Civic Action Week: Discover Your Pathway

With the many changes that have taken place over the last three months, we know that one thing has not changed: the need for volunteers. Because of this need, the Office Community and Government Relations (CGR) and the Office of PittServes are coming together to host a series of educational and volunteer events for Fall 2020: Pitt Week of Action.

Traditionally, CGR and PittServes would respectively host Day of Caring and Pitt Make a Difference Day (PMADD). Due to the greater and broader needs that the pandemic has caused, these offices are coming together to organize an entire week of engagements directed towards non-profit and neighborhood partners and their missions


There are a number of ways in which you can propose to engage the University of Pittsburgh’s faculty, staff, and students over the week of October 5-10, 2020.

Remote/Virtual service opportunity: an opportunity for individual or grouped volunteers to serve your agency without ANY in-person contact. (e.g. virtual tutoring/mentoring/career share, phone call or Zoom based programming)

In-person volunteering (outdoor): one day project or multi-day project

In-person volunteering (indoor): one day project or multi-day project

*In person projects can consist of no more than 25 volunteers. Pitt transportation buses will only accommodate 16 volunteers*

DIY kits: provide basic instructions for the assembly of an item or kit in support of your agency mission (may require pick up if safety measures are in place)

Drives: ask volunteers to purchase/host a drive for specific items in support of your agency mission (limited)

Partners in Action series: If your personal or agency mission relates to EDUCATION, HEALTH & WELLNESS,DIGITAL ACCESS & EQUITY, BASIC NEEDS, OR CIVIC PARTICIPATION. Please consider lending your expertise to the conversation. We are looking for individuals willing to record educational pieces, facilitate workshops, participate in interviews, and share ways you are looking for volunteer support

Note: We cannot accept requests for direct financial assistance

*Due to the unprecedented circumstances, please note that we cannot guarantee any organization or project a spot in the Week of Service.*

Click here to register your project

Have some questions? Learn more about Civic Action Week by joining one of our upcoming Partner Information sessions


What happens there is a spike in numbers for COVID-19? Will I still be expected to host volunteers?

Both the Offices of Community and Governmental Relations and PittServes are monitoring the situation in Pittsburgh closely. We will follow all guidelines outlined in the University’s Current Operational Posture as well as any extra precautions that are put in place.

If we are unable to host in person projects, you will be contacted immediately and provided with further details. If you are an organization hosting a Virtual or DIY project or participating in the Partners In Action Speaker Series, we will do our best to continue those efforts at the time of a resurgence and will be in constant communication with you.

Our utmost priority is maintaining the safety and health of all volunteers, partners, and staff.

Will in-person projects still take place for 6 hours?

This year we will be limiting projects to 2-3 hours in an effort to keep the health risk at minimum for all volunteers, partners, and staff.

Will virtual and DIY projects be scheduled for a specific time?

Virtual and DIY projects will not be scheduled for a specific time, however, if you have projects that need to be completed by a certain date please include that in your registration or contact Kristy at with those details.

Do I need to provide masks for in person volunteers?

Volunteers will be asked to bring their own masks when they arrive for dismissal the morning of the project. If they do not have a mask, the University will be providing them with one so our partners do not need to.

I am presenting in the Partners In Action Series. How do I find out what day and time I am presenting?

You should receive an email from our staff with a final schedule of events for Civic Action Week. If you do not see your presentation listed, please email

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Kristy at for any questions about Civic Action Week projects.