Published: May 20, 2019
Student volunteers pose for a photo with Chip during move-in 2016

If you are looking for things to do this summer, how about something that includes giving back to the community and making a difference?

Many benefits come with donating your time and talents to causes that are important to you. Whether it is helping at local events or welcoming new students to CU Boulder, there are plenty of ways to get involved in your community. 

Why volunteer?
  • Make a difference! It can be rewarding to give back to your community.
  • Make new friends and step out of your comfort zone! Stepping out of our comfort zones is key to personal growth.
  • Help a nonprofit with their social media presence. Do physical labor such as gardening or yard work. Consider how you could contribute to a cause using your unique talents and skills.
  • Gain experience to put on your résumé.

There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities and time commitments to fit your schedule. Here are some volunteer opportunities in the Boulder area to help you get started this summer:


Be a part of the biggest Memorial Day party on Earth, the Bolder Boulder! There are individual volunteer positions along the course and at the finish line. You’ll receive a Bolder Boulder volunteer shirt, snack bag and a front-row seat to all the action.

You can also volunteer for the Boulder Ironman. Boulder is a wildly popular home-base and vacation destination for triathletes. Come support your local racers as they participate in this bike, run and swim race.

Humane Society

Want a chance to help out some cute, furry friends? Volunteer at the Humane Society by signing up to be apart of their animal care team, a dog kennel assistant or a facility volunteer.

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra has a wide range of volunteer opportunities available including: office management, audience relations, education and fundraising events. You will get rewarded with complimentary tickets and an annual volunteer reception as a thank you for all your time and efforts.

Farmers market

If you are looking for a great, local place, then the Boulder County Farmers Market is perfect! Between customer service, working with children or being apart of their Zero Waste Program, there is lots of valuable experience that you can gain from volunteering with the farmers market.

Fall Welcome at CU Boulder

Sign up now to volunteer for Fall Welcome. Show your Buff pride and be the first to welcome new students and families to CU Boulder.

Busy this summer?

If you're busy this summer, then apply now to be an Alternative Breaks site leader in the spring! This 10-month leadership training program prepares students to lead a successful Alternative Break trip.

Alternative Breaks sends teams of college students to engage in community-based service projects during each college break. You'll spend two to four hours a week planning an Aternative Break trip while learning about social and environmental issues. 

Looking for more ideas or opportunities? Connect with the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC).