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Volunteer Opportunities


COVID-19 Impacts to City Volunteer Programs

Most volunteer needs and requests are being funneled through the State of Colorado’s  Help Colorado Now  website at this time, due to the cornoavirus outbreak in Colorado. The website has information for  individuals looking to volunteer  and  organizations in need of volunteers  .

Community members can register on  Count Me In  to stay informed about upcoming volunteer opportunities with the City of Boulder.


Immediate Volunteer Needs

COVID-19 Recovery Center

The COVID-19 Recovery Center (CRC) is seeking volunteers to assist with various duties.  A team from the City of Boulder, the City of Longmont, and Boulder County, has developed a plan and initiative to house individuals amid COVID-19 concerns in the new COVID-19 Recovery Center. This plan includes housing vulnerable individuals who show symptoms of the virus or have tested positive and are currently experiencing homelessness. The response team works under the direction of the Emergency Operations Center for Boulder County.  Please  read the full details on the iniative  to find out more and sign up.


Volunteer with Boulder Parks and Recreation 

Give Back To Your Local Park

We need your help now more than ever to keep community parks and public spaces beautiful and clean for recreation. Become a Park Champ and care for a site you adopt. The tasks for each site differ but may include weeding, invasive species removal, trail maintenance, graffiti removal, etc. Create an account in Count Me In to learn more or fill out the Park Champ Application. Have questions? Check out the Park Champ FAQs pdf.

Help Plant on the Pearl Street Mall 

Each year Parks and Recreation plants thousands of flowering plants in the garden beds on the iconic Pearl Street Mall. We have multiple dates and times for volunteers to help with this effort between May 20 and June 3. 


New! 2019 Volunteer Impacts

In 2019,  7,000 total volunteers contributed 80,057 hours to volunteer efforts, with an estimated financial impact worth $2.2 million.  Check out the new Volunteer Impact webpage to learn more. 


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. 


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Boards and Commissions

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.

Learn more about boards and commissions.

Boulder Police Department

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. 

Learn more volunteering with Boulder Police Department.

Boulder Public Library

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.

Learn more about volunteering with Boulder Public Library

Community Vitality

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.

Learn more about volunteering on The Hill.

Climate Mobilization Action Plan

Plug into Boulder's Climate Strategy

This community-centered process will result in a new climate strategy in response to renewed climate urgency. This strategy is called the Climate Mobilization Action Plan, or CMAP. Fully addressing climate change will require immediate, system-scale action to create an equitable future, rapidly reduce emissions and accelerate technological innovation.

Learn more about volunteering with the Department of Climate and Energy.

Housing and Human Services

Serve Our Community

Housing and Human Services welcomes volunteer support to fulfill our mission of providing safe, quality and affordable housing opportunities while building a healthy, socially thriving and inclusive community. 

Open Space and Mountain Parks

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.

Learn more about volunteering with OSMP.

Parks and Recreation

Lend a Hand at Local Parks

Give Back To Your Local Park!

We need your help now more than ever to keep community parks and public spaces beautiful and clean for recreation. Become a Park Champ and care for a site you adopt.

The tasks for each site differ but may include weeding, invasive species removal, trail maintenance, graffiti removal, etc. Create an account in Count Me In to learn more or fill out the Park Champ Application. Have questions? Check out the Park Champ FAQs pdf.

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.

Learn more about volunteering with Parks and Recreation.

Public Works

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.

Learn more about adopting an area.


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 pdf to get a better sense of current and future plans. And check out the City of Boulder Volunteer Handbook, pdf where you will find all the information you need. 

Additionally, the Volunteer Impact webpage and the 2018 annual report pdf detail the tremendous impact volunteers have on the Boulder community.

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



Volunteer Photo Gallery


Volunteer Cooperative

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.