Do good. Feel good. That’s the motto of Project Helping, a group that partners with different organizations to create volunteering opportunities. Founded in 2014, with locations in Denver, Tampa, Fla. and San Diego (a Los Angeles location is coming soon) and 4,163 volunteers, Project Helping focuses on improving the communities it serves while also improving mental health through the act of giving back. We rounded up five of Project Helping’s volunteer opportunities in and around Denver this month so you can start spreading kindness and building your own mental wellness.
VOLUNTEER AT FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES
Organization: Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) helps feed people in need around Colorado. Aiding nearly half a million people each year, FBR continuously works to fight hunger and feed hope.
What you can do: Join Project Helping volunteers for a variety of tasks including filling orders for agencies that get the food where it needs to go and sorting and boxing food in preparation for shipment. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old, accompanied by an adult, or 16 unaccompanied. Space is limited so register ahead of time here.
Where: Food Bank of the Rockies Warehouse: 10700 E. 45th Ave.
When: March 17, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SERVE DINNER AT DENVER CHILDREN’S HOME
Organization: Denver Children’s Home has been helping children in need for more than 100 years. Originally an orphanage started in 1876, the home now provides a comprehensive therapeutic and educational continuum of care for Denver’s abused, neglected and traumatized children and their families with mental health issues.
What: Project Helping volunteers will be preparing a dinner for the children and staff members at Denver Children’s Home. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old to participate. Register here.
Where: Denver Children’s Home: 1501 Albion St.
When: March 18, 3:30–6:30 p.m.
VOLUNTEER AT PROJECT C.U.R.E
Organization: Project C.U.R.E (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) was founded in 1987 in Colorado and has since expanded across the United States to provide life-saving medical supplies and services to those in need across the globe.
What: Project Helping volunteers will be sorting donated supplies to prepare them for boxing and shipment. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Register here.
Where: Project C.U.R.E.: 10377 E. Geddes Ave., Centennial
When: March 19, 7–9 p.m.
VOLUNTEER AT CLOTHES TO KIDS
Organization: Clothes to Kids of Denver seeks to provide free new and quality used clothing to preschool through 12th-grade children in need across the Denver metro area. By providing clothes that children can feel secure and confident in, Clothes to Kids hopes that they will then also feel comfortable and confident in the classroom.
What: The Project Helping group will help organize, sort inventory and hang incoming donations to prepare for display. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Register here.
Where: Clothes to Kids Denver: 2890 S. Colorado Blvd.
When: March 24, 1–3 p.m.
VOLUNTEER AT SAME CAFE
Organization: SAME Café is the first nonprofit restaurant in Denver. With a mission of “serving good food for the greater good,” the café allows patrons to set the price for the local, organic cuisine. In lieu of a cash register, there is a donation box where customers can pay what they can. If a patron’s pockets are empty they can exchange volunteer work at SAME for a meal.
What: Project Helping volunteers will be prepping food, cooking, serving, dishwashing, cleaning tables and doing light maintenance. All volunteers are invited to enjoy the meal they will be preparing. You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. Register here.
Where: SAME Café: 2023 E. Colfax Ave.
When: March 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.