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Get Involved: City of Boulder

Scroll down to see volunteer programs accepting applications, organized by department within the City of Boulder and then alphabetical by volunteer role.

Looking to volunteer for a specific department? Check out their pages:

Boulder Public Library

Scroll down to see all opportunities and apply to become a volunteer.

 

Boulder Teen Advisory Board (BTAB)


Description:

Boulder Teen Advisory Board (BTAB) attend weekly Zoom Teen Chat meetings on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm to share ideas and brainstorm about library programs designed for teens and tweens. BTAB members also participate in fun online activities with the teen librarians during the meetings, provide feedback about teens' library experiences, and even co-facilitate some activities! To be a BTAB member, you must be in grades 6-12 and be at least 12 years old.

BTAB members earn 1 hour of volunteer hour credit for each meeting they attend.

Time Commitment:

One hour per week on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. We ask the BTAB members attend at least 2 meetings per month for a minimum for 4 months.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Leanne Slater, SlaterL@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3100 or apply online to become a volunteer.

BoulderReads Literacy Tutor


Description:

Partner with an English language learner for three hours per week to help them advance in their literacy skills. Adult Literacy Tutors must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be comfortable reading and writing, speaking and listening in English;
  • Complete the BoulderReads tutor training;
  • Commit to 3 hours of tutoring a week for at least 6 months;
  • Maintain regular contact with learners and BoulderReads staff;
  • Meet learners at library branches or another public locations; and
  • Be proficient with email, basic software and web-based electronic resources.
Time Commitment:

Commit to 3 hours of tutoring a week for at least 6 months.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Karen Bowen, bowenk@boulderlibrary.org, (303) 441-3192 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Home Delivery Partner Volunteer


Description:

Home Delivery volunteers play a critical role by providing library materials to community members who are unable to get to a library due to reasons of age, disability, illness and/or the coronavirus public health crisis. Each volunteer is matched with one or more patrons in the program and picks up and delivers items from the library to them on a regular basis, approximately every 1 to 2 weeks. In some cases, the volunteer will help with the selection of library materials and assist with managing the patron’s library account.

Time Commitment:

Estimated time is 1 to 2 hours every one to two weeks; 3 to 5 hours per month. We ask for a minimum 4-month commitment, ideally at least a 6-month commitment.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Christine Burke, burkec1@bouldercolorado.gov, or apply online to become a volunteer.

Housing and Human Services

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Housing and Human Services Department. Volunteer today!

COVID Community Support Volunteers


Description:

The COVID-19 Recovery Center (CRC) is set up to provide people experiencing homelessness with a place to recover and rest. People experiencing homelessness don’t have places to rest or isolate and, therefore, can’t follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health guidelines. The CRC fills that gap. People who are sick enough to require more intensive care will be referred to the hospital, just like any people who are acutely distressed. Read more and about training for the volunteer roles here. The two volunteer roles are:

  • COVID-19 CRC volunteers: These volunteers assist at the site, provide food, laundry, direction and general support to clients. All shifts are at the East Boulder Rec Center located at 5660 Sioux Dr, Boulder, CO 80303 (the CRC location).
  • Screeners at shelters: These volunteers help screen people for symptoms daily at the homeless shelters. Individuals who are symptomatic will be driven to the CRC by staff drivers each evening. 
Time Commitment:

Shifts are 8 hours at the CRC and 3.5 to 4.5 hours at the shelters (depends on the shelther).


Ready to get involved?

Parks and Recreation

 

Invasive Species Removal With Can'd Aid

Volunteers can choose between two project opportunities - helping remove invasive teasel from the natural rea surrounding the Boulder Reservoir or helping with landscaping maintenance tasks at the Boulder Reservoir. Social distancing and masking will be enforced at this event and registration for this event is required.

Learn more about Can'd Aid!

Registration is Required!

 

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like us to contact you to set up a volunteer project for a group of 10 or less volunteers once the Stay at Home order is lifted, please fill out the request form below. 

Request a Volunteer Project for your group!

Request a Boulder Creek Clean Up project for your group!

 

Natural Lands Outreach Volunteers


Description:

The Natural Lands Outreach Volunteer Program is a NEW program this year. Participants in this program can volunteer to host an Outreach table to welcome and educate users at the 55th Trailhead and Coot Lake Trailhead. Or, volunteers can walk the Path that runs from Coot Lake to the North Shores of the Boulder Reservoir and record the use at these Natural Areas. These positions will both inform our management decisions and teach users about this location. 

Interested volunteers must fill out an application to be interviewed for this position. Virtual training will be provided for anyone who is accepted into this volunteer program.

Time Commitment:

Volunteers are required to volunteer for one shift in June and 2 shifts in June, July, August, and September. We are in most need of volunteers between 12 and 3PM on Saturday and Sunday and from 3 to 6PM on Wednesdays. Please let us know if the established shifts do not fit your schedule and we will be happy to create a shift that works for you. 


Ready to get involved?

Contact Cassy Bohnet, BohnetC@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-4404 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Park Champ


Description:

Do you want to give back to our parks during this difficult time?

