Faculty and Staff Volunteering

“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 cgrinfo@pitt.edu.

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.


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Community partners have identified a variety of one-time, project-based, and weekly opportunities for volunteers to provide in-person, no-contact transportation, or remote support. You can learn more about them, and register, via Qualtrics.

Activities highlight ongoing efforts across and within the intersections of

  • Basic Needs
  • Civic Participation
  • Digital Access & Equity
  • Education
  • Health Equity


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 specify a search for remote opportunities within the volunteer registration survey.

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.