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How to Volunteer

1. Explore Opportunities and Transportation Options

Working with the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) begins with searching our map of community organizations. Use the filters to explore our partners by CCE program or by interest area. Then read on to find available opportunities with each organization and continue with the registration process.

If you do not have your own car or a carpool, several modes of transportation are available for students to reach their volunteer sites throughout the metro Richmond area. Students should take a few moments to consider the mode of transportation available to each site when making their decision on which partner organization they wish to select. Check the transportation website for additional details about service shuttles, the UR Downtown shuttle schedule, GRTC bus information, and zipcar policy and procedures.

To learn more about working with the CCE, contact Andrea Vest for an advising appointment.

2. Register with the CCE

Registration for Spring 2017 is closed; please check back in August for Fall 2017 registration information.

3. Complete Prerequisites

Students must complete all prerequisites before they will receive a start date confirmation from a CCE staff member.

1. Arrange for transportation

  • Students who indicated a need for university sponsored transportation to get to their chosen organization will receive an email from Transportation Services regarding shuttle assignments or alternative modes of transportation. Once transportation has been finalized, students will be contacted by a CCE staff member about any prerequisites that must be completed before they may be confirmed to begin volunteering at their selected organization.
  • Students who indicated they will not need university sponsored transportation will be contacted by a CCE staff member about any prerequisites that must be completed before they may be confirmed to begin volunteering at their selected organization.

2. Complete and submit any required paperwork

  • Each organization has a unique set of prerequisites that students must complete before volunteering (background checks, volunteer applications, etc.).  A CCE staff member will contact students 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.
4. Receive Start Date Confirmation

Students who register for one of the community partners in the CCE's Build It, PACE, or RFI programs (listed below) will receive a start date confirmation email from a CCE staff member.  Students are not permitted to begin volunteering with the organization until they receive this start date confirmation email. Receiving a transportation confirmation or completing volunteer prerequisites is not the same as receiving a start date confirmation.

Students who register for an organization that is not part of Build It, PACE or RFI (i.e., not listed below) will be responsible for obtaining a start date confirmation from the site supervisor at the organization.

Build It Partners:
Goodwill Northside Community Employment Center
Henderson Middle School
Highland Park Senior Apartments
Northside Family YMCA
Overby-Sheppard Elementary School
VCU Health Systems Childcare at Northside
Youth Life Foundation of Richmond Delmont Learning Center
Youth Life Foundation of Richmond Northminster Highland Park Learning Center
Youth Life Foundation of Richmond Remix Teen Learning Center

Pathways to a College Experience (PACE) Partners:
Higher Achievement-Boushall Middle School
Higher Achievement-Henderson Middle School
Huguenot High School
John Marshall High School
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Richmond Families Initiative (RFI) Partners:
Bon Secours' Class-A-Roll
Peter Paul Development Center
St. Joseph's Villa
Voices for Virginia's Children
Youth Health Equity Leadership Institute