Welcome Back Ball State Students!
As students, you had an amazing impact on programs here at the Boys & Girls Club last year. Almost 300 volunteers helped with tutoring, mentoring, class projects and field trips. Sixty percent of all of our volunteers are BSU students! Over the course of two semesters, the volunteer hours from students equaled almost $82,000 in cash value!
As college campuses are back in session all over the country, many local organizations look forward to the benefits of potential volunteers. Volunteers are very important to most non-profit organizations as a vital human resource. In addition to helping to fill a need of people power, volunteers also bring many experiences, ideas and energy to organizations.
For students, however, the benefits are mutually beneficial. Many students come to college having already reaped the benefits of volunteerism and leadership through scholarships. Consider these additional benefits:
- Gain Experience – Volunteer opportunities give students an opportunity to learn more about their career field; learn how to be managed; and adds valuable bullet points to their resumes
- Get Credit – Many campuses offer credit for volunteer experiences either academically or towards additional scholarships.
- Grow Professionally – Volunteering, especially in your career field, will allow you to begin building your network. You’ll also be able to identify professional mentors that will be helpful when you begin your career search.
- Give Back – In addition to the personal benefits…few outweigh the personal gratification of just giving back. Many volunteer experiences are life-affecting and eye-opening. At the same time, you know that you are making a difference through your work.
If you have an interest in tutoring and mentoring kids, I personally invite you to volunteer this semester at the Boys & Girls Club. If you have a desire to volunteer, but don’t know where your passion is, I encourage you to at least get started volunteering somewhere. You should also attend a volunteer recruitment fair on campus or ask your academic advisor for suggestions.
Editors Note: The Boys & Girls Club will be at the BSU Fall Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, August 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Student Center. Stop by to chat with one of our staff members about your opportunities to volunteer this year.