Have you thought about Volunteering?
Here are some steps to help you get started! Volunteering is a great way to get to know the surrounding community, to advocate for causes and issues that you are passionate about, and to support local organizations. Volunteering also demonstrates to future employers that you are community-minded and committed to a philosophy of engaged citizenship. The following steps are useful for students looking to get involved in the Worcester community!
- Contact the Community Engagement Office. Staff in the Community Engagement Office will help you find or create an opportunity that suits your interests as well as the needs of the community. The office has drop-in hours Monday-Thursday from 2-4pm during the academic year, so drop by to get started.
- Attend the Community Engagement and Internship Fair. Each September, representatives from local organizations come to Clark in order to connect with students who are interested in volunteer or internship opportunities. The fair is a fun and efficient way to learn about each organization and to network with community members
- Check out the Clark Recruiter. The Clark Recruiter is the LEEP Center's employment, internship, and volunteer database and is a platform that allows students to stay up-to-date on opportunities! If you want to volunteer but are unable to attend the Community Engagement and Internship fair in September, this is an alternate way to get in touch with Worcester organizations or organizations that Clark has partnered with in the past. The Clark Recruiter database will now be located behind the ClarkYou portal for current undergraduates and 5th year students! Log into your ClarkYou account and locate the LEEP Center Clark Recruiter link on the left hand side of the page under “Web Services." Your Clark University credentials will automatically log you into your Clark Recruiter account! Non-5th year graduate students, Alumni & Employers should all log-in via our external Clark Recruiter link. GSOM & IDCE grad students & alumni have separate databases and should contact their individual Career Services offices for more info.
- Take a look at some service-based student groups. Clark has over twenty student groups that focus on social justice through advocacy or volunteer work. If you enjoy mentoring youth, consider All Kinds of Girls or Clark University Brothers & Sisters (CUBS). If you prefer a position that allows you to learn about organic food and environmental preservation, check out volunteer opportunities at the Local Root, Clark's local farm stand. The Community Engagement Office can help connect you to student organizations as well as external organizations.
- Take part in Just Do It Day. If you do not have the time to volunteer regularly, Just Do It Day (JDID) is the perfect opportunity for you! JDID is held each April and recruits Clark students to volunteer at a variety of sites in the Worcester community. There are other one-day service projects offered throughout the year and will be advertised as needed.
- Consider a service trip! The Community Engagement Office hosts an Alternative Spring Break trip and trip information will be available in the early fall. Additionally, a couple of Clark student groups offer service-based trip opportunities for their members. You can contact the Community Engagement Office for more information. If you are a Clark athlete, consider participating in the Clark Athletics Service-Learning Trip (CAST) in January. The CAST Trip offers student athletes an opportunity to engage in service around the world. If you are more interested in longer-term service opportunities, stop in to the Community Engagement Office to discuss other opportunities.
- Stay Updated! Make sure you follow the LEEP Center's social media accounts to receive information about new opportunities throughout the year. This is often the best way to learn about deadlines, workshops, and events that are not posted in the Clark Recruiter.