Cram the Cruiser to Prevent Hunger this Christmas
The Parker Police Department and Parker Parks and Recreation are proud to team up with Santa to feed those in need! Join us on Sunday, Dec. 7 between 2 and 5 p.m. at the Parker Fieldhouse, 18700 E. Plaza Drive. This free event is open to the community, and we are asking participants to bring individual-sized servings to donate to the Backpack Program.
This initiative provides children in the community with the necessary food they need on their
weekends and long holidays so they can concentrate on their studies and not hunger. Please come out and meet Santa and his reindeer, enjoy a hayride and take part in the arts and crafts, roller skating, hot chocolate bar and writing letters to our troops overseas. Be sure to bring your roller skates and cameras to capture your memories.
In preparation for this event, we will have donation boxes at all Town facilities to begin food collection. These boxes will be on location Monday, Nov. 24 through Friday, Dec. 19. The Parker Task Force will be accepting cash and gift card donations on the day of the event.
The Parker Task Force has provided a list of needed items, which is included below. They are asking citizens to provide individual-sized servings of the following:
• Variety Pack Cereal • Peanut Butter Crackers
• Fruit Cups • Cheese Crackers
• Applesauce Cups • Popcorn
• Fruit Snacks • Granola Bars
• Hot Instant Oatmeal • Pudding Cups
• Canned Ravioli • Individual Mac & Cheese
• Canned Beef-a-Roni • Individual Ramen Noodles
• Canned Beef Stew
For more information on the event, visit www.ParkerPolice.org/FoodDrive. For more information on
the Parker Task Force, visit www.ParkerTaskForce.org.
Where to volunteer your time in Parker CO
This page contains information on some of the local non-profit organizations in the greater Parker area that are always looking for membership and volunteers.
This active club runs the Smokin Brew BBQ, Trick or Treat on Mainstreet, host an annual firefighters breakfast and support many local charitable organizations including:
- Parker Task Force
- Praying Hands Ranch
- Project Sanctuary
- Womans Crisis Center
A Homes for our Troops supporter along with being involved in many local community service projects. See their website linked above for more information.
Volunteers are needed for every aspect of running The Colorado Horse Park and particularly at large park events, including dressage, jumping and eventing. Or if you’d rather be at the Park on regular basis, the main office always can use your energy and enthusiasm.
High School students looking to fulfill their community service hours are welcome
The idea to create a place for more youth to play the game of baseball, such a part of their familiy’s life, was a way to channel the grief for Ken and Bambi Dixey, of Parker, Colorado, who tragically lost their sons while on vacation. Thus, Double Angel Foundation was born. The community rallied around the cause and opened their hearts, wallets and resources to build this incredible ballpark to be enjoyed for generations to come. The June 3, 2006 opening of the Double Angel Ballpark is proof positive that good can come from loss, and it also shows what can be done when people team up for a common goal.
Some of their specific volunteer programs include:
- Youth Opportunities – complete high school graduation requirements; advancement in rank for Scouting programs; meet new friends
- Books-by-Mail – provides library materials to residents in the Pike National Forest area of Deckers; run solely by volunteers
- Book Discussion Group Leaders – Discussion group leaders, for adult book clubs
- Douglas County History Research Center – preservation of our local history; transcribe oral histories; copy and file materials
- Homebound Delivery – select and deliver books to patrons who are unable to come to the library
- Senior Facility Reader – read books to small groups of seniors who can no longer read for themselves
- Used Book Sales – help organize donations for used book sales
- General Library Tasks – administrative, clerical; shelving books, videos, DVDs, etc.; helping in the children’s departments; chess club nights; assembling patron packets, etc.
- Literacy Department Volunteers – offer adult literacy tutoring; early literacy in child care centers; and storytelling in DC school classrooms through the Literacy Department
The Douglas County Volunteer Coalition (DCVC) is a group of organizations dedicated to promoting volunteerism and collaborations within Douglas County offering opportunities for youth, adults and seniors.
The Parker Task Force (PTF) needs volunteers who can serve in a variety of areas. Call 303-841-3460 to help.
Energetic adults who can work as stockers and sorters are invited to volunteer their time. Some lifting is required for these positions. Volunteers can work as little as two hours a month or as many as twenty hours a month.
The Food Bank welcomes individuals needing community service hours. Call 303.841.3460 during normal business hours. Students requiring community service hours please call months in advance as schedules fill quickly.
If you are a member of an organization (church, business, school or fraternal) and would like to support our monthly food drive or another special project please call the Food Bank and leave a message.
Anyone interested in volunteering can call the Food Bank office at 303.841.3460.
This 501C3 organization trains volunteers helping with the Equine and Hippotherapy Programs regardless of experience and is one of the authorized places in Parker to work your community service hours if they are court ordered.
Here are some personal benefits you may gain when volunteering at Praying Hands Ranch:
- A strong sense of accomplishment
- An intimate bond between rider, volunteer, and horse
- The joy of making new friends
- Involvement with enthusiastic, unselfish, totally dedicated and committed volunteers
- Learning new skills
- Making a difference in the lives of others
- Volunteers are able to observe first-hand how the lack of confidence is replaced with renewed self-esteem
Victim Services through the Parker Police Department
The Victim Services Program is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers selected to participate in this program will receive training free of charge. Volunteers must meet these requirements:
- Be 21 years of age
- Pass a background investigation and polygraph examination
- Be able to handle stressful situations well
- Have good communications skills
Contact: Nancy Prokop, Victim Services Coordinator at 303-805-3310
The Town of Parker has numerous opportunities to serve and help, please see the list of options below and visit the website for the latest.
The PACE Volunteer corps is important in enhancing our services and programs to the community. Our goal at the PACE Center is to have our Volunteer program be enriching, fun and exciting, and a rewarding, productive use of a volunteer’s time. All Volunteer assignments are based on the needs of the PACE Center, but may include greeters, ushers, stage crew, musicians, office administration, merchandise sales and security. Complete a Volunteer interest form online or at the PACE Center Box Office.
Call Sydney Mahnken at 303.805.3370 to get involved or receive more information about available opportunities. Sign up for our email list to receive Parker Arts news.
Parker Recreation Volunteers
The Recreation Department is always looking for volunteers to assist us with various programs and events.
The Town of Parker Public Works Department is constantly seeking individuals, groups, and organizations to take part in the Adopt-a-Street / Open Space or Trail Program. Through this program, participants assist in keeping the Town of Parker clean by adopting a street, open space or trail and periodically picking up the trash in that area.
Volunteer at Town Events!
Come and help out at Parker’s favorite annual events like Arbor Day, Let Freedom Sing and the Christmas Carriage Parade! Please contact Julie Wassell at 303.841.0353
Complete the volunteer application today! For more information or questions about an application, call 303-315-9444.
Perks of volunteering
- Free Museum Admission, and one Daily Film per day
- Two guests to visit the museum, and one Daily Film per day
- 25 percent off at the Café, Bookstore, tickets and select continuing education classes when you present your volunteer badge
- ANFRM (American Northern Front Range Museums) membership: free workshops, lectures, and tours of other Northern Front Range Museums
Please remember that volunteer placement is a selective process and not all applicants are accepted into the program. CU South Denver reserves the right to place volunteers in the area staff feels is best suited to the applicant’s skills and the needs of the organization. A minimum commitment of one year is required for all volunteer positions, as well as a minimum of eight volunteer hours per quarter. Recruitment is year-round.