Ways to volunteer as a CSU student

Colorado State believes in giving back. Typically, more than half our students contribute about 75,000 of hours of service work each 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 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 local community issues? We have programs for that … and much more. See just a few of the ways to help out below.

#1: 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.

#2: Make Fort Collins a better place through CSUnity

Another CSU tradition, CSUnity is a one-day service plunge in which hundreds 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.

#3: 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.

#4: 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.

#5: 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.