EDITOR’s NOTES: This is one of our “One Stop Shopping” Articles, where we scan the internet, social media, town nonprofits, and web sites to gather information you need, and put it all in one place for easy access. — This Article will be available to the public year-round by using the Search box. — By the end of January, we will attach this list to our “Community Resources” permanent page. Go to the Main Menu Bar on the front page of the newspaper, and pull down the “Community Resources” option. You can also “Bookmark” this page link for future reference.
Want to make a New Year’s Resolution that will be fun, expand your social circle, and make a beneficial impact on YOUR COMMUNITY? See the list below.
We start off with a description of who the nonprofits are and what they do, …and then offer info on what volunteer positions are open, a brief description, and a link to find out more. This List is appropriate for ALL YEAR (eg, it includes working in a garden in the SUMMER) — We are ONLY providing info here on Volunteer Opportunities (not on such things as upcoming fundraisers, or meeting dates, etc.) Thanks for reading this article, and for your interest in Volunteering! Good luck!
Human needs assistance
Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund (LEAF)
Message from Lory Barton, Executive Director of LEAF, on current needs:
The Food Pantry needs team members who can commit to every other Wednesday afternoon at the Pantry, or one or two Tuesday mornings a month to pick up shop for food at Community Food Share. Please email <email@example.com> if you are interested and available to commit regularly to help meet these needs.
Meals on Wheels needs drivers who can commit to meal delivery one day per week on an ongoing basis, or to regularly volunteering as a substitute driver. Please email <firstname.lastname@example.org> — And, see below for details on Lyons Weed Posse.
As LEAF prepares to move to its new location at 304 2nd Avenue in 2024, we will have more needs for Food Pantry volunteers.
FACTS: As the only human services agency working exclusively in the Greater Lyons area, LEAF knows Lyons. LEAF offers an amazing weekly Food Pantry, a compassionate Meals on Wheels service, free and accessible Mental Wellness and Addiction Recovery care right here in our community, Basic Needs support, and the services of Lyons Volunteers.
LINK<LeafLyons.org/give> to how to volunteer, including 5-page booklet that details what areas need volunteers; and the Application FORM.
Lyons Community Foundation (LCF)
The Lyons Community Foundation exists to improve the quality of life, build a culture of giving and create positive change in the greater Lyons area. LCF provides grants for: HUMAN SERVICES services such as the local food pantry, financial assistance, meal delivery for seniors and mental wellness & addiction recovery; CONNECTING the community through the summer concert series, the winter wonderland series, the parade of lights, public art displays; and INVESTING in Youth through a generous scholarship fund and grants to local schools /and/ History preservation; and SUPPORTING local ecology initiatives such as the newly formed Lyons Community Farm Project.
Message from Gil Sparks: “Lyons community foundation has multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Including, but not limited to: Winter Wonderland series, sandstone concerts, St. Patrick’s Day fun run, the artisan fair, Hootnanny, along with other pop-up opportunities as they occur.” For more information, go to:<LCF web page> And, go to their Volunteer page: <LCF VOLUNTEER>
Message from our Executive Director, Diana Ralston
“Ten year Anniversary” — It’s hard to articulate my feelings about Can’d Aid’s growth and impact over the past decade. From our down-to-earth craft beer roots and get ‘er done mentality, we have built a movement of like-hearted people who have helped distribute more than 3 million cans of water, donated more than 22,000 bikes, skateboards, and musical instruments to disadvantaged youth, painted 14 community murals and recycled the equivalent of 28.5 million cans. What started as a hyper-local disaster response in Lyons, CO has evolved into a national nonprofit that has rallied more than 30,000 volunteers to create positive change in ALL 50 states. And while the stats are impressive, for me it’s always been about the people – creating and building community one authentic relationship at a time. As human beings, we are hard wired to connect, and we want to believe that we are part of something larger than ourselves. … Interested people can go directly to <Candaid NEWSLETTER> to sign up to stay in the loop on all volunteer opportunities where they live. You can see current events on their Facebook page. If you need information quickly, contact them at their general email email@example.com.
