Volunteer Opportunities 

In 2014, over 850 volunteers contributed over 11,500 hours of service, a value of almost $300,000 to Attention Homes.  Numerous opportunities exist to impact the lives of the youth we serve. Individuals, corporate groups, faith communities, schools and civic clubs are welcome to volunteer. Our goal is to find a sufficient fit between your interests and time to our current needs.

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer:

  1. Fill out a volunteer application
  2. Attend a volunteer orientation.
  3. Determine program/opportunity of interest.
  4. Attend Runaway and Homeless Youth Volunteer Training (Required for all RHY direct care volunteers)
  5. Complete paperwork and background checks as necessary.

Contact Alex Bergland at abergland@attentionhomes.org to schedule an orientation or for more information.  

Come and Learn about Volunteer Opportunites at a Volunteer Orientation:

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations:

Tuesday April 14, 4:00-5:00 pm

Location: Attention Homes Administrative Office, 1443 Spruce St., Boulder (RSVP Required)  

Volunteer Training - Required for anyone working directly with the youth

Upcoming Volunteer Trainings:

Saturday April 25, 10:00 am-12:00 pm 

Location: Attention Homes Administrative Office, 1443 Spruce St., Boulder  80302

(RSVP Required) 

Volunteer Continuing Education

Attention Homes offers our volunteers an opportunity to learn more about the youth we serve through our Volunteer Continuing Education Program.  Six times a year Continuing Education programs are offered.  The continuing educations programs are also open to interested community members. 

Upcoming Volunteer Continuing Educations Programs

Understanding the Runaway and Homeless Youth Population

Thursday April 9, 6:30-8:00 pm                                      

First United Methodist Church 1443 Spruce St, Boulder  2nd Floor Meeting Room

Homeless youth are the fastest growing homeless population in the country.  The causes are as wide and varied as the youth themselves.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines a homeless person as “an individual without permanent housing who may live on the streets; stay in a shelter, mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle; or in any other unstable or non-permanent situation.” This would also include “couch surfing.”  Before a problem, such as youth homelessness can change, the issue needs to be understood.

LGBTQ Youth and Homelessness 

Thursday May 28, 6:30-8:00 pm

First United Methodist Church 1443 Spruce St, Boulder  2nd Floor Meeting Room

 

Direct Care Opportunities 

Volunteers are needed to work directly with our youth. Openings are available in the RHY (Runaway and Homeless Youth) and Residential (Res) programs.  

  • Activities: Assist staff, co-facilitate an activity; e.g. crafts, music, sports, etc.
  • Street Outreach: Partner with trained staff to work on the streets with homeless teens.
  • Drop-in/Overnight: Support homeless youth by assisting staff with check-in, laundry, meal-prep, and hygiene.
  • Life Skills: Mentor youth in a specific life skill; e.g. finances, public speaking, cooking, nutrition, etc. 
  • Graduate Internship: Receive graduate practicum hours and credit assisting staff with counseling and case work.
  • Undergraduate Internship: Internships are available for school credit.
  • Tutor: Provide one-on-one academic/GED assistance.
  • Cook & Meal Donor: Prepare meals at our drop-in center or cook a meal at home and deliver to one of our two homes. Groups welcome. (Schedule in advance.)
  • Speaker: Motivate and inspire our youth with a personal message that demonstates a triumph over a life challenge.    

All individuals volunteering/interning in our Residential program and Overnight Emergency Shelter must be 21+ years of age. For RHY Street Outreach and the Drop-In Center, you must be 18 years of age and out of high school.   

Groups

There are many opportunties for faith community, corporate/business, service and school groups.

  • Cooking - We serve 2000+ meals a month and are always looking for groups to come on a one time basis or once a month
  • General Maintenance 
  • Spring / Fall Yard Clean up
  • Gardening
  • Specific projects; e.g. building a shed, painting, etc.

Development & Office Opportunities 

Volunteers are needed to help with our special events, grant writing and other marketing and fundraising efforts.  We are typically able to tailor our opportunties to your experience and/or areas of learning.  College credit internships are available in all areas.  

  • Special Events: Procure in-kind donations, join event committee, help with PR and advertising.
  • Nonprofit Management Intern: Learn about the day to day operations of a nonprofit organization. 
  • Community Resource Manager Intern: Assist with in-kind donations and volunteer activities. 
  • General Office: Mailing, filing, copying, telephoning, etc.

Maintenance Opportunities   

Group and individual volunteer opportunities are needed for home improvement projects. These are perfect for student groups of all ages, church groups, civic clubs, families, and work teams.    

  • Facilities Upkeep: painting, interior/exterior repairs, lawn/gardens, cleaning, window washing, etc.
  • Handymen: on-call as needed; appliance repair, woodwork.
  • Drivers: trucks to assist with transport of large items.
  • Yard: Spring/fall outdoor clean-up and help with landscaping.

Board/Committee Opportunities

Please contact bwilson@attentionhomes.org for more information regarding board positions or to schedule an appointment. 

Please contact Alex Bergland at abergland@attentionhomes.org for more information.

 

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