Develop long-term community relationships in line with your goals. It may be helpful to answer the following questions:
Assess the value of your resources: What career skills, experiences, interests do your members have? What community agencies need those skills? Listen to your members: What are you interested in, excited about, have a personal stake in? What are your limitations in terms of time, commitment level, transportation, etc.? Make a realistic commitment: Research the agency and its volunteer needs. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to develop your idea. Details, details, details! Publicize the event (and get firm confirmation from your members if you're in a club). Communicate with the site supervisor. Be professional and responsible; you are representing JWU and your club. Follow through. Make sure you keep your commitments. The agencies depend on you! Look for public relations opportunities. Take pictures of your members doing service; write an article about it for The Campus Herald or the newsletter for your college; apply for service awards through the Feinstein Center or your organization's national office. Send service hours to Student Life and the Feinstein Center. Let the Feinstein Center Volunteer Coordinator know the results of your project. Ask the agency for a thank-you letter. Review what went well and what you'd like to improve upon the next time.