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Volunteers needed: Parade of Lights

The 9NEWS Parade of Lights, Colorado’s largest holiday parade, is in Downtown Denver on December 1 and 2, 2017. We are currently looking for volunteers to participate as costumed characters, banner elves, and grandstand ambassadors. These volunteers (12-years-old and older) will be assigned to a unit and specific costume and face paint. The volunteers will march the two-mile parade route (under the supervision of a unit captain) in character while waiving at the thousands of locals who come to watch the parade each year.

Persons interested in participating in this year’s parade should go to www.denverparadeoflights.com and fill out an application as soon as possible. Positions are filling up quickly!

Holiday angels needed


Submitted by Amanda Kalina


Denver Metro

If your Girl Scout troop is looking for a holiday community service project, we hope you might consider working with HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op. This holiday season we are collecting gifts for families in our school who are need. HOPE serves 2,000 students across Colorado, many of whom come from lower socio-economic homes. Last year this program helped 150 families (450 children). We are looking to match angel donors with families before Thanksgiving, so please be in touch ASAP if you are interested in participating.

Girl Scouts of Colorado has been a great partner of HOPE’s on several projects, including this one, over the last year. We look forward to continuing this relationship during the 2015 holiday season!

If you would like to support HOPE through this project, or something else, please reach out to Melanie.Stone@HOPEonline.org (303-727-0315).

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.


Wacky Volunteers needed for bike ride in Douglas County

Submitted by Susie Wargin, Co-Event Director

OK, you don’t have to be totally wacky to volunteer, however the Wacky Bike Ride is looking for help on Sunday, September 13, 2015 in Highlands Ranch and other cities in Douglas County.  The Wacky Bike Ride benefits Douglas County Schools, specifically the Douglas County Educational Foundation and their Helping Hands program, which provides backpacks filled with school supplies for DougCo students in need.  Last year, the Wacky gave the program $10,000 – enough to fill 500 backpacks with supplies for student this fall.  Organizers were named the school district’s Apple Award winner for Community Partner. Staged out of Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch, the Wacky Bike Ride has courses of 6, 45, 62 and 100 miles with numerous locations and times for volunteers.  All volunteers receive a goodie bag, T-Shirt, boxed lunch and bottled water.  Parents are more than welcome to join their daughter on the course.

To see the list of positions visit: http://ow.ly/Roe4R

For any questions please contact Susie Wargin: susie@wackybikeride.com or 303-517-7484

For more information about the event visit www.WackyBikeRide.com

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.


Help a girl shine as a Girl Scout volunteer

It starts with one day, one meeting and one role model that shows girls they can accomplish more than they ever imagined. It starts with volunteering for Girl Scouts. Imagine the difference you will make.

Hear from Colorado volunteers in this video on how volunteering for Girl Scouts has made a difference in their life:


Girl Scouts makes volunteering easy and fun. Sign up today at girlscouts.org.

Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities – Bear Creek Lake

Flood conditions have created unique volunteer opportunities for Girl Scout Troops at Bear Creek Lake Park.


Bear Creek Lake Park has been a dedicated supporter of Girl Scouts of Colorado, we have had many day camps there over the years. They were on the news today about the catastrophic flooding at the park. The park was originally designed as a backup system to catch water flowing down from the mountains to protect Denver and the neighboring areas from flooding.

Lucky for residents downstream, the park reservoirs did their job but the park is flooded. Bear Creek Lake Park is having an initial cleanup for the park on October 2nd 2013. This is one of many future volunteer opportunities at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood.

The park is in a holding pattern untill the water recedes for any cleanup or help. They will be looking for groups, etc in the spring and next summer to help with cleanup and repairs.

Volunteer run day camp directors’ contact information will be published with their camps in the camp catalog so that parents can ask them directly regarding location changes due to flooding.

Contact Bear Creek Lake Park here: http://www.lakewood.org/ContactUs/

Thank you to Judy Moisey-Asay, a dedicated boating volunteer, who brought this to our attention.

Volunteering for Girl Scouts Can Help You Land A Job

The following is a guest post from Alli Oswandel, longtime Girl Scout volunteer and current AmeriCorps member


Recently, I was hired for my dream job, a fourth grade teacher in Northern Colorado. A lucky break since the FWB jobs market dried up recently with the economy. I can honestly say I owe it to my time volunteering with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Over the past 5 years, I have had the rewarding experience of volunteering as a Day Camp Director. I’ve made an impact on 100s of girls’ lives offering experiences like archery and canoeing. During the last year as an AmeriCorps Member for Girl Scouts of Colorado I was able to support GSCO’s recruitment of new volunteers as well as offer programs for girls. Not only have I developed the skills for management, organization and enthusiasm to get me ready for my new classroom, but I have also created relationships and connections that led me to my new career.

Check out the article below, which is a study published this summer on the professional benefits of volunteerism. This proves what I always knew to be true – I spend my time volunteering to help others and I get the benefit of professional experience as icing on the cake. It’s a win-win! Do you know anyone looking for a job that could benefit from volunteering with Girl Scouts of Colorado? Send them our way; we’re always looking for great volunteers. You can learn more about volunteering on our website.

Volunteers More Likely to Land Jobs, Study Finds
Jun 18, 2013
First-ever federal research finds unemployed individuals who volunteer are 27% more likely to find work than non-volunteers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A groundbreaking new report from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides the most compelling empirical evidence to date establishing an association between volunteering and employment.

The study, “Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment: Does Volunteering Increase Odds of Finding a Job for the Out of Work?” finds that unemployed individuals who volunteer over the next year have 27 percent higher odds of being employed at the end of the year than non volunteers. The relationship between volunteering and employment holds stable regardless of a person’s gender, age, ethnicity, geographical area, or job market conditions.

“Many of us in the volunteer sector have long felt volunteering gives a boost to those looking for work, but we’ve never had solid research to back it up,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “This report shows a definitive relationship – volunteers are more likely to be employed a year later than non-volunteers. We know that volunteering can help job seekers develop skills and expand professional contacts, creating a positive impression that can make a big difference in a competitive job market.”

The federal agency used 10 years of data from the Census Bureau and analyzed a nationally representative sample of more than 70,000 individuals 16 years or older who were looking for work. The report examines their volunteer and employment status over two years to determine whether there was a relationship between volunteering and securing a job.

The report’s finding of a 27 percent increase in odds of employment was statistically significant. The association between volunteering and employment remained consistent across each year of the study period and varying unemployment rates, suggesting that volunteering may provide an advantage regardless of economic conditions. Importantly, the relationship was strongest among individuals without a high school diploma (51 percent increase in odds) and individuals who live in rural areas (55 percent increase in odds).

“This research suggests that people with limited skills or social connections – particularly those without a high school education – may see an extra benefit to volunteering as a way to open doors and level the playing field,” said Dr. Christopher Spera, director of evaluation and research at CNCS.

Prior research has shown that volunteering can increase a person’s social connections and professional contacts (social capital) and skills and experiences (human capital), two factors that are positively related to employment outcomes. In addition, some workers may see volunteering as a possible entry route into a new field or organization where they would like to work.

Promoting volunteer service as a pathway for employment and opportunity has been a priority of CNCS. The agency provides vital leadership and support to America’s voluntary sector through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Volunteer Generation Fund, and other programs. Last year, the agency engaged more than five million Americans in service to meet local needs and built the capacity of thousands of nonprofits to more effectively recruit and manage volunteers.

The connection between volunteering and employment has also been promoted by the Department of Labor, which issued policy guidance last year recognizing that volunteering can help expand opportunity for unemployed individuals by enabling them to develop and maintain skills, expand their network of contacts, and enhance their resumes. The guidance encouraged state workforce agencies to promote volunteering by individuals receiving unemployment compensation.

“This research has far-reaching implications for the volunteer sector, for workforce agencies, for policymakers, and for those who are out of work,” Spencer said. “We encourage nonprofits across the country to engage out-of-work Americans as volunteers, and to help them develop skills and contacts and take on leadership roles. For those who are out of work, consider volunteering as one part of your job search strategy. Visit Serve.gov to find volunteer opportunities in your area.”


Our most critical need: adult volunteers

I’m really excited to share the story that 9NEWS (KUSA) recently aired about Girl Scouts of Colorado! The story, which I have linked below, highlighted exactly what our most critical need in our organization is right now — adult volunteers. As you may or may not know, there are thousands of girls on waiting lists that want to be Girl Scouts, but can’t until volunteer leadership is found.

We hope you will consider volunteering with us, or sharing the 9NEWS story with others and ask them for their support. To get through these hard times this is where your support is most critically needed.

If you don’t have time to volunteer, please consider making a donation to Girl Scouts on our website and make the worthwhile investment of supporting our next generation of Colorado leaders!

We thank you in advance for your support!


View the story here

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week


Why volunteer at Girl Scout Camp? First time camp volunteer, Kass Kohmnan, tells us “I decided to volunteer at Day Camp this year because I got hooked on the crazy happy vibe that was so evident when my daughter participated last year! Every day I came a bit earlier and stayed a bit later just to be a part of things. So many excited kids! They started each day happy and full of energy and finished happy and exhausted! You know it was a good day when even the grownups were smiling!” Want to have that happy vibe? We have opportunities all over the state, especially Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. Contact Alli Oswandel at  VS.Americorps@gscolorado.org to find out how! “I love volunteering at camp because it is my daughter’s very favorite thing about summer! She loves it and looks forward to it every year!” says long time camp volunteer, Jan Leary.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week


Celebrate Earth Day with Girl Scouts! This Denver event on April 21st, presented in partnership with the Energy Service Corps, will be a fun and engaging day for all girls and volunteers. Girls kindergarten through twelfth grade will participate in activities, such as traveling through different stations in their “flower-powered car,” exploring the wonders of water and investigating the real food network. We are looking for volunteers to assist with each of these fun activities and more. Together we can learn how to take care or our planet. What a way to celebrate Earth Day! Contact Alli at alli.oswandel@gscolorado.org for more information.

Cool Volunteer Opportuntity!


As a volunteer organization, we are always in need of trainers to help provide the most accurate information to our new leaders. If you enjoy working with adults and love Girl Scouting, this is a great way to volunteer. Trainers are needed in all areas of the council to bring training closer to our volunteers. Train the trainer events are scheduled several times a year and rotate locations.

The next Train The Trainer will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in Colorado Springs.

This is an 8.5 -hour course to prepare volunteers and staff to become Adult Trainers for Girl Scouts of Colorado.
In order to become a Girl Scouts of Colorado Trainer, you will need:
1. a completed volunteer application
2. a completed background check (current leaders should have this on file)
3. to schedule an interview with Maureen Lienau, prior to attending this training

By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe at least 5 basic skills and knowledge needed to facilitate adult learning. The content will cover:
. Definitions of Adult Learning
. Roles and responsibilities of a Trainer
. Traits of a Successful Trainer
. How adults and groups learn
. Learning Preferences
. A sample of one GSCO Training design
. Managing group and individual behaviors
. “Must Dos” for a Trainer

Saturday’s materials, lunch, and snacks will be provided for a cost of $30.00. Please note in “Comments” any food allergies or avoidances or other ways Council Staff may accommodate you. For more information, please contact alli.oswandel@gscolorado.org.