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How to Volunteer

1. Explore Opportunities and Transportation Options

Search our map of community organizations and use the filters to explore volunteer opportunitites by interest area or organization.

If you do not have your own car, the University offers several modes of transportation to get you to your volunteer sites. Take a few moments to explore the transportation website for additional details about service shuttles, the UR Downtown shuttle, GRTC bus information, and Zipcar (the four ways UR can help transport you to service).

If you want assistance in person, please visit the CCE (THC 201) Monday-Friday from 2-4 p.m. during our Walk-In Advising Hours.

2. Register with the CCE

Register to volunteer (and secure transportation) by completing this form by September 20.

3. Complete Prerequisites

You must complete all prerequisites before receiving a volunteer start date confirmation from a CCE staff member.

1. Arrange for transportation

  • If you indicated a need for university sponsored transportation to get to your chosen organization, you will receive an email from Transportation Services regarding shuttle assignments or alternative modes of transportation. 
  • If you indicated no need for university sponsored transportation, see step #2.

2. Complete and submit any required paperwork

  • Each organization has a unique set of prerequisites that you must complete before volunteering (background checks, volunteer applications, etc.).  A CCE staff member will contact you by email with further details.

3. Attend required orientation meetings and/or training

  • If you are a new volunteer, you must attend a CCE program orientation. Some organizations may require an additional site orientation or specialized training. Check our Important Dates page for orientation dates, times, and locations.
  • Students who wish to earn their Federal Work-Study award through the CCE Community Work-Study (CWS) program and who have not completed CWS training within the last six months must attend a brief training session. A CCE staff member will contact you by email with further details.
4. Receive Start Date Confirmation

You will receive a start date confirmation email from a CCE staff member. You are not permitted to begin volunteering with the organization until you receive this start date confirmation email. Receiving a transportation confirmation or completing volunteer prerequisites is not the same as receiving a start date confirmation.

Thank you so much for volunteering in the city of Richmond!