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As part of National Volunteer Month this April, United Way of Larimer County and its partners are providing multiple ways for community members to get involved and make a difference.
Communities across the United States have celebrated National Volunteer Week since 1974, when President Nixon signed an executive order establishing the second week of April as an annual celebration of volunteering. Since then, every U.S. president has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week.
In Larimer County, which is recognized as one of the top mid-size communities in the country for volunteerism rates, the celebration is expanded from just one week to the entire month of April.
“We know that volunteerism has a huge impact on social change in our community,” said Gordan Thibedeau, President & CEO of United Way of Larimer County. “We invite community members to join us in lending a hand during National Volunteer Month, because together we can drive positive, lasting change for children and families right here in Larimer County.”
This year, there are several ways to get involved and make a difference for National Volunteer Month:
1. Volunteer for local nonprofit or community organization. There are multiple one-time volunteer projects that need your help throughout the month of April and early May. Opportunities range from building demolition to garden planting to event support. Click here to find an opportunity that’s right for you.
2. Receive training on becoming a nonprofit board member. If you have ever considered volunteering your time and expertise as a nonprofit board member, United Way’s Board Bank training can help you learn more about board member responsibilities and get matched with local nonprofits that need your help. The training takes place on Tuesday, April 12th from 5:00-7:00pm in Fort Collins. Click here to learn more and register.
3. Participate in the Community Poverty Simulation. Challenge your assumptions and learn about the everyday reality facing one in seven Larimer County residents living in poverty. The Community Poverty Simulation, co-hosted by the Coloradoan and generously sponsored by Columbine Health Systems and Texas Roadhouse, will take place on Tuesday, April 26th from 5-8pm at the Drake Centre in Fort Collins. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Click here to learn more and register.
4. Donate a new or gently-used book to local kids. United Way is partnering with dozens of local businesses to collect books for local children as part of the statewide Colorado Business Reads Book Drive. Donated books will be distributed to local nonprofits, childcare providers, and other Larimer County organizations that serve local families. Click here to see a list of book drop-off locations.
5. Be a part of CSUnity on April 16th. Colorado State University students are invited to gather for CSUnity, a day of service on Saturday, April 16th hosted by the Student Leadership Involvement and Community Engagement (SLICE) Office at CSU. Each year, thousands of CSU students participate in CSUnity to help local residents with yard work and community nonprofits with projects ranging from landscaping, wildland restoration, painting and more. To learn more, click here.
6. Cast your vote for Volunteer Hero Awards. Help United Way honor deserving volunteers who make our community a better place. Award categories include Education Hero, Financial Stability Hero, Basic Needs Hero, and Corporate Hero. Three finalists in each category will be announced on April 18th, and online voting will take place April 18th-25th. Check back on this page on April 18th for more information on how to cast your online vote.
7. Celebrate volunteerism in Larimer County. During the week of April 10-16, the City of Fort Collins will recognize its more than 11,000 volunteers with a lineup of free activities, including free entry and guided tours of several City facilities, and exclusive volunteer opportunities. For more information, click here. In addition, United Way is hosting the first National Volunteer Month Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 7th at 8:30am to celebrate volunteers who are making a difference in our community. The event is free to attend. Click here to learn more and register.
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