Our Volunteer Program

Working the front desk

Tri-Lakes Cares recognizes and values the contributions and passions of our volunteers as we partner together to fulfill TLC’s mission.

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 provide countless volunteer hours each year.

They carry out many of the day-to-day operational activities for TLC. They greet clients, stock the pantry, distribute food, sort donations, pack Snack Packs for local youth, and contribute in many other ways to the success of TLC.

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 supports the Empty Bowl Silent Auction Dinner; Lewis-Palmer School District 38 supports the Harvest of Love food drive; Boy and Girl Troops projects; church groups and many other businesses and organizations throughout the surrounding community support TLC’s mission.

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



TLC Youth Volunteers


Tri-Lakes Cares hosts two youth volunteer projects per semester. Please learn more about our current TLC Canned Food Drive Project. Tri-Lakes Cares can also support youth with acquiring their required civic hours. For more information, please contact Nichole Pettigrew, TLC Volunteer Coordinator, at VolunteerCoordinator@Tri-LakesCares.org or 719 481-4864, ext. 113.

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:

Nichole Pettigrew, Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: (719) 481-4864, ext. 113

We look forward to having you part of our team!


Winter Weather Delays/Closures at TLC

Tri-Lakes Cares does not follow Lewis-Palmer School District 38’s delays/closures.

We will announce weather delays and closures our website homepage (at the top) and through on our social media platforms (@trilakescares on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

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