Service Opportunities

Check out the following local organizations and opportunities available to students in the IB Program at PHS.  You will find both upcoming events looking for help in addition to local organizations and groups that are always looking for volunteers.  Note that organization recommendations below references the typical commitment level associated with each opportunity.  If interested, reach out using the contact information included or touch base with other students in the program that may have more information or experience with a given organization. 
This page is regularly updated. Come back for more opportunities.

If you have service opportunities for IB students, please e-mail information to



Pets Forever is a non-profit, Colorado State University affiliated program. Our mission is to
preserve and promote the human animal bond by helping low-income older adults and those
with disabilities keep their pets at home for as long as possible. We believe that animals are
vital members of our families and that keeping human/animal families intact adds value to life,
helps avoid the problem of abandoned animals, and ultimately strengthens the physical and
emotional health of animals, people and communities.
What do Pets Forever volunteers do?
Volunteers provide support and resources including:
• Dog walking
• Companion dog walking (with pet and owner)
• Cage cleaning
• Liner box maintenance
• Brushing and grooming
Where do volunteers serve clients?  Pets Forever volunteers serve client in their homes. Pets Forever staff have completed in-home visits
for all of our clients to ensure a safe environment for our students.
What is the time commitment?  Typical volunteer time commitment is 2-3 hours per week.
Do I need a car?  Having access to a car is helpful but not required.

What is the next step?
Email Sarah Van Etten, Program Coordinator at Pets Forever, to receive more information along
with the dates/times for a pre-summer volunteer orientation. Parental/guardian permission will
be required to participate in the Pets Forever program.




CLUB 45 - Foothills Activity Center - Kids Night Out Program

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Volunteers needed for a Kids Night Out Program for kids in grades 4 & 5!!   Supervise and play with kids from 6 - 9 pm at Club 45 /Foothills Activity Center!  We ask volunteers to arrive at 5:15pm to do a quick orientation before the kids arrive.  This program will continue for the rest of the school year.   We need approximately 10 volunteers per session.  

For more information and to volunteer, please contact Lisa Freeman, Recreation Coordinator at (970) 416-2528 or


Local Organizations Looking for Volunteers


Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Alliance for Suicide Prevention strives to prevent suicide in Larimer County by raising awareness, educating, and training youth and adults about depression and suicide, and by providing resources and support to those who have been impacted.  Volunteers help staff with day-to-day operations, speak to youth and adults about suicide prevention, facilitate peer support groups, and provide support and compassion to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Category: Health and Wellness

Youth volunteers ages 13-14 supervised, 15+ unsupervised

High Commitment (occasional volunteering and more regular basis volunteering)

Visit the website below and click on "How You Can Help"

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Larimer Humane Society

Larimer Humane Society promotes and provides the responsible care and treatment of animals. Volunteers may assist with animal care, photography, behavior and enrichment, client services, adoptions, community outreach, community relations, courier club, development, foster care, graphic design, humane education, licensing, marketing/publicity, veterinary care, video production, wildlife rehabilitation, and yard maintenance.

Category: Animals and Environment

Youth volunteers ages 10-15 supervised, 16+ unsupervised

High Commitment (Minimum six-month commitment requested)

Those interested in volunteering must complete an online application and attend volunteer orientation.


Larimer County Youth Health Advisory

Local teens are encouraged to join the Youth Health Advisory (previously the TobacNO Youth Coalition), which works on a variety of health topics relevant to youth in Northern Larimer County. The group meets once a month for two hours, which can count for volunteer or community service. Free dinner and prizes are at every meeting. Past projects include outreach and educational events, photovoice projects, creating radio ads, and advocating for local health policies.

Category: Health and Wellness

Medium Commitment (Minimum six-month commitment requested)

If interested, follow the link below to learn more and sign up for participation.


Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Center (Loveland, CO)

Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center promotes the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well being of people with special needs through equine-assisted therapy. Volunteers are needed as Horse Leaders and Side Walkers to aid special needs clients in their riding therapy. Horse Leaders are responsible for haltering, grooming, tacking, and leading horses in therapy classes. Side Walkers walk alongside and sometimes aid the disabled rider’s balance.

Category: Animals and Environment / Health and Wellness

Youth volunteers age 3-14 supervised, 15+ unsupervised

Medium Commitment (8-week commitment serving 1-2 hours per week preferred. Training provided.)

Volunteers are also needed for office and facilities support.


Happy Heart Farm

A sense of satisfaction and community is gained through group efforts and accomplishments.  Past volunteers have expressed that their working service at Happy Heart Farm is a form of therapy: a pleasant compliment to their regular jobs and routines. Feeling a part of the cycles of nature allows you to feel more connected to yourself, the land and the rhythms of the seasons. 

Category: Nature and Food

Low Commitment (Requirements include a minimum of 3 hours, decent physical condition, and logging hours)


Respite Care

Respite Care, Inc. provides short-term quality care for children with developmental disabilities and respite to their families, enabling them to enhance their quality of life.  Volunteers are needed to spend supervised time with children during scheduled weekly visits reading stories, holding babies, and playing board games. Volunteers are also needed to facilitate group involvement in the community. Orientation, training, and background check required. Group volunteer opportunities must be arranged at least two weeks in advance.  There are both long-term and short-term opportunities.

Category: Health and Wellness

Medium Commitment (Long-term volunteers must commit to 3 months of volunteering with one shift per week)

Volunteers are also needed for office and facilities support.


Help prepare and serve breakfast or dinner at the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. Shifts available 7 days a week. Breakfast shift is 6am-7:30am and dinner is 4:30pm-6:30pm. Our kitchen can accommodate 2 people for breakfast and 7 for dinner.  The Fort Collins Rescue Mission is changing lives in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need, with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens

Category: Hunger and Homelessness

Ages 14 and over.

Low Commitment

Follow the button below and click on "Volunteer" for more information

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From Meals on Wheels to the Caring Companion Program, the Northern Colorado branch of Volunteers of America provide a variety of opportunities for individuals looking to give back to the Fort Collins community.  Spend some time with local retirees, assist locals with grocery shopping or help local people with your handyman skills. Whatever you might be interested in, there are many options available.  

Category: Various

Ages 14 and over.

Low-Medium Commitment (depending on which program you take part in)

Follow the button below to learn more about the opportunities available

The Food Bank for Larimer County provides food to all in need through community partnerships and hunger-relief programs. You can donate food and/or volunteer Monday through Friday between 9am and 3pm.

Category: Health and Wellness

Low Commitment

Follow the button below to learn more about the opportunities available

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Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to build homes for the less fortunate. You must be 16 years old or older to work at the ReStore or the construction site. Although those under 16 cannot work at our construction site, youth ages 14 and 15 can work alongside a parent or responsible adult at the ReStore.

Category: Homelessness

16 or older (14 or older with a parent)

Medium-High Commitment

Follow the button below and click on "Volunteer" link to learn more about the opportunities available


Find a cause that lights you up. Get in touch with a nonprofit that needs you. Volunteer Match works to match up good people with good causes.  Check them out for other volunteer opportunities in the Fort Collins area.

Follow the button below for more information and to search for additional volunteer opportunities.