CSUnity 2023 Logo

CSUnity is celebrating its 26th year as a long-time CSU tradition and integral community engagement program this April.  Join SLiCE, Rams, and fellow community members on this one day of service during National Volunteer Month (and Week) to:

  • Branch out & cultivate connections
  • Collectively care for our neighbors
  • Contribute to community-wide spring clean-up projects

We hope to have 1,500 CSU volunteers collectively complete hundreds of service projects within the Fort Collins community.  CSU Rams would be volunteering with either a service-based community agency (non-profit/governmental-based organization) or a local neighbor within Fort Collins city limits.  Volunteer projects could involve the following:

  • Clean deck/patio/porch/garage/shed/outdoor furniture/first-floor gutters and/or windows/wells
  • Environmental work (trail maintenance, waterway clean up)
  • Event support and customer service
  • Mow/weed a lawn or pick-up leaves
  • Organize/sort goods
  • Prep flower beds/garden or basic landscaping such as trim bushes/trees/plants
  • Upkeep external building and grounds

Service Projects with Community Agencies can be both inside and/or outside.  Service Projects with Local Neighbors are outside only.

Volunteer Waiver

All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Waiver by Sunday, April 17

CSUnity Service Project Registration 101:

  • Online project registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • SLiCE’s Community Support Team will do their best to accommodate all service project registrations, but SLiCE cannot guarantee that all projects will be assigned volunteers.
  • Service projects must be completed within 4 hours or less.
  • Projects must be located within Fort Collins city limits.
  • Service Projects can be inside (at your facility or a neutral location) or outside. 
  • We hope to not have CSU Volunteers inside the homes of local neighbors your service projects may work with, to reduce any unintentional harm during the pandemic. 
  • A Community Agency representative must be present at the site when CSU Volunteers are present. This should be the Primary or Secondar Contact that is registering the project.
  • Volunteer work cannot exceed the first floor of a building.  Volunteers cannot go on roofs. 
  • You must provide all necessary supplies – garden tools, cleaning supplies, trash bags, etc.  SLiCE provides gloves.  
  • SLiCE and CSU Volunteers will not remove items from your property/service project locations, you are responsible for your own yard waste disposal.
  • Should there be severe inclement weather (i.e., it is snowing heavily) on April 23, a make-up day will not occur on behalf of SLiCE, and volunteers are not required/asked to make up the service project, as the following weekends occur during their finals.  SLiCE will make the determination to cancel, if necessary.
  • Finally, on CSUnity, please spend the first 30 minutes starting at 10:30am meeting and greeting volunteers.  Please introduce yourselves, share the value of their service work for you, ask them about their studies/interests, build a meaningful connection, orient them to your projects, explain exactly what you need to be done, and be sure they understand before starting.

Approval and Confirmation from SLiCE

  • Projects are approved due to volunteer availability, scope and content of the project, and cooperation with SLiCE. 
  • If SLiCE must waitlist your project due to reaching capacity before we can process your registration, you will receive email notice from SLiCE starting on Monday, April 11 (or earlier, if the maximum is reached before registration closes). 
  • If matched with volunteers, your CSUnity Team Leader(s) will call you by Wednesday, April 20 to go over any project changes on your end and confirm their Volunteer Team’s attendance. 
  • Your additional volunteer waivers/registration forms should also be completed by this time.

Please note: we have reached capacity with Community Agency Service Projects and are no longer taking volunteer requests at this time.  If you have been in contact with SLiCE about specific CSUnity Community Agency Service Projects, you are considered among those we already have on our list.

CSUnity sends CSU Rams to support our older adult neighbors and neighbors with disabilities living in Fort Collins and needing help with outdoor work they cannot complete themselves nor afford to pay.  We ask residents/neighbors to please consider if you can pay for your yard work, ask a friend or relative for help, or are able to complete it yourself.  While we never want to turn away anyone who will benefit from CSUnity, we do ask you to determine this before registering.  Check out our alternatives to CSUnity below that could also be pursued either in place of CSUnity, or in addition to, and on a more ongoing basis.

How to Register a Neighbor Yard Work Project

Neighbors/residents or friends/neighbors/relatives of a neighbor in need (must be present the day of CSUnity – Saturday, April 23; 10:30AM – 2:30PM), may register over the phone by calling SLiCE’s Front Desk at 970-491-1682.  Past participants may have also received a paper registration in the mail, mailing it back to SLiCE works, as well.

