A day to serve

A volunteer tidies up around a bus stop during the 2018 CityServe Day. The community-wide volunteer event returns Oct. 5. [Courtesy photo/COSILoveYou/Corrie Smith]

COSILoveYou hosts citywide volunteer event

Want to donate your time in the community, but aren’t sure where to begin?

This October, local nonprofit COSILoveYou may have your answer. 

“On Saturday, Oct. 5, volunteers from around the city will have the opportunity to serve Colorado Springs with no strings attached — no agenda — but simply to uplift and encourage our city,” said Corrie Smith, COSILoveYou coordinator.

Each year for CityServe Day, the Christian nonprofit partners with local organizations of all stripes on hundreds of volunteer projects. Smith anticipates this year’s CityServe Day event will be the biggest one yet — and it doesn’t require a long-term volunteer commitment.

COSILoveYou expects around 5,000 volunteers to sign up this year, Smith said, after 3,600 participated in 2018.

The first “CityServe Day” took place in 2008 with the Luis Palau Association in Portland, Oregon. Since then, other city gospel movements (Christian service organizations) across the country and world have adopted their own versions of CityServe Day, said Lizzie Burke, designer and analyst at Luis Palau’s city gospel movement team.

In the Southeast, the morning’s “rally” — where volunteers can grab coffee and pray before getting to work — is scheduled to take place at 8 a.m. at Mission Trace Shopping Center.

Is praying not really your thing? While COSILoveYou brands itself as a “City Gospel Movement” seeking to “unite and ignite the Church to love Colorado Springs,” the volunteer work itself doesn’t seem to require believing in Jesus, though many projects are hosted by faith-based nonprofits. After all, COSILoveYou lists “radical inclusivity” as one of its core values.

Here’s a few of the projects:

• Pulling weeds, picking up trash and helping with outside maintenance at Centennial Elementary School.
• Picking up trash at Mission Trace Shopping Center.
• Cleaning and painting at the Second Chance Through Faith headquarters, a program that works with at-risk youth ages 12 to 21 to prevent gang violence and provide transitional assistance.

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Many projects accept volunteers of all ages: “It’s a family affair,” Smith said. Check each individual project listing for details about the type of work involved, and whether there’s an age limit.

And while CityServe Day only happens once a year, the goal is to inspire residents to keep giving back.

“CityServe is not meant to be this one-time, pat-ourselves-on-the-back event,” Smith said. “It’s meant to build some consistent support around entities in our city that need consistent volunteers.”

Visit volunteer.cosiloveyou.com to sign up and learn more.

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Get involved

To learn more about Southeast service projects taking place Oct. 5 for CityServe Day, visit volunteer.cosiloveyou.com.

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