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Volunteer Opportunities

Colorado Mesa University is committed to providing students with the opportunities to foster positive personal growth by giving them opportunities to become active, engaged members of their community. The following list contains just a few of the volunteer opportunities available to the public in Grand Junction and surrounding areas periodically throughout the year. Feel free to contact any of the groups below for more information. If you are a community organization that would like to be featured on this list, please contact Mitch Karstens at mkarstens@coloradomesa.edu.

American Red Cross can use help with disaster relief efforts and a number of other programs. Learn more about their volunteer opportunities by visiting their website.

Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteers to help with trail cleanup and maintenance and various other projects. If you are interested in working outdoors and learning more about our public lands, please contact Jack Placchi at 303-239-3832 or jack_placchi@blm.gov. You can also visit their website for more information.

Catholic Outreach of Mesa County is looking for volunteers to help with three different programs that they offer, performing a variety of tasks:

  • Day Center - Receptionist, Laundry, shower and storage supervisor, mail and message deliver, cleaning and maintenance. Call 970-263-3658 for more information.
  • Outreach Center - Receptionist, Interviewers, clothes sorters, data entry, story readers, food sorting, administrative, cleaning and maintenance. Call 970-241-3658 for more information.
  • Soup Kitchen - Cooks, food prep, dishwashers, food sorters, servers, food pickups, recycling, cleaning and maintenance. Call 970-243-0091 for more information
For more information on all of the Catholic Outreach's volunteer opportunities, visit their website.
Child & Migrant Services is looking for volunteers to help teach English, serve meals, childcare, teaching workers, showing workers around Grand Junction and many other tasks. For more information, please visit their website.

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is looking for volunteers for a variety of projects. Please contact Nicole Bernal at 303-893-3500 for more information about their program and volunteer opportunities.

Colorado National Monument is looking for volunteers to help work the visitor center desk as well as a few other opportunities. For more information, visit their website.
Community Hospital is looking for volunteers to assist the operation of the hospital in a variety of capacities. For more information, please contact Bev Stephens at 970-298-6260 or bstephens@gjhosp.org. You can also visit their website.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for for volunteers to serve as court appointed advocates who help children who have been victims of abuse and neglect and act as the voice for the children and the community. For more information, please contact Nancy Ketchum at 970-242-4191 or nketchum@sequent-is.net. You can also visit their website.
Food Bank of the Rockies is looking for volunteers to working in the warehouse filing orders, performing light cleaning and completing occasional office work. For more information, please contact Betty Heath at 970-464-1138 or bheath@foodbankrockies.org. You can also visit their website.

Grand Junction Police Department is looking for volunteers to help with two different programs.

  • Police Services Volunteers help by performing clerical work, computer entry, statistical analysis, providing tours, extra patrol, investigation assistance, community presentations, neighborhood speed controls, graffiti, and vacation checks. For more information, contact Terry Gird at 970-549-5130.
  • Victim's Advocates are available to provide support, information, and resources for victims during ongoing investigation. Serve 4, 12 hour on-call shifts a month. For more information, please contact Mary Harmeling at 970-549-5290.
For more information about the GJPD and their volunteer opportunities, please visit their website.
Girl Scouts is looking for volunteers to help their organization here in Grand Junction. For more information, please visit their website.
Gray Gourmet is looking for volunteer with food delivery with positions including dining site registering, serving and delivery truck driving. For more information, please contact Karen Kasten-Shipp at 970-243-9844 or visit their website for more information.

Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to help with construction and at their retail store.

  • Home Construction involves helping to build safe, decent, affordable homes for families in the community. For information, please contact Habitat for Humanity at 970-255-9850.
  • ReStore is a retail store operated by Habitat for Humanity and is looking for volunteers to help with data entry, answering phones, filing, stocking shelves, rearranging stock, and other tasks. For more information, please contact Allison Anderson at 970-263-0858.
Hilltop is a community organization looking for volunteers to help by working with children, youth, families, adults, and seniors in a variety of capacities. For more information, please contact Grace Powers at 970-985-9229 or volunteer@htop.org. You can also visit their website for more information.
Mesa County Sheriff's Office is looking for help from volunteers for their Victim Assistance Program, which involves being available to provide support, information, resources and advocacy for victims during ongoing investigations. You would serve on a rotating on-call schedule. To learn more about the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and their volunteer opportunities, please call them at 970-244-3277 or visit their website.
Mesa County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help out in a variety of positions including Kennel Tech Assistant, pet grooming, clerical work, lost and found, special events, and foster care. For more information please call the Mesa County Animal Shelter at 970-255-5005 or visit their website.
Mesa County Libraries is looking for volunteers to help with children's' programming, bookstore clerks, book shelvers, English language tutors, and many more. For more information, please contact them at 970-683-2432 or volunteer@mcpld.org or their website.
Mesa County Partners is looking for volunteers to help with mentoring. For more information about their organization and their mentoring opportunities, please contact them at 970-245-5555 or visit their website.
Museum of Western Colorado is looking for volunteers to help with several opportunities at a variety of museum locations. For more information please visit their website.
Royce Hurst Humane Society is always looking for volunteers to help with dog walking, dog and cat grooming, socialization, transporting, event help, fundraising, greeting visitors, answering phones, and other office help. For more information, please contact Shannon Freed at 970-434-7337 or visit their website.
Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help with the operation of their organization. For more information, please visit their website.
St. Mary's Hospital is always looking for volunteers to help in a variety of capacities including: call in help, clerical, customer service, fall prevention, greeter, hospitality house, lobby musician, support services, nursing units, and many others. For more information, please contact them at 970-298-2012 or visit their website.
STRIVE (Mesa Developmental Services) is looking for volunteers to help with group home visits, peer companions, teaching hobbies, sharing talents, working in their retail store, clerical work, and helping with Special Olympics. For more information, please contact Sheri at 970-256-8612.
The HOUSE is a local shelter for homeless teenagers and is always looking for volunteers to help homeless teens build relationships, connect with community resources, help with homework and work help. For more information, please contact Annie Arnoldy at 970-812-3143 or visit their website.
United Way of Mesa County is looking for volunteers to hold positions on their allocation panel, campaign team, and planning committee. For more information, call them at 970-243-5364 or visit their website.
VA Medical Center needs help from volunteers in a variety of areas. For more information, please contact them at 970-244-1336 or visit their website.