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Service Opportunities for Current Students

Service is one of the core components of the SLCE office. We know that service and leadership go hand in hand when students get involved on campus. Service provides students with an opportunity to expand outside of their comfort zone, learn more about the community at large, and get to know other students. The Student Leadership and Civic Engagement Office works closely with a variety of student-led programs that offer a variety of tools to enhance your service experience. There are opportunities for students to get involved in service including service trips, service projects both on and off-campus, as well as student led organizations. We encourage you to check out the various opportunities to get involved and make the world a better place through service to others.

The SLCE office wants to know about your service hours! Whether you are participating in a service event offered by the office or if you are doing service on your own as an individual or with your student organization, we want to know. Tell us about your experience, how many hours you have done, and what organization you have volunteered with.  For those of you in undergraduate registered student organizations (RSO) this also helps you to obtain IOC funding. Interested in how it can help you can get funding from IOC? Check out the Service Hours Tracking tab to find out more 

Virtual Service Opportunities

New times call for new ways of service. At the center, we're working to continue to connect students with shifting community needs so our neighbors can get the help they most need in this unprecedented time of social distancing. Check back often, as we will continue to update this list, or submit new community needs or ideas for service below.

  • Description: Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely—anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works. Crisis Counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning.
  • Focus: Health, mental health
  • Time Commitment: 4 hours per week until 200 hours is reached, ideally between the hours of 10pm-6am EST
  • Additional Requirements: 30 hours of online training to become a Crisis Counselor, free to volunteer
  • Website Information: https://www.crisistextline.org/become-a-volunteer/
  • Description: We are building a world-class listening service made up of compassionate, caring individuals like you. Our trained volunteer listeners are available 24/7 to give emotional support over online chat.
  • Focus: Health, mental health
  • Time Commitment: varies
  • Additional Requirements: Complete an active listener course and create a listen profile
  • Website Information: https://www.7cups.com/listener/become-a-volunteer-listener.php
  • Description: Filter through volunteer opportunities based on cause area, skillset, and time commitment to find the best option for you.
  • Focus: various
  • Time Commitment: various, 1 hour to months, you pick projects based on your availability to commit
  • Additional Requirements: short online application, some projects may require an interview
  • Website Information: https://www.catchafire.org/
  • Description: Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call.
  • Focus: Community, health
  • Time Commitment: sporadic based on user needed
  • Additional Requirements: ability to download application, Apple or Android
  • Website Information: https://www.bemyeyes.com/
  • Description: The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise.
  • Focus: Environmental, research
  • Time Commitment: varies depending on project
  • Additional Requirements: n/a
  • Website Information: https://www.zooniverse.org/get-involved
  • Description: Bookshare® is an ebook library that makes reading easier. People with reading barriers can customize their experience and read in ways that work for them
  • Focus: Education, literacy, accessibility
  • Time Commitment:
  • Additional Requirements: application required
  • Website Information: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/get involved/volunteer/opportunities-us
  • Description: To enable brands and individuals to be heard in their own voices. Unique digital voices built by VocaliD uplift those who rely on assistive technologies, diversify the voices we hear in speaking devices and apps, and enable businesses to tap into the full power of voice identity.
  • Focus: Accessibility
  • Time Commitment: 2-3 hours. Can be broken up into smaller recording sessions
  • Additional Requirements: Must be an English speaker, have access to a computer for recording, have an over the ear headset microphone
  • Website Information: https://vocalid.ai/voicebank/ and https://vocalid.ai/faq/
  • Description: We are a non-profit charity helping people BUILD out of poverty through education and housing construction assistance.
  • Focus: Housing
  • Time Commitment: varies depending on project, weekly Virtual Volunteer newsletter outlines projects that volunteers can assist with
  • Additional Requirements: n/a
  • Website Information: https://www.sheltertheworld.org/virtual-volunteer/
  • Description: In order to provide life-saving support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) youth, The Trevor Project recruits passionate volunteers to staff our crisis intervention services. Volunteers are vital to Trevor’s work, and are instrumental in providing a safe and secure connection for LGBTQ youth to reach out.
  • Focus: LBGTQ Youth
  • Time Commitment: weekly commitment for minimum of 1 year
  • Additional Requirements: application, interview, background check, online training
  • Website Information: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/
  • Description: Lifetime Connections Without Walls is not possible without the great volunteers who facilitate the telephone activities for older adults living at home.
  • Focus: Senior Citizens
  • Time Commitment: Weekly, one a month, flexible dependent on volunteer
  • Additional Requirements: n/a
  • Website Information: https://www.familyeldercare.org/volunteer/lifetime-connections-without-walls/
  • Description: Become part of our team and empower dyslexic, blind, and visually impaired students to succeed in school, and in life.
  • Focus: Literacy
  • Time Commitment: Volunteer form, Orientation Video
  • Additional Requirements: n/a
  • Website Information: https://go.learningally.org/Get-Involved/Volunteer-Step-1
  • Description: Using our digital platform, DoSomething members join our volunteer, social change, and civic action campaigns to make real-world impact on causes they care about.
  • Focus: varies based on cause, project, action
  • Time Commitment: varies based on cause, project, action
  • Additional Requirements: n/a
  • Website Information: https://www.dosomething.org/us
  • Description: VolunteerMatch matches inspired people with inspiring causes. It's how volunteers and nonprofits connect to achieve remarkable outcomes.
  • Focus: varies based on cause, project, action
  • Time Commitment: varies based on cause, project, action
  • Additional Requirements: varies based on cause, project, action
  • Website Information: https://www.volunteermatch.org/virtual-volunteering
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