Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of WWW?

WWW is Webster University's annual community service day. This one-day event offers students, faculty, staff and alums the opportunity to work together and volunteer at various non-profit organizations. It's a great way for the Webster University community to interact with each other outside of the classroom or work environment while helping someone in need. We also hope that this one day of community service will motivate volunteers to make community service a part of their lives on a regular basis.

How can I sign up to volunteer?

Volunteers can sign up online on the WWW website. The online sign-up page will be available in September. You can search for a project by typing in a key word (children, music, painting, etc.), or view the entire alphabetical list of available projects. Projects are listed by agency name, along with a project description and the number of volunteers needed. You can click on the project description to get more details (Team Leader, location, time and date of project and other volunteers for that project.) Click on the "Sign Up" button to register yourself as a volunteer for that particular project. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.

What is a Team Leader?

Team Leaders are volunteers who serve as liaisons between individual volunteers and the agency in need. The Team Leader plays a critical role in communicating the details of the project and coordinating volunteers.

What are the responsibilities of a Team Leader?

Responsibilities of the Team Leader include verification of details with the agency (time, location, number of volunteers needed, expectations), contacting volunteers on their team to make sure they know all of the details, arrange for transportation for volunteers if needed, pick up t-shirts and paperwork and distribute them to the team on the day of WWW, and making sure volunteers sign the roster and complete evaluations.

How do I sign up to be a Team Leader?

If you are interested in being a Team Leader, please view the project list available in August on the WWW website. Type in the words: "team leader needed" in the search window to view all projects that are in need of a Team Leader. After finding the project that is best for you, click on the project description and sign up for the project. Please make sure to indicate "yes" for the question: "Are you interested in being a Team Leader?" You will be contacted regarding your project and given additional details about your project.

Can I reserve a project for my group? (class, residence hall, sports team)

YES! If you wish to reserve a particular project for your group, please sign up as a Team Leader and immediately contact Heather Arora heatherarora13@webster.edu or call 968-5986 to let her know that you would like to hold that project for a certain group. The online project description will be updated to reflect the "Reserved" status to ensure your group gets that project. Please keep in mind the number of volunteers needed for each project so that the project you choose is compatible with the number of volunteers in your group.

After I sign up to be a volunteer, what will happen?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail after signing up for a project. The e-mail will contain the details for the project, including a list of names of the other volunteers and the Team Leader. The Team Leader's name will have an e-mail address next to it. Make note of the Team Leader's e-mail address in case you need to contact them as you get closer to the day of your project. You should receive information from your Team Leader regarding your team's meeting place and time, transportation and any other details needed for the day of your project. If you have not heard from your Team Leader a week prior to WWW, please e-mail him or her directly.

What happens the day of WWW?

Each team will have a plan for where and when to meet for your project. Make sure you dress appropriately. After arriving at your project location, find your Team Leader to check in. You will sign the roster and get your WWW t-shirt. After your team meets with the on-site coordinator, you will start your volunteer work. Once the job is completed, you will indicate how many hours you worked on the roster sheet, receive an evaluation form from your Team Leader. Some project locations may supply volunteers with a lunch or snack, others take a break to leave for lunch. Check with your Team Leader to see how your lunch break will be handled.

What if I have class that day and cannot participate?

Because community service should be done on a volunteer basis, Webster University cannot make professors cancel their class for WWW day. Some classes only meet once a week, therefore, time in the classroom is needed. Many professors will cancel class and allow students to participate in WWW on their own (some may ask for proof). Other classes participate as a group and make WWW a group project. If you want to volunteer for WWW, but you cannot get out of your class, please check the online project list for alternative projects that are in the evening or on the weekend. These projects may better suit your schedule. Also, many projects start early in the morning and are finished by noon, or some start at 4 p.m. and finish in the evening. If you need help finding a project to fit your schedule, please contact Heather at heatherarora13@webster.edu.

How do I get my free WWW T-shirt?

Your Team Leader will distribute your t-shirts when you meet for your project on the day of WWW. You may be able to receive your t-shirt a day or two before your project if arrangements are made with your Team Leader to do so. Every volunteer will receive a T-shirt. Because we have to order t-shirts well in advance, we cannot guarantee that every volunteer will receive the exact size of t-shirt requested.

How can I serve as a Team Leader to an organization/project not on the WWW project list?

If you would like to serve as the Team Leader and have a team of volunteers work on a project at a particular agency that is not on the list, please contact Heather Arora atheatherarora13@webster.edu or 968-5986. We will invite the agency to participate and have them design a project. We encourage students, faculty and staff to help introduce new organizations to WWW.

Why is WWW during the week instead of on a Saturday?

Since WWW began in 1995, Webster University's one-day community service day has been held on a Wednesday so that the maximum number of faculty, staff and students can participate. We all know that weekends tend to get filled up with personal activities, and since WWW is a university-sponsored event, it is best if it is held on a day when classes are in session. By incorporating WWW into the classroom, we hope that students will receive a service learning experience. It is also an excellent way for classmates and co-workers to get to know each other outside of their usual environment. Also, many of the organizations we help are only open during the week.

Why do we have WWW one time a year?

You may not realize it, but the planning for WWW takes place year-round. With over 2,000 volunteers and more than 200 projects worldwide, it is no small activity to organize. Because of the number of people, campuses and agencies involved, it would be too time consuming to have WWW more than one time a year. By having just one community service day per year, it allows the entire Webster University community to come together and serve as volunteers at the same time, making quite an impact in local communities. We hope that this will not be the only day that our faculty, staff, students and alums think about community service, but that WWW will act as a springboard and will motivate everyone to get more involved in helping their communities throughout the year.

How can I get involved in community service after WWW is done?

Most of the organizations that participate in WWW would love to have volunteers on a regular basis. Please contact Heather at heatherarora13@webster.edu or 968-5986 for more information on getting in touch with the agencies that participate in WWW. Webster University also has a Habitat for Humanity chapter and a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer group. To get involved with Habitat for Humanity, e-mail Merry at mgraf@webster.edu and for BBBS, e-mail Colette at cumminco@webster.edu.