Students as Volunteers
Students choose to volunteer for many reasons. They may be interested in exploring potential careers or building their resume, or giving back to the community by addressing an issue they are passionate about. There are several resources to consider for reaching out to students:
For ongoing volunteer opportunities:
For one-time events:
Outreach to Special Student Populations
You may be interested in reaching out to student groups: fraternities, sororities or one of Mason’s 250 student clubs and organizations. Mason’s Student Involvement website, http://si.gmu.edu, provides information about these organizations. For more information about Greek life, contact Phil McDaniel, Associate Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life firstname.lastname@example.org. For outreach to student clubs, contact Amber Duffey, Program Coordinator for Student Organizations email@example.com.
Students may come to you with motivations that differ from youth and adult volunteers. Taking some time to get to know their interest in your organization, their availability, particularly during exam time and school breaks, may be helpful as you consider how best to involve the student in your programs. Frequent feedback and recognition will help you retain students long-term.