Home for the holidays and wondering what to do with all that free time? Beyond being a great way to help out the community, did you know volunteering can give you meaningful experience that may come in handy down the road?
From mentors and tutors at Norwalk Grassroots Tennis to friendly visitors and leaf-rakers at At Home in Darien to cleaning up the trails at Earthplace in Westport, there are countless ways you can get involved. We’ve put together a quick checklist of things to consider before you try to get school credit for service over your winter break.
1. Clarify your school’s policy with accepting credit
It’s extremely likely that your school will accept volunteering for credit, but always make sure! Different schools have different policies, and while volunteering on its own is a wonderful endeavor, you should definitely get credit; you’ll certainly learn a lot!
2. Ask your agency during the interview process - as early as possible.
The sooner your agency knows, the better! Depending on where you volunteer, they may need to make some sort of special arrangement to classify you as a student volunteer. Often, it may just be a simple heads up and a notice that they’ll need to write a letter of confirmation that you’ve satisfied your volunteer hours. It couldn’t be easier.
3. Speak to your student advisor