65 Unique Ways to Give Back In Colorado This Summer

Man and young boy standing in a mountain meadow. The man points to a direction, showing something to the boy. Summer season, clear blue sky. West italian Alps.

Summertime in Colorado is pretty awesome. Camping, hiking, backpacking, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, outdoor yoga, trail running, free concerts and movies in the park are just a few of the great activities we all look forward to this time of year. When the temperatures rise and we want to seek refuge in the mountains or the shade of a tree in a local park, we can really do as we like with whatever free time we can manage to find.

But as you hike that favorite trail, maybe consider that it takes hard work to keep it pristine for your regular use. As you take full advantage of your good health, remember that many are not so lucky. Or that juicy summer read you plan to take on your upcoming vacation? Recognize that many children don’t have books to read over the summer.

We are so lucky to live in a place like Colorado, so how can you give back and help others live their lives to the fullest? The options are endless, so I urge you to find a cause that tugs at your heart strings and give these great organizations some of your much-needed time this summer.


Outdoor Volunteering Opportunities

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  1. Trail Restoration
  2. Continental Divide Trail Alpine to Hancock Lake Trail Reroute
  3. Land Improvement Projects
  4. Land Conservation Education Projects
  5. Install Kiosks at Badger Flats
  6. Dine Out For Trails
  7. Adopt-A-Trail
  8. Become A Peak Steward for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
  9. Back Country Project at Knight Ridge
  10. Forestry Field Volunteer

    Children’s Charity Volunteer Opportunities

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  11. Tutor Dreamers at the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation
  12. Volunteer at Children’s Hospital Colorado
  13. A Precious Child Volunteer Driver
  14. Dress-A-Child at Tennyson Center for Children
  15. Help Children Meet Their Developmental Goals
  16. Donate Children’s Books
  17. Child Care at Child Safe Colorado
  18. Environmental Learning for Kids
  19. Meal Service at Urban Peak
  20. Become A Mentor with Colorado Youth At Risk

    Arts & Culture Volunteer Opportunities

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  21. Teach Outdoor Photography to Children
  22. Arts on the Block Festival
  23. Join the Communications Team at Art From Ashes
  24. Face Painting at the Heart of Imagination Day
  25. Colorado Stories Facilitator 
  26. Sponsor A Community Film through Stories Without Borders
  27. Share Your Love of Hip Hop Dancing With A Young Person
  28. Historic Elitch Theatre 125th Anniversary Gala
  29. Become A Storyteller
  30. Academic Mentor

    Environmental Volunteer Opportunities

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  31. Protect Phantom Canyon Preserve
  32. Event Planning for the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
  33. Sustainable Climate Environment Advocate
  34. Become A Naturalist
  35. Join the Tree Project at the Institute for Environmental Solutions
  36. The Greenway Foundations Gala on the Bridge Event
  37. Environmental Education Day Camp
  38. Join the Neighborhood Partners Environmental Team

    Education Volunteer Opportunities

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  39. Summer Camp Field Assistant
  40. Marketing for A Child’s Song
  41. Fundraise for Book Trails
  42. Advocate for Indian Education
  43. Become A Youth Mentor
  44. Be A Super Sibling Summer Volunteer for Anchor Center for Blind Children
  45. Summer Camp Volunteer
  46. Curriculum Development for Building Bridges

    Animal Welfare Volunteer Opportunities

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  47. W.O.L.F. Sanctuary
  48. Protect and preserve wild horses
  49. Urban Wildlife Rescue
  50. Foster A Pet
  51. Adopt A Dog
  52. Wildlife Education Outreach
  53. Barn Chores for Front Range Equine Rescue
  54. Charity Ride and Rally to Benefit Freedom Service Dogs
  55. Dog Training Services
  56. Adopt A Pig

    Health Volunteer Opportunities

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  57. Road to Recovery Volunteer Driver
  58. Denver Undy Run/Walk for the Colon Cancer Alliance
  59. NICU Family Support for March of Dimes
  60. Gala Planning Opportunity for the American Cancer Society
  61. Medical Transportation for Senior Veterans
  62. Tour de Cure
  63. Administrative Volunteers for Kindred at Home Hospice
  64. Provide Companionship to Hospice Patients
  65. Tell Children’s Cancer to Take A Hike!

1 comment
  1. Wonderful article! We often get so busy in our own lives that we neglect to help others. This is such an extensive and varied list of helping opportunities. Every individual is bound to find at least one of these that fits their interest. Grab a buddy and and volunteer together. Giving back also enriches our own life and sense of well-being. Helping others, helps ourselves.

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