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FAQ

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

If you are interested in an Impact Initiative or service project, please complete the appropriate application on under "Students." If you are interested in starting your own project or participating in a specific activity (tutoring at a local school, volunteering at the Merced County library, etc.), please reach out to Vernette Doty to discuss opportunities. 

WHAT IF I HAVE A PROJECT IN MIND THAT ISN'T LISTED ON THE WEBSITE?

If you have a service project that you would like to start, reach out to Vernette Doty to discuss your ideas/plans and opportunities. The more specific the better! 

WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH TIME I CAN COMMIT?

If you are interested in participating in an Impact Initiative, you can attend the training, and you can let us know what your schedule looks like when we discuss availability. If you are interested in participating in service projects, the times and days vary, so they are easier to move around. If you sign up for a particular project and can no longer complete the shift or attend, please reach out to let us and the community partner know as soon as you are able. 

WHAT IF I CAN NO LONGER ATTEND OR COMMIT TO A PROJECT/INITIATIVE? 

We understand that you are really busy and are a student first. If you cannot attend a project or can no longer commit to a full semester, please let us know as soon as you are able. Our community partners are working around our students' schedules, and honest and prompt communication is appreciated. 

CAN I APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE INITIATIVE?

While you can apply for more than one initiative, we recommend only committing to one. You may have more time that you thought you would have, but each initiative requires 8-10 hours a semester, which can become hectic during midterm and finals season. If you would like to attend more than one training, be aware than some Impact Initiatives trainings are held on the same date and time; we recommend attending the training which most interests you. 

CAN I BE CONSIDERED FOR THE INTELLECTUAL EXPERIENCES BADGES IF I'M NOT AN INCOMING STUDENT IN FALL 2018?

As the Intellectual Experiences Badges are part of the new GE, spots are reserved for incoming students. If the spots are not filled, however, we will consider other years - though it will not count toward your GE. 

WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORTATION?

We offer a number of solutions for our students who need transportation. We can reserve TAPS vehicles or our Civic vehicle for students who have completed the DMV Pull Form through the UCM Police Department. We can also reimburse students for using Lyft or UBER. If you need transportation for a communiy engagement related reason, please complete our Transportation Request Form under "Forms."

IF I AM VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITY OUTSIDE OF THE CEC, DO I STILL NEED TO SUBMIT THE MANDATORY FORMS?

If you are a volunteer off-campus and have not visited the Community Engagement Center, you are still required to complete the forms listed on our website before you begin volunteering. These forms are to make sure you are aware of the responsibilities you will have as a volunteer and are part of campus policy.