CLS Volunteer Program
Welcome to UCSF Volunteers, an initiative to encourage groups of UCSF faculty and staff to volunteer together in the community. On this site, you’ll find information for non-supervisory staff and managers to guide you in organizing a volunteer activity.
Why a volunteer program?
- 57% more effort put into the job
- 87% less likely to resign than employees who consider themselves disengaged (PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP).
- Corporate volunteerism develops engagement by connecting to an individual’s need for meaning and accomplishment, strengthens workplace relationships, and increases the positive feelings of an employee to the employer (LBG Associates in 2014).
- 82% of U.S. consumers consider corporate social responsibility when deciding which products or services to buy (Cone Communications and Echo Research, May 2013).
- Positive visibility of UCSF employees working together in the community.
How to get involved?
Policies & Forms
For New Volunteers:
What is UCSF Volunteers? Why should I join?
I’m interested in volunteering, how do I get started?
- Our comprehensive website serves as a toolkit that is linked to a database of local non-profit organizations (501c3s) in need of volunteers. Managers can search the site and sign up their teams to volunteer as a group. We promote the program, and service work in general, through targeted communications with managers and senior leadership, and through a University-wide volunteer campaign. Our marketing campaign highlights how easy it is to find, navigate, and participate in volunteer opportunities while working at UCSF, and the value of volunteering for faculty and staff.
Is UCSF Volunteers free? - This program is voluntary so there is no required time off from work if the manager deems the time is not conflicting with business operations. The time will be chosen by the manager and their team and organized between the team and the participating not-for-profit (NFP). You may have to pay a nominal fee to be matched with a NFP.
Who provides the volunteer opportunities and what types of opportunities are there? - There are many types of volunteer opportunities available, in many categories and areas of interest. All the Not for Profits (NFP) will have been vetted through UCSF Risk Management in order to make sure there aren’t any potential liabilities or conflicts of interest. Once the NFP is approved, they will be able to connect with volunteers from UCSF through the UCSF Volunteers website.
How do I sign up a group? - If you are a manager please log into ucsfvolunteers.ucsf.edu, create your user account and perform a search for the volunteer opportunities.
What information does UCSF Volunteers collect about participants and how is it used? - Data collected on UCSF Volunteers would include Employee info, total time volunteered, the associated NFP organization receiving the donated time, and date/location of event. The data collected will be used in conjunction with UCSF Volunteers operational processes only, and will not be shared without the user’s consent.
For Current Volunteers: How Do I get proof that I’ve volunteered? - As manager of the group that you have volunteered time to a NFP, your account will have access to reports and a dashboard view of the volunteer participants and the NFP’s receiving assistance. I need to cancel, What should I do? - By canceling as soon as you know, you’ll leave space for another volunteer to step in. To Cancel, just log in to your UCSF Volunteers account, click on “My Account” and then scroll down to “Upcoming Opportunities” and click on “Cancel” next to the project you can’t attend.