Numerous volunteering opportunities are available on campus and in communities all over the world. Read on to find out about university resources and organizations that provide volunteer opportunities locally, nationwide, and globally.
Volunteer Resource Center. www.colorado.edu/vrc The Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) is CU-Boulder’s volunteer placement service. VRC links students, staff, and faculty to community programs for both short- and long-term volunteer service that match a variety of interests, including education, law, health, environment, animals, disabilities, seniors, women, justice, arts, language, culture, and more. VRC hosts volunteer fairs at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, short-term service projects, Alternative Breaks volunteer trips during university breaks, campuswide food and shelter supply drives, and CU’s annual day of service, Better Boulder Better World.
Volunteer Connection. www.volunteerconnection.net As a community-based clearing house for nonprofit organizations, the Volunteer Connection offers more than 1,000 volunteer opportunities in the Boulder area. Visit the website to schedule a meeting with referral counselors who will help you search the extensive volunteer database.
VolunteerMatch. www.volunteermatch.org In partnership with thousands of local nonprofit organizations, VolunteerMatch has built the nation’s most comprehensive and up-to-date online database of volunteer opportunities. You can search for volunteer opportunities by zip code, category, and date, and you can inquire via e-mail about specific programs that fit your interests and schedule.
Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement. www.colorado.edu/iece The Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement (IECE) prepares CU-Boulder students for a lifetime of service to society. IECE is working to make ethical and civic engagement a defining characteristic of our educational community. Visit the website to learn how you can get involved.
INVST Community Studies. www.colorado.edu/communitystudies The INVST Community Leadership Program (CLP) develops community leaders who engage in compassionate action as a lifetime commitment. The INVST CLP is a two-year experience that combines community service with theoretical learning and practical skills training. Students earn 24 academic credits and receive an AmeriCorps scholarship and a “Certificate in the Study and Practice of Leadership.”
Student Ambassadors. 303-492-6301 Join our admissions staff and help recruit outstanding students to our campus. Volunteer student ambassadors lead campus tours and assist with campus visit programs, sharing their college experience with prospective students and their families. If you’re interested in becoming a student ambassador, call or stop by the Office of Admissions. The College of Engineering and Applied Science also offers a student ambassador program. Stop by Engineering Center ECAD 100 or call 303-492-1146.
Teach for America. www.teachforamerica.org Teach for America seeks diverse college graduates of all academic majors to teach in under-resourced urban and rural public schools for two years. Corps members earn teacher salaries, education awards, loan deferment, and transitional financial aid.