What is Berkeley Project Day, and how can I get involved?
- Berkeley Project Day is a single day of volunteering held twice a year (in Spring and Fall). We organize volunteering projects at about 50 different locations around Berkeley and mobilize approximately 2000 volunteers at each event. Volunteers who sign up with us are assigned a project and project group to meet with the morning of the event. Together you and your group will travel to a different part of Berkeley to help out. Projects are different every year and can range from gardening to painting to helping children.
When is the deadline to register to volunteer?
- Thursday, March 14th 11:59 PM
What if I missed the deadline to volunteer?
- We will generally have a waitlist for volunteers, open for a selected time period. Subsequent registrations after the deadline has closed automatically leads to waitlist. Once this waitlist is closed, we will no longer accept any more volunteer applications. We will notify people on the waitlist via email if they are able to volunteer on BP Day. We will also notify site leaders who have had a change in their volunteer group rosters via email.
- If you have missed the deadline, you are still welcome to register to volunteer (you’ll be put on the waitlist).
- The waitlist is “first come, first serve.” The only thing that we consider when taking people off the waitlist is the time they submitted the application, not if they have a group affiliation: ie, we will take in the first 15 people, and not necessarily 15 people from one organization.
Who can attend?
- Berkeley Project Day is open to anyone! Most of our participants are UC Berkeley students and residents of Berkeley and the Bay Area, but if this does not sound like you, please still consider registering. BP Day is a great way to do a good deed, pass a fun deed, and see a new side of Berkeley.
- We do ask, however, that all minors be accompanied by an adult and complete a waiver, which we are happy to provide.
Does The Berkeley Project maintain attendance records for volunteers?
- The Berkeley Project does not maintain attendance records for volunteers. However, if you need Berkeley Project Day to serve as volunteer hours, we are happy to sign off forms you may have.
What should I bring?
- The Berkeley Project provides free t-shirts, breakfast, water, and lunch to all of our volunteers! We just ask that volunteers dress appropriately for their site (close-toed shoes, long pants that you don’t mind getting dirty) and bring their clipper cards as we do use AC Transit to get to several of our sites.
When do I receive more details about my site/ volunteering?
- You will receive details about your site/ volunteering in an email from your site leader(s) the week of October 14th.
What is the schedule of the event?
- The general timeline is:
- 7:30 AM: Site leaders arrive on Sproul
- 8:00 AM: Volunteers arrive on Sproul
- 9:00 AM: Leave for site
- 10:00-3:00 PM: Volunteer
- 3:00 PM: Wrap Up
- 2:00-4:00 PM: After-event on Sproul
- Your site leader(s) will email you the complete details before BP Day.
Is food provided?
- Yes, we provide a complimentary breakfast and lunch to all volunteers and site leaders.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
- If you are vegetarian or vegan, please mark these preferences in your volunteer registration form.
- If you have further restrictions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and CC your site leader(s). Please include in the email your name, site number, restriction, etc.
How do I get placed with my group?
- Please list your group name when you register to volunteer at berkeleyproject.org. If your group does not have a group name yet, you must first create a new group name by clicking “Create a new group,” under “Group” in your profile.
- You may edit your registration on your profile if you forgot to include your group affiliation before registration closes on October 10th, 11:59 PM.
Is there a capacity to how many people can volunteer together?
- We welcome you to sign up as large a group as you like. We try our best to ensure that all groups will be together on BP Day. In an extenuating circumstance we may be forced to separate a particularly large group into smaller groups to accommodate our site capacities, but this is a rare occurrence.
- Please do make sure the everyone in the group marks their group affiliation on their registration form.
What work does the volunteering mostly consist of/what sites are usually offered?
- Many of our sites consist of gardening, but we also have painting and restoration, package-making, and even installing fire-alarms in homes!
Can I pick my site?
- Site requests usually happen when a group/site leader has formerly worked at the site, the SL has a partnership/relationship with the site or the CO, or has other things that need a specific site or restricts them to what sites they can volunteer at. It is NOT for asking for the specific list of work sites and choosing from the list.
- We will try to accommodate all requests but no guarantees. The earlier you tell us your request, the better. We will take requests up until the night of the registration deadline date, October 10th at 8pm. Email us at email@example.com with your name, request, and reason with the email subject as “Site Request.”
How can I get more involved with the Berkeley Project?
- In addition to volunteering on BP Days, we also offer opportunities to site lead volunteers on BP Day every semester. As site leader, we will provide you with logistical and leadership training, and you will be leading a group of volunteers at a site!
- We also look for new members to join the Berkeley Project organizing committees every semester. More information about each committee can be found on our website.
Can’t find your question here? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We look forward to another successful Berkeley Project Day with you all!