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UCLA Volunteer Center

The UCLA Volunteer Center’s inaugural event, UCLA Volunteer Day, has become a cornerstone of the UCLA experience. It is one of the university’s largest community service events and occurs during True Bruin Welcome.

New freshmen and transfer students join together with continuing undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and community members to participate in a wide range of community service projects across Los Angeles and the globe. Volunteers participate at 45+ community partner sites providing critical service work, beautification, and support at food banks, parks, shelters, senior centers, schools, veterans’ facilities, and various other community organizations.

On September 25, 2021, the Volunteer Center celebrated the 13th annual Volunteer Day. This year, we are teaming up with USC to bring you ServeLA 2022.

Graphic states: "UCLA Volunteer Day" under a yellow cartoon of two hands shaped like a heart. Below in all capital letters is "THANK YOU" with the UCLA Volunteer Center Logo printed below. The graphic is over a light blue gradient background. Graphic Titled "Volunteer Day Service through the Years - 2001-2021" Image of fourteen hexagons, seven contain photos from Volunteer Day through the years with a blue border; seven contain white text over a blue filling and share statistics about Volunteer Day from 2001-2021. 59,699 Students Participated; 1,137 Buses; 474 Community Partners; 49,764 First Time Students Participated; 329,200 Service Hours; 18,298 Operation Gratitude Letters Written; $8,421,505.68 Value of Service


How do I register to volunteer? 

  • Registration is required for all volunteers. Sign up to volunteer for a specific site in your area by navigating to the registration form, which is linked at the bottom of each project site page. Registered volunteers will receive additional email information about their project in September. 

When can I register for volunteer? 

  • Registration for Volunteer Day 2021 is now open. Registration will close on September 22.  

Where will volunteers serve on UCLA Volunteer Day? 

  • On Volunteer Day 2021, Bruins will provide service in-person with our community partners, including but not limited to causes related to hunger, homelessness, support of children, and support of senior citizens. 

Will UCLA Volunteer Day 2021 be an in-person or virtual event? 

  • UCLA Volunteer Day 2021 will be an in-person event.

How will UCLA Volunteer Day 2021 stay COVID Safe? 

Who can participate in UCLA Volunteer Day? 

  • 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 community members. **Please note, all volunteers must comply with UCLA COVID requirement at each site.**

Why doesn't a project site show up on the registration form?

  • If a project site is missing from the drop-down list in the registration form, that particular project site has reached full capacity. 

Will there be a UCLA Volunteer Day waiver? 

  • Yes, waivers will be required for all in-person events 

What should volunteers wear and bring on Volunteer Day? 

  • We encourage all of our volunteers to wear blue and gold or UCLA gear. Specific information depending on the project site will be sent to all registrants. Bring sunglasses, a reusable water bottle, hats, sunscreen (if outside), and close toed shoes.  

How can volunteers get involved in service after Volunteer Day?                         

Can I donate to Volunteer Day or the UCLA Volunteer Center? 

  • Help support the Volunteer Center and Volunteer Day by giving to UCLA.  If you are interested donating, please give at

Who should I contact for any specific questions related to Volunteer Day?