Youth Venture



Youth Venture is a data driven program for middle-school and high-school students to develop leadership skills and self-confidence by creating and implementing service projects that produce positive changes in their school and community. This program gives community members opportunities to mentor youth, targets students not engaged in school or organized activities, creates long-lasting sustainable changes in the community, and prepares students for future success and employment. Youth Venture’s Volunteer Positions include:


  • Program Mentor: help facilitate an after school program for one school year; mentor students throughout the year with their projects; help them design their projects, learn about the community, and see results firsthand

  • Program Assistant: work one-on-one with youth as they design and implement ventures
  • Community Panelist: provide actionable feedback to students as they prepare to launch their ventures
  • Team Ally: act as a non-controlling adult mentor to teams as they implement their ventures
  • Event Volunteer: help with set-up, registration, food, etc. at fundraising and community events
  • Special Projects: have a skill you’d like to share or develop? We can use help with:

    • Marketing strategy, social media, and writing
    • Graphic design, web design
    • IT/Computer set-up and troubleshooting
    • Community outreach
    • Data management
    • And much more!

    • Youth Venture - Coronado High School

      We are so proud to be working with these students from Coronado High School! They are building a garden to help feed food insecure students. Way to go Green Team! #MakeChangeHappen

      Posted by Pikes Peak United Way on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Affinity Groups

Emerging Leaders


As an Emerging Leader, you will enjoy many benefits and exclusive events throughout the year designed to help you develop leadership skills, learn about the community and increase personal contacts.

Volunteer Projects - ELC members are invited to join PPUW community partners and to personally and collectively improve: youth success at every grade level and within the United Way Youth Ventures program. We encourage our members to roll up their sleeves, get out in the community and make an impact by volunteering their time at one of our many opportunities throughout the year.

Fundraisers - Our members will be involved in fundraising efforts for our community needs. From Books & Brews to CEO connects, spin-a-thons to wine tastings, members are encouraged to participate in the planning and execution of fundraising through sub-committees.

Professional Development - Emerging Leaders fosters professional growth through leadership development opportunities, such as development workshops, seminars and networking events to expand personal and professional connections.


The Pikes Peak United Way Emerging Leaders Council is designed to offer something dfferent for all its members.

Find out more by attending and participating in any Emerging Leaders social function or volunteer on a project with us. Check the calendar on the back! Young professionals can participate in professional development and exclusive events with community leaders when they become a donor. Minimum annual gift is $250 with a pledge to step up to $1,000 over time. Talk to a ELC Member or PPUW staff with any questions you may have.

Contact email: engage@ppunitedway.org



Women United


Women United is a network of philanthropic leaders dedicated to making a difference in the Pikes Peak region. Through Women United, women volunteer, network and develop professionally while advancing the common good by supporting lifelong learning.

Women United members contribute to Pikes Peak United Way at the Leadership Giving level of $1,000 or more annually. They are counted among a group of extraordinary women that come together to celebrate philanthropic leadership and advocate for lasting change in our communities. See the Calendar


Volunteer Positions

PPUW is seeking out responsible, reliable individuals to work with us in our office. We are recruiting for work at the front desk, in Resource Development and in our Finance Department. Hours will vary based on position. Please inquire for more details of each position. Please contact us at volunteer@ppunitedway.org


Click here for more volunteer opportunities in our community through March 2017.


Create Kits for the Community

If your company, group of friends, family, or neighbors are looking for a volunteer opportunity that can be done anywhere, this is a great opportunity for you. Many of our partner agencies in our community are in need of supplies. By gathering supplies (such as school supplies, clothing, toilet paper, diapers, etc.) and assembling them into kits, you can make huge impacts for these non-profits and individuals. Based on the organization, each kit has different materials/supplies.

If you are interested in creating kits, please contact us and we can make a plan. volunteer@ppunitedway.org








Backpack Drive

A partnership between KKTV, Walmart and Pikes Peak United Way, this school supply drive serves children across El Paso County.  Donations are dropped off and then collected from area Walmarts.  Volunteers are needed to pick up donated supplies from Walmart and drop them off at Deluxe Check.  They are stored for the duration of the drive until volunteers gather to stuff the backpacks and prepare for delivery.  School representatives will pick up backpacks and supplies. Thousands of children in Pueblo, El Paso and Teller Counties desperately need backpacks and supplies.  Volunteers are needed from July 7th through August 4th.

Colorado Springs Promise

This project is a collaboration with UCCS, Colorado School District 11, Mitchell High School and Pikes Peak United Way to inspire and equip first generation and low to middle income students for a better future through education.

Through close work with Mitchell High School, we are working to increase graduation rates and increase graduates entering post-secondary education and/or the rates of high school graduates entering the job force in a life sustaining way. These goals can be reached through mentorship, family engagement, and providing resources. We need volunteers who want to help us achieve this goal and influence change in our youth. If you would like to be a speaker, a mentor, provide presentations, or support this project in a way you see necessary, we would love to talk with you. Please email dalerae@ppunitedway.org for more information.


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