Employee volunteers use community service leave hours to help address community-identified needs.
Up to 16 hours of paid community service leave each calendar year are available to 12-month faculty and classified staff. Paid community service leave may be used when meeting with school officials, such as a child's parent-teacher meeting, performing approved public sector volunteer work or participating in volunteer community service organizations. Learn more about Virginia School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave, DHRM 4.40, online.
VCU Enhanced Community Service leave is available to university and academic professionals. Enhanced Community Service Leave is 16 hours of paid leave and may be used to volunteer with sponsored organizations or programs through VCU or VCU Health. Qualifying service opportunities are available online. Enhanced Community Service Leave is in addition to the regular paid community service leave, providing university and academic professionals a total of 32 hours paid community service leave.
For questions about paid community service leave, contact your human resources professional.
For questions about qualifying Enhanced Community Service Leave opportunities or other community service opportunities, contact Tito Luna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are hundreds of service opportunities in and around Richmond. Find the right opportunity for you.
Join the VCU Department of Fashion Design + Merchandising to make masks for community members most susceptible to COVID-19. Volunteers are needed to makes masks, prepare kits for sewers and deliver completed masks.
Find previously featured service opportunities on the CEI Facebook page.
V-C-U faculty member sits behind a sewing machine making cloth medical mask [View Image]
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has profoundly impacted the communities where we live and serve. Now, perhaps more than ever, VCU community partners and Richmond region nonprofits, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations need help to serve those most affected by COVID and other crises. Use your paid community service leave to volunteer with a local organization when support is most needed and stay safe while volunteering. Review the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service guidelines for health and safety before volunteering.
Areas of current and immediate need:
HJWA clean-up June 2020 [View Image]
“We got the idea for a community clean-up because we thought actions speak louder than words, and with everything that's been occurring throughout our community, this was one way to show support.” - Will Burns, ’21
For additional questions about organizations or finding volunteer opportunities, email email@example.com. For questions about your leave benefits, please contact VCU Leave Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-1712.
Employees may use CSL and E-CSL during regularly scheduled work hours. Service leave cannot be used on paid holidays and during hours when employees are not required to work.
Service leave hours not taken in a leave year (January 10 – January 9) cannot be carried forward to the next year. There is no payment for unused community service leave upon separation from employment.
Yes. To request that a new community partner be added to the pre-approved list, employees should submit an E-CSL Partner Inclusion Request form at least 7 days in advance of the volunteer opportunity. Employees will receive a decision from the Center for Community Engagement and Impact via email.
Service leave is taken using the honor system. While VCU Human Resources does not require proof, your supervisor may request proof of service at his/her/their discretion. Here is a sample form you can use: Volunteer Service Verification Form
Use the hashtag #VCUServes to let us know how you volunteer in the community or email us at email@example.com. Submissions will be considered for featuring on the Center for Community Engagement and Impact website, social media and the employee service newsletter, 32 with VCU.