Community Volunteerism Fair
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:
- “Can I volunteer at your organization?”
- “What are my responsibilities?”
- “What is the appropriate dress?”
- “Do I need to bring any tools, supplies, lunch?”
- “What is the exact time and place?”
- “How long should I plan on staying?”
- “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”.