Volunteering FAQs

If your question isn't answered below, please contact us at volunteer@unicefusa.org.

 
 
How do I become a volunteer for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF?

To become a UNICEF volunteer, please register online here.  As a registered volunteer, you’ll have access to UNICEF resources, including one pagers, toolkits, and articles, and you will be able to subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest information about UNICEF’s programs and volunteer opportunities! 

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How do I find out more information about the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's volunteer program?

For more information about our volunteer program and the many ways to volunteer for UNICEF, please visit our U.S. Initiatives page, where you will find information on all U.S. Fund for UNICEF campaigns and programs, such as Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the UNICEF Tap Project, the UNICEF High School Club Program and the UNICEF Campus Initiative. All programs afford volunteers the opportunity to educate, advocate and fundraise on behalf of UNICEF in their communities.

For any questions or concerns you may have, please contact us at volunteer@unicefusa.org.    

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What volunteer opportunities are available?

There are many ways that you can volunteer your time for UNICEF! From joining a school club to hosting your own fundraiser, volunteers have countless opportunities to educate, advocate, and fundraise on behalf of UNICEF. For more information about the many volunteer opportunities available, please visit our website; there, you can navigate to opportunities available to high school students, college students, and professionals, as well as resources you can use in your community to support UNICEF’s work. 

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Who volunteers with UNICEF? Is there an age requirement to volunteer?

U.S. Fund for UNICEF Volunteers are an integral part of a vast network of supporters across the United States that has increased awareness of issues of child survival, advocated on behalf of, and raised or leveraged funds for UNICEF for nearly 60 years.  Our volunteers are of all ages, gender and race/ethnicity living in the United States.  While we welcome volunteers of all ages, we ask that volunteers under the age of 13 conducting UNICEF-related activities be supervised by an adult such as a guardian, teacher or club advisor.  Only individuals who are of 13 years of age or older can register online as a volunteer. 

Please note we are only able to work with individuals in the United States.  If you are located outside the United States, please contact the UNICEF office closest to you.  To locate the closest office, please visit www.unicef.org/infobycountry and click on your country’s name for that country office’s contact information and program details. 

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Are there special student or youth volunteer programs?

There are many UNICEF activities for students and youth. For youth over the age of 13, we invite you to register online here. Once you are registered, you'll have access to special volunteer resources, be able to communicate with other volunteers who are working to make a difference, and receive the latest information about UNICEF's programs and volunteer opportunities.

Youth may also support of UNICEF by:

  • Joining the UNICEF High School Club Program, which offers tools for youth to learn about global issues and then take action on behalf of those issues in their communities.
  • Creating your own webpage and introducing friends and family to UNICEF using our online fundraising tools. Visit our fundraisers page to learn more.
  • Participating in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the Original Kids Helping Kids® campaign, was created and inspired by kids. This fundraiser has empowered generations to make lasting change in their global community. Visit trickortreatforunicef.org for more information.

Additionally, college students may participate as members of our Campus Initiative program. The UNICEF Campus Initiative is a student-led program on college campuses that partners with the U.S Fund for UNICEF to perform three main functions: educating about, advocating for, and fundraising for UNICEF's lifesaving work. 

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Are internships available?

A limited number of internship opportunities are available in our New York City National Headquarters. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF does not have overseas internships. Placement is subject to the needs of the organization, and the skills and interests of the intern. Interns help in a variety of activities, including research, analysis, marketing, and communications. Interns also assist in general office support and special projects. For more information on available internships and other job offerings with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, please visit http://www.unicefusa.org/about/people/unicef-jobs-and-careers/unicef-internshipsFor internships at UNICEF Headquarters, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_46744.html.

If you see an internship that meets your interest and qualifications, please complete the online application by clicking on the internship that interests you. Internship applications are accepted year-round. To be considered for intern opportunities, email a letter of interest and resume to hr@unicefusa.org. Be sure to indicate the time-frame you are available. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF does not provide financial support for interns. All successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel, lodging and living expenses during the internship period. 

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What is the volunteer commitment?

You may volunteer as many hours as you would like and are able to.  Most volunteers spend 5 to 10 hours a month on UNICEF volunteer activities.  Please keep in mind your availability when choosing a volunteer activity to participate in.  Some activities and events will require more time than others. 

