State Employees Responding as Volunteers (SERV)

What is SERV?

SERV (State Employees Responding as Volunteers) is an employee benefit available as a result of Governor Patrick’s Executive Order 479 which provides an opportunity for employees to give back to their communities by volunteering at approved nonprofit organizations.

Who can volunteer?

Upon written approval, university employees with at least six months of service may volunteer for up to one day per month (7.5/8.0 hours) for approved activities; part-time employees are eligible on a pro-rated basis. Seasonal, intermittent, and contract employees are not eligible. Upon approval, the one day per month may be broken into increments which do not exceed the 7.5/8 hours allowed.

What types of volunteer activities are acceptable?

Volunteer activities must take place in an accredited nonprofit organization or a public entity, such as a public school. Out-of-state organizations are not included and not all nonprofit agencies are on the state approved list for a variety of reasons. SERV volunteers cannot perform services which could be considered political or partisan or a promotion of religion.

The four types of SERV activities are:

  • Mentoring Programs
  • School Volunteer Programs
  • Foster Care Leave
  • Community Service Leave

Procedures to Follow, Step by Step
To view the entire Westfield State University SERV brochure, click here.

Serv Guidelines
Click here to learn about what is expected

Approved Volunteer Agencies
All Local government offices (city/town government) in Mass. that fall into the catagories of education, school volunteers, environment, health, human services, and public safety are SERV approved

Click here to find a list of agencies that have been approved as a location for your volunteer service

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Click here to find upcoming specific volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Leave Request Form
This form must be filled out and signed by proper university officials before you engage in volunteer work.

Verification of Volunteer Services Form
This form must be filled out by you and brought to your volunteer agency for their signature in order to verify your volunteer work.

Register to Volunteer
If you know that you want to volunteer but don’t have a particular agency that you are committed to, you may register to be contacted by us when volunteers are requested for specific projects.  Register here