Welcome to the Volunteer Center!
As you probably know, there are countless ways to get involved at CMU, both in the Volunteer Center and across campus. This page is your guide to navigating how to get involved and navigating your volunteer journey.
Step 1 - Check Out Our Programs
The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center has a wide variety of programs and experiences that can fit any schedule and interest. These range from three hour long projects with our Service Ambassadors program, all the way to week long service experiences with our nationally ranked Alternative Breaks. We also have three, weekly mentoring programs (working with children and seniors) as well as two educational programs (teaching about disabilities and sexual health).
You can find more information about all of these opportunities on our programs page. When you are ready to volunteer, move on to step two and start exploring ways get involved.
Step 2 - Explore Volunteer Opportunities on OrgSync
The Volunteer Center is your connection to dozens of service experiences both at CMU and in the community. In order to see what service is available, check us out on OrgSync. OrgSync is a website used by all offices and student organizations to advertise events and help you stay connected. All opportunities, both at CMU and in the community, will be posted here under the Volunteer Center's Events page as well as the "service opportunities" tab. We also suggest filling out our interest form as a way to get further details about the Volunteer Center's programs and to receive our weekly newsletter. If you have any difficulties connecting with volunteer opportunities, please stop by the Bovee University Center 106, call (989) 774 7685, or email email@example.com.
Step 3 - Get Connected
Another great way to stay updated is by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We post on a daily basis about upcoming opportunities, open applications, and community happenings.
We also send out a weekly email newsletter which will contain a list of service opportunities with direct links to sign-up for service. You can join this list by filling out our interest form.
Step 4 - Visit
When you volunteer at CMU, you are not just participating in one program, you are joining a family of passionate, service minded individuals with a home in the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. We have an office in the Bovee University Center 106 which is open year round from 9am-5pm and we love when students stop in. This space is not just for staff members and is open to anyone passionate about volunteering. We are there to answer questions about volunteer opportunities or even to just chat about ways to further service. At minimum, the office always has candy which is a sweet reason for stopping by.
Step 5 - Get Employed
Employers Want Volunteer Experience
Volunteer experience is a great way to build a resume as you will develop skills and experiences that compliment your learning in the classroom. Additionally, employers are looking for future employees that not only care about their work but who also care about larger social contexts and issues. Often times, volunteer supervisors can serve as references and some experiences can turn into internships or even a career.
For help with resume creation, interviewing techniques, and job search resources, visit our friends in Career Services.
Logging Your Hours
In preparation for getting a job or preparing for graduate school applications, you can log your volunteer experiences on OrgSync. This will build up your co-curricular transcript which is a document you can download and use to reflect back on all of your experiences. This document can also be used as a way to verify volunteer hours. If you swipe into an event, or are part of a program ran by the Volunteer Center, your hours are automatically logged. If you are volunteering with a program outside our office, or with a non-profit in the community, you will need to log your hours yourself.
1. Go to OrgSync
2. Click the circle with your name on it, in the top right corner
3. In the menu just opened, scroll down and click "involvement"
4. Click "add involvement entry" in the green box on the right
5. Click "service participation".
6. For service partner, select "Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center" regardless of where the service was done.
7. Not all fields need to be completed. For "reference", only put someone you know will respond. You can also put the Volunteer Center and "firstname.lastname@example.org" and that will allow our office to verify your hours without waiting on a third party. Please either include a "proof of participation" or a very short reflection on what you did (you do not need to do both). No need for learning outcomes.
8. Click "submit"