4 Unique Ways To Give Back During National Volunteer Month 2018

April is National Volunteer Month! Whether you venture out on your own or get together with your friends, family, or coworkers, Madison & Company encourages you to spend some time giving back to your community at one of these Denver area organizations—this month and on an ongoing basis!

If you love gardening and the outdoors… 

Get outdoors and help restore a natural place! 

Restoration volunteers with the Bluff Lake Nature Center work throughout the year to plant trees, restore trails, and remove invasive species throughout Bluff Lake’s 123 acres.  Activities include restoring and preserving habitat, planting native plants, maintaining the short-grass prairie gardens, removing noxious plant species, trail construction and trash pick-up. To become a restoration volunteer, or to schedule a time slot, you can contact Chris Story at cstory@blufflake.org or 303-945-6717.

For other outdoor volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, check out Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

If you like talking as much as you love books…

Use your radio voice and help record audiobooks for the Colorado Talking Book Library! 

For people who can’t read standard print, the Colorado Talking Book Library provides audio, Braille, and large print books. You can join the studio team to help review, record, or narrate audiobooks for those who are hearing impaired. To learn more about the requirements, time commitment, and skills needed, you can visit their website.

If you have a knack for organizing and sorting…

As a creative reuse store, Recreative Denver gets an average of 100 lbs of donated materials daily. Become a volunteer inventory coordinator and help sort through new donations, price things, and place them in the storefront. It can be a fascinating treasure hunt but it is also overwhelming for their (very) small staff and they can use all the assistance they can get. To volunteer, you can fill out the form on their website!

If you want to help knock out hunger

Metro Caring is Denver’s leading hunger relief organization. Become a warehouse or market volunteer and help end hunger at its root!

Warehouse volunteers help inspect, clean, sort, and organize food donation deliverers. This is great for those seeking a volunteer community or those who want to volunteer with friends.

Market volunteers help to restock shelves and keep the produce cooler full, help participants shop our market and find foods that work for their family, and help participants out to their cars. These roles involve participant interaction and working in pairs to accomplish volunteer tasks.

There are plenty of other ways to offer help….

These are only a few ways you can help! To explore more opportunities, head to volunteermatch.org and find exciting volunteer opportunities near you. You can filter the results to find opportunities that fit your schedule and your talents so that you can support causes you are passionate about in your community. Get to work!

 

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Finding a Home You Love in a Crazy Market

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Denver’s housing market is booming. It’s hot, it’s popular, and it seems that everyone learned Denver’s once well-kept secret…that it’s the best. With so many people moving to this great city, inventory has been low and demand has been high. Looking at the housing market, one might feel discouraged and wonder if it is even worth it to buy right now. We’re here to assure you – it is! Despite the high demand and low inventory of the Denver housing market, it is possible to find a home you love as you make this wonderful city your permanent home (until the next adventure, that is)!

FIND AN AGENT

It is vital to find a great real estate agent who is knowledgable about the market, a real estate expert, and someone dedicated to their clients. The right real estate agent will fight tirelessly for their clients, finding you the right home. Madison & Company Properties has over 140 truly incredible, highly recommended, and vetted Realtors® who can help you find your new home. Check out our website to find a Madison Realtor® who is right for you!

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

Finding the right home probably won’t happen overnight. It’s important to take time to learn about different neighborhoods, and know what you want going into it. Have a list of must-haves, really-wants, and can-live-withouts. Be flexible, you might get the giant backyard but no wrap-around patio, or there are the perfect number of rooms, but you wish the kitchen had a different layout. No matter the housing market, it is almost impossible to find a home that is 100% perfect (unless you design and build yourself!), but you can find the 100% right home. And remember – you can always paint, redesign, or renovate!

GET PRE-QUALIFIED

When purchasing a home, it is important to know your budget and what you can afford. Before even beginning to look for homes, find a mortgage broker and get pre-qualified on your mortgage loan.

YOU’LL LOSE A FEW

And it will be okay. Bidding wars happen, folks come in with a bajillion dollars over asking price and you get bumped. It happens to everyone, and it will all work out in the end. This is one of the reasons it is important to hire a Realtor®, it is their job to negotiate, help you find the best home, and work with the seller to make sure everything is in line.