Lyons Elementary School PTO /and/ Lyons Middle/Senior High School Booster Club
These groups help make decisions and present them to the staff; they raise funds for different school-related necessities; they support the school staff, sometimes with special activities, supplies or food; they offer a public forum for your concerns; they offer free babysitting during monthly meetings. They are all volunteer run, and are free to join. See their Facebook pages for more info, or see each school’s monthly newsletter.
Gardening and Outdoor Nature Work
Lyons Weed Posse
Keeping Lyons beautiful, making more room for native plants by manually removing invasive weeds in Lyons riparian and open spaces. 2024 will be their 9th season is this project. You will also learn what are noxious weeds and how to eliminate them from your own yard. The Weed Posse is part of Lyons Volunteers, which is part of LEAF. Looking for volunteers to meet weekly, Thursdays, 9-11 am, from mid-May through October.
Contact Cathy Rivers at <harmonize colorworks7.com>
Rocky Mt Botanic Gardens
At Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens, we have three volunteer mornings every week: Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, from 9 to 11 am. We work from March to October, weather permitting. The garden features native plants from all over Colorado, each with an identifying sign. Volunteers plant new plants, weed, clip, rake, and collect seeds. Volunteering at the botanic garden is a good way to learn to identify our local native plants that you might see while out hiking, or that you might want to plant in your home garden. Bring gloves, a hat, drinking water, and your favorite gardening tools, if you have them.
If you are new to gardening, we have a friendly team of gardeners who can help you learn and will find just the right job for you. We welcome children and teens who are interested in learning about plants. We are located near Bohn Park, and you can park near the corner of Prospect St. and 4th Ave, and walk in on the path to the right. Contact Garima Fairfax for questions and/or to let her know you will be volunteering in the spring <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lyons Garden Club
Motto: “Making Lyons More Beautiful, One Flower at a Time”
Open to anyone to join; all volunteer run.
For more information: 720-771-0985
<email@example.com> === GARDEN CLUB WEB PAGE
Projects for 2024: In Mid-November several LGC members visited the West Wall/3 Bears Garden for a final fall cleanup. While basking in the sun, we took an opportunity to solidify some 2024 plans for the gardens we maintain around the Town of Lyons.
===Some of next year’s projects will include:
– lots of poppies, bringing back our past blooms!
– a dig and redesign of a section along the west wall, along the rock just east of the bears, to eliminate the grass overgrowth and bring back other xeric plants
– freshening up the Clarifier project landscape (in memory of a great friend of the Lyons community and Garden Club, Priscilla Cohan)
– expanding our new crevice garden, just across from Moxie, including bringing in local stone to create more crevices
– and of course, the continued maintenance and beautification of all the gardens and planters we’ve carefully grown over the years
===We’ll build events on this Facebook page in 2024 in case you want to (literally) get your hands dirty alongside us!
And you can come to expect the Mountain Blooms Garden Tour in June, and the Chili Cook-Off in October.
Lyons Community Farm Project
My name is Adrean Kirk and I have been involved with The Lyons Community Farm Project since its start. I am the current Executive Director. Working with this community is such fun. Nature is a brilliant teacher. One only needs to listen. We all enjoy working outdoors and shaping the food forest. We will have community gardens this year and an Orchard starting as well. Please consider donating your time. It’s relaxing to be outdoors and working at your own pace. Please contact me if you are interested. I hope to hear from you. Either way, have a beautiful year. 908-209-1069 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Our Volunteer Needs:
February…Greenhouse helpers, Project promoters
March….Greenhouse helpers, Project promoters
April….Prep food forest, Prep Orchard, Greenhouse helpers
May…Spring thing event help, workshop help, Project Promoters
June…Food forest maintenance, Play prep
July…Food forest maintenance, workshop help
August….Food forest maintenance, workshop help
September….Harvest help, Orchard help, Project promoters
October….Leaf drop, Spooky maze help
November…Prep for winter, Leaf mandala design
(note, the greenhouse is off site)
Lyons Orchard Project
Community FRUIT ORCHARD: At the December 18, 2023, BOT meeting, a Resolution was passed Amending The 2017 Land Use And Management Plan For Deed-Restricted Buy-Out Properties (DRRBOP) To Accommodate An Orchard At 124 4th Avenue. This is separate from the Lyons Community Farm Project (but supported by them). It is located near the Rocky Mt Botanic Gardens.
