Volunteer Appreciation Month

One of the best things about my job as executive director at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado is that every day I interact with caring people helping our scholars.  Volunteers are the reason we succeed with our scholars.  Almost every aspect of our program is positively impacted by the power of volunteerism.  It runs through our organization from our Board of Directors, Young Professional Board, and Circle of Hope to our mentors, tutors, and meal parents.  People of all ages help our scholars.  We have one 80 year old gentleman who has served on our facility committee, fixing things at the Girls Hope home and we had 16 year old students helping our scholars with organizational tips. 

My conversations with scholar mentors, who are an integral part of our scholars’ lives, reinforces for me the care they have for their mentees.  They teach them to drive, help them choose college, find jobs, pick out prom dresses, talk about life and guide them through their teenage lives.  Our meal moms bring meals twice a week and often it is a dad dropping it off.  The Regis Men’s Club has been painting at the Boys Hope house. 

This April 16, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce is hosting the B.I.G. Day (Be Involved, Give) and Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado is one of the host sites for volunteering.  Those volunteers will be spring cleaning with our scholars.


Many of you know three of our Americorps Volunteers, Seth Barnett, Erin Carballo and Kelsey Orr.  All three are giving Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado at least nine months of their time for very little money ($200 a month) and an Education Award.  Seth is coordinating the School-Based Enrichment Program.  Erin organizes our volunteers and professional dinners and finds community resources for our scholars.  Kelsey oversees the academic program, working with the scholars each night, going to parent teacher conferences and providing academic support for our other house parents.  The enthusiasm to their calling is refreshing. 

Kelsey & Stephanie


I guess what I’m trying to say is that at a time when the world news seems to be all bad, it is nice to daily see the good happening in our world.  There is no way I could thank all of you in this article for what you bring to our organization.  Many times you do things that I never even know happen.  Please know that is making a difference.  You are helping great kids succeed!  Thank you for bring hope to the children God has placed in our care. 

Each week in April we will be highlighting one of the many Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado volunteers.  Click the link below to meet these outstanding individuals.

Highlighting Excellence in Community Involvement – Patrick McCarthy

Involvement is Flexible – Marleen Zakovich

Five Miles of Ferraris