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CU in the Community

For nine years now, members of the CU Denver | Anschutz community have been volunteering their time and talent through the CU in the Community program. It’s a great way to spend time with your colleagues outside of the office while giving back to the communities in which we work.

All faculty and staff at both CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus will be given one half-day of work time (four hours) to go into the community and participate in a volunteer activity of their choice. Individuals can volunteer at an organization that they have a personal interest with or can choose from the featured partners list.  Faculty and staff can choose to participate individually or with a group/department. Students and alumni are also welcome to participate with faculty and staff or individually. 

While you are welcome to volunteer with any organization that resonates with your priorities, we have a number of recommendations  included on this website. 

June 2020 update: Anti-racism resources​ have been added.

We highly encourage departments to volunteer in a group activity. It can be a fun way to bring your colleagues together outside the normal work setting—and have a great time—while contributing to our mission of improving the health and well-being of people in Colorado.


How It Works

Step 1: Choose a community service program​ to volunteer with.

Step 2: Schedule a day to volunteer. For CU Denver, the hours may be used anytime throughout the year. For CU Anschutz, the hours may be used between Dec. 9, 2020 and March 30, 2021.

Step 3: Complete the appropriate Sign-up Form on this site.

Step 4: Record your time (maximum of 4 hours) as "Volunteer​-Administrative Leave" in your timesheet or in MyLeave.

Step 5: Perform your volunteer service with pride and joy!

Step 6: Tell us about your volunteer experience through our Feedback Form​.

Volunteer Handbook

CU in the Community Sign-up Forms

Post-volunteer Feedback Form

Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

University policy on Paid Administrative Leave (APS 5021): Supervisors may authorize short-term paid administrative leave for eligible employees for reasons determined to be for the good of the university and the state. Supervisors shall consider prudent use of taxpayer dollars and the business needs of the university in determining whether such leave is for the good of the state. Such reasons include, but are not limited to, incentive rewards, coursework directly related to employment, and participation in school or community volunteer activities.


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