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Community Service 101
Community Service is working unpaid to better the community. A volunteer will give time, talent,
and support to organizations or people
in the community that are in need of help.
Everyone volunteers for different reasons: to help others, to explore career fields, to develop skills, to increase self-confidence, to take on a leadership role, to make a difference, to be challenged, to diversify experiences or for other reasons!
Here are a few steps to get you started in identifying a community service opportunity that is right for you:
Think about your interests.
- What do you do well?
- What do you enjoy doing?
- Are you looking for something different or would you be more comfortable in a familiar setting?
Is there anything you have always wanted to learn or try?
Think about what type of work/community issue interests you most.
Examples include: specific populations such as children or the elderly, or organizations affiliated with a particular mission such as education environment, food/hunger, health, housing, performing arts or politics.
Be realistic about the time you can commit to a community service project (long-term vs. short term).
Find an organization
- Check out Wellesley in the Community or Resources page
- Do an online search on volunteer search engines:
- Volunteer opportunities in Massachusetts
- For volunteer opportunities throughout the United States: Volunteer Solutions, Idealist, Volunteer Match, Charity Guide
Contact the organization
- Set up an interview if needed.
- Be sure to clarify with the organization your responsibilities, schedule and supervisor.
Make your volunteer experience great.
- Check out the Wellesley College Service Council Principles of Service
- Have fun! The more you contribute, the more you will receive in return and the better you will feel.
People who can help you
CWS staff and student interns are available to support groups and individuals in both on-campus or off-campus interests, by arranging collaborative programs with area colleges and community groups; assisting with transportation needs; helping with event planning and publicity; and to co-sponsor on-campus programs.