Volunteers stocking supplies at a food bank with large cardboard boxes with oranges. Two women starnding by the boxes talking. In conjunction with CU Boulder, the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) is continuously updating its information and guidance for the university community to address the impacts of the recent wildfires in Boulder County. We recognize there may be students, faculty and staff that are interested in giving back to their community as we navigate this ongoing emergency and recovery. Listed below are several organizations that are in need of volunteers as they continue to address and adapt to community needs.

If you are a local non-profit, please complete this brief form to assist us in understanding your current volunteer needs.

Colorado Responds: is the main organization coordinating volunteers to help in the aftermath of the Marshall Fire.

    Organizations in need of volunteers

    • Colorado Responds is the leading resource for individuals giving and agencies seeking help in the face of a disaster. Find ways to donate, volunteer and more during times of crisis in your community and across the state of Colorado. About 30,000 people were ordered to flee their homes Thursday 12/30/2021 as several wind-driven wildfires burned near the towns of Superior and Lafayette in Boulder County. Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on Dec. 30 to allow the state to access emergency funds and services.
      • CLEAN-UP VOLUNTEERS REQUESTED: The Cajun Navy Ground Force nonprofit disaster response organization is heading up teams of volunteers to start working on the debris removal phase of recovery. Volunteers are needed to help remove furniture, rugs, carpeting, drapes and other household items. All skill levels can be used!  To join the team, please send an email to volunteer@gocajunnavy.org with your name, zip code and phone number to get the registration process started. 
      • Sign up for updates on various volunteer roles and to learn about ways to donate and support!
    • Community Food Share: Community Food Share’s mission is to eliminate hunger in Boulder and Broomfield counties through engagement, collaboration and leadership. Volunteers are needed to help process food donations.
      • Contact: Katy or Shana at (303) 652-3663 
    • Emergency Family Assistance Association: Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA)’s mission is to help those in Boulder whose immediate needs for food and shelter cannot be met by other means or self-support. The EFAA has fully moved to create to-go packages and they need volunteers to arrange packages, as well as distributing them.
    • Mile High United Way: Mile High United Way’s mission is to unite people, ideas and resources to advance the common good. They have developed a list of ways to support recovery efforts related to the Middle Fork Fire and Marshall Fire.
    • Sister Carmen: For the past 40 years, Sister Carmen has provided assistance to residents of East Boulder and Lafayette who are in need. Volunteers are needed to help process food donations as well as distributing food.
    • Vitalant: Vitalant provides blood and special services to patients in more than 1,000 hospitals across 40 states. Canceled blood drives due to COVID-19 are creating an urgent shortage. Donors are needed.

    Support CU buffs impacted by the Marshall Fire through monetary donations

    Sometimes in the immediate aftermath of a disaster monetary donations are one of the most effective and immediate ways to support efforts on the ground.

     Fire resources

    Various resources related to the Marshall Fire including disaster relief, housing and food assistance, financial assistance, work and academic accomodations, counseling and advocacy can be found on CU Boulder’s fire resources website.

    If you are interested in learning more about remote volunteer opportunities and additional ways to get involved in service, please email us at volunteer@colorado.edu and we will set up a time to chat with you. 

    If you have questions about COVID-19, please visit the campus website for the most updated information and FAQs.

    Tips for volunteering during COVID-19 

    • Call ahead and stay in communication with volunteer coordinators.
      • Please note that volunteer needs are changing rapidly as COVID-19 evolves. It’s best to stay in contact with organizations via phone and by visiting their websites in order to understand their current operations and needs.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. Follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) protocol.
    • Limit social interaction and practice operating in solidarity with vulnerable populations.
    • Call out and stay home if you are sick.