Frequently Asked Questions

 

General

How do I register to volunteer?

Registration is required for all volunteers. Sign up to volunteer for a specific site in your area by navigating to the “Register” page. Registered volunteers will receive additional email information about their project in August and September. Bruins are also encouraged to follow the UCLA Volunteer Day 2018 Facebook event to keep up with upcoming news and notifications.

Where will volunteers serve on Volunteer Day?

On Volunteer Day 2018, Bruins will serve at community partner sites including food banks, parks, community gardens, shelters, veterans’ facilities, and neighborhood centers. Learn more about the projects and volunteer assignments at the register section on Volunteer Day 2018. Sites with transportation from campus will be noted with a bus icon. If there is not a bus icon, then registered volunteers for that site will be responsible for getting themselves to their sites via car, carpool, or public transportation.

What is the schedule for the day?

For 2018, Volunteer Day service projects will take place between 8 am and 2 pm. This includes travel time to and from the site as well. More information on the day’s schedule will be available as the date approaches. Registered volunteers will receive additional information about their site in August and September.

Who can participate in UCLA Volunteer Day?

Different from past years, the 2018 UCLA Volunteer Day general volunteer roles are open to all members of the UCLA community which includes all students, staff, alumni, faculty, retirees, family and UCLA friends.

What is the minimum age to participate?

Volunteers must be 14 years or older to participate unless otherwise noted on a specific project page.

Will there be a UCLA Volunteer Day waiver?

UCLA Volunteer Day waivers will be emailed to all registered volunteers in follow up emails in August and September. You will also have the opportunity to sign waivers at the project site on the day of the event. If you are under the age of 18 you will need to obtain a parent or guardian signature on the waiver before you participate at the event. Click here to view/download a copy of the waiver.

What should volunteers wear and bring on Volunteer Day?

The following items are extremely important to bring/wear on Volunteer Day:

Closed-toe shoes
Many community partners will not allow volunteers to participate, or even get off the bus, without covered toes. Volunteers should leave their flip-flops, sandals, and heels at home and wear some sturdy sneakers for these service projects.

Water & snacks
Volunteers should bring a full, refillable bottle of water to the service site, as many locations are outdoors and it is important to stay hydrated. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and snacks.

Volunteer Day T-shirt
A Volunteer Day T-shirt will be given to all volunteers participating in Volunteer Day. We hope Bruins will be seen wearing it at other service projects, but it also serves to help identify volunteers to community partners during the event.

Flexible clothing
During the projects, clothes may get dirty, ripped, stretched, painted, or muddy. Temperatures may vary from warm and sunny to mild and chilly. Please dress accordingly and bring sun hats, sunblock or long sleeves and light jackets.

Sun protection
It might be a very sunny day in Los Angeles, so hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and other sun protection are necessities for outdoor sites.

Camera
Volunteers who have captured their first service projects as Bruins can share their stories by emailing picsmedia@volunteer.ucla.edu.

How can volunteers get involved in service after Volunteer Day?

Email us photos:
pics@volunteer.ucla.edu

Bookmark the website:
volunteer.ucla.edu

Like us on Facebook:
fb.com/uclavolunteer

Follow us on Twitter:
twitter.com/uclavolunteer

Find us on Instagram:
instagram.com/uclavolunteer

View Campus Opportunities:
volunteer.ucla.edu/campus-service-opportunities

Search our Volunteer Database:
volunteer.ucla.edu/volunteer/search

Can I donate to Volunteer Day or the UCLA Volunteer Center?

Help support the Volunteer Center and Volunteer Day by giving to UCLA. Donations of $100 or more qualify for upgraded Alumni Association Membership. Click here to make a tax deductible donation. If you are interested in being a large sponsor for Volunteer Day, please email volunteer@support.ucla.edu.

How is the 2018 UCLA Volunteer Day different from previous years?

This year's UCLA Volunteer Day is expanding and inviting Bruins on campus and around the world to participate in by leading their own projects on the same day. Don’t just save the date, make a plan. Create a meaningful experience by identifying projects you know will benefit from volunteer support. UCLA faculty, staff and students can host projects with their departments, coworkers and organizations on campus. Alumni can bring the spirit of volunteerism by hosting projects outside of campus. Submit alumni projects from the "Submit a Project" page.

 

Proposing a Volunteer Day Project

What does it mean to propose a UCLA Volunteer Day project?

