Volunteer Opportunities

Thanks so much to those of you who have donated to Operation Support Jeffco Kids! We’re still collecting donations! Visit our page here to see how to participate and find drop off locations close to you – http://www.supportjeffcokids.org/operation-support-jeffco-kids/.

Additionally, the Action Center recently sent out the following email requesting volunteers.  There are multiple opportunities for all of us, even our older students who are on break. You can make a difference to help children in our community:

Santa Shop: Monday, December 12 – Saturday, December 17

This year Santa Shop will once again be held at Faith Mountain.  Each year we distribute holiday gifts for 4000 youth in Jefferson County, keeping the season alive for those in need.  Volunteers must be 12 and older.  Volunteers greet participants, check them in, provide assistance in the shop, manage check-out and help clients out to their cars.

 

Set-Up Shifts (15 and older)

  • Wednesday, December 7th, 1pm-4pm (strong volunteers to unload boxes)
  • Thursday, December 8, 10 am – 2 pm (3 spots open)

Santa Shop: Monday December 12 – Saturday December 17   

Monday, Dec 12th

  • 7:30 am – 9:30 am (entrance table and re-stocking) (20 spots open)
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (8 spots open)
  • 12:15 pm – 4:30 pm (37 spots open)

Tuesday, Dec 13th

  • 7:30 am – 9:30 am (entrance table and re-stocking) (4 spots open)
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm(8 spots open)

Wednesday, Dec 14th

  • 7:30 am – 9:30 am (entrance table and re-stocking)(5 spots open)
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (32 spots open)
  • 12:15 pm – 4:30 pm (30 spots open)

Thursday, Dec 15th

  • 7:30 am – 9:30 am (entrance table and re-stocking)(19 spots open)
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (7 spots open)
  • 12:15 pm – 4:30 pm (30 spots open)

Friday, Dec 16th

  • 7:30 am – 9:30 am (entrance table and re-stocking)(19
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (4 spots open)
  • 12:15 pm – 4:30 pm (16 spots open)

Saturday, Dec 17th

  • 7:30 am – 9:30 am (entrance table and re-stocking) (17 spots open)

HMIS Shifts : Monday December 12 – Saturday December 17  

Monday, Dec 12th

  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (1 spot open)
  • 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm (3 spots open)

Tuesday, Dec 13th

  • 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm (1 spot open)

Wednesday, Dec 14th

  • 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm (2 spots open)

Thursday, Dec 15th

  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (2 spots open)
  • 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm (2 spots open)

Friday, Dec 16th

  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (4 spots open)
  • 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm (4 spots open)

Saturday, Dec 17th

  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (4 spots open)
  • 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm (4 spots open)

 

Clean-Up and Breakdown Shifts (15 and older)

  • Monday December 19, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (9 spots open)

 

Sign-up Online: Santa Shop

  • Individual volunteers: Click here or go to www.myvolunteerpage.com and follow the instructions.
    • Returning/regular volunteers – Use your Action Center username and password from your name-tag.
    • Select the event you are interested in and then your specific shifts.
  • Groups and New Individual Volunteers: Please email me     at specialevents@theactioncenterco.org to sign up.
    • Please include the shift(s) you would like, the approximate number of people in your group, as well as the ages of any kids.

Running a Drive

Interested in running a Food or Toy Drive? Please see the attached Toolkit and/or email Valarie Abney at ValarieA@theactioncenterco.org for information!

Questions? Please email me at Christyc@theactioncenterco.org

Become a Partner in Giving!

Our development team has launched a volunteer fundraising campaign called Partners in Giving. As you can imagine the number of participants greatly increases during the winter months. This is due largely to the change in weather and added cost of the holidays. In preparation to support the increase in participants, we are working to raise some additional funds to help us serve everyone who comes to us for help.

If you are interested helping us raise $25,000 just by you, our volunteers, please see attached flyer or contact Nadine at Nadinep@theactioncenterco.org

We also have Colorado Gives Day is next Tuesday, December 6th! You can schedule your gift now by visiting the website below. If you’d like to make your Partners in Giving donation on Colorado Gives Day, simply select “Volunteer Campaign” under Where Do You Want Your Donation Directed. Thanks for your support of The Action Center!

Link to donate: https://www.coloradogives.org/ index.php?section= organizations&action= newDonation&fwID=6857

 

 

Volunteer Help Needed During the Holidays

 

From December 19th through January 6th we know we will be very busy as the Jeffco schools are on winter break and families may find themselves in a financial pinch trying to feed their kids and pay their expenses. We are looking for additional volunteers to help us sort food and clothing donations, assist on the donations dock bringing in donations, and helping to fill participants food orders in our self-select grocery.   Kids should be at least 10 years old to help out.

The Action Center will be open to participants on

  • Dec 19th- 22nd
  • Dec 27th  28th, 29th, and 30th
  • January 3rd, 4th,  5th,and 6th

There are three daily shift options:

  • 8:30am to 12:30pm, 12:30pm to 4:30pm, or 10am to 2pm.

 

If you would like to volunteer at the Action Center during this time, please contact Lorraine at lorrainea@theactioncenterco.org to sign-up.

 

Saturday Grocery Volunteer Shifts:

Each weekday, the Action Center provides 4 to 5 tons of food to struggling families.  In order to be ready for the busy week ahead, we need your help!  These ongoing shifts are great for individualsfamilies or groups up to 15 people, who like to work inside and outside. Volunteers who enjoy a great work-out can help unload and sort incoming food and other donations. Volunteers with a gift for organizing can stock/organize the Grocery or sort clothing. Minimum age is 10.

*Shifts run every Saturday from 9am-1pm

  • December 3rd
  • December 10th
  • December 17th
  • January 7th
  • January 14th
  • January 21st
  • January 28th

 

Teens and kids are welcome!  Kids 10 to 13 years old can help with stocking and sorting away from our dock, while teens can help with the high energy work of unloading and moving food.  Parents/guardians are responsible for their children’s safety and keeping them on task.

To sign up for Weekend Grocery shifts, please email Joan at wkndgrocery@theactioncenterco.org

 

Food Rescue – GROUPS NEEDED!  

We are on the hunt for groups of 6-25 people to help from mid-morning into the afternoon. Volunteers sort, organize and prep incoming Food Rescue deliveries to support the busy Grocery.  Shifts times are flexible and will include an overview and tour of The Action Center. Minimum age is 12.

  • Mondays:  12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
  • Tuesdays:  12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31
  • Thursdays:  12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26

To sign up for a Food Rescue shift, please email me at ChristyC@theactioncenterco.org.  Have a different date in mind?  Email me!

 

Kid-Friendly & At-Home Projects:

  1. “Even Santa Needs Help Sometimes” Toy Drive*:  Shop together as a family and let your kids pick out gifts for youth aged 12 and younger to donate to our Santa Shop, by Monday Dec 14th.  We really need Remote Control Cars, sports equipment, craft kits, and anything from Star Wars/Frozen/Minions for kids ages 9-12 AND toys for infant/toddlers. You can also set up a drive with your company, school; church group, etc. (Please do not wrap toys).  Our Santa Shop will provide holiday toys to more than 4,000 kids living in poverty this holiday season.
  2. Gather Up Your Gently Used Kids Clothing: Have your kids go through their closets and gather any clothing they have outgrown or no longer want to wear, and then bring the items to the Action Center.  Kid’s clothes just fly out of our clothing bank so we really need these donations.
  3. Warm and Cozy Clothing Drives: Recruit your scout group, sports team, classmates, church group or club to gather as many articles of warm clothing as possible.  Ask if you can get extra credit at school for your project.  Compete against other groups to see who can collect the most!   We distribute more than 15,000 articles of clothing from our Clothing Bank every single month and warm items are already flying off our shelves.
  4. Sweet Treats: Bake and decorate holiday cookies, Rice Crispy treats, or other holiday treats to donate to our homeless shelter.  Our shelter houses up to 25 people at one time, including individuals, couples and families with children.  Homeless families struggle deeply during the holidays and the simple touch of cookies can brighten their spirits and lift their hopes for a better future.
  5. Protein Power Food Drive*: Reach out to you community to gather as many canned proteins as possible.  Create unique home-made prizes or certificates for the folks who collect the most tuna, chicken, canned chili, and peanut butter.  During the cold winter months, protein is a key source of nutrients needed to stay warm.
  6. T-Shirt Bags: Recycle your old T-Shirts by transforming them into fabric bags.  We use T-Shirt bags in Clothing and Grocery so that folks who are walking or bussing have an easier time carrying their items home. Directions: Cut off the sleeves and cut out the collar. Sew across the bottom of the T-shirt to close it up. Viola!  If you are inspired, organize a drive for old T-Shirts and host a sewing party.
  7. Holiday Cards:  Create festive (non-denominational) holiday cards at home and then drop them off at the Action Center.  We will include them in our 5-Day Food supplies to our neighbors in need to lift them up during the difficult holiday season.

Amazon Smile:

Amazon Smile is through Amazon Prime. Amazon Smile comes at no cost to you, you simply add us are your charity of choice and shop as normal. Amazon Prime will then donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase to your charity of choice. To add The Action Center to your account simply click on the following link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7019679