When you volunteer with the City of Boulder, you become an invaluable part of our team, helping us provide valued programs and services for our community. While giving back, you also gain valuable skill and meet diverse people.
We value our volunteers and hope you will join us!
Volunteer for COVID-19 response
Most volunteer needs and requests related to the cornoavirus outbreak in Colorado are being funneled through the State of Colorado’s Help Colorado Now website at this time . The website has information for individuals looking to volunteer and organizations in need of volunteers .
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 initiative to find out more and sign up.
NEW! Small Garden, Big Change Mentors
Have a green thumb and experience germinating seeds? We’re looking for gardeners to support self-isolating older adults to grow native plants from seed using a kit provided to the seniors by Small Gardens, Big Change. These seedlings will be collected in the fall and planted by the community to expand pollinator habitat. Not only will you help support the transformation of Boulder into a pollinator haven, you will provide a connection to older adults during this time of uncertainty.
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 .
Ready to volunteer? Learn more and sign up on Count Me In Boulder for all city volunteer positions.
Volunteer across the city
Looking for community service opportunities? Boulder Parks and Recreation along with Open Space and Mountain Parks welcomes community service volunteers. Check out this list for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 .
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.
Volunteers make a difference
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 and 2018 annual report to learn more about the tremendous impact volunteers have on the Boulder community.
Left: Volunteer award winners at the 2019 citywide volunteer appreciation event for the Alber Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Departmental Volunteer Award.
Volunteer Photo Gallery
What is the 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.
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 City of Boulder Volunteer Handbook, where you will find all the information you need.
Service Enterprise Certified
The City of Boulder was the second municipal government to receive Service Enterprise certification and join ed the top 11 percent of organizations in the country in volunteer management and organizational performance .
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.