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Get Involved Colorado

Get Involved Colorado is a series that highlights nonprofit organizations across the state that are looking for volunteers. If you know of an organization that needs an extra set of hands and volunteers with passionate hearts, contact host/producer Karlie Huckels at

Get Involved: Loveland's Community Kitchen

May 9, 2016
Loveland's Community Kitchen

Each day, Loveland’s Community kitchen serves approximately 100 meals to people in need. According to one client: “People leave their problems on the other side of that door. On this side, you get to feel like you’re a human again, and feel a closeness to people, and not be afraid of it.”

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic

Beginning with 17 rescued cats in 2006, The Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Spay/Neuter Clinic has grown to be an integral part of the Front Range community.

Since 2007, the nonprofit has provided low cost spaying and neutering to over 39,000 dogs and cats, in an effort to reduce pet overpopulation and disease in the Fort Collins area. The shelter facilitates adoptions of cats of all ages, and provides foster care to cats that are waiting for a "forever-home."

Get Involved: Poudre Wilderness Volunteers

Mar 7, 2016
Poudre Wilderness Volunteers

Founded in 1996, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) are citizen Forest Rangers. PWV has grown from an initial 105 founding members to 276 active members. Visitors to the 650,000 acres of Wilderness and National Forest and National Grassland lands of Northern Colorado have been steadily increasing, and to assure adequate coverage of northern Colorado’s backcountry, volunteers are crucial.

Friends of the Hvaen / You Tube

The Haven provides a safe and empowering environment where women can recover from addictions and co-occurring disorders to help them become self-sufficient, confident members of the community. “It is the only program in the state that accepts community corrections clients that are pregnant or have an infant child,” says Bill Winn, Founding President of Friends of the Haven.

Get Involved: Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

Jan 4, 2016
Lindsie Livingston

The Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, located just outside of Longmont, Colo. facilitates differently abled children and adults accomplishing therapeutic goals through riding horses. The CTRC houses around 30 horses at any given time; a mix of “retired” horses and those used for therapy. Volunteering for CTRC means interacting with the equine therapists, as well as creating bonds with riders to help them accomplish their personal goals.

Get Involved: SOS Outreach

Dec 8, 2015
Lindsie Livingston

A national organization is brought local in Eagle County, Colorado. SOS Outreach services 5,000 kids between the ages of 8 and 18. They use outdoor sports and activities to hook children into a long-term mentoring program that fosters leadership development.

SOS Outreach instills six core values in their youth: courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, and humanity. For every sports activity the kids participate in, they also participate in a service learning activity to better themselves and their community.

Get Involved: Shining Stars Foundation

Nov 2, 2015
Lindsie Livingston

"We create smiles. We renew spirits. We ignite hope."

This is the motto of the Shining Stars Foundation, who works to provide social and recreational programs to children and families faced with pediatric cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Shining Stars is unique because they aren't providing medical treatment, but organized activities that help get at the underlying issues of illness and helps the child live a happier more fulfilling life.

Lindsie Livingston

Just outside of Keensburg, Colorado, over 400 lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and other large exotic animals roam on 720 acres of land. An unobtrusive walkway, mostly 30 feet tall, allows guests to safely observe the animals. These elevated paths are the first indication that this is no zoo.

The true purpose of The Wild Animal Sanctuary is to provide an environment for rescued animals to rest and be rehabilitated by staff and volunteers. For most of them it is a chance to peacefully live the remainder of their lives surrounded by people dedicated to their health and comfort.

Friday marks the National Day of Service and Remembrance, a day we are all encouraged to do a good deed and then share it with friends.

As a nonprofit ourselves, KUNC understands many of the challenges other community groups face. In that regard, we work to encourage volunteerism through our monthly series Get Involved Colorado. The first week of each month we share the story of a nonprofit in Colorado that is in need of volunteers. We hear about the mission of the organization while spotlighting the experiences of volunteers.

Get Involved Colorado: Global Refugee Center

Aug 31, 2015
Global Refugee Center

As refugee populations across the Front Range continue to grow, so does the Global Refugee Center. With 2,500 yearly hours of ESL, literacy, citizenship and other instruction offered annually, the GRC currently enrolls 130 students.