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Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) ColoradoResource Area For Teaching (RAFT) Colorado
At RAFT, we understand that kids learn best by doing. Providing them with hands-on experiences gives them opportunities to think creatively and critically, solve meaningful problems, and build relationships with others and the world. And guess what? ... Read more
At RAFT, we understand that kids learn best by doing. Providing them with hands-on experiences gives them opportunities to think creatively and critically, solve meaningful problems, and build relationships with others and the world. And guess what? Kids don’t need expensive materials to create priceless experiences. RAFT creates extraordinary hands-on lessons out of ordinary "stuff" that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Our unique business model brings together Colorado business, non-profit, and education communities to support teachers. Since we opened our doors in 2009, our partners have donated tons (literally!) of materials and thousands of volunteer hours to innovatively transform everyday items into fun educational activities. These experiences help children of all ages learn academic concepts and acquire 21st century skills (critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration).
RAFT volunteers support education AND the environment. We have short-term projects ranging from creative to straightforward, as well as boards and committees who would love to have your help! Most short-term volunteer projects occur during our business hours, but we can accommodate large groups’ schedules as well.
by Jennifer F. from Highlands Ranch, CO
I've been volunteering here once a week since early July and I absolutely love it. It's a great cause - supporting the teaching community while protecting the environment - and everyone on the RAFT crew is just fantastic. Free, easy parking and heaps of appreciation only make the experience sweeter.
by Eric A. from Apple Valley, MN
Volunteering at RAFT is a great opportunity to do two goods at once: protecting the environment by reusing materials and helping support teachers by giving them a place to find educational tools. Everyone there is very nice and always grateful when I come to volunteer. It is a great place to volunteer.
by Karen S. from Denver, CO
I would recommend this organization to a friend or colleague because it is a wonderful program in which you are not only helping the environment by reusing materials, but you are also helping to support education in your community. Everyone I've met involved with the organization has been extremely nice and appreciative of my work!