2015 Volunteer Fair on Auraria Campus


Posted Tue, Sep 8, 2015

Volunteers In Police Service Representatives Lauren (Left) and Marie (Right). [Photo: Mark Goldman]

Volunteers In Police Service Representatives Lauren (Left) and Marie (Right). [Photo: Mark Goldman]

Organizations Recruit Ambitious Volunteers at the Volunteer Fair on Auraria Campus
By Kavann Tok, Khaleel Herbert and Mark Goldman

DENVER, Auraria Campus —
Students eagerly conversed with various organizations Sept. 3, near the Physical Education and Tivoli buildings to explore and gain new volunteer opportunities that the 2015 Volunteer Fair had to offer.

The Denver Police Department offered a whole range of opportunities for volunteers. Their brochure stated that volunteers could do a multitude of things, including keeping their communities safe from crime by being an extra set of eyes, free up officers’ time to allow them to play a more active role on the streets, and help staff learn about the areas they serve by knowing and seeing members of the community. The brochure also listed information about volunteers in Police Service as one of the five Citizen Corps Programs started by President Bush after 9/11. The purpose of these programs was to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation.

The Denver Police Department’s Volunteers In Police Service Chart. [Photo: Mark Goldman]

The Denver Police Department’s Volunteers In Police Service Chart. [Photo: Mark Goldman]

After potential volunteers pass the background check and are accepted into the program, they choose the category they want to volunteer for and do it on their own schedule.

Marie, an employee, said, “It’s a great way to see the police department behind-the-scenes and how it works.”

Volunteer services include social media, fingerprinting and translation among others. Lauren, a Colorado college student, said she worked in translation since she was a double major in Spanish and Criminal Justice. She said this is her second year as a volunteer. The brochure also said that since 2004, the Volunteers in Police Service won “National Program of the Year” in 2005. Three hundred seventy-seven thousand four hundred and eighty-five hours have been worked by volunteers, and over $8.5 million in resources have been saved by using volunteers.


Dinosaur Ridge, located in Morrison, offered potential volunteers seven sectors to work in. As mentioned in their information sheet, these unique sectors are school/group interpretive tour guide, dinosaur discovery day helper, exhibit hall docents, database coordinator, nonprofit fundraiser, public relations specialist and social media coordinator. Amber Rodenfels, membership and volunteer coordinator, started off as a volunteer in 2010. Rodenfels said this is her third year as a full-time employee.

“We have 300 dinosaur footprints and dozens of dinosaur bones with real fossils still in place. We’re not doing any active excavating right now. We’re more about preserving what’s there,” Rodenfels said. She added there are still more fossils to be found.

The Volunteer Fair served the purpose of connecting distinct groups with new ambitious students who will gain experience and knowledge in their chosen endeavors.

Photo by Rhiannon Goodrich

AVID seek to hire Denver-area middle and high school volunteers [Photo: Rhiannon Goodrich]

Volunteer fair offers opportunities to help underprivileged youths
By Rachel Bruner and Rhiannon Goodrich
DENVER, Auraria Campus —
Rows of clustered tables filled the Tivoli Commons at the Auraria campus Volunteer Fair at 10:20 a.m. Sept. 3. Within the diverse range of organizations such as the Special Olympics, Bike Denver and the Arthritis Foundation stood two very similar causes – AVID and Mi Casa. Both nonprofits desire to help underserved middle and high school students.

The Advancement Via Individual Determination sought to hire students in the Denver, Cherry Creek and Aurora Public Schools with tasks ranging from tutoring in English and math, to helping students balance a checkbook. Program Manager and Coach Kristin Lockwood said she joined the organization because she saw students failing who had so much potential. She beamed as she spoke of a former student who worked his way “from Commerce City to Cornell University.”

Lora Fike, career and academic success coordinator at the neighborhood center at North campus for Mi Casa, wanted work-study students to help North High School with tutoring to career and resume building workshops for students and their families. GED and computer classes are also offered to students’ families. Fike said that an important aspect of students’ work with the organization is making connections with high school students.

“Building relationships is the most powerful part,” Fike said.

