Change the Way You Help LogoSKOServe is a series of mini educational trainings that explore various topics related to volunteering and social and environmental justice. Students can attend any or all of the trainings in the series and will have the opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills, examine their connection to community issues, develop new ways to engage, and learn about ways to get involved. No previous experience is necessary.

A variety of topics are offered each semester, in collaboration with guest facilitators. Addtional SKOServe topics are available upon request. Please use the sign up below to attend one or any of our topics offered this semester and review our full list of topics if you would like to learn more.

Spring 2021 SKOServe Topics:

Feed the Stampede Combating Food Insecurity at CU Boulder on Thursday, February 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

  • What is food insecurity? Who does it affect and why is it important to address? How can I help combat food insecurity in my community? In this SKOserve, participants will be able to learn the details about food insecurity and how it impacts university and college students across the nation, specifically at CU Boulder. With special guest facilitators from the Buff Pantry, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Volunteer for Your Career on Wednesday March 10, 5-6 pmm.

  • How can volunteering contribute to your work journey/career? What is the best way to display and talk about volunteer experience in application materials and in interviews? Join the VRC and Career Services for this unique training that examines how students can volunteer to gain experience, skills and insights for their work journey. 

Volunteers in Disasters on Tuesday, April 6, 5:-6 p.m.

  • What factors should be considered when volunteering in times of disaster? What is considered helpful volunteering versus harmful volunteering? How can we make sure what we are doing is beneficial to the communities most impacted? Join the VRC and the Office of Emergency Management for this unique training that examines how volunteers can be most effective in understanding and responding to community needs during disasters, and minimize your own risk when volunteering in areas experiencing disaster.

Voluntourism on Friday, May 7, 2-3 p.m.

  • What is voluntourism and who does it serve? What are the impacts of volunteers acting as tourists and tourists who volunteer? In this session, students will gain a deeper understanding of voluntourism, explore questions about its impact and develop skills for how to be effective if they choose to engage in voluntourism. This session will also include ideas about how to volunteer and stay enagged over the summer months!

Sign Up for SKOServe

SKOServe will be offered via Zoom. We ask for participants to use their camera function to create an engaging environment in which we can all learn from one another. 

For support accessing and downloading Zoom, students can visit Getting Started Guide Office Of Information Technology

Additional Topics Available Upon Request:

To request a SKOServe presentation for your student organization or class, please contact us at vrcevents@colorado.edu and we will be happy to arrange a training session. Each training takes about an hour and includes a conversation based exploration of the topic, action items for what we can do differently, and ideas for where to volunteer next. Please feel free to choose from our full list of available topics:

  • How to cope with Culture Shock when volunteering across difference
  • How to use Ethical Photography and social media intentionally as a volunteer
  • Feed the Stampede: an introduction to Food Insecurity and how it impacts college students
  • Interacting with members of our community experiencing Homelessness
  • Voluntourism What are impacts of volunteer tourists + how students be more responsble tourists, travelers, and volunteers when engaging in voluntouirsm

Contact us at vrcevents@colorado.edu with questions and requests. SKOServe!