Become a Student Volunteer
Deciding to become a volunteer is an important first step to engaging in your community. This guide will help you determine the type of service that you will find the most fulfilling. Of course, if you ever have any questions, you can contact the Office of Community Relations for assistance.
It's important to decide how you want to get involved. There are numerous student organizations which can support you in your service projects, or you can go out on your own. If you would like to get involved with students involved in service, contact the Temple University Community Service Association
Choosing which organization to work with is crucial to finding a meaningful service experience. There are a number of community organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people living around Main Campus which you can engage in, or work with one of the countless nonprofits in the City of Philadelphia.
Tips for choosing an organization
- Think about what causes you are passionate about, and what sort of skills you can provide to a organization
- Research their mission statement of several organizations to get a sense of their values.
- Research some of the projects and events organizations have been involved in, and consider how you could support those activities.
Get in touch with the organization to discuss volunteer opportunities. Some organizations have specific protocol for volunteers while others operate on a less ridged system. When you get in touch with the organization, be prepared to share your resume and a cover letter and talk about your previous work and volunteer experience. Remember to discuss the sort of commitment you can provide, and ask what roles their volunteers typically fill.
Keep a log of your volunteer experience. Include hours served, and notes about your activities and any experiences you find especially motivating or challenging.
Remember: the Office of Community Relations is here to support your work. You can always contact the office with questions, concerns, or just to share your experience serving the community.