Continuing students, graduate students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and community members are encouraged to get involved as a Project Leader, Task Captain, or Service Liaison. Learn more about these leadership roles at Be A Volunteer Day Leader.
For on-campus new students: Bruins will wake up floor by floor to get ready for a day of service with their floormates. An express breakfast will be served at three dining locations between 7:00-9:00am, and your ORL staff will direct you on which dining hall your floor is assigned for the morning. Be sure to grab and eat your breakfast – you’ll need it for a big morning of service! From there, you and your floormates will make your way to a loading zone to hop on a bus to a community partner. Once you arrive home to UCLA after your service project, you and floormates can head back to the Hill for a special extended lunch.
For off-campus new students: Off-campus new Bruins have a special check-in area , where we welcome you to join us to check-in, grab and eat some light breakfast snacks, and board your bus to your Volunteer Day project. You are responsible for your own transportation to UCLA and lunch. Transportation/parking options can be found at the UCLA Transportation and Parking website, and you can find a variety of food options in Westwood or at one of ASUCLA’s many on-campus restaurants.
- Closed-toe shoes: Many community partners will not allow you to participate, or even get off the bus, without your toes being covered. Leave your flip-flops, sandals, and heels at home – you’ll want some sturdy sneakers for these service projects.
- Water: Bring a full, refillable bottle of water with you to the service site, as many locations are outdoors and you’ll want to stay hydrated. Water will be provided at all sites, but you’re encouraged to bring your own to supplement our supplies.
- A full belly: Volunteer Day can be an exhausting day of feel-good service, so be sure to grab whatever you need to be full and happy when you arrive to the buses. If you are a coffee drinker or like to eat a big breakfast, be sure to do that on your own – a limited light breakfast will be available, but only you know your own needs!
- Volunteer Day t-shirt: A light blue Volunteer Day t-shirt will be given to all volunteers. This shirt is a gift which we hope you will wear at other service projects as a Bruin, but also helps to identify you to community partners. Wear it with Bruin pride!
- Flexible clothing: You and your clothes may get dirty, so please wear something you wouldn’t mind getting ripped, stretched, painted, or muddy. Leave your purses and extra items at home, although a small pack for your water, sunscreen, and camera is advised.
- Sun Protection: It might be a very sunny day in Los Angeles in September, so bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and other sun protection in case your site is outdoors.
- Camera: Capture your first service project as a Bruin and send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Yellow t-shirts: These people are Project Leaders and Task Captains, who have designed your project from start to finish with the community partner. They are responsible for ensuring a well-run project and helping you with your service tasks.
Royal blue t-shirts: Service Liaisons are undergraduate students and ORL staff who are there to help you on your service journey. Think of them as “service ambassadors” who know all about the service needs of LA and student service organizations you can join after your Volunteer Day experience.
Learn more about these leadership roles at Be A Volunteer Day Leader, and think about which role you may want to choose next year!
On Tuesday, September 22, 2009, UCLA Volunteer Day launched with more than 4,600 volunteers at 8 community partners around Los Angeles. In its second year on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, over 6,000 volunteers spread to 22 community partners. Tuesday, September 20, 2011 reached more than 7,000 volunteers at 26 community partners. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 marked the largest year yet, with more interactive projects at schools, parks, shelters, veterans’ sites, and others across the city; more than 6,200 volunteers participated at 52 community partners.
- Email: email@example.com or visit volunteer.ucla.edu to join our listserv
- Bookmark: volunteer.ucla.edu
- Like us on Facebook: fb.com/uclavolunteer
- Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/uclavolunteer
- View the Site list: volunteerday.ucla.edu/community-partners
- View Campus Service Opportunities: volunteer.ucla.edu/campus-service-opportunities
- Search our Volunteer Database: volunteer.ucla.edu/volunteer/search
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about needed in-kind support (buses, food, water, muralists, t-shirts, supplies) as well as individual and corporate sponsorship.