Be a Volunteer Day Leader

Volunteer Day would not be possible without the support of our Bruin leadership. We have a number of available roles for this year’s Volunteer Day 2012.

All roles require the leader to be available on Volunteer Day (September 25), as well as various training and information sessions this summer. Learn more about the available roles and sign up below:

Project Leader

Each Volunteer Day site has one Project Leader that coordinates all aspects of the service project from start to finish. This includes working with Volunteer Center staff, the community partner, Task Captains, Service Liaisons, and volunteers to make a big difference in the community. Project Leaders are responsible for ensuring that the project is well-managed, the impact on the community is clear, and that the service work gets done. Summer availability and ability to get to and from the site is necessary.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Work with the Volunteer Day Coordinator to select a site and design the project
  • Work with the Community Partner to select the scope of work for the day and arrange a welcome for volunteers that reflects the impact being made to the community
  • Prepare a list of needed supplies to complete the project, including delivery plan and budget with Volunteer Day Coordinator
  • Communicate to volunteers the goal of the day and the need the event addresses
  • Manage and delegate service work to Task Captains
  • Encourage future service to volunteers, including advertisement of similar student service groups on-campus, non-profit community partners off-campus, and other ways of getting involved in civic engagement once the service project is over

Task Captain

For every 10-25 new student volunteers on Volunteer Day, a Task Captain is assigned to help them through their service work. Task Captains often lead a specific subset of the volunteer work, such as painting a mural, building a community garden planter, or mentoring a small group of schoolchildren. Task Captains are led by the Project Leader and work closely with volunteers to make a difference and impact in the community. August/September availability and ability to get to and from the site is necessary.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Work with the Project Leader on the scope of work, design of project, and needed supplies to complete the project
  • Report to & manage tasks from Project Leader; provide assistance as needed
  • Ensure that your group has a task to do and is completing it to the best of their ability
  • Find new tasks for the group to take on once finished with the assigned task
  • Communicate to volunteers the goal of the day and the need the event addresses
  • Manage and delegate service work to volunteers
  • Ensure that volunteer efforts meet the expectations and goals of the organization
  • Encourage future service to volunteers, including advertisement of similar student service groups on-campus, non-profit community partners off-campus, and other ways of getting involved in civic engagement once the service project is over

Service Liaison

Created by the Volunteer Center Fellows in 2011, the Service Liaison program is designed to increase volunteer knowledge about the value of the service being performed at each Volunteer Day site. Service Liaisons also capture highlights of the event for use in social media outreach and development. Through explanation of the impact and value of Volunteer Day, incoming students will feel a greater sense of ownership for their project and feel more connected to their new home of Los Angeles. Preferred Service Liaisons will have their own cell phone, camera, and social media knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, and foursquare. September availability is necessary; Service Liaisons will ride to/from site with new student volunteers on buses provided by UCLA.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Work with the Project Leader, Task Captains, and Community Partner to understand the scope of work, design of project, and needed supplies to complete the project
  • Report to & manage tasks from the Command Center on the day of service; provide assistance as needed
  • Arrange a welcome for volunteers that reflects the impact being made to the community and the scope of work for the day (with Project Leader)
  • Use your camera and cell phone to document the day through pictures and social media
  • Communicate to volunteers the goal of the day and the need the event addresses
  • Ensure that volunteer efforts meet the expectations and goals of the organization
  • Encourage future service to volunteers, including advertisement of similar student service groups on-campus, non-profit community partners off-campus, and other ways of getting involved in civic engagement once the service project is over

Be a Volunteer Day Leader

Interested in applying for a leadership role? Fill out this application and the Volunteer Center will connect with you soon:

If you have any questions about Volunteer Day leadership, email volunteer@ucla.edu.

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