These guidelines provided by the Center for Service and Learning at West Virginia University, are intended to design and explain what constitutes service both on and off campus. This is not a policy and these guidelines may be updated or changed. Furthermore, some service opportunities may need to be explored more carefully to determine if the service is meeting the goals intended for a particular requirement.
All volunteers are responsible for reviewing the guidelines written here, and should email the Center for Service and Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Volunteer: Any student, faculty or staff member from any WVU campus, engaged in any type of service defined below.
Community Service: The practice of volunteering one's time and talents to promote the common good and personal growth, while meeting actual community needs.
Service-Learning: A teaching and learning strategy by which students learn through intentional and structured community service tied to specific learning outcomes and integrated through reflection.
Outreach: Improving outcomes for individuals and families in West Virginia and the surrounding region through sustainable, active collaborations, building on resources, skills, expertise, and research-based, knowledge in a manner that is consistent with the land grant mission.
Civic Responsibility and Advocacy:
Approval of service opportunities is at the discretion of the Center for Service and Learning at all times and is evaluated on an ongoing basis.
If you have questions about whether a particular service opportunity you intend to complete meets the above guidelines, contact the CSL staff at: email@example.com or call us at 304-293-8761 prior to beginning service.
Working with a nonprofit organization to volunteer takes some preparation. Make sure you have the best experience possible and do so as effectively as you can by working WITH the agency not creating more work for them. Remember that agencies first priority is to serve their mission. Help them serve that mission properly by being a good volunteer.
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you begin to consider working in community service projects and placements. These questions could form the basis of your volunteer interviews.
-Provided by Smith College
The Center for Service and Learning offers one-on-one consultations where we can help you find the right service site and/or assist with navigating iServe. Consultations are designed for anyone looking to get further involved in the community, it does not matter if you are an undergraduate, graduate student or staff on campus. We want to be sure you have a service experience that is positive and works for you!
You will meet individually with someone from the iServe team to talk about your interests, skills and goals to help direct you to an opportunity that meets your needs.
To schedule an appointment, please fill out the pre-consultation form and someone from the iServe team will contact you. Appointments will generally be scheduled between 1-3 PM on Monday and Wednesday.
Arrive on time
Think about what you’re passionate about
Follow through/Stay motivated
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NOTE: The CSL does not provide transportation to volunteer host sites, however here are some resources options for transportation in the Morgantown area.