The Volunteer Generation Fund supports boosting the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs through volunteer management practices that increase both volunteer recruitment and retention. It supports efforts that build the career skills of volunteers, expanding opportunities for the unemployed, veterans, and disadvantaged youth. The 2020-2021 Volunteer Generation Fund matches a $128,882 federal investment with $84,632 in public and private funds.
- Spark the Change Colorado
Spark the Change Colorado offers a two-pronged approach to expanding volunteer services in Colorado. Their approach:
- Expands mental health services to low-income individuals, including children and seniors, by engaging pro-bono volunteers in the Front Range communities.
- Offers training for organizations to become Service Enterprises. A Service Enterprise is an organization that uses volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver its mission.
- Provides an online connection tool to organizations in southern and rural Colorado, so that they can expand their capacity to recruit and train volunteers.
The grant is expanding existing pro-bono mental health counseling programs in Pueblo county by having licensed mental health professionals provide free mental health services to low-income and poverty-level individuals and families. Additional counselors for the professional volunteer network are being recruited, as the program expands to additional sites across the county, especially in middle schools.
To learn more, visit www.sparkthechangecolorado.org/mental_health or https://www.sparkthechangecolorado.org/Service-Enterprise. Additionally, you can contact Kristy Judd at KJudd@sparkthechangecolorado.org.