8 ways to volunteer as a CSU student

Colorado State believes in giving back. More than half our students contributed more than 75,000 of hours of service work last year from programs run through Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE).

There are so many ways to volunteer your time, even if you don’t have much to spare. You can offer just a couple of hours on the weekend, or contribute to a daylong event. And if you want to do even more, you can participate in programs that take place over spring break or run throughout the semester.

Even better? Because there are so many ways to give back, you can help with issues you’re most passionate about. Want to fight food insecurity, homelessness, or human trafficking? How about supporting people with physical or developmental challenges? Are you passionate about environmental restoration and conservation? We have programs for that … and much more. See just a few of the ways to help out below.

#1: Travel & work for a cause during Alternative Break

Students travel for one week during school breaks (spring and winter) to volunteer for nonprofit and government agencies across the nation and world. You’ll immerse yourself into social and cultural issues facing these communities, which range from urban cities to rural spaces.

#2: Generate donations for C.A.N.S. Around the Oval

Each fall, CSU partners with other organizations in the community to raise awareness about hunger and to collect food and donations for the Food Bank for Larimer County. C.A.N.S. Around the Oval is a tradition that started in 1986.

#3: Make Fort Collins a better place through CSUnity

Another CSU tradition, CSUnity is a one-day service plunge in which thousands of CSU students volunteer for a variety of projects within and for the Fort Collins community. Projects benefit local residents, nonprofit organizations, the City of Fort Collins, and other government agencies.

#4: Help fellow students through Rams Against Hunger

Rams know how to take care of Rams. In this program, students have the opportunity to donate meals from their meal plans, help stock food pantries, and raise awareness about food insecurity on campus.

#5: Partner up for SLiCE Adaptive Swim

Each week, students team up with a partner who has physical/intellectual development disabilities. The pair spends an hour in the pool for exercise, games, and friendship while developing relationships, improving body coordination, and just having fun in the water.

#6: Connect with teens through TGIF

This program matches CSU students with teens in the community who have a variety of complex needs and fosters mutually beneficial relationships and learning. On Friday nights a couple of times a month, participants get together for fun social activities like bowling, ice skating, and CSU athletic events.

#7: Join a community project via Ram$ for Change

When local non-profit agencies need help, our students are there. For two to four hours on the weekends, students volunteer for a variety of projects that benefit the local community. In return, the students can earn money for their CSU student organization or fulfill service hours.

#8: Support Project Homeless Connect

This one-day event helps individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness access vital services such as basic medical exams, legal advice, and much more.

Inspired to help?

There are so many ways to volunteer as a CSU student. See how you might contribute.


Cassie Eliasson

Cassie loves helping students and families find their way to CSU. She especially loves sharing their excitement when they become Ramily.