Volunteer Time Off

Dartmouth's Volunteer Time Off Policy, most recently updated March 1, 2024, allows all regular non-union benefit-eligible employees and those eligible per a collective bargaining agreement, up to one day of paid time off from regularly scheduled work hours each fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) to perform volunteer services through eligible nonprofit organizations.


All regular non-union benefit-eligible employees and those eligible per a collective bargaining agreement are eligible for the Volunteer Time Off policy.

Eligible Nonprofit Organizations

Dartmouth will provide Volunteer Time Off for employees to serve any nonprofit organization that does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other category protected by applicable law.

Requesting Volunteer Time Off

Employees must request Volunteer Time Off from their supervisor for approval with reasonable advance notice of the proposed time off. The decision to approve a request is within the discretion of the supervisor, based upon the business and operational needs of the department. In the event that the time proposed conflicts with business needs, the supervisor may suggest alternate times that the employee may use Volunteer Time Off.

Volunteer Time Off may be taken in full or half-day increments (but not less) during regular scheduled work hours.  Employees may also use vacation time for additional volunteer time off, or may volunteer during non-scheduled work hours.

Tracking Volunteer Time Off

Upon completion of volunteering, the employee must complete the online Volunteer Time Off Tracking Form within three business days of the time off (hourly employees will also use VOL when tracking their hours in Kronos).

Finding a Volunteer Opportunity

Use your Volunteer Time Off benefit and sign up for a volunteer opportunity today! Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

Additional Information

View the Volunteer Time Off policy for additional details.

Supervisors, or employees, with questions on the Volunteer Time Off policy should reach out to Human Resources. 

Taking Care of Ourselves & Our Community

We encourage all members of the Dartmouth community to seek help when you need it and to offer it where you are able. In helping others, we increase our own energy and resilience. By taking care of ourselves, we ensure we have the capacity to continue helping others. Please help where you can and seek support if you need it.

Check out these resources: 

  • Wellness at Dartmouth provides a variety of resources, programs, tools and tips to support your overall well-being
  • Faculty/Employee Assistance Program is a free confidential resource for employees and their household members providing access to virtual/telephonic counseling, as well as legal support, financial information and other work-life solutions. Available 24/7 - 844.216.8308.
  • Vermont and NH 211 are sources of support for a broad range of social service needs for any resident of either state.
  • Upper Valley Strong is a group of organizations whose mission is to help communities rebuild after natural disaster.
  • Granite United Way supports many of the organizations above, and is another place to donate your time, skills or financial support.




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