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I had a wonderful volunteer experience assisting with the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2015. Although it was raining, I was happy to encourage the marathon runners by handing them water and shouting words of encouragement.
Another great experience was volunteering with Food for Others. Every day I looked forward in helping the agency serve food to children who could not afford meals.
I am most happy when helping others.
My experience as a volunteer with VIU has been great. VIU provides volunteer-friendly activities that acknowledge, encourage, and celebrate volunteers. The presence of volunteers makes a difference. I have received many smiles, thanks, and certificates for volunteering.
VIU also organizes volunteer feedback sessions and provides sufficient support for volunteers to finish their assignments successfully. I am thankful to VIU for giving me this great opportunity to volunteer.
Works of charity, like other good works, should be done with the thought and design of goodness. Volunteering with VIU’s support has provided me an opportunity to meet new people, learn new ideas, and make an impact.
In the words of Rob McKenn, “You can study government and politics in school, but the best way to really understand the process is to volunteer your time.”
Volunteering is an element of my life that I have always treasured and taken pleasure in. Even before beginning my studies with VIU, I volunteered for different events such as hosting school functions and managing a blood donation program.
As a VIU student, I have actively been involved with Student Affairs. With them, I helped to raise money for scholarships part volunteering for the yard sale and car wash event. Through this volunteering activity, many students will be able to receive scholarships.
I have also volunteered with the Admissions Office and filled in for the front desk. Both opportunities allowed me to interact with both employees and students. Here I learned the importance of learning how to work together.
The Career Center has also encouraged me to participate as a volunteer. I assisted at the Alumni Dinner and also became trained on how to conduct an InterviewStream software demonstration for students. By learning how to use the software, I was able to show other students how to use the resource to improve their interviewing skills. Another event that I volunteered for through the Career Center was Fairfax County’s World Police and Fire Games. I was assigned to serve as a spectator ambassador and I was responsible for checking-in athletes and distributing sports gear and equipment to them. I also checked in volunteers. Additionally, I was assigned to record game scores for tennis matches. It was a great experience to meet and talk with people from various countries, such as the US, Australia, England, Hong Kong, and Canada. We enjoyed sharing stories about our diverse cultures.
Currently, I am working as an associate of the Student Government Union, where my role is to act as a bridge between VIU students and the university. As a result, I have been able to increase my communication skills and make new friends.
Volunteering motivates me to give something back to the community. Volunteering at VIU has helped me to learn about good sportsmanship and the importance of building positive relationships with people from different countries, genders, and age groups. Volunteering has provided a healthy boost to my self-esteem and life satisfaction, too.
My volunteering experience has been interesting, starting from my very first activity, the Ramp Walk. During this event I was able to showcase my traditional costumes from Tanzania. I have also volunteered off-campus in Chantilly, VA, with the Habitat for Humanity Restore. To me, this was one of the best volunteering experiences as I was able to express my culture of giving by helping others. Through this event, I was able to build an even stronger part of my character. The Alumni Dinner was another time in which I was able to volunteer. Through this special event I was able to meet alumni who gave me great advice.
In all, volunteering with the help of VIU has helped me in achieving my personal goals to become a better person and grow academically. I have never once regretted volunteering with VIU. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” I am proud of who I am becoming because of volunteering.
A couple years ago, I ran into an old friend. During our conversation she shared with me that she was on her way to volunteer and give support to those from less privileged homes. As she said this, I felt goose bumps climb from my toes all the way to the top of my head. The courage and excitement with which she said it kept me wondering for the remainder of the day what it would be like to volunteer and provide support to those in need. I thought about it and asked myself a couple of questions: Is this a good idea? Will this make me a better person? After I thought about it for a while, I called my friend and informed her of my interest to try this volunteering out.
In my first volunteering experience I met this pretty little girl of about seven years old. She had no hair on her head. After about an hour, I saw the little girl’s mother weeping and I asked her why she crying. She told me her daughter had leukemia. This was the first time I had ever experienced a situation like this. It was an emotional moment for me. I spent the rest of my day reflecting and weeping for this little girl and her mother, as I did not think either of them ought to be in this type of situation. However, after my experience with the mother and daughter, I began engaging myself more to reach out to help others.
I must honestly acknowledge it has been an interesting experience and opportunity for me to help others who are suffering. I have broadened my personal philosophy, learned how to be there for others, and have helped others grow in their love for God and for their neighbors.
In my own little way, I have been able to reach out to people with joy and love. I strongly encourage my friends to volunteer and share their positive experiences of giving, helping, and reaching out to people of great need in our society.
Showing humility and not expecting anything in return should be your virtue. I like to volunteer and to help at-will. Trust me, it surely opens doors to unexpected opportunities as it did for me at VIU!
I enrolled at VIU over a year ago and from the very beginning I observed impressive volunteer activities, which motivated me to start serving. Apart from studies at VIU, there are continuous workshops and events to develop personal skills and to exchange ideas with other cultures from around the world. I have had a chance to volunteer with enthusiastic staff who have tons of experience organizing and advertising events. It has really been a great experience to be a volunteer at VIU.