 CSUnity Yard Work Project Registration 101:

  • Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • SLiCE’s Community Support Team will do their best to accommodate all service project registrations, but SLiCE cannot guarantee that all projects will be assigned volunteers.
  • Service projects must be completed within 4 hours or less; projects may not fully be completed by CSU Volunteers and that is okay.
  • Only 5 to 9 CSU Volunteers will be sent to your home.
  • Projects must be located within Fort Collins city limits.
  • Volunteer work cannot exceed the first floor of a building.  Volunteers cannot go on roofs. 
  • You must provide all necessary supplies – garden tools, cleaning supplies, trash bags, etc.  SLiCE provides gloves.  
  • Please remember the volunteers are not experts nor trained. Requested tasks should be quick to learn, and flexibility with results is asked.  They also cannot do any painting or construction work. 
  • SLiCE and CSU Volunteers will not remove items from your property, you are responsible for your own yard waste disposal.
  • Should there be severe inclement weather (i.e., it is snowing heavily) on April 23, a make-up day will not occur on behalf of SLiCE, and volunteers are not required/asked to make up the service project, as the following weekends occur during their finals.  SLiCE will make the determination to cancel, if necessary.
  • If you know a Fort Collins resident who qualifies for CSUnity assistance, have them call to register separately.  Volunteer Teams cannot be sent to additional yards for help unless that neighbor is registered.
  • Finally, on CSUnity, please spend the first 30 minutes starting at 10:30am meeting and greeting volunteers.  Please introduce yourselves, share the value of their service work for you, ask them about their studies/interests, build a meaningful connection, orient them to your projects, explain exactly what you need to be done, and be sure they understand before starting.

Approval and Confirmation from SLiCE

  • Projects are approved due to volunteer availability, scope and content of the project, and cooperation with SLiCE. 
  • If SLiCE must waitlist your project due to reaching capacity before we can process your registration, you will receive notice from SLiCE starting on Monday, April 11 (or earlier, if the maximum is reached before registration closes).  Otherwise, you can anticipate your registered project is good to go for April 23 for CSUnity. 
  • However, do not assume your Service Project is automatically approved if you have not heard anything from SLiCE by April 11.  Call us on April 12 if you have not received a call, because your registration may have been lost.
  • If matched with volunteers, your CSUnity Team Leader will call you by Wednesday, April 20 to go over any project changes on your end and confirm their Volunteer Team’s attendance. 

Below are some outdoor yard work community resources that may be able to assist neighbors who are not eligible to participate in CSUnity (those located outside of Fort Collins but within Larimer County), or neighbors seeking support in addition to CSUnity.  Considering CSUnity is once a year, here are ongoing, local resources for more year-round support

2-1-1 Colorado – The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center and the United Way of Larimer County activated 2-1-1 Colorado to connect Coloradoans with human service resources statewide; it is confidential and multilingual. Simply type in “general yard work” to their website to find more services and resources.  Learn more: here.  You can also dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211.

A Little Help – is a non-profit aiming to help older adults successfully age at their home and in their community via offering “a little help.” Services include but are not limited to grocery/medicine errands, check-in calls, transportation assistance, home organization, handiwork, and yard clean-up projects.  Learn more: here or call 970-412-9396. 

Adopt-a-Neighbor – is a City of Fort Collins, Neighborhood Services program pairing volunteers with those who need assistance with certain tasks. Volunteer are background checked and trained on COVID safety. Ongoing and one-time tasks include grocery shopping/delivery, basic errands, snow shoveling, dog walking, home care, and more.  Learn more: here or call 970-416-8001.

Curbside Yard Waste Removal – seasonal yard trimmings including leaves, grass, weeds, and other lawn trimmings may be collected by local trash haulers from April – November for an extra fee. Contact your hauler to sign up. Learn more: here.

Larimer County’s Office on Aging offers several different voucher programs providing funding and services to older adults in Larimer County who may need assistance with chores, lawn mowing, snow removal, exterior house cleaning and repairs, and indoor cleaning or moving.  The Chore Voucher (or Home/Yard Work Reimbursement) Program provides funding to low-income seniors and is designed to increase safety and help neighbors perform tasks around their home due to limited physical ability or endurance.  Funding may partially or fully cover services.  Learn more: here or call 970-498-7750.

Volunteers of America Handyperson Program: in Northern Colorado focuses on home safety through assessment, education, and repair. They provide simple safety repairs and minor home maintenance for limited-income seniors and adults with disabilities who reside in Larimer County. Volunteers provide the labor and clients are responsible for the cost of materials.  Learn more: here or call 970-472-9630.

Yard Waste Drop-Off – Hageman Earth Cycle, Inc. accepts the following yard waste: grass clippings, garden waste, leaves, sod and soil, branches, and rocks and gravel.  If you can drop these items off at 3501 E. Prospect Rd. Fort Collins, CO 80525, only a small fee is associated depending on the type of load and materials.  Learn more: here or call 970-221-7173.

