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The New Year has arrived and we have big plans here at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). With nearly 100 volunteer projects on our calendar, we’ve got a lot to do… and we want you to join us!
Whether you’re an avid outdoorist or new to the whole nature thing, there’s a place for you with VOC. As you think about the year ahead – the hikes and trips you’d like to take and fulfilling those New Year’s Resolutions – why not make giving back to Colorado part of your plans?
Not convinced? Here are 9 benefits of volunteering with us:
2017 was a big year for Colorado: we were the first state to celebrate our own Public Lands Day; our outdoor industry generated $28 billion in consumer spending; we ranked #1 in the Center for Western Priorities’ Conservation Scorecard; and our state became the new home of the Outdoor Retailer show, an estimated economic impact of $45 million.
This year, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) completed our 1,000th volunteer stewardship project and designated 2017 as our Grand Milestone season. Since we started more than 30 years ago, our volunteers have touched nearly every corner of Colorado, building and improving trails; managing invasive species; and restoring the land after natural disasters.
Of course, a lot has changed since we first encouraged Coloradans to get their hands dirty in 1984. To share how we got to our Grand Milestone, let’s take you back to our roots.