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Grow a Great Community!

Volunteer Thornton is a program that manages volunteers throughout various City programs and services. Participants are individuals and groups with diverse backgrounds, interests and technical skills.

Volunteer Thornton draws from the whole community and includes students, homemakers, retirees, company employees and social community clubs. We strive to involve you, the volunteer, in designing volunteer experiences that are both challenging and rewarding.

Whether you are looking for a one-time event or an ongoing service contact 720-977-5882 or email If you would like to get started on your application, please visit  Volunteer Thornton Live and we will contact you.


Volunteer Thornton

Adams County Household Chemical and Electronic Waste Roundup

On Saturday, May 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the City of Thornton will partner with the Tri-County Health Department and Adams County to help roundup harmful chemicals and electronic waste.  We are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with this event. Click here to learn more or here to complete the Volunteer Registration

Adams County Triad

The Triad is formed of Law Enforcement officers, Senior Citizens, Fire Personnel, and other senior organizations. Working together, Triad volunteers develop and implement crime prevention and education programs for older adults. Activities address crime from both a pre-victimization (preventive) standpoint and a post-victimization (victim/witness assistance) standpoint.

Adopt-a-Flower Bed Program

Volunteer to adopt flower beds located in our parks! You’ll assist with the design, selection, installation and maintenance of plants. Forestry staff will be on-hand to assist with tools, gloves and more. Individuals and groups welcome! 


The Environmental Services Division coordinates families, groups, and individuals to participate in litter control and beautification of a local street. 

Boards & Commissions

Sit on the Building Code Advisory Board, the Election Commission, the Local Licensing Authority, the Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission, the Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council and more. Click here to learn more.

City Forestry and Horticulture

Thornton Forestry is always interested in people who are enthusiastic about forestry and horticulture and would like to volunteer their time working in the Xeriscape Garden, and with the Annual Flower and Forestry programs. Learn about trees, plants, and landscaping from certified arborists and horticulture experts while giving your time to the community. Join in the spring and help us plant the beautiful annual flower beds! Onetime opportunities available to helping manage gardens on a regular basis. 

Neighborhood Improvement Projects

The Neighborhood Services Division has various project ideas, kits and events that residents, local businesses, and community organizations may be interested in taking on or participating in. Activities include projects that you and five to 15 of your neighbors can host to revitalize or beautify your neighborhood, as well as larger revitalization events that are coordinated by the City, such as a Paint-a-thon. 


Enjoy beautiful Colorado winters while helping someone in need. You can help by shoveling snow for low-income seniors and residents with disabilities in your neighborhood. Residents require this assistance to ensure delivery of their mail, prescriptions and needed meals. Volunteers, known as Snowbusters, are matched with a resident and commit to removing snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours after a storm. 

Storm Drain Marker Program

Help reduce the pollutants in our rivers and lakes by educating the public. Volunteer to place markers that say "No Dumping--Drains to River" on storm drains that go to our local rivers and lakes. You can also help by limiting the use of fertilizers, avoiding chemical pesticides, recycling used motor oil and car batteries, picking up pet waste, and washing your car on the lawn. Click here for the brochure.

Thornton Paint-A-Thon

The Paint-A-Thon is a fun, one-day event in which community members paint the homes of disabled or low-income older Thornton residents. The 2014 event is Saturday, August 16. Click here to learn more.

Victim Service Unit

Operating out of the Thornton Police Department, the Victim Service Unit is a shared effort between the cities of Thornton and Northglenn, which offers crime victims support assistance and counseling at a time when it is most needed. Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis intervention to crime victims and incidences related to sudden death or serious injury to which the police have been called. Volunteers must complete 40 hours of training and commit to three 12-hour shifts each month. 

Water Conservation Programs - Become an Ambassador

Ambassadors help spread the water conservation message and inform neighbors about Thornton's conservation programs. Examples of activities include helping out at the festival water conservation booths, providing water conservation kits to neighbors and publishing articles in their homeowners association newsletters. Click here to learn more.

Youth and Teen Volunteer Corps

This summer volunteer program is designed to cultivate responsibility in Thornton youths, ages 11-18. Our volunteers have experienced various outings across the state. They have volunteered at nursing homes, park clean-ups, trail building, and special events. Click here to learn more.

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