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The Volunteer Placement Program is a program of the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) designed to bridge student volunteers and local nonprofit organizations to address immediate community needs. This program is a unique opportunity for students interested in pursuing an ongoing volunteer experience that will challenge them to grow and learn as active members of the Boulder community. Students who participate have the opportunity to network and build relationships, learn about and directly serve diverse community needs, and get a strong start volunteering in CU Boulder community and in surrounding communities. Students apply to the program and are matched and placed with recognized community partners for a semester (or specific amount of time based on the needs of the community). Organizations who serve as recognized community partners are connected with a small cohort of volunteers who agree to volunteer with the organization and who plan to volunteer on a weekly basis for about 3 hours each week. The number of volunteers placed with each organization is tailored to what is needed and manageable for the organization and our team works to recruit and place as close to that number as we can. VRC provides a Volunteer orientation event for student volunteers and recognized community partners to meet, a midpoint check-in, and a volunteer reflection with students, as well as support throughout the experience.


Program Overview

  • Students apply for the Volunteer Placement Program by the application deadline.
  • Applicants are matched with a recognized community partner based on their interests, skills and input.
  • Students are presented with a placement and choose if they would like to accept and go through with the placement.
  • Students commit to volunteering approximately three hours per week for six weeks during the semester. Please note some placements may have unique requirements.
  • The VRC provides a warm hand-off to the organization, a midway check-in, a facilitated group reflection at the end of the semester and support throughout the six weeks.
  • The warm hand off event is required for student participants and recognized community partners; and serves as an exciting kick off event designed to get students started on their volunteer journey. The first half of the event will be dedicated to making new connections and learning about quality community service from Volunteer Resource Center over pizza dinner. The second half of the event will be dedicated to meeting in small groups with the volunteer coordinators from the organizations students are placed with.
  • The reflection event is required of student participants and marks the last official requirement of the Volunteer Placement Program with the VRC. Students will have the opportunity to share about their experience, reflect on their impact, and identify takeaways from the experience that they want to incorporate into their every day lives and decisions moving forward.
  • After the reflection students choose to continue volunteering or close the loop with their organization.
  • The VRC provides support to students in navigating the next steps in their volunteer journey.
  • Student volunteers and nonprofit organizations agree to practice ongoing communication to navigate scheduling, cancellations and or adjustments to shifts, challenges and gaps in knowledge, and to answer questions throughout the program.

Fall 2021 Required Dates

  • Application opens Monday, August 2nd 2021 at 9:00 AM MST.
  • Application deadline: Wednesday, September 15th at 11:59 PM MST.
  • Volunteer Orientation: Friday, September 24th 5-7 PM MST.
  • Start volunteering week of October 4th.
  • Midpoint check in week of October 18th.
  • Reflection: Friday, November 12th 5-7 PM MST.

Spring 2022 Required Dates

  • Application opens Monday, January 3rd 2022 at 9:00 AM MST.
  • Application deadline: Sunday, February 6th 2022 at 11:59 PM MST.
  • Volunteer Orientation: Tuesday, February 15th 5-7 PM MST.
  • Start volunteering week of Monday, February 28th.
  • Midpoint check in week of March 14th.
  • Reflection: Tuesday, April 19th 2022. 5-7 PM MST.

The application for Spring 2021 will open on Monday, January 3rd 2022. Fill out our interest form to get an email when it opens!

Spring 2022 Interest form

Recognized Community Partners

Recognized community partners are nonprofit organizations that work to address social and environmental justice issues in the Boulder community. As partners with the Volunteer Placement Program, these organizations provide training, support and weekly opportunities for participants to directly advance their organizational missions. Learn more about our recognized community partners below.