Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department

If you’re interested in meeting your neighbors on their most difficult days while learning the skills and confidence to respond to an emergency, you should consider joining your local fire department. Since 1879, the MSVFD has served the city, operating by the motto “neighbors serving neighbors.” MSVFD provides structural and wildland firefighting, emergency medical, high- and low-angle rescue, trail rescues, fire prevention services and mutual aid to surrounding communities. MSVFD contributes in many ways to local charities and events. Come pick up an application packet at the fire station (620 Manitou Ave.) before Aug. 22. Information:

Commonwheel Artist Labor Day Art Festival

Volunteers are needed to help artists set up and take down their booths and to help throughout the festival in its waste-wise efforts. Shifts are available Sept. 2-5, and volunteers will earn coupons to be used at the festival’s food booths. For information and to schedule your shift: cmwl

Trails and Open Space Coalition

After a two-year respite, TOSC will bring back the Starlight Spectacular, its summer fundraising event, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13. Dedicated volunteers are needed for the event committee, which will collaborate with TOSC staff to oversee event plans and execution. Information: or

Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon

Race organizers are looking for people at least 14 years old to assist in various roles during the races, which take place the weekend of Sept. 17-18. For information and to sign up:

Rocky Mountain Field Institute

RMFI staffers and volunteers are working on a new Devil’s Playground route to the Pikes Peak summit. Due to the strenuous work and high altitude, workdays are open to people 18 and older, or 16 and older when accompanied by a parent or guardian. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Information and registration:

Manitou boards and commissions

The Historic Preservation Commission needs two regular members and two alternates; the Housing Advisory Board needs three regular members and two alternates; the Park and Recreation Advisory Board needs one alternate; the Planning Commission needs one alternate; and the Manitou Arts, Culture, and Heritage board needs one alternate. To apply, submit an application form (available at, a letter of interest and a resume and/or statement of qualifications to City Clerk, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs 80829 or to Information:

Red Rock Canyon

The Friends of Red Rock Canyon advocacy group is seeking volunteer experts to present RRC-related topics during Talk and Walk programs. Email or call David at 719-685-4792. Also, the city of Colorado Springs is organizing volunteer work days on second Saturdays through October. They start at 8 a.m. and last four to six hours. Sign up to receive news about volunteer activities at

Chamber of Commerce

People who are familiar with the area and like helping others are needed to assist at the chamber. Information: 685-5089.

Heritage Center

The Manitou Springs Heritage Center needs volunteers to greet visitors at the front desk and assist working in the collections of historic photos and artifacts; training is provided. The museum has other volunteer opportunities that don’t require being on-site or scheduling regular hours, such as helping with the website, producing videos and creating audio tours. Anyone with some time to donate who is curious about Manitou’s history is encouraged to apply. Information:, or 685-1454.


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