Volunteers of The Delores Project are an important and dedicated group. We rely on over 800 volunteers annually to support our mission and programs, and the contributions of volunteers and in-kind donors extend our budget by over $200,000 each year.

The Delores Project offers many meaningful ways for individuals, families, friends, and groups to volunteer. Whether it’s providing or serving meals in the shelter, working behind the scenes to help our operations run smoothly, or hosting fun community building activities, we have a variety of opportunities to use your special skills.

Starting October 1, 2021: All volunteers must submit record of full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to volunteer onsite.

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    Volunteer Roles

    Shelter Meal Program

    The Delores Project is seeking individuals and groups to provide and serve meals for our guests seven days a week. To support our meal program you can serve a meal, provide a meal, or provide and serve a meal - whatever works best for you!

    This opportunity is open to individuals or small groups. Families are welcome. If you plan to volunteer on-site at the shelter, please limit your group to 6 volunteers due to the size of our kitchen.

    Provide a Meal

    Help nourish our guests by donating a healthy, balanced meal. You are welcome to cook a meal in our fully-equipped commercial kitchen at the shelter, cook a meal in your home, or order a meal from a restaurant to be delivered to the shelter. If you are dropping off a meal, we are happy to finish the meal on site.

    Serve a Meal

    Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your family, friends, colleagues, or faith community? Serving a meal and joining our guests to eat is where many volunteers get their start and requires no financial contribution. We are looking for friendly, caring volunteers to assist with meal service at The Delores Project.

    Community Building

    Host A Fun Activity

    Volunteers will host a community-building activity for shelter guests or supportive housing residents. Community-building activities help our guests and residents build relationships for peer support. Hosts foster a supportive and constructive environment for guests or residents while leading participants in the activity. Popular activities include:

    • Games (trivia, bingo, Wheel of Fortune, various board games)
    • Seasonal arts & crafts
    • Live music (musician, DJ, or karaoke)
    • Field day
    • Book club discussion
    • Comedy (stand-up or improv)

    Provide A Service

    Our guests and residents have limited access to transportation and limited means, so you can help our community by volunteering your services on-site. Services that are most frequently requested:

    • Hair Cut
    • Hand or chair massage
    • Therapy pets
    • Art therapy
    • Self-defense
    • Guided meditation
    • Physical or dental health screening
    • First Aid, CPR, and Narcan training
    • GED tutoring
    • Benefit application assistance
    • Substance use support group (to reduce use of cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol)

    Facilitate a Workshop

    Life Skills Workshops are currently on hold.

    In both our shelter and supportive housing apartments, The Delores Project offers meaningful life skills workshops for our community members. Life Skills Workshops are designed to engage shelter guests with important topics and skills to successfully transition into their own apartment after staying at The Delores Project. They are also a space for shelter guests to process upcoming changes and get support from their peers. These workshops are diverse – from time management to meal planning.

    Public Outreach

    Outreach & Events Committee

    The Outreach & Events Committee is a volunteer group that supports the Development & Communications team with special events and community outreach. Participating in a TDP committee is a great way to learn more about the organization and how volunteer leadership shapes and strengthens our programs.

    Special Events

    We're looking for folks to share about The Delores Project at community events, like Denver’s Pridefest, restaurant giveback nights, and other pop-up community events. We're also looking for people to support special fundraising events, including an annual brunch and golf tournament.

    Operations Support

    Pick Up Donations

    We often have donations that need to be picked up and delivered to The Delores Project from various community partners on a regular basis. These donations meet essential needs of our community and extend our budget and resources. Volunteers pick up the donation from the community partner location and deliver it to The Delores Project.

    Cover for a Staff Meeting

    We are looking for friendly, caring volunteers to cover the lobby of our Supportive Housing Apartments or the Shelter Assistant Office during staff meetings. Staff meetings happen on-site, so support is available should you need it. Your help enables all staff members to attend and participate fully in the meeting.

    Assist With Maintenance

    Are you handy around your home? Do you relish the challenge of assembling IKEA furniture?

    We're looking for volunteers to help us in the care and keeping of our facility to keep our building looking and functioning its best for our community.

    Group Opportunities

    Special Projects

    Our spaces occasionally need special attention, including sorting/organizing donations, deep cleaning, painting, or seasonal yard work. This is a great way to get involved with a group of 6-10 from your faith organization, school, or workplace.

    Donation Drive or Freezer Meals

    A great option for folks who have less predictable schedules is to host a donation drive or freezer meal party! Collect items on our Current Needs list, or create and drop off easy freezer meals for staff to heat up when we do not have a scheduled meal provider.

    Get Started

    New Individual Volunteers

    New Volunteer Groups

    Existing Volunteers

    Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization, and we would love to have you join our incredible community! We ask new volunteers to complete our volunteer onboarding process before volunteering onsite.

    If you are a part of a group that would like to give back together, please click the Group Application button to provide us with your information, and we will follow up with you shortly with additional information.

    If you have previously volunteered with us and are looking for opportunities to participate in, look no further! Click the event calendar button to register for an upcoming opportunity. We can’t wait to see you again soon!


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