Getting Started

Why Volunteer? 

There are countless reasons to volunteer, and here are just a few:

  • Volunteering promotes personal growth and self-esteem
  • You will learn about your local area
  • Volunteering brings people together and builds a sense of community
  • You will gain professional experience and job skills  
  • Volunteering has been shown to reduce stress
  • You will meet new people
  • You will get to help improve the life of a stranger
  • Volunteering offers leadership positions to students
  • 1 in 5 managers reported hiring someone because of their volunteering
  • Volunteering is fun!

Identify Your Goals & Skills

Once you have decided to become a volunteer, it is important to identify the areas of service that interest you as well as your goals. As a volunteer, you want to bring passion and enthusiasm to your work. Consider what excites you (whether it's filmmaking, accounting, or childhood development) and what you hope to accomplish through your service. Also, consider what skills you have to offer. Maybe you're a musician or an expert at web design. These hidden talents can contribute in a meaningful way to the multitude of non-profits and service organizations in our community-- always remember to keep an openmind and think outside the box. 

Visit the Volunteer Resource Center

Schedule an appointment with the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) Coordinator, who will help you as you begin your service project. The VRC Coordinator will connect you with a non-profit that suits your interests, or the VRC Coordinator can provide material assistance if you decide to implement your own program. Whatever your goals, the VRC Coordinator is here to help you!

Please contact the VRC to request an appointment.



Student Center Annex
Center for Student Involvement 104J
Phone: 973-655-5318
Fax: 973-655-4098