Posts Tagged ‘Volunteer’

Summer Volunteer Opportunities!

May 22nd, 2017 by Laura Smith

Summer is here! How did that happen so fast, weren't we just having a snow day?! 

While summer seemed to sneak up on us, it's here. We know you probably have a lot planned this summer (beach vacations, traveling, climbing 14'ers or eating a lot of Popsicles...) if you find yourself with extra time, we have two great opportunities that will make you feel good!

Currently we are in need of Summer Volunteer Youth Activity Leaders at our Linton Elementary School Site staring on June 5 and ending July 27. Leaders are needed from 12 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday with volunteers only having to commit to one day per week on a recurring basis. Volunteer Leaders will assist staff with daily food service, playground supervision, games, sports, and art programming.

If interested in this opportunity, please contact Megan at volunteer@bgclarimer.org

This summer we are also on the hunt for volunteer photographers and videographers. Budding or seasoned photographers can build up their portfolio by taking photos at Club Units, field trips and capturing the day-to-day awesomeness at all our Club Units.

If interested in helping out, please contact Megan at volunteer@bgclarimer.org or our Marketing Specialist, Laura, at lsmith@bgclarimer.org to find out more.

Enjoy the sunshine and we'll see  you soon!

Volunteer of the Month: Javier!

April 5th, 2017 by Laura Smith

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. To highlight our volunteers, we will be featuring one AWESOME volunteer each month.  If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@bgclarimer.org!

This month we meet Javier Eiserman. Javier volunteers at our Harmony Village location during the week. The youth love him and he's always brightening their (and our) day! He'll be teaching in Nicaragua this summer, but we can't wait to hear about his adventures when he returns!

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1. What is your favorite smell?
My favorite smell is peppermint or the freshness in the air after it rains.
2. What is the most beautiful place you've ever been to?
That is a hard one, but I'd say either Li River in China or Paris (the Eiffel Tower).
3. Would you rather win an Olympic medal, academy award, or Nobel peace prize and why?
Nobel because it means I hopefully helped a lot of people.
4. What is the bravest thing you've ever done?
Climbed a volcano in Guatemala.
5. What do you like most about volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County?
The kiddos that we work with are amazing and full of energy that will always brighten your day.

Volunteer of the Month: Avrial!

January 5th, 2017 by Laura Smith
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. To show appreciation to our volunteers, we introduce a new blog series: Volunteer of the Month. If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@bgclarimer.org!
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(Avrial is pictured in the center)
Avrial (Turner), a music education student at Colorado State University, is currently running a music education program at the Fort Collins Unit! While she has many musical talents, she specializes in piano and singing.
What makes Avrial so unique (in just one way that is), is that Avrial was born deaf. Instead of cochlear implants, Avrial's family opted to utilize music therapy as a means to engage and develop her auditory and speech functions. Growing up, music became an intense passion for Avrial and easily integrated into every aspect of her life.
During her time at the Fort Collins Unit, Avrial works with Club Members to develop musicianship using the Orff Method. This method, developed by German composer Carl Orff, combines music, movement, drama and speech in a way similar to children's play. She hopes to develop music pieces for Members to perform at Club events as well as develop a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and the CSU School of Music.
Post graduation, Avrial hopes to inspire children through music education (in a K-12 setting) and incorporate music therapy into her teachings. She keeps that goal at the forefront of her mind by keeping busy volunteering at the Club and also performing regularly with an accompanist group at events across Fort Collins.
Thank you so much for volunteering with us Avrial and for being such an inspiration to our Club Kids!

5 Reasons to Give at the End of the Year.

December 21st, 2016 by Laura Smith

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2016 might be quickly (how is it almost New Years Eve?!) coming to an end, but there is still plenty of time to give back and make the future of a youth in Larimer County bright. So while there still might be gifts to buy and stockings to hang, the year isn't over yet. Together, we can  give back before getting from others.

Here are five reasons why end of the year giving will always land you on the nice list.

It makes you feel good.

There's a lot of bad things in this world, but that doesn't mean you have to succumb to it. You know what makes you feel good? Doing good. No matter the amount of money or the length of time, giving to charities helps put a little sunshine and warmth back into the world. And who doesn't like sunshine and warmth? (Especially in these Colorado winters...)

Donating to the BGCLC qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.

When you make a donation to the BGCLC, you can reduce your taxes through the Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit. This means that in addition to the standard Federal and State Income Tax deductions, the credit provides a 50 percent state tax credit for donations made to the BGCLC. Learn more about the CCCCTC here.

As little as a $10 donation gives one youth a full-year membership to a Club Unit.

$10! That's all it takes to give one youth in Larimer County a full-year of programs, hours of fun and a safe environment to grow in. While $10 might not seem like much, it supplies 365 days of having somewhere to call home.

You'll be a leader/motivator for others.

Have kids or a partner who looks up to you? Be their #givingback leader this holiday season. Make like Rudolph and lead that sleigh of holiday cheer.

Volunteering counts as #givingback if you can't give money.

Aren't able to part with funds this year? Totally OK! Grab some friends and volunteer for a few hours this holiday season...the more the merrier we always say. #timeismoneytoo

 

Volunteers of the month: Sam & Alex Gray!

December 1st, 2016 by Laura Smith

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. Which is why we couldn't be happier to introduce a new blog series: Volunteer of the Month. If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@bgclarimer.org!

Meet Sam & Alex Gray, volunteer gurus! 