UCLA community members are invited to manage their own UCLA Volunteer Day project in their neighborhood, no matter where they are. Identify a space in your community that could benefit from the help of volunteers. By proposing a site, you become the project leader and would be responsible for managing the project from start to finish, recruiting volunteers, and communicating the status of your project with the UCLA Volunteer Center staff on a regular basis.

Who can propose a UCLA Volunteer Day project?

Everyone in the UCLA community - including students, alumni, staff, and faculty - can propose a UCLA Volunteer Day project. The projects can be submitted by Bruins everywhere; the projects do not have to take place in Greater Los Angeles.

How do I propose a project?

Propose a UCLA Volunteer Day site by submitting a form from the "Submit a Project" page.

What kind of projects can I propose?

UCLA Volunteer Day projects help improve the community and assist those in need. Volunteer Day strives to bring people together to promote the spirit of volunteerism. Below is a list of project ideas that meet these goals:

  • Help out at a soup kitchen or food bank
  • Clean up trash for a local river, pond, or lake
  • Plant flowers or weed a community garden
  • Organize a community blood drive
  • Write letters to soldiers
  • Hold a charity auction
  • Make and deliver meals
  • Have a car wash and donate the profits
  • Paint over graffiti
  • Partner with an animal shelter and hold an adoption event
  • Lead a basic tech class for kids or seniors
  • Collect & distribute supplies, blankets, books, non-perishable food, clothes
  • Assemble care kits for the homeless or active U.S. Service Members
 

Students

How do I sign up for Volunteer Day?

Registration is required for all volunteers. Sign up to volunteer for a specific site in your area by clicking here “Register” page. Registered volunteers will receive additional email information about their project in August and September. Bruins are also encouraged to follow the UCLA Volunteer Day 2018 Facebook event to keep up with upcoming news and notifications.

Who can participate in UCLA Volunteer Day?

Different from past years, 2018 UCLA Volunteer Day general volunteer roles are open to all members of the UCLA community which includes all students, staff, alumni, faculty, retirees, family and UCLA friends.

What is the schedule of the day?

For 2018, Volunteer Day service projects will take place between 8 am and 2 pm. This includes travel time to and from the site as well. More information on the day’s schedule will be available as the date approaches. Registered volunteers will receive additional information about their site in August and September.

What about transportation?

Students who live on campus and off-campus are encouraged to register for a site that has transportation from campus. Simply look for a site with a bus icon next it. Registered volunteers will receive more details in September about where to load the buses on campus.

What should volunteers wear and bring on Volunteer Day?

The following items are extremely important to bring/wear on Volunteer Day:

Closed-toe shoes
Many community partners will not allow volunteers to participate, or even get off the bus, without covered toes. Volunteers should leave their flip-flops, sandals, and heels at home and wear some sturdy sneakers for these service projects.

Water & snacks
Volunteers should bring a full, refillable bottle of water to the service site, as many locations are outdoors and it is important to stay hydrated. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and snacks.

Volunteer Day T-shirt
A Volunteer Day T-shirt will be given to all volunteers participating in Volunteer Day. We hope Bruins will be seen wearing it at other service projects, but it also serves to help identify volunteers to community partners during the event.

Flexible clothing
During the projects, clothes may get dirty, ripped, stretched, painted, or muddy. Temperatures may vary from warm and sunny to mild and chilly. Please dress accordingly and bring sun hats, sunblock or long sleeves and light jackets.

Sun protection
It might be a very sunny day in Los Angeles, so hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and other sun protection are necessities for outdoor sites.

Camera
Volunteers who have captured their first service projects as Bruins can share their stories by emailing picsmedia@volunteer.ucla.edu.

Who should I contact about accommodations for this event if I am a student?

For students needing accommodations based on a disability, i.e. needing accommodations for loading the bus on the morning of Volunteer Day, please contact the Center at least 3-4 days before the event by email at volunteer@support.ucla.edu or by phone at (310) 983-3525.

How can volunteers get involved in service after Volunteer Day?

Email us photos:
pics@volunteer.ucla.edu

Bookmark the website:
volunteer.ucla.edu

Like us on Facebook:
fb.com/uclavolunteer

Follow us on Twitter:
twitter.com/uclavolunteer

Find us on Instagram:
instagram.com/uclavolunteer

View Campus Opportunities:
volunteer.ucla.edu/campus-service-opportunities

Search our Volunteer Database:
volunteer.ucla.edu/volunteer/search