Volunteer Services Newsletter

Learn about how to get involved this spring! Read more to learn about:

  • Getting teens involved in servant leadership
  • Recent volunteer celebrations
  • How you can support Adaptive Recreation
  • Next Level Neighbors

NextGenServe Gives Youth a New Summer Experience

Are you looking for a fun and meaningful experience for middle- and high-school-aged youth over the summer?

Sign up to participate in NextGenServe, a City volunteer program for youth ages 11-18 that focuses on growing leadership skills and service in the Fort Collins community. Volunteers learn about a variety of career paths and work alongside trained City staff in various settings, including parks, natural areas, and the Garden on Spring Creek. 

In addition, the NextGen program adopts the Xeriscape Garden outside of City Hall over the summer, where they meet and interact with City leaders from across the organization, have opportunities to talk to City staff about their career path, and learn about jobs in local government.

This opportunity is open to all youth interested in and driven to learn about leadership, service to their community, and a desire to explore a variety of careers. Curious? Join us for a parent information night on Tuesday, February 22, at 5:00 PM. 

Register for the Parent Info Night

Natural Areas Celebrates Volunteers
On February 3, the Natural Areas Department hosted it's annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in style at the Lincoln Center.  Volunteers and guests enjoyed a catered meal and entertainment by the Comedy Brewers . Volunteers were recognized by staff and dignitaries for their amazing contributions which included over 8,000 hours of volunteer time donated by 785 volunteers in 2021. Volunteers assist with conservation efforts on natural areas by providing education, stewardship and expertise. Volunteer Extraordinaire, David Tweedale was recognized for outstanding service. David has donated over 7,000 hours of his time since he began in 2014!  Thank you David!
Learn more about the Natural Areas Department

Adaptive Recreation Polar Plunge
The City of Fort Collins Recreation Division provides equal and quality recreation for community members with disabilities. Adaptive Recreation Opportunities (ARO) strives to ensure that people with disabilities have the necessary accommodations or support to participate in any recreation program at their highest level of independence.

Please join the Fort Collins ARO/Special Olympics Polar Plunge team. Team members may join the team and raise funds without taking the actual plunge. Raised funds will help provide sports equipment, jersey’s, transportation, scholarships, practice space, and more for our Fort Collins Special Olympics athletes.

Special Olympics Polar Plunge

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Location: Boardwalk Park/Windsor Lake Beach
For more information, email Taylor Ingram tingram@fcgov.com

Bring Your Neighborhood to the Next Level?

Next Level Neighborhoods (NLN) is an exciting opportunity to make a positive, lasting impact in your community. NLN Leaders collaborate with their neighbors to complete activities that build a sense of community, strengthen neighborhood resilience, and promote civic engagement.

Building off the strong foundations of the Sustainable Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Connections programs, NLN focuses on three pillars of sustainability (Environmental, Social, and Community Capital) to create a meaningful, comprehensive program that is fully customizable to fit each neighborhood’s unique personality.  

Participating neighborhoods will be supported by City staff and be a part of a growing network of NLN’s in Fort Collins. Throughout the year there will be opportunities for collaboration, recognition of achievements, involvement in city initiatives, and project funding. All participating neighborhoods will receive a Next Level Neighborhoods sign to display at their neighborhood entrance and will achieve badges throughout the year for completing activities.
Learn More

Volunteer Services
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Fort Collins, CO 80524