Volunteerism and Public Service


At Pitt, we do more than volunteer: We serve. With the community.

Volunteer service is one of the many ways University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, staff, and alumni engage with the people and communities of Pittsburgh. Every volunteer is unique and every act of service is special. What unites us is a shared commitment to realizing a world where everyone thrives. So we’re asking: What does it take for children and communities to thrive?

Our focus areas:

  • Education
  • Basic Needs
  • Health Equity
  • Civic Participation
  • Digital Access Equity
  • Economic Opportunity


University of Pittsburgh staff members are eligible to receive paid time off each month to participate in community service or volunteer activities. Full-time regular staff members may use up to 7.5 hours during regular working hours per month; part-time regular staff members are eligible for pro-rated volunteer time. Read the Guidelines for Paid Volunteer and Professional Development Time for Staff section of the Staff Handbook at hr.pitt.edu/staff-handbook to learn more about using and recording paid volunteer time.

Faculty and Staff Volunteering

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. 

Student Opportunities

Students play an essential part in the University’s commitment to communities. We encourage all students to engage in meaningful service opportunities during this pandemic.