Home for the holidays and wondering what to do with all that free time? In addition to 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 volunteer ushers at The Palace Theatre to Food Pantry Assistance for the Women's Mentoring Network, to help in the Community Closet at LifeBridge Community Services in Bridgeport, 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.
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Winter Break Volunteering Check List
1. Clarify your school’s policy for accepting credit
It’s likely that your school will accept volunteering for credit, but you should always check in advance. 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
Whoever your point person is at school, approach them, ideally while school is still in session. Not only will this be helpful in clarifying your school’s policy with volunteer hour credit (see #1), but you’ll also make them aware of what’s going on, and potentially make the process easier for getting your credit approved.
4. Connect your agency supervisor with your school
A simple E-mail introduction will give your two points of contact the opportunity to work out the details. Often you won’t even need to be involved in their conversations.
5. Can’t get credit? Don’t let it get you down!
If by chance, you can’t get credit hours for volunteering, don’t be bummed, and don’t let it keep you from giving back! Volunteering is fun and rewarding! Just go in with an open mind and a positive outlook, and you’ll learn so much that you won’t even need those credit hours.