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Value of Volunteer Support

Over 1,500 volunteers donate their time and talents every month throughout Catholic Charities’ programs. With limited staff, volunteers are critical in helping operate many of our programs.  Volunteers regularly contribute over 90,000 volunteer hours valued at over $2 million and many of our volunteers have been working with us for over 20 years.

Volunteering can be an excellent way to give back to the community, meet new friends, and gain professional experience.

Volunteer Office

Marian House
14 West Bijou Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Volunteer Office Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
10:30 a.m. – 2: p.m. (or by appointment outside of these hours)
Walk-ins Welcome!

Saturday Volunteer Registration Hours:
4th Saturday of each month
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Walk-ins Welcome!

For more information, please read the general guidelines below or call the volunteer office help-desk line at (719) 866-6559 or email us at VolunteerOffice@CCharitiesCC.org.

Become a Volunteer

Visit the Marian House during the Volunteer Office hours of operation (10:30am-2pm) to fill out a Registration/Waiver Form and have a quick interview.

You can also call or email with questions prior to stopping by the Marian House.

Please review the Volunteer Opportunites below to see what programs need volunteers.

Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen!

All individuals or group representatives must come to the Marian House in person before volunteering.

Group member registrations will be coordinated with the group lead once a shift is scheduled. If it is completely impossible to come to Marian House during the hours of operation, contact us to see if we can arrange another time. If you have any health concerns, we recommend that you call to discuss them beforehand. We generally don’t have immediate weekend volunteer openings.

General Guidelines:

Soup Kitchen Hours: The soup kitchen is open 365 days a year. A meal is served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, a breakfast is served from 8:45 am to 10:00 a.m.

Soup Kitchen Shifts:

  • Monday – Saturday, Full day 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or ½ day options, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sundays, the shift is 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • The early morning work is generally food preparation and then the late morning to the afternoon is the service of the meal (serving/dishes/bussing). While we will try to accommodate job assignment preferences, we ask that everyone be willing to do the jobs that need to be done. Unfortunately, we do not have evening shifts at the Soup Kitchen. Throughout the year there are a few special events that require evening volunteers, and you can let us know if you are interested in that on the registration form.
  • Weekday soup kitchen shifts vary in need, depending on the time of the year and how many volunteers are coming to us, but weekends often book up early, especially during the school year. Please call or email us if you have questions about current availability.

Volunteer Groups: For groups, if we have schedule availability, we can schedule up to eight people per shift at the most. If you have a large group, we can schedule up to four people for the 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. shift and up to eight people for the 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Child and Teen Age Restrictions: Minimum age to volunteer is 13 years old. Thirteen-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult and can only volunteer on weekdays (Monday through Friday). A parental/guardian consent form must be signed in addition to the registration/waiver form filled out by the teenage volunteer. Please note we do not require volunteers under the age of 16 to read the misconduct policy and the misconduct acknowledgment form is signed by the parent/guardian.

  • Teens that are 14 or 15 can volunteer any day of the week, but must be accompanied by an adult. For groups of 14- or 15-year-olds, one adult for every two to three 14- or 15-year-olds is required. A parental/guardian consent form must be signed in addition to the registration/waiver form filled out by the 14 or 15-year-old. Please note we do not require volunteers under the age of 16 to read the misconduct policy and the misconduct acknowledgment form is signed by the parent/guardian.
  • Teens that are 16 or 17 can volunteer on their own any day of the week with a signed parental/guardian consent form in addition to the registration/waiver form filled out by the 16 or 17-year-old.

If you are looking for court ordered or Discover Goodwill Workfare, please see the Required Community Service Only section.

If you need to do court-ordered community service, Discover Goodwill Workfare or a similar program, you must bring your paperwork with you when you interview or have it faxed here. Also, the registration paperwork is different for community service volunteers, so make sure you tell us you are applying for our community service program when you come to interview.  This will ensure that your service hours are recorded as community service. Failure to do so will result in the hours not being counted as community service.

Required Community Service Shift Options:

  • Monday through Friday, Community Service volunteers have two shift choices  7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday shift is from  7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday shift is from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Most shifts are generally available. Age restrictions are same as listed above.  Start times can be adjusted for child care needs.

Forms:

Catholic Charities Community Service Forms Over 18

Catholic Charities Community Service Forms Under 18

Please fill out and bring the appropriate forms below with you when you first come to the Volunteer Office.

Catholic Charities Volunteer Form Over 18

Catholic Charities Volunteer Form Under 18

Catholic Charities Community Service Forms Over 18

Catholic Charities Community Service Forms Under 18

Please note we do not require volunteers under the age of 16 to read the misconduct policy and the misconduct acknowledgment form is signed by the parent/guardian.

Voted Best Place to Volunteer

Winner Best Place to Volunteer

2015, 2016, 2017

Volunteer Opportunties

ST. Patrick’s Day Gala Committee:  Each year, the agency hosts the St. Patrick’s Day Gala.  Volunteers staff a committee that supports the event.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please call 719-866-6422.

Agency Representative: To provide staffing at agency fairs, distribution of agency literature to schools, parishes, and other locations

Child Watch: Provide childcare for children of parents working with staff, partners, or attending activities in the building.

Client Advocate: Meet with incoming clients to assess needs, provide assistance, and refer to appropriate family programs.

Donation Assistant: Assist with and maintain organization of clothing and other material goods received as donations. Help provide needed items to clients.

