2019 National Senior Games – Rise to the Occasion, UNM Volunteers Needed
Albuquerque is excited to host the National Senior Games, taking place June 14 – June 25, 2019. With approximately 10,000 athletes from all 50 states and some international countries expected to participate, hosting the National Senior Games is a tremendous opportunity for the City but also, has logistical and staffing challenges.
President Stokes is challenging the UNM Community to meet the goal of 1,000 UNM faculty, staff and student volunteers to help support the event.
Volunteers are needed for a large variety of activities, including greeters, shuttle coordinators, hospitality, sporting event support and much more. Licensed medical personnel are also encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers typically serve a minimum of 4 hours. Volunteers will receive a 2019 National Senior Games t-shirt, access to volunteer hospitality areas at all sites and locations; a training handbook and a link to a video with volunteer training. For those that are interested, in-person training will also be available.
Not only will UNM volunteers help support this important city event, eligible regular exempt and nonexempt employees can receive up to five hours of paid time for community engagement during normal work hours.
About Paid Leave for Community Engagement
Utilizing UAP 3300, 3.2. Community Engagement, President Stokes encourages volunteer participation and has authorized paid leave for community engagement in an amount up to five hours, for eligible regular exempt and nonexempt staff employees, during normal work hours, dependent on business/department needs.
To qualify for the paid leave to support Community Engagement; the following criterion applies:
Must be a regular exempt or nonexempt staff.
Prior approval from Supervisor.
Volunteer hours that fall outside of the employees regularly scheduled work hours are not eligible for paid leave.
Hours that exceed the authorized five (5) hours (within employees regular work hours and with prior supervisor approval) can be offset with Flex Scheduling and/or Annual Leave.
For purpose of computing overtime compensation, the five (5) hours of community engagement are not considered time worked.
Proof of participation is required and will be confirmed. Proof of volunteer hours will be provided by the City of Albuquerque following completion of the Senior Games. (When registering to volunteer be sure to use your UNM email and indicate your affiliation with UNM.)
For time reporting purposes, Time Keepers should use Earn Code 300 (Other Paid Leave).
How to Volunteer
Register to volunteer at https://NSGA.com/volunteer. Please use your UNM email address and indicate UNM affiliation when registering. This will assist UNM in identifying our level of support in reaching the goal of 1,000 UNM volunteers and ensure you receive paid volunteer time.
About the Senior Games
The National Senior Games is governed by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA), a nonprofit Multi-Sports Council member of the United States Olympic Committee that promotes health and wellness for adults 50 and over through education, fitness and sport. The NSGA, which has been held every two years since 1987, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for people 50 and over.
For questions regarding the Senior Games, contact Connie Beimer, UNM’s Director of Government Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact your HR Consultant, at email@example.com for questions regarding eligibility for paid leave and/or leave reporting.