Volunteer Work



Waldo Canyon


In 2012, a devastating forest fire ran through Waldo Canyon here in Colorado. Many lives were changed forever, and some were even lost. Team 2996 resolved to do what we could to help the relief effort and make a difference in the lives of the families whose homes were ripped away from them.


Sandbag Day


sandbag day


The team helped transport filled sandbags to prevent flooding due to the Waldo Canyon Fires by moving them into other volunteers’ vehicles. We enjoyed contributing to the community and working with other gracious volunteers.




Tree Planting - Waldo Canyon & Flying W. Ranch


waldo canyon tree planting


To help the earth recuperate after the fires, the team helped plant trees in both Waldo Canyon and at the Flying W. Ranch.




Clean-Up at Cascade


cascade clean-up


The team traveled to Cascade, an area that was prone to flooding after the fires, an assisted in creating protection against the floods. We split up into two groups: one group helped fill sandbags and laid them down to form a dam; the other group helped clean out sheds so that they could be torn down and to prevent them from being swept away by a flood.




Care and Share


care and share


After the Waldo Canyon Fires, our team helped out the affected families by sorting goods for Care and Share, including food, toiletries, and basic necessities. In 2016, the team helped Care & Share pack boxes of food for elderly in need (pictured above).





Elk's Lodge


Charity Ball, Christmas Ball, and Dinners


A Check Presented to the Cougars after a dinner event


For events at one of our largest sponors, BPO Elk’s Lodge 309, our team sets up decorations, helps serve food, and cleans up afterwards. The Elk's Lodge is a charitable organization that has been dedicated to public service for more than 150 years.







Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure


The Cougars Befor the Race


The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was set up near Rock Ledge Ranch and near Garden of the Gods. The event was to help fundraise for the cure of breast cancer and it was also narrated on a local radio channel. Team 2996 runs the race every year.




American Heart Association Heart Walk


The Cougars after Setting up for the heart walk


Our team began volunteering for the American Heart Association after the creator of our team and head mentor, Mr. Bryce McLean, had heart surgery. We help set up tables and booths the night before the event, and on the day of, we help direct traffic, we cheer on the runners, and some of our members participate in the race.




Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity is a nationwide charity that builds houses with volunteer power and discounted materials, and then sells the house to impoverished families. The price is the cost to build the house and volunteer hours to be completed by the recipients, but there is no interest on the mortgage. We were happy to contribute a fence to the organization.




Boo at the Zoo


boo at the zoo


Each year the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo here in Colorado Springs holds the Boo at the Zoo event, meant to be a safe environment for kids to trick or treat for Halloween while getting to see their favorite animals! Cougars Gone Wired is happy each year to volunteer to hand out candy to the kids of our community.




Old Colorado City Safe Trick or Treat


Sebastian and Grab 'n Go in costume


Each year, Old Colorado City hosts a safe trick or treat on Halloween day, to give children in the community a reliable place to get their yearly candy! Cougars Gone Wired was honored to be invited to the event, and had a great time showing our robots to the kids.



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