Small business owners and nonprofits are working hard to stabilize across the state and becoming a mentor helps to support or vibrant community. Mentors can offer support by checking in, sharing their perspective, brainstorming strategy, providing emotional support, identifying resources, and more.
We're looking for mentors with a wide variety of experience across every industry, but if you’ve pulled through an economic downturn, dealt with layoffs, or secured government assistance, we'll be especially excited to hear from you.
When you complete the form to sign up, you’ll be asked a few questions about your professional background and expertise. When a small business owner/nonprofit requests to be matched with a Mentor, they’ll receive a list of volunteers that best match their needs and will choose 3-5.
We’ll reach out to you to share information on any Requestors that are interested, so you can learn about the organization and the challenges they’re facing. If you’d like to move forward, we’ll connect you with the Requestor via email. You’ll be able to set up a 15-30 minute phone call to discuss what the Requestor is looking for and the type of expertise you'd like to offer. You'll also be able to discuss how much of a time commitment you're able to offer, to help the two of you decide if it's a fit. You’ll then let us know if you’d like to move forward with mentorship.
Your participation in the mentorship program is on a volunteer basis—you can decide to end your involvement at any time. The program is flexible and up to you and your Mentee to manage. You won’t need to do any interviews, reviews or have any ongoing participation with Energize Colorado. All we ask is that you follow our Code of Conduct so we can create a vibrant and thriving community.
Tips for a successful Mentee-Mentor experience:
- Be open to learning and growth, and set professional goals to help focus the process
- You’re there for guidance and expertise, but ultimately your Mentee’s decisions are theirs to make
- Be sensitive to each other's time—work together to set meeting times and methods that work for both of you, and be punctual and prepared
- Be honest, candid, and err on the side of over-explaining. Provide feedback, but also try to avoid Mentee whiplash.
- It’s alright to end your relationship in a positive way when you’re ready to move on
Answer questions submitted by small business owners/nonprofits
Let us know your background and expertise to support small business owners and nonprofits by answering their questions when you're available.
We're looking for volunteers with a wide variety of experience across every industry, but if you've led through economic downturn, dealt with layoffs, or secured government assistance, we'll be especially excited to hear from you.
When you complete the form to sign up, you'll be asked a few questions about your professional background and expertise. When a small business owner/nonprofit requests help with a specific question that matches your area of expertise, we'll email the question to you, and to others who have similar experience. If you're interested and able to respond within 24 hours, we'll share your answer with the Requestor.
If the Requestor asks for clarification or more information about your answer, we'll check with you to see if you'd be open to speaking with them.
Your participation in the mentorship program is on a volunteer basis—you can decide to end your involvement at any time. All we ask is that you follow our Code of Conduct so we can create a vibrant and thriving community.
Volunteer professional services
Let us know your background and expertise, and support small business owners and nonprofits by providing professional services for free.
We’re looking for volunteers across every industry and including a wide variety of skills (consulting, fundraising, graphic design, accounting, etc.).
When you complete the form to volunteer, we’ll ask a few questions about your background and the type of professional services you’re interested in offering.
When someone requests services that are a match for what you’ve offered, we’ll send the Requestor your contact information and a description so they can get in touch! You'll be able to let us know if you're no longer interested or available at any point.
Therapists: Offer free/low-cost sessions
Help local business owners who've been impacted by COVID-19 access therapy by providing free or low-cost sessions. In particular, we’re focusing on small business/nonprofit owners as well as business owners who are women, people of color, immigrants, indigenous Americans, or in rural areas.
We’ll ask a few questions about your background, expertise, and availability, and will be in touch to learn more and discuss details as soon as possible. You can reach out to adjust your availability at any time.
Volunteer for Energize Colorado
We’re always looking for volunteers with a range of skill sets including, but not limited to administration, coordination, data management, technical, volunteer management, project management, logistics, fundraising, graphic design, operations, and video. Whether you have a few hours, a couple of weeks, or a few years to give, we’ll find a way you can help. You don’t need to be an expert either — we need individuals of all skill levels.
Energize Colorado believes in investing in our volunteers. We offer networking, leadership, and educational opportunities, as well as challenging role assignments where you can develop your skills.
Colorado Music Relief Fund
The Colorado Music Relief Fund supports those who bring music to our lives—a host of talented and dedicated individuals, crews, and businesses working on stage and behind the scenes.
The health and safety measures put in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19 have suspended the operations at the center of the music scene—pausing tours and live performances. For an industry that relies on events and public gatherings, the impact has been devastating. The resulting economic distress will continue to strain those in the industry who face uncertainty in regards to reopening, employment, and financial security.
Musicians and production crews are who we turn to time and time again for support when disaster strikes. Now it's our turn to care for them. Donate to the Colorado Music Relief Fund to help support Colorado's music industry.
The Colorado Music Relief Fund is a collaborative effort across sectors, with steering committee members from 7S Management, The Bee Vradenburg Foundation, The Bohemian Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries (division of OEDIT), Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Colorado State University, Energize Colorado, KBCO, KSUT, The Marigold Project, RedLine, and more.