Early Literacy Project: Assist with sorting and distributing reading materials, reading to children, and book drives.

Education Assistant: Assist with facilitating parenting classes and childbirth education. Training provided.

Family Assistant: Assist families with accessing laundry, showers, and computers as well as answering questions.

Mentor: Be part of a team of 3 – 6 people offering encouragement and social/life skills supporting families experiencing homelessness. Six-month commitment with approximately 4 hours/week.

Navigator: Help families navigate services while assisting with paperwork, screening, background checks, and data input.

Client Services Specialist:  Assist Case Manager in screening, assessing, and coordinating services for clients of Marian House

Community Outreach Specialist: Assist with pick-up and delivery of emergency food boxes. Assist with deliveries to local and rural food pantries.

Homeless Engagement & Response Team (HEART): Build relationships, raise awareness of available services, connect at-risk people to appropriate programs.

HEART Homeless Engagement and Response Team
“HEART is a mission of the heart and soul. It requires the courage to look deeply into the eyes of the men, women and children who believe themselves to be invisible and say, ‘It’s great to see you today.’ Never will I forget the time I experienced a man, taken aback, and verbally stumbling- choking out the words, ‘and it’s nice to BE seen.'”
Aimee, HEART Volunteer

HEART’s mission is to build relationships with homeless individuals to address their immediate needs and help them access services at Catholic Charities (CC) and other local agencies.  Volunteers embark on HEART walks, carrying snacks, water bottles, socks and references to services, to share with individuals they meet on the streets.   To find out how you can become a HEART volunteer, contact us at 719-866-6559.

Maintenance/Landscaping Assistant: Assist the Facility Team with maintenance and landscaping.

Marian House Soup Kitchen Meal Volunteer:  To prepare, serve, and clean-up main meal at Marian House Soup Kitchen under the supervision of Operations Manager.  Lunch is served Monday – Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.

Marian House Donation Pick Up Driver: To assist Operations Managers with regularly scheduled pick up of donations of food, supplies, or equipment.

Age Requirements For Volunteering At Marian House:

  • Teens between the ages of 13 and 15 may volunteer with a guardian
  • Teens that are 16+ may volunteer alone
  • Children 12 and under may not volunteer in the Marian House facility. We will be glad to work with this age group in organizing food drives or other appropriate volunteer opportunities

Community Outreach Donations Pick-Up Volunteer: Pick up and deliver donations to the Marian House using own vehicle.

Hanifen Center Donation Assistant: Assists with and maintains organization of clothing bank storeroom and materials goods which are received as donations.

Meal Volunteer:  To prepare, serve, and clean-up main meal at Marian House Soup Kitchen under the supervision of Operations Manager.

Donation Pick Up Driver: To assist Operations Managers with regularly scheduled pick up of donations of food, supplies, or equipment.

Age Requirements For Volunteering At Marian House:

  • Teens between the ages of 13 and 15 may volunteer with a guardian
  • Teens that are 16+ may volunteer alone
  • Children 12 and under may not volunteer in the Marian House facility. We will be glad to work with this age group in organizing food drives or other appropriate volunteer opportunities.

Teacher and Classroom Helper: Teach adult immigrants English.  No experience or foreign language required.  Training is provided.

Reading Circle Reader: Teach early literacy through reading to children. Readers work with children of adults in the English as a Second Language program.

ESL Office Assistant: Office Assistant: To provide support to the program including organizing teaching materials, assisting the site supervisor on class nights and general office help. Speakers of other languages appreciated.

Parish Ambassador: Serve as a link between Catholic Charities and the parish community. Training required.

Office Helper: Assist with administrative duties such as scheduling, filing, answering phones, photocopying, etc.

Teacher and Classroom Helper: Teach adult immigrants English. No experience or foreign language required.

Child Watch: Provide childcare for children of parents in the English as a Second Language program.

Community Outreach Specialist: Assist with seasonal drives (school supplies, coats) and other outreach activities.

Furniture Assistance: Support the collection and distribution of donated furniture.

I’m Ready to Volunteer!

Meet Our Volunteer Coordinator

Doug Rouse joined Catholic Charities in November of 2011 coordinating the community service program and then became the Volunteer and Community Service Coordinator in September of 2013.  Doug and a dedicated team of volunteers manage the volunteer office, which processes over 2,000 applications a year.  Catholic Charities volunteers provide over 96,000 hours of service to the agency in a year.

Prior to Catholic Charites, Doug worked 25 years for a telecommunications company with many years as a Sr. Systems Analyst for the International Division.

Doug has a Master’s in Linguistics from American University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University (Ohio).   He has been a gardener at Bear Creek gardens since 2009 and was a member of the Colorado Archaeological Society Board for six years, including two years as president. He enjoys hiking with his dogs and his friends.

Our Volunteers in Action

“I volunteer at the Marian House because I feel good about helping families who are having a difficult time.”

Volunteer

“Working in Life Support allows me to meet wonderful families and other volunteers who enjoy giving back to society.”

Volunteer

“In my heart, I know I could never stop volunteering at the Marian House.  It’s too important; so many people depend on us.  We’re not just feeding people, we’re filling them with hope.”

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“It’s a scary place out there and children need to feel safe, which is what we try to do here in the Marian House Family Room. ”

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“Being an ESL teacher is extremely rewarding.  My  students are so interested in learning and it’s nice to see them learn skills that let them move forward in life.”

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Marian House Soup Kitchen Volunteers Prepping for Lunch

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