CU volunteers at Food Bank of the Rockies

The CU in the Community program encourages faculty and staff to spend a half-day of their work week volunteering in the activity of their choice in the community. In years past faculty and staff from CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus have rolled up their sleeves to pitch in for important community resources including Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and Brent’s Place.

For the past three years, the university’s Staff Council has organized groups to volunteer at Food Bank of the Rockies. The food bank’s mission is to “help families thrive by efficiently procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry through our programs and partner agencies.”

Staff Council volunteers at food bank
Members of the Office of Student Life for the School of Medicine pause for a photo while volunteering at Food Bank of the Rockies.

Michelle Larson-Krieg, member of the council’s Networking and Communications Subcommittee, spearheaded this year’s effort, reserving a full week at the Food Bank of the Rockies for our university’s volunteers. A total of 150 faculty and staff from both CU Denver and CU Anschutz participated – more than doubling last year’s numbers.

Volunteer activities at the food bank warehouse included building pallets, assembling food orders, working the docks and making sure incoming donations were in good order. The 600 hours of volunteer service saved the food bank over $7,000 in wages.

Staff Council would like to increase participation even more next year, so please be on the lookout for the announcement of next year’s campaign. CU in the Community usually begins in early December and continues through the end of March. Additionally, it is important to log your volunteer hours. One of Staff Council’s future goals is to have the volunteer opportunity extended to a full eight-hour day, which can be used all year long. The best way to accomplish this is to show increasing participation.

Please learn more about Staff Council here.

Guest contributor: Matt Fleming, program manager, J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities, CU Denver Business School.