Community Service

Volunteering during your college experience has a multitude of benefits.  You can make a difference in your immediate community or one far from home.  You'll learn about yourself, community needs, and social issues that impact all of us. You will also have the opportunity to personally grow - you'll learn more about yourself, your values, and the issues you care enough about to take action.

If you are a CU Denver student or student organization needing some assistance getting connected to a volunteer opportunity or project, contact Toni Aho, the Coordinator for Leadership Education & Community Engagement.  Toni will be happy to learn about your volunteer goals and assist you in getting connected to an opportunity.

Have a suggestion for an agency or opportunity looking for volunteers to add to our database or be featured in the Student Life Newsletter? Send us an email to with the subject line “Volunteer Opportunity”.

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Community Action Grants

CAG's are micro-grants for registered CU Denver student organizations to buy supplies and materials for community service projects.  Our goal is that your group learns about the social issue(s) your chosen agency supports, how to manage projects efficiently, and serve your community as a team.


Project Requirements: 

  1. Benefit CU Denver student's understanding of a non-profits, connected social issues for their clients, or the social issue they address;
  2. May fund supplies for a project in partnership with a non-profit
  3. The request must be submitted 3-4 weeks in advance so that your request can be reviewed, questions asked/answered and orders placed if your request is approved.

Service Spotlights

Food Bank of the Rockies Logo

Did you know that 45% of college students are food insecure? Every time a CU Denver student or staff member volunteers for a 3-hour shift at the Food Bank of the Rockies, CU Denver gets 20 pounds of free food. All you have to do is tell the volunteer coordinator before your shift that you want your volunteer service to go toward our on-campus Food Pantry.

Learn more about the Food Bank of the Rockies

Extreme Community Makeover takes a neighborhood based approach to their projects.  ECM believes that being a part of your community is a really important part of life.  When you get to know your neighbors and being to build relationships with them, you start to help and look out for one another and that's part of living together in a shared geographical space.

Learn More about Extreme Community Makeover.