Thank you for your interest in volunteering in our community! When we come together to support one another, build something, improve something, preserve something, we find something special — we find a purpose.
Check out our current volunteer needs below. There are all kinds of ways you can get involved today.
Count Me In Boulder
The city recently launched Count Me In Boulder — a one-stop solution for citywide volunteer coordination and event management. The cloud-based system will save staff members, volunteers and patrons time and energy with intuitive features like automated hour tracking, self-reported site visits with impact-related measures, eLearning, activity registration, highly customizable reporting, world class training and support, and more.
Click on the tab below and take a minute to sign up and get started — all that's needed is your name and email address.
Immediate Volunteer Needs
Adopt a Pocket Park and Help Boulder Sparkle
For individuals, groups or organizations looking to make a major positive impact by volunteering some time in Boulder, please consider adopting one of three available pocket parks. This one-year commitment helps keep the city beautiful and these patches of public property neat, clean and free of debris. Parks currently available for adoption include a 9,000-square-foot parcel on the corner of Elm Avenue and 27th Street, a spot at the intersection of Eisenhower Drive and 48th Street, and a beautiful location off Merritt Drive. For more information about the pocket parks, as well a full details about these volunteer opportunities, take a moment to visit the City of Boulder’s volunteer hub.
Volunteer to Monitor Prairie Dogs
Prairie Dog Monitors observe and record Prairie Dog numbers in a specified location North of the Boulder Reservoir for 4 hours during each monitoring shift. These counts have been kept for over 10 years and help inform projects and management of the Boulder Reservoir. Volunteer must have experience using binoculars and wildlife monitoring experience is highly recommended.
For those interested, please take a moment to register or log-in to the City of Boulder volunteer hub. From there you can view the full position description and get started on the application process.
Join the Health Equity Advisory Committee
The Health Equity Advisory Committee reviews proposals for use of revenue from the Sugar-sweetened Beverage Product Distribution Tax (SSB Tax) and makes funding recommendations. Boulder is one of only a handful of communities that imposes a sales tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and is the only city that dedicates SSB tax revenue toward promoting health and reducing health disparities. Annually, the committee recommends funding allocations of approximately $5 million.
Make a Difference on the Human Services Fund Advisory Committee
The Human Services Fund Advisory Committee reviews proposals from community human services organizations to the Human Services Fund (HSF) and makes funding recommendations. Programs supported by the HSF include those that provide services for older adults, children and family services, health care providers, programs intended to improve economic mobility and resilience, and programs intended to make the City a more inclusive and welcoming community. Annually, the committee recommends funding allocations of approximately $2.1 million.
Adopt an Area and Keep Boulder Beautiful
The Public Works Department is looking for community members and organizations to adopt an area in the city to keep free of debris. This program provides an opportunity for groups of any size and of varying ages to regularly volunteer and set their own schedule. Apply to adopt a specific median, multi-use path, road, bus stop or pocket park for a period of one year. Click to view a map of available areas, medians and pocket parks that can be adopted today. Learn more about this program and join in the fun!
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Serve on an Advisory Board
Volunteers appointed to serve on a board or commission help City Council examine issues and, in turn, shape the future of Boulder. Applications to serve on advisory boards are open in January and February each year.
Help Strengthen Public Safety
From advocating for victims to assisting detectives, Boulder Police Department has a variety of volunteer opportunities at any given time. Volunteers help police be their best. Please note, recruitment for victim's advocates occurs in January and March each year.
Empower Learning at Your Library
Library volunteers contribute more than 20,000 hours of valuable service annually. Volunteer opportunities are available at the Main library in addition to the four branches, offering positions for adults and teens. We have a variety of placement areas to choose from, and our programs can utilize a diversity of interests, skills and schedule.
Make a Difference on The Hill
The word "Hillanthropy" reflects a primary goal of the city’s Hill Reinvestment Strategy – to reposition University Hill as a Boulder neighborhood to bet on, one that’s on the move, steadily recapturing its vibrancy and vitality. Volunteers can help beautify the neighborhood and get involved with other projects.
Plug into Boulder's Energy Strategy
The Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development team performs work related to forming a locally owned utility and developing future energy strategies. The team has formed volunteer community working groups to obtain input from residents, businesses and stakeholders on project focus areas.
Give Back to Boulder's Open Space
Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Volunteer Services provides a variety of programs, projects, and events to community members and organizations year-round. Learn how you can give back to the land in meaningful ways.
Lend a Hand at Local Parks
Volunteers are an integral element to the Parks and Recreation Department. People of all ages help contribute to varied projects at facilities, parks and natural areas throughout Boulder.
Beautify Boulder by Adopting an Area
Community members and organizations to adopt an area in the city to keep debris-free. This Public Works Department program provides an opportunity for groups of any size to regularly volunteer and set their own schedule. Apply to adopt a specific median, multi-use path, road, bus stop or pocket park for a period of one year.
Serve Our Older Adults
Senior Services has multiple opportunities for Boulder residents to give back to our vibrant older adult community. Opportunities include fostering engagement and the well-being of older adults, making our centers even more friendly and inclusive and serving on the Senior Community Advisory Committee.
Learn more about Boulder's Volunteer Cooperative
Thanks to the Boulder community, the Volunteer Cooperative is helping the city become more resilient in the face of future challenges and continuing to highlight the city’s spirit. Take a moment to review our Strategic Plan to get a better sense of current and future plans. And check out the Volunteer Cooperative Handbook, where you will find all the information you need.
Additionally, the 2018 Annual Report details the tremendous impact volunteers have on the Boulder community. For example, 6,654 total volunteers contributed 79,979 hours to volunteer efforts, with an estimated financial impact worth $2.14 million just last year.
We are pleased to announce that Boulder's Volunteer Cooperative has been certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise! A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills throughout their organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. To earn this honor, Volunteer Cooperative staff completed an extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training and consulting, extensive internal planning and change to better integrate volunteers in our day-to-day operations. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, the Volunteer Cooperative is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and better meet our mission.
Boulder is fortunate to have an active and engaged community, and there is always room for more to join in. For more information on how you can get involved, please email the Volunteer Cooperative at [email protected] .
"Volunteering on behalf of the City of Boulder's various organizations is inspirational, educational and rewarding. Boulder is an amazing community and I am motivated to enhance the activities of these organizations."
- Joel Koenig, volunteer with Boulder Public Library, Open Space and Mountain Parks and various community groups
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The City of Boulder’s Volunteer Cooperative is composed of volunteer coordinators and staff from all city departments who work with community volunteers. We work together to enhance community engagement, increase collaboration and ensure the highest quality volunteer experience possible.
Our mission is to support a community of service. Our vision is an integrated network of resources and opportunities to strengthen community stewardship.