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.
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Organizations in need of volunteers
- Colorado Responds: 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 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.
- There is an expected need for donations and volunteers soon. As responding agencies begin to take action, more information will become available on what materials and volunteers are needed.
- Sign up to learn how best to help individuals impacted by the Boulder County Fires.
- 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.
- Donate directly via Marshall Fire Support Fund. From Dec. 31 through Jan. 14, any gifts made to this fund will exclusively support CU students, faculty and staff who are affected by the December 2021 wildfires in Boulder County.
- Donate to the Buffs Together emergency funds.
- Donate food, personal items or monetary donations to the Buff Pantry.
- Donate gift cards at the CU Athletics basketball games Jan. 6-9.
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 email@example.com 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.