact Principal Suanne Hawley directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.
- Joy’s Kitchen. Provides food to anyone who wants it. Volunteer work is done with masks and social distancing, and includes driving for pickup at donating locations; sorting and classifying food items; and passing out boxes of food to anyone who drives up, no contact, no requirements. (You pop the trunk, they load a 35-pound box of groceries.) More information:
Organizations in Lakewood and Jefferson County
- CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin County supports volunteers 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 Action Center provides a wide range of services to the homeless and others who are struggling. More information:
- Carmody Middle School. Call the school at 303-982-8930 and ask for Mr. Campbell to find out if there are safe volunteer activities available.
- 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.
- The Oasis Institute has a partnership with Jefferson County Schools, including Green Gables Elementary, 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.
Organizations in the Denver Metro Area
- 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.
- 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.