Volunteer Services Newsletter

As the weather warms up, the pace of our City heats up too. This summer we will see a return of many events we know and love. Please read on to learn how you can support City programs:

  • The Gardens on Spring Creek Spring Plant Sale
  • The Lincoln Center--join the crew!
  • Become a field trip driver for Camp FunQuest
  • Learn about all the new ways to help out our natural areas
  • Volunteers make sports more inclusive!

Spring Plant Sale

The Gardens on Spring Creek annual Spring Plant Sale is back in person for 2022 on May 14th and 15th!

Volunteers are needed to assist across both days with ticket scanning, greeting, assisting guests in shopping and with checkout. Shifts are available from 8:15 to 1:00 p.m. or 12:30 – 5:15 p.m. Please read the role descriptions and choose the shift(s) that works best for you.

Training will be provided at the start of each shift and snacks will be provided for volunteers. Most shifts will be located outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed toed shoes. Volunteers are also able to shop the sale before or after their shift.


Join the Teen Movement
NextGenServe is a teen club for youth ages 11-18. Teens will have the opportunity to volunteer around the City while learning about career opportunities in public service. We have established a club of 12 teens who will join us weekly but we still have room for you! Each project has space for eight additional drop-in volunteers. Supervision and mentoring are provided by screened staff who have experience with teens. Transportation is provide from City Hall to the project sites. Check out the Engage calendar for project dates and details.
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Join the Lincoln Center Crew
Volunteers are an extremely important and essential part of the Lincoln Center family.  We rely on our Volunteers to be our eyes and ears and to assist patrons in navigating and participating in the many performances and events we offer.  Volunteers get exposed to a wide array of artistic and professional endeavors including theatrical performances, dance productions, art gallery installations, concerts, and community events.  While Volunteers get to enjoy a majority of the presentations that they work, the emphasis is providing our patrons with a professional and enjoyable experience that makes them want to return time and time again.  
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Volunteer Drivers Needed
CampFunQuest is an amazing summer experience for all kids. The Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to serve as field trip drivers to safely get kiddos to and from their adventures. Training is included, no DOT requirements. You can commit to as few as 4 shifts per month or more if you want to lend your help to our Fort Collins Youth! Please email Ashley Ruffer if you are interested in learning more-- aruffer@fcgov.com

Volunteer for Nature!

There are so many ways to help nature through the Natural Areas Department volunteer program:

May 17 Camera Checker Training at Bobcat Ridge from 8-11am: 
This event will serve as the annual training for any *new* volunteers interested in learning more about the trail camera project at Bobcat Ridge. We will meet at the Bobcat Ridge parking lot at 8:00 AM. Natural Areas staff will give an overview of the project and the volunteer responsibilities. Sign Up Here

May 26 Sugar Beet Gardener Training for New Gardeners at Sugar Beet Gardens from 8-10am: Want to learn more about Colorado Native Plants and Pollinators? Like to garden? Just want to be outdoors with fellow nature enthusiasts? Come join the Sugar Beet Pollinator Garden crew! We’re offering a training May 26, at 8 a.m.. at Sugar Beet Park where Nature in the City installed a pollinator garden. Register for the training 

6/11 National Trails Day Volunteer Event from 8:00am-12:30pm at Sunrise Day Use Area (Horsetooth Reservoir) All volunteers welcome!: This is a collaborative trail stewardship project hosted by Larimer County Natural Resources (LCNR) and the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas (NA) that seeks to engage the community in the repair and construction of publicly accessible trails. Volunteers will learn trail design, construction, and maintenance techniques and better understand how LCNR and NA work together to provide quality visitor experiences. Register

"This June 17th - June 19th the City will be hosting it's first annual Juneteenth Celebration
Our partners at the Fort Collins Boys and Girls Club will be hosting a Juneteenth Teen Night taking place at the Fort Collins Boys and Girls Club (located at 1608 Lancer Drive) on June 17th, 2022. The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and will be open to kids ages 12 and up. There will be a bouncy house, DJ, photo booth, dinner, prizes,  games and so much more!

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Help with Adaptive Sports!

Did you know that our Adaptive Recreation Program helps athletes of all abilities participate in sports?  You can help by volunteering! If you are interested, please contact Brenda McDowell at bmcdowell@fcgov.com

Adaptive Swim Lessons

Specialized instructors focus on functional swim instruction and water safety skills in a small group or individual setting. Designed for those with intellectual, developmental, physical or sensory related disabilities. One 30 minute lesson will be assigned within the listed time frame.

VOLUNTEER ROLE- Adaptive swim lesson instructor; receive training on how to teach individuals of all ages and abilities adaptive swim lessons.

Adaptive Cycling

Meet up to go on a group bike ride along the Poudre Trail. Adaptive cycles available or bring your own.

Note: This is a program for individuals with physical disabilities. 

VOLUNTEER ROLE- Equipment set up, help with participant adaptations, get paired with participant to go on a bike ride together.

 Adult Unified Softball

Coed Unified teams are organized into two divisions to play in a summer league. Teams are scheduled for one hour of practice and one hour of play, within time frame of program.

VOLUNTEER ROLE- play as a Special Olympics Unified partner on a softball team made up of players with and without disabilities.

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