Request User Account

Request a New User Account

  1. Navigate to Volunteer Central
  2. Enter your email address and desired password, then click sign up.
  3. On the next page, enter your personal information when prompted (none of this information will be public to students unless you determine to make your profile public)
  4. Click on Next: Employer Guidelines 
  5. From here, read the Employer Guidelines, Terms of Service, and Privacy Policy
  6. Click on either Yes or No after the question "Are you a 3rd party recruiter working on behalf of another company?"
  7. Click Next: Confirm Email

Next Steps
email-iconAn email from Handshake should arrive within 10 minutes and will contain a link enabling you to confirm your account.

You must click the link within the email before you can proceed with registration. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please see Handshake's Confirmation Email Troubleshooting Guide.

stop-iconWhen you click Confirm Email in your confirmation email, you will be brought back to Handshake to complete your new account.
If your company is already in Handshake, it should pull up based on the                   domain of your email address. If your agency populates, click request to                 connect. 

stop-iconIf this is not your agency, use the search bar to find your agency. If your agency does not exist, click the Create New Company button to create a new company profile. 

stop-iconIf you do not see the Create New Company button, please email for assistance. 

Connect icon Last, to request to connect with individual schools, click the + button to the right of Indiana University Bloomington. Then click Next: Finish. 

Next step: create a volunteer posting 


Technical Issues and Solutions

After attempting to request an account or login, you may receive an onscreen error message that states that the email you entered already exists in our system. This may occur for the following reasons:

Possibility One

Bloomington Volunteer Network shares volunteer opportunities with IU Corps. We map those volunteer opportunities to each respective agency within Volunteer Central and have already created an account on your behalf. 

Does your agency share open opportunities with BVN? If yes, to gain access to your account do the following: 

  1. Send an email to
  2. Someone from our office will send you a unique invitation link from Handshake, inviting you to join your agency account
  3. Please give us 24 hours to repsond to your request 

Possibility Two

You are requesting an account using your organization's general volunteer manager email account and someone else in your organization already requested an account. 

Solution 1: contact others in your agency to see if they have already requested an account with that username

Solution 2: follow instructions above and reset password

Solution 3: contact us to navigate through the issue with you

Solution 4: request account using an your email rather than the general organization's email