You want to volunteer? Great! But before you get started it's important that you have an understanding of what you are getting into.
Volunteering takes time, dedication, and commitment. So start by getting an idea of times you or your organization are available to volunteer. Determine if you or your organization are going to commit to serving on a regular basis (weekly) or on a one-time basis (special projects). Please note that many agencies prefer you come on a regular basis.
What are you or your organization interested in doing? Is there anything you know that you don't want to do? Once you have a feel for the kind of service you'd like to do it will be easier to pick a project.
Contact the top two (or more) agencies you or members of your organization are interested in working with and let them know you are considering serving there. Ask questions. (What exactly will I be asked to do? Who will I report to? Will I have direct contact with clients? Do you have enough work for the number of people that will be joining me? etc.)
Decide which service site(s) best suit you and/or your organization's interest(s)/schedule(s) based on your findings. Be sure to let the agency(ies) that you decided not to work with know so they are not expecting you.
Once you have decided on a site, arrange a time to meet with the Agency Site Supervisor. Attend any trainings/orientations and complete any paper work the agency requires of its volunteers. Complete the Service-Learning Agreement and Experiential Learning Letter of Understanding with your Agency Site Supervisor and return to the appropriate individuals. Upon each visit, you are responsible for maintaining hours you are serving on a Log Sheet.
We encourage you to reflect on your experiences. Time spent in Reflection counts toward service hours because doing is equally as important as reflecting! If you would like to schedule a reflection session, please call x2930 and a staff member will provide you with the materials you will need to facilitate one on your own. Staff are also available to facilitate a reflection session for your organization.
Take a few moments to evaluate your experience in order that we may improve the program.
We would love for you to share your pictures, success stories, quotes, etc.! Email Jordan Bynum if you'd like to share your experience!
Would you like to have an individual log of your volunteer hours? Join our page on Lancer Link.