Summer offers great volunteer opportunities

Available at Anythink.
Available at Anythink.
Available at Anythink.

Summertime is the perfect time for charity work – school is out and opportunities are plenty. Helping others in need, making this world a better place and finding a niche you truly care about can instill a wonderful feeling inside of anyone. Volunteering is especially great for those students nearing the college application process or for those looking to broaden their horizons, since such work allows you to try out new things while building your resume or networking. And, thanks to the Internet, there are new ways to connect and find opportunities to make it easier than ever to jump into this world. Here are some recommended resources for finding the right volunteer or donation opportunity for you: 


Traditional Opportunities

Denver Gives 

Founded in 2008, Denver Gives focuses solely on developing awareness and resources for nonprofits throughout the Denver Metro Area. The great part about Denver Gives is that there are a multitude of volunteer opportunities. 

Volunteer for America: Colorado Branch 

This organization is dedicated to helping those in need. Volunteers are enlisted to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens, renovating shelters, or providing childcare to students in the Head Start program.

Adams County Animal Shelter 

Love animals? Volunteer your time at the animal shelter and help pets find the perfect home.  

Anythink Libraries 

At Anythink, we love our Sidekicks! Anythink regularly posts volunteer opportunities for helping out with programs, answering tech questions, keeping the library beautiful and more. If you don't see a current opportunity availability, check back soon! 

Online Opportunities

The Extra Mile 

Do you have left over frequent flyer miles that expire soon and can’t be used? Donate them to The Extra Mile, an organization that helps those who cannot afford to fly to see a terminally ill loved one.

United Nation Volunteers (UNV) 

UNV is a website that is dedicated to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. This program will connect users with organizations working for sustainable human development. The user will work with the organization online to help them strengthen their impact. posts volunteer opportunities available through your city for non-profits. They offer local and virtual opportunities in a wide range of areas, such as animals, children, community, educations, environment and more. 

Interested in learning more about volunteerism? Check out these books available at Anythink:

  • Internship and Volunteer Opportunities for People Who Love Nature: This book categorizes internships and volunteer position for readers within many different nature fields. It also acts as a practical guide for readers looking to get their foot in the door. 

  • Internship and Volunteer Opportunities for People Who Love AnimalsReaders gain practical information about working with typical animals as well as exotic creatures, wild animals, birds and sea animals, such as those found in zoos, aquariums, nature centers and wildlife sanctuaries and preserves. Other opportunities described include those in animal-assisted therapy, hospitals, clinics, shelters, kennels and catteries, doggie daycares, ranches, stables, camps and pet grooming businesses.

  • Internship and Volunteer Opportunities for Science and Math WizardsIntern and volunteer positions are excellent platforms for testing the waters and determining which career will be most satisfactory for their life's work. Readers gain tools for developing a mission statement, exploring print and online sources for finding openings in science and math, and applying for those positions.