One Bus One Cause: Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is One Bus, One Cause?

    Through One Bus, One Cause, the Volunteer Center aims to introduce the UCLA community to a wide variety of needs our community faces and the ongoing volunteer opportunities that address those needs. This initiative involves sending one bus of about 50 volunteers out each month to do community service work with an organization that may or may not already have an affiliation with UCLA, engaging in that community service effort and learning of the cause it supports, and providing a way for volunteers to engage in similar projects that support the cause on an ongoing basis.

  • Who can participate in One Bus, One Cause?

    Any member of the UCLA community (student, staff, faculty, alumni, parent, etc.) may participate as a volunteer, or in a leadership role as a Project Leader or Task Captain. Volunteers must be at least 15-years-old; ages 15-17 need to have parent/guardian permission and waiver signature to participate. Some community partners may have additional restrictions. For more information about UCLA Volunteer Guidelines, please visit http://map.ais.ucla.edu/go/1000084

  • How can I sign up to participate?

    Visit http://volunteer.ucla.edu/one-bus-one-cause/ to learn about upcoming projects and sign up to be a volunteer or Task Captain. If you are interested in applying to be a Project Leader, please suggest a site at http://volunteer.ucla.edu/site-application/ and address any questions to volunteer@support.ucla.edu.

  • Why am I on the waitlist?

    Since the bus can only hold ~50 people, volunteers may be placed on a waitlist. There is usually some drop-off the week before the event, so save the date and you’ll likely be invited to attend a few days before the service day.

  • Can I drive myself to the site?

    For safety reasons, we prefer that all volunteers take the bus from UCLA to the site.

  • What are the criteria for selecting sites?

    In order for a site to be considered for a One Bus, One Cause (1B1C) project, a site must meet the following criteria:

    • Provide a volunteer opportunity and tasks to accommodate ~50 volunteers for 3-4 full hours
    • Be able to articulate a need in the community and engage volunteers in activities that directly address that need
    • Provide a mechanism to educate site leaders and volunteers on the goal and purpose of the day and the tasks they complete (examples: speech from community partner, emails with additional information and follow-up projects, etc.)
    • Provide a contact individual for the given site to work directly with Project Leader throughout the duration of the planning process
    • Should be a viable site for individual and/or ongoing volunteer opportunities
    • Pre-training for service tasks (if needed) must be able to be done on the service day

    Sites will be selected based on whether or not they meet the above criteria and also how effective the proposed site activities are in engaging all 50 volunteers. Sites will be selected at least 1-2 months in advance of the event.

  • What support does the UCLA Volunteer Center provide?

    We encourage you to explore all options for funding for your 1B1C event, but the Volunteer Center can provide some help:

    • Staff support: A Volunteer Center staff member will be assigned to advise you on all questions that arise in the planning and execution of your event
    • One bus: A bus to transport ~50 people from UCLA to the site will be provided
    • Food & water: Food (breakfast or lunch), snacks, and water are provided for all volunteers
    • Supplies: The Volunteer Center has a limited supply of materials to help your project, and arrangements can be made for other materials you will need.

    Supplies and funding are limited, so projects that focus on person-to-person interaction rather than beautification projects are encouraged.

  • What is a Project Leader?

    Each One Bus, One Cause project will have 1-2 Project Leaders to coordinate the day. Responsibilities include:

    • Communicating to volunteers the goal of the day and the need the event addresses
    • Managing Task Captains; delegating tasks to Task Captains where appropriate
    • Meeting regularly with Volunteer Center staff to coordinate 1B1C event
    • Communicating with on-site contact and community organizer
    • Checking-in volunteers the day of the event: waivers, t-shirts, roster
    • Ensuring that volunteer/Task Captain efforts meet the expectations and goals of the organization
    • Encouraging 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
  • What is a Task Captain?

    Each One Bus, One Cause project will have 2-5 Task Captains to coordinate a specific subset of the service day. Responsibilities include:

    • Communicating to volunteers the goal of the day and the need the event addresses
    • Reporting to & managing tasks from Project Leader
    • Directly managing volunteers (about 10-15 volunteers per Task Captain/Project Leader)
    • Making sure their group has a task to do and is completing it to the best of their ability
    • Finding new tasks for the group to take on once finished with the assigned task
    • Ensuring that volunteer efforts meet the expectations and goals of the organization
    • Providing assistance to Project Leader as needed
    • Encouraging 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
    • Special Task Captain roles (as needed):
      1. Bus Captain(s): Ride along with the volunteers to ensure the bus driver knows directions to/from the site and answer questions from volunteers during the commute
      2. T-Shirt Captain(s): Responsible for obtaining t-shirt sizes from volunteers and leaders, picking up volunteer t-shirts from the Volunteer Center staff, and returning extra t-shirts to the Volunteer Center office after the event
      3. Food Captain(s): Responsible for obtaining snacks/food for volunteers as budgeted by the Project Leader and working with the Volunteer Center on reimbursement using original receipts
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