Organizations in Northern Colorado Where You Can Use Your VTO Time

May 22, 2020

Living in Northern Coloradoresidents have  to be thankful for.  Easy access to some of the best skiing in the country, one of the country’s leading school systems, a highly educated population, over 300 days of sunshine and delectably addictive Palisade Peaches sold every Spring. 

But, perhaps, the best part of living in Colorado is the people who live here.  Residents are thoughtful, engaged and always looking for ways to give back to the communities they call home. With literally thousands of Northern Colorado nonprofits to choose from, there’s no shortage of ways to volunteer for a cause close to your heart. Which is why so many companies in our region provide employees with volunteer time off, or VTO, making it easier than ever to dedicate your time to volunteering at one of Northern Colorado’s many non-profit organizations. 

Volunteer with Animals 


  • Larimer Humane Society – For over 50 years, the Larimer Humane Society has helped animal lovers create forever families and reunite with their lost pets.  They serve cats, dogs and every critter in-between. 
  • Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic – With a vision that every cat is a healthy and wanted pet, this Northern Colorado nonprofit works to prevent pet homelessness.  In addition to offering adoption services, they also provide behavior services and pet food for struggling members of the community. 
  • Animal House – With a mission to decrease the euthanasia rate by giving well-deserving animals the opportunity and time to find their forever home, this nonprofit collaborates with underserved and overpopulated shelters in Northern Colorado. 
  • All Aboard Animal Rescue – Never discriminating against “who can ride this train”, this Northern Colorado animal shelter never turns away a pet due to high medical expense, age, size, breed, perceived temperament, lack of space or too much time spent in a shelter. 
  • Until They’re Home – Offering a unique twist to traditional animal rescue services, Until They’re Home provides non-judgmental counseling services to try to keep pets at home.  In addition, they also provide traditional foster and adoption services. 
  • 4 Paws Pet Pantry – This Northern Colorado nonprofit helps families stay together in times of financial hardship by providing pet food to their furry family members. They also work to teach children that pets deserve forever homes and no life is disposable. 


Dedicate Your Time tChildren 


  • Early Childhood Council of Larimer County – This organization’s mission is to improve the quality of family support and education, health and well-being, and learning and development available to families in Larimer County.  Their vision is for all children in Larimer County to be valued, healthy and thriving. 
  • Turning Point Center for Youth & Family Development Inc – Turning Point helps youth who are struggling with behavior issues, mental health issues and substance abuse issues. They offer a wide range of programs aimed at getting children and their families back on the right track. 
  • Realities For Children – This nonprofit provides for the unmet needs of youth who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk. This includes things like education, supplies, clothing and programming to help children be successful in pursuing their dreams. 
  • CASA of Larimer County – The mission of this Northern Colorado nonprofit is to be a voice in the courtroom for abused or neglected children. In addition, they offer a safe place for conflict-free interactions in the community. 
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County – Offering after school and summer programs which include meals for only $20/year, this nonprofit’s mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, responsible citizens. 
  • Santa Cops of Larimer County – Striving to provide a positive relationship between children and law enforcement, Santa Cops works to provide toys to children in need during the holidays and throughout the year. 


Spend Time with Senior Citizens 


  • A Little Help – This Fort Collins nonprofit aims to keep seniors in their homes longer by using an underutilized resource – good neighbors. Bridging the gap by connecting neighbors, less government assistance is needed to care for seniors who wish to stay in their homes.
  • Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado – This Northern Colorado organization believes that no one should have to walk the dementia journey alone. They feel “living well” with dementia should be the expectation, not the exception. 
  • Alzheimers Association – This association supplies information and support for Colorado residents and their families living with dementia. They also provide a broad range of programs, resources and research in their effort to end Alzheimer’s. 
  • Halcyon Hospice – Accepting patients based on need and not their financial situation, this organization offers medical comfort and social support to those they help. They aim to nurture and heal in the final stages of an illness and into the bereavement process. 
  • Pathways – This organization provides compassionate and comprehensive care for patients with advanced medical conditions, serious illnesses or those who are grieving. They serve Northern Colorado in Larimer and Weld Counties. 


