Many benefits come with donating your time and talents to causes that are important to you. From environmental conservation to community gardens to animal welfare, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities to explore your passions in sustainability and beyond.
Whether you have a free afternoon, weekend or time during the summer, here are five reasons you should volunteer this year.
Make a difference
Volunteering is a way to be a part of a solution to larger community issues. Collaborating with others to confront the issues you care about is rewarding on many levels, and it can be especially satisfying to complete environmental volunteer projects outdoors.
Use your talents
Do you enjoy organizing events? Could you help a nonprofit with their social media presence? Are you able to do physical labor, like gardening or yard work? Consider how you could contribute to a cause using your unique talents and skills.
Learn about yourself
Stepping out of our comfort zones is key to personal growth. Volunteer experiences are a great way to learn not only about issues affecting our environment and communities, but to learn more about yourself as well.
Make new friends
Volunteering with other CU students and local community members is a great way to make new friends and get to know them on a deeper level. On campus or off, you’ll meet like-minded and caring people.
Gain experience for your résumé
Careers in sustainability and other fields often get started thanks to hands-on volunteer experience. You can gain valuable skills like problem solving, and area-specific skills like conservation, that can apply to future job opportunities.
There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities and time commitments to fit your schedule, and spring break is a great time to do some research and find the best fit for you. Here are some volunteer opportunities at the Environmental Center to help you get started:
- Volunteer at the Transportation Expo on April 3. Volunteer shifts are two hours long and include helping set-up, assisting attendees with testing bikes and keeping time for presentations on the main stage.
- Help with Zero Waste move-out at the end of the semester. Volunteers are needed to help manage the Give and Go Donation Drive in the residence halls. Learn more and view available volunteer shifts.
- Be a part of Ralphie’s Green Stampede during football and basketball seasons. Volunteers with Ralphie’s Green Stampede cheer on the Buffs while helping to keep home games at Folsom Field and the CU Event Center Zero Waste.
- Sign up for the Environmental Center newsletter to find more sustainability-related volunteer opportunities. You can also visit the Get Involved page on the Environmental Center website.
Another great way to get started is by visiting the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC). Meeting with a VRC staff member can help you find your perfect volunteer experience, and you can earn 50 PIPs!
Sustainable Buffs is a new series brought to you by the Environmental Center. Learn more sustainability tips and ways to get involved at colorado.edu/ecenter.