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Volunteering

Virginia International University offers a variety of volunteer opportunities both on and off-campus. On-campus, we have volunteer needs for the following type of events: conferences, workshops, diversity luncheons, dinners, fundraising events, festivals, and open houses. Off campus volunteer events can include, but are not limited to Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands, Food for Others, Marines Corps Marathon and many others.

If you are interested in volunteering, please click here.

Volunteer Expectations

On-campus volunteer events are defined as any occasion when volunteers are requested to assist with an event, which is being hosted at VIU. These events may include New Student Orientation, dinners, diversity event series, various conferences and graduation. The same expectations will apply whether the event is for VIU students, faculty, and staff or open to the public. These expectations are general and dress code requirements may be amended for specific events by the event organizer.

Dress Code

For on-campus volunteering activities, except when otherwise specified by event organizer, students are expected to wear (unless notified):

  • VIU shirt
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Appropriate, modest pants
  • Name tag

If the community partner requests a different, specific dress code, that information will be communicated to volunteers prior to volunteer event so that students have ample time to prepare.

Behavior

Students represent VIU and their behavior shall always be such that it reflects on VIU and themselves in a positive light. At all times VIU student volunteers shall:

  • Be punctual and timely
  • Be respectful of volunteer leaders/event organizers
  • Ask questions in a respectful manner
  • Focus on the tasks assigned by organization
  • Maintain a positive attitude

Students who fail to comply with behavioral expectations may be excluded from future volunteer opportunities.

Attendance

Students who sign up to volunteer for an event are committed to that event. If a student cannot attend, they must notify the Office of Student Affairs 48 hours prior to the event to allow time to find a replacement volunteer and to show respect to the event organizers.

Students who fail to comply with behavioral expectations may be excluded from future volunteer opportunities. Any issues with the community partner including, but not limited to: issues in communication, treatment of volunteers, fairness or feasibility of tasks, etc. shall be discussed with community partner by a VIU staff leader.

Off-campus volunteer events are defined as any occasion when volunteers are asked, by the university, to assist with an event that is hosted outside of VIU’s campus. These events may include Habitat for Humanity projects, meal preparation, backpack preparation, etc. These expectations are general and dress code requirements may be amended for specific events by the community partner.

Dress Code

For off-campus volunteering activities, except when otherwise specified by community partner, students are expected to wear:

  • VIU shirt
  • Close-toed, gripping shoes
  • Appropriate, modest pants

If the community partner requests a different, specific dress code, that information will be communicated to volunteers prior to volunteer event so that students have ample time to prepare.

Behavior

Students represent VIU and their behavior shall always be such that it reflects on VIU in a positive light. At all times VIU student volunteers shall:

  • Be punctual and timely
  • Be respectful of volunteer leaders
  • Ask questions in a respectful manner
  • Focus on the tasks assigned by organization
  • Maintain a positive attitude

Attendance

Students who sign up to volunteer for an event are committed to that event. If a student cannot attend, they must notify the Office of Student Affairs 48 hours prior to the event to allow time to find a replacement volunteer and to show respect to the event organizers.

Students who fail to comply with behavioral expectations may be excluded from future volunteer opportunities. Any issues with the community partner including, but not limited to: issues in communication, treatment of volunteers, fairness or feasibility of tasks, etc. shall be discussed with community partner by a VIU staff leader.

Volunteer Agreement

Please read and sign the VIU Volunteer Agreement Form by clicking here .

Acknowledge and Release of Liability

When students are volunteering, they will need to sign and date the Acknowledgement and Release of Liability form for each event. When a student arrives to the event, the coordinator will provide the form to be signed at that time.

Logging Volunteer Hours

Please make sure to complete the Volunteer Log Form, which is provided by the Student Affairs Department before and after each event so you can log your volunteer hours. This form requires the signature of the event coordinator in order to receive volunteer hours. Please be aware, if this form is not signed by the event coordinator those volunteer hours will not count.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact: studentaffairs@campus.viu.edu