Governor Larry Hogan is offering state employees an unusual volunteer opportunity to strengthen Maryland communities, particularly in Baltimore; four hours of paid administrative leave for service. University of Maryland faculty and staff can participate, and we want to make it as simple as possible for you to join this important effort. The governor created the “Maryland Unites” program to “assist families and enhance the restoration of hope.” UMD President Wallace Loh has endorsed the effort as an expression of the university’s service mission, a chance for us to be good neighbors on a broad scale. To this end, we are launching “Terps in Support of Maryland Unites.” The University’s Office of Community Engagement, in conjunction with University Human Resources and the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance has identified various distinct service opportunities, taking place from July 29 through December 31, 2015. Project choices include food storage and prep at the Capital Area Food Bank, students mentoring and tutoring in reading, math and art at GapBuster, Inc., and various construction projects at REAL School Gardens, among several others. Visit marylandunites.umd.edu for the full listing of UMD-coordinated projects. Before participating, you and your supervisor need to sign the University of Maryland, College Park Agreement to Participate in Volunteer Services Form.
- All faculty, exempt, and non-exempt staff are eligible to participate upon supervisor approval.
- You may receive up to four hours of paid administrative leave to perform qualifying volunteer service during normal working hours. The leave must be pre-approved by your supervisor and scheduled at a time when it will not interfere with essential functions of your unit or department.
- The volunteer service must be performed in conjunction with an organization that has a valid 501-(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service.
- Under the law, the volunteer service must not attempt to promote religious beliefs, or influence legislation, governmental policy, or elections to public office.
- A participating employee may not receive any direct benefits or compensation for the services.
- Time spent commuting to and from the volunteer service site, or time the employee volunteers after regularly scheduled work hours do not qualify for this program.
After completing the Agreement to Participate in Volunteer Service Form, please register by going to marylandunites.umd.edu and clicking on “Register Here.” Once registered, you will be able to participate in a qualifying volunteer service. After completion of the volunteer service, you will need to complete the Verification of Volunteer Service Form. This form requires information about the organization you volunteered for, as well as, the signatures from the program supervisor, you, and your supervisor. After submitting the Verification of Volunteer Service Form to your supervisor they will record the leave on your timesheet as “Admin Lv – MD Unites” from the drop down menu of additional leave codes. Again, details can be found on the website: marylandunites.umd.edu or questions may be directed to the Office of Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Catherine Bennett at 301-405-1113.
We encourage all faculty and staff to give back to the community through volunteer service, as part of Terps in Support of Maryland Unites. You can make a genuine difference in the life of a neighbor.
Last updated: July 24, 2015