Social Action and Integrative Learning
School of Integrative Studies | College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Students as Volunteers

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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:

  • Volunteer Fairfax's College Link program offers community organizations a place to list and tag opportunities for students.
  • Connect Northern Virginia This website, developed through leadership from Mason professor Alan Abramson, has a searchable database of every nonprofit organization in the area. 

For one-time events:

  • Write a brief description of the opportunity for SAIL to post to it’s listserv, facebook and twitter accounts. Because college students utilize social media as regular forms of communication, this outreach is typically more effective than posting fliers.

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,, provides information about these organizations. For more information about Greek life, contact Phil McDaniel, Associate Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life For outreach to student clubs, contact Amber Duffey, Program Coordinator for Student Organizations

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.

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