Share Your Passion

Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Volunteers are at the heart of our ability to carry out our mission. Each year, more than 100 people volunteer in CDA's winter and summer programs, contributing thousands of hours of service.
Make a difference,
be the world to one person.

Become a Volunteer Today

For more information call 970-257-1222.


Facts About
Colorado Discover Ability

  • Colorado Discover Ability was formed in 1980
  • It is powered by one staff member (Program Director) and a team of long-term, dedicated volunteers
  • It is led by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors


Online Information

We have a separate Calendar of Events for volunteers that shows volunteer-only events and CDA's program needs.

Volunteer Calendar »


We welcome your participation on our Facebook page. Openly share your experiences, start new topics, post photos and videos, help us by telling others to support by joining our page.

CDA on Facebook »


With many different volunteer opportunities available each year, we work with you to find a position that addresses your reasons for wanting to volunteer and that allows us to expand the services we provide to our clients and our community. For those volunteers craving adventure, we have opportunties where you'll assist our staff and clients on the mountain or the river. We also need volunteers to help with administrative tasks and special projects.

There is no typical CDA volunteer: our volunteers come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and ages. Once you commit to volunteering with Colorado Discover Ability, you'll receive training designed to enhance your volunteer experience through individual instruction or a variety of clinics focusing on adaptive recreation. You do not need to have any previous medical training or background. Winter program volunteers will also be eligible for assistance in obtaining adaptive and alpine skiing/snowboarding training through PSIA/AASI/USSA clinics and certifications.

Please review and fill out the forms below and submit for consideration as a volunteer with CDA.

Volunteer Application

DSUSA Insurance Waiver/Release of Liability/Media Form

Background Letter

How Can You Help

  • Alpine and/or Adaptive Ski Instructor
  • Snowboard Instructor
  • Alpine and/or Adaptive Ski Race Coach
  • Snowboard Race Coach
  • Nordic/Telemark Ski Instructor
  • Snowsports School Management
  • Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking/Camping
  • Biking / Handcycling
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Administrative Support
  • Fundraising
  • Events
  • Grant Writing
  • Accounting
  • IT Support (networking, hardware, software)
  • Print Publishing (brochures, printed programs, posters, etc.)
  • Web Publishing
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Gear Maintenance
  • Vehicle Maintenance


Your Motivations

Think about how much you receive when you give and consider why you want to volunteer. You may have several different reasons. Here are just a few of the many possible motivations:

  • to feel needed
  • to share a skill
  • to get to know a community
  • to demonstrate commitment to a cause/belief
  • to gain leadership skills
  • to do your civic duty
  • satisfaction from accomplishment
  • to keep busy
  • for recognition
  • to donate your professional skills
  • to have an impact
  • to learn something new
  • for freedom of schedule
  • to help a friend or relative
  • to be challenged
  • to feel proud
  • to make new friends
  • to explore a career
  • to help someone
  • as therapy
  • to do something different from your job
  • for fun!
  • to earn academic credit
  • to keep skills alive
  • to have an excuse to do what you love
  • to assure progress
  • to feel good
  • to be part of a team
  • to test yourself
  • to build your resume
  • to be an agent of change
  • because of personal experience with the cause
  • to stand up and be counted

You will probably have some special reasons of your own. Join our team of volunteers and make new life-long friends through service to others.

Become a Volunteer Today »

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