Volunteers helping with RISe Literacy Program

Become a Volunteer!

Our loyal, energetic volunteers help us maintain the highest possible professional standards. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities, including reading to children, assisting children at screenings, assembling kits and materials, and helping behind the scenes at our office.

We require fingerprinting and background checks for all direct contact volunteers.

Please submit a Volunteer Application.

Submit Online: Click here to submit your application online.

By Email: Download application as a Word document and email it, mail it or fax it to us. The Application Form has the details.

By Mail or Fax: Download the pdf Application Form (to save application pdf to your computer, right click and select "save link as."). You will not be able to type your form and save it without special software. You can fill out the registration form by typing, then print it before you close the file. Mail it or fax it to the address listed in the pdf.

Programs Needing Volunteers

RISE (Read, Imagine, Share, Explore)

RISE is an early literacy program designed by early childhood educators, speech/language pathologists and an educational audiologist and is provided on a weekly basis through the extensive use of volunteers.

Volunteers for RISE work onsite with 3-5-year-olds by helping with literacy lessons for 1-1/2 hours, once per week. They are provided with weekly lessons that might include activities such as reading a literacy book, arts and crafts, music, ABC yoga, etc.

By virtue of working with children and their families/caregivers, RISE is in a position to influence the development of broader, life-based skills. Many of the program's activities and suggestions for parents to incorporate into the home include using all environments to provide stimulation and rich learning opportunities - for example, colors can be taught, expanded and reviewed walking down the street, riding in a car or bus, or shopping.

Available weekdays and weekday evenings.


KidScreen is a free screening program that promotes early identification of possible communication disorders in children.

Its purpose is to:

  • identify toddler, preschool and elementary children who may be at risk for communication disorders
  • provide follow up diagnostic evaluation when possible
  • refer the child for medical treatment, if indicated
  • track referrals through follow up phone calls

Volunteers assist professional staff with hearing, speech and vision testing at schools and day care centers throughout the metro Denver area. On site training is provided. Volunteers should work well with young children, have patience, compassion and a sense of humor.

Available daytime hours only - usually mornings.


Volunteers are needed to schedule and escort Harmony the educational manikin to schools and events. Find out about Harmony.


The Center also welcomes group volunteers for one time projects such as painting, assembling RISE materials and other Center needs.


Please contact CHSL for more information about board opportunities and criteria.

For additional information about volunteer opportunities, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, or call 303-322-1871.



Volunteers read to a class