Volunteers Chapters at Children's Hospital Colorado
The Volunteer Chapters within the Association of Volunteers at Children's provide a variety of services to the Hospital, our patients and their families. The Chapter volunteers function both as volunteers in the hospital, as well as community-based volunteers.
Boulder Chapter (1967)
The Boulder Chapter began as a circle of friends dedicated to meeting the need of funding requests for non-capital improvements at Children's Hospital Colorado. Their initial projects were golf tournaments, auctions and more. Currently, the chapter hosts the following events.
- A day at Highland Hills Miniature Golf and Raceway in June
- A cooperative effort with Giambracco and Sons Garden Center during the spring and summer; proceeds of flower sales benefit the chapter
- Teddy Bear Tea at the Boulderado Hotel the Saturday after Thanksgiving
- Gift wrapping the first weekend of December at the Boulder Barnes & Noble bookstore
This group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at a member’s home, with the exception of July and August.
Cancer Center Chapter (1993)
Holiday card design
The Cancer Center Chapter began as an effort to celebrate the art work of oncology and blood disorder patients. Corporate sponsors were established to fund the transformation of the artwork into winter holiday cards. Proceeds of the cards are used to improve the quality and satisfaction of patient care by providing wigs, medical bracelets, eye exam equipment and teaching aides. Funds are also delegated to purchasing equipment related to processing tumor samples, teaching materials for oncology students and to the HOPE Clinic, which provides long term services for survivors of cancer.
View the holiday cards for purchase.
Cardiac Kids Chapter (2001)
The mission of the Cardiac Kids Chapter, developed by mothers of cardiac patients, is to provide emotional support and education for the families of children with heart disorders. The group also educates the public regarding heart disease and heart transplants among children. Each day the chapter strives to enhance the work of Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute and helps to promote organ donation. One of the chapter’s projects has been the creation of a 150-page manual guiding parents through the processes of surgeries, critical care issues, follow up care and more.
This chapter’s events include the following:
- A reunion picnic in July
- Pumpkin Patch Day in October
- Texas Hold'Em poker tournament in the fall
This chapter meets monthly on the second Tuesday of every month at varying locations in the Denver Metro area.
Employees as Volunteers (2011)
Employees as Volunteers Chapter is made up of employees at the Children's Hospital Colorado. In addition to hosting special events at the hospital for patients and their families, the members lend their support at various events both in the community and at the hospital.
Friends of the Hospital Sports Program (1986)
Friends of the Hospital Sports
Program award winners at the
This chapter was developed to be a fundraising arm of The Hospital Sports Program to provide funding so that children with disabilities can participate in the disabled ski program at Winter Park. This program helps children and teens to build a sense of freedom and self esteem through skiing.
This award-winning program allows children to expand their horizons, not only through the ski program, but also through golf activities. In addition, this chapter was instrumental in the creation of the Courage Classic, a 3 day bike ride through the Colorado Rockies, and remains a crucial ingredient for the bike tour's success every July.
Throughout the year, the chapter sells brooms that are handmade by members, blankets with kids’ pictures on them and a John Fielder calendar. In partnership with the Denver Roundtable, a car cruise is hosted each fall. Revenues from their fundraising efforts allow children to participate in the sports program. Learn more about the events at
The chapter meets the second Wednesday of every month at Children's Hospital Colorado with the exception of February, July and December.
Learn more about the Hospital Sports Program.
Gift of Gracie (2009)
The Gift of Gracie Chapter was founded by Tiffany Peterson, whose daughter, Gracie, was a patient at Children's Hospital Colorado. The Gift of Gracie Chapter was founded by Tiffany Peterson following her daughter Gracie's experience as a patient at Children's Hospital Colorado. The mission of this chapter is to raise funds to supply the hospital with books and other materials which will enhance the hospital experience for the patients and their families. This group hosts an annual golf tournament and a birthday celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss.
Meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month. Please visit www.giftofgracie.org for more information.
Highlands Ranch Chapter (1990)
The Highlands Ranch Chapter supports various departments and causes at Children's Hospital Colorado. The group is comprised of members from the
of the Year.
Highlands Ranch /Castle Rock areas, On May 6th the chapter hosted the "Taste of Highlands Ranch" food and wine/auction. They will host a children's brunch and champagne tea for adults on December 17th at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Sedalia. Funds raised by this chapter have been used for medical training mannequins, Xbox 360 games, educational resource books for our numerous Children's Colorado locations, and for Precious Prints - a program administered by the Pastoral Care Department.
Highlands Ranch Youth Volunteer Chapter (2010)
The Highlands Ranch Youth Chapter is comprised of students from the four Highlands Ranch high schools.This group enjoys hosting blood drives to raise awareness for the hospital and hosting craft parties for patients and their families.
Hydrocephalus Information Network Chapter (1997)
The Hydrocephalus Information Network was developed by mothers of children who suffer with a syndrome known as “water on the brain.” Many children with this condition require as many as 20 surgeries before the age of 15. This chapter’s mission is dedicated to raising awareness about this neurological condition.
Each year, the chapter hosts a summer weekend camp in Estes Park, which includes tents, a campfire, swimming and a baseball game. In addition, the chapter hosts a “Breakfast with Santa” fundraiser for the public and "An Evening with Santa" for the chapter and its members.
Morning Glories Chapter
The Morning Glories Chapter is a support group that creates hand-sewn goods for Children's Hospital Colorado Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation Specialists. They sew eye patches, blankets, hats for oncology patients and tiny hospital gowns for the dolls Child Life Specialists use to teach patients about upcoming procedures.
This group holds “outings” instead of monthly meetings at places such as book binding companies and museums, so they can stretch their legs and backs after long hours at sewing machines. Outings take place on the third Wednesday morning of every month.
Prescription Pets Chapter (1984)
Volunteer, Deb Dispense,
with Prescription Pet, Gia.
The award-winning Prescription Pet Program, also known as RxPets, is a dog-assisted therapy and visitation program that began in 1984 as a cooperative effort between Children's and the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society (DAVMS). Specially-trained volunteer dog owners take their dogs on rounds to visit patients at Children's Hospital Colorado. In 1984, a written prescription from the child's physician was necessary for a dog visit, hence the name, "Prescription Pet Program."
All Prescription Pet dogs have passed a vigorous screening and have been approved by veterinarians who volunteer their time. Their visits with patients can range from a few minutes to 15 minutes or longer, depending on the child's response and condition. The dogs also assist the medical staff in the psychiatric units and in the physical rehabilitation department.
Prescription Pets' proceeds have gone to the Emergency Department for art work, a shuttle van for staff and families, and to CarePages, a website for families to communicate with loved ones through a blog.
Meetings are held quarterly, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
Windsor Gardens Chapter (1975)
The Windsor Gardens Chapter supports the neonatal and cardiac infant patients by knitting and crocheting baby blankets, booties and hats for the tiny patients. They also make hats for the cancer and blood disorder patients. Every item they produce is stitched with love. Some of the members of this chapter have been volunteers for over 50 years.
In addition to hosting a blood drive, this chapter raises funds through a summer ice cream and music social and and a fall craft fair scheduled for October 27th through 29th. Funds from their events have been dispersed for a reunion for patients treated in the Newborn Center, scholarships for patients to rehabilitation camps, activities for patients, and Welcome Program bags for the Breathing Institute.
Meetings are held at Windsor Gardens on the 3rd Monday of the month, with the exception of July and December, at 9:30 AM.
Young Professionals (2011)
The Young Professionals is composed of young professionals who generously give their time and talents as in-service volunteers. Their mission is to provide social opportunities for this key segment of our volunteer population while supporting and hosting various special and fundraising events.