Give Back tVeterans 


  • Healing Warriors Program – This Northern Colorado nonprofit provides non-narcotic therapy to service members and their families. They focus on PTSD, pain and sleep issues. Their ultimate vision is to restore veterans’ well-being and quality of life. 
  • Veterans Compass – Acting as an extended family to guide veterans and their families to existing resources, this organization helps our service members become thriving members of the community. 
  • Vets4Life – This Fort Collins nonprofit works to help veterans regroup, rebuild and recover. They strive to improve the lives of veterans and their families through health and wellness programs, community engagement and service projects. 
  • Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado – Located at 2626 W. Horsetooth Rd, this Fort Collins organization offers a place for remembrance, reflection and commemoration for those who have served in our military. 


Volunteer with Homeless/Housing Assistance Organizations 


  • Homeward Alliance – This nonprofit’s mission is to empower individuals and families facing homelessness to survive, move forward and thrive. They do so with programs and services that focus on survival, employment and prevention. 
  • Neighbor to Neighbor – With a mission to ensure everyone has a home, Neighbor to Neighbor works to make homes more attainable and preserve homes for those who may lose them otherwise. 
  • Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity – With a belief that everyone should have a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity helps people build their homes alongside volunteers. 
  • Loveland Habitat for Humanity – Devoted to building stronger neighborhoods, the Loveland Habitat for Humanity has helped over 145 families build their homes with the help of volunteers. 
  • Murphy Center For Hope – This center is a collaboration between multiple independent agencies to serve the homeless and at-risk of homelessness population of Larimer County. 


Help Victims of Abuse 


  • Crossroads Safehouse – Since 1980, abused adults and children have come to Crossroads safehouse. The organization offers safe housing, transitional housing, advocacy, legal assistance, education, food, clothing and support to those in abusive situations. 
  • Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Center – SAVA provides crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling to sexual assault victims in Northern Colorado. They also provide prevention programs through community outreach and education. 
  • Alternatives to Violence Inc (ATV) – This Loveland nonprofit works towards a community that’s free from domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.  They provide shelter, advocacy, resources and education to individuals affected by abuse. 


Assist Those with Disabilities 


  • Disabled Resource Services – This nonprofit assists people of any age with any disability: physical, mental/emotional, visual, auditory or cognitive. Their ultimate goal is to help those they serve lead independent, happy and dignified lives at home and in society. 
  • Foothills Gateway – With a mission to empower every ability, this Fort Collins nonprofit helps people of all ages with intellectual or developmental disabilities conquer challenges to achieve their maximum potential. 
  • Ensight Skills Center – This Northern Colorado nonprofit helps those with visual impairments and disabilities the tools, counseling and training to live productive, independent lives. 
  • Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center – This Loveland nonprofit promotes physical, mental and social well-being to those with special needs through equine therapy. 
  • SMILE UWokeUp – This organization works to provide education about traumatic brain injuries (TBI) while giving support and tools to those suffering from it. In addition, they offer insight into TBI prevention. 
  • Autism Helping Autism – A nonprofit run by people with autism for people with autism. This organization understands the challenges autistic people face and puts in place strategies to help them successfully live on their own. 


Make a Difference in the Arts 


  • Fort Collins Symphony Association – The Fort Collins Symphony’s mission is to perform incredible orchestral music that creates an entertaining, nurturing and inclusive environment. They also host educational events that serve to inspire and bring joy to visitors of Northern Colorado. 
  • Loveland Orchestra – Dedicated to providing superb performances and reaching out to talented youth, the Loveland Orchestra’s maestro, Luciano R. Silvestri Jr, volunteers much of his time to student orchestras. 
  • Canyon Concert Ballet – Celebrating 40 years, this dance company’s goal is to provide the highest quality training to a diverse student group while enriching the Northern Colorado cultural climate. They wish to expand, enrich and enhance artistic opportunities available to their dancers. 
  • Opera Fort Collins – The mission of this company is to entertain, enrich and educate residents and visitors of Northern Colorado through the presentation of opera and many community programs. 
  • Loveland Opera Theatre – This Loveland nonprofit’s mission is to bring opera to the hearts and minds of all. They do so through educational opportunities and phenomenal operatic performances. 
  • Harrington Arts Alliance – Giving people of all ages the opportunity to explore their theatrical and musical talents, this Loveland nonprofit offers education programs and the chance to perform. 
  • Global Village Museum – The museum’s mission is to foster international connections between Northern Colorado and the global community through exhibits featuring folk art, fine art and artifacts. They also work to provide educational opportunities and international resources. 

With so many incredible Northern Colorado nonprofit organizationspassionate about. The only question is, which one will you donate your VTO time to? 

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