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Community Partnership Opportunities

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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:

 Education-specific opportunities

Aurora Public Schools

Phone: 303-365-5819, ext. 2894

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Contact: Laura Hager

Phone: 303-315-2622

Good for: Groups or Individuals

Our goal is to make the path to college smoother for students, counselors and parents alike. We believe every student should have the option of pursuing a college degree and we are here to provide the fullest opportunity to achieve that dream.

We encourage CU Denver students, staff, faculty, and alumni to support local students in pursuing their education through the efforts of K-12 Outreach.​

Volunteer Opportunities:

DPS 9th Grade Higher Education Expo
Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 (During CU Denver Spring Break)

Good for: Individuals, Small Groups, or Large Groups
Need: 50 CU Denver students, staff, faculty, or alumni volunteers

Great opportunity for your office or department to volunteer together!

The annual Higher Education EXPO is a one day event held on the Auraria Campus. The day is intentionally planned for Denver Public Schools (DPS) ninth graders. The Higher Ed EXPO offers an exciting day of college exploration highlighting signature programs. Ninth graders will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and students.

On-Going Opportunities: Get involved with K-12 Outreach to support the local students visiting campus to learn about CU Denver and higher education. 

Good for: Individuals, Small Groups

· School group visits – Nearly every Friday in the spring semester

· ​Preview Days

Contact: Sam Battan
Good for: Groups and Individuals 

Overview/Background of Organization:

The Colorado Youth Congress organizes high school students statewide to drive civic change. Understanding the nature of school and neighborhood segregation, the Youth Congress brings together a diverse community of students from urban, suburban and rural districts in order to build authentic relationships, explore the various aspects of identity and socioeconomic phenomena, and decide on a systems-change project to undertake in small groups.

Volunteer Opportunities:

We'd love to have support from the CU Denver community as coaches and evaluators, and with general consultancy for the organization.

Event Support:

  • The entire Youth Congress gathers once per month on Saturday. Coaches would be asked to provide ongoing support for one semester, whereas evaluators and consultants are needed on an ad-hoc basis. 


  • Groups can participate as evaluators and with general event support. 


  • Indiv​iduals can participate as guest presenters, evaluators, coaches, and general consultants.

Heart & Hand 

Contact: Sally Vizas 

Good for: Groups or Individuals

Heart & Hand Center was founded in 2010 by Nikki Cady, whose volunteer work at homeless shelters in Northeast Denver brought to light a need for a stable resource in the community.

By creating a nurturing community, the Heart & Hand Center empowers all young people to realize their potential. We envision a world with no opportunity gap, where all children have access to the resources, skills, and information they need to build vibrant futures.

The Heart & Hand Center provides nurturing, long-term support for 3rd to 12th grade youth in Northeast Denver through daily after-school and summer programming using a whole child approach. What makes Heart & Hand unique are the meaningful, enduring relationships we develop with children and their families. In addition to the enriching programming we provide for young people, we also provide families with resources and referrals for critical needs such as housing, food, and emergency funding.

Volunteer Opportunities:


  • College & Career Readiness: Put on workshops or participate in a mock interview to help high school students prepare for college and their future careers!

  • Parent/Family Meetings: Share a workshop on a topic to support parents and families of students.

  • Customized Opportunities: Have an idea you’d like to share? Maybe you’d like to organize a sports day with younger students, or an art class! Connect with us to see the possibilities!


  • Afterschool Program: Assist with homework, help serve meals, or join in on the enrichment activities such as yoga, arts, or sports!

  • Commitment: January 8th – End of May

  • One afternoon each week approx. 4-6pm until end of May

  • Background check required

  • Administrative Support: Assist Heart & Hand with the behind-the-scenes tasks such as graphic design, marketing, event management, or fundraising.​


 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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