FAQ

GENERAL

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. 

On Volunteer Day 2019, 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 2019. 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

STUDENTS

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.

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.

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.

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.

PROPOSING A VOLUNTEER DAY PROJECT

No matter where you are, as a UCLA community member you are invited to suggest a UCLA Volunteer Day project or manage your own in your neighborhood. Identify a space in your community that could benefit from the help of volunteers.

Everyone in the UCLA community – including students, alumni, parents and families, staff, faculty, and neighborhood residents in your area – 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.

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

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 first responders and veterans
  • 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

Organization name
Project description
Organization location – Address, City and State (if outside US, please provide country)
Volunteer Capacity (total number of volunteers needed, if known)