Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected local, national, and international economies and put a strain on our most vulnerable communities. If you're able to contribute your time, funds, or other resources, there is a lot you can do to help others in need. The list below is by no means exhaustive. It's meant as a starting point. We encourage anyone who is interested in giving back to explore what opportunities are best for them. We also urge volunteers to continue to put their health and safety—as well as the health and safety of others—first by following public health best practice guidelines.

Featured opportunity

Student Response Initiative

I’m really happy to be involved in the work to bring students and staff back to campus safely. Through my case investigation and contact tracing work I have had firsthand experience in public health. I’ve learned the importance of adapting and communicating in this dynamic climate.

– Nora Cleary, MPH candidate

Other ways to get involved

Help Colorado Now

You can donate money, time, supplies, or blood as part of the State of Colorado's Help Colorado Now​ effort. Through this initiative, the state aims to help our at-risk neighbors get through this crisis.

Get involved with Help Colorado Now >


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

If you want to volunteer to help with the COVID-19 response at CDPHE, there is a program called the Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer (CVM). CDPHE asks volunteers to register and submit two training certificates—for the FEMA ICS 100c and ICS 700b trainings. Then, a background check is run. Participants will need to create a FEMA student ID number to complete the trainings.

Learn more about the CVM program >


Jefferson County Public Health

There may be opportunities to volunteer with Jefferson County Public Health during this time. Individuals interested in volunteering to help with the COVID-19 response in Jefferson County should send an email to: HealthEPR@co.jefferson.co.us.


CU Anschutz Food Pantry

The CU Anschutz Student Food Pantry is located with University Police in building 407 near the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Food Pantry Champions can register to fill one tote bag each month with the requested monthly items printed right on the side of the bag. Sign up as an individual, group or team to fill a bag. Donations can be made at any time either to University Police or to Campus Student Services on the 3rd floor of Education 2 North.

Contribute to the pantry >


Supporting Students at CU Anschutz

You can help support CU Anschutz students in need by participating in the King Soopers Community Rewards program, giving to the CU Anschutz Share Fund, or supporting the CU Anschutz Food Pantry.

Learn more about supporting CU Anschutz students >


Many food banks, medical supply organizations, homeless shelters, and other nonprofits are currently in need of healthy volunteers to support those who are struggling. Here are some organizations that may be in need of additional volunteer support, financial resources, or supplies at this time.

Colorado organizations
National and international organizations