About CU in the Community

CU in the Community is a series of one-time, student-led volunteer projects offered each semester in collaboration with local nonprofit organizations. Projects are based on community needs and include various types of service related to social and environmental justice. All students are invited to participate in any and all volunteer projects to gain understanding of social and environmental issues, engage in direct service, reflect on their impact and learn about continued engagement in communities. This program is a great opportunity for students who are looking to get involved, make new connections, practice their leadership skills or simply to spend a day engaged making a positive impact.

General information for participants 

 CU in the CommunityChoose a project and sign up to participate, no experience necessary. Students who sign up to volunteer for CU in the Community projects will receive a detailed reminder email related to their unique project the week of the event with information about where to check in, what to wear and what to bring. In general, we recommend that volunteers bring plenty of drinking water and any other personal care supplies necessary to be active and engaged. Volunteers are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes and layers appropriate for Colorado weather and/or indoor tasks specific to projects.

Food and transportation are provided!

Your involvement is more impactful than you may think! Please be mindful that signing up for a project and not showing up the day of and/or canceling last minute impacts resources used for food and transportation, community organizations who are counting on volunteers to help them meet their goals, and other students who want to participate. If you must cancel, please do so as far in advance as possible so that other students have the opportunity to participate and to help ensure that there are enough volunteers committed to meet the goals of the project. If you sign up for a project, please plan to attend and participate.

Spring 2023 projects

This spring, CU in the Community projects will be offered as needed by the community, on a monthly basis and include the opportunities listed below. We will be kicking off the semester celebrating MLK day, and more projects will be available soon!

  • Spend the day “on” for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This MLK Day, Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) and the VRC are teaming up to offer an opportunity in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a nationally recognized day of service.  Join fellow CU Boulder students to spend the day “on” (instead of spending the day off) by connecting and participating in community celebrations in Denver. Meet on the UMC south terrace for introductions and breakfast, then travel as a group to downtown Denver to attend and participate in the march and parade community celebration hosted by the City of Denver. Food and transportation will be provided for those who sign up to participate. For CU Boulder community members who live in Denver, please feel free to join by meeting us at City Park.
  • Make Adventure Accessible with the Lockwood Foundation! The Lockwood Foundation is a community organization that creates opportunities for those with limited mobility to access to the trails and mountains in a way only community can. They currently use a combination of community and technology to create access to trails and adventures that are typically inaccessible or even considered impossible.Volunteers will support those with limited mobility in a “trail trial” up short trails at NCAR in Boulder, led by Lockwood Foundation trail leaders. Volunteers will assist adaptive athletes in small groups on a 20-30 minute outing and have time to rest between outings. 
  • National Volunteer Week and Earth Day Projects! National Volunteer Week takes place the third week of April and celebrates volunteers and the impact they have. Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to foster support for environmental protection. VRC will offer various projects to choose from April 14-22.

Project lead opportunities

The VRC is recruiting students to serve as project leads for its CU in the Community projects throughout the spring. Project leads will be responsible for coordinating and directing volunteers during a one-time service opportunity with a local nonprofit. Students interested will be required to attend two one-hour training prior to their project but all project details, transportation, food and logistics will be coordinated by the Volunteer Resource Center. We’d love to CU in the Community!

Project Lead Interest Form

Non-profit collaborations

If you are a nonprofit organization interested in hosting a volunteer site during the Spring 2023 semester, please tell us more about your project ideas and volunteer needs by filling out a project proposal.

Nonprofit Project Proposal

Contact vrcevents@colorado.edu with questions and requests for accommodations.