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Community Service Sites

Although there are many service opportunities, we have a few restrictions for qualifying hours.  Hours completed doing the following work will NOT be applied towards the required total:

  • Volunteering with animals (veterinarian’s office, animal shelter).
    • This excludes sites where animals are used for therapeutic purposes
  • Organizations with political affiliation (campaigns, rallies)
  • Fundraising
  • Sporting events (working a score clock, refereeing)
  • On campus work – we encourage students to get out in the community!

There are a number of service sites around the Denver area that have wonderful volunteer opportunities.  We encourage students to choose sites that involve their interests and challenge them to grow as individuals. 

For additional information, contact Ms. Summers at asummers@stmarys.academy.

Click on a category below to expand a list of possible organizations.

Children and Teens

  • Reading Partners – Provide one-on-one reading instructing and mentoring to school-aged kids.

  • Shiloh Home, Inc. – Mentoring, tutoring and supporting youth who have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma.

  • Summer Scholars – Student Achievement, Youth Enrichment and Family Education programs.

  • The Bridge Project – Tutoring and mentoring youth

  • The Rise School of Denver – “The Rise School is an inclusive non-profit preschool, serving children ages 12 months to pre-k with and without developmental disabilities.”

  • Tennyson Center for Children – Empowering children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma to bravely, and safely, change their life’s story.

  • Warren Village – Evening child care for families in transitional housing; 6 months requirement, 4 hours a month

  • Whiz Kids Tutoring –  Tutoring and mentoring youth

Community Projects

  • Angel Concept – “Helping Disadvantaged Women Transform Their Lives”

  • ArtReach Denver – To ensure people of all ages who struggle with physical, mental, behavioral or severe economic challenges have an opportunity to experience arts and culture

  • Asian Pacific Development Center – Supporting and assisting members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community

  • CALICO Culture – Activities, classes and events to help international residents transition into American culture.

  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless – “The Coalition is a national leader in providing integrated housing, health care, vocational and supportive services, creating lasting solutions to homelessness.”

  • Earthlinks – Connecting People-at-Risk with Earth-at-Risk

  • Habitat for Humanity – Building homes; working at outlet store

  • NAMLO International – International and local opportunities that help construct schools and communities

  • Rebuilding Together Metro Denver – Rehabilitate homes for low-income seniors and people with disabilities

  • Redline – As stated on their website: “RedLine is a diverse urban laboratory where art, education and community converge. Our vision is to foster forms of social practice in the arts that inspire inquiry and catalyze change”.

  • ReVision – “To work with people in economically marginalized neighborhoods to develop resident leaders, cultivate community food systems, and create an economy owned by the community.”

  • Somali Community Center of  Colorado – Tutoring and assisting students with English, general homework and adjustment to life in America

  • Southwest Improvement Council – “A grassroots organization dedicated to serving the people of southwest Denver”

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society – “The Society of St. Vincent de Paul believes strongly in carrying out our mission of living our faith through charitable works and serving those in need

Senior Assistance

  • Seniors’ Resource Centers – Assist seniors in maximizing their individual and personal dignity through various services

  • Senior Support Services – “Denver’s only day center for hungry and homeless seniors. The day center is a safe place to spend time, socialize with others, and participate in activities.”

  • The Argyle – Arts & crafts assistant, companion, reader, and visitor

Meals and Family Services

  • Cafe 180 – “To reduce hunger in the community by providing meals to everyone, regardless of ability to pay”

  • Clothes to Kids of Denver –Provide clothing to low income, school-aged children in Denver County, free of charge

  • Crossroads of the Rockies – Food bank, clothing distribution, tutoring

  • Denver Rescue Mission – Help meet the needs of homeless, hungry and people in need

  • Dolls for Daughters – “To support underprivileged children and their families in Colorado by providing toys, food, and more during the holidays, school supplies and clothing during the school year, and assisting families through community outreach, financial planning and professional support.”

  • Father Woody’s Haven of Hope – Provide food, clothing, shelter and other services to those who are homeless

  • Food Bank of the Rockies –Food reclamation and distribution to help combat hunger

  • Fr. Woody’s Haven of Hope – “To provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, rehabilitation, and hygienic services to the homeless and less fortunate.”

  • Gabriel House Project –Outreach program that helps pregnant women and new mothers in need.

  • Hope House of Colorado –Home for teen moms and their children

  • Joshua Station Denver – “Helps families move from homelessness to stable housing and self-sufficiency through transitional housing, holistic support services, counseling, skill development, parenting guidance, and educational support.”

  • Lutheran Family Services, Refugee & Asylee Program – Help individuals and families rebuild their lives after recently arriving in the U.S.

  • Metro Caring – Food pantry and hunger relief organization

  • Mi Casa Resource Center –“Mi Casa has been dedicated to advancing the economic success of Latino and working families in the Denver Metro area”

  • Samaritan House Homeless Shelter – Meal companions, clothing room and childcare opportunities with people who are homeless

  • St. Elizabeth of the Hungary – Sandwich line preparation and serving

  • The Action Center – Food pantry, clothing bank and other services to help those in need

  • The Gathering Place – “The Gathering Place is the only daytime drop-in center in metropolitan Denver that serves women, their children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are also experiencing homelessness.”

  • We Don’t Waste – Collect excess food from events and organizations, and redistribute to hungry members of the community.

  • Wee Cycle – “We collect, “weecycle” and match essential baby gear to families through partner organizations focused on alleviating poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, teen pregnancy and under-employment”

  • Women’s Bean Project –Help women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment through food services

  • Women’s Crisis Center –Childcare, activities leader

 

Health and Wellness

  • Brent’s Place – “Brent’s Place is the only Children’s Hospital Colorado approved Safe-Clean housing facility for immune compromised patients and their families, providing a living environment that is essential to healing and recovery.”

  • Project Angel Heart – Preparing and delivering nutritious meals for those coping with life threatening illnesses

  • Project C.U.R.E. – Provide donated medical supplies and equipment to developing nations around the world

People With Special Needs

  • Adam’s Camp – Summer camp assistant for children, youth and young adults; companion for children with special needs, recreation assistant, and youth program assistant.

  • Anchor Center for Blind Children – Support children who have visual impairments or blindness through classroom and recreational activities.

  • National Sports Center for the Disabled – Working with children and adults with special needs in athletic and recreational settings

  • Praying Hands Ranch – Assisting with Hippotherapy, Equine Programs, and Horticultural Experiences for therapeutic services

  • Rosie’s Ranch – Work with horses to help children with deafness or oral language challenges.

  • Roundup Fellowship – To provide a variety of residential and community-based services to children and adults with developmental special needs

  • REVEL – REVEL is a non-profit organization for teens and young adults with autism and related disorders and their peers. Our priority is to build a sense of community where everyone belongs, focuses on self-determination and autonomy and develops skills important in life as a teen and adult.

  • Special Olympics -Working with children and adults with special needs in athletic and recreational settings

  • The Friendship Circle – Become a buddy/mentor/friend for a teen or child with special needs. Attend events and social activities with kids in the program.

  • The Right Step – Assist in therapeutic horse riding sessions for people with disabilities.

  • Zuma’s Rescue Ranch – “Serves as advocate and mentor for abused and neglected humans and horses in need, providing them with the trust and love they need to take their next step successfully into our world.”