Community Service at Western Connecticut State University
Introduction to Community Service at Western
There are many ways a student can get involved in Community Service at Western. Many students volunteer on their own, but many also get involved through their athletic teams, student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and other organizations. Regardless of your major or interests, there are many opportunities for you to become involved.
Volunteer opportunities can last anywhere from a few hours over the course of a day or weekend for special events to major commitments of time and energy.
Why volunteer? In addition to the immediate reward of knowing you are making a difference in people’s lives, volunteer work provides you with training and skills that can be invaluable to you in your career. Volunteer experience on a resume can give you the edge you need in today’s competitive job market. You will also make contacts in the community.
What counts as Community Service?
Community Service is unpaid service that directly benefits the community.
Volunteering at a non-profit organization listed on the community service webpage
Fundraising for a non-profit organization
Attending a charity event (Relay for Life, Light the Night, March for Babies, etc.)
Philanthropy events hosted by Western student organizations and departments
Volunteering at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, or shelters
Volunteering through faith based organizations and groups
Volunteering as part of an athletic team
Become empowered to effect change
See first-hand some of the social, political, and economic issues you study in class
Connect with other students or community members who share your interests
Develop professional and leadership skills
Gain exposure and develop experience in a career field