Welcome! We’re thrilled that you want to volunteer with us and LIFT-UP your community. We welcome and need volunteers at our outdoor mobile distributions and indoor warehouse spaces in limited capacities in accordance with CDC and Garfield County Public Health guidelines. For more information about our COVID-19 policies for volunteers and clients, please see the Volunteer Code of Conduct.

How do I become a volunteer?

1. Register

Complete our online registration! 

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2. Review

Review our Volunteer Code of Conduct document to ensure that you understand our workplace guidelines and COVID-19 safety policies. We want to make sure our volunteers have an enjoyable and safe experience.

3. Sign-up

Read the descriptions below for our different volunteer opportunities. When you find an opportunity you’re interested in, click its sign-up link or contact us using the information found in the description. Our volunteer opportunities are currently set up through Sign-Up Genius – we encourage you to create an account as it will make future signups easier!

4. Volunteer!

Come on out, volunteer, and leave knowing that you’ve made a difference!

Volunteer Opportunities

Food Distribution – Mobile Sites

Volunteers at our mobile distribution help us to safely and efficiently distribute food to our clients in a socially distanced manner. Volunteers will help with set-up before distribution by placing traffic signage, setting up tables, and unloading/organizing food items. During distribution, our volunteers greet clients and complete registrations, help direct traffic, and assist in loading food into clients’ cars.

 

Volunteers are needed at our mobile distributions from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Mondays – Carbondale 

  • Tuesdays – Parachute

  • Wednesdays – New Castle

  • Thursdays – Glenwood Springs

  • Fridays – Rifle 

TRAINING

Volunteers working at our mobile distributions are required to complete civil rights training.

First Time Volunteer – This training is designed to ensure that we are serving our communities in the most equitable, welcoming manner possible! If it’s your first time volunteering and you’d like to see if LIFT-UP is a good fit for you, you may attend an event and sign a one-time civil rights waiver. 

On-Going Volunteers – If you decide to become a regular volunteer after your first shift, we will provide an online civil rights training for you to complete! Before volunteering a second time, please email Sophia at volunteer@liftup.org with your full name and phone number so that we can register you for this course and provide further information. We find this course very valuable for our volunteer experience and have heard from some pretty reliable sources that this training takes about 45 minutes to complete. If you are volunteering to fulfill a community service requirement, we are happy to include the time spent on this training in your hours. 

Contact Sophia at volunteer@liftup.org for any further questions.

Bag Packing

Our bag packing volunteers really help our organization run smoothly! We provide non-perishable goods to our clients to supplement the fresh foods they receive each week. A lot of these non-perishable goods are donated at food drives or from charitable organizations. Volunteers will help to sort and organize these items, and create bags with a variety of non-perishable items to hand out at distributions. Bag packing is a great opportunity for groups of up to six volunteers – bring some classmates, colleagues, or family members and race to see who can complete the most bags! 

 

Volunteers can help pack bags at the below locations:

  • Parachute: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Rifle: M-W-F, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

(Please note that both of these locations are indoor spaces.)

TRAINING

Make sure to review our Volunteer Code of Conduct for COVID-19 related policies before joining us. 

Contact Sophia at volunteer@liftup.org for any further questions.

Extended Table Soup Kitchens

Grab a team of friends from work, church, sports or family and experience true giving! Plan. Purchase. Prepare. Serve. Monthly support needed (six month commitment preferred). Use the below link to email with interest.
Glenwood:

  • 2nd Monday of each month

  • 2nd Thursday of each month

  • 3rd Wednesday of each month

Rifle:

  • 1st & 2nd Thursdays of each month

Contact Renee at info@liftup.org for any further questions.

Meal Monkey

The Meal Monkey lunch program was created when the Garfield County RE2 School District went to a 4-day school week resulting in no school on Fridays. Many students rely on school provided meals, consequently with no school on Fridays, these children have limited access to food over the three non-school days.

 

LIFT-UP, in partnership with the RE2 School District, Food Bank of the Rockies and the River Center provide meals on Fridays throughout the year at no charge to children (18 & under) in key locations in Rifle, Silt and Newcastle.

Contact Waylon at waylon@liftup.org for any further questions.

Join Our Team!

We're always on the lookout for passionate people to join us in helping provide humanitarian assistance in the communities we serve. Check out a list of our current openings

FAQ's

I can’t volunteer for the whole time of the distribution or other event. Can I still help?

Absolutely! Many of our volunteers sometimes need to leave early, or come a bit late. We welcome you to still volunteer if you can make it for at least half the shift – just make sure to inform your site contact or include this in the comments section of your signup!

 

Can I bring my children with me to volunteer?

Please do! Volunteering with your children is a great way to introduce them to the idea of serving their community. We do ask that you remain with your children for the duration of the volunteering event. For younger children, bag packing would be a more feasible option than mobile distribution, as we want to make sure we keep everyone safe around moving cars.

 

I need to fulfill court ordered community service. Is it possible to do this with your organization?

Of course, we’d love to have you as a part of our team! We ask that you indicate this on your registration and on your Sign-Up information so that we can accurately track and report hours. A lot of community service volunteers find our bag packing opportunities in Parachute most appealing as you are able to complete between 2-7 hours in one day!

 

What if the weather is bad on the day I signed up?

We will continue on with distributions and bag packing events in snowy weather, unless the conditions are extreme and limit our own staff from safely traveling to these events. We completely understand if you cannot make it due to driving concerns, as our volunteers’ safety is our top priority! Just let us know that you can’t make it by texting the contact for your event.

LIFT-UP is a non-profit dedicated to providing humanitarian essentials while creating a bridge to personal empowerment and self-reliance.

 

P.O. Box 1928

Rifle, CO  81650

970.625.4496  |  info@liftup.org

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