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Are you bilingual in English and Spanish? Do you have a desire to help kids and families in Larimer County? We are recruiting Interns from social service fields who want to work as case work staff. MSW's will get a stipend if they agree to stay on. Volunteers and BSW's also needed who can speak Spanish.

Why Mentor?

Your Efforts Could Change Lives Immediately.

Jade Barcley, a therapist and consultant shared, "The experience (at a recent group mentoring match event) with the teens was amazing. As they connected with each new mentor during the speed networking, the shift was visceral. You could see it change the way they were thinking - about themselves, their creativity, possibilities, and about their place in the world. They got visibly more comfortable in their own skin, stood taller, spoke more confidently, and connected more strongly with their passions and peers..."

Interested in how to be an Oasis Mentor or a CYF Volunteer? Come to a free informational meeting held monthly, call or email the coordinator for more information.

Volunteers, Interns and Donors Impact Lives

At CYF, young people and adults who are striving for healing and self-sufficiency often don't have good adult role models in their own lives. Oasis volunteers become friends and advocates. Oasis Mentors report that volunteering with us "broadened their outlook on local human services," and helped them to "understand how to use personal strengths to navigate the world," after getting to know a Mentee. Many say that their experience was a mutual investment; which included lots of encouragement, guidance, learning together and maturing.

Hero Helper volunteers and college Interns give overburdened staff a chance to delegate and catch up with paperwork. Volunteers who enjoy learning new tasks will feel very appreciated when they can get time-consuming admin tasks completed. Potentially, these volunteers support clients' efforts towards self-sufficiency and safety, by freeing up some value time caseworkers can spend with them. Interns receive on the job training and experience that they need in order to work in the child and adult welfare environment.

Some of the reasons volunteers enjoy being in our offices:

  • Learning about child and adult welfare best practices
  • Understanding through experiences about being an advocate for children and adults
  • Working one-one with a case worker; being a part of their team, and accomplishing real tasks to lighten their overwhelming paperwork load
  • Advocating for kids by learning about community supports
  • Learning self-care strategies and resiliency in a helping profession impacted by trauma, poverty and addiction

We hope that those who choose to volunteer with us will be personally enriched by the experience.

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Christina Ulrich-Jones Christina Ulrich-Jones is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Larimer County Department of Human Services, Children, Youth, and Family Division.

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Volunteer opportunities

We need your skills and dedication to assist struggling children and adolescents mature into happy and responsible adults. You can help ensure that parents remain healthy and active participants in their children's lives. Your involvement improves the assistance that Children, Youth, and Family Services gives to the community. The range of opportunities is wide. You may even be able to create a unique volunteer position from talents, skills, and interests you are already involved with.

Volunteer Program Brochure

Oasis Mentor Flier

How to support the volunteer program

Current programs and volunteer opportunities

External Consultants Needed

We are recruiting community members who may be willing to donate their time to participate in our Permanency Roundtable (PRT) process.

Permanency Roundtables are comprised of a team; (caseworker, supervisors, GAL, internal DHS consultant, external consultant (community), family, children, supports) who specifically focus on those children with DHS involvement who lack permanency or connections.

The external consultants don't necessarily need any expertise, but must be willing to bring a new, fresh, creative, and outside perspective when planning for these children's future.

The time commitment is typically 2 hours every 90 days and the meetings are held at DHS/CYF in Fort Collins.

For Information to learn more

Contact Deb Deluca-Forzley for more info and to register:
970.980.2214 or

Volunteer job descriptions

Your references may be asked to use this Volunteer Reference form.

Volunteer exit survey

For more information, please email Christina Ulrich-Jones, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, or call her at (970) 980-2239.

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