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The Volunteer Center welcomes your questions or comments regarding UCLA Volunteer Day. Use the form on the right to contact us.


10920 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1500
Los Angeles, CA 90024

(310) 983-3525

Get ready for the sixth annual UCLA Volunteer Day! 2014 marks the sixth anniversary of this giant day of Bruin service.

This year, first year freshmen and transfer students will join together with continuing undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and community members to visit more than 40sites across greater Los Angeles. Reaching out to every city council district, volunteers will give service at K-12 schools, food banks, parks, shelters, veterans’ facilities, and neighborhood centers. 


FAQ (2014)

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Who can participate in UCLA Volunteer Day?
UCLA Volunteer Day is open to all new undergraduate Bruins, and is a part of the tradition of True Bruin Welcome. New students will be given more information at New Student Orientation, from Residential Life, and via email.

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.

What is the schedule of the day?
Volunteer Day service projects will take place for a few hours between 8:00am and 2:00pm. Because 125 school buses are needed to transport Bruins from UCLA to the community partners and back, school buses from normal school routes; therefore, the amount of time available with each community partner is limited. Volunteer Day is just a taste of Bruin service; hopefully, you will find a community partner through your service project or this website where you would like to serve in an ongoing basis!

Bruins will wake up on the morning of Volunteer Day, eat breakfast, and head to the Intermural (IM) Field for check-in and t-shirt distribution. Volunteers should make sure to eat a complete breakfast to get the energy needed for a busy day. There will also be plenty of music and fun activities so that you can get to know other new Bruins! When you’re on the field, leaders in royal blue and yellow t-shirts will give instructions on when you’ll need to line up and get ready to board the bus. From there, you and other Bruins will hop on to a bus to a community partner. Once you arrive back at UCLA after your service project, feel free to continue to mingle with your new volunteer friends at the afternoon’s True Bruin Welcome.

For off-campus new students: New off-campus Bruins will need to arrive at the IM Field by 8:00am. Additional information for off-campus students will be available in September, so subscribe to our listserv, follow us on Facebook, or email us to get updates.

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: 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. Water will be provided at all sites, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own to supplement our supplies.
  • A full belly: Volunteer Day can be an exhausting day of feel-good service, so volunteers should definitely grab whatever they need to be full and happy upon arrival at the buses.
  • Volunteer Day t-shirt: A light blue Volunteer Day t-shirt will be given to all volunteers during check-in at the IM Field. This shirt is a gift, and we hope Bruins will be seen wearing it at other service projects, but also helps to identify volunteers to community partners. Wear it with Bruin pride!
  • Flexible clothing: During the projects, clothes may get dirty, ripped, stretched, painted, or muddy. Purses and extra items should be left at home; the Volunteer Center provides a small cinch bag for water, sunscreen, snacks, and a camera.
  • Sun Protection: It might be a very sunny day in Los Angeles in September, 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 uploading photos to
For additional ideas, visit What To Wear & Bring To A Service Project.

Who are the people in yellow and royal blue t-shirts?
On Volunteer Day, some volunteers will be wearing bright yellow and royal blue t-shirts similar to the more common light blue volunteer shirts. If anyone has a question, these are the folks to ask!

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 all volunteers with your service tasks.

Royal blue t-shirts: Service Liaisons are undergraduate students and Residence Life staff who are there to help Bruins on their service journeys. They function as “service ambassadors” who know all about the service needs of LA and student service organizations one can join after his or her Volunteer Day experience.

Learn more about these leadership roles at Be A Volunteer Day Leader.

Where will volunteers serve on Volunteer Day?
125 buses will depart from UCLA on Monday, September 29, heading to more than 40 community partner sites including K-12 schools, food banks, parks, shelters, veterans’ facilities, and neighborhood centers. Learn more about the projects and volunteer assignments at Volunteer Day 2014 Community Partners.

Do volunteers get to pick the service site?
Due to the logistics of organizing more than 6,500 volunteers on one day of service, the Center cannot offer volunteers a choice of service site. New students will be serving alongside peers and other new students from their floors, buildings or communities. The purpose of Volunteer Day is to give new students a taste of Bruin service and to introduce them to a community partner they may want to learn more about and continue to serve.

How can volunteers suggest a site for Volunteer Day?
The UCLA Volunteer Center is always looking for community partner suggestions for Volunteer Day, One Bus, One Cause, and other programs. As of June 1, site suggestions are no longer needed for UCLA Volunteer Day 2014, but site ideas for next year and other initiatives are welcome at Suggest A Site.

How many people participate in UCLA’s annual Volunteer Day?
On Monday, September 29, 2014, more than 6,500 Bruins will spread across Los Angeles to perform service work at more than 40 community partners. This includes new student volunteers joining together with continuing and graduate students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and friends.

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, while Tuesday, September 25, 2012 had more than 6,200 volunteers at 52 community partners. The fifth annual Volunteer Day took place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 and included 6,623 Bruins at 52 different community partner sites. To learn more about previous Volunteer Days, visit

How can volunteers get involved in service after Volunteer Day?
Next Steps

How to become a sponsor for Volunteer Day?
Major volunteer programs require major resources. With our donors’ help, we can serve our community, teach students about involvement and leadership, cover the cost of transportation to service sites, and provide supplies for service work. Both monetary and in-kind donations help support the UCLA Volunteer Center and Volunteer Day.


Make a tax-deductible donation to the UCLA Volunteer Center online

Review and to learn more about needed in-kind support (buses, food, water, muralists, t-shirts, supplies) as well as individual and corporate sponsorship.

Who sponsors UCLA Volunteer Day?
UCLA Volunteer Day is generously sponsored by a variety of campus partners and foundations. Visit to learn more about our current supporters.

Are UCLA staff/faculty eligible for time-off for Volunteer Day?
Volunteers who work at UCLA are encouraged to ask their direct supervisor or Human Resources about time-off for Volunteer Day. Because Volunteer Day takes place on Monday from about 7am-3pm for leaders, volunteers must check in with their own department to see if vacation, comp, or other leave can be used to participate in the day of service.

What is BruinsVote?
BruinsVote! is a component of the Undergraduate Student Association Council’s External Vice President’s Office (EVP), and volunteers will be available on the IM Field at Volunteer Day to offer you an opportunity to register to vote. United States midterm elections will be coming up in November, and it is important to exercise the right to vote, as there are many prevalent issues today that affect students. To register to vote outside of UCLA Volunteer Day, visit For those who are not eligible to vote, the EVP office will have additional opportunities to be involved. #BruinsVote

How will UCLA Volunteer Day impact parking in the neighborhood surrounding UCLA’s campus?
On Monday, September 29, buses transporting volunteers for the 6th annual UCLA Volunteer Day will be staged on the east side of Veteran Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Gayley Avenue on their way to pick up volunteers at the UCLA Intramural Field. These streets will be clearly marked with “No Parking/Tow Away” signs from Midnight to 4 PM. Residents should make alternative parking plans. Please refer to the parking notice for additional details.

Where is the UCLA Volunteer Day 2014 waiver?
An email will be sent to your UCLA email address with a link to a waiver on My.UCLA, that must be submitted before September 29 in order to participate in UCLA Volunteer Day. Please complete the My.UCLA waiver and bring your Bruin ID to the Intramural Field on Monday morning in order to receive access to board a bus, get your shirt, and participate in the day. If you are under 18 and need a parent/guardian signature, please download the waiver at and have it signed and sent to or faxed to (310) 825-6321 by Friday, September 26 @ 3pm in order for your Bruin ID to be loaded with access by Monday morning.