Volunteer & Service
One of the important aspects of being a Gator is the commitment to service – an altruistic act that is done with no expectation of payment but rather to make valuable contributions to the larger community.
There are three main ways that a student can have a service experience.
Volunteering involves a humanitarian effort to give of your skillset for the benefit of an organization. It is typically done with a nonprofit or community focused organization, but this is not a requirement. A huge benefit of volunteering is that you control the place it is done through and the amount of time you dedicate.
Although similar to volunteering, community service meets a desire to address a specific community need and is completed as a requirement of belonging to a group. The time allotted and desired activity to the activity is usually dictated by someone else but it does not require specialized skills prior to engaging in the activity. The primary focus is on the needs of the community and any necessary training can be gained on the job.
Lastly service learning is an organized academic experience that focuses on meeting the needs of a community. The primary goal of service learning is the learning through hands on experience. Therefore it is usually a credit bearing educational experience that helps you reflect on the impact the service has on you and the world around you.
Did You Know
The most popular volunteer activities in the US involve fundraising, distribution of food, clothing, and other goods and mentoring youth.
Florida volunteers contribute 340.7 million hours of service
Volunteer service is worth an estimated 8.2 million to the Florida economy
Volunteers have a 27 percent higher odds of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers
There are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S
The non profit sector employs 6.2% of Florida’s workforce
Learn about yourself
developing insight into your Values, Interests, Personalities, Skills, and Strengths
fosters the development of stronger social networks that increases access to opportunities for employment
extends your learning to beyond the classroom
Help your community
delivers vital and life changing services to your community
Show your skills
demonstrates your professional capacity
Appeal to employers
makes you more marketable to employers
cultivates your sense of care and concern for others