DSF’s relationships with community members and partners is both a core value and a catalyst for achieving our mission. Whether you are retired and looking to give back during your free time, a young professional seeking to grow your professional network, a corporate partner hoping to maximize your company’s community impact, or an alumnus/na returning to assist students overcoming familiar hurdles, we value your contributions and passions.
Our Volunteer Manager works with each individual volunteer to ensure we match volunteers appropriately based off of our volunteers’ skills, interests, background, and our organizational need. Please consider the following time commitments, as you start your volunteer journey:
- Application: 10-15 minutes
- Phone screening: 30 minutes
- Background check: 5 minutes
- Orientation: 1 hour (excluding personal travel time)
*Additional training may apply depending on the volunteer role. DSF asks volunteers to commit to a minimum of 6 months. The majority of our volunteer needs are for weekday, daytime availability, though we do have FAFSA evening workshops and other occasional week night and weekend opportunities.
For more information, please contact Caryn Oppenheim, Volunteer Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
From October 1st through mid-November, DSF hosts 16-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops at our 14 Future Centers and local community spaces. FAFSA volunteers attend two or more workshops, guiding students through the FAFSA process online. Alternatively, to support DSF’s FAFSA workshops in an administrative capacity, click here.
Office Volunteers enhance the capacity of our administrative operations at our main office through their completion of a variety of tasks including, data entry, research projects, content creation, and other projects that match our volunteers’ specific skill sets.
Event Volunteers help with preparation and execution of a variety of special events hosted by DSF, from fundraising events to graduation celebrations. Event volunteers serve as friend and fundraisers for DSF as table hosts, coach and engage students at break-out leadership sessions, set-up and break-down DSF event supplies, and greet event attendees.
DSF’s College Success Team welcomes volunteers to work alongside our Campus Advisors on the Auraria Campus. DSF seeks volunteers with flexibility, creativity, and expertise in financial aid, resume and interview preparation, and workshop preparation and facilitation. DSF values volunteer support from various sectors to provide career and academic insight for our DSF Scholars and Alumni. Read the full position descriptions for our drop-in and workshop support roles.
DSF encourages volunteers interested in internship opportunities to submit a general volunteer application if they are open to a variety of internship placements or respond to a specific position description posted on our website on our internship page. We partner with several local educational institutions to create internship placements for various programs and strongly encourage DSF Scholars and Alumni to apply.
Future Center Volunteers commit to at least 2 hours per week or bi-weekly. DSF’s Volunteer Manager assigns volunteers to a specific school and Future Center. Our Future Center volunteers assist our College Access Advisors in preparing students for college and the college application process by proofreading college and scholarship essays, designing and delivering interactive workshops, inputting data into tracking systems, and a wide-variety of other tasks. Read the full position description here.