My intent with the orchard is to have a place of gathering for the community, learning for the kids, fresh organic fruit for the people of Lyons and possibly extra fruit to give to LEAF or LCF in years of good harvest. call it a fruit orchard. The plan is to have apple, pear, peach, nectarines, plum and Cherry trees. Multiple varieties of each so that they will hopefully fruit consistently in good years from July through early October and have lots of different flavors of each fruit. Glen Delman <email@example.com> Let him know if you want to be included in future gardening and tree planting.
Glen met with the town planner and Parks and Recreation, in December 2023 to mark the boundaries. Next, he will make arrangements to plant six apple trees in January. He will be setting up a Facebook page. We will keep you posted, as you may want to attend and be able to say “I was there, way back when this orchard was first planted.”
Simply Bee, Lyons
Simply Bee Conservation is committed to pollinator conservation and revitalizing local ecosystems through the establishment of community-collaborative pollinator habitats. Rooted in values of community engagement and environmental stewardship, we serve local communities and native pollinators. We empower and educate through living classrooms, school field trips, expert talks, neighborhood outreach programs, volunteer opportunities, and hands-on workshops, thereby creating pollinator pathways that connect neighbors and nature. Simply Bee Conservation is a 501(c)3 non-profit proudly based in Lyons Colorado.
This year we will also be offering a pollinator garden kit that will give you all the native plants, native bee houses, and resources you need to create a habitat for native pollinators. Plus, we have a community group providing workshops, neighborhood outreach programs, online resources for learning and resource sharing, and volunteer opportunities. Each garden connects our bees and community in a Pollinator Corridor. Our community is connected with many other ecology stewardship partners which offers connections to other events and volunteer opportunities such as burrowing owl monitoring through the Butterfly Pavilion.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: In the early spring and summer, we will need volunteers to help us tend the baby native wildflower plants and shrubs in our greenhouse in Lyons. In the summer we will need volunteers to help us plant in our partnered gardens and help neighbors in need with planting.
To volunteer, please email: <Tyler@simplybeeorganics.com>
To sign up for a garden kit go to SIGN UP FORM
If you are an educational institution, community group, farm, business, neighborhood or any other interest partner curious about installing pollinator habitats, please reach out to <Tyler@simplybeeorganics.com>
Boulder County Open Space (Volunteer Naturalist Program)
The Volunteer Resource Center at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat serves as headquarters and meeting place for over 100 volunteer naturalists who participate in the program, as well as storage space for many interpretive and educational programming material; plus two BCPOS staff. The building was renovated in 2023.
The volunteer naturalist program was created in 1975, when the Boulder County Parks & Open Space department was founded. Over the years the program has grown from a handful of volunteers to over 100 naturalists, who present 250-300 natural history programs a year for children, families, seniors, and the general public. Volunteer naturalists lead nature hikes and field trips focusing on geology, wildlife, plants, wildflowers, trees, and local ecosystems. Naturalists also present classroom and other indoor programs and slide presentations on many of the same topics.
For more information about the volunteer naturalist program or to volunteer, please visit the Open Space, Environment & Gardening Volunteer Opportunities webpage or contact Carlos Lerma, Natural History Program Coordinator at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or 303-678-6214.
Ask them about volunteering at the LOHR FARM, Agricultural Heritage Center, just east of Lyons:
Get a glimpse into the history of agriculture in Boulder County and enjoy the rural surroundings. This site focuses on the years 1900 to 1925 when local families prospered as farmers and witnessed the coming of the Modern Age. CLICK here to see photos and more.
