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Have a passion for service but don’t know where to start? The Volunteer Center has made it ea...

Four Ways to Discover Volunteer Opportunities

August 17th, 2015

Have a passion for service but don’t know where to start? The Volunteer Center has made it easier to find the perfect community project. By reading the below, you can learn about four different ways to locate opportunities on this website.

1. Search by Service Recipient
Click the “Volunteer” tab to access our Volunteer Opportunities Database. This is the best way to find the perfect volunteer opportunity if you know exactly what cause you would like to support. For example, if you are passionate about animals, simply type the keyword “animals” into the search bar and you will be directed to any opportunity in our database that contains the keyword. From the search page, you can scroll down the page to find opportunities listed in chronological order.

2. Search by Group Size
If you and your friends or members of your organization want to volunteer together, hover over the “Volunteer” tab and click on the “Group Opportunities” link. On this page, you can check out our list of local nonprofits that can accommodate large groups of 10 or more.

3. Search by Location
Hover over the same “Volunteer” tab to find links to “International Opportunities” and “Campus Opportunities.” International opportunities can be for students or non-students and vary in length of service. Campus opportunities include student-run organizations and campus departments. Many of these projects are geared toward UCLA students looking to commit to continued service, but several are open to participation from other UCLA community members!

4. Search by Time Commitment
Click on the “Our Programs” tab located next to the “Volunteer” tab at the top of the page to be directed to a list with a brief description of every current Volunteer Center program. Individual programs are categorized as “Annual Programs,” which are service events held once a year, as “Year Round Programs,” which occur throughout the year and range from half day projects to weekly commitments, or as “Student Leadership,” which includes long term opportunities for service leadership and growth. All events listed in our Volunteer Opportunities Database are also categorized as “Single Day” or “Multiple Day” projects.

These are just a few of the ways you can utilize the Center’s website to find a suitable volunteer experience. Good luck with your search, and thank you for your service, Bruins!

About the Author

Jacqueline Adams is about to begin her 4th year at UCLA as an Economics major and English minor. Jacqueline has always been passionate about service, spending her middle school and high school years volunteering through National Charity League. At UCLA, she is a sister of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Project Liaison Director for the Community Service Commission, member of the UCLA Ski and Snowboard Team, and Executive Director for Project Literacy, a student-run service organization that aims to eradicate illiteracy in Los Angeles through one-on-one tutoring. She also works as a Peer Learning Facilitator at the Undergraduate Writing Center.

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