Boulder County CareConnect changes name to Cultivate

Boulder County CareConnect has undergone its second name change in the nonprofit‘s 46-year history in order to clear up confusion.

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“We definitely have our practical reasons and then we have our philosophical reasons,” Cultivate Executive Director Chrysti R. Britt said. “One of our practical reasons is that for a long time, so many people thought we were part of the government and there was a lot of confusion, plus it‘s hard to say and hard to abbreviate.”

Cultivate started in 1972 as RSVP, the local service provider for a federal program that matches volunteers 55 years old and older with nearby volunteer opportunities. While the organization still receives federal and local funding from Boulder County to operate the program, it is not part of the government.

Ruby Zavala, a program coordinator with Cultivate, shops for food for homebound seniors at the King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive in Boulder on Thursday. ()

“As we evolved from 1972, we realized that times were changing and we have the internet now, so people can find a volunteer opportunity at your fingertips,” Britt said.

Additionally, Cultivate offers five direct service programs that serve people 60 years and older with volunteers of every age.

There‘s the Fix-It program, where volunteers make minor home repairs such as installing grab bars or securing area rugs so that older people can stay safe in their homes.

Cultivate has the Carry-Out Caravan program, where clients can call in a weekly grocery order and pay for their groceries. Volunteers do the shopping, drop off the groceries and help put them away for the clients, with no delivery fee.

There‘s also the organization‘s Medical Mobility program, where staff partners with Via to get clients to and from their medical appointments. As a subgroup of that program, Cultivate runs the Veteran Medical Mobility program, which transports veterans to VA appointments.

“It doesn‘t always work out, but we try to pair a veteran driver with a veteran rider so they can cultivate that bond of veterans,” Britt said.

Lastly, Cultivate runs two seasonal programs — Yardbusters and Icebusters — where volunteers rake clients‘ yards or shovel snow from their driveways or sidewalks.

Britt said Cultivate‘s new name speaks to the indirect benefit of all the programs — connecting clients who may be isolated in their homes to the community.

“Indirectly, what we provide is those relationships, a reprieve from isolation. Our volunteers get to know clients and become friends,” she said. “They show up to deliver groceries and they might sit and have a cup of tea. It provides them a connection to keep clients from becoming isolated since they might not be as mobile or get out of their house.”

To sign up to be a Cultivate volunteer or client, visit