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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:


 Veteran-specific opportunities

Aurora Veterans Salute

November 9
Contact: Jamie LaDuke​

Honor local veterans at this annual tribute luncheon by helping with pre-event setup, parking, greeting, escorting and food/beverage service. Minimum age: 15


Volunteers of America - CO Branch

Contact: Bradley Gulley

Through more than 30 distinct human service programs throughout the state of Colorado, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps more than 200,000 Coloradoans each year. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, low-income families, homeless individuals and families, women and children escaping domestic violence, and those seeking affordable housing solutions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart — and ultimately the spirit — of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.​​​​​


 Other opportunities in Denver

Addiction Research & Treatment Services

Location: 3738 W. Princeton Circle Denver, CO 80236
Contact: Stephanie Menke

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

Denver Location: 1300 East 21st Ave
Contact: Kendra Ingles 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.

Denver Hospice

Phone: 303-228-5687
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.

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: Jessy Bergeman
Good for: Groups (3-6 people)

Urban Peak ignites the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined fulfilled lives. Volunteer groups are needed to prepare and serve breakfast at the Drop-In Center Monday – Friday, as well as preparing and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Shelter 7 days a week to youth ages 15-24.

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 Stin​y
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.​​​​​


 Other opportunities in Aurora

Colfax Community Network

Contact: Tirzah Stein​ 
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.​

Food Bank of the Rockies

Contact Krys Ross -
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.


Ronald McDonald House

Aurora Location: 932 Potomac Circle
Contact: Connie Neville 720-324-2404

​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.​​

Aurora Community Connection

Contact: Robin Waterman

Aurora Community Connection emphasize the experience of individuals and families to heighten awareness of everyone’s capacities and diminish low self-esteem, dependency and inequalities among all families in Aurora.

Aurora Interfaith Community Services

Contact: Judith Barrow

Aurora Interfaith Community Services (AICS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides substantive emergency assistance to the residents of Aurora. AICS provides assistance such as groceries, clothing, layettes, utility payment assistance when funding is available, emergency medication funds, bus tickets when available, and school supplies for children.

Aurora Warms the Night

Contact: Sarah Hamilton

Aurora Warms the Night (AWTN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to preserve the life, health and stability of Aurora’s men, women, and children facing homelessness through provides shelter and comprehensive services for those experiencing homelessness.

Brent’s Place

Contact: Devin Traxler

Brent's Place is the only Children's Hospital Colorado approved Safe-Clean housing facility for immune compromised patients and their families, providing a living environment that is essential to healing and recovery. Their goal at Brent's place is to alleviate the daily burdens by providing a home of emotional and physical support so that families can heal and be together.

City of Aurora Volunteer Center

Contact: Jamie LaDuke

Volunteers provide vital services to the community by assisting with city of Aurora programs and services. They serve as museum tour guides, conduct story times, coach youth sports, usher at live theatre performances, maintain gardens and assist at special events and more.

Comitis Crisis Center

Contact: Kara Page
303- 975-0155

Mile High Behavioral Healthcare Comitis Crisis Center offers accessible and affordable care and housing, with a variety of focused and diverse services and programs to address an individual’s life challenges to go from homeless to home.

Aurora Fitzsimons Rotary CLub

Contact: Mair Churchill

In its eighth year the club continues its activities in Aurora, Colorado and in the world. We are located at the site of several hospitals, research centers, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as local businesses.
Mission statement:
• Lend a hand in service to the Fitzsimons area and selected international projects.
• Celebrate Rotary through fun and friendship.
• Share Rotary with colleagues and business contacts.


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