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  • The Best Volunteer...

  • Research potential community partners, including Highlighted Community Partners
  • Carefully consider how effectively you will be able to serve with this organization: is the location convenient? Are your schedules compatible? Do you have transportation?
  • Contact and meet with the community partner to discuss the possibility of serving with the organization
  • If this is for a service-learning course, follow any instructions provided by your course instructor on selecting an organization

  • Researches the organization and its mission and programs thoroughly
  • Is realistic about the amount of time she can feasibly volunteer
  • Dresses appropriately as defined by the organization
  • Follows the organization’s rules and policies
  • Takes commitments seriously, keeps appointments and schedules, and calls in advance to make necessary changes
  • Shares a positive attitude, skills, and enthusiasm
  • Conducts herself in a professional manner
  • Puts her phone away during the service shift
  • Listens and asks questions whenever necessary
  • Respects confidentiality
  • Communicates any needs and concerns about the volunteer experience
  • Recognizes that she represents the organization and can enhance — or ruin — client relationships
  • Recognizes that the organization’s staff can potentially provide GREAT recommendation letters for GREAT volunteers — and poor letters for bad volunteers!

Enhance your service experience with the following steps: