City of Fort Collins Engage

Welcome to Engage!  Engage helps you manage your involvement, either as a participant or volunteer, sponsored by the FC Volunteer Program. Browse the calendar, edit your profile, and get involved!

 

Our Vision: Creatively engaging volunteers in their unique talents.

Our Mission: Promote volunteer involvement to improve services and create community.

 

The City of Fort Collins is a wonderful place to live in large part because the residents are active and involved in their community. Part of an engaged City is a community that selflessly gives back, making the world a better place for those around them. Using their time, talents, hearts and hands to help others, these people are the backbone of a community. They are Volunteers.

The City of Fort Collins Volunteer Services Program (VSP) is designed to creatively engage people in their unique talents. Everyone has something treasured to give and when those talents are paired with a passion to help, the results can be amazing. 

VSP recognizes the impact that both new and experienced volunteers have on our community. We help match new volunteers with potential interest areas and offer continuing education opportunities to our existing volunteers.

Signing up for a volunteer position is just the beginning -- Welcome to the City!

 

Several departments rely on volunteers to succeed.

Adaptive Recreation (ARO)          

Boards & Commissions  

Community Development & Neighborhood Services  

The Farm at Lee Martinez Park

FC Moves

Gardens on Spring Creek

Healthy Homes

The Lincoln Center

Mediation & Restorative Justice          

Municipal Courts

Natural Areas

Parks

Police Services

Recycling Ambassadors

Senior Center

Sports                                             

Streets                                            

Utilities                                              

Pictured Above: Volunteers joining hands, Volunteer getting trained for safety outdoors, and Volunteer with Staff T-shirt at a gathering.

 

The General Application Process (pictured above):

Step 1: Fill out the General Volunteer Application. This application will allow you to share your interests and skills with a Volunteer Services staff member. We will facilitate a conversation one-on-one with you to discover your WHY. Volunteering is meaningful to you and the program you impact -- we want you to enjoy it every step of the way! 

Step 2: Support from the VSP Staff. You will get a personalized email response listing possible opportunities and next steps...you can opt into an informal interview with a member of the VSP team to connect, discuss multiple options, and direct you to a department (or several departments) that might be a good fit!

Step 3: Discover Opportunities to find your WHY. Visit the Fcgov.com/volunteer web pages to browse City departments. Visit the Get Involved page to browse current openings for volunteer opportunities.

Step 4: Start Volunteering! Try new things, volunteer with a variety of departments, and find the reason WHY volunteering brings you joy!

Note: We may ask you to fill out department-specific applications throughout your time volunteering with the City. We encourage you to apply for any and all opportunities that interest you, but some opportunities require more experience, prerequisite training, or a more extensive interview process. By filling out an application for each of your interests, our Volunteer Managers can contact you and get the interview process rolling. 

If you ever have questions about programming, applying, volunteering, or navigating Engage, feel free to email us at [email protected]!

 

 

Upcoming Activities   Calendar

Volunteer Appreciation Event Profile Photo  Register Volunteer Appreciation Event
  Thursday, 29 August 2024 |   07:00 PM | Lincoln Center |  Registration Required

Allow us to share our appreciation with you! After a full day of fun and learning, the City of Fort Collins will host a Volunteer Appreciation Event for volunteers. We will have heavy appetizers, live music, a presentation, and cash bar. This yea...

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Ain't Never Met A Stranger: Stories From the Passenger Seat Profile Photo  Register Ain't Never Met A Stranger: Stories From the Passenger Seat
  Thursday, 29 August 2024 |   05:30 PM | Lincoln Center Performance Hall |  Registration Required

Kari Knutson’s one-woman storytelling and comedy show integrates her real life experiences with a twist of whimsy that will make you laugh out loud one minute and have you wiping tears from your eyes the next. This show is all about our human conn...

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Park Planning - Strategic Trail Plan with Rachel Eich Profile Photo Volunteer Park Planning - Strategic Trail Plan with Rachel Eich
  Thursday, 29 August 2024 |   03:45 PM | Lincoln Center Columbine Room

The Strategic Trails Plan will provide a framework for the future planning, design, maintenance, and preservation of the City’s recreational paved trail system. We will provide a presentation on the planning efforts and engagement completed throug...

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Live Entertainment - Trevor Michael and Jo Asker Profile Photo Volunteer Live Entertainment - Trevor Michael and Jo Asker
  Thursday, 29 August 2024 |   12:45 PM | Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater

Trevor Michael and Jo Asker bring a dynamic and diverse musical experience to their audience. Originally from Louisville, KY, Trevor Michael blends his bluegrass roots with the indie-folk vibe of Northern Colorado. After moving to Colorado to stud...

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Restorative Justice Overview with Dana Henderson Profile Photo Volunteer Restorative Justice Overview with Dana Henderson
  Thursday, 29 August 2024 |   02:15 PM | Lincoln Center Canyon West Ballroom
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De-Escalation Training with Tyler Davis Profile Photo Volunteer De-Escalation Training with Tyler Davis
  Thursday, 29 August 2024 |   02:15 PM | Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater

Many of us have been in situations where someone has flown off the handle and has become confrontational. These can be very difficult interactions to navigate. In this session you will learn valuable tools to help you when dealing with a person ...

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ARO & Ability Awareness with Brenda McDowell Profile Photo Volunteer Adaptive Recreation Opportunities & Ability Awareness with Brenda McDowell
  Thursday, 29 August 2024 |   02:15 PM | Lincoln Center Columbine Room

ARO and Ability Awareness- Introduction to Adaptive Recreation Opportunities (ARO) and ability awareness activities. Learn about ARO: who we are, what we do and how you can get involved, followed by interactive ability awareness activities. Awaren...

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Boards & Commissions Overview with Davina Lau Profile Photo Volunteer Boards & Commissions Overview with Davina Lau
  Thursday, 29 August 2024 |   11:15 AM | Lincoln Center Canyon West Ballroom

The Public Engagement Specialist from the City Clerk's Office will give an overview of the city's boards and commissions program. This includes what volunteering on a board or commission looks like, the value of civic engagement, and what applying...

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City-Wide Volunteer Overview with Sue Schafer Profile Photo Volunteer City-Wide Volunteer Overview with Sue Schafer
  Thursday, 29 August 2024 |   11:15 AM | Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater

Join Sue Schafer to learn about the multitude of opportunities available around the city and how to get involved!

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Keynote Presentation: Emotional Intelligence with Kari Knutson Profile Photo Volunteer Keynote Presentation: Emotional Intelligence with Kari Knutson
  Thursday, 29 August 2024 |   09:30 AM | Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater

Emotional Intelligence is a powerful tool that can positively impact how you engage and respond to the world around you. Developing your Emotional Intelligence can help you become more resilient, improve your personal and professional relationshi...

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