Boulder County Aids Project (BCAP)

 

        

Boulder County Aids Project (BCAP):

2118 14th Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Contact: Sarah Annecone, Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah@bcap.org

Website is www.BACP.org, and all the information you need for applying, as well as the highest need positions are under the “volunteer” tab.

Requirements: for most positions, an 8 hour orientation is required, and this takes place twice a year, in spring and fall. For Fall 2018, orientation will take place on September 22.

Two references, one personal and one professional (a professor, etc) are required.

TB(tuberculosis) testing is required for the front desk volunteer)

Time commitment: a year is desirable, but less is often acceptable, a semester is doable, too.

BCAP volunteer coordinator, Sarah Annecone was was warm and welcoming. The organization is in a cosy house just south of Lucile’s Restaurant. There is a wealth of opportunity for a pre-med student here: everything from front desk, to outreach and education, picking up food for the small pantry in the basement, all the way to advocacy work and leadership. Touring this facility was one of the most pleasant experiences of this project.


HIGHEST VOLUNTEER NEED

Pro Bono Massage Therapists

  • Commitment: 3 one-hour appointments per clinic, on 3rd Saturday of month
  • Locations: Boulder BCAP office
  • Special requirements:  registered with State of CO as massage therapist; TB clearance
  • Training required: BCAP Vol. Training is not required.

Provide BCAP clients with massage at the monthly massage clinics. Therapists provide 3 one-hour massages per monthly clinic.  Therapists are asked to commit to a minimum 2, and maximum 12 clinics a year.  

Community Food Share Shopper

  • Commitment: 3 hours a month
  • Locations: Louisville and Boulder
  • Special requirements: Car required, lift 40 lbs or more
  • Training required: Brief CFS training required

Maintain inventory that comes from Community Food Share (CFS), in BCAP’s downtown Boulder Food Pantry. We currently need 1 volunteer to shop at CFS in Louisville and bring the food to the Boulder office on the 2nd Monday or Tuesday morning of the month.

 More Volunteer Positions with BCAP

Atlas Prevention Program

  • Commitment:   varies      
  • Location:  varies
  • Special requirements:  outgoing, committed, open-minded, creative and caring
  • Training required: BCAP Vol. Training

BCAP’s Atlas Core Group includes diverse men and women who are interested in HIV prevention initiatives for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. This team meets monthly to design and implement outreach efforts that provide education and support to MSM about HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) transmission, prevention, and testing. Staff and volunteers provide outreach where MSM congregate; venues such as internet sites, bars, community events, and street fairs.      

Education Tables

  • Commitment:   varies      
  • Location:  varies
  • Special requirements:    weekday availability and preferably also fill an additional BCAP volunteer position  
  • Training required: BCAP Vol. Training

Represent BCAP by staffing educational tables at local events, health fairs, and schools.    

Events: Fundraising and HIV Awareness-Raising

  • Commitment:   varies      
  • Location:  varies
  • Special requirements:  work well in a team; take direction well and maintain a positive attitude     
  • Training required: instruction provided at events

Fundraising events have a variety of roles for volunteers to fill depending on the event. These can include Event Set-Up, Ticket Sales/Registration, Silent Auction Monitoring, Appetizer Passing, etc.  In the summer, BCAP has a strong presence at Denver Pridefest and AIDS Walk, recruiting as many as 200 people to walk with us as team!

Front Desk Volunteer (FDV)

  • Commitment:  2.5-3 hours a week or as a fill-in, minimum 5 hours a month
  • Locations: Boulder BCAP office
  • Special requirements: TB clearance
  • Training required:  BCAP Vol. Training.  Additional evening phone orientation and shadowing of current FDVs required.

Staff the front desk at BCAP; answering the phone and greet walk-ins. Take clients shopping in the Food Bank. Spanish speaking not required, but a plus.    

Garden Program

  • Commitment:  2-3 hours a week
  • Locations: BCAP’s organic plot at Hawthorn Community Gardens, north Boulder
  • Special requirements: works well with a team of others
  • Training required:  None, but be willing to follow instruction provided at garden by coordinator and others.

Vegetables produced in BCAP’s garden are supplied to BCAP’s two food pantries (one each in Boulder and Longmont), accessed by people living with HIV. A volunteer Garden Coordinator emails the gardeners weekly with details of what the group will work on next in the garden (usually a weekend morning).

 

Long Term Client Support

  • Commitment:   1-3 hours a week    
  • Location:  varies
  • Special requirements:  TB clearance 
  • Training required: BCAP Vol. Training

Provide a BCAP client and his/her support network with physical/emotional support and advocacy related to the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS or as based on the individual client needs.

HIV Leadership Development Opportunities

BCAP Advocacy Committee

Meets monthly. Are you interested in social justice and educating the public about important issues? On-going committee focused on creating an environment for civic participation; education about advocacy on local, state and federal levels; special focus on education regarding implementation of health care reform, HIV stigma and preserving the human service safety net. Community members and volunteers welcome. This committee meets on the first Monday of every month at BCAP from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.   If you are interested in being part of this committee, please contact Sarah Annecone, BCAP’s Volunteer Coordinator (sarah@bcap.org), and she will connect you with the committee chair.  

BCAP Inclusiveness Committee

Meets monthly. Do you care about ethical communication and equal access to healthcare? On-going committee focused on learning to become a more inclusive organization. Includes board, staff, community members, and volunteers.  This committee meets the first Tuesday of each month at BCAP from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  If you are interested in being part of the BCAP Inclusiveness Committee, please contact Sarah Annecone, BCAP’s Volunteer Coordinator (sarah@bcap.org), and she will connect you with the committee chair.

BCAP Programs Committee

Meets monthly. Are you interested in case management, prevention, social work, program design, or evaluation? This on-going committee focuses on services at BCAP and how to improve and enhance. The committee ensures all programs are responsive to the changing needs of the community and inclusive to anyone living with or affected by HIV. Members from this committee come from community partners, CU, volunteers, staff and board. The Programs Committee typically meets on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30pm to 7pm at BCAP.   If you are interested in being part of this committee, please contact Sarah Annecone, BCAP’s Volunteer Coordinator (sarah@bcap.org), and she will connect you with the committee chair.

BCAP Development Committee

Meets monthly. Learn about nonprofit fundraising, marketing and event planning. Learn how to use effective stories and strategies to educate and raise awareness, promote BCAP’s mission and raise funds needed to keep BCAP’s programs alive. Community members and volunteers welcome. This committee typically meets the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm; location varies.  If you are interested in being part of this committee, please contact Sarah Annecone, BCAP’s Volunteer Coordinator (sarah@bcap.org), and she will connect you with the committee chair.

BCAP Finance Committee

Meets monthly. Love numbers? Interested in nonprofit finance? This committee monitors BCAP’s financial health and ensures a balance budget. Ensures financial management is practiced in a manner that ensures sustainable, efficient and inclusive services. Community members, volunteers welcome. This committee meets at BCAP on the third or fourth Wednesday of the month, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  If you are interested in being part of this committee, please contact Sarah Annecone, BCAP’s Volunteer Coordinator (sarah@bcap.org), and she will connect you with the committee chair.

 

Updated 2.17.2018