UC Serves 2020 goes virtual with monthlong online opportunities

UC faculty and staff volunteers earn incentives while serving

Get rewarded for volunteering. As UC Serves moves community outreach efforts online, faculty and staff can earn 10 "Be Well UC" points while helping out virtually through June 15.

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UC Servers can volunteer online from May 15-June 15 through CincinnatiCares.org and CatchFire.org.

"As UC provides immeasurable value to the community through health care, research and education, the university is further enhanced by the volunteer contributions of faculty and staff to the community," says Fran Larkin, director of UC's Center for Community Engagement.

While UC’s efforts this month are usually focused on serving through volunteerism, May is also Mental Health Awareness Month.

UC Serves is promoting mental well-being through volunteerism with CincinnnatiCares.org, which connects volunteers and leaders around the Greater Cincinnati region, and CatchAFire.org, a national organization which makes skill-based connections between professional volunteers and other nonprofits.

To become a UC Serves volunteer this year

  • Find virtual volunteer opportunities through CincinnatiCares.org  

  • Additional skill-based virtual volunteer opportunities can be found at catchafire.org
  • Capture and share your service on social media using #UCServes, #UCtheGood and #HealthyUC

  • Be sure to log your Be Well UC points in the Alyfe portal  

The event also encourages the UC community to support local businesses that have generously made in-kind donations to UC Serves volunteers in the past, such as Piada Italian Street Food, Currito, O'Bryon's Bar & Grill, Eli's BBQ, Bibibop Asian Grill, LaRosa's, Al-Madina Market and Grill and Fortune Noodle House.

Consider having your friends and family (children and significant others) join you in virtual volunteering to increase the impact UC has on our community.

Learn more about UC Serves.


Featured image at top: Michelle Ensch/UC Creative + Brand

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