Lyons Historical Society d/b/a Lyons Redstone Museum
The museum staff share working hours at the museum, so that it is open to the public seven days a week during the summer. While the museum is closed during the winter months, staff and volunteers come in occasionally to work on projects. Volunteers are welcome year-round. — Open weekends in May, including Memorial Day (5/27/24); and full time, 7 days a week, June 1 – October 1 MUSEUM WEB PAGE
Volunteers will be trained, and can assist staff in working on exhibits, digitizing records, filing materials, and more. Volunteering enables locals to learn more about their town’s history, and having the satisfaction of helping to preserve its history. Write <RedstoneMuseum@gmail.com> for more information. A staff person will contact you, and you can discuss how your skills or areas of interest can be used to fit the museum’s goals. There are no mandatory number of hours or days per month you need to be there, after you have been trained.
St. Vrain Historical Society
Volunteer at Pioneer Days 2024 Program.
Pioneer Days is an award-winning living history program that The St. Vrain Historical Society offers for free to 3rd-grade classes in The St. Vrain Valley School District. This program takes place at Old Mill Park and teaches students about early Longmont history and Pioneer life in Boulder County. (Note, these classes are not open to the general public, so do not show up at the Park thinking that you can attend a “class.”)
Volunteer Intro and Training Meeting: January 18, 2024, 5-8 p.m. = click HERE for the Facebook Events page. — This meeting is for new, current, and anyone interested in volunteering for this program. (If you are new to this program, it is required that you come to the meeting on the 18th; if you cannot meet on the 18th, please reach out to the SVHS office at (303) 776-1870. A second meeting will take place February 8, at which time they will have more information on what volunteer opportunities will be available in the current year.
(I am not posting their web page link, as they are upgrading their pages, and the link has bunch of weird letters and numbers right now. 1/4/24) I’ll do that later this month.
Wildlife and pet helpers
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is devoted to the rehabilitation and release of orphaned, injured, and sick wildlife. We are the largest wildlife rehabilitation center of this kind in Colorado, treating thousands of animals representing over 200 different wildlife species annually. We also provide outreach programs for audiences of all ages regarding rehabilitation, humane solutions to human-wildlife conflicts, and how you can help Colorado’s wildlife. Volunteers needed! == SPECIFICALLY: We are typically in need of education/outreach volunteers to go to schools and festivals and talk about wildlife rehab. Transport volunteers are also a great need.
5761 Ute Hwy, Longmont (just east of Lyons) 303-823-8455 GREENWOOD WEB PAGE
Longmont Humane Society
2023 has been a year of challenges and triumphs, and we couldn’t have faced them without the generosity of our community. Your support has enabled us to provide shelter, medical care, and love to animals in need, creating a safe haven for lost and homeless companions.
==Our youth volunteer program welcomes teens ages 13-18. Please visit our Teen Volunteer Page.
==Whether you prefer to work with pets or with people, we need your passion and unique talents! Adults can volunteer in many different roles – and you can volunteer with your kids if they are not old enough to volunteer on their own.
Please see our VOLUNTEER WEB PAGE for more information.
Call or Text: 303-772-1232 – Email: <email@example.com>
Boulder == Humane Society of Boulder County
Motto: Creating healthy relationships between pets and people
Click here to see opportunities (1) current volunteer needs (2) Community service (3) Youth and (4) Foster care BOULDER HUMANE VOLUNTEER PAGE
Currently, (January 2024) we offer a single volunteer role as an entry point to volunteering with the organization. Our Animal Care Team (ACT) is crucial to the day-to-day success of the organization and is an easy way to get started volunteering with us right away! Read the description to see if this volunteer opportunity is right for you and then click the button to get started.
We offer specialized training for all other volunteer roles in the organization, like Dog Kennel Assistant and Cat Kennel Assistant, and our Animal Care Team members are the first to know when new trainings have been scheduled! View the two main animal enrichment position descriptions.
If you have questions, please email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.