Seeking additional experience? Consider helping your community. Offer your time to organizations that rely on volunteers to function. Gain and graduate with the experience that will help you find a job. Volunteering may be a part of your life whether in school or when you graduate. Consider these five simple reasons to make volunteering part of your college experience:
- You can make a difference, and contribute to things you care about.
- Volunteering may help you find a career path and explore new interests.
- Volunteering provides opportunities to work with diverse populations. Meet other students and members of your community.
- Employers seek students who have leadership skills and experience. Volunteering is an opportunity to gain just that.
- Short or long term commitment that allows you to improve your community and gain real world experience.
Guidelines For a Successful Volunteering Experience:
Understand Your Community Needs
- Be open and flexible to new experiences and expectations
- Assist with the community needs that exist independently from you own expectations
- Opportunities will arise unexpectedly, and not at the time/manner you would anticipate
- It is important that you have a positive volunteer experience
- You have the right to say no if you are uncomfortable
- Be oriented/trained to the organization (background check may be included)
- Have your service hours documented and be supervised
- Represent Bauer and UH professionally
- No need to accept gifts or give to clients
- Volunteer with enthusiasm and commitment
- In case of serious injury, contact your manager
- Be properly trained to use any equipment
- Wear protective clothes/equipment
- Be aware of your environment
Always Be Prepared
- Arrive on time
- Dress appropriate
- Take responsibility for any missed shifts
- Is illegal and will not be tolerated
- Seek out the program coordinator about any unwelcomed situation
- Contact the Rockwell Career Center
- Never take clients in your vehicle (unless it is part of your program and you have clearance with all parties involved)
- In the event of an accident or incident you may be held liable
- Seek out the program coordinator if you have questions
Confidentiality and Personal Information
- Do not disclose any personal information about clients
- Maintain client and agency information with confidentiality
- Respect the privacy of clients, be mindful of records laws (FERPA)
Termination of Your Service
- Give at least two weeks notice
- Be respectful and professional
Should you have any questions, concerns or for more information, contact Oliver Blanco, Career Counselor, in the Rockwell Career Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 832-842-6123.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the volunteer rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 26.5 for the year ending in September 2012. About 64.5 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2011 and September 2012. The decline in the volunteer rate in 2012 followed an increase of one-half of a percentage point in 2011.Make a difference and volunteer today!