Published: Jan. 25, 2023

Volunteering lets you give back to your community while gaining valuable skills and meeting new people. The Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) connects students to volunteer experiences that match their interests and availability. Whether you want to volunteer once or over the entire semester, we’ve got an option for you.

Attend the Spring Volunteer Fair hosted by the VRC on Feb. 7 from 1-5 p.m. in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. At the fair, you can connect with 30+ nonprofit organizations and find ways to get involved that fit your interests and schedule. You can also explore CUServes to find short- and long-term service projects.

Short-term volunteer opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering but don’t have the time to commit to ongoing or long-term projects? The VRC can link you to one-time or short-term options.

CU in the Community offers one-time volunteer projects with local nonprofit organizations. The projects do not require training or special skills. After you sign up, you’ll receive detailed information about the plan for the day. Transportation and food are included. CU in the Community offers students an excellent opportunity to give back to the community, explore volunteering and build valuable skills.

Students volunteeringLong-term volunteer opportunities

Would you like to commit to a long-term volunteer experience or ongoing program? The VRC supports students seeking an expanded commitment.

The Volunteer Placement Program connects students with community nonprofit organizations needing ongoing support. The VRC matches students with an organization based on the interests and skills indicated in their application. The volunteers commit to three hours of service each week or 30 hours over the semester. Students receive coaching and support from the VRC during their program participation. 

The application deadline for the spring semester is Sunday, Feb. 19. If you are interested, watch the recorded information session and apply for the Volunteer Placement Program

School break volunteer opportunities

Are you interested in an alternative to the traditional college spring break? The Alternative Breaks program sends teams of college students to engage in meaningful service over breaks from school. 

The spring break program offers four different week-long volunteer opportunities in locations across the United States. Students travel together and work with a local organization to support a need in their community. Participants can gain experience, build skills and meet new people.

The application deadline is Sunday, Feb. 12 at 11:59 p.m. 

Group volunteer opportunities

Do you have a group or team that wants to volunteer together? We can help connect you to an event or organization that needs your help. Volunteering works well as a team-building activity, to meet required service hours or to learn new skills.

You may email the VRC to schedule an appointment with a staff member. Determine the number of participants, available dates and transportation for the group before the meeting. We’ll then explore ideas and discuss the project details. 

The benefits of volunteering

Volunteering can enhance your college experience. You can meet new people, gain experience, build skills and find personal fulfillment through volunteer projects. The VRC has options to fit any schedule.

Contact the VCR with questions or to learn more about volunteer opportunities through CU Boulder.