Volunteer

Help kids who need it most by giving your time. Volunteers are one of our most valuable assets.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Mentoring
  • Spending time on a regular basis with a cottage or classroom
  • Assisting staff with outings and events for the kids
  • Helping out at one of our many events throughout the year
  • Home improvements for our residential cottages

How to Volunteer

How to Volunteer

We appreciate your interest in the volunteer program at Tennyson Center for Children. Please consider the following questions:

  • Can you successfully complete and pay ($50-$80) for a background check if you are 18 years or older?
  • Can you attend a volunteer orientation and any additional training required?

You must complete the steps below to volunteer:

  1. Complete the online application. Applications are reviewed weekly—once reviewed you will be contacted via email.
  2. Complete the background check. The link for the background check will be provided in an email. Individuals with any criminal history, including substance abuse, DUI, or violent crime offenses are not eligible to volunteer at Tennyson Center. If your background check is returned ineligible, we cannot reimburse you for the cost.
  3. Attend an orientation.

2017 Orientation Dates:

  • Thursday August 30th, 6pm -8pm
  • Thursday November 9th, 10am – 12pm, please note that this is the last orientation before the holidays and end of the year.

All orientations are held at the TCC campus at 2950 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO.


By spending time with the children, you’re giving something of immeasurable value to our mission. To the kids, you become a mentor, a role model, even a teacher. But, more importantly, you become a friend.

To learn more about group opportunities, contact our Manager of Volunteer Services.

Planned Gifts

Planned giving can come in a variety of different forms, they can be in the form of stocks and bonds, real estate, unused retirement assets, life insurance, etc. Because these can come in such a wide variety of ways, we recommend simply email or call (Scott Franssen: 720-855-3344) to discuss what option might work the best for you.

Email About Planned Gifts

Attend or Host an Event

Attend an Event

Throughout the year, Tennyson Center hosts a number of fun and inspiring events which engage the community to help support our programs, services, and our overall mission. Just by attending, you're helping out.

Upcoming Events

Host an Event

Another option is to host your own fundraising event with your friends, family, neighbors, businesses, churches, and other groups.Last year, 20 groups and organizations hosted events raising more than $75,000 for the kids at Tennyson Center.

Tennyson Center is such a great cause. It allows us to share Tennyson Center with others who may not know about them. We’ve opened up their eyes to show them what is here in their neighborhood and what they do to help children.
Christie Mayer, Corporate Partner, Slo-Hi Coffee
  • Throw a party at a local restaurant
  • Host a dinner party
  • Host a walk, run, or biking event
  • Raise funds at school
  • Have an event at your office
  • Organize a golf outing or sports tournament

Steps to hosting your own event

  1. Read these guidelines.
  2. Fill out this form and email us.
  3. We will contact you once we receive your form.
  4. When your event is complete, submit your proceeds with this form.

We appreciate your support! Thank you for helping heal and protect the children and families we serve. If you have any questions about hosting your own event, call 720.855.3317 or email us.

Non-Cash Gifts

Non-cash gifts, such as clothing, school supplies, toys, and books, is one way your generosity helps kids who need it most. We only accept new items.

  • General Needs

    Needs List

    We always have a need for items in our residential cottages (where the kids in our residential program live) and kitchen (serving three meals and two snacks every day). Thank you for helping us with items on the list. In addition, each summer, you help us prepare for the upcoming new school year. Every classroom and every child is going to need new school supplies in order to succeed.

    Needs List
  • Dress-A-Child

    Dress-A-Child

    Many children come to Tennyson Center wearing clothes that are torn, tattered, and one or two sizes too small. To ensure that every child has clothes that fit, our clothing shelves need to be stocked with clothes of all sizes. You can purchase new clothes online and they will be delivered directly to Tennyson Center.

    Purchase Clothes
  • Operation Santa

    Operation Santa

    Every Christmas, we fulfill wish lists for the all the children and families we serve. Anyone can participate: local church and civic groups, individual donors, and corporate supporters. To find out more about Operation Santa or to participate, call 720-855-3212 or email us.

    Operation Santa
  • Gift Cards & Event Passes

    Gift Cards and Event Passes

    Our school kids take field trips just like other schools. And the kids that live at Tennyson Center do lots of fun activities off campus on the weekends just like other kids and families do. We need your help to enable all the kids to do fun stuff off campus. We accept gift cards and event passes for area children’s attractions such as Butterfly Pavilion, Denver Children’s Museum, The Denver Zoo, and Elitch Gardens as well as restaurants such as Casa Bonita, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and more.

  • Auction Items

    Auction Items

    Many of our events feature a silent auction. Donors place bids on items and Tennyson Center keeps the proceeds. Want to get your business in front of some serious bidders? If you have an item or items you would like to donate, please call (720-855-3317) or email us.

    Email About Auction Items
  • Donate Your Vehicle

    Donate Your Vehicle

    Do you have a used car, truck, van, motorcycle, or boat that you don’t know what to do with? We can take it off your hands and you will receive a tax deduction. It is easy! Submit this form to start the process.

    You will need these three things before you contact us.

    1. A clear title, which means a title with your name listed in the owner’s section, without an assignment or transfer to another person. All liens must be released prior to donating the vehicle.
    2. Your car keys.
    3. When you call or fill out the online form, please have the title and current mileage in hand.

    Vehicle Donation FAQs

    How does the program work?
    You may complete the online donation form or call 303-308-2400 to donate your vehicle. When the information is complete, it is forwarded to the tow company. They will call you directly to schedule the pick-up. At the time of the pick-up, the driver will give you a receipt for taking the vehicle. We ask that you give the driver the keys and your appropriately signed title.
    Do I pay for towing?
    No, there is no charge to you for towing.
    Do I really get a tax write-off and how much would it be?
    Yes you do! The IRS rules allow a deduction in the amount of the gross selling price of your donated vehicle. An envelope will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale of your vehicle with all the required IRS information and forms. You may also choose to take a deduction under $500 without written acknowledgment. When you are ready to donate your vehicle, call 303-308-2400 or submit this form.

Corporate Support

From world-class dinner and golf events to an unparalleled holiday giving season, there are countless ways for businesses and corporations to get involved with Tennyson Center for Children. Whether your company has two employees or two-thousand employees, there’s a place waiting for you in our family of corporate sponsors.

Tennyson Center is such a great cause. It allows us to share Tennyson Center with others who may not know about them. We’ve opened up their eyes to show them what is here in their neighborhood and what they do to help children. I think it’s a great working relationship and I hope to continue that forever.
Christie Mayer, Corporate Partner, Slo-Hi Coffee
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