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. Volunteer projects are based on real 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 of their choice 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.
Fall 2022 projects
This fall, CU in the Community projects will be offered as needed by the community, on a monthly basis, and include the following opportunities:
- Urban gardening and beautifcation with Garden to Table on Saturday, Aug. 20 at University Hill Elementary School in Boulder.
- Making outdoor adventure accessible with the Lockwood Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Mesa Trail in Boulder.
- Sports and sustainability with Boulder JCC Milk and Honey Farm on Friday, Oct. 14 in Boulder and Ralphie’s Green Stampede on Saturday, Oct. 15 on campus.
- Education and action related to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit+ relatives for Indigenous Peoples Month with the Center for Inclusion and Social Change (CISC) and the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS) on Saturday, Nov. 5 on campus.
Each project offers students the opportunity to learn about their community, engage in meaningful service and reflect on their impact and actions moving forward. Free food and transportation will be provided by the Volunteer Resource Center and all participants will check in at a central location on campus before traveling to the volunteer site together. More projects may become available as community needs arise, so feel free to check back in to learn more. Sign up for current opportunities today!
General information for participants
Simply choose from projects being offered and sign up to participate. No experience necessary to participate. Transportation and food are provided. Students who sign up to volunteer for CU in the Community projects will receive a detailed reminder email related to their unique project a week before 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. CU in the Community volunteers make a real impact in the community by participating in projects.
Your involvement is more impactful than you think! Please be mindful that signing up for a project and not showing up the day of and/or cancelling last minute impacts on 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 show up and participate.
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!
If you are a nonprofit organization interested in hosting a volunteer site on any of the above dates, please tell us more about your project ideas and volunteer needs by filling out a project proposal.
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