College Volunteering Opportunities


College Students Volunteer in Service Saturdays

Milligan College LogoHelping out in their community is a great way for college students to pass some time. At my school, we have one day each year that is dedicated solely to community service and students do various tasks, such as clean up parks and help the elderly. However, I am not so sure if I would be willing to give up a Saturday morning in order to do this. Luckily, there were almost 100 students from Milligan College who took on the challenge during the school’s first Service Saturday in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Nikki Plaza is one of the students who helped out during the first Service Saturday. Plaza’s job was to repaint a building that needed a new coat of paint. While she was painting, Plaza received some encouragement from a member of the community.

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Cheryl Hines’ Tips for a Renovation Revolution at Your School [Interview] [Video Trailer]

Imagine hating going to work. It’s not a stretch for many adults, but imagine that reason is because when you sit down at your dilapidated desk (if there’s one for you) you have to look at a banged up bulletin board and dodge an occasional ceiling tile that dislodges and falls to the floor, which a cockroach crawls across. Your boss isn’t enthusiastic about being there either because there aren’t many computers and the ones you do have don’t really work. At least you’re there, but none of your co-workers show up because they think it’s just not worth it, so there’s not a lot of peer engagement during the day. The water fountain doesn’t work so you can’t get a drink of water. The parking lot is overgrown so you’d rather not leave your car there. All in all it’s a pretty miserable experience. You’d quit, but that’s not really an pride nbc

Now, imagine this scenario is a school. Again, it’s not a stretch. This scenario plays out in far too many schools across our entire country. There really are students in the U.S. who dodge ceiling tiles, don’t have working water fountains, are lacking vital technology, and guess day to day whether their classmates will even show up. You wouldn’t want to go to school either if you thought this was the level of care your community was willing to extend to you and your education. That’s why in places like Detroit the graduation rate is a dismal 54 percent. Just a hair more than half of that city’s high school seniors earn a diploma. That’s simply not good enough.

Cheryl Hines didn’t think it was good enough either. That’s why she, with a powerful team, joined forces to present an exciting and inspiring new show on NBC called “School Pride.” “[The show] has added to my life in a lot of major ways,” she says.

We spoke with executive producers Cheryl Hines, of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame, and Denise Cramsey, behind Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, about the new show and what it means for our students. You can hear the interview in its entirety, as they talk about the benefits to students and how to renovate your own school. Listen now, or continue reading to watch the full-length trailer.

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Students Lend Support to Haiti Earthquake

haiti earthquakePeople all across the globe are reaching out to the millions of Haitians who were struck by the most devastating earthquake to hit the small island in more than 200 years.

And as word of the disaster spread rapidly around the country, students from college campuses quickly organized and lent their support to the victims in a show of force and solidarity in a manner that is solely unique to the unbridled passion and altruism of college students.

Here are just a few examples of the outpouring support that students are coordinating from campuses across the country.

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Volunteer to Improve Your Community

salvation armyThe holiday season is a great time to help make a difference in your community. More people volunteer during this time of the year than during any other time. So why not jump on that bandwagon?

There are many ways you can improve the lives of members of your community. And of course, if you like volunteering during the holiday season, some of these nice practices can be continued throughout the year.

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New York City Public Schools Eliminates Parent-Paid Teaching Aides

crowded classroomTeachers are sorely underpaid, and the blame is that school systems don’t have the budgets to pay them what they deserve. So they’re over-worked and under-paid. Teachers and schools are always asking for help in the classroom, and grateful when they receive it. So imagine turning away what amounts to free help.

This is what has happened in New York City schools. Parents of children in Manhattan’s public schools have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for teaching assistants out of their own pockets. Thus, freeing a burden on the district’s budget and workload on the teachers. These aides do everything from tutor a variety of classroom subjects to monitor recess. Read the rest of this entry »

Money for College for Volunteers Under New Obama Service Bill

A priority of President Barack Obama‘s administration has been community service, and he is very near making that campaign promise a reality. Obama is set to sign a bill Tuesday that will triple the size of AmeriCorps, giving the service organization $5.7 billion through 2017.americorps

This bill will increase opportunities for people to be more involved and help within their communities. Obama has suggested that he’d like to make college costs more affordable, in exchange for service. During the campaign Michael Dannenberger of the New America Foundation said “Obama’s message to families is, ‘We’ll give you more financial aid to help you with college costs, but your kids are going to have to help others.’”

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5 Favorite Ways to Spend the Weekend in High School

As a high school student, as many other students, my favorite time of the week is by far the weekend. There are so many possibilities and the nicest thing about weekends, you control your schedule! Unlike at school you can decide what you want to do and when you want to do it! Here are my favorite ways to spend free time (and I am sure many of these work for anyone else out there with free time over the weekend!).

1. Football Games (in the fall)- Whether its Sunday football or my High School football team playing on a Friday night, I always love sitting down and catching a game. This really goes for any sport. During the winter it’s basketball and over the spring, while I’m not playing my own game of softball, I enjoy watching college softball or baseball. Read the rest of this entry »


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