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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. 



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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 or Task Captain. Learn more about these roles on the Leadership page.

What is the schedule of the day?
For 2017, Volunteer Day service projects will take place between 8 am and 3 pm. More information on the day’s schedule will be available as the date approaches.

New freshmen and transfer students living on the Hill will wake up on the morning of Volunteer Day, eat breakfast at the dining halls, and head to the bus loading zone at Drake Stadium for check-in.

New freshmen and transfer students living off-campus should arrive at the bus loading zone at Drake Stadium by 8:30 am.

All new students should bring their Bruin Cards to verify that they have pre-signed the Volunteer Day waiver (emails will be sent approximately 10 days before Volunteer Day with instructions). Once volunteers have loaded buses, they will travel to a community partner site, where they will meet the Project Leader and begin the service project. After the project, volunteers will take the bus back to campus and can continue to participate in additional True Bruin Welcome activities, including, ServeFest, which will give students an opportunity to learn more about ongoing service activities and how to continue volunteering throughout the year.

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, 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
  • Bruin Card: All new students checking in to load the buses will need to scan their BruinCard to ensure they have pre-signed the Volunteer Day waiver.
For additional ideas, visit What To Wear & Bring To A Service Project.

Who are the people in yellow t-shirts?
On Volunteer Day, some volunteers will be wearing yellow t-shirts instead of blue. If you have a question, these are the people to talk to! During bus loading, individuals in yellow shirts will be there to assist. They will ensure all volunteers are prepared for a full day of service. At the sites, the individuals in yellow shirts are Project Leaders and Task Captains. These leadership roles belong to continuing students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and community members who have designed the project from start to finish with the Community Partners. Project Leaders and Task Captains will ensure the goals of each project are met and that volunteers are able to successfully complete assigned tasks. Learn more about these leadership roles on the Leadership page.

Learn more about these leadership roles on the Leadership page.

Why are incoming freshmen and transfer students not eligible for leadership roles?
New incoming freshmen and transfer students are encouraged to participate as general volunteers, rather than as Project Leaders or Task Captains, for their first experience with service at UCLA. As Volunteer Day is one of the larger events happening during True Bruin Welcome, it is a unique opportunity for incoming students to get to know fellow students, the UCLA community, and the larger Los Angeles area, as well as learning about the many ways to get involved in service while at UCLA. Volunteer Day leaders are returning students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members because they have experienced Volunteer Day and are familiar with the event and sites you will be visiting. In addition, Project Leaders and Task Captains must be available during the summer for training and project planning. That being said, Volunteer Day is only one of many ways to get involved with service at UCLA. The Volunteer Center offers a variety of leadership opportunities including the Volunteer Center Fellows, Project SPELL, and the Social Media & Marketing Internship Program. There are also a multitude of leadership opportunities within campus service organizations, including the Community Service Commission and Community Programs Office. You can also check out the Campus Opportunities tab on our website to learn about opportunities with student-run service organizations that range from one day service projects to ongoing, weekly volunteering.

Where will volunteers serve on Volunteer Day?
On Volunteer Day 2017, Bruins will serve at community partner sites including K-12 schools, food banks, parks, community gardens, shelters, veterans’ facilities, and neighborhood centers. Learn more about the projects and volunteer assignments on the Volunteer Day 2016 Community Partners page.

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?
If you would like to suggest a site for a future project, visit the Site Application page on the Center’s website.

How many people participate in UCLA’s annual Volunteer Day?
On the 8th Volunteer Day in September 2016, more than 5,500 Bruins spread across Los Angeles to perform service work at 50 community partner sites. This number included new students joining together with continuing and graduate students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and community members who serve as Project Leaders and Task Captains at each site.

Since its inaugural year in 2009, the event has grown to include more diverse sites, represent all 15 city council districts, and engage a growing number of UCLA community members. To learn more about previous Volunteer Days, visit

How can volunteers get involved in service after Volunteer Day?
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How can I 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 supervisors or Human Resources about time off for Volunteer Day.

How will UCLA Volunteer Day impact parking in the neighborhood surrounding UCLA’s campus?
Parking notices and information about affected streets will be available prior to Volunteer Day.

Where is the UCLA Volunteer Day waiver?
New students will receive information regarding how to complete the Volunteer Day waiver prior to the event. Students under the age of 18 need a parent/guardian signature in addition to their own for all Volunteer Center programs.

Who should I contact about accommodations for this event?
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 Volunteer Center 2-3 days before by email at or by phone at (310) 983-3525.

I am a returning student. How can I participate in UCLA Volunteer Day?
Although Volunteer Day buses are reserved for brand new freshmen and transfer students, several opportunities exist for continuing students to get involved. Returning undergraduates and all graduate students may participate in Volunteer Day as Project Leaders and Task Captains, by recruiting new volunteers for their organizations at ServeFest, or through the on-campus service project. Check out this article on the Volunteer Center's website for more detail on each of these opportunities.

As a new student, how do I sign up for Volunteer Day?
For new students, registration is not needed. However, a Volunteer Day waiver is required. About a week before Volunteer Day, new students will receive an email with the link to the event waiver. Those over the age of 18 should fill out the online waiver by the given deadline. Those under the age of 18 will need to obtain a parent or guardian signature on the waiver and email or fax it to the Volunteer Center office by the given deadline. If you submit the waiver on time, you will simply need to bring your Bruin ID on the day of the event and scan it before loading the bus.

I can't participate in Volunteer Day due to a prior scheduling conflict. What do I do?
At UCLA, service is a year-round priority. Visit the Volunteer Center on its website and social media pages to learn about future volunteer opportunities, and find an organization or program you are passionate about getting involved with throughout the year.

I am a new student living off-campus. Where do I go on Volunteer Day?
Off-campus new students should arrive on campus in the morning on Volunteer Day in order to join the line for buses. New students will receive more detailed information, including arrival time, over the summer. All volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and their Bruin IDs. Be sure to eat a full breakfast before arriving in order to be properly fueled for a day of service!