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Teens have the opportunity to volunteer

Jacob Santos, Thomas Moran and Kyle Huebsh, from Castle Pines are assisting Clare Bridge Residents with fun activities.

By Birgit Moran

Douglas County high school students are required to complete 20 hours of community service to graduate. Teens and their families scramble to find the right place to volunteer. One place that attracts many different age groups is Clare Bridge – a dementia care assisted living community in Highlands Ranch.

Local high school students from Regis, Rock Canyon and others take on short term or longer term community service projects that include dancing, music, art, exercise and socializing with seniors. “This is an experience I’ll never forget,” said volunteer Jacob Santos. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old or be accompanied by an adult. Contact Michelle Moir at 303-683-2555, located at 9160 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch.

Other opportunities to fulfill community service hour requirements include:

    The Wildlife Experience, 720-488-3318

    Volunteers of America (Colorado), 303-297-0408 (Children’s Museum)

    Denver Botanical Gardens 720-865-3537

    Denver Dumb Friends League 303-751-5772, ext. 1936

    Saddle Up Foundation 303-788-1666

    Douglas/Elbert Task Force, 303-688-1114

    Praying Hands Ranch (therapeutic ranch environment for the handicapped) 303-841-4043

    Douglas County Libraries 303-841-4043or call 303-791-READ

    Metro District of Highlands Ranch, 720-240-4909 (Events, Rec Centers, Parks)

    Special Olympics Colorado 303-592-1361

    Highlands Ranch Community Association 303-791-8828

    Denver Rescue Mission 303-953-3955

    Habitat For Humanity 303-534-2929, ext. 313

    American Red Cross 720-524-5454

    The Women’s Crisis & Family Outreach Center 303-688-1094

    American Cancer Society Outreach Center 720-524-5454

    Douglas/Elbert Task Force 303-688-1114 (Stock food pantry and work in the thrift store in Castle Rock. Must be 15 years old.)

    The Colorado Trail Foundation 303-384-3729

    Events, Etc. (various events citywide) 720-763-9013

    Heart and Stroke Walk June 2 – for the American Heart Association: 303-996-8731

    Relay for Life event August 10-11 – for the American Cancer Society 303-346-8379

    MS Society 303-698-5443

    Zuma’s Rescue Ranch (Horses and children programs) 303-346-7493

    The Castle Pines Storm Swim Team – 303.898.6797



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