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How to Volunteer

1. Explore Opportunities and Transportation Options

SpidersEngage is the online network where University of Richmond students, faculty, and staff can search and register for volunteer opportunities and events posted by area organizations. Search the SpidersEngage map of community organizations and use the filters – like causes you care about, skills you want to develop through volunteering, or even by the days – to explore and sign up for volunteer opportunities. 

To get started, visit SpidersEngage, search volunteer opportunities, then log-in using your University of Richmond email address and password. For tips on how to search opportunities in SpidersEngage, click here

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, GRTC bus information, and Zipcar (the ways UR can help transport you to service). If you need University-sponsored transportation, visit the UR Volunteer Trip Planner.

If you want assistance in person, please visit our office in Tyler Haynes Commons 201, Monday-Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., during our Drop-In Advising Hours.

2. Register to Volunteer

Once you find the right opportunity for you in SpiderEngage, register to volunteer!

3. Complete Prerequisites

1. Complete and submit any required paperwork

  • Each community organization has a unique set of prerequisites that you must complete before volunteering (background checks, volunteer applications, etc.). A staff member will contact you with further details once you register for a volunteer opportunity.
  • Some organizations may require an additional site orientation or specialized training. The community organization will communicate that information with you.

2. Arrange for transportation

  • If you signed up for university-sponsored transportation, you will receive an email from Transportation Services regarding the mode of transportation that will take you. 

3. Attend required orientation meetings and/or training

  • If you are a new volunteer, you must register for and attend the CCE New Volunteer Orientation.

Students who wish to earn their Federal Work-Study award through the 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. Confirmation

Once you register in SpidersEngage, you'll receive follow-ups from the community organization and/or a CCE staff member.

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