Our Volunteer Program

Working the front desk

Tri-Lakes Cares (TLC) recognizes and values the contribution and the passion of our volunteers in partnering with staff to fulfill the mission of TLC.

We believe:

  • We could not open the doors of TLC without our volunteers who significantly enhance, expand and upgrade the services TLC provides.
  • TLC strives to create an environment that welcomes, supports, empowers, and appreciates our community of volunteers so they can be effective contributors and advocates.
  • Our volunteers can perform any given task effectively and responsibly as a result of the interactive collaboration with our staff.

Sorting groceries and sundries in the pantry

Tri-Lakes Cares is able to provide services to our community because of the effort of over 200 devoted community members who give us countless volunteer hours each year.

They carry out many of the day-to-day operational activities for us. They greet clients, man the pantry, distribute food, sort donations, pack snack packs for local children, along with many other tasks.

Our Volunteers also help manage programs, keep up with extra administrative duties, chair special projects, sit on the board of directors and assist with fundraising. TLC volunteers are pivotal members of our team.

Packing Snack Packs

Several groups in the community continue to support our efforts: The Monument Hill Kiwanis with the Empty Bowl Silent Auction Dinner; the local school District 38 with the Harvest of Love food drive; a number of Boy and Girl Troops projects; church groups and many other businesses and organizations throughout the Tri-Lakes and surrounding communities.

If your group is interested in doing a project with TLC, please contact our Volunteer Manager at the email or phone number below.


Tri-Lakes Cares occasionally has projects suitable for youth. Learn more about youth volunteering opportunities.


Getting Started as a Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities range from the very general to opportunities that meet very specific needs (we can always use folks with trucks or SUVs for food pick-ups). Learn more about our current volunteer opportunities

Prior to becoming an active volunteer at Tri-Lakes Cares, volunteers must attend an introductory orientation which are scheduled on an “as needed” basis. Youth and one-time volunteers do not need to attend orientation.

Before coming to an orientation session, please complete the Volunteer Form and bring it with you.

To schedule an orientation session, inquire about special projects or general volunteering questions, please contact:

Kelly Bryant, Volunteer Manager
Tel: (719) 481-4864, ext. 117

We look forward to having you part of our team!


Winter Weather Delays/Closures at TLC

Tri-Lakes Cares does not follow District 38 delays/closures.

Weather delays and closures will be made independently by TLC staff and announced on our website Homepage (at the top) as well as on our Facebook page by 6:00 a.m.

Volunteers will also receive notification through the “When to Help” network.