Individual Volunteer Participation 101

Follow these three steps (in this order) to register for CSUnity as an individual.

  1. Email SLiCE’s Community Support Team at slice_communitysupport@colostate.edu to confirm with us your intent to volunteer with CSUnity by Friday, April 1 at the very latest.  
  2. Make sure your voicemail box is not full
  3. Complete the CSUnity Volunteer Waiver by Sunday, April 17.

Volunteer Team Participation 101

  • Each Volunteer Team must have a Primary Volunteer Team Leader and a Secondary Volunteer Team Leader.
  • Teams must be 5 or more CSU Rams (students/faculty/staff). Sub-Team Leaders may also be required to participate when larger Volunteer Teams are split up into three or more smaller teams (of 5-9 volunteers each) by SLiCE.
  • Team Leader Registrations are handled first-come, first-serve until the maximum capacity is reached.  If this occurs, all remaining registrations will be waitlisted and notified, even if the registration deadline has not yet passed. 
  • Transportation is not provided to volunteers. 
  • Participation is not guaranteed. 
  • CSUnity is rain-or-shine; there is no backup date should there be severe inclement weather the day of (i.e., snow falling heavily).  Only SLiCE will make the determination to cancel the event due to weather.

Team Leader Training

Team Leader Training is a 1-hour, virtual Zoom training with the SLiCE Community Support Team.  It is critical for the Primary and Secondary Team Leader to participate – and ideally attend the same training together.  During the training, Primary and Secondary Team Leaders will learn the difference in their responsibilities, volunteer coordination best practices, and their assigned Service Project(s).  The Primary Team Leader will select the best training time that works for themselves and consult the secondary team leader for their availability, too; the Zoom link will be sent via email from SLiCE before Team Leader Trainings occur (Monday 4/11 – Wednesday 4/13.) 

CSUnity Team Leader Training Times/Days on Zoom

  • #1 – Monday, April 11 | 8:30AM – 9:30AM
  • #2 – Monday, April 11 | 4:00PM – 5:00PM
  • #3 – Tuesday, April 12 | 1:00PM – 2:00PM
  • #4 – Tuesday, April 12 | 5:15PM – 6:15PM
  • #5 – Wednesday, April 13 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM
  • #6 – Wednesday, April 13 | 3:00PM – 4:00PM
  • If you cannot make any of the listed times, please contact SLiCE’s Senior Program Coordinator of Community Engagement at sarah.stephens@colostate.edu or call 970-491-5755 to discuss.

Team Leader Check-In

Team Leader Check-In is the morning of CSUnity on Saturday April 23, 9:00AM – 10:00AM.  It is in the Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room.  Primary and Secondary Team Leaders are required to physically check in to receive gloves, snacks, shirts, and other necessary materials and instructions.  They can arrive at any point during this window, but it will take approximately 20 minutes to go through it.  It gets busy at the end, plan accordingly.

Volunteer Team Cancellation Procedure

  • If you must cancel your Volunteer Team’s participation in CSUnity, we ask you to contact Sarah Stephens, at 970-491-5755 or email stephens@colostate.edu.
  • If you cancel by Sunday, April 17, it allows SLiCE enough time to ideally match waitlisted volunteers to your service project.  This is not ideal, thus if you know long before this time, please keep SLiCE in the know prior to.
  • If you cancel after Sunday, April 17: your Volunteer Team’s participation in CSUnity 2023 is jeopardized.  Depending on the circumstance, SLiCE will work with you and your Volunteer Team on a case-by-case basis.  If COVID is the root cause, SLiCE will work with you as the Team Leader to determine the best course of action.
  • If your Volunteer Team does not show up for CSUnity, your Volunteer Team will not be able to participate in CSUnity 2023.  If you are part of a registered student organization or campus department, that suspension extends to the greater entity as well.  To repair the damage done, we ask you and the Volunteer Team to make up your participation in CSUnity at a later date before the semester ends so that your Service Provider still receives the volunteer help, they were expecting. 

Every volunteer participating in CSUnity must submit the CSUnity Volunteer Waiver.  This includes Primary Team Leaders, Secondary Team Leaders, and Sub-Team Leaders.  This Volunteer Waiver is not only required to complete service work, but it also enables SLiCE to have enough materials for each volunteer and Volunteer Team the day of CSUnity.  This includes a CSUnity t-shirt, gloves, snacks, and more.  If a volunteer is a current CSU Ram but is under the age of 18, their parent/legal guardian will need to complete the online waiver.  No non-CSU Rams may volunteer with CSUnity on Saturday, April 23.

The CSUnity Volunteer Waiver is due Sunday, April 17 by midnight.