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University of Colorado Denver, Office of the Chancellor

Community Connections

Community Partnership Opportunities

HR volunteering at Food Bank of the Rockies

The University of Colorado Denver has identified featured partnerships and opportunities for anyone interested in participating. However university faculty and staff members may also select other community organizations which meet the requirements and objectives of the program. Please refer to the FAQ page for further clarification.

University Partners:

Addiction Research & Treatment Services
Location: 3738 W. Princeton Circle Denver, CO 80236
Contact: Stephanie Menke
303-734-3337 (Office)

Addiction Research & Treatment Services (ARTS) is the clinical program of the Division of Substance Dependence, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. The mission of ARTS is to improve the quality of life and productivity of individuals and families affected by substance abuse, dependence, and co-occurring mental health disorders through the application of scientifically supported prevention, education, and treatment services. ARTS provides residential treatment programs for women (The Haven), men (Peer 1), and adolescent males (Synergy) as well as 5 outpatient treatment programs in the Denver area.​ 

Ronald McDonald House​
Aurora Location: 1300 East 21st Ave
Contact: Becca Napelbaum 720-324-2400

Denver Location: 932 Potomac Circle
Contact: Cassandra McKee 720-382-7206
​Good for: Groups (no more than 10) or individuals

For the past three and a half decades, Ronald McDonald House®Charities of Denver has offered a loving home away from home to families needing to be near their seriously ill or injured children while they're being treated at metropolitan area hospitals. 

Colfax Community Network
Contact: Martha Duenckel 
Location: 1585 Kingston Street Aurora, CO 80010 
Good for: Groups (no more than 10) or individuals​

Formed to reach the transient motel population along Colorado's roughest stretch of avenue, Colfax Community Network seeks to not only provide needed services, but create a deep sense of community. In poverty, isolation and despair are the greatest obstacles to transformation. At CCN, we come alongside children, parents, and individuals to recognize their value and offer tangible resources to encourage stability. 

Denver Hospice
Contact: Lynnette Jellison 
Location: 501 S. Cherry St., Suite 700 Denver, CO 80246 
Good for: Groups who are willing to make meals

As Colorado’s leader in hospice and palliative care, The Denver Hospice is committed to caring for everyone who comes through including elderly at the end of their lives, young struck by advanced illness, those battling life-limiting illness, counseling for families and friends. Location: 501 S. Cherry St., Suite 700 Denver, CO 80246 303-228-5687 Good for: Groups who are willing to make meals


Food Bank of the Rockies
Contact Laura Egan
303-371-9250 ext. 236
Good for: individuals or groups

Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Colorado. Their mission is to end hunger by efficiently procuring and distributing food to the hungry through programs and member agencies. Volunteer opportunities include pulling and building orders from the warehouse inventory, as well as inspecting and sorting donated food items. *For every individual volunteer commitment, our university will accumulate credit to purchase food to help stock our own on-campus food pantry. Be sure to mention you are volunteering on behalf of CU Denver.

American Red Cross
Contact: Tim Bothe
Good for: individuals or groups

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. One of their five service areas is focused on helping military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. Volunteers are currently needed for their Holiday Mail for Heroes and Wounded Warrior programs. You can participate in card signing events, as well as assist in the screening and sorting of the holiday cards to prepare for distribution. Volunteers are also needed to gift wrap recovery and  rehabilitation items.

Urban Peak
Contact: Lisa Gelaude
Good for: Groups (no more than 6 people)

Urban Peak helps homeless youth and youth at risk of being homeless by providing essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-sufficient adults. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals for homeless youth at their drop-In center (Tuesdays) and shelter. Participating in the meal program demonstrates to the youth that the community cares for them and supports their efforts of becoming independent and self-sufficient.

The Action Center
Contact: Lorraine Alcott
303-237-7704 ext. 244
Good for: individuals or small groups

The Action Center provides an immediate response to basic human needs and promotes pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless. Through intervention, prevention and connection, the agency provides hope and builds dignity while breaking the cycle of poverty. Volunteers are currently needed to help sort and distribute Thanksgiving food boxes, toys for the Santa Shop, and clothing that is donated each day.

Warren Village
Contact: Dara Anderson
Good for: individuals or groups

Warren Village exists so that low-income, single parent families achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency. People who are homeless have not only lost their home, they have also lost their connection to the community. Volunteers are needed to assist with an annual Holiday Shop, family nights including nutritious meals, teaching life-skills and more.

Florence  Crittenton Services
Contact: Mikayla Havens
303-321-6363 ext. 208
Good for: individuals or small groups

Florence Crittenton educates, prepares and empowers teen mothers to be productive members of the community. The organization offers a spectrum of wraparound services for the entire teen family including: education, health/wellness, career development and parenting training. Volunteers can participate in their holiday helping hands event.

Bessie’s Hope
Contact: Darleen Stiny
Good for: individuals or small groups

Bessie’s Hope enhances the quality of life for nursing home and assisted living elders and brings generations together in mutually rewarding relationships by honoring the human spirit and creating life-enriching volunteer opportunities.

To receive advisement on additional volunteer opportunities or to find group opportunities

Useful Volunteer Opportunity Databases


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