Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer at Springs Studio
#10: It's good for you.
- Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards.
- Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
- Makes you healthier: You are more positive; strengthening the immune system.
- Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements
- The estimated value of a volunteer's time is $15.39 per hour.
- You can test out a career.
- Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
- Building camaraderie and teamwork
- Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
#5: Volunteering strengthens your community.
- Support families (additional support)
- Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
- Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
- Beautify the community (cleanups)
- Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
- Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.
- People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.
- Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
Volunteer Opportunities in District 49
As we work through innovation to improve our opportunities, we are also striving to build stronger relationships in our community. There are many ways you can get involved in your schools.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, complete the online application, and then visit the human resources department located at 10850 E. Woodmen Road in Peyton. Please include a personal email address in your application, so we can inform you immediately after your application is approved.
At our human resources department, you'll complete a fingerprint-based background check, submit a valid identification and pay the $20 processing fee. All personal data and background check information remains confidential. As part of standard school safety practices, all volunteers and visitors to District 49 schools must provide a photo ID each time they visit any district facility.
If you'd like a visual representation of this process, download the District 49 volunteer induction workflow document (PDF, 72KB).
Santa's Toy Express focuses on on forming 49 exceptional experiences, mostly for children 4 to 8 years old, recommended from the district’s elementary schools in northeast Colorado Springs and the Falcon area of El Paso County. After receiving a warm breakfast, children board buses with sponsors and travel a mile east to Wal-Mart with gift cards. Many join Santa Claus in singing Christmas carols along the way.
Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) is a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program that works to support education and safety. “I feel it’s up to the parents, especially the dads, to be protectors of the kids,” said Bruce Hicks, while patrolling recess activities and occasionally speaking softly to a child looking sad. “I look for kids who are alone on the playground, and I tell them, ‘let’s go get you some friends.’ … I don’t like bullies, so I try to be the opposite.”