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How to Become a Volunteer

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VOLUNTEER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: ADVOCATES IN ACTION

 

At CCDC we have some of the best, most passionate and dedicated volunteers in the state. Volunteering at CCDC is the experience of a lifetime. Many people choose to remain at CCDC volunteering for years, even decades, because of the intense satisfaction. The feedback we hear speaks to the impact the experience has on the lives of the volunteers AND the recipients. We hear comments such as: “Volunteering at CCDC gave me my life back,” and “I used to feel powerless and alone, and now I am part of making real change that will help thousands of people with disabilities.” Most volunteers come to us because they experienced discrimination directly or through a family member. They generally want to “do something” to make sure that their experience with the system is not repeated.

CCDC offers a variety of opportunities. We provide initial and ongoing training for our volunteers. Volunteers can become involved assisting individuals who encounter problems with government programs or service providers, represent the organization on policy-making boards or committees, engaging in citizen lobbying, organizing events or assisting with events, and much more.

CCDC also seeks people with specific skills including website management, medical professionals, and experts in specific areas to provide pro bono or low-cost services. Please be aware we do not accept volunteers or interns for our legal programs.

If you’d like to join us to work and advocate for people with disabilities and for social justice, there are a number of ways you can volunteer.

  • BECOME A SYSTEMS ADVOCATE. All interested parties are required to take a ten-week Basic Advocacy Training course. Participants are paired with a mentor upon completion.  Please contact Angela Nevin, Director of Training at anevin@ccdconline.org or Dawn Howard, Director of Community Organizing at dhoward@ccdconline.org.
  • BECOME AN INDIVIDUAL ADVOCATE. This involves direct assistance to people with disabilities and might include: answering questions about public benefits like Medicaid, providing assistance in problem-solving, filing appeals, representing people in administrative court as a non-attorney advocate, etc. We are in need of volunteers to help with brief cases and are seeking people willing to commit to one or two specific shifts per week. Completion of the 10 week Basic Advocacy Training is required.Please be aware we do not accept volunteers or interns for our legal programs. Contact Angela Nevin at anevin@ccdconline.org for more information. If you have questions about how the Individual Advocacy Program works please email our Director of Individual Advocacy, Donna Sablan at dsablan@ccdconline.org

We are always in need of volunteers. We welcome your help and anyone who is interested would need to speak with our Director of Community Organizing Dawn Howard at dhoward@ccdconline.org. She will be able to discuss any current opportunities which may be of interest to you. Please be aware we do not accept volunteers or interns for our legal programs.

If you do not live in Denver, we are happy to announce our advocacy class is now available online. We value our rural and frontier members and your help is incredibly important. Email Angela Nevin at anevin@ccdconline.org.

On behalf of CCDC, thank you very much for your interest in becoming a volunteer.


Important Notice
CCDC’s employees and/or volunteers are NOT acting as your attorney. Responses you receive via electronic mail, phone, or in any other manner DO NOT create or constitute an attorney-client relationship between you and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC), or any employee of, or other person associated with, CCDC. The only way an attorney-client relationship is established is if you have a signed retainer agreement with one of the CCDC Legal Program attorneys.

Information received from CCDC’s employees or volunteers, or from this site, should NOT be considered a substitute for the advice of a lawyer. www.ccdconline.org DOES NOT provide any legal advice, and you should consult with your own lawyer for legal advice. This website is a general service that provides information over the internet. The information contained on this site is general information and should not be construed as legal advice to be applied to any specific factual situation.

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