Civic Engagement Volunteering

Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. (Ehrlich, 2000, p.vi)

The Center for Student Engagement provides resources designed to build a culture of civic engagement, including:

Connect Shuttle

The CONNECT is a 25-passenger shuttle bus that student organizations and student services departments may request for free transportation to civic and community engagement projects. The shuttle bus was funded in 2014 with funds from the department of Student Services and ASUN.

More information on the CONNECT Shuttle.

GivePulse

Launched using funding from ASUN in summer 2016, GivePulse connects students, faculty, staff and community partners. Organizations on and off campus can post their upcoming volunteer opportunities where individuals (or other groups) can find them and sign up to participate. Additionally, individuals and groups who volunteer in posted opportunities can track their impact and recruit others. Whether you're a student, a club or a community partner organization, we want to get you connected on GivePulse.

For Individual Students

All individual University of Nevada, Reno students already have a login via their NetID. Follow these steps:

  1. Visit unr.givepulse.com and click Log In in the top right.
  2. Select Log In with NetID and enter your campus credentials.
  3. You will arrive at the University of Nevada, Reno GivePulse homepage where you can view upcoming volunteer opportunities (events), find other users or find other on-campus organizations (subgroups) to join. You are set to participate in any events or subgroups you wish!

In addition to signing up on GivePulse, here are some other possibilities:

    • Join a service-based student organization. 
    • Subscribe to our iLeadNevada List Serve to receive regular email updates on volunteer opportunities.
    • Become a volunteer facilitator. Facilitators are student leaders who take the lead on projects, which includes checking people in, volunteering with the group, communicating with the community partner representative, and leading a reflection discussion with the other students participating in the project. You can request to join the iLeadNevada Facilitators group on GivePulse after you've activated your account.

For ASUN-Recognized Clubs and Organizations

All student clubs and organizations automatically have a GivePulse subgroup created when they receive ASUN recognition. To become an admin for the subgroup and use it to post events, approve individual members, track your organization's impact and more, you must attend a GivePulse training. Please follow these steps:

  1. Visit unr.givepulse.com and click Log In in the top right.
  2. Select Log In with NetID and enter your campus credentials.
  3. You will arrive at the University of Nevada, Reno homepage. Scroll down to Events & Opportunities.
  4. Select a date and time from the list of available GivePulse trainings and register to attend. GivePulse training takes approximately one hour.

For On-Campus Departments

On-campus faculty members and departments can always contact the Center for Student Engagement for assistance posting events and opportunities on GivePulse. Additionally, they have the option to request access to post on their own. To do this, please follow these steps:

  1. Fill out our Security/Authorization Form on SharePoint.
  2. Visit unr.givepulse.com and click Log In in the top right.
  3. Select Log In with NetID and enter your campus credentials.
  4. You will arrive at the University of Nevada, Reno homepage. Scroll down to Events & Opportunities.
  5. Select a date and time from the list of available GivePulse trainings and register to attend. GivePulse training takes approximately one hour.

For Community-Based Organizations Interested in Partnering

  1. Fill out our Community Partner Interest Form.
  2. A representative from the Center for Student Engagement will be in contact with you to set up a site visit. The purpose of the site visit is to ensure the partnership is a good fit for the community partner and University. During the site visit, we will go over the function and logistics of the partnership (how the students will serve, how many hours, etc.), and roles and expectations. Site Visit Form Template.
  3. After these steps have been completed, you are recognized as a partner and can work with the Center for Student Engagement to recruit student volunteers. Recognized partners can always contact the Center for Student Engagement for assistance posting events and opportunities on GivePulse. Additionally, they have the option to request access to post on their own. To do this, proceed to step 4.
  4. You will receive a login for the GivePulse system and information about how to sign up for an upcoming GivePulse training date. GivePulse training takes approximately one hour.

Waiver Form link:

Volunteer waiver