Archway provides an array of services to a variety of populations including: individuals, families, youth, people aging in place, refugees, people who have experienced homelessness or chronic homelessness, and formerly homeless veterans. The purpose of our services is to support tenants as they adjust to life in their home and promote healthy, happy, and quality lives. This is done in one of three ways:
Individual or Family Case Management
On-site Community Events
Larger Community Engagement
We always welcome volunteers to help elevate our on-site community events and larger community engagement. Our primary goal is that our residents would choose to engage with us, their neighbors, and their community. There are huge benefits to participating in activities that both improve life skills and offer connection with others.
While the number of residents who participate in each event can vary, each person who attends is incredibly important. At the core, our belief is that each person has inherent value and our mission is to help provide the support systems that remove barriers and encourage others to thrive. We want to build trust and reliability with our residents, to commit to showing up, being present and attentive day in and day out. We hope that you will join us!
Below is a list of current volunteer opportunities at specific locations that we are looking to fill.
Food Bank Assistance Needed!
We are seeking volunteers to assist in the execution of our most essential and regular event at all communities – Food Bank…
Youth Sports Instructor Wanted
Lakewood, CO 80401
Seeking a football or basketball coach to engage our kids in after school program on technique, team building, and fun…
Art Teacher Needed!
Love art? We’re looking for an instructor to lead a monthly art class, engaging our residents in a creative and fun way..
Yoga Instructor Needed!
Lakewood, CO 80214
Do you teach yoga? We are looking for someone to lead a monthly yoga class for residents in Lakewood…
Zumba Instructor Needed
Denver, CO 80247
Are you a zumba or dance instructor? Our residents love our monthly zumba classes, and we are in need of a new instructor!
Regular Community Events
Below are the various categories of events we offer at our communities. Throughout each month our service coordinators plan multiple events per week in these categories. If you have a skillset or experience that would lend itself to either leading or assisting any of these events, feel free to fill out an interest form with more information about you.
These are not specific opportunities we have, rather categories of events regularly happening at our communities for which we welcome volunteer help!
Life Skills Building
These events develop important skills that may not have been learned or lost over the course of time/life circumstances – such as cleaning skills, budgeting of resources, money management, technology building, conflict management, etc. Through life skills building, residents are exposed to different forms of therapeutic activities through art, community service, leisurely activities, and meaningful activities all while building relationships with their neighbors.
Health and Wellness
Taking a proactive approach in addressing tenant health can be beneficial to overall quality of life improvement. Health and Wellness activities can encourage engagement and can include a variety of opportunities to improve health outcomes. This can include guest speakers who educate on health topics, yoga or fitness classes, healthy cooking activities, slip and fall prevention, grief and loss, etc. Staff provide education on healthy meal preparation to enhance critical skills, including label understanding, knowledge of serving size, dietary swaps to meet specific needs (example – low carb/sugar for diabetics, not wheat for gluten sensitivity, heart healthy options, and culturally specific dietary needs).
Addressing food insecurity is a top priority in working with the tenants. Staff identify community partnerships for food resources to bring to the communities to provide healthy food options to all tenants. Volunteers can have the opportunity to set up/break down foodbank and work with the residents as they identify healthy food options for the week.
Community Integration Outings
Staff and tenants will identify locations and transit routes, prepare meals as needed, and attend alongside the tenants. Through these outings the tenants will find meaningful community spaces, learn how to replicate trips independently in the future, and practice relevant social skills. This includes trips to cultural centers such as museums, plays, galleries, zoos, botanical gardens, and seasonal specific opportunities.
Promotes youth education support, community building, and intergenerational activities that combine services with the adults building family unity. Strong educational and social support can enhance the quality of life and further developmental growth and lead to skill and career opportunities to end the cycle of poverty. Volunteers can have the opportunity to work with the youth at our properties on educational and social enhancement. This can include craft ideas, STEM Science opportunities, gardening, and other events.
Archway provides housing and services to a variety of tenants, and a portion of the tenants served are on a pathway to citizenship. The services staff have created a curriculum to help with preparation for the US Citizenship Exam. This curriculum is inclusive of the skills tested in the interview, such as reading, writing, speaking and the 100 Civics questions. Tenants learn to write what they hear and respond to questions about their lives in the USA since they moved here. The vocabulary for the reading and writing tests are provided and a weekly curriculum with homework to educate students on the history questions they will be asked.
Many tenants experienced life barriers that did not allow them to obtain a HS diploma. The services team collaborates with partnerships who provide a path to obtaining a GED, which will open the door for countless opportunities. Online and local volunteer teachers provide a personalized class to support each student wherever they may be in their educational process and encourage growth in the areas covered in the GED exam such as mathematics, history, science and reading comprehension. There are also many resources available in different counties to assist students in their GED goals offsite. Curriculum is not included but materials will be paid for by Archway.
Providing support for tenants whose first language is not English is vital to preparing them for success. We offer weekly classes to our residents to enrich their writing, reading, vocabulary and grammar skills and to develop general conversational skills. All materials are provided at our center. These classes allow our tenants to access employment, schooling and benefits with more ease and confidence. Volunteers need to have had one year experience in the ESL classroom at the minimum and be comfortable supporting low level English speakers, as well as having a sensitivity to other cultures.