April is National Volunteer Month

Welcome to the April edition of Volunteer News! April is National Volunteer Month and we are finding creative ways to celebrate! Please read on for more information about:

  • National Volunteer Month Festivities
  • Volunteer Engagement Framework
  • Volunteers needed to help assist neighbors with tree branch removal
  • Volunteers needed to help with vaccines at The Ranch

National Volunteer Month
The power of people working together can bring about monumental changes.  National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 with the goal of shining a light on the power of volunteers to transform the world.  National Volunteer Month is an extension of National Volunteer Week and allows us more time to celebrate the valuable work you do to make Fort Collins an extraordinary community.  

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Volunteer Engagement Framework

Volunteer Services is considering the development of a volunteer engagement framework to enhance volunteer experiences and mobility across the organization. We are working with VQ Volunteer Strategies, an independent consulting firm that specializes in volunteer engagement strategies.  As part of this process, we are seeking input on how a volunteer framework might benefit employees, volunteers, unpaid interns, and the City as a whole. 

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is intended to be completed in one sitting. Once you select "done" on the final page you exit the survey and cannot return. 

Survey responses will be analyzed by VQ Volunteer Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in volunteer engagement. While VQ Volunteer Strategies will share combined data in preparation of the survey results report, responses will be aggregated and will not be reported individually.

 Your input is crucial to the planning process and we genuinely hope you will participate. You can complete the survey any time between now and close of business on Monday, April 19. When you are ready to take the survey, please click the link below.

Take the Survey

City Seeks Volunteers for Tree Branch Removal
The City of Fort Collins seeks willing volunteers who want to help their neighbors with tree branch removal in response to the damage left by the March snowstorm. Volunteers will be assigned in pairs to neighbors who face challenges tending to branch removal and need one-time assistance. Volunteers should have access to reliable vehicle. Access to a trailer and hand tools are helpful, but not required.  If you are interested in helping, the first step is to fill out a volunteer application for the program.
Apply Today!

Volunteers Needed for Vaccine Sites

Volunteers of America has been asked by FEMA to help recruit and organize volunteers for the vaccine site at The Ranch.

Non-medical volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday to help on-site with traffic control, greeting, observation and general site support. Volunteer shifts are 5 hours and outdoors. Volunteers must be age 18+.

Lunch is provided and volunteers are eligible to receive a vaccine during their second shift. This means that instead of spending hours on the phone calling every vaccine place in town, you could get a vaccine while also helping out with this big lift! Businesses and organizations that have been trying to help their staff navigate the systems could even volunteer together as team-building events, knowing that at the end of it, they will get their first shot.

Shift availability and sign-up can be viewed at: https://www.nocovolunteers.org/need/detail/?need_id=576618

FEMA is currently distributing up to 1,200 vaccines per day but that operation is expected to continue to scale up. That will only be possible if we step up as community members to help make that happen.

This is not a City-sponsored program but we feel it is important to help spread the word. Any questions should be directed to Volunteers of America.

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Volunteer Services
215 N Mason St 2nd Floor
Fort Collins, CO 80524