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Volunteer

Lend A Hand

Get Involved By Becoming A Volunteer

Veterans Need Your Assistance

Have a heart for helping our disabled service members and veterans?
Then we have a place for you on our team.

PHWFF – Colorado Springs relies on the dedication of a team of over 200 volunteers who are willing to donate their time and energy to our cause. It doesn’t matter whether you have been affiliated with the military in the past, or even whether you know a lot about fly fishing. We have a variety of roles that need to be filled, everything from teaching fly tying to marketing to administrative jobs.

Volunteering is a donation of your valuable time. The value given is only exceeded by the value gained by the men and women who are helped daily by PHWFF – Colorado Springs. And in many cases, the volunteers themselves report feeling a sense of fulfillment and belonging as a result of supporting our program, and through engaging in the hands-on process of helping disabled active duty personnel and veterans recover from mental and physical injuries sustained during their service.

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.
Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”

— Abraham Lincoln

“I have mentored now for 3 years and can’t believe how rewarding the program is for everyone involved.”

— Dave B., volunteer

“I was never in the military and had never worked with people that had physical or mental issues. I justified that if I didn’t even know what PTSD meant, there was no way I could be of value to this organization. But after a couple of years, I finally decided to give it a try. Once I took my passion for fly fishing and Mentored my first Vet, I was hooked (so to speak)…I have observed veterans that were ready to die, and after a year in the program, they wanted to learn how to Mentor other Wounded Warriors! Life doesn’t get more fulfilling than that.”

“I wanted to reach out to those who have served and offer something besides a handshake and a thank you.”

— Jim S., volunteer

“As with most people, being asked to “teach” or “mentor” can be intimidating but I was told early on that when teaching beginners you probably know more than they do so you already have a leg up. Since I have taught fly tying and/or fly fishing for many years I realized that when you teach you are forced to self-evaluate and in doing so you sharpen your skill set each time you instruct. In other words, you learn by teaching…I have been involved with PHWFF for four years as a mentor and teacher. From participant comments and seeing firsthand the positive impact I had on another person’s life I was truly humbled and joyous. We may never know the influence that we have had on another’s life just know that you do. Conversely, this is as true for volunteers as well.”

Ways To Volunteer

  • Teach beginning through advanced fly tying skills
  • Teach beginning through advanced fly casting skills
  • Teach fly rod building
  • Teach lake and river fly fishing skills
  • Create a welcoming, supportive and fun environment for participants and other volunteers
  • Be flexible and accommodate the learning needs of participants
  • Help share events, photos and information through our social media outlets and website
  • Staff special events and fund raisers
  • Provide transportation
  • Host an outing
  • Provide meals
  • Help get the word out
  • Organize and manage fly fishing gear and equipment
  • Organize and manage classes
  • Volunteer to photograph our classes, trips and events
  • Organize and manage fly fishing trips

Want To Become A Volunteer?

PHWFF-Colorado Springs is always seeking volunteers to assist with fly tying instructions, fishing trip mentors, and a wide variety of other opportunities to help in this great program. Please complete this form and you will be contacted by a member of our Leadership Team. Thank you for stepping out to help our disabled servicemembers and veterans!

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