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Anyone can earn badges by completing simple acts of caring for Colorado on their own time

The statewide nonprofit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) has launched its #YourCO digital badge program to recognize those who care for Colorado’s natural resources. The various badges allow people to showcase their skills and achievements in outdoor stewardship online.

To earn a badge, people can either take part in a VOC project or take care of Colorado on their own time via simple, ‘do-it-yourself’ stewardship activities.


DeDe Williams has been cooking healthy meals for hungry volunteers for six years as a volunteer Crew Chef with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). During that time, she has given more than 1,000 hours in volunteer service, and fed thousands of volunteers. Williams’ dedication won her VOC’s 2013 “Volunteer of the Year” leadership award.


After four days of camping, outdoor leadership activities, and stewardship service projects, young participants in Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado’s Youth Stewardship Summit returned home inspired.  Nearly 60 high school youth representing 22 cities in Colorado participated in the 4-day summit, held at Pickle Gulch Campground in Black Hawk in early August.


Long-time Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado volunteer, Steve Austin, has been named the winner of the 2013 Governor’s Service Award for Outstanding Volunteer. He was honored at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, July 23 at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.