“Teaching, research, and service” - now, more than ever, our University’s mission is ringing true. We are mobilizing through partnership to support neighbors and communities.
By volunteering, we deepen our commitment when it matters most: in a time of great uncertainty. Help us carry out the institutional value of strengthening communities. If you have any questions, please view the FAQs or contact email@example.com.
How to Volunteer
Faculty may volunteer as many hours as their time and inclination allows. As their schedules and workloads allow, staff may volunteer up to eight (8) hours of their work week to a service opportunity of their choosing during the crisis.
Employees should coordinate with immediate supervisors and/or department administrators to ensure that the needs of the University remain met. Once obtaining approval from their supervisor, staff members who volunteer their time should classify these hours as “approved absence” hour type and add a comment to read: “VOL COVID-19” on their timecards in PRISM.
Additionally, employees are asked to record their hours in the volunteer portal which can be done in 5 easy steps.
Though we have developed ways to help you assist our communities during this health crisis, volunteering is not a requirement of your employment with the University of Pittsburgh. For more information, visit COVID-19 Resources for Faculty and Staff or contact the Office of Human Resources.
Faculty and Staff have access to a variety of volunteer opportunities that are expanding daily. You can make a difference with even just a small amount of time. Priority needs have been identified by community partners. One of these opportunities is to provide IT support.
Our current list of service opportunities includes activities such as:
- Packing food for distribution (in-person)
- Joining the Medical Reserve Corps (in-person)
- Providing assistance to Pitt faculty, staff, or students who cannot leave their homes (remote and in-person)
- Donating food or goods (drop-off)
- Signing up with a service to provide skill-based service (remote)
Note: Volunteerism is permitted under Governor Wolf's stay-at-home order, which includes Allegheny County. For all in-person volunteer activities we urge you to use discretion and practice all recommended social distancing practices.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is required to volunteer?
Each volunteer opportunity has different requirements. Some require that you complete a specific training, some require that you have particular clearances or background checks. Once you’ve completed the volunteer intake form, a member of Pitt's volunteer management team will respond to your intake submission within 24 hours and provide you with all the necessary information you'll need about your volunteer selection, including training that is required.
Are there remote opportunities to volunteer?
Yes! You can provide IT support - there is training available to make you completely comfortable!
Am I allowed to participate in an in-person volunteer opportunity when a “Stay-at-home” order is in place?
Volunteerism is permitted under Governor Wolf's stay-at-home order, which includes Allegheny County. For all in-person volunteer activities we urge you to use discretion and practice all recommended social distancing practices. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who has, please do not perform any in-person volunteer work and notify your health care provider right away.
I have questions about the University’s actions in response to the pandemic.
View information on the COVID-19 response on the Public Safety & Emergency Management website.
Am I allowed to volunteer during my normal work hours as a University employee?
As part of the Pitt Pandemic Service Initiative, employees may volunteer up to eight (8) hours of their work week to a service opportunity of their choosing. We do ask that these efforts be coordinated with immediate supervisors and/or department administrators to ensure that the needs of the University remain met.