What is Service in Action?
Service in Action is a series of 12-15 service events hosted throughout the semester. Typically, they are on Saturdays, and the event could last anywhere from 3 hours to all day(with many shifts for all day-events). Each event, we try to switch up what agency you are working with. We call this a “buffet of service” in which the participant can have a “little of this, a little of that” and experience all different ways to give back. It’s a great jumping off point for novice volunteers, because students get to see how they work in various settings. For example, say one week you are planting trees and the next weekend you are visiting an assisted living community. You may find that you enjoy working with people more than with the outdoors. Also, a Service-Learning staff member is on site for each event and will sign off on your paperwork, as well as complete the service with you! It’s also a great way to meet other students, because each event is a group event. Also, the group carpools to each event, but you are welcome to drive directly there.
Can I participate in multiple Service in Action events instead of doing my service at one agency?
If this is something that you would like to do please visit the Service in Action link on our website or contact our office for more information. Please make sure your instructor also approves of Service in Action before starting the program.
What if I really enjoyed a Service in Action event at a particular agency. Can I finish the rest of my hours there?
Absolutely, yes! While Service in Action is a great starting point, we really encourage commitment to one agency. You get to see growth in yourself and the people the agency reaches out to, and it also helps the agency by having long term volunteers. If you find an event or agency you really enjoyed working with, we strongly encourage you to speak to someone at the day of the event before you go home.
Do I need to sign up for Service in Action or can I just show up?
It’s very important that you contact Jenn Marts at 704.330.6824 to sign up before you go to your first event. This is important because we need to let the agency know how many volunteers to expect, and some Service in Action events can only accommodate a certain number of volunteers, so an event may fill up quickly. When you sign up, tell Mary each event that you will be going to as well.
Can I participate in Service in Action if I just want to volunteer?
Of course! We love to see students giving back simply because they want to! If you are interested in doing this, you may also want to consider joining the Service Club. Contact Mary Mozingo at 704.330.6739 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.