U.S. Fund for UNICEF asks that volunteers:

  • Promote education, advocacy, and fundraising initiatives on behalf of UNICEF.
  • Maintain political impartiality on issues when representing UNICEF.
  • Download our volunteer resources.
  • Read, understand, and abide by the national grass roots volunteer policies and procedures.
  • Register all events and fundraisers for approval at www.unicefusa.org/usfmaps
  • Contribute time from your schedule each month to UNICEF-related activities.

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What are the benefits of volunteering with UNICEF?

As a U.S. Fund for UNICEF volunteer, you will:

  • Learn how UNICEF has saved more lives than any other humanitarian organization and is the leader in the field of child survival.  Working in over 190 countries and territories, in areas from nutrition to protection, HIV/AIDS to education, no other organization surpasses UNICEF’s vast experience, extensive resources, global presence and perspective in helping save children’s lives.
  • Be kept up-to-date on UNICEF’s work in emergencies such as natural disasters, armed conflict crises, etc.
  • Gain access to volunteer-only resources and publications, and be sent invitations and notification of special events and local volunteer opportunities.
  • Receive an official volunteer card with your name and member ID number by registering and providing us with an up-to-date mailing address
  • Upon request, receive a confirmation of your volunteer hours as overseen and approved by a supervisor or faculty advisor (for students). 

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How can the U.S. Fund for UNICEF support me as a volunteer?

Our volunteer website hosts a multitude of resources and information for our volunteers, including resources to help you educate, advocate and fundraise on behalf of UNICEF. On our website, you can also add your voice to the discussion, networking with other volunteers and find information about online trainings to learn more about UNICEF's work.
 
Any additional questions or concerns regarding the volunteer program can be directed to volunteer@unicefusa.org

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Do you have any travel abroad or overseas volunteer programs?

UNICEF does not deploy volunteers to overseas, but rather we utilize the United Nations Volunteer Program.  More information can be found at www.unv.org. Other organizations that offer overseas volunteer programs may include Habitat for Humanity, Care USA, and United Planet. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Thank you for your commitment to the world’s children.

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How do I apply for a job with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF or UNICEF? What are the requirements for a position with both organizations?

As a fundraising organization serving UNICEF, positions at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF are typically in the marketing and fundraising areas and are based here in the United States. Job opportunities and requirements may be viewed at our website at www.unicefusa.org/jobs. To find a list of current employment opportunities and requirements for employment with UNICEF globally, please see UNICEF's website. Please follow the formal procedures established by UNICEF and the UN.

If you see any positions that meet your skills and interests, please apply through the website.

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What are the guidelines for fundraisers? Can I create my own fundraiser? After my event, where should I send in my donation and will I receive an acknowledgement?

Guidelines for fundraisers to benefit UNICEF can be found on the Fundraiser and Events Application. You may choose a fundraiser from one of our toolkits or create your own, using our guidelines. 

Donations can be sent to us at our National headquarters in New York to the below address:

U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Volunteer and Community Partnerships
125 Maiden Lane
New York, New York 10038

Please note we only accept checks and money orders through the mail. Checks and money orders can be made payable to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. 

Online credit card donations can be made at unicefusa.org/donate.

Acknowledgements will be sent to donors making a donation via check, money orders and credit card. Donors will receive an official acknowledgement 4-6 weeks after we receive the donation.

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What if I don't want to or can't take a leadership role in hosting a fundraiser or educational event? How else can I get involved with UNICEF?

There are many ways for volunteers to make an impact other than hosting an event. Other volunteer activities include advocating on behalf of UNICEF by writing your legislators and signing petitions; reading UNICEF stories to learn about the challenges facing the world's children and UNICEF's work; sharing your thoughts and ideas with other volunteers by joining the discussion on our website; and volunteering at or attending a local volunteer-led UNICEF event
 

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Who should I contact for information for my school report or for interviews about UNICEF?

Due to limited staff resources, we aren't able to respond to each individual request for information. Therefore, we suggest that you visit unicefusa.org for programs in the United States, and unicef.org for information about the more than 150 countries around the world where UNICEF works, and specific information about the programs UNICEF conducts.

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How do I verify if I am a volunteer?

While we do not issue verification letters for our volunteers, you may use the confirmation e-mail that you receive when registering as volunteer as a mean of verification. If a donor or business asks for further verification for your local UNICEF volunteer activity, you may direct all inquiries to volunteer@unicefusa.org

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