What to Wear & Bring to a
Service Project

Wondering about what to wear for a day of volunteering? The first step is to check the weather forecast and choose clothing that you will feel comfortable in! From One Bus, One Cause to Volunteer Day, rain or shine, there are some things that you should never leave behind.
Whether you’re painting, planting, or mentoring, here are some essential items to wear and bring that will ensure you have a comfortable and productive day:

1. T-Shirt

If you are participating in a Volunteer Center project, one thing you will need is your official UCLA Volunteer Center t-shirt! You will receive your shirt at the start of your service project from your Project Leader. It is a great way to show off your school spirit while staying comfortable and prepared for all types of volunteering. Wearing your shirt will also help community members and service recipients identify you at the site as a UCLA volunteer.

2. Shoes

Bring comfortable, closed-toe shoes that you wouldn’t mind getting a little dirty; they will keep your feet safe from harm throughout the day. Sandals and open-toed shoes are prohibited.

3. Pants

Make sure to wear comfortable bottoms. Jeans and bottoms that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty are strongly advised, and for many projects, it is important that you can work and move easily while wearing them.

4. Climate Protection

Don’t forget about climate protection! Hats and sunglasses are great ways to shield yourself from the hot LA sun, but most importantly, make sure to put on some sunscreen. In the event that it is not a typical LA sunny day and it is cloudy or your project is in a cold building, make sure to bring a light sweater or jacket to keep you warm.

5. Water Bottle

Stay hydrated and environmentally friendly by bringing your own reusable water bottle to the service project. UCLA and community partners often offer free water, juice, coffee, and other beverages, so take a sealable bottle with your name on it to a project to refill and reuse.

6. Technology

Lastly, make sure to bring your smart phone and/or camera! By live-tweeting, taking selfies, and posting on social media about your volunteering experience, you may inspire a friend to do the same. You can tag us at facebook.com/uclavolunteer, find us on Instagram and Twitter at @UCLAVolunteer, and send pictures to pics@volunteer.ucla.edu.

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