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Volunteers will register online for the challenge, then search for volunteer opportunities and track their service. Each month a service theme will be featured and we’ll showcase one local All-Star community organizations that fit the month’s theme. Volunteers may perform their service anywhere, and incentives will be offered for individuals and groups who reach a high level of service.

Volunteer50 Monthly Themes
  • September—Education
  • October—Arts
  • November—Homelessness & Hunger
  • December—Children & Youth
  • January—Social Justice
  • February—Health & Safety
  • March—Women’s Issues
  • April—Environment
  • May—World Affairs & Civic Engagement
  • June—Animal Welfare

In addition to supporting the university’s mission of service, Volunteer50 will showcase the widespread and diverse contributions of the UC San Diego community, and the remarkable work being done by our partner agencies throughout the region.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Volunteer50?
Volunteer50 is a call to service by Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. He is challenging all students, faculty, staff, alumni and university friends to perform 50 hours of community service during the academic year. The volunteer challenge will last 10 months, from September to the end of June. Our goals are to support the university’s mission of service, showcase the widespread and diverse contributions of the UC San Diego community and highlight the number of hours of volunteer service we are collectively giving back to the community.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up on the Volunteer50 webpage at
What counts as volunteering?
Volunteering is freely giving of your time and energy in lieu of monetary compensation. To help clarify, a donation, i.e. giving money or items to a nonprofit is fabulous, but it doesn’t count as volunteering.
How do I log my hours?
Sign in to the Volunteer50 website to log your hours in half-hour increments. We are using the honor system; you do not need verification from the organization where you volunteered.
Do I have to log my hours?
Make your time count. You are encouraged to log your hours so you can keep track of your service. Your volunteer time, along with all other participants, will be totaled and announced at the close of the program in June. In Volunteer50’s first year, participants collectively volunteered over 63,000 hours to the community.
What if I can’t give the full 50 hours of service?
Any length and time of community service is welcomed. Even if you can’t fulfill the 50-hour challenge, you can still give back to your community.
Can I volunteer anywhere?
Yes, all service counts. Participants can volunteer anywhere.
Do I have to volunteer at an organization based on the month’s theme?
No, the themed months are just suggestions. You can volunteer anywhere.
Will administrative leave be granted so people can volunteer during work hours?
No. Individuals who participate in Volunteer50 will volunteer their own time to do charitable or helpful work.
What is an All-Star organization?
UC San Diego has partnered with a local nonprofit “All-Star” organization for each theme month of the Volunteer50 initiative. The partner agency will be featured on the Volunteer50 website and will have information about their mission and volunteer opportunities available.
How were the All-Star agencies chosen?
The Volunteer50 committee received agency nominations from across campus to fit our 10 monthly themes. The nominations came from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Selection was based on the nominated agency’s willingness to partner with UC San Diego, capacity to handle potentially large numbers of volunteers and geographic diversity.
How do I nominate a nonprofit to be an All-Star?
You can nominate an agency for consideration to be a future All-Star by clicking on the Suggestion Box on the main page of the Volunteer50 website and filling out the form. The committee looks forward to learning about new agencies and highlighting the important work that they provide to the community.