The Davis Phinney Foundation relies heavily on our volunteers, and there are many ways you can get involved no matter where you live. If you are interested in any of the following volunteer positions, please click here to complete a volunteer questionnaire that will put you into our database so that we can contact you when an appropriate opportunity arises.
Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassadors
Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassadors are critical to our success. Made up of local and regional representatives in the Parkinson’s community, Foundation Ambassadors help us to plan events and to determine the types of research we fund. The success of The Victory Summit® symposia series is a direct result of our partners ‘on the ground’ who can make suggestions regarding venue, presenters, and topics.
The Davis Phinney Foundation offers unpaid internships to students and recent graduates who are interested in gaining experience in a dynamic, nonprofit setting. Interns work directly with Foundation employees in various areas of the organization.
You can learn about available internships on the Join Our Team page.
If you live near Boulder, Colorado, you can volunteer at the Davis Phinney Foundation offices by assisting with a variety of tasks. Office volunteers are important to our success. They help keep our operating costs down and help ensure that our resources support the programs that directly impact the lives of people living with Parkinson’s Disease today. Complete the online volunteer form here.
Event Volunteers – On the Road with the Foundation
- Cycling Events: If you live near one of the scheduled rides benefitting the Davis Phinney Foundation consider volunteering for a day of fun and excitement – all for a very good cause! Check out the detailed list of event dates and locations. Please contact us at 303-733-3340 learn more. Complete the online volunteer form here.
- The Victory Summit Volunteer: If you live near one of our scheduled Victory Summits, consider volunteering for a day filled with inspiration and information. Please contact us at 303-733-3340 to learn more. Complete the online volunteer form for The Victory Summit here.
Here’s what one Davis Phinney Foundation volunteer says about the experience of giving back in support of living well today with Parkinson’s disease:
Why I volunteer for the Davis Phinney Foundation: I’ve always been drawn to volunteerism and have given my time to numerous projects over the last few decades. It was how I was brought up. Giving of myself is a value instilled by my parents, who encouraged generosity and the concept of giving back. These values were part of our family’s dinner table conversations.
After supporting myself as an artist for over 40 years and surviving a brain injury in 2010, I slowly came to the realization that I didn’t want to be tucked away in my studio anymore when I could be outside. An email from a friend saying that the Davis Phinney Foundation could use a volunteer at their booth in North Boulder Park got my attention. I could be outside, in a park, at a cycling event, with cool, hip folks from the Foundation – why would I say no? I was hooked.
My next volunteer event was the Copper Triangle, where I worked in the Davis Phinney Foundation booth. I was hooked again, but this time, it was by the energy and enthusiasm of the people finishing the challenging ride. Driving home, I promised myself that I would ride the Copper Triangle in 2012 and that I would raise $10,000 for the Foundation as a member of the Victory Crew. So, with that goal in mind, now I am really hooked.
As part of the Victory Crew, I get to do two of my favorite things: train outdoors and connect with friends. At the same time, I ask them to support me in my fundraising goal.
I feel that I am getting so much out of my volunteer work, whether I’m helping out in a booth or raising money by participating in a ride or selling my art cards. I’m feeling healthier than I have in years, I have a renewed passion (crazy in love with my bike), and I’m supporting a cause (living well today with Parkinson’s disease) that I feel strongly about.