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Sam and Alex Gray have been volunteering at the Loveland-Pulliam Boys & Girls Club for the past three months. During their time at the Club, they've started a knitting club and brought several fun activities to the arts room. They are both OJP mentors for our Club Members.

We really appreciate Sam and Alex's dedication to the Club as well as the art room as we searched for a new Arts Program Specialist!

Volunteer of the month: Theresa!

October 20th, 2016 by Laura Smith
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. Which is why we couldn't be happier to introduce a new blog series: Volunteer of the Month. If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@bgclarimer.org!
Meet Theresa, volunteer extraordinaire! 
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Theresa (left) while completing Ride the Rockies

What is your favorite smell?

My favorite smell is of freshly cut grass in the summer.

What is the most beautiful place you've ever been to?

 The most beautiful place I've ever been is in the mountains of Austria near Salzburg. If you've ever seen The Sound of Music you've had a glimpse of what it looks like!

Would you rather win an Olympic medal, an Academy Award, or the Nobel Peace Prize?

I would definitely want to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Giving back and working for the greater good is just in my nature!

What is the bravest thing you've ever done?

The bravest thing I've ever done was leaving home to go to college. It may not sound like a great act of bravery, but that life change was huge for me. I struggled a lot with the transition process and when I finally settled into a new way of life I was really proud. It just goes to show that everyone has different "battles" in life and that bravery doesn't always show up in grand gestures!

What is the last thing you geo-cached?

My friend and I did some geo-caching this last week and we spent a couple of hours working on a very difficult nine step riddle cache. In this particular cache we've only made it to step two so far! Since that was a lot of thinking and hard work we rounded out the day with an easy cache called the The Cat's Perch #2.

( P.S. If you've never heard of geo-caching before, you can think of it like treasure hunting)!

What do you like most about volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County?

What I love most about volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County is the range, abundance and flexibility of opportunities to get involved. Anyone can find a fit here as a volunteer, as I certainly feel that I have!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day At The Clubs

January 22nd, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Diversity in Sports

Before our hockey tournament in Loveland on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our staff and volunteers addressed the issue of diversity in sports.  The discussion was about why it is important to support and encourage your teammates because, even though you are all different in many ways, you are working together towards a common goal.

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Fort Collins March

Teens from both the Loveland and Fort Collins Units attended the Fort Collins MLK Day March from Old Town to the CSU campus.  They created a sign that they proudly displayed during the march, and stayed after to hear the speakers in the CSU oval.  It was a chilly day, but all teens were incredibly honored and excited to partake in the march!

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Reflection on King's Speech

Youth at the Fort Collins Unit took time to watch the famous "I Have a Dream" speech.  After watching, they then reflected on what the speech meant to them.  Their reflections were then created into beautiful, inspiring posters.

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Showing Thanks

The Wellington youth spent time making cookies from scratch to then deliver to the Wellington Fire Protection District to show their thanks.  The cookies were accompanied with a card made by the youth saying "Thank you for keeping the peace" and quoting MLK: "At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love."

Thanks Cookies to Wellington Fire

Youth Providing Warmth

December 11th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Keystone ClubOne of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Good Character & Citizenship, with the goal of each youth becoming caring, productive, and responsible citizens. In order for our members to achieve Good Character & Citizenship, we provide leadership and service clubs that focus on: academic success, career preparation, and community service.

This Holiday season, our Torch Club and Keystone Club joined forces to help make blankets and collect canned food items for the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. The teens were incredibly passionate about this idea and got straight to work! For weeks, they worked on promoting their ideas by creating posters, talking with parents and staff members, and creating a book drive in order to raise the necessary money to buy blanket materials. By doing so, the Clubs raised nearly $80 and were able to buy 40 fleece blankets to donate. In addition, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store was kind enough to donate 30 fleece blankets.  After collecting blanket materials, the teens turned their attention to collecting canned food items. They put together a food drive and were able to collect 4 boxes and 3 bags of food items to donate as well.

Before the Thanksgiving Holiday, Staff Members took five Torch Club teens and five Keystone Club teens to The Rescue Mission. There, the teens were given a tour of the facility and were able to learn more about homelessness in the Fort Collins area.  After the tour, the teens dropped off their donations and left in smiles! They fully embraced the opportunity to give back to the community during the holiday season. We applaud them for all of their hard work and determination!

The Growing Project!

November 16th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

One of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Healthy Lifestyles, with the goal of each youth adopting a healthy diet.  Members from the Fort Collins Unit just wrapped up a multi week program that involved weekly trips to Hope Farms to learn about organic gardening and farming, along with additional activities at the Club including recycled art projects and making healthy snacks. Thank you to volunteers from the Growing Project for making it all happen! 

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Summer Service Challenge: Estes Park!

August 19th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Estes Park Clubhouse Project:  Stanley Park Trash Patrol

 

Summer Service - Estes Park 2 We divided the kids up into groups of four and assigned them a leader from the staff. Each team was assigned a different part of Stanley Park – perimeter, fields, youth center/skate park, and dog park. We spent about an hour cleaning up and made it a competition between the four teams. The winning team with the most trash got a special treat for snack that day.

 

It was a success, we were able to get every kid at club (41 total) involved in the park cleanup. The kids had fun and one team came out victorious, but the group as a whole made the most important impact by ridding a beautiful park of a lot of Summer Service - Estes Parkgarbage.

 

Great work, Estes Park!