[Photo: Andrea Herrera]

[Photo: Andrea Herrera]

Volunteer at the Botanic Gardens
By Andrea Herrera
Botanic Gardens: Volunteer Work!

DENVER, Auraria Campus – The Denver Botanic Gardens located on 1007 York St. has always been a place of tourism, family fun and volunteer work!

Today Thursday Sept. 3, Monica Acosta volunteer coordinator at Chatfield Farms and Adam Fedyski volunteer coordinator on York Street, came to the Auraria campus to talk about volunteer work.

They said the Botanic Gardens have “volunteer shifts” and “ongoing projects.” They added there is no “skills or experience” needed in order to volunteer.

Monica Acosta did, however, say they are “winding down the season and lots of events are coming up.” Events to attend during the month of September are the Colorado Corn Maze, which will be an ongoing event from Sept. 18 through Nov. 1.

Volunteers will be needed that Friday through Sunday to check wristbands and assist with fun family activities. The corn maze will not only be a fun family event, but can also serve as a great experience and opportunity for socializing and enjoying the cool fall afternoons.

They will also be hosting the Glow at the Gardens, Wednesday nights starting on Oct. 12, 21, and the 28. There will be Jack-o-lanterns larger-than-life! Pumpkins display, live music, scavenger hunts and other fall activities!

Take advantage of this volunteer help at the Botanic Gardens to connect with people, and share great memories along with taking advantage of the beautiful sights and fine art that is all around the Gardens.

For more information visit www.DenverBotanicGardens.com for more schedule times and volunteer forms.

[Photo: Haley Black]

Dinosaur Ridge is seeking day helpers and tour guides. [Photo: Haley Black]

Colorado’s Jurassic World
By Haley Black
DENVER, Auraria Campus –
Non-profit organizations need willing volunteers and Dinosaur Ridge is looking for day helpers and tour guides to help run the outdoor park, open year-round.

Amber Rodenfels, membership and volunteer coordinator of Dinosaur Ridge, located in Morrison, Colo. is looking for Dinosaur Discovery Day Helpers, School and Group Interpretive Tour Guides and Exhibit Hall Docents.

“Our volunteers range anywhere from 6-years-old to 98,” Rodenfels said.
Potential volunteers will attend a training session and have the opportunity to shadow a guide for the day. Tasks include parking and crowd control, orientating the guests, panning for gold and painting dinosaur tracks with the visitors.

Future volunteers can assist with special events such as Geohazards and Birds and Reptiles.

To join the Jurassic experience, email Amber Rodenfels at amber@dinoridge.org.

Rachel Folk, a volunteer coordinator with Americorps, stands at her booth near Tivoli on Sept. 3 [Photo: Keifer Johnson]

Rachel Folk, a volunteer coordinator with Americorps, stands at her booth near Tivoli.  [Photo: Keifer Johnson]

Touting organizations return to Auraria
By Keifer Johnson
DENVER, Auraria Campus –
It is Thursday, Sept. 3, and once again the Auraria Campus just had its bi-annual Volunteer Fair.

Fifty organizations set up shop outside the Tivoli Commons in a busy, if not a bit damp, event to offer students from all three institution (MSC Denver, CCD and UCD) an opportunity to check out volunteering opportunities. It seemed a successful day to many of the organizations present.

Success is measured by potential volunteer sign ups, and it doesn’t take many to call it a good day for Rachel Folk, a staff and volunteer coordinator with Americorps.

“We have 2,800 potential members per year,” Folk says, “and about 10 of them come from Auraria Campus.”

Volunteering fairs are a mainstay for Americorps, even if they don’t immediately bring in that many volunteers.

“We ask for a full-time commitment, so many students don’t sign up immediately. We are trying to get our name in the back of their mind, for after their graduation,” Folk says, adding that this was her third fair this week.

“We do these, career fairs, and classroom presentations.”

Even with large names like Special Olympics, the Auraria Campus Volunteer Fair is seen as important for gaining a volunteer base. Katie Roche, the Volunteer and Family Manager for Special Olympics Colorado says it is how the organization keeps a public face.

