UCI Volunteer Programs

Affiliation Process for Registered Campus Organizations

Section 1

The Volunteer Programs affiliation process is for Registered Campus Organizations (RCOs) interested in getting more involved with our office and whose organizations goals aligns with our mission.  Volunteer Programs provides opportunities for community engagement and leadership development. Through mutually beneficial campus and community partnerships, students explore social issues by engaging in direct service, reflection, and critical dialogue. We aspire to be a resource that encourages and empowers the campus community to become global leaders.
In order to affiliate with the Volunteer Programs, your RCO must follow these steps:
1. Re-register.
Re-register with the Office of Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs and pay the registration fee. This is not automatic even if your organization was recognized as an RCO during the past academic year. Be sure to indicate your organization's request to affiliate with Volunteer Programs during the registration process.* You will be contacted by our staff in regards to your RCO's affiliation status. For questions about the re-registration process, please contact the Office of Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs at (949) 824-5181.
2. Review and understand the benefits of affiliating with us and your organization's responsibilities.
Read and understand the benefits of affiliating with Volunteer Programs and your RCO's responsibilities to maintain your affiliation status, which you can find below. Share this information with your organization so they can utilize the Volunteer Programs resources.
3. Meet with the Assistant Director of the office of Volunteer Programs.
All new RCOs who have previously not affiliated with us must schedule a meeting with our Assistant Director. At least two authorized signers must be present during this meeting. E-mail your meeting request to Patty Zimmerman at p.zimmerman@uci.edu.
4. Attend quarterly affiliates meetings.
Your organization must attend quarterly affiliates meetings at the Volunteer Programs Office. These meetings are mandatory and are faciliated by our professional staff. Each RCO must send at least one board member to these meetings. Quarterly meetings usually occur during Week 5 each quarter. More information is communicated in advance to all affiliates.
*Affiliation is contingent upon approval by Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs staff. Your RCO will be notified once formal affiliation status has been designated.


  • Provide input on our signature programs (i.e., MLK Day of Service, Engage UCI) via opportunities to participate in planning committees.
  • Receive Volunteer Programs bimonthly and quarterly updates regarding unique leadership opportunities, upcoming events, workshops and resources.
  • Be invited to special events, receptions, leadership programs, and trainings.
  • Be advised on relevant topics such as event planning, budgeting, dialogue facilitation, and risk management by our professional staff.
  • Network with other student groups engaged in direct service, reflection, critical dialogue, and community engagement.
  • Obtain information about relevant leadership and internship opportunities and upcoming on-campus events.