Global Days of Service: FAQ


What support does the Alumni Association provide?
Your Alumni Association provides the structure and organization for Alumni Global Days of Service as well as Volunteer Captain recruitment, training and guidance. We manage volunteer registration for you through our website and will keep you updated on the number of volunteers who register for your project after registration launches. We'll also provide you with contact information for the volunteers who register for your project so you may communicate with them in advance of the project. The Alumni Association also provides Alumni Global Days of Service T-shirts for all captains and volunteers. We'll also provide the form you'll use to document your service activity.

Alumni Global Days of Service is entirely alumni volunteer-driven. Please note the Alumni Association is not able to fund supplies or sponsorship fees for service projects, and site leaders need to keep this in mind in order to identify a manageable project. A captain can choose to personally fund supplies needed for a project if he or she wishes. We encourage captains to identify projects for which the only investment is time and service on the part of the captains and volunteers. Additionally, the Alumni Association cannot promote fundraising for any organizations other than the University or Alumni Association.

How many people can I expect to volunteer for my project?
That is difficult to predict. Volunteer Captains are therefore encouraged to identify and select service projects that are manageable and to determine, with the service organization, the maximum number of volunteers allowed. The size and scope of your project is entirely up to you and your community partner. Projects can range from five people sorting donations at a local clothes closet to 20 people cleaning an animal shelter. If you live in an area with many alumni, it will be easier to recruit volunteers for a larger project, but small projects are just as welcome. On average, projects have involved 10-15 volunteers. Non-alumni family and friends may participate. Contact Megan Borovicka with questions about the number of alumni living in your area.


How can I volunteer?
Volunteer registration closes April 16. Registration is important because it provides the captain with a sense of how many volunteers are interested in participating as well as estimate resources needed for each site. The captain will also communicate with volunteers registered for their site with specific information about the service project.

If an alumni-led project is not offered in your region, consider an independent project. You can pick an organization or effort that's meaningful to you and either work solo or in a group with fellow alumni. Document your service with photos and share your story with us.

May children participate?
Organized service sites appropriate for children will be noted as such on our website. At independent service sites, children may participate with the permission of their parents at sites determined to be safe and appropriate by the community organizations at which service is taking place.