Volunteer and Club FAQs

For general UNICEF information, please see UNICEF USA's Frequently Asked Questions

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


General Volunteer Inquiries:
UNICEF Clubs Specific Inquiries:

How can I become a volunteer for the UNICEF USA?

To become a UNICEF volunteer, please register online here.  UNICEF USA Volunteers support UNICEF’s work to protect the rights of children through Educating, Advocating and Fundraising in their communities. To get started, we highly encourage you to attend our online New Volunteer Orientation webinar. Orientations are held monthly, and you can sign up for this month’s session here. You can also visit our website at unicefusa.org/volunteer and participate in our Action of the Month. 

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I am interested in supporting UNICEF through Advocacy!

Thank you for your interest in supporting UNICEF’s work through Advocacy! Please go to www.unicefusa.org/advocate to take action online and stay up to date on our advocacy efforts.

In addition to our online advocacy initiatives, please consider joining a Congressional Action Team (CAT). If you are based in one of the 16 cities with an active CAT (please see more information here) and are of voting age (18+), please email volunteer@unicefusa.org with your interest, as well as the name of the city to which you are nearest.

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I would like to volunteer, but I live outside the United States.

Here at the UNICEF USA, we provide support for volunteers in the United States who educate, advocate, and fundraise for UNICEF. You can find out if your region has similar programs by visiting www.unicef.org/infobycountry and selecting your country of residence. There, you should be able to find information about opportunities and contact information for that office. 

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I am interested in a job or internship!

If you would like to work at the UNICEF USA offices, all positions are posted on our career page. There are also a limited number of internship opportunities available in select offices. UNICEF USA 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. UNICEF USA 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.  To apply for an internship you must be enrolled in college. 

For other volunteer opportunities, please register as a volunteer where you will receive our monthly Action Alerts for the latest ways you can take action.  You may also  attend our new volunteer orientations which happen once a month that go over UNICEF’s work in 190 countries and territories as well as all the ways you can take action right here in the United States.

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How can I organize a fundraiser or event to support UNICEF?

If you would like to host a fundraiser, approval is required.  Information on applications for events/fundraisers for UNICEF can be found at www.unicefusa.org/usfmaps.  You may join an existing fundraiser, or create your own, using our guidelines. A signed application for a fundraiser to benefit UNICEF requires the organizer to adhere to the rules and regulations governing the use of UNICEF's name and logo.

Within 2 business days of submitting an application on the website, you should receive an email stating whether your event or fundraiser was approved. If your event is approved, you will receive a zip file of resources to help with your fundraiser, including the US Fund for UNICEF logo.

If you are part of a UNICEF Club, check out the UNICEF Club Resources for a fundraising toolkit, and additional helpful resources to organize a successful fundraiser!

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Do you have overseas volunteer opportunities?

Here at the UNICEF USA, we work within the United States to educate, advocate and fundraise on behalf of UNICEF’s lifesaving work around the world. You can explore opportunities with UNICEF in other countries by visiting the UNICEF job website; there you will find opportunities for employment in countries around the world. If you have a particular country you would like to explore, please visit www.unicef.org/infobycountry and select the country of your interest; there may be positions listed on the country website.

There is also a United Nations Volunteers Program, where individuals can apply to work overseas with the United Nations. More information can be found at www.unv.org

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UNICEF Clubs Specific Inquiries:

How can I start a UNICEF Club at my school?

The UNICEF Clubs Program is comprised of a detailed year-long curriculum that empowers students to educate themselves about global humanitarian issues with educational resources and hands-on activities.

For more information, or to register a club, please visit the UNICEF Campus Initiative Page for college students, or the UNICEF High School Clubs Page. There, you can also access the How to Start a Club Toolkit and register your club.

Please note: To become an official UNICEF Club, you must have at least four members as well as a club advisor. Once you are ready, please complete the 2016-2017 UNICEF Clubs Registration. Within two weeks, you will receive an email confirming the status of your club, as well as helpful resources, and any additional steps if necessary.

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What are the guidelines for creating UNICEF branded material (i.e. club t-shirts, posters, etc)?

Creating UNICEF branded materials is a great way to promote your club throughout your campus and community. Any use of the UNICEF logo requires approval prior to use. Please refer to the UNICEF Clubs Brand Book for guidelines, and send any designs to volunteer@unicefusa.org for approval.

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What types of events, projects, and fundraisers do typical UNICEF Clubs carry out?

The UNICEF Clubs Program is comprised of a detailed year-long curriculum that empowers students to educate themselves about global humanitarian issues with educational resources and hands-on activities. Campus Initiative members aim to educate, advocate, and fundraise on behalf of UNICEF. Check out our UNICEF Clubs Calendar on our resources page for ideas and suggested monthly themes.

Among other things, these activities include bake sales, benefit concerts, sports tournaments, and other fundraisers, working with local elementary schools, panel discussions, and letter writing campaigns to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF Clubs may also set up booths at their schools to promote children’s issues and participate in anchor programs such as Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. For information on how to complete a fundraiser, check out our UNICEF Clubs Fundraising Guide!

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How can I make a monthly donation?

By making a tax-deductible monthly donation of $5, $10, $15 or any amount to the UNICEF USA, you can provide children with lifesaving vaccines and anti-malarial bednets, emergency relief following natural disasters and much more. To set up your gift today, visit our Monthly Giving donation page.

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Where can I submit my UNICEF Club's content to be highlighted on social media, the website, and more?

Whether it is through our social media on #ShoutoutSaturdays, on our website, or via our UNICEF Clubs Newsletter, we love to highlight successful club events, and projects. Please submit your club’s content via the volunteer Share Your Story form, and we will follow up with you when we use it! We love hearing about your club’s successes, and sharing them with other clubs in our community to promote collaboration and support.

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