Park Champs are volunteers who adopt a park or portion of the park and commit to volunteering on a regular basis at that location. Park Champs are empowered to work independently and on the their own time. The tasks Park Champs complete may include: weeding, trash pick up, debris removal, and graffiti removal.

This program was started to address the needs of Parks and Recreation during the COVID-19 crisis. The COVID-19 crisis has caused Boulder’s Parks and Recreation (BPR) Department to cut budgets and reduce staffing levels. We need your help now more than ever to keep our community parks and public spaces safe and beautiful. Park Champs will:

- Help keep our parks maintained, clean, and beautiful

- Support park operations teams through staffing and budget reductions

- Provide Boulder community members a proactive opportunity to make a local impact and spend time outside with a purpose.

Time Commitment:

Park Champs should expect to work 3 or more hours a week at the park from now through October 18, 2020.


Ready to get involved?

Contact Cassy Bohnet, BohnetC@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-4404 or apply online to become a volunteer.

Planning

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are needed for pollinator conservation programs in the Planning and Development Services Department. Volunteer today!

Small Garden, Big Change Mentors


Description:

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. All volunteering is done remotely to keep folks safe. Want to help out, but don’t feel like you’re an expert gardener? Don’t worry - horticulturists from Colorado State University and the Butterfly Pavilion will provide guidance throughout the process. 

Learn more about the Small Gardens, Big Change program. This is a pilot program and your experience will help to shape the expansion of this program to provide the plant materials needed to create pollinator pathways throughout the city. 

Time Commitment:

Mentors will check in with their partners for approximately 30 minutes weekly.  Mentors can work with up to ten seniors, depending on their availability.  


Ready to get involved?

Public Works

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Public Works Department. Volunteer today!

Adopt a Pocket Park


Description:

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.

Requirements

  • The desire to support staff by keeping the areas neat and clean
  • Sign a volunteer acknowledgement of Risk and Release and provide signed copies to staff for any additional volunteers that are recruited to assist with clean-up efforts.
  • Sign a adopt a spot volunteer application
  • Review the Volunteer Handbook and provide to participants
  • Attend an orientation training with a member of our staff
  • Be familiar with the safety hazards of this job which are stated in the agreement
  • Be our eyes and ears and report vandalism or any maintenance concerns to Public Works staff
  • Use water-wise plants (preferred)
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented
  • Report volunteer hours monthly using Count Me In Boulder.

Available Locations:

Elm & 27th- This spacious 9,000+ square foot parcel has a walking path that connects to 27th Way. It boasts several large trees and an iris bed. Property Needs: The bollards that prevent vehicle access could benefit from a fresh coat of paint. In addition, the willow tree often drops branches that can be bundled and collected for compost. Finally, the iris bed could be thinned out, with the adoptee welcome to the extra plants.

 

Eisenhower & 48th- This moderately-size park, at 6,500 square feet, offers both a bench and a bus stop for patrons. In addition, there are opportunities to maintain a flower bed and improve upon a utilities box in need of repair.  Property Needs: A new utility box could be built or given a fresh coat of paint. The overgrown junipers onsite could also be replaced with something more suitable. Finally, if interested, the adjacent bus stop could also be adopted and maintained for cleanliness.

 

Merritt Dr.- This 13,700 square foot park has a lot of potential.   What it lacks in infrastructure it makes up for with open space. However, due to current parking ordinances, be prepared to park off-site and walk through this lovely development to access the park.  Property Needs: Immediate needs for this park include pruning, mulching, and trash removal. But we’re open-minded for the future! 

Time Commitment:

Monthly visits to the adopted area (weekly for RTD stops) are required.


Ready to get involved?

Adopt-A-Spot


Description:

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.

 Requirements:

  • The desire to support staff by keeping the areas neat and clean
  • Sign a volunteer acknowledgement of Risk and Release and provide signed copies to staff for any additional volunteers that are recruited to assist with clean-up efforts.
  • Sign a adopt a spot volunteer application
  • Review the Volunteer Handbook and provide to participants
  • Attend an orientation training with a member of our staff
  • Be familiar with the safety hazards of this job which are stated in the agreement
  • Be our eyes and ears and report vandalism or any maintenance concerns to Public Works staff
  • Use water-wise plants (preferred)
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented
  • Report volunteer hours monthly using Count Me In Boulder.
Time Commitment:

Monthly visits to the adopted area (weekly for RTD stops) are required.

Your visit could include a visual inspection of the area up to maintenance on the area that includes any of the following (if applicable):

    • Remove trash, leaves, and debris a minimum of once a month (week for RTD stops).
    • Weed (mechanical or manual means only – no herbicide/pesticide application) a minimum of every two weeks during growing season (April – October).
    • In the fall, pruning any ornamental grasses, pick up and dispose of leaves, and mulch existing mulched areas (city to provide mulch).
    • Edge trim where landscaped areas meet hardscape areas; clearance trim anywhere landscaping is conflicting with pedestrian or vehicle traffic.
    • Report any observable problems with the irrigation system (i.e., leaks, misdirected spray, etc.) or any hazards (such as needles) to Transportation Maintenance 303-441-3200.

 


Ready to get involved?

Contact Rene Lopez, lopezr@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 413-7149 or apply online to become a volunteer.

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