Public Works Volunteer Programs
Public Works Volunteer Programs
In recognition of the benefits of community involvement and engagement, and in coordination with the City of Boulder’s broader volunteer initiatives, the Public Works Departmentis a member of the Volunteer Cooperative and offers several year-round volunteer opportunities to community members and organizations looking to give back in meaningful ways.
Learn more below about the ways to volunteer!
Upcoming Volunteer Needs
Community Cleanup Day
Join your neighbors for the 16th annual Community Cleanup Day, where hundreds of volunteers rally together to get the city ready for summer. In addition to a number of city- and partner-hosted projects, we invite you to gather your neighbors and bring Community Cleanup Day into your own neighborhood. Design and implement the project that will make the most impact. Neighborhood Services will support you with latex gloves, trash-bags and some snacks, and we’ll reimburse up to $300 of project expenses. Register here.
Ongoing Volunteer Programs
You, or the organization you represent, can adopt a specific median, multi-use path, roadway, transit stop or pocket park for a period of one year (with the option to renew annually).
This option allows individuals and groups a volunteer opportunity to contribute to the beautifying of the public domain and overall community well-being. Volunteers can set their own schedule for this work. The City of Boulder will recognize participants for their contributions to keeping public property debris-free and enhancing the city’s overall aesthetics.
The city has a list of medians and right-of-ways that are eligible for adoption. Boulder residents and organizations can apply to adopt a specific median for one year. Volunteer assistance helps the city to continue median maintenance services.
Adopting organizations and residents will be provided with trash bags, disposable gloves and safety vests. Safety training for program participants will also be provided prior to the first median cleaning.
An adopting resident or organization will be asked to:
- Remove weeds, trash and debris monthly.
- Perform other basic landscape management tasks during the growing season.
Transportation Maintenance staff will mow the area, prune, repair irrigation systems, and replace trees and shrubs.
Boulder is committed to providing an integrated pest management (IPM) program that is dedicated to minimizing impacts to human health, the environment and non-target organisms. For this reason, the Public Work’s department plants native vegetation, xeriscapes when possible, and hand pulls weeds instead of spraying. Your participation in maintaining these areas helps us to continue our IPM goals.
The City of Boulder maintains an extensive network of paths for use by cyclists and pedestrians. Adoption of a section of multi-use path for trash removal, graffiti reporting, and manual weeding provides the city assistance with maintaining beautiful and safe multi-use paths.
The Boulder Creek Path is maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department and the section of the Broadway multi-use path between Regent Drive and University Avenue is maintained by the University of Colorado. To volunteer along the Boulder Creek Path, visit the Parks and Recreation Volunteer Opportunities webpage and for the Broadway multi-use path, call the University of Colorado at 303-492-5522.
All other multi-use paths are maintained by City of Boulder Transportation Maintenance or the adjacent property owner. Adopting organizations and residents will be provided with trash bags, disposable gloves and safety vests. Safety training for program participants will also be provided prior to the first path cleaning.
The City of Boulder’s Adopt-a-Stop Program allows organizations (businesses, non-profits, schools, neighborhood groups, etc.) to partner with the city to help keep community transit stops clean, inviting and ready for use. Participating organizations agree to keep their chosen “adopted” transit stop(s) clear of trash and litter for a period of one year or more.
Program volunteers should visit their designated stops at least once a week to empty trash cans, install new liners and clear the area of litter. Participants should review and follow the Adopt-a-Stop Safety Guidelines to ensure a safe and effective clean-up.
Select roadways within the City of Boulder are available for adoption. By keeping the right-of-way and landscaped areas on the shoulders of the roadways clear of trash, debris and weeds, we improve air quality and stormwater runoff quality and contribute to the community’s quality of life.
Adopting organizations and residents will be provided with trash bags, disposable gloves and safety vests. Safety training for program participants will also be provided prior to the first street cleaning.
The City of Boulder’s Public Works Department maintains small areas that are landscaped, neighborhood parks, generally less than one acre in size. Many of these neighborhood areas are available for adoption. Volunteer activities include trash pick-up, graffiti removal and weeding.
For more information, please contact [email protected]
- Commit to a one-year adoption period
- Visit the sponsored location at least monthly, weekly for Transit Stops
- Provide people-power to pick up debris, weed, prune, trim and report observable problems
- Notify Transportation Maintenance of planned cleanup dates for the arrangement of supplies and trash pick-ups
- Report back to staff the number of volunteers and the number of hours contributed for each visit
- For more information, see our Policies, Procedures & Rules
Public Works Provides:
- A sign recognizing the individual or group as an Adopt-A-Spot sponsor (based on available funds, and location)
- Safety and procedures training
- Clean up supplies including bags, safety vests and work gloves
- Trash pick-up afterward (for Medians, Bikeways, Streets and Pocket Parks)
One-Day Volunteer Projects
Interested in volunteering to clean up an area, but don’t want to commit to a year?
One-day cleanups are a great way to organize a group team-building event and give back to the community. One day cleanups are available for:
- Multi-use paths
- Pocket parks
- Other right-of-ways maintained by the city
Please fill out the form below and someone from Public Works staff will be in touch within a few days.
"Boulder's multi use path system is an expanding wonder of interconnections across the Boulder community. As such it is used by all the diverse groups who live, work and visit our city. Being a member of Shared Paths Boulder encourages me do do my part to keep the paths clear and friendly, and gives all users a sense that there is a shared community responsibility to do the same." - Stephen Colby of Shared Paths, for the adoption program
Request a Volunteer Project
Looking to give back in other ways? We value and encourage new ideas and innovative ways to keep Boulder beautiful, please submit your ideas to: [email protected] and a Public Works staff member will get in touch to discuss.