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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

How are students engaged

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

Meeting community needs

meeting community needs

Measurable impact

measurable impact

Training and guiding students

training and guiding students

Co educators in an experiential setting

co-educators in an experiential setting

Oce s role assistance in placements preparation and advising

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

Regular volunteering

regular volunteering

Episodic volunteering

  • SHOW Day community

  • Make a Difference Day

  • Spring Into Action

episodic volunteering



H ow do we do this best
H Career Centerow do we do this best?



Communication feedback

  • setting expectations in writing Career Center

  • 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? Career Center

  • 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



Questions? Career Center