“Special Olympics is very large already, but I want us to still be out there,” Roche says. “I do about six volunteer fairs a year. This one is pretty large, it reaches a lot of people.”

Even though her organization isn’t hurting for volunteers, she still comes twice a year to Auraria for the fairs.

“With corporate volunteering we get a lot of people, it can be hard to find everyone a time to volunteer” Roche says, then laughs, “It is a good problem to have.”

While getting potential volunteers, making sure their name is in the public, and spreading the word about volunteering overall, the booth staff at Auraria’s Volunteer Fair will likely continue their biannual commute to campus.

“With three colleges all together, it’s a good opportunity here,” Roche says.

A selfie taken at the NARAL Pro-Choice organization table.  [Photo: Justine Sandoval]

A selfie taken at the NARAL Pro-Choice organization table. [Photo: Justine Sandoval]

NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Breaking Ground at the Auraria campus
By Conor Hatch
DENVER, Auraria Campus –
The bi-annual Volunteer Fair kicked off at approximately 10 a.m. on the south side of the Tivoli Building bringing volunteer organizations from all over Colorado an opportunity to recruit potential collegiate volunteers.

Some offering paid positions and internships, making this event not only one for volunteers, but careers as well.

NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado proved to be the one of the most intriguing organizations that was present. Campus organizer Justine Sandoval was there providing information about the organization and to talk about their new chapter on campus. NARAL stands for National Abortion Rights Action League, and has just recently became a student organization on the Auraria campus and are not only trying to find volunteers, but members as well to help spread the word about NARAL.

Sandoval said their ultimate goal is to fight, “for the right for women to own their own body.” In these efforts they are also fighting for equal access to affordable birth control, and coupling that with lowering abortion rates.

In doing this they also campaign against anti- abortion laws, and other legislation involving the reproductive rights of women. In fact, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado teaches at MSU Denver. She has classes in American National Government and political systems.

For more information about NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: http://www.prochoicecolorado.org/

Auraria Students Line Up to Donate Time
By Kyle Rickert
DENVER, Auraria Campus —
Nearly 50 organizations set up shop along the Tivoli Commons on a cloudy September day for the fall Auraria Volunteer Fair.

The event Thursday has been recurring on campus for years, offering students a chance to network, build their resume and give back to their community. While there are a few paid positions available, the fair is heavily focused on volunteer and intern positions.

“There are lots of job fairs around town, but there’s not a lot of opportunity to find volunteer work,” said Deborah Moller, one of the volunteer employees of the event. “Our goal is to get as many students as possible involved with the Denver community and beyond.”

Moller has been helping with the event for over four years now and she said it has grown tremendously as far as organization and volunteer numbers.

There was no shortage of smiling faces waiting to spout out information like water from a faucet.

There was also no shortage of variety among the different organizations. Students could sign up for anything from volunteering to help at the Butterfly Pavilion to experiencing a hands-on approach to democracy with New Era Colorado. There was even a group that trains people to become a guide for blind skiers.

Aside from donating time, CU Denver also offered the chance to donate food through their event-wide food drive.

“It’s just cool that campus sets up so many events like this to help us work toward finally getting a real job,” said MSU Denver senior Tomas Aguilar.

A Helping Hand
By Mariama Fofanah

DENVER, Auraria Campus – On a cloudy, cool morning, Metropolitan State University of Denver hosts, day of volunteering advocacy. Tables decorated with flyers, pens, candy and literature to get the conversation and the importance of volunteering started.

Volunteers, ambassadors and coordinators put their best face forward in an effort to spread the word, get people talking and promote their organizations. One organization stood out in the crowd of tables. CASA. (Court Appointed Special Advocate FOR CHILDREN.)

“We need people, I wish we didn’t, because that means, too many children are in need, it’s sad,” said Sara Boon, a CASA ambassador and volunteer recruit.

Boon explained what CASA does is challenging and rewarding at the same time, and that the children they assist have been abused on every level. They have no consistent adult figure in their life nor any type of positive influence.

“”Neglect and abandonment is our most common topic,” Boon said.

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