We are proud of MARS Associates and the people it represents.  Many of our members are involved as volunteers in worthwhile activities across our communities. Every quarter, we recognize and encourage this spirit of volunteerism, by highlighting a group or organization and the MARS members who volunteer there. In addition, MARS members volunteer to support activities at our parent companies and to prepare the quarterly MARS STAR mailing. If you would like to volunteer for one of these activities, or if you have information about an organization at which MARS members volunteer please contact our Volunteer Coordinator

Judy Nielsen

We would love to recognize your volunteer activities and organizations, and thereby provide information to other members who are also interested in volunteering!  Please tell us about it!!!


Volunteering with AARP TAX-AIDE

This organization provides Free Tax Preparation Services to low-to-moderate income taxpayers from late January/early February to April 15th each year.

You will receive training and continuing support in a welcoming environment.  As our current volunteers tell us, you’ll not only learn new skills, but also get a great feeling from helping someone else.  Training materials and computers are provided by AARP and the IRS.

Most volunteers serve one day a week for 4-6 hours.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:

Dave Martz                              Kathy Martz  
303-229-1331                          303-229-2028

For more information, see the MARS STAR (Oct 2018)  article.

Volunteering with the Denver Museum
of Nature and Science

There are MANY opportunities to volunteer with the DMNS.  There are currently nearly 1800 volunteers that provided 225,000 hours of service in 2017.  Among these were several dozen Lockheed Martin volunteers.

Among the disciplines supported by volunteers are:

Prehistoric Journey – introducing guests to creatures of the distant past
Expedition Health – showing how our bodies work and develop as we age
Ambassadors – showing guests how to navigate their way to exhibits and facilities
Space Odyssey – highlighting the wonders of astronomy, space travel/exploration
       [note: Space Odyssey will close for remodeling, reopening November, 2020]
Research and Collection – involves specimen conservation, education, zoology, etc.
Temporary Exhibits – The newest upcoming exhibit will feature Leonardo da Vinci.
      but past exhibits have included Body Worlds, Titanic, Engineer-It, Sherlock Holmes, the weather…
In other words, there is a wide variety of topics that will expand your horizons.


No experience? No problem – the key is INTEREST – and training is provided.  

There are two shifts/day – 8:30 to 1:00 and 12:30 to 5:00.  Some volunteers work every week, some work bi-weekly.  There is a flexible “Ready on Arrival” option that allows you to select your shifts from a pre-determined list of Museum needs.  Some volunteers even work from home!  Need more encouragement? There are annual Volunteer Appreciation events with free food.  Finally, volunteers also receive benefits that include free or discounted access to exhibitis, educational programs, and lectures.  Come join us! It’s FUN!

For more information, see the MARS STAR (Jan 2019) article.

Also, checkout the DMNS website at 

or contact Noelia Aponte-Silva at 303-370-6490

ArtReach Volunteer Program

The ArtReach Volunteer Program provides the support for ArtReach that enables the organization to continue to provide arts and cultural experiences to at-risk and undeserved populations. Volunteers are drawn from all segments of the community, including artists, clients, and service organizations. Our goal is to meet the varied needs of our volunteers, considering work schedules, family obligations and personal needs. We aim to understand and respect our volunteers because of the commitment, dedication and professionalism they give to ArtReach. 
You can learn more about ArtReach and volunteer opportunities on their website or contact Nick Brushaber at 303-433-2882 ext 222.

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Help out and have a blast while doing it! Volunteer at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus and help us create a community that is focused on learning through play. To find out about in-front or back-of-house or event opportunities, please visit our website at Contact Rachel Hautzinger, Volunteer Program Specialist (303-561-0102), for more details. The Marsico Campus is located at 2121 Children's Museum Drive.

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Last updated March 12, 2020, by Jim Kummer  <>