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Building partnerships:. Students and community organizations. College students and community. high rates of volunteering nationally, 29% in Virginia strong culture of service at William and Mary local, hometown, domestic, international. how are students engaged?. short-term investment

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Building partnerships

Building partnerships:

Students and community organizations

College students and community

College students and community

How are students engaged

  • high rates of volunteering nationally, 29% in Virginia

  • strong culture of service at William and Mary

  • local, hometown, domestic, international

how are students engaged?

Challenges of working with student volunteers

  • short-term investment

  • learning to prioritize

  • developing skill set

  • time to train

  • wanting to change the world, needing to stuff the envelopes

  • transportation access

challenges of working with student volunteers

Benefits of college student volunteers

  • energy and enthusiasm

  • understanding of social issues, connection to academics

  • openness to learning

  • flexibility

  • activism

  • sharing awareness with others

benefits of college student volunteers

Our approach

our approach

Meeting community needs

  • all service needs to be directed by the community

  • service should be helpful to the community, not created to fulfill the student’s wish to serve

meeting community needs

Measurable impact

  • striving for projects that address needs successfully

  • developing ways to measure impact

    • work plans and agreements

measurable impact

Training and guiding students

  • community partners provide orientation and training to new students

  • guidance when things go astray or when they go well

training and guiding students

Co educators in an experiential setting

  • community partners sharing experience with the issue and the community

  • mentoring

  • sharing resources and suggested readings

co-educators in an experiential setting

Oce s role assistance in placements preparation and advising

  • varied support, depending on kind of engagement

  • ways of support:

    • listserv and other outreach

    • work plans

    • resources for issue-focused education

    • communication about issues

    • advising student leaders regularly

OCE’s role: assistance in placements, preparation and advising

Opportunities to work with students

Opportunities to work with students

Regular volunteering

  • Williamsburg Engagement

  • Listserv posts

regular volunteering

Episodic volunteering

  • SHOW Day

  • Make a Difference Day

  • Spring Into Action

episodic volunteering


  • Local internship program and other internships through the Career Center



  • brown bags

  • speak up videos


H ow do we do this best

How do we do this best?


  • semesters

  • finals, papers


Communication feedback

  • setting expectations in writing

  • asking for communication about any changes in a specified amount of time ahead

  • following up when they don’t follow through

  • praising when things are going well

  • introducing them to others who volunteer with you (build up carpools)

communication & feedback

Playing to strengths

  • what is your volunteer excited about? Best at?

  • what skills do they have that other volunteers don’t?

  • what resources do they have access to?

  • break them into smaller groups when they have large groups and tasks – make it a fun competition; play music

playing to strengths


  • Feed them! Even bad pizza is good pizza.

  • Give away t-shirts – even XXL is fun

  • Put their picture in the paper




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