Volunteer Opportunities in Ouray County, Colorado
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Volunteer Opportunities in Ouray County, Colorado

Volunteering is a great way to help your local community and here's two great volunteer opportunities in Ouray County, Colorado.

In a few brief words, Ralph Waldo Emerson gives us the true meaning of volunteering by saying, “The only gift is a portion of thyself.”  Emerson understood the tremendous value of volunteering and helping others during their time of need.

Every community has volunteer opportunities and Ridgway, Colorado is no different. In this small community, there are several nonprofit organizations that help fulfill a particular need in the community. If you haven't volunteered before, or if you're thinking about volunteering, this article will highlight two special nonprofit organizations in Ridgway.

Although volunteering means that there's no monetary pay, volunteering has many other benefits including networking, increasing your job skills, increasing your knowledge in a particular area, and you may even find yourself switching careers while volunteering.  You also enrich the lives of others while you, yourself will grow in character.

Both of these local nonprofits in Ridgway have different types of volunteer opportunities available and they serve a special need in the community.

Second Chance Humane Society

Serving residents and their pets, the Second Chance Humane Society (SCHS) began as a grassroots program in 1994.  The need to find homes for lost and abandoned pets as well as to educate residents on responsible pet care was at the core of this humane group's beginnings. Their vision is to find a loving home for all pets and their mission statement is to save animal's lives and promote responsible pet parenting and the human-animal bond. SCHS serves two counties, Ouray and San Miguel and there's always volunteer opportunities available.  SCHS also owns a very popular thrift store in Ridgway where profits go towards caring for the animals and the animal shelter.

Currently, you must be 18 years or older to volunteer at SCHS or at their thrift shop. Volunteer opportunities with SCHS include dog walking, dog grooming and socialization, cat cuddling and grooming, cleaning kennels, administrative help, fundraising opportunities, community outreach programs, community education, feral cat program, and if you don't want to work with the animals, you can volunteer at the thrift shop.

Volunteering is simple:  Just visit their website listed at the bottom of this article in the references. You can also stop by the thrift shop or the shelter to fill out an application. The address of the thrift shop is 309 Sherman Street in downtown Ridgway and the shelter is located at 121 Sherman Street.

Neighbor to Neighbor

The Neighbor to Neighbor program is volunteer based and serves older adults, as well as homebound and disabled adults in Ouray County.  Their services are available to any Ouray County senior that is at least 60 years old and any disabled or homebound adult that is at least 18 years old. By providing transportation to doctor's offices and the hospital, Neighbor to Neighbor helps these individuals get the medical care that they need.

Neighbor to Neighbor also provides Meals on Wheels to homebound residents in Ouray County for a minimal fee.  They'll deliver meals Monday through Friday that are prepared by the school districts and /or local businesses.  This service is valuable to residents that would otherwise not receive a meal or have difficulties preparing their own meals. 

Other services that Neighbor to Neighbor provides are small home repairs, shopping trips to the food supermarkets where a volunteer will either drive a senior to the store or the volunteer will shop for the senior, transportation to special events in Ouray County, and companionship.  Volunteers will phone a senior or disabled person at least twice a week to chat with them and provide them with a personal contact.  Volunteers who can make personal visits will be matched with an individual to make a house visit and provide face-to-face communication. 

Most of the volunteer opportunities available for the Neighbor to Neighbor program are licensed drivers who can deliver meals, visit individuals, or drive individuals to doctor's offices or supermarkets.  If you're interested in volunteering, please call 970 325-4586 for more information.

References:  Anna Marie from Neighbor to Neighbor


Image Credit:  Microsoft Clip Art


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Comments (5)

I love that Emerson quote. First tine that I heard about Second Chance Humane Society. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Ditto mark, that Emerson quote is great.

Volunteering great topic...a nice thing to do matter where one decides to volunteer. Nicely executed as well. Thanks for sharing. Voted up

Surely volunteering has a lot of benefits. This reminds me I need to do it on some projects.

"The only gift is a portion of thyself", I like this phrase very much! Great post, Sandy, as usual.