Office of Service-Learning
& Volunteer Programs

West Chester University

Office Location: B 19 Killinger Hall
Mailing Address: 238 Sykes Union
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-3379


For Students

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Where can I find a volunteer opportunity?

Working with more than 100 agencies, there are many unique opportunities to help from the environment, children, elderly, health, science to special needs, housing repair, and much more. For the most up-to-date information on the multitude of agencies that the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs coordinates with, please refer to our Agency Contact List.  Some of these agencies are currently looking for volunteers. Take a look at our posted volunteer opportunities to see if anything interests you! You can also stop by our office to speak with our staff about a volunteer opportunity or flip through our binders of detailed listings on each agency. To start, sign up for the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs newsletter.

 

I don't have a car. Can I still volunteer?

Absolutely! We have several volunteer projects that happen right here at WCU. You can also take a look at our Walking Distance List to find an agency you can walk to or bike to from campus.

What type of commitment do I need to make to become a volunteer?

Some students choose to volunteer on a weekly or regular basis such as tutoring a child or being a buddy to an elderly person. Other volunteers participate in one-time events such as Philly Cares Day, Relay for Life, or decorating downtown for the holidays. Whether you want to volunteer every week, one day a month, or once a semester, we can help you find the right volunteer activity for you!

Where can I look for a list of local agencies supporting the local Latino population?

Several of the non-profits in the greater West Chester Area are looking for students who speak Spanish. Take a look at our Spanish Language Needs list to find an agency that interests you!

What will I get out of volunteering?

Some of the benefits of volunteering include:

  • career exploration and insight
  • building critical thinking skills
  • promoting active citizenship
  • improving self-esteem and self confidence
  • developing a service consciousness and ethic
  • learning leadership skills
  • increasing your sense of social responsibility
  • building community among different populations in the greater West Chester area

How do I nominate an organization, team, or friend for the Outstanding Volunteers and Projects Award?

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Volunteers & Projects Award, click here. Each month a student and club/ organization or team is selected. We post the recipients on our website and publicize the winner throughout campus and the community.

Please Note:

** The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs tracks student volunteer hours across campus. We ask that all clubs, organizations, fraternities, sororities, classes, team sports, and individual students fill out our MONTHLY REPORT FORM. This data allows us to apply for grants, receive awards for our service to the community, and assist you in publicizing your hard work and dedication to serving others.

Deadlines for monthly service reports and nominations for Fall 2013 are the 1st of each month