The Office of Student Life believes volunteering is an essential component of a well-rounded and fulfilling college experience, and would like to help you get involved and make a difference. Whether you are interested in volunteering for fun and personal fulfillment, to earn service hours or as a part of a group or organization, please visit our list of volunteer opportunities or the campus calendar for more information on upcoming volunteer experiences.
Reasons to Volunteer
Whether you are cleaning up debris from a tornado, improving
houses in the community or creating a safe and fun place for children to “trunk
or treat,” volunteering is one of the most beneficial and rewarding experiences
a person can have. There are
numerous reasons to volunteer, including:
- Connecting with your community
- Conserving the funds of charities, nonprofits
and organizations by donating your time
- Sharing your established skills and acquiring
- Developing self-esteem and self-confidence
- Meeting new people and having new experiences
- Enhancing your resume and making networking
- Promoting a worthwhile activity, and inspiring
others to do the same
Planning a Group Project
Volunteering as a group can help bring your group closer,
build or improve communication skills and foster teamwork. If you are planning
a group volunteer project, you may find the following tips helpful:
- Pick a meaningful volunteer experience.
to pick a project that ties into your organization’s mission or that is
meaningful to your group members.
an experience that focuses on your strengths, using what your group and its
individuals already know and are good at.
your group’s volunteer work on one or two specific causes, rather than
spreading your members too thin working on numerous causes.
- Prepare for the event.
the event with enough time to recruit and coordinate volunteers.
contact with the organization or agency you will be volunteering for and call to
confirm approximately one week before the event.
- Reflect on the experience.
your group members discuss and reflect upon how the volunteer experience
impacted the agency, the community, your group and themselves.
changes the volunteer experience from simply doing something nice to being an
integral part of the community.