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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER?

All volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years old, though many positions require a minimum of 16 years old. Each volunteer must pass a Level I Background Screening through the school district and volunteers in certain areas need to pass a Level II Background Screening with fingerprinting.


DOES IT COST MONEY? DO I GET PAID?

Volunteering with UCP does not cost money; however, volunteers who need to get fingerprinted are asked to cover that cost. Volunteers do not get paid for their volunteer work. If you would like to make a financial contribution in addition to your time, we graciously accept your contribution.


CAN I FULFILL MY SCHOOL-ASSIGNED COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS WITH UCP?

Absolutely! We would love to have you! We place volunteers based on age, ability, and interest so we will make sure that the hours you need and the requirements that come with them are met through your volunteer work with UCP.


WHAT TIME COMMITMENT IS EXPECTED OF ME?

UCP asks that each volunteer make a regular schedule and stick to their assigned schedule. That schedule will depend on the individual, but the goal is one volunteer shift per week on the same day at the same time to ensure consistency in the classrooms. The typical volunteer shift is between 2 and 4 hours.


WHAT IF I CAN ONLY VOLUNTEER ONCE IN A WHILE?

We welcome “once in a while” volunteers to our team! You will work with the Community Engagement Manager to find times that work best for everyone.


DO I HAVE TO HAVE EXPERIENCE WORKING IN A CLASSROOM TO VOLUNTEER?

No - volunteers of all skills and all experience levels are welcome. Our volunteer program is set up to teach you all you need to know and give you the skills you need to thrive in your role.


DO I NEED TO RECEIVE CLEARANCE TO VOLUNTEER AT MY CHILD’S SCHOOL?

Yes, everyone who volunteers needs to receive the required clearances, regardless of their relationship with the school.


DO I GET TO PICK WHICH LOCATION I VOLUNTEER AT?

Yes! UCP recommends picking a location that is closest to either your home or your work.


WHO DO I REPORT TO AT MY ASSIGNED CAMPUS?

You will receive instructions and contact information at your volunteer orientation.


WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

You can contact our Community Engagement Manager by emailing your questions to volunteer@ucpcfl.org

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