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WKU Center for Citizenship & Social Justice

Volunteerism

What can YOU do for your community? CCSJ can help you find ways to get involved through meaningful service. Join the thousands of students across college campuses that are making a difference in their communities!

 

Campus Partners in Volunteerism and Service

Multiple units across campus contribute to WKU's service mission. Campus partners such as WKU Leadership & VolunteerismHousing & Residence Life, and Hilltoppers with Heart all coordinate service events, days of service, and other volunteer-related opportunities throughout the academic year.

 

Why Volunteer?

Consider the following:

  • Personal and professional growth and enrichment
  • Learning new skills
  • Gaining valuable experience
  • Networking opportunities
  • Developing new friendships
  • Solving local problems
  • Strengthening your communities
  • Improve lives of others
  • Connecting to others
  • Broadening our understanding of others
  • Transforming our own lives

 

Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Volunteer

As a volunteer, you have the right to:

  • Receive accurate information about the agency
  • Receive a clear, comprehensive job description
  • Be carefully interviewed and appropriately assigned
  • Receive training
  • Do meaningful and satisfying work
  • Be seen as belonging, through inclusion at meetings, social functions, etc.
  • Be seen as a person and to be supported in your role
  • Be safe on the job
  • Have choices and feel comfortable about saying "no"
  • Not be exploited
  • Be consulted on matters that directly or indirectly affect you and your work
  • Receive feedback on your work
  • Receive recognition for your contribution
  • Have your personal information be kept confidential
  • Be trusted with confidential information if it is necessary in order to do your job

As a volunteer, you are expected to:

  • Be reliable and punctual
  • Be trustworthy
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Respect the rights of people you work with
  • Have a non-judgmental approach
  • Carry out the specified job description
  • Give feedback (i.e. participate in evaluations when asked)
  • Be accountable and accept feedback
  • Be committed to the program
  • Avoid overextending yourself
  • Acknowledge decisions made by the staff or the organization
  • Address areas of conflict with the appropriate staff member or volunteer coordinator
  • Undertake training
  • Ask for support when it is needed
  • Stay safe on the job; for example, make sure that you are never alone with a client

Adapted from "Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities" from the PAVE Volunteer Management Training Kit, and "Sample Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities" from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Last Modified 8/3/17