Community Volunteerism Fair

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Columbia State's Service Corps Pilot Program hosted a one-time Community Volunteerism Fair during National Volunteerism Week in order to educate area high school seniors and current Columbia State students on how they can serve local non-profits and area organizations to give back to their communities.

Area organizations from Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry, Wayne and Williamson Counties were on-site and available for attendees to learn how to volunteer in the community.

Why should students volunteer in their communities?

  • Build resumes, gain references and secure future employment.
  • Gain valuable experience in multiple fields of interest which may help freshmen select a major.
  • Meet the financial aid requirements of Tennessee Promise initiative. Reminder: Students enrolled in Tennessee Promise must volunteer a minimum of eight hours BEFORE the first day of fall semester. Get a head start by taking advantage of this opportunity to connect with area organizations and secure a volunteer opportunity for this summer.
  • Many college admissions and scholarship requirements encourage and/or require community service experience.
  • Have fun networking and making friends.

Students-How to Become the Ideal Volunteer

Call the organization you plan on supporting BEFORE showing up to volunteer.

ASK:
  1. “Can I volunteer at your organization?”
  2. “What are my responsibilities?”
  3. “What is the appropriate dress?”
  4. “Do I need to bring any tools, supplies, lunch?”
  5. “What is the exact time and place?”
  6. “How long should I plan on staying?”
  7. “Who is my contact person when I arrive?”

Do your very best and represent yourself and Columbia State well. Have fun doing good in your community!

Columbia State Community College received a Tennessee Board of Regents Student Engagement, Retention, and Success grant for the 2014-2015 academic year to implement “Service Corps for Higher Education Volunteers for Student Engagement, Retention and Success”.



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