Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla challenges all UC San Diego faculty, staff, students, alumni and campus supporters to perform 50 hours or more of community service during the academic year. Read a message from the Chancellor here.
Volunteer50 supports UC San Diego’s mission of engaging in public service by connecting our campus community with volunteer opportunities and showcasing the collective impact of our volunteers. Established in 2010 as part of UC San Diego’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, Volunteer50 has become a signature campus tradition.
Our dedication to service extends to all volunteers who donate their time and talent to give back with any organization—all community service counts towards the 50 hour challenge!
Volunteers make a big impact in our community. To show our appreciation and honor our volunteers, Volunteer50 holds monthly recognition drawings as well as an annual volunteer celebration in June. Learn more.
Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer
- You’ll help build and maintain community. For many, volunteering takes place in settings of underserved and underrepresented populations. As a volunteer, you’ll play a valuable role in keeping the community together.
- You’ll make a difference. Whether you tutor young children or help organize a library, as a volunteer, you are making a positive impact with your actions.
- It gives you a sense of purpose. Volunteer work helps you recognize your goals and interests. If you’re willingly working without the expectation of getting paid, you most likely love what you’re doing.
- It connects you to different people. Volunteering exposes you to many different walks of life—you’ll meet a multitude of people, all with valuable perspectives. Being a volunteer gives you the ability to constantly network.
- You’ll learn more about yourself. Exposure to new environments often fosters growth. Being a volunteer will reveal personal skills and talents you didn’t know existed.
- You’ll gain experience. While a lot is taught in the classroom or workplace, nothing compares to the lessons learned through volunteer work. Enhanced social skills and an increase in empathy are just two inevitable takeaways.
- It opens career doors. Volunteer work shows employers your dedication to serving the community—this translates to characteristics of commitment, determination, passion, etc. Being a volunteer showcases your potential.
- You’ll set a good example. A volunteer is a role model and ultimately, a leader. When others witness the positive impact volunteers are making, they’ll want to volunteer, too.
- It’s proven to be healthy. Volunteering is good for both your body and mind. Engaging in work that helps others not only reduces negative emotions, but lowers blood pressure and can lengthen the lifespan.
- It’s fun! Volunteering is known to be a natural stress-reliever, and it’s enjoyable, too. Surrounding yourself with other passionate people and working toward a common goal is a great experience.