Helping Your Community: Volunteering in the Grand Valley | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog

Helping Your Community: Volunteering in the Grand Valley | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog

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Volunteer Opportunities in Grand Junction, Durango, and Beyond

Volunteering isn’t just good for the community, it’s also good for your mental and physical health. If you’re looking for an organization to volunteer with, get in touch with one of these wonderful organizations in the Grand Valley today. 

United Way of Mesa County

United Way of Mesa County supports the community in three main ways with each sector of their work representing the “building blocks for a good life.”

  • Health: Access to regular, quality physical, and mental health services.
  • Childhood Education: Parents are supported throughout early childhood development, all children enter kindergarten prepared for learning, and more students are reading at grade level by the 4th grade.
  • Self-Reliance: In times of crisis, United Way of Mesa County helps residents access basic needs.

There are many ways to volunteer, ranging from offering a few hours of your time to longer-term commitments. There truly is something for everyone and you can contact Executive Director Julie Hinkson at julie@uwmesacounty.org to learn more about all of the opportunities available.

Mesa County RSVP

Mesa County RSVP’s mission is to strengthen the community by engaging volunteers ages 55 and over. They place volunteers with a variety of organizations, but the primary areas of focus are:

  • Health care access and education
  • Academic success of children K-12 in reading, math and science
  • Safe and affordable housing for low-income individuals and families

In their own words, “Whether providing transportation to a chemo patient, teaching a child a new word, or working side-by-side with a family building their first home, RSVP Volunteers are here to help.” 

To get involved, fill out this form.

Special Olympics Colorado

There are a number of events throughout the state, and the Western Colorado region specifically that wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated volunteers who make it all happen. From event photographers to coaching and office support, there is a role for everyone.

If you have questions about getting involved, contact Georgia David, Volunteer Manager, at Georgia@specialolympicsco.org

HomewardBound of the Grand Valley

HomewardBound works tirelessly to address the issue of homelessness within the Grand Valley. They house vulnerable adults and families “on their pathway home,” run transitional programs, collaborate with area churches, and more. They rely heavily on volunteers to keep the shelter and other programs running, and you can learn more on their website at www.homewardboundgv.org.

Partners of Delta, Montrose & Ouray

If you want to mentor a child or teenager aged 6 to 17, Partners of Delta, Montrose and Ouray is the perfect non-profit for your interest. Volunteers are paired with a responsible, caring adult in a one-to-one relationship that often shapes the child or teens entire future.

The time commitment is only a few hours per week for one year, but the outcome can positively impact the child or teen for years to come., Learn more from Executive Director Curtis Hearst by emailing him at curtis@partners-west.org

St. Baldrick’s Foundation

The mission of St. Baldrick’s is to continue local efforts to find the cure needed by so many children and young adults in our community affected by cancer. To support this important mission, you can donate directlyor choose a way get actively involvedin the fight.

Over the years, the Grand Junction St. Baldrick's event has raised nearly $350,000, and their efforts continue. Visit their website to learn more, or contact Jim Hamlin, Sponsor Relations, at gjstbeez@gmail.com.

Operation Revamp, Inc.and Veterans Art Center

Operation Revamp, Inc.’s mission is to raise public awareness of the “hidden wounds of war” and the difficulties facing veterans returning home. They work to establish a variety of programs that assist the military, veterans, and their families. Healing and reintegration isn’t easy, but you can help.

To get involved, contact Wendy Hoffman at wendy@operationrevamp.org. You can also aid their efforts by donating and supporting the art center.

 

Mercy Regional Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation

Volunteer at Durango’s Mercy Regional Medical Center and help turn a scary medical experience into a compassion-filled event. Volunteers help in the gift shop, welcome people at the front desk, support department staff, and give their time to patients in need of support. As their website says, “you are always good medicine.” 

Whichever organization you choose to volunteer with, one thing is clear: You’ll be making a difference in the lives of your neighbors, and in your own life as well.

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