Leading in Times of Change

This has been a challenging time for everyone, yet the City of Fort Collins continues to run on the power of volunteers. Our community continues to rise up to help their neighbors in new and creative ways.  Volunteers refuse to give up, they simply shift course with hearts of service and resilience. This issue of Volunteer News shares highlights, and inspiring moments of 2020.

Communities Connecting Virtutally
VirtuVisit connects isolated older adults to family, friends and the volunteers supporting them. This no cost program provides seniors with user-friendly digital tablets and startup support by trained volunteers. Each participating senior is paired with a volunteer who will teach them to use the tablet and connect with others. With practice and simple instructions, participants will be able to easily connect for a video call with family and friends.
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Volunteers Needed to Help Students
As you may know, many school districts are switching back to remote learning because of rising COVID numbers.  Poudre School District announced last week that they will follow this trend, beginning November 23.  Not all students have the option to learn from home so a community effort has been launched to seek help from volunteers.  Many agencies are working together to recruit and place volunteer tutors.  Tutors are needed at a variety of locations for all age levels.  If you have experience in teaching or just a desire to help we ask that you consider signing on. There will be several steps depending on which age group and location you are assigned to, but the first step is to fill out this interest form.
Tutor Interest Form

Light Up the Night
FC Moves staff and volunteers designed a creative way to distribute bike lights to the community in their Light Up the Night event. Staff created a fun chute to share free bike lights while keeping up with social distancing protocols. Light Up the Night events happen throughout the dark winter months. For more information visit FC Bikes
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TRC Cleans Up
The Timberline Recycling Center volunteers tackled a much-needed project this summer. Landscaping around the facility had become overrun with weeds so volunteers used cardboard layers to kill weeds through a lasagna-style layering approach. Volunteers came from the Gardens on Spring Creek and Natural Areas to help. The site looks cleaner and more inviting, thanks to the work of our volunteers.
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Healthy Homes Assessments
Healthy Homes is a free, indoor air quality program for Fort Collins community members that aims to reduce chemical and biological pollutants, and promote safety. Staff, volunteers and partner organizations work together to improve the respiratory health of all Fort  Collins community members. Now more than ever, its important to make sure your indoor air quality is safe and healthy. Volunteers are getting creative with Virtual Home Assessments conducted over the phone.  When you complete an assessment over the phone, you will receive many
free gifts, including:
• Radon Test Kit
• Healthy Household Cleaner
• Healthy Household Cleaning Recipes
• Sustainable Cloth for Dusting
Call today, 970-416-2832
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Interning in a Virtual World
Graduating students face an uncertain world.  City Departments continue to engage interns in important work.  HR, Utilities, Natural Areas, and Recreation are just a few of the departments that continue to benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of Interns.  Interns across the City meet virtually every Friday to speak with City Leaders.  In this photo, City Manager, Darin Atteberry shared his passion for our City with these young professionals.

Thank You
The City of Fort Collins is grateful to the volunteers who make this community great. If you'd like to submit an article for Volunteer News or have an idea for topics to cover, please email Sue Schafer sschafer@fcgov.com
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Volunteer Services
215 N Mason St 2nd Floor
Fort Collins, CO 80524