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Employee volunteers use community service leave hours to help address community-identified needs.

Employee Service

VCU Serves connects VCU employees with volunteer opportunities that support Richmond's communities.

Who can use VCU paid service leave?

12-month faculty, classified staff and university and academic professionals

Up to 16 hours of paid community service leave each calendar year are available to 12-month faculty and classified staff. Paid community service leave may be used when meeting with school officials, such as a child's parent-teacher meeting, performing approved public sector volunteer work or participating in volunteer community service organizations. Learn more about Virginia School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave, DHRM 4.40, online.

University and academic professionals

VCU Enhanced Community Service leave is available to university and academic professionals. Enhanced Community Service Leave is 16 hours of paid leave and may be used to volunteer with sponsored organizations or programs through VCU or VCU Health. Qualifying service opportunities are available online. Enhanced Community Service Leave is in addition to the regular paid community service leave, providing university and academic professionals a total of 32 hours paid community service leave. 

For questions about paid community service leave, contact your human resources professional. 

For questions about qualifying Enhanced Community Service Leave opportunities or other community service opportunities, contact Tito Luna at

Where to find service opportunities

There are hundreds of service opportunities in and around Richmond. Find the right opportunity for you. 

  • VCU Serves opportunities is a curated list of service opportunities that support VCU and VCU Health initiatives and programs or physically located near VCU and VCU Health. Opportunities found on this list qualify for VCU enhanced community service leave.
  • HandsOn Greater Richmond provides resources to support meaningful volunteer engagement within the greater Richmond region. Service opportunities found through HandsOn Greater Richmond are eligible for up to 16 hours of paid service leave but may not qualify for enhanced community service leave.

Ram Hygiene Supply Drive

The VCU Health Hub at 25th is sponsoring a hygiene supply drive in partnership with the Richmond Public Library to benefit those experiencing financial hardship and housing insecurity. The drive goes through Nov. 30, with collection boxes at James Branch Cabell Library, Health Sciences Library, Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center and VCU Police. Travel sizes of the following items are requested: shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, combs and feminine hygiene products.

Hygiene Supply Drive: Oct. 28-Nov. 30, 2020/James Branch Cable Library, 901 Park Ave.; Health Sciences Library, 509. N. 12th St.; Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St.; VCU Police, 224 E. Broad St.

Supporting Communities and Partners through a Crisis

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has profoundly impacted the communities where we live and serve. Now, perhaps more than ever, VCU community partners and Richmond region nonprofits, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations need help to serve those most affected by COVID and other crises. Use your paid community service leave to volunteer with a local organization when support is most needed and stay safe while volunteering. Review the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service guidelines for health and safety before volunteering. 

Areas of current and immediate need:

Donate blood

Send a card or email to a VCU Health Employee

Help distribute meals with Richmond Public Schools

Prepare and package food at Feed More's Community Kitchen

Donate or deliver supplies through Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Richmond

HJWA clean-up June 2020

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Professional Fraternity Organizes (Socially-Distanced) Community Clean-Up

“We got the idea for a community clean-up because we thought actions speak louder than words, and with everything that's been occurring throughout our community, this was one way to show support.” - Will Burns, ’21


Frequently asked questions

For additional questions about organizations or finding volunteer opportunities, email For questions about your leave benefits, please contact VCU Leave Administration at or 828-1712.

Employees may use CSL and E-CSL during regularly scheduled work hours. Service leave cannot be used on paid holidays and during hours when employees are not required to work. 

  • Obtain verbal or written approval from your supervisor
  • Submit a leave request in RealTime (or AIM for employees in Facilities Management)  
  • Select leave code “81 – Enhanced Comm Service Leave”
  • Include travel time in your request
  • Enter the volunteer organization’s name in the description box

Service leave hours not taken in a leave year (January 10 – January 9) cannot be carried forward to the next year. There is no payment for unused community service leave upon separation from employment.

No. E-CSL is a benefit for University and Academic Professionals, developed as part of VCU’s Great Place HR Redesign.  


Community service leave opportunities may be found on this page and via our monthly newsletter. Subscribe online. Another great resource is HandsOn Greater Richmond.

If you have E-CSL, employees may volunteer with approved community partners.

Yes. To request that a new community partner be added to the pre-approved list, employees should submit an E-CSL Partner Inclusion Request form at least 7 days in advance of the volunteer opportunity. Employees will receive a decision from the Center for Community Engagement and Impact via email.

Service leave is taken using the honor system. While VCU Human Resources does not require proof, your supervisor may request proof of service at his/her/their discretion. Here is a sample form you can use: Volunteer Service Verification Form


Student volunteerism falls under the Office of Student Leadership & Civic Engagement.


How do you serve with VCU?

Use the hashtag #VCUServes to let us know how you volunteer in the community or email us at Submissions will be considered for featuring on the Center for Community Engagement and Impact website, social media and the employee service newsletter, 32 with VCU.

Subscribe to 32 with VCU, the employee service newsletter.