Midland's Legacy Scholarship Program How to Volunteer
Community Service : services volunteered by individuals or an organization to benefit a community
Volunteer : to offer to enter into any service of one's own free will
Service : work done for others
• Take a moment and think about the types of community agencies and programs you care deeply about.
• Go to the Legacy Volunteer Service Agencies page on the Midland College website. and review the listing of approved agencies. For each agency, you will find contact information, phone numbers and a brief description of the type of volunteer work available. Some agencies will have a website you can view for a more detailed understanding of "who they are and what they do."
• After reviewing the list of approved agencies, decide which agency or agencies you are interested in volunteering with. Make a list of questions or information you would like to know about these agencies.
• Think specifically about the times and dates you would be available to volunteer.
• Call the agency contact person. (The "contact person" may be the agency's executive director, volunteer manager, development director, community volunteer, etc.) After you have located the contact person, introduce yourself and explain that you are seeking volunteer work for your Legacy Scholarship requirements. If possible, request and schedule a brief meeting with the agency contact person to discuss volunteer opportunities.
• Expect orientation and supervision. Generally, volunteer service agencies that provide orientation, training and supervision for their volunteers usually will provide an excellent volunteer experience for students.
• Know your expectations. When you locate a volunteer service agency to volunteer for, be sure you have a very clear understanding of your volunteer responsibilities, dates and times for volunteering, who will supervise you and sign off on your Legacy hours, and whom you report to.
• Know your volunteer job. Request that the volunteer service agency provide you with a job description or specific explanation of the requirements of the volunteer work. Make sure you clearly understand what you will be doing.
• Know your personal limitations. If a volunteer service agency requests that you perform a volunteer job that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you should refuse to perform the task.
• Honor your commitments. Always be on time, be courteous, and be accountable. The agencies and the people they serve will depend on you and will appreciate you and the help you are providing more than you can imagine!