My volunteering experience at VIU defies the status quo of defining a volunteer as someone who works for nothing or works without being paid. True, no one gave me cash, but I received pay in so many ways that cannot be compensated by money.
One, volunteering boosted my team spirit as I now work with fellow volunteers, VIU staff, and professionals to serve others. Two, volunteering has sharpened my communication skills and changed how I relate to people. Three, volunteering has enhanced my confidence and my ability to follow instructions and implement actions without feeling pressured. Four, volunteering has given me a platform for expressing leadership and quality service to real-life situations. Five, volunteering allows me to receive genuine feedback (and words of encouragement) on my performance. Last, when I volunteer I am fulfilled and make myself socially responsible for showing up to render services to others without financial inducement.
Based on my experience at VIU I can say volunteering is the way to go if you want to be impactful. I will savor every opportunity to volunteer again. I encourage you to do likewise!
My first volunteering experience at VIU was the Mock Interview & Résumé Review Session. After I had volunteered to learn how to critique résumés, I was selected to assist with this event where students learn ways to prepare for their next interviews.
My second volunteer opportunity was with the Habitat for Humanity Restore, where I assisted with taking donated furniture off of the trucks and organizing the furniture.
With so many other interesting volunteering experiences, my most exciting and joyful experience was with the Lamb Center. I was able to provide assistance to the homeless.
Volunteering in an opportunity to help people and to make an impact on their lives; it is not just about building one’s own personality. VIU is contributing to our society and supporting students’ personal goals. Volunteering as a VIU student has been a blessing.
I have volunteered at various events while attending VIU, including the Hispanic luncheon event, the Networking to Hire Job Fair, and the Thanksgiving celebration, just to name a few.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. It is by far the best way to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships by committing toward shared activities. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your ability to network, identify with people of common interests, become knowledgeable of neighborhood resources, and participate in fulfilling activities. It also gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, and task management. Volunteering helps you build upon skills you already have and use them to benefit the greater community.
Working with our Student Affairs Manager Allison Forbes and Career Center Manager Robyn Taylor is just the cherry on top. For me, volunteering has helped me define what I want to do and has given me insight into different options that are out there.
As a new graduate student, I wanted to experience my school and explore the opportunities it had for me, so I decided to volunteer.
As a volunteer, many doors have opened and I’ve been given the opportunity to excel in my studies as well as my career path. I have learned how to relate and communicate with diverse cultures. I have grown in my knowledge of critiquing résumés and marketing VIU to potential students and I have also developed my own organizational skills.
My advice to new and current students is to take hold of volunteer opportunities because doing so will open up opportunities and help you to become a well-rounded individual.
When I joined VIU, I really liked the environment of the university and especially the activities offered for students on a daily basis. I had no idea about volunteering, as I was from a different country where I had never seen such activities in school or college. Robyn Taylor, VIU Career Center Manager, was so kind to explain to me the importance of getting involved and participating in volunteer activities on campus or even off-campus. It was here that I saw a new light for my future to be better. From then on, whenever I had free time to volunteer I participated.
Volunteer activities provided me with vital information. I first started volunteering during the Career Center’s New Student Orientation where I demonstrated for students how to use the InterviewStream software. I went on to volunteer at other new students’ orientations, and I even had a chance to volunteer for the graduation ceremony.
Additionally, I liked being a volunteer for the Food for Others event. My friends and I were able to serve at the local food pantry by organizing food and preparing the items for individuals in the community to come in and shop for food. Also, I loved volunteering with the Lamb Center, a homeless shelter.
To me, volunteering is inspiring and exciting. The experience of volunteering at VIU has been enriching. I personally found it a great platform to connect with others, enhance my social skills, work with people, and thrive in a diverse atmosphere. The enthusiasm of my colleagues, friends, professors, support networks, and many others are attributes that highlight the strength of VIU as an institution.
Volunteering is a chance to change lives, including your own. In case you are feeling baffled or overpowered by the news of a catastrophe, volunteering can be an incredible approach to adapt. If you are not able to give aid with cash, you can give your time. Volunteering is a way to satisfy personal values or humanitarian concerns. Yet for others, volunteering can have a religious component.
Volunteering – helping a particular community, neighborhood, or ethic group to which you feel attached – will help you to gain a better understanding of other people, cultures, or places and can challenge you to meet new people, make new friends, and even further your career.
My journey as a volunteer started with the Career Center when I participated in the Networking to Hire Job Fair event. During the event I was able to serve as a leader, meet employers, and direct students and graduates to resources. As an international student, it is important for me to improve my communication, interpersonal, and networking abilities for future global opportunities, so taking part in the job fair was a plus.
I have gained a lot of knowledge and built a strong professional network through the cultural events, business expos, and job fairs that I have volunteered with recently. I have stronger confidence in myself and I feel better prepared for my successes after graduation.
Being a volunteer has been a key to success in my life. It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice and help others. Your life should be valued not by what you take but by what you give. No one can make a greater mistake than doing nothing because he could do only a little. Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.