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Volunteering at PorchLight

"I believe in PorchLight’s mission, and it's so gratifying to spend time with people devoted to helping others."
-PorchLight Volunteer

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PorchLight volunteers are vital to the operation of the Center. Our goal is to match volunteers with a fulfilling role that connects their interests and skills to the opportunity that best serves the mission of PorchLight.

 

If you're interested in learning more about volunteering at PorchLight, or have questions about a specific role or project, please contact PorchLight Deputy Director, Nicole Lopez at 720-853-8988 or nicole@porchlightfjc.org

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Childcare Volunteer: Offer direct supervision of children of all ages who have experienced trauma in our drop-in childcare center. At times assist the full-time childcare specialist, and at times relieve the specialist (i.e. lunch breaks, sick days). Prior childcare experience preferred, including CPR and first aid training. Ability to volunteer with limited notice (when childcare provider is out sick) preferred. Additional background checks may be required. 

    • Time Requirements: This position requires a minimum commitment of 4 consecutive hours per week within PorchLight hours of operation.

  • Community Outreach & Events Volunteer:

    • Resource Table - Represent PorchLight at community events to promote awareness of available services. Commitment is dependent on the event schedule.

    • Dine outs – Reach out to local businesses to coordinate fundraising events (typically restaurants that agree to donate a portion of the proceeds on a certain day to benefit the organization). Attend the scheduled event where permitted by the business to promote PorchLight. Role to secure and attend at least 1 dine-out per month.

    • Events –  Assist at PorchLight events with set up, silent auction, spirit pull, and clean up (annual Gala, Anniversary Open House). Commitment is for PorchLight’s annual fundraising gala on September 26, 2024. Location TBD. PorchLight’s anniversary is on February 25

    • Time Requirements: Varied, may include business hours, weekends, and evenings. 

  • Development Volunteer:

    • Attend monthly Funding and Community Engagement meetings on the second Wednesday of the month from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, keep minutes, and provide other administrative assistance to the Development Manager. The commitment required is 4 hours per week.

    •  Assist the Development Manager with donor follow-up phone calls, thank you cards, data entry, and other donor engagement opportunities. The commitment required is 2 hours per week.

    • Assist the Development Manager with community engagement (social media, graphic design, flyers, brochures). The commitment required is 2 hours per week.

    • Time Requirements: The hours required vary, and mostly occur within PorchLight hours of operation.  

  • Phone Navigation Volunteer: Provide direct support to PorchLight callers. Will include crisis intervention, knowledge of partner agency eligibility/availability, and connection process. Additional extensive on-site training is required for this position. Training will also include shadowing partners to learn what services their agency provides. 

    • Time Requirements: Varied between 4-20 hours per week, within PorchLight hours of operation.

  • Needs Nook Coordination VolunteerCoordinate inventory of items in the PorchLight onsite Needs Nook by working with partner agencies to re-stock when items are low. This position includes connecting with current partner agencies and branching out to identify new partner agencies to provide items for guests (i.e. fresh fruit and other fresh food items). This position will pick up items from partners, refill and organize the storage room, and take calls from community members with inquiries about donating items. Commitment to ensure the Needs Nook is stocked weekly.

    • Time Requirements: Varied to maintain weekly restocking. During PorchLight hours of operation. 

  • Data Specialist VolunteerCollect and organize data surrounding the victimizations PorchLight serves to inform the beginning of an impact report project. Will work with the District Attorney’s Office, Law Enforcement Crime Analysts, and the Colorado Fatality Review Committee surrounding the data requests. Data will include results from court, recidivism, and homicides.

    • Time RequirementsCommitment of a minimum 4 hours per week, during PorchLight hours of operation. 

  • Hope Score VolunteerCompile and total guest hope scores from Welcome Reception forms. 

    • Time RequirementsCommitment of a minimum 2 hours per week, during PorchLight hours of operation. 

  • Salon Coordination VolunteerConnect with current stylist volunteers and guests to schedule guest salon appointments at PorchLight. This position will be the liaison between the guest and the stylist and in most cases directly connect the guest with the stylist. Commitment to ensure guest/stylist connections are made regularly once a request is received.

    • Time RequirementsCommitment varies to ensure guest/stylist connections are made regularly once a request is received, during hours of operation. 

  • Hair Stylist VolunteerVolunteer time, talent, and product to provide professional styling services to Guests in the PorchLight salon. This includes haircuts, color, highlights, lowlights, braiding, etc. Experience with various types of hair is helpful.

    • Time RequirementsMinimum commitment of 4 appointments per year (1x per quarter).

Volunteer Requirements

Due to the confidential and sensitive nature of our work, PorchLight volunteers must meet/be able to meet the following requirements: 
 

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Be aware and able to meet the time requirements for the specific volunteer position selected

  • Agree to a 6-month or 1-semester commitment to the Family Justice Center

  • Submit a Volunteer Interest Form (Above) 

  • Complete a Volunteer Interview

  • Complete the Family Justice Center background screening process

  • Complete the required training for the selected volunteer position

  • Follow all policies and procedures of the Family Justice Center

Application Process and Training Requirements
 

  1. Phone interview

  2. Proof of Background Check and Fingerprinting through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation within the past year. PorchLight is unable to cover the costs of background checks. 

  3. Attend PorchLight Volunteer Academy. If there is no current Academy scheduled, past Academy modules are available via video.

  4. PorchLight